How To Avoid Hitting The Wall On Your Marathon: 6 Expert Tips

Running a marathon is HARD, but what makes it even harder is “hitting the wall.” If you’ve run a marathon, there’s a good chance you know what it means to hit the wall, because it’s an unmistakably terrible feeling.  Hitting the wall happens in a marathon is when your body has run out of fuel … Read more

How to Run Longer: Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Running Endurance

How To Run Longer: Distance runners, whether rookies or seasoned vets, often come across barriers, whether physical or mental, as they try to increases their running distance. It’s very common for runners to reach a plateau, where their body is adapted to run a maximum distance – but is uncomfortable going any further. This can … Read more

Essential Guide To Training For Your First Marathon (+ Training Plans)

Here’s my guide to preparation and training for your first-ever marathon – including marathon training plans, pace advice and gear info . . . Your First Marathon Running your first marathon is life changing. In order to get to that fabled finish line, you first have to commit to a huge amount of training and … Read more

7 Bucket List Marathons, Chosen By Marathon Runners

Looking for some inspiration to choose a bucket list marathon? Here’s my pick of some of the most life-affirming, awe-inspiring marathons around the world. One of the best things about running a marathon is that it gives you the opportunity to travel. Sure, running local marathons is awesome – but when you combine a marathon … Read more

The Sub 4 Hour Marathon: Essential Guide + Training Plan

Bagging a sub 4 hour marathon is all about getting that 4 hour marathon pace right. After running a bunch of them myself and coaching many other through the process, I learned the right pacing strategies and training methodologies to break the 4 hour barrier. In this post, I’m going to break down what you … Read more

How Long Is A Marathon? 4 Methods of Measuring Marathon Length

How Long Is A Marathon – The Metric Answer The official, globally recognised marathon length is 26.219 miles or 42.195 kilometers. That’s the standard, objective metric measurement. (and if you’re wondering How Long is a Half Marathon, the official half marathon length is 13.11 miles or 21.0975 kilometers). If you’ve just googled ‘How Long Is … Read more

Our Complete Marathon Training Guide: How To Train For a Marathon

Marathon training can be an extremely rewarding experience as you prepare to get yourself to the starting line. However, it is also a huge commitment – which is why it’s so important to prepare for those 26.2 miles correctly. Let us guide you through the process with our training tips, free marathon training plans, and … Read more

The Marathon Taper – How To Taper For A Marathon

The taper is an essential part of preparing for a marathon in the weeks prior to the event. Tapering is the process of gradually decreasing the volume of your training in preparation for a race.  A good marathon taper is an important part of a marathon training plan, in order to ensure you arrive at the start … Read more

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Run A Marathon

Our counter argument against the marathon – a call to action for everyone who just wants to run for the sake of running. People put a lot of weight into the significance of running a marathon. It’s an achievement that is universally applauded, a badge of honour.  You even get a big, shiny medal at the … Read more

The Story of My First Marathon – Stanley, Falkland Islands

Most of what I write on this site is marathon advice and information, but today I thought I’d share the story of my own first marathon.    I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of lessons, but in the end, that first marathon is what catalyzed me to run dozens more in … Read more

What Is A Good Marathon Finishing Time?: Breaking Down The Data

When many people set their sights on running a marathon, they have no idea what their marathon finishing time might be – or what is considered a good marathon time. Unless you’ve already researched marathons or been a mid-distance runner, it can be hard to gauge how long it can take to run 26.2 miles. … Read more

Wizz Air Skopje Marathon – Field Report

Macedonia’s capital of Skopje hosted it’s annual marathon this past weekend.  In this guest post, local Slavko Desik gives his field report from the event, along with a wealth of local information for any runners interested in checking out a future edition of the event. Recurring annually around the beginning of May, the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon … Read more

The 15 Emotional Stages of Marathon Running

Anyone who says running a marathon is all about physical fitness doesn’t know squat. Marathon running is as much of a mental journey as it is a physical one. Over the 26.2 miles, you experience a crazy deluge of emotions. Here, I’ve broken a marathon down into the 15 typical emotional stages that nearly all … Read more

Why Is A Marathon 26.2 Miles Long? History Of Marathon Distance

Whether you’re in marathon training mode or simply curious about the history of the event, the answer to the question ‘Why Is A Marathon 26.2 Miles Long?’ is not as straightforward as it seems. For starters, the exact distance of a marathon is 26.2188 miles, or 42.195 kilometers. Not exactly a common distance, is it? … Read more