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In the past 6 years, I've lost four people close to me from cancer. My aunt is now terminal with cancer. To celebrate their lives and honor their deaths, I have decided to run a cancer-benefit marathon.
I'm an not a TOTAL newbie to running, but pretty much. Ten years ago I ran short distances fairly regularly (like... 2-3 miles). I am very prone to injury, extremely slow, and now weight about 10 pounds more. Also, I'm no spring chicken... I'm 37 years old.
I've looked at marathon training plans, and they all seem too aggressive for me. In the past, when I've tried the 10% rule, I always ended up injured (knee or stress fracture).
So... I want to pick a marathon in the future, but I want to give myself plenty of time to build back up base mileage, plus follow an easy (not aggressive) training plan. How far in advance do you think the race needs to be?
To avoid injury and keep yourself healthy, I wouldn't plan on running a marathon until at least 2013. Most marathon training programs recommend that you only start them after running 6-12 months, and averaging 15-20 miles a week for the last few months. If you are injury-prone, you may need to extend this time even further.
I would recommend that you look into Jeff Galloway's walk/run training method for a guide to building your fitness and training for the marathon. Especially if you are prone to injury, the run/walk method will help keep you healthy. Start with his 5K training guide, and go from there:
Lastly, remember that there are plenty of cancer-benefit races at shorter distances (Komen for the Cure 5K, etc.), so you may want to look into training for these races first as you work your way towards the marathon distance. Having shorter-term goals can help with your running motivation when the going gets tough.
Sorry for your losses, and I wish you the best of luck to you as you begin your journey.
Thanks for your response!
Perhaps I should look into a shorter distance. Maybe a half? Is there a website that specifically has a list of races for cancer?
I use Running in the USA: http://www.runningintheusa.com/Race/Default.aspx
Just plug in your state/region, and you'll see all the races happening in your area. You should be able to find something suitable. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to build!
Other than that, you can use Active.com's search tool (I'm not the biggest fan of it, though) or you may have to Google cancer-benefit races.
if you're so injury pone maybe you could look at your running technique? It maybe you're alittle off balance and as the milage increases your body finds it harder to compensate. You don't say where your injury is so it is difficult to give accurate advise. Though I don't think you need to run "barefoot" the following link shows a good drill to improve your form.http://naturallyengineered.com/blog/the-100-up-exercise-method-for-training-barefoot-running-form/
You may find this site usefull too http://www.runningamarathoninfo.com
I would also check out a book called "a non runners guide to marathon training" its a very motivational book and shows how a non runner can train for marathons in 16 weeks. I am working on it now