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Frequently Asked Questions About Marathon Training

If you're training to run a marathon, you probably have a lot of questions. Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about marathon running and training.

When Should I Replace My Running Shoes?
Get advice on when you should replace your running shoes during marathon training.

Should I Run Through Pain?
Learn how to know when you can continue running through some discomfort and when you should stop.

Why Am I Gaining Weight During Marathon Training?
Some runners find that they actually gain weight during training. Learn how to avoid it.

Should I Eat Before a Run?
Do you need to eat before runs? Find out when and what to eat before running.

What's the Difference Between Running on a Treadmill and Running Outside?
Is treadmill running really easier? Get the answer.

Do I Need to Drink Sport Drinks During My Runs?
Proper hydration for running is essential to safety and performance, but runners need to know when they should consume sports drinks and when plain water will suffice.

Do I Need to Eat During My Runs?
If you're running more than 90 minutes, you need to replace some of the calories you're burning. Follow these guidelines for when, what, and how much to eat.

What Should I Eat After a Run?
Find out what you should be eating after your runs to minimize muscle soreness and maximize recovery.

How Can I Not Feel Hungry all the Time?
It's normal to feel hungry when you start a new exercise regimen or you increase your exercise frequency or intensity. You're burning more calories, so your body needs to take more in. Here are some ways you can avoid feeling hungry, with overindulging.

How Do I Avoid Hitting the Wall in a Marathon?
If you're training for a marathon, you've probably heard about the dreaded "wall" that some marathoners hit sometime after the 20-mile mark in a marathon. Here are some tips for beating the wall in a marathon.

Should I Wear New Running Shoes for My Marathon?
Marathon runners often wonder if it's better to wear new, old, or slightly used running shoes on race day. Get the answer.

Should I Run Every Day?
Many marathoners-in-training wonder if they should run every day or take some days off. Get the answer here.

Why Am I So Tired After Long Runs?
When training for a marathon, is it normal to feel very tired after long runs? Get the answer, and find out how to avoid exhaustion after long runs.

Why is My Longest Training Run 20 Miles?
Many first-time marathoners wonder why so many marathon training schedules don't go beyond 20 miles. Find out why it's not a good idea to run more than 20 miles in marathon training.

How Can I Predict My Race Times?
Predicting a race time, especially for a long-distance race like a marathon, is tough because there are so many variables. Here's how you can get a rough estimate of your potential.

Should I Carry My Own Fluids or Use Water Stops During a Race?
Is it better to use the water stops on the race course or carry a bottle? Get the pros and cons for both options.

Why Do I Feel So Sluggish and Tired During my Runs?
If you feel sluggish and slow during your runs, overtraining may be the cause. Find out what to do to avoid overtraining.

How Can I Avoid and Treat Muscle Cramps?
Muscle cramps are common among runners, especially those doing long distances. Get information on how to prevent and treat muscle cramps.

Can I Split My Long Runs?
In marathon training, do you get the same benefits if you split up your long runs as running it continuously? Get the answer.

What If I Have to Take a Break During Training?
Sometimes an illness, an injury, or a hectic schedule prevents us from sticking to our running schedule. Here's how you can handle a break in your marathon training.

Should I Run the Day Before My Marathon?
Should you run the day before a race? Get the answer.

Should I Wear New Running Shoes for My Marathon?
Marathon runners often wonder if it's better to wear new, old, or slightly used running shoes on race day. Get the answer.

What Type of Socks Should I Run In?
It's important to choose the right running socks for comfort and performance. Here's what you should look for when buying running socks.

How Can I Avoid Going to the Bathroom During Runs?
Marathoners sometimes experience gastrointestinal disorders or diarrhea, also know as "runner's trots", during long runs. Find out what to do if it happens to you and how to avoid it in the first place.

Can I Train for a Race on a Treadmill?
Can you adequately prepare for a marathon if most of your training is on the treadmill? Get the answer and advice.

Can Runners Get Pedicures?
Find out whether or not runners should get pedicures while marathon training.

Can I Listen to Music During Runs?
Many people like to listen to music when running, but there are several disadvantages to running with headphones. Find out why you should think twice before putting on those headphones.

What's a Negative Split?
Negative splitting is the ideal way to run a long distance race such as a half or full marathon. Find out what it means to run a negative split.

Are There Age Requirements to Run a Marathon?
People of all ages take interest in running marathons. How old do you have to be to participate in a marathon? Get the answer.

How Can I Deal With Deferring a Marathon?
Whether it's due to injury, a race day conflict, or some other reason, deferring your marathon to next year can be a heart-breaking and devastating decision. Here are some ways to deal with the stress of having to postpone your marathon.

Can I Drink Alcohol When Training for a Marathon?
Do I have to give up drinking alcohol during training? Get the answer.

Can I Drink Coffee Before Running?
Is it OK to have a cup of coffee before a run? Get the answer.

Should I Take Salt Before a Long Run or Marathon?
Is it necessary to get extra salt before a long run or marathon? Get the answer.

What are the Best and Worst Pre-Run Foods?
If you have had digestive issues during or after your runs, the foods you're eating in the 24 hours before your runs may be the culprit. Here's a guide to what you should and shouldn't eat before your runs.

How Do I Get Over the Post-Marathon Blues?
It's very common for runners to feel bummed-out, disappointed, sad, maybe even depressed after they finish a big race, like a marathon. The good news is that there are ways to combat these post-race blues, or at least soften the blow. Here are some things to try.

How Long Does It Take to Run a Marathon?
Here's how to figure out how long it will take you to run a marathon.

How Can I Reduce Jet Lag If I'm Racing in a Different Time Zone?
Get tips for reducing jet lag when you're traveling to a different time zone for race.

Should I Run a Half Marathon Before Running a Full Marathon?
Should I run a half marathon before attempting to run a full marathon? Get the answer.

How Far is a Marathon?
Find out the distance of a marathon and how to train for a marathon.

What Was Oprah's Marathon Time?
Wondering if you can beat Oprah Winfrey's marathon time? Find out how long it took her to run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 1994.

What Celebrities Have Run Marathons?
Wonder how some famous people did in their marathons? Here are times for some celebrity marathon runners.

Is It Normal to Skip a Period During Marathon Training?
Is it normal to miss your period when you're training for a marathon? Get the answer.

Should I Lift Weights Before or After Running?
Many marathoner-in-training include strengthening as part of their training. But when is the best time to do it -- before or after a run?

How Can I Avoid Weight Gain After a Marathon?
Are you worried about gaining weight after your marathon? Here's how to avoid post-marathon weight gain.

What Is a Good Time for Running a Marathon?
Wondering what's considered a good time for running a marathon? Get information on how your marathon race time might compare with others.

How Long Does It Take to Train for a Marathon?
Find out how long you should train to get ready for a marathon.

What Should I Do After I've Completed a Marathon?
Now that you've completed a marathon, you may be wondering, "What's next?" Here are some things to think about.

How Can I Prevent Black Toenails?
It's common for runners, especially those training for marathons, to get black or bruised toenails. Here are tips to prevent and treat black toenails.

How Much Does It Cost to Run a Marathon?
If you're wondering how much it'll cost you to train for and run a marathon, here are some of the typical expenses associated with running a marathon.

Should I Do a Long Run or Race the Day After Fasting?
Is it safe to do a long run the day after fasting for a religious observance? Get the answer.

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