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Chasing Pheidippides: Marathon Training 101 - CEC Course

By: Jason Karp, PhD

From the time the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides ran from Sparta to Marathon to announce the Greeks' victory in the Battle of Marathon, humans have had a compelling interest in endurance running. With over 300 marathons in the U.S. each year, and a few hundred thousand people running them, it is likely that one of your clients is interested in running a marathon. This presentation will walk you through the process of preparing your clients for a marathon, including tapering and delaying fatigue during the race.

  1. Identify the physiological variables associated with running a marathon.
  2. Identify the components of marathon training and describe how clients adapt to training each component.
  3. Describe the different workouts clients can do to prepare for a marathon.
  4. Describe tapering strategies.
  5. Understand how to plan a marathon training program.
  6. Understand how to plan a marathon taper.
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