Question: How should I choose a marathon if I want to run a fast time?

Answer: Avoid crowded races. Most runners in the large population events run more than three-quarters of a mile farther than marathon distance. Since you don’t get credit for the extra distance, it is harder to run goal pace in these venues. Look for smaller marathons that have a good record for producing fast times. Visit and for a lot of information with runner reviews, which are usually quite revealing. Courses that have slight upgrades of short duration allow for a varied use of muscle groups, which often helps in reducing muscle fatigue. There are many downhill courses that can help speed you up – if you train on downhill courses. While you cannot control the weather, look for venues that tend to have high temperatures of 60 degrees F (15 degrees C) or cooler during the month when you are running your race.

Jeff Galloway Resources: Visit the E-Shop where you will find “Galloway’s Marathon FAQ” and other books for your running library. 

Join us in Atlanta for the 2016 Jeff Galloway Race Weekend! Did you know that Jeff’s 13.1 has Galloway trained pacers from 1:30 to 4:30? To register or find out more information on the JG 13.1 race, Barb’s 5K, Fit Kids Run and other weekend events go to:    New this year: THE DOUBLE G!

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