This is what it’s really like to run a marathon

As regular readers of the TR fitness pages over the last three months will know, I’ve been documenting my training as a first-time marathon runner. I’ve been writing up reports of my training hiccups, asking the experts for first-time marathon advice, and reviewing the best running shoes and best running watches to use on race day. 

After all this research and a few months of tough training runs, I developed a plan based on my goals for the race. I had four main objectives:

  • Best-case scenario. Run across the finish line in under four hours (4:00:00).
  • Secondary goal. Run across the finish line in 4:15:00.
  • Tertiary goal: Finish the race. 
  • Stick to my nutrition and hydration plan. Have fun. Smile when I run past my wife so she thinks I’m doing well. 

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