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Things to Look for in a Free Marathon Training Program

Mark A. Free Marathon Training Program

It’s OK to dream that you can achieve many marathon medals. However, before you can display your medals in the medal hangers and wow your friend with your medal displays, you need to start with a good marathon training program. Joining a good marathon training program does not have to be expensive. There are plenty of training programs that you can join for free online. In this article, I will show you how to spot a good free marathon training program. Specifically, there are three factors that you need to look at before joining a program: level differentiation, marathon type differentiation and coach credibility. Let’s look at each factors in detail.

Level Differentiation

When you look at a training program, make sure they have level differentiation. Make sure they differentiate their program between beginner, intermediate and advance. There is no one size fit all training in marathon. You don’t want to join an advanced program if you’re a beginner otherwise you’ll risk straining yourself. And if you’re an advanced runner, you might not want to join a beginner’s program because it can be a waste of your time.

Marathon Type Differentiation

Marathon type differentiation can be tricky to spot especially for beginner marathon runners. There are several types of marathon running, categorized based on distance. There are the 5K, 8K, 10K and 15K run. Each programs will have different kind of training. If you are unsure on where to start, I will recommend going for the 5K run first. Then, if you enjoy the run, you can scale up to the 8K run or the 15K run.

Coach Experience and Online Discussion – Apps Forums

Not everyone can be a marathon trainer. Sure, marathon can look easy to the eye but it’s actually quite a demanding sport. Make sure your coach has ample of experience and credibility. Don’t just learn marathon from anyone online. Always check his or her credibility before signing up for the program. A good way to do this is to go to a forum and ask questions. And don’t forget the search engine. Always go to Google and type in a coach’s name to get more information.

After you know what factors to look for when choosing a marathon training program, now it’s time to find one. You can do this yourself but remember those 3 things. First is level differentiation – make sure the training is categorized onto beginner, intermediate and advance. Next is the marathon type differentiation – make sure they categorize the run to 5K, 8K, 10K and 15K. And lastly, make sure the coach has credibility in the community. If you want to save your research time, a good marathon trainer to check out is Hal Higdon. You can see his website at Good luck in finding your perfect marathon training program!

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