I wish to run simple marathons. Especially marathons that ring in New Year.

Here is my physical activity so far (6+ days a week)

  • Surya Namaskar, 90 repititions

  • 10 minute bike, or alternate day, 5 minute jog

  • 9 weight exercise (8, 10 and 15 lbs), three sets each, 4 reps per set

More info

  • Lady, mid-30s

  • 5'4", 147lbs

Please advise starter indoor exercises that don't require extra $$$

In Springtime (May 2017) I hope to run outdoors.

Honestly, I wish to run simple marathons, to expand circle of friends and enjoy myself ----- all while maintaining health.

I would rather run New Years Eve marathon than sit home and stuff my face while waiting for Ball to Drop.

  • 2
    This isn't a practical question. How could we possibly know how in shape you are? Your body bio mechanics and how seriously you are willing to train. Regardless, doing any time of barbell exercises should suffice, however you should be running ALOT if you are serious. Sep 29 '16 at 20:00
  • @MuntasirAlam Updated question, please give +1
    – Rhonda
    Sep 29 '16 at 21:17
  • 2
    5 minute jog is the most running you do? I mean, couch to 5k program is such is a start. Don't even think about marathons yet, have it as a goal to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, and after that, 10k in under 1 hour. Gradual increase in distance is key, otherwise you can be sure to hurt yourself.
    – cbll
    Sep 30 '16 at 6:31
  • What is a "simple marathon"? How far is the actual distance you want to run? Also, people give +1 if they think the question merits it, please don't beg for upvotes.
    – JohnP
    Oct 5 '16 at 17:42
  • @JohnP I wish to start "simple", i.e New Years Marathon. Usually 5 or 10K. You know, better to be out and about doing something worthwhile than watching the New Years ball drop. I asked +1 from someone who I thought originally gave it -1 because it will not well formed question. Once I corrected question, then I asked person for +1.
    – Rhonda
    Oct 5 '16 at 19:46

Source: I've done one marathon, a 50k, and many, many, many runs at distances under that. I'm no expert just relaying what I've learned and come to understand. Hope you find it helpful.


The key to running marathons is, well, running. Strength training is important as well, as building your core and supporting muscles will aid in your overall stamina. I think most marathon training programs advise having a base of 15-20 miles/week, and are structured something like this:

Long, recovery, rest, run and strength, run, run and/or strength, rest, repeat

At the peak of training I think you get about 35 miles/week. I've seen a couple other posts by you asking about the Couch to 5k program, which I've heard is awesome. Keep in mind that's an 8 week program, and building up to a 10k takes additional time. You'll eventually see whether you have the desire to keep going or not. Marathons aren't for everyone, and they're not simple. I encourage everyone to try it out, I personally love running, but there are people out there who have zero desire to run for 3-6+ hours.

Training for a marathon is a commitment, and I encourage you to take it seriously if you really want to complete one. Don't skip runs, do the distance on the schedule, push yourself up those hills and try to get better each time, run those speed workouts with power, not letting tired muscles or hard breathing convince you to walk. Much of running is a mental game, figure out your breaking point and see if you can move past it, challenging yourself.

You can probably run a marathon within a year if you go about it smart and can remain dedicated that long. Training plans are 12-20 weeks, depending on intensity and who wrote them, then you need to add the additional time for the other milestone distances.


Another thing to keep in mind, and is different for everybody, is nutrition and hydration. On your long runs through training, you need to experiment with different calorie sources and hydration strategies, not only during your run, but the hours leading up to it. Do you need to drink a liter of water before you even start the run? Coffee? Coke? How about eating cereal, bagel, eggs, toast, banana, super green power smoothie, ice cream? What is it that helps you feel good during your run, is what you need to figure out.

Not eating enough, waiting too long to eat/drink, too much or too little water, electrolyte loss/intake can lead to nausea, bloating, cramps, exhaustion, etc. You can still most likely finish a race feeling like this, but your mind is very persuasive in telling you to give up.


Having the right shoes will help you a lot. Check out stores around you and see if any provide gait analysis. The plethora of running and athletics shoes is astronomical these days, so finding a knowledgeable person who can fit you in the right shoe is pretty critical to helping prevent injuries.

Getting clothes specific for the sport will help out too (especially for the proper seasons...running in 20 degrees in sweat pants instead of winter tights is a terrible idea!). Shirts, tanks, shorts, skirts, tights, socks, hats, etc can all drastically change a run, so find what brands, materials, and sizes work for you. Since you're a lady, I'd also highly recommend getting fitted for sports bras. I don't pretend to know much in that area, but if you don't have the right one, it can lead to unhappy times I've heard.

While road marathons have aid stations quite frequently, I'd still advise the purchase of a water bottle. I prefer handheld, but they have ones that slip into a belt or are strapped around you waist. You can also consider hydration packs (think CamelBak) specifically for running. Lots of pouches/pockets for food, phone and id, jackets, gloves, anything you might need on a long run.

Finally, this guy's done talking!

Last thing, I promise: enjoy yourself. Running is great! Whether you run solo, with a friend, or with groups of people, you have to enjoy it. If you pound through every step with frustration and a dismal outlook on the next x miles, it makes the run so much harder to complete, and even harder to lace up the next morning and do it again. Take in your surroundings, have conversations, solve problems...whatever it is that makes you happy, see if you can incorporate it in your run!

  • 1
    Wow Tyler this is really helpful and thorough! Still mentally and physically preparing myself for couch to 5K. And I understand going beyond 5K takes time ... and a lot of it is mental. So much valuable information!
    – Rhonda
    Oct 2 '16 at 11:03

Join a local running club. There is always someone there that is training for a marathon.


My advice to you is to stay sport specific.

If you are relatively serious the only thing you need to do is : RUN ALOT. Presumably you are not a professional or amateur level athlete. That being the case, the only thing you really need to work on is getting your endurance to the point where you can actually finish a marathon(Which I presume you can't do).

The best way to do this is to gradually increase the distance you run every day. Keep track of how much you are running perhaps on a treadmill or on a track.

To keep it simple. RUN ALOT

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.