How to Train Successfully for Your First Marathon



Peter Kuperman, founder of Hatch Canada, an educational organization that teaches computer programming to children, has also been a semi-professional runner. His passion for running led Peter Kuperman to participate in the Boston Marathon on three separate occasions. Preparing for a marathon requires patience and determination, as well as strategy. Below are a handful of considerations for more effective training.

1. Focus on the base first: Individuals cannot simply run a marathon. They need to slowly build their mileage, as well as their running intensity, over the course of months or even years, depending on fitness level.

2. Long runs are key: Bodies only learn to run for extended periods of time when people push them to do so. Too often, runners focus on running every day rather than setting aside one day for distance with built-in time for recuperation.

3. Figure out nutrition before the race: While people run, they need to keep themselves fueled. Fast runners need to focus on sugars while long-distance runners will need fat to keep their bodies working. Everyone is different so finding the best mix takes some experimentation.

4. Patience is a virtue: When people decide to run a marathon before they are ready, they risk becoming so discouraged that they stop training altogether.

5. Training is more than running: A marathon involves a degree of strength that individuals can only build through weight training and bodyweight exercises. Many people also add yoga and meditation to their training.