Chicago and New York host two of the best American Marathons. Because the courses take place in the Fall, this gives runners a chance to prepare outdoors during the summertime. It can’t hurt to mention that prepping for a 26K in these two cities is one of the most inspiring things – beautiful architecture surrounding you while you train, what more could you want!?

The book “Smart Marathon Training” recommends limiting running to only 3x per week and adding cross-training to build the endurance required to finish a Marathon. Reason being: the way your muscles contract during time spent running results in greater micro-trauma in muscle tissue than any other workout.

So, what is cross-training? Cross-training involves other forms of exercise in place of only running. These exercises are known to raise your heart rate and work the cardiovascular system just as effectively, without putting as much impact on certain muscles and joints.