Running the marathon is the easy part.
Planning, preparing, and performing quality training for 14-18 weeks is the tough part.
Selecting a course – one that closely aligns with your race goal – can make or break the race experience. Personal preferences – temperature, number of marathon participants, and time of year, among many factors – are important to consider when selecting your next marathon. Add adequate training time (12-18 weeks for a marathon, dependant on individual) to the list. And “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” applies too.
Here are the steps I take when selecting a course for a marathon.