Marathon Training: 5 Tips from Dr. Jordan Metzl
Are you training for your first marathon? Or have you been on the sidelines for a while and are looking to get back into the running game? We went straight to the source to get 5 important tips that will help you with your training and keep you on your toes all race long! Dr. Jordan Metzl, renowned sports medicine doctor, 5-time author, creator of the IronStrength Workout, and 33-time marathon runner, explains:
1. A marathon is an end goal. It shouldn’t be your first race. You should do 2k, 5k, 10k and half marathons before tackling a marathon.
2. It takes about four months to build up to marathon distance running. Make sure to give yourself enough ramp up time.
3. Make sure you smile for every step, running is one of the best things you can do for your health and for your sanity. I want you to love every step of the training end of the race.
4. Get a good training plan. At the back of my latest book, Running Strong, I’ve given training programs for every level of athlete, these are examples that work for me, you can certainly find your own. A good plan will help keep you out of the doctor’s office and on the road.
5. Keep your muscles strong. Don’t forget, strong muscles protect your bones and your joints. You need to strength train once or twice per week throughout your marathon training to keep yourself injury free.