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1751 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2008 1:44 PM by Kim Runs
ericalyn Amateur 13 posts since
Dec 15, 2008
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Dec 15, 2008 4:48 PM

Introduction - future marathoner :-)


Hi all



I just joined the discussion boards here as a way to support myself as I lead up to a marathon in October 2009...seems like a long way off but I need time.



I am a 39 yo woman who is going to run the Portland marathon just before her 40th birthday (we are moving there this summer). I am about 20 lbs overweight from stress...trying to cope in a different way now. I am engaged to a super-fast-super-thin-super-talented-runner so it can be intimidating to waddle along and try not to care about pace and distance when he keeps asking for my times :-). But I am doing it, doing it MY WAY!! And I am having fun at it.



Currently I am training for a 1/2 marathon the first week of April and will then transition to a marathon plan. Right now I am concentrating on dropping weight so that I can increase my speed...those 20 lbs REALLY slow me down.



I have only done a couple 5K races in the past and a couple sprint distance this is a step up. More importantly though, the past couple of years have been super difficult for me and I am TAKING MY LIFE BACK!!!



I hope to make some friends here that I can offer support to and get it in return.


















Whether I believe I can, or I believe I can't - I am right!

  • DaveVause Community Moderator 1,447 posts since
    Jul 9, 2007
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    1. Dec 15, 2008 5:00 PM (in response to ericalyn)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)

    At the age of 49, in 11/04, I announced I was running the 05 Marine Corps Marathon.  30 lbs and 12 months later, I ran my first of 3 marathons. 


    You can do it!

  • crl8686 Legend 1,312 posts since
    Nov 11, 2007
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    3. Dec 15, 2008 7:25 PM (in response to ericalyn)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)


    Yes! Go for it!



    By the way, is your fiance a good teacher? If so, you may have also found yourself a good running coach!



    2015 highlights...

    @ 5K: Ontario Mills 5K, Ontario, CA, 25:17

    New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32

    Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24

    @ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15

    Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40

  • MikeDaMarine08 We're Not Worthy 2,498 posts since
    Aug 14, 2008
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    4. Dec 16, 2008 7:48 AM (in response to ericalyn)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)

    Congratulations and good luck!  There are some great people here with some great advice to help you along the way.

    MCM '09, '10, '11

    Richmond Marathon '09

    RNR Arizona Marathon '10

    RNR Mardi Gras Marathon '10

    Shamrock Marathon '10, '12

    Frederick Marathon '10

    Madison Marathon '10

    1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon '10

    Baltimore Marathon '10

    Outer Banks Marathon '10

    Seashore 50K

    Houston '12

    Flying Pig '12

    Next Race - MCM Baby!!!!!!

  • staving off decrepitude Legend 1,193 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    5. Dec 16, 2008 7:50 AM (in response to MikeDaMarine08)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)

    Go Erica! Good for you! Just aim to finish injury free and have fun!

    Chocolate is very nice.
  • DaveVause Community Moderator 1,447 posts since
    Jul 9, 2007
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    6. Dec 16, 2008 5:27 PM (in response to ericalyn)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)

    Preparing for the marathon is simple...but hard.


    All you have to do, is do the miles.....

  • ActiveAlan Amateur 19 posts since
    Sep 26, 2007
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    8. Dec 18, 2008 2:26 AM (in response to ericalyn)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)


    Holy cow!  6.2 in 23 degrees?  You're already a trooper...the marathon is going to be a walk in the park for you...



    Great work - keep going!



  • fool918 Amateur 25 posts since
    May 24, 2008
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    9. Dec 19, 2008 3:31 PM (in response to ericalyn)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)

    Sounds like you are well on your way - great attitude and looking well ahead.  Don't worry about times - focus on a plan and hopefully you are following a plan.  Be reasonable in your goals and you can make it happen.  Your goal for your first marathon should be to finish.  And if you are having funa and along the way you lose weight - what a bonus.  Keep up the good attitude and training.

  • Kim Runs Pro 71 posts since
    May 1, 2008
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    11. Dec 22, 2008 1:44 PM (in response to ericalyn)
    Re: Introduction - future marathoner :-)


    Hi Friend,



    I am running my first marathon on Feb 15, 2009 (breast cancer awareness marathon in Jax Beach, FL). God help me!



    I am just running to finish - it will be my first and will be for all those people with breast cancer. i am keeping that in my head when i feel like quitting on my training runs.



    The race will be easy, it's the training that is hard.



    Stay the course and waddle on! I am waddling too!!!! (Think of the Comcast turtle, Miss Slowsky)






    A healthy mom is an alive mom and my kids need their mama ALIVE!

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