A running partner of mine wants to run his first marathon next year. At present he’s never even run a 5k race. Can he do it? Now, I’m no expert but I went from running a 10k to running a marathon in a year and a half. Mind you, I made a lot of mistakes. I didn’t know what I know now when it comes to proper training or nutrition. So if you’re a greenhorn, just what do you do to train for a marathon? And where do you go to find such information? The Internet is a great tool for that. However, for some it can be information overload. The plan that is right for you depends on where you are with your fitness level and your running ability.
My friend did a little searching and passed Marathon Training to me. At first glance one can see that the site offers a good selection of information. But just who is Art Liberman and just what does he know about running? The site offers good details about Art—what I particularly liked is that, for the most part, Art is an average joe. He started a Triathlon club and was a coach for Team in Training. He was also a college cross-country coach. A little further digging and I found that he also wrote The Everything Running Book, which targets beginner to intermediate runners. It looks like a great book and I might just have to pick up a copy.
As for the Web site, it covers every topic one could think about when it comes to marathon training. There are helpful tips on attire, shoes, nutrition, building up the miles (or kilometers for those of us on the metric system) and much much more. I especially like the Experimentation Issues section where he suggests you try different foods, bedtime, apparel, gels and more to find what is right for you. Perhaps if had known some of this stuff when I was training for my marathon I would have done better.
For some, the information here will be redundant while for others it may prove to be a great resource. I for one will definitely be reviewing what is on this site next time I decide to train for a marathon.