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Running a marathon? Here are 26.2 tips to help you finish.

By Kelyn Soong

26 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Here, we hear some tips from marathon runners on how to prepare for a long-distance competitive race. This advice is relevant for those doing any competitive running, be it 5km, 10km or a marathon.

Fall marathon season is here, and the next two weeks will feature two of the biggest 26.2-mile races in the United States. On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 30, nearly 20,000 runners will take to the streets of D.C. and Northern Virginia for the 2022 Marine Corps Marathon. One week later, 50,000 runners will compete in the New York City Marathon, one of the most popular running events in the world.

Last month, The Washington Post wrote about what veteran runners wish they had known before their first marathon. The article generated more than 100 comments from readers who shared their own tips, advice and lessons on marathon running. Here is what they said.

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