How Not To Die in Your First Marathon

And finish strong in your longest race ever

Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

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Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

Running a marathon is something many amateur runners both fear and dream about.

There's something glorious about surviving 42.195 km. It's a distance you can't train for overnight and unlike shorter races, a marathon has the power to reveal your true dedication and readiness to endure a lot of pain.

Yet, a lot of people still take signing up for their first marathon race far too lightly. They're not ready to put in work and end up crashing or injuring themselves.

I, for once, had the complete opposite marathon experience and know what you too can do to cross the finish line with a smile on your face and desire to do it again.

The idea of running a marathon first entered my mind when I was training for my first half in 2016. I imagined it to be the proper course of action as I already had 5k, 10k, and soon 21.1k under my belt.

However, the half-marathon preparation didn't go so well, which made me take several steps back and invest time in my education and fitness to merely dream about running a full marathon.

Fast-forward to 2023. I had got PBs in all the familiar distances and was just half a year away from hitting 30. That was the final push I needed to…

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Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

Marketing specialist and running coach who's been passionate about writing since childhood.