Every Woman’s Guide to Training for a Run: Part Two

In Part One of our Every Woman's Guide to Training for a Run, we covered the basics of training for a long run, supplementing your running with other training, and how to eat and drink right for marathon training. Now it's time to get down to more details. Here we'll talk about how to choose a route, avoiding injury, staying motivated, gearing up, and coping with challenges.   Choosing a race or route Especially if you're new to long distance running, choosing a race or route is key to maximizing your chances of succeeding. There are several factors to consider here:   When is it? If you're running early in the fall, remember that you'll have to train during the hot summer months; if you live where it's very hot, this may not be a great choice. On the other hand, if you hate cold weather, avoid having to run during very cold months. Both race day and training weather should factor into your choice.   Where is it? If you have the travel bug, choose a race in a totally new place. If travel stresses you out, choose something closer to home.   What kind of city is the race taking place in? There's nothing quite like running a race in a major metropolis; the energy and support of the crowds is amazing. On the other hand, these races can be expensive, and if crowds get you down, you won't like this type of event.   What kind of course is it? Almost any race has a website, so make sure you look to