Nail Your Next Marathon!

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We want you to feel like this when you cross that finish line! (Photo credit: watsonsinelgin)

August means our fall marathoners are in the throes of training. Twenty milers, big mileage weeks and hopes for big PRs are in abundance. But with a kick-ass marathon on the line, many of you are experiencing anxiety.

How do you train to avoid “the wall?”

What do you eat before the race to make it to the finish without race-ruining G.I. distress?

What should you take in during the race?

Should your gels contain caffeine or no caffeine? Should you abstain (*gasp*) from coffee the week before the race?

Have you worried about how to properly taper yet? No? Don’t worry you will!

Are you mentally tough enough to race 26.2?

Today we will answer these questions and more! We will reveal all our secrets for successful marathoning. This is THE post you will want to consult frequently between now and race day. Never before have you had so many answers to your burning marathon questions and secrets to success as you do now!

Well you have, just not all in one place. I apologize for the infomercial-like intro, there!

Anyway, as you might have wondered, yes, that is WAY too much information for one post. That’s why I’ve consolidated all our best marathon posts in this one handy portal.

First, I’ve consolidated our three excellent “Fight the Bonk” posts in one handy mother-post. Today, read them all, but focus on Part ย I, which is all about what you can do in training to avoid bonking or hitting that pesky wall.ย In a few weeks, come back and reread Pepper’s Part II post to plan your race day fueling strategy. And then study Mint’s Part III post which gives great tips for eating in the week before and day of the race.

But wait! That’s not all! As an added bonus, I’ve linked to a few more of our great marathon prep posts to help you nail that fall ‘thon!

Fight the Bonk

Fight the Bonk Part I: Train to Avoid Glycogen Depletion in Your Fall Marathon

Fight the Bonk Part II: Pepper’s Magic Marathon Nutrition Formula

Fight the Bonk Part III: What to Eat Before the Marathon

Related Marathon Prep Posts

Marathon Strategy for Carrying Gels and Hydration

Caffeine for Marathoners: The Legal (and tasty) Dope

Maximize the Benefits of Your Marathon Taper

Choosing a Marathon Goal

The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat: Face Your Fear of Failure

Marathon Training Arsenal: Catch Up on Your ZZZZs

Mental Toughness: Why You Need it Now

How to Nail Your Goal Marathon Pace on Race Day!

The Difference Between Running and Racing a Marathon

If you still have marathoning questions, please ask. We’re always happy to help. Good luck and kick booty!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. I’m running my first marathon this fall, so this article is perfect timing!

    I have a question about training. My weekly mileage hasn’t really been ramping up, hovering around 20-30 miles. I am doing progressively longer runs, though, with my longest at 15 miles a few weeks ago. I am trying to balance marathon training with training for my first century ride in September. I am biking about 60-80 miles a week on top of marathon training. I’m not too worried about building up my physical endurance, but should I be focused more on increasing my running mileage in preparation for the marathon? I have a lofty goal of sub-4 hrs…