How to Train for a Marathon in 12 Weeks

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Training for a marathon in 12 weeks requires having experience running long distances, doing a weekly long run and increasing the mileage each week. Prepare for a marathon in a short period of time with advice from a competitive runner in this free video on running marathons.

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Hi, I'm Beth Kaufman and I'm going to talk about how to train for a marathon in twelve weeks. Well, first off, if you are brand new to running marathons, you would never want to run a marathon in twelve weeks. So you want to make sure that you do have some experience with running marathons and that you have probably run at least a 10K or half marathon previous to training for this marathon. But, if you have been running and you are determined to run a marathon in twelve weeks, what you'll want to do is focus on the long run. So that weekly long run is going to be critical to getting you to be able to finish that marathon and not have any injuries or any aches or pains throughout the training. Your first week of that twelve week training, you'll want to start with that eight mile run, right on the end. So usually on a Saturday or Sunday of the week. The following weekend, you'll want to run a ten miler, the following weekend after that, the twelve miler, and then every other week after that you'll add two more miles until you get to that twenty miler, two weeks before the end. During the week, you'll want to put in two to three runs. Don't worry about running everyday, because we don't want to get an overuse injury. So focus on getting in two to three, four to six milers during the week. And then finishing off the week with the long run. You'll want to start to taper two weeks before that marathon, so make sure that you get that final eighteen to twenty miler in, that two weekends before your big day. And then you'll want to start to taper down and you should be good to go.

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