Skip Nav
Wedding
Trading Kettlebells For Wedding Bells: This Couple Got Married at the CrossFit Games
Before and After Weight Loss
How a Wedding and True Determination Helped Geneva Lose 100 Pounds
Britney Spears
After Happily Indulging at The Cheesecake Factory, Britney Spears Does This

Marathon Training Tip: Vary Your Runs

Marathon Training Tip: It's Time to Push Past Your Comfort Zone

Now that I'm weeks into my marathon training, I've been gleaning advice everywhere I can get it. And while I've learned many tips over the past couple of months — like how to hydrate before a long run and when pace doesn't matter — there's still a lot to think about. Your success in running depends on a lot of personal preference, like what you eat before you run, which shoes keep your feet comfortable even at mile 15, or which earbuds stay put in your ears, so figuring out what works best for me during long runs has been a journey.

One thing I've noticed is how much pushing past my comfort zone has measurably made me a better runner. It can be easy to fall into the same running routine — running at the same time, at the same pace, or on the same route, over and over — especially when you've got to clock in the miles every week. But it wasn't until I started changing these three aspects of my workout that I actually felt like I was becoming a better runner week after week. While remembering to vary your workout by running at different paces, at different times, and over different terrains is nothing new to those training for a race, making a conscious decision to change up one (or more) of these aspects at every run — and therefore pushing past my comfort zone — has allowed me to realize when I'm at my most efficient, I feel my best, and I'm developing as a runner.

If you're training for a marathon, check out our printable 18-week marathon guide, and tell us: how has pushing past your comfort zone helped you?

Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Fitness Marshall Cardio Hip-Hop Video Trumpets by Sean Paul
Britney Spears on Treadmill With Weights
Mermaid Workout Clothes
Ab and Butt Exercises
How to Do Glute Bridge March
Exercise Formula to Counteract Sitting
CrossFit Injury Prevention

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
X