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

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

Have you always secretly wanted to run a 5K—but felt too scared to try? Or are you an experienced runner hoping to take your marathoning ways to the next level? Or maybe you're somewhere in the middle; you've done a 5K or a 10K, but you're not quite sure about training for a full marathon? We've got you covered with our Every Woman's Guide. Here you'll find our training tips for every woman's fitness level. For She's Fit members, fitness is a way of life and takes place both inside and outside the gym. Here's how we recommend you get ready to run, no matter who you are.   A special word about marathons Any run from the 5K to the ultra marathon demands special training. However, when it comes to marathons (and anything longer), you really need to be sure you're getting the right training in, and that you're doing enough to get yourself ready. In general, even seasoned runners train for marathons for 16 to 20 weeks, running three to five times or more during every one of those weeks. Ideally you should have a solid base of running under your belt before attempting a marathon—say, three to six months of consistent running, at least three to five times each week. Running six miles at a time should feel comfortable to you, and hopefully you will have finished several 5K races already. These things only matter because going from nothing to marathon increases your chances of having a bad experience, including being injured. No