How To Run A Marathon Without Any Training

If you’re not a runner, training for a marathon might seem like an extremely daunting task. With a few creative tricks, however, you might be able to make it to the finish line without any training at all.

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A few years ago Andrew Gertig ran the San Francisco marathon without any training. He finished in just 4 hours and 28 minutes. How did he make this happen? Gertig says he made it through with a few Advil before the race, well-timed walking and water breaks, the periodic banana, and interesting conversations to distract from the pain. He says: “Just because something seems hard and you don’t feel prepared does not mean that you can’t do it.”

If you want to give it a try, Gertig recommends that you don’t plan on finishing to avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. We recommend proper stretches so you don’t hurt yourself if you’re not used to running long distances (or any distances). Be sure to take breaks when you need them, pace yourself, and you may find you can accomplish something you never thought you could.

How to hack a marathon if you aren’t a runner [Andrew Gertig]

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