Like mariners drawn to a rocky shoreline by the enchanting sound of mermaids, many runners can’t resist the lure of the epic marathon. This fall, thousands of runners will line up across the country for a chance to experience the agony and ecstasy of running’s premiere event.
The marathon strips away pretenses and reveals truth. It’s merciless and unforgiving. If you have a chink in your armor, the marathon will find it. Nagging injuries, lack of sleep, poor diet, and inconsistent training can result in a terrible race experience.
Here’s what you need to know to prepare your body for 26.2 miles.