What It Takes to Run a Marathon [INFOGRAPHIC]

When I signed up for the Chicago Marathon, I had a vague idea of what I was getting myself into. Lots of running, obviously. A few new pairs of shoes, probably. A bigger void in my stomach after Saturday long runs, sweet. But as I got further and further into marathon training, I realized that there’s a lot more to running a marathon than just lacing up and hitting the pavement.

What it takes to run a marathon infographic
Beyond 26.2: What It Actually Takes to Train for a Marathon. Designed by Hannah Lesko.

With the (huge amount of) help of my good friend and graphic designer extraordinaire Hannah Lesko, we’ve created a marathon infographic to show you what it takes to train for a marathon from start to finish.

Congratulations to all the runners that dominated the Chicago Marathon yesterday! Now go get that 26.2 tattooed on your… body.

Special thanks to Hannah Lesko for her amazing work on this infographic!

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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.