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Top 10 Marathon Training Tips


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Don't Get Overwhelmed with Advice
Don't let the mass of marathoners out there overwhelm you with advice.
Don't let the mass of marathoners out there overwhelm you with advice.
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Once word gets out that you're training for a marathon, you won't believe how many runners will seek you out to talk shop. Suddenly, everyone who's ever run a 5K will overwhelm you with running advice.

"Forget long, slow distance," your CrossFitting coworker will declare, "What you need are intense, short-burst workouts." Your friend Tim, a veteran marathoner, will advise you to add hill workouts and speed drills to your trainings schedule. Even your brother will suggest you switch to a new brand of running shoe.

You yourself will likely be spending a lot of free time perusing online running resources and magazines. Immersing yourself in the world of running is a great way to stay motivated. But you should take care not to switch up your training schedule with every newfangled workout you run across. You set your goals in the beginning when you selected your schedule. Now is the time to trust the process. Throwing too many new drills into the mix can result in overtraining, which is the quickest route to injury. We talk about overtraining in the next section.


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