You want to run a marathon \u2013 we get it! You\u2019ve seen family and friends compete in and complete an amazing goal. You want to test yourself and see what you\u2019re made of. Marathon running isn\u2019t for everyone (don\u2019t feel bad if you\u2019re not into it), but if running a marathon is on your bucket list here are a few things to know about training before you start.\r\n\r\nDedication \u2013 Running a marathon isn\u2019t something to decide on a whim. It\u2019s going to take months of consistent training, making sure your diet and nutrition are on point, and even having to pass on fun social activities to run or so that you can get up early to run. Make sure you\u2019re mentally prepared for what\u2019s ahead.\r\n\r\nSupport \u2013 See that dedication stuff above? Make sure your family and friends know what your plan is and are on board. Training will be so much easier if you have their support. Also, consider signing up for a running group. It can be helpful to have others that are training with you as a support system, and these groups also often offer a mentor or leader that can provide good training info. Groups are often available through your local sporting goods store, or you can join something like Team In Training that\u2019s a national organization and includes a fundraising aspect.\r\n\r\nCheck Your Finances \u2013 Everything from registration fees, quality shoes and socks, other running gear, proper nutrition, possibly hotels depending on where you\u2019re running, and even doctor\u2019s visits will add up. Make sure you\u2019re not only ready to make the time commitment, but also the financial commitment.\r\n\r\nAre You Fit To Start \u2013 Make a plan for training. Start out slow and make sure you\u2019re physically fit enough to start training. If you\u2019re not there yet it\u2019s okay, it just means you need to get there before you start actual marathon training. WikiHow says that good rule of thumb is being able to complete 30 minutes of aerobic activity. If you can\u2019t do that, work up to the 30 minutes and then start marathon training. It\u2019s always a good idea to check in with your doctor before you start any new physical activity.\r\n\r\nYour Body Might Hate You \u2013 Seriously. Your body might retaliate. Blisters, chafing, heat rash, muscle pain, and the list goes on. Push through and keep working toward your goal. Just know, that these things are coming and prepare to care for yourself.\r\n\r\nActually Training \u2013 Find a plan that fits your physical and training needs. Most plans will incorporate a variety of runs of varying length and goals including helping you build up distance and speed. REI breaks down the \u201cFour Building Blocks of Marathon Training\u201d and also offers some additional tips. This is where that running group would come in handy. You\u2019re going to have so much going on, it would be nice to have a person letting you know how to proceed and answer any questions you may have.\r\n\r\nGet Good Gear \u2013 Buy good shoes. Repeat \u2013 Buy. Good. Shoes. Caring for your feet while you are training is so important. Along with your shoes make sure you get quality socks, proper running clothing, a breathable hat, and even a runner\u2019s belt to hold water, snacks, and your ID. Make sure to dress for the weather and never underestimate the power of sun screen.\r\n\r\nBreak If You Need To \u2013 If you get sick take a break. If you need to miss a day to attend an important life event such as a wedding take a break. If something hurts and you think you need to go to the doctor take a break. You get the idea.\r\n\r\nDress Rehearsal \u2013 Try running a shorter marathon a month or so before you have to run the big one. If you\u2019re training for a half then run a 5K or 10K. Don\u2019t use the dress rehearsal or your big marathon to break in any items. You can even head over to the marathon site the week before and do a shorter run near the finish line to help you visualize that last stretch.\r\n\r\nPace Yourself \u2013 The big day is here! You\u2019re amped up and ready to go. Remember your training and pace yourself for success. It will be tempting to try to keep up with other more experienced runners. Don\u2019t feel pressured. You\u2019ve got your plan \u2013 stick to it.\r\n\r\nCelebrate \u2013 Triumph! You\u2019ve completed your race. Bask in the glory! Make sure you hydrate and get some fuel for your body. Have family or friends wait for you at the finish line and make sure you get taken care of and home safely. You\u2019re gonna be pumped , tired, and full of adrenaline. Let someone else worry about the driving details and you just celebrate your incredible achievement.\r\n\r\nWant to read more about running a marathon? Check these out:\r\n\r\nToday \u2013 16 Things I Wish I Knew Before Running A Marathon\r\n\r\nActive.com \u2013 How To Run Your First Marathon\r\n\r\nRunner\u2019s World \u2013 How To Train For A Marathon\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nRemember, you know your body best! If you have chronic pain or injuries, please consult with your physician before attempting any strenuous activity.