When it comes to marathon training, the key is sticking with it. Having measurable goals can help. As does having a running partner or a training group. For the third year in a row, Competitor and Saucony are collaborating on 26Strong, a program pairing 13 experienced marathon mentors (coaches) with 13 first-time marathon runners (cadets) who are training for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11. Follow their journey and start your own by getting tips and progress reports at competitor.com/saucony-26-strong.
Some 26Strong cadets and coaches recently met up in San Diego, Calif., to run, compare training notes and strike a few poses. Check out the gallery for a glimpse behind the scenes.