Training for a marathon takes discipline and more discipline. Of course you should have a basic ability to run a few miles a few times a week, and also have a tried and true training program, and a good several months ahead of you to train. Pair that with a will of steel, because I would say, by experience, over half of the journey is completed through sheer determination! But now research has shown that training for a marathon can be good for your heart as well. Research presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology showed that patients profiles improved in the areas of cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and body mass index. Of course, see your podiatrist, have your shoes checked, and if you have never participated in a running program before, you should see your doctor as well. Click here to read about Dr. McNeill's running shoe basic facts. If you have any questions or hesitations about your foot readiness, don't delay! Make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists. To read more about how training for a marathon is good for your heart, click here.