Prior to starting a 12, 16 or 20 week training plan for a marathon, it’s absolutely essential that you prepare your body for the rigors that this plan will put your body through.
In the following short video, the presenter discusses a 3 pronged strategy for beginners that will take approx. 4 weeks to prepare your body to simply start marathon training.
If you’re a beginner (i.e., never trained for or run a marathon), then it’s a must that you have some base mileage, consistent running habits and some body strength (stable hips and strong glutes, hamstrings and lower legs).
A few details are provided in this video. Be aware, these aren’t marathon training tips, instead he presents a strategy to get you ready to train for a marathon.