I was recently talking to a friend of mine and fellow blogger and podcaster, Trevor Spencer, over at Marathon Training Academy about what he has been up to with his site. After tailing with him, I decided to share some of what they are up to over at the marathon Training Academy.
Trevor and his wife Angie started a site and podcast to help people learn what it takes to run a marathon. The podcast has been doing very well, and they have a good following of people that are eager to learn what it takes to run this long distance race.
Many of the tips that they share over at Marathon Training Academy are geared to people just like you who are just starting out running. In fact, many of the listeners to the podcast are people who will not run a marathon. That is because many of the tips on the show apply to all runners, and not necessarily marathoners.
But some of you may be like myself, and decided to go ahead and dive in and try to run a marathon. If that is you, then you will definitely need to have the education and support to prepare and run a marathon.
In order to help you with both of these needs, Trevor and Angie recently developed a comprehensive guide on running a marathon that is full of key information that will help you get over the hurdles you encounter while preparing for this race.
The MTA Official Guide to Running Your First Marathon includes several helpful tips, such Tips Number 1 and 3 listed below which were copied from the MTA site:
Official Tip #1 Get a Complete Education Before You Begin
When I first started, my knowledge about marathon training had come entirely from what I gleaned from magazines and free information on the internet. This left my training education full of holes.
For example, I’d have a horrible long run where I didn’t have any energy and think, “I wonder why that run went so poorly?” So I’d search online for about an hour and discover that I should be using a sports drink and fueling properly during my long runs. Duh!
Official Tip #3 Be Intentional. It Will Pay Off!
Many listeners have told me that time is their biggest challenge to training for a marathon. Admittedly, training does take time. But I truly believe that sometimes the hardest things are the most rewarding.
Personally, I know that when there’s a will there’s a way. I recently heard from a runner on our Facebook page who couldn’t get outside to run because of the amount of snow and couldn’t get to the gym because she had a sick child. So, she ran up and down the stairs in her house for 40 minutes! Now that’s being intentional!
The link to this guide is: MTA Official Guide to Running Your First Marathon
These are some great tips, and I know I will be checking in over at MTA to learn and stay motivated about running. I hope you will go learn from the Marathon Training Academy, and check out the Official Guide so you can be a better runner, and maybe even run that marathon you have been thinking about!
Head over to the Marathon Training Academy today, and pickup their Official Guide.