How To Train For An Endurance Event

Whether you're an experienced runner or training for your first 5k, 10k, half-marathon or full marathon, one of the keys to successfully finishing an endurance event is having a progressive and safe training plan in place. The first step to any plan is setting a goal and registering for a specific event. Registering for an event builds accountability and gives you a timeline to safely train (roughly 12 to 14 weeks). When picking an event (especially your first one), chose one that inspires, excites and is similar to the terrain you will be training on. After researching and registering for an event, it's time to start your engine and get the training ball rolling. Whether you decide to hire a run coach or use an online training program, its important to start with a plan that matches your current training level and slowly progresses in mileage, frequency and intensity. The body adapts and improves if you make small changes over a long period of time and thus patience is key. Keep in mind that there will be great and not-so-great training days throughout the process. At the end of the day, overall consistency and steady improvement will help you achieve success and keep you safe in your event. Throughout the training process, get social by joining run groups or clubs, challenge the body by mixing up practice terrain and routes, and don't be afraid to cross-train by adding activities such as flexibility training, cycling, elliptical, yoga or swimming. Train steady and consistently, listen to your body, provide proper attention to nagging aches and pains, and pace yourself through the training process and event itself. There are few people who will ever complete a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon. Take the time to celebrate your accomplishment and take every moment of the event in.