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Can I start training just a month before for a marathon? (Query)

Rick Muhr, Boston Marathon Coach, tells you when you should start training for a marathon!

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : January 3, 2017 4:25 PM IST

I am a 28-year-old male. I am planning to run a marathon, and when asked I asked my friend he said that starting the training a month before is enough to run a marathon. What is the right time to start the training? Does training just a month before the actual marathon help? Please tell me, when should I start training for a marathon.

Rick Muhr, Endurance and Running Coach, Boston Marathon and Octane Fitness says that following a legitimate training plan is of utmost importance if you are planning to train for a marathon. However, starting the training just a month before the actual run can strain the body and also lead to severe body pain due to less time and constant wear and tear. If you start training just a month before, you are forced to do too much than you should do, which ultimately affects your body leading muscle soreness and injury. Here are a few expert tips on running a marathon.

As it is necessary to give an adequate time for your body to acclimatise to running, the best time to start training for any marathon is to give yourself at least five months to train. In this way, the body gets enough time to acclimatise to the atmosphere and training schedule and also take the training schedule slowly.

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For example, if you have a period of say six weeks against six months for a marathon, then choosing the latter is wise. This is because, if training for six weeks, you are forced to run too many miles and too fast so as to complete your training in the set time. However, if you have six months time to train, then you can gradually increase the time and pace every week. Moreover, it also helps the body to acclimatise slowly to your new training. Also know about Mumbai Marathon 2017: 8 dos and don ts for people running the marathon

However, one should also remember that getting adequate rest during the training period to help heal the body and listening closely to the body, meaning if you feel strained or show any sign of tiredness or elevated heart rate because of training, it is wise not to run on that day. Instead, you can cross train like swim or walking or take a day off. If you know that your body is stressed then do not push yourself too hard, as you might end up suffering an injury or burnout just before a marathon, which can prevent you from running on the day of the marathon. Here is how to run a marathon like a pro with these meal plans and running tips.

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