A common mistake that runners make is running too soon post marathon. We 100% understand... you're feeling good a few days later, you're used to running 5+ days per week, and start to get antsy to get out there again. It may be possible you also want to try and flush all of that lactic acid out of your legs from the big race, right?
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Half & Full Marathons
The length of a Marathon training plan usually ranges between 16-20 weeks. The final 3 weeks are what's considered the Taper Phase of training. The purpose of Tapering is to recover from the physical stress of training, improve your strength leading up to race day, along with improve your running economy (how much oxygen you need to run at a given pace)