This time of year it’s difficult not to catch marathon fever. I haven’t conducted any studies to prove this theory, but I’m pretty sure more people commit to running their first marathon during the fall then when making New Years Resolutions on January 1.
If you’ve been inspired to conquer 26.2 miles next fall, here’s what you should do for the next 12 months.
Months 1-4 (November – February): Build a strong endurance base and a strong body.
- Strength train 2-3 times a week
- Focus on fixing any imbalances or weaknesses you’ve identified
- Improve your running form
- Build a solid running base by consistently running 3-5 days a week.
Months 5-8 (March – June): Develop speed + Race a Half Marathon
- Continue to strength train 2-3x a week
- Incorporate fartleks & hill repeats
- Race a Half Marathon in late May or anytime during the month of June
Months 9-12 (July – October): Follow a Marathon Training Plan (Read: How Long Should My Marathon Training Plan Be?)