Train For Marathon Running - How to Make Running a Priority

How can you find the time to train for marathon running? I won’t sugar coat it. You have to make running a priority. That doesn’t mean quit your day job. That means you have to schedule your workouts ahead of time, and also have a back-up plan if something interferes with your training.

Here are five different strategies that I have found very useful in helping me stick to a training regimen. You can apply these strategies no matter if you are training for a marathon or just trying to establish a healthy running habit.

1. Run in the morning.
2. Schedule long runs on the weekend.
3. Join a running club, or train with a local high school or college team.
4. Don’t be afraid of spontaneous training.
5. Show mother nature who’s boss.

Before we get to the details, I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest following the 100 Day Marathon Plan when you train for your marathon. It’s the best plan out there for a beginner, or a runner who wants to set a new personal record.

Now let’s check out how you can keep on running.

1. Things come up every day at work, at home, and even in between these places. The best way to avoid having life get in the way of your running is to run before these things can happen. I have to get up at 5:30 in the morning during the week if I want to go for a run. When I do this, the only person that can stop my workout is me. It’s hard to get out of bed to do this sometimes, but I find that the rest of my day seems much more enjoyable when I don’t have to worry about if and when I can get in a run.

2. A big part of almost every marathon program is working in a long run weekly. During the work-week, I can’t seem to find the time. I always schedule this run for Saturday. If something comes up on Saturday, then I just shift this workout to Sunday. Another benefit of doing this is most marathon races are ran on the weekends. You can take your training a step further and start each long run at the approximate start time of your big race. Every little thing helps when you train for marathon running.

3. I don’t belong to a running club because I run with the high school kids that I coach. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have someone else to run with. No matter where you live, there are teams and clubs usually nearby. If there isn’t one, start your own running club!

4. Sometimes when I don’t have anything else to do, I’ll just lace up my shoes and go for a nice run. Also, if you are on a easy run and feel great, turn it into a tempo run or a fartlek. It’s nice to have a set goal in mind, but it’s even better to enjoy the fact that you are out running. Don’t be afraid to run twice a day too. This isn’t bad as long as you listen to your body.

5. I know a lot of people run on treadmills, but you really are missing out on one of the best aspects of running, the weather! I have been caught outside in the middle of downpours. My friends in college convinced me that running in blizzards is fun. On really cold days, I arrange for someone to drive me away from my house so I can run downwind back home. Where there is a will, there is a way. You won’t believe how much tougher you feel when you won’t let a little wind or wetness stop a run.

I hope some of these tips help you out in your training. Making running a priority will help you immensely when you train for marathon running.

- Written by David Tiefenthaler

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