What are the three crucial training elements needed for finishing a marathon with strength?


  1. A very slow long run that gradually increases to 26 miles or more (using strategic walk breaks).
  2. Two 30 minute “maintenance” runs during the week – usually on Tuesday and Thursday.
  3. Days off from running –especially the day before the long run. Note: Pacing and schedules are detailed in the book RUNNING—A YEAR ROUND PLAN.