Running at Sunrise: How to Train for Your First Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5k

Feb 24, 2014, 06:00 AM
It's almost time for running season. Are you ready? This week's episode of The 5 AM Miracle features a thorough discussion on how to train for your first big race, from a 5K all the way up to a full marathon.

I have run about a dozen marathons and few ultramarathons in the last few years. Every race has taught me a little more about what it means to train well for a race and what it means to screw up badly.

Predictably, I almost always realize I didn't trained enough and I didn't train properly. So, today I'm sharing 5 Do's and 5 Don'ts on how to prepare for your first big race.

Tip of the Week

For this week's tip I share 3 essential elements to brew high quality coffee and espresso:
  1. Pristine water
  2. Fresh roasted beans
  3. The right grind
Resources Mentioned in the Show
  1. Ultramarathon Man [book by Dean Karnazes]
  2. Finding Ultra [book by Rich Roll]
  3. Eat & Run [book by Scott Jurek]
  4. Born to Run [book by Christopher McDougall]
  5. Running on Empty [book by Marshall Ulrich]
  6. How to Train for Your First Half Marathon [blog post]
  7. Heart Rate Training [blog post]
  8. Burst Training Podcast Episode [#28]
  9. Exercise Gear Recommendations [bottom of the page]