Sign-ups are closed for Sunday’s 2013 ING New York City Marathon, but if you’re one of the 48,000 runners taking part in this year’s event, you’ve probably been preparing for quite some time now. For those readers who may be considering a marathon next year but are unsure of the best ways to get ready for the course, don’t fret. While it’s implausible to walk you through each step of marathon preparation, there are some basic guidelines one should follow before taking the long-distance plunge. So instead of making excuses for not taking on the daunting trek, get prepared mentally and physically with 10 Things You Should Do Before Running a Marathon.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.