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You’ve finally decided to join the crazy crowd. To someone who has never completed a 42km run, long distance runners are a bunch of crazy people.

“Why do you put yourselves through so much pain?” is a question I get asked often.

“What exactly do you gain when you cross the finish line?” is often the follow-up question.

In response, I just smile or giggle.

I can never really answer these questions appropriately. The only way anyone can ever get a satisfactory answer is to personally complete a marathon.

Unsurprisingly, the crazy crowd seems to be growing at a healthy rate worldwide. All major marathons are showing an increase in participants year after year.

So, I’d like to welcome you to this crazy family of marathon athletes. You’ve taken a brave step.

Perhaps you’ve been a part of this crazy family and you simply want to improve your running ability. Naturally, I would assume you want to improve your times as well.

Again, I’d like to say welcome to the “Run for Wealth” platform.

From the onset, let me say the following:

  1. I’ve run over 20 marathons in the past 4 years
  2. My personal best is a time of 3hrs 43 minutes, which I ran in 2013
  3. I’ve run over 10 ultra-marathons, with a personal best of 5hrs 08 minutes for a 56km race in 2013
  4. I’ve run 3 Comrades Marathons (89kms) with a personal best of 9hrs 24 minutes in 2011

If you are looking to improve your running ability and times, I believe I have enough running experience to assist you. I also believe that I have some good personal best times under my belt. I know what it takes to run a good race.

I finished in the top 25% with all the above-mentioned times.

However, I can’t lead you beyond a point I have never been myself. If your personal best times are consistently better than mine, it will probably be difficult for me to assist you to improve.

Why? Well, the 2 programmes that I have put together are geared at helping the:

  • Novice complete a marathon (Yep, just to finish is a big deal!)
  • Athlete who has already completed a 42km race before to work towards running a 42km race in under 4hrs

I don’t have any advanced (sub 3hr 30) or competitive (sub 3hr) programmes because I have never run those times before.

What are the requirements of a good training platform?

A 42km race tests all the building blocks of running: endurance, strength, speed, nutrition and mental fitness.

As such you need a really good foundation before you run a marathon.

That foundation includes:

  • A solid understanding of “The 8 Laws Of Successful Long-Distance Running”
  • At least 10 weeks of regular exercise (minimum 5 times a week)
  • A training programme that includes cross-training
  • Completing at least two half-marathon runs and at least one half-marathon race in the past 8 weeks (a run and a race are completely different)

If you don’t feel ready, I suggest you start with the Running for Beginners” Programme that entails a:

  • Free 4 week “How To Walk” programme
  • Free 4 week “How To Walk and Run” programme
  • Free 6 week “How To Run for 35 minutes” programme

In addition you can download a 6 week “How To Complete a 5km Run” programme.

Perhaps you are not a beginner runner, but you still feel that you are not ready to start training for a marathon, I suggest you go through one of the following training programmes:

A solid foundation can take you anything between 6 and 36 weeks depending on your fitness levels.

That’s a total of 9 months!

You might have a look at the length and say: “this is too long!”.

If that’s you, please understand that there’s no rush.

Running is a lifestyle. You have your entire life to complete your first marathon. Most importantly, I want you to enjoy your running, stay injury free and begin to run in a way that will give you abundance and fulfilment in your spirit, mental attitude, relationships and finances.

There’s no point in rushing and getting injured in the process. Ultimately, you’ll end up hating the idea of running.

If you are a novice, I have a Novice marathon programme for you that focuses on all the running fundamentals.

If you’ve completed a marathon in the past 8 weeks and would like to improve, I have an Intermediate programme that focuses on improving any one of your running fundamentals.

I’ve already highlighted that the training programmes I’ve put together are based on experience. If you want to run well, follow them diligently and the results will come.

The plan includes the following important tips and considerations:

  • Getting a medical check-up
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Running comfortably
  • Working on your breathing
  • Running through pain
  • Sticking to the programme
  • Scheduling time into your diary
  • Split training
  • Gearing up appropriately
  • Drinking enough water
  • Getting used to your nutrition
  • Warming up
  • Building a solid support system
  • Make it exciting
  • Making safety a priority
  • Running on a good surface 
  • Studying the race route
  • Tracking your progress
  • Stretching

In addition, you need to ensure you are well-prepared before, during and after the race.

The programme includes over 15 Pre, Race-day and Post-race tips.

Download Free “Novice How To Complete a Marathon” Programme

Download Free “Intermediate How To Complete a Marathon” Programme