Don’t attempt a time goal until you have run at least one marathon. Even veteran runners will learn some very important lessons in their first marathon. Everyone can have a really good experience in their first marathon if they start out slow and keep the pace comfortable throughout. A good first-time goal should be a marathon that is about an hour slower than you could run the same distance when racing. 

GET MOTIVATED by participating in the origins of our sport (and western democracy)! Join the team at Phidippides Running and Greek-American Dean Karnazes and connect to the rich history of distance running with scenic views, landmarks, and a fun podcast.