There’s no easy way to break this to you: marathons are hard. Maintaining your pace throughout all 26.2 miles of a marathon is ridiculously hard.
But you can prepare yourself for this by working with fatigue throughout the week.
Set yourself up:
This is just an example week of how to stack your harder workouts together and then get a full day’s rest twice a week. Not every week will look like this, but when you get further into marathon training, it’ll be important to kick up the days and mileage.
Smiling at mile 9? Must be the mid-week long runs kicking in.
It is critical to teach your body to operate on less than ideal rest. You will get tired during the race and you need to know how to respond both mentally and physically to that extreme fatigue.
This is one way to do it.
Do you do mid-week longer runs? How do you amp up your mileage during marathon training? Do you find it prepares you for the race itself?
Now go out and run!