When I started training for my first marathon in 2013, I was still a very new runner. My previous racing experience consisted of running one race, a Half Marathon (the Pittsburgh Half)... and that's it!
Disclaimer: I was terrified to run a 5K and avoided signing up for races for that reason... well, until my college besties guilted me into training for a half with them.
My training process was simple: Finding a program online from Hal Higdon, and following it each day and each week until race day. Oh, and googling everything under the sun about things like fueling and still not being 100% sure what to do (the frustrating part).
Fun fact: My social media training updates consisted of only 2 propped new gear pics (shoes, water belt, fuel), and a watch selfie from my first and only 20 miler. So crazy how times have changed!
I promise all of this is all relevant, so keep reading!
Everything was simple then... and that's the approach I think more need to take when training for their first 26.2. My top tips will include that along with a few of those things that I struggled finding on google.