Running a marathon is not an easy accomplishment, even a half marathon can prove to be challenge. However the payoff and personal reward you get by completing a marathon run far outweighs the pain. Whether walking or running the event, you will face challenges. Take comfort in knowing that everyone out there is undergoing a similar experience.  Regardless if they are a seasoned well trained runner or just starting out. By coming to terms with this ahead of time, it will increase your mental preparedness and decrease the chances of breaking down midway through the run.

Arriving mentally prepared is key to finishing.

While this destination marathon event is not the most challenging race, there are some sections that have you climbing up and over karst land formations, small mountains and hills with spectacular panoramic views from the top.  For new runners, the 26.2 or 13.1 mile distance can prove to be the challenge, so it is important to train and condition your body to running. Don’t start by running long distances right away, start with small short distances on a regular schedule, then slowly build up your distance over a period of time.

Below you will find a basic full and half marathon training schedule. These are excellent starter guides to help runners train for running the Yunnan Puzhehei International Marathon. A special thank you to our Ambassador, Molly Sheridan and her company, for providing these training programs. For more advanced training including proper nutrition and preparations checkout Desert Sky Adventures.

The beauty of attending a destination event like the Yunnan Puzhehei International Marathon is experiencing remote and exotic locations while your running. Beautiful locations that would normally not be experience by regular travelers. When you run, don’t just run with your head to the ground, look up, take the time to look around, soak in the beautiful lands and views. This is why you run these races and it makes for a truly magical experience that creates special memories that will last a lifetime!

We look forward to seeing you at the race. Until then continue training, stay hungry, and motivated!


In the past 7 years, Ambassador Molly has run over 45 ultramarathons. In 2009, she completed the extreme running event Marathon Des Sables (MDS), a seven-day, 150-mile stage race across the Sahara Desert.  Eight weeks later, Molly completed the 135-mile, non-stop, Badwater Ultramarathon. An invitation-only event, Badwater is considered the toughest footrace on the planet. These training programs have been created by Molly and her company to help runners train for a full and half marathon race.



Download custom developed full and half marathon basic training programs. Provided by Ambassador Molly Sheridan and Desert Sky Adventures. Training programs available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.