4 Unexpected Ways to Train for a Marathon

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Ah the marathon. Finish one mile…run 25.2 more of them. Get the sticker. Put it on your car. We all know the basics of marathon running but there doesn’t seem to be any one answer when it comes to training for one. If you’re looking ahead to marathon season, you’re likely starting to research which tips and tricks you think might work best for you. Below are 4 seemingly surprising tips for those just getting started via SHAPE. What do you think of them? Do you agree or disagree with the suggestions? Let us know in the comments below! 


via – SHAPE

Logging 140 miles per week may make sense for an Olympic marathoner. But training for 26.2 doesn’t necessarily require seven days of running, 20-mile long runs, or giving up your other favorite sports. In fact, for most recreational runners, it’s probably best to trade the running-only plans of yore for a schedule that mixes things up. Cut boredom—and help prevent injury—with one of these alternative training plans.

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