So, you wanna get ready for the next marathon but you've got no idea how and where to kick off your training? Marathons are long distance races which wear out even the most well prepared runners. So, before starting you've gotta be on top of your game, both physically and mentally. Otherwise, you'll end up giving up on the first curve.
But how do you go about this? What's the key to success?
We already know that in order to be a good runner, you need to be physically strong, with a lot of stamina. And to get to this point, you'll need to train for weeks (or even months) before your event. Maybe you can get some help from a professional trainer, but if you don't have the time and don't want to spend your money on professional aid, then perhaps these app will become your best allies.
Let's start with this great little runner. Marathon Running is the app that no marathon runner can do without. We're not taking about a training app here, but instead, an app you need in order to find out where the next marathons are taking place.
Check it out. It's a simple app (in terms of graphics), but it's interesting because it'll give you access to a calendar in which you'll be able to find all the marathons in the whole world.
All events have a direct link to the marathon website, so you can get the low-down and if it takes your fancy, then sign up!
Running a marathon is a very serious thing, so it seems fitting that we're recommending truly professional apps. miCoach train & run is an Adidas app that offers training and performance of a high quality.
Before you start, you'll have to register by adding all your data (including your weight and height) and then you just have browse for the workout you need.
And here's another must-have app if you want to complete your pro training. Runtastic is an app that'll help you set up good training sessions. You can input the type of activity you do and set yourself some personal aims (distance, time, calories), appropriate to your training needs, of course.
For a marathon, we'd recommend buying a training plan because Runtastic offers a well developed plan for marathons pre-prepared by experts. You can choose from: a 3.5 hour marathon, a 4 hour marathon, a 4.5 hour marathon or a complete one, for which at least 16 weeks of training is needed.
Sports Tracker is another training app that you should have on your mobile. It's not quite as sophisticated as the one above, but if truth be told, it's really useful and works just perfectly. You need to know exactly what your aims are in relation to your marathon training, so you can set up your daily workouts. You can keep track of your performance record every session and get nice graphs with your day-to-day results.
We're finishing up here with another legendary app, Endomondo. This one lets you set up the training session and adjust it all in line with your needs. But what we like the most is that it also takes care of you.
While you know you have to train hard in order to be able to finish the next marathon, it's easy to forget about your current needs: Endomondo pays attention to how many steps you've taken and it'll let you know if you need to get some water in you.