Set your goals early
Months before you hope to be marathon-ready, pick a race that seems realistic for your fitness level and looks fun. Lock in your goal by figuring out hotels and transportation. “Set your goal early,” says Hal Higdon, author of Run Fast. “Once that goal is set, everything can spin off of there.” (Related: These “dream big” quotes will help remind you why you started training.)
Make your goals realistic
Accept the fact that if you’re a beginning runner, you won’t be able to get in shape in time for a marathon just 10 weeks away. “Realize the magnitude of your goal, and set yourself up for success,” says Jenny Hadfield, MA, CPT, running and fitness coach and author of Marathoning for Mortals. Consider starting with a 5K or 10K to get a sense of what races are like, then set out for 26.2 miles when you have that solid base. Here are tips to start exercising when you’re overweight.