09 Jan '18, 11pm

First-time marathoners: this is the couch-to-marathon training plan you need.

First-time marathoners: this is the couch-to-marathon training plan you need.

H ow much running experience do you need before you run a marathon? One year? Five years? Try a mere 24 weeks! As long as you are currently healthy, you can go from being a non-runner to a marathon finisher in less than six months. But it’s wise to do so in steps. Instead of going straight from zero to a 26.2-mile start line, we suggest you “climb the ladder” of standard road-race distances. Start with a 5K, move to a 10K, advance to a half marathon—and finally make the leap to the marathon. A step-ladder approach will prevent you from taking on too much too soon and keep you motivated throughout. What to Expect The following four-part training plan will guide you along your journey. You’re ready to start when you can comfortably walk/jog for 20 minutes. If you’ve already completed a 5K, you can start with the 5K to 10K plan (likewise with other distances). All four plans ...

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