On April 9, thousands of runners will take over the streets of Los Angeles for the 2014 LA Marathon. They'll join the hundreds of thousands of runners in the United States who will complete a marathon this year.
If you've signed up for your first marathon this year, before starting your 26.2 mile journey, congratulations! To help you with your big run, Paul Smedley, an outdoor sports expert and senior buyer at Sport Chalet, provided some tips to help you have a successful run.
Smedley has spent his entire life participating in outdoor activities - from hiking and camping, climbing and mountaineering, to road biking and mountain biking. He has been an avid skier for over 35 years and a competitive trail runner.
From gear to hydration, read on for Smedley's tips for marathon runners.