Marathon Training For Your Brain, Funny Bone + Body

Marathon Training For Your Brain, Funny Bone + More

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It’s October, which means one thing: Marathon season is officially here!

Many of us will slog long miles in marathon training this month. I’m prepping for the Honolulu Marathon in 10 weeks, and I know many runners targeting the New York City Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and other races.

Others of us will toe the line at events this month, like the Wineglass Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and Marine Corps Marathon.

Others still are thinking about committing to 26.2 for the first time next year or a marathon training challenge like Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World Marathon in January.

Whatever your quest, I’m here to help with a round-up of my marathon articles at!

17 Things You Should Know Before Running Your 1st Marathon


This one was just plain fun to write. I don’t usually write “Listicles” but I couldn’t pass up sharing the wisdom I’ve culled from my seven marathons… in GIF form. I think #8 and #11 are my faves. Pretty sure they’ve happened to me during every single marathon.

What else would you add? Check out the list at

Marathon Training for Your Brain

You’ve put in the miles, training your body for the rigors of running 26.2. But is your mind ready too? Running a marathon is as much a mental battle as a physical one. Inevitable doubts and fears creep into many a marathoner’s mind. Train your brain while training your body with seven tips meant to help flex your mental muscle come race day.

Danielle at even shares her thoughts on “chunking.” Read it at

Want A New Fitness Challenge? Run 3 Races In One Weekend

Marathon Training For Your Brain, Funny Bone + More

The medal haul from the Dopey Challenge. (runDisney)

Maybe you’re not lacing up for 26.2, but rather 3.1 + 6.2 + 13.1 or more. Multi-day race challenges have grown in popularity. But training for more than one race in a weekend is a unique challenge akin to training for a marathon—especially if the full distance is one of your many events. These five tips will help you survive two, three, and four races in a row.

Plus, I put together a list of 25 racing buffets for the glutton in you. Check it out at

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


10 2015

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  1. 1

    OK, #14 of the marathon list had me laughing out loud. They should use that at the post-day experience. Getting out of bed? Good luck with that.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Haha, right?! Glad to give you a giggle!

  2. 3

    This is great, thanks for sharing! My BIGGEST challenge, by far, is the whole process of training my brain. In all 5 of my marathons, my body has always been ready, and I’ve gotten through it without any major physical issues, injuries, etc…but it’s my mind that tends to fail me and that’s when I start to fall apart. So I’m definitely working on that!
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    • Karla Bruning

      I feel you! I struggle with the mental aspect of marathons and half-marathons too. Every race predictor calculator tells me I can run them much faster. But I think the mind over matter battle holds me back. We can overcome!
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  3. 5

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. An energy drink brand will be holding a huge marathon in our place, 21km, 10km and 5km. For the first time I will try to do the 21km and this post will surely be useful. I will have to show this to my trainer and see if we can follow some of the tips. Thanks again.

  4. 7

    That list was the best!! I was laughing and agreeing my way through it.
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