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Time flies and if your new year’s resolution was to improve your sport performance, it’s time to get to work!

Start Training for Marathons Already in January!

Eva Ledecká
05.Jan 2018
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Do you want to run a half-marathon this year or even a full marathon? Run Czech has already announced the dates for spring and autumn races. You should set a training plan and follow it for 3-4 months before the race. Make sure to follow your plan precisely but do not overestimate your strength either! 

Planning to run a half-marathon? Train at least 3x a week!

It would be a huge mistake to think that you can run a half-marathon (or full marathon for that matter) with only a minimum preparation. Ideally, you should run regularly for at least a year before trying your luck with a half-marathon. However, if you’d like to conquer it even without a year-long running experience, go ahead! But in that case your preparation must start now.

If you want to “only” run a marathon, 2-3 training runs a week should suffice. However, you can’t go wrong with training more. When running 3x times a week, one run should focus on stamina, one on speed and the last one on regeneration.

Prodej rodinného domu, Praha 10 - 303m
Prodej rodinného domu, Praha 10 - 303m, Praha 10

Spread out your runs throughout the week. For example, run on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday. Try to increase the number of kilometers every week. And a day off doesn’t mean you get to lie on a couch all day! Go for a walk, swim or do some yoga.

Other crucial rules are: do not smoke, avoid alcohol, and eat healthy and nutritious food.

How do you know when you are ready?

Generally speaking, you should be able to run for 90-100 minutes. Of course, the more the better. If this is no problem, then go ahead and enroll in a race. Below is a list of marathons and half-marathons in 2018. We wish all brave runners a lot of stamina and luck!

Marathons and half-marathons in 2018:

Sportisimo 1/2Maraton Prague: 7 April

Junior marathon: 9 April – 6 May

Volkswagen Marathon Weekend: 5 – 6 May

Mattoni 1/2Marathon Karlovy Vary: 19 May

Mattoni 1/2Marathon České Budějovice: 2 June

O2 Prague Relay: 13 – 14 June

Mattoni 1/2Marathon Olomouc: 23 June

Birell Grand Prix Prague: 9 September

Mattoni 1/2Marathon Ústí nad Labem: 15 September

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