We wouldn’t ask you to run a marathon if we weren’t prepared to help you do it! Experienced athletes who have completed marathons in the past should be able to complete the event without extensive training.
Before you start any sort of training, be sure you are medically cleared. Play it safe, stay well-hydrated, wear good running shoes and be sure that you have adequately stretched.
We also recommend consulting an actual coach, as everyone is truly unique.
Always consult a physician before participating in strenuous exercise. If you become short of breath or are fatigued during training, stop and rest.
- 10-week novice half marathon schedule (pdf)
- 16-week novice/intermediate marathon schedule (pdf)
- 17-week intermediate/advanced marathon schedule (pdf)
Local Training Runs/Groups
- MeetUp running groups in the Philadelphia area
- USA Fit Philly Saturday runs
- Philadelphia running routes
Race Day Tips
Here is some helpful tips that will help you on event day:
- Before arriving on race day, be sure to eat a nutritious but light breakfast.
- Prior to starting the run, be sure to stretch and warm up. Jog in place while waiting in line to start
- Don’t rush out of the gates too fast! Take it slow to preserve your energy so that you will last the entire distance
- Once you have completed the race, be sure to cool down, stretch and hydrate