As a certified running coach for 12 years and someone who’s run several marathons myself, I can say that training for a marathon takes a lot of work (and sweat and snacks) but it can be well worth the journey. To learn more about how to decide if you are ready, how long to train for a marathon, and what to expect from the whole process, I spoke with Jonathan Poston, a USATF certified level II endurance coach and the founder of Running Coach Pro.
What is a realistic timeline for marathon training?
How long you need to train for a marathon largely depends on how big of a running base you’re starting with. “Running a marathon is not just about putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles. It involves careful planning, dedication, and a structured training regimen,” explains Poston. “The timeline for marathon training varies greatly based on an individua