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Training for a Marathon is a serious undertaking. Since Marathon running deals with longer distances, so does the training. The training regimen generally follows a 16 week schedule, where the weekly mile totals gradually increase each week, peaking around week 13, before tapering off again in the weeks before the race. Along with the weekly mile total increase, the long run each week increases in distance.
The average marathon runner should complete one long run each week, with the longest run covering 20 miles. When this prescribed training is followed, the runner will be able to not only complete a marathon, but will decrease the chances of getting injured during the race.