Philadelphia Marathon Training: Why You Need Rest Weeks, Not Just Rest Days

Marathon training is exhausting. There’s really no way around it. Week after week you head out the door on tired, achy legs preparing your body for the 26.2-mile journey. Run too little and you’ll crash and burn come race day, but run too much and you’ll also crash and burn come race day.

Running a great marathon means knowing how to fight off fatigue — being able to manage your energy throughout the race so that when you cross the finish line, you’ve just started to “run on empty.” Marathon training needs to prepare you for this long battle with fatigue and just as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. The best way to prepare is to practice running in a fatigued state. This not only includes a weekly long run but also accumulating fatigue over an extended period of time. For intermediate and advanced runners, this accumulated fatigued state is just as important as the weekly long run. Since virtually no marathon plans include running 26.2 miles at goal marathon pace, this accumulated fatigue helps prepare you for tackling 26.2 miles at goal pace without actually doing it in training.

However there is a huge risk that comes with training in an extended state of fatigue: Overtraining. Overtraining, caused by stressing the body too hard, too often, with not enough rest, can completely wreck marathon training. The key to balancing this fine line between an optimal fatigued state and overtraining is letting the body rest so it can adjust to higher workloads.

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3 Things You Need to Know If You’re Training for the Philadelphia Marathon

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

So you’re really doing this — you’re running your first marathon. You’re signed up, committed and, hopefully at this point, deep into your training plan.

Completing your first (or second, or third) marathon can be one of the most rewarding and intimidating experiences of your life. Conquering 26.2 miles is a task that requires months of preparation, hard work and lots of running.

Running 26.2 miles can seem even more intimating and perhaps down right terrifying if this is your first marathon. Here are three tips every first-time marathoner needs to pay special attention to.  Read more »

Hey, Runners! The Philadelphia Marathon Is Having a Flash Sale

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia Marathon announced on Instagram Wednesday that they’ll be running a flash sale of sorts on race registration for both the full and half marathon races on Friday, September 9th. And the discounts are big: As their Instagram caption states, they’ll be offering original 2016 pricing on full marathon and half marathon registrations.

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Why Runners Are Upset About the Philadelphia Marathon Course Changes 

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Back in April, the Philadelphia Marathon announced that they’d be making some big changes to the November race this year: For one, Jim Marino, race director for the Broad Street Run, would be coming on as race director for the Philadelphia Marathon. Two, the half marathon and the full marathon would be held on different days — the former on Saturday and the latter on Sunday — as opposed to running concurrently, as they have in past years. And three, both distances would see some course changes.

Back then, they outlined the race changes in a press release, saying the most notable change to the full marathon would be the nixing of the out-and-back portion on East Falls Bridge. They outlined some serious changes to the half marathon course—long story short: significantly less time spent in Center City, more time spent in Fairmount Park—but there were no maps of the courses available then. Well, now there are. The race recently posted the map for the full marathon course (here) and the half marathon course (here)—and runners have quite a bit to say.

Runners have been chatting about the changes, primarily the changes to the half marathon course (the marathon course is mostly untouched, and many people are actually very happy about the fact that the East Falls Bridge portion was cut), over in the Facebook group Run215. Reading through the comments, there seem to be two main issues upsetting runners when it comes to the half marathon course changes. Read more »

REMINDER: Philadelphia Marathon Registration Opens Tonight

Photo courtesy GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon

Photo courtesy GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon

Reminder: Registration for the Philadelphia Marathon, happening Sunday, November 20th, opens at midnight tonight, people! And note: The first 500 registrants will get their bibs for just $85 rather than $105, so you’re going to want to go ahead and set your alarms for 11:55 p.m. Read more »

Philadelphia Marathon 2016 Registration Date Announced

Photograph courtesy GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon

Photograph courtesy GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon

Get ready to jot this date down, folks: The Philadelphia Marathon just released the registration date for the the 2016 race very early (they didn’t release the registration date for this year’s race until April!). And it is — drumroll, please — April 1st, 2016, which just so happens to be the same day registration opened last year. Do we spy a trend?
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PHOTOS: The Most Hilarious Spectator Signs at the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon

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Yesterday, about 30,000 runners took to the streets to tackle the Philadelphia Marathon and the Philadelphia Half Marathon, and a bunch more lovely humans lined the streets to cheer them on with some fantastic signs. So first off, big round of applause for everyone who ran — I sure hope you treated yourself to a chocolate croissant this morning because you deserve it. And secondly, big round of applause for the spectators. I’m sure plenty of runners would’ve collapsed well before the finish line were it not for all your encouraging marathon-related “Your mom” jokes and T-Rex costumes. Seriously.

Below, our favorite signs from this year’s race. Get ready to chuckle. Read more »

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