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When should I start training for a marathon?

Quite simply - as soon as you can!  Marathon training is more than just the 3 months leading up to your goal race.  Before you even consider your marathon training program, you've got to build an adequate mileage base.  This means being comfortable running at least 3 miles at a time, with a weekly total of about 20-25 miles.  Once you've maintained this mileage for a while with no negative impact,  you can move on to a marathon specific training program.  
If you’re beginning runner you will need as long as 18-24 weeks (5-6 months) if you’re already reasonably active and fit and run on a regular basis it can be accomplished with as little as 12-18 weeks of training (3-5 months).  A marathon is a strenuous test of endurance and should be trained for accordingly. The more time you take to train and prepare for a marathon the more slowly you can progress and the less likely you are to develop injuries from over training. As a general rule of thumb, the further away from the marathon you start training the better?

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