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Marathon Training Calendar

  • By Mary Kennedy
  • Posted 10.30.07
  • NOVA

How do you prepare novice runners for the Boston Marathon? Three-time Boston Marathon winner Uta Pippig, Coach Don Megerle, and the rest of our training team at Tufts University had less than 10 months to prepare the runners of Team NOVA. But rather than "whip them into shape," Uta and Coach Don knew it would be best to use a mix of discipline, inspiration, and gentle cajoling. Explore, month by month, the detailed Training Calendar they followed. You may be inspired to take on such an endeavor yourself.

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See week-by-week how the novice runners of Team NOVA prepared for the Boston Marathon.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Marathon Challenge.

In addition to the Editors' Picks features at left, you can read in-depth interviews and see more video in Marathon Diaries from the original program website. Learn more about Team NOVA, get Ten Tips for Novice Runners, and hear the running wisdom of Uta Pippig.

Mary Kennedy, an associate producer on "Marathon Challenge," earned degrees in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Communication from Boston University and Tufts University, respectively.

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