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I'm a first time marathoner looking for tips on endurance training & the Big Race. I was a sprinter back in the day, and I've just started running again. I always hated long distance running but lately I keep pushing myself farther and faster. So I'm doing my first marathon to see what I'm really made of. Any advice?
I am in the same boat... I am just getting back into running and I have given myself a year of training before I do the big 26.2... my first! I have been training for 5 months now and am going further and faster each week. Right now I am in the middle of miles building training and experimenting with my diet. I hope to have everything "figured out" in the next few months before I begin the 18 weeks of training leading to the main event. My biggest concern are injuries and reconditioning my body for longer and longer distances. Congrats and Good Luck!!!
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Marathons are the Holy-Grail of Races. Through all of the grueling training I've endured for races, the biggest tip I can provide is to find people to run with you, especially on the longer runs. Its such a big help on keeping you motivated when you hit a wall. Also, when you are planning to meet other runners, it keeps you accountable to sticking to your schedule. Of course, you will have some days when you run alone, and that's ok. Another important aspect to training for a marathon is staying hydrated. I think the most noticeable difference between a shorter race like a 10k and a marathon is how much more fluids your body needs during your runs. Lastly, you need time and dedication. Training for a marathon is no small task, and there will inevitably be days when you feel too tired to put on your running shoes, and pound out 12 miles. But, the pay-off is well worth it when you cross over that finish line, and receive your first marathon medal. I use a 18-week half-marathon schedule, and it works awesome for me. Click here to check it out and to get more information!
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Have you tried a half marathon first? Main thing is to have a plan, stick with it, and staying injury free. Good luck.
I just completed my first marathon and the whole process was a grand adventure. It was hard work but worth every moment.
I agree with the advice to find people to run with. I think joining a local running club this year was instrumental in helping me achieve my goal.
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You did not list a time when you are going to run your first marathon. I think that is a good thing, and congratulations on your decision.
You ask for advice -- I think the first thing to do is start logging some mileage and see how your body reacts.
When you start placing the stresses of LDR on the body you need to watch for injury. Responsibly adding mileage to your routine will help this way. The muscles, bones, ligiments, etc all need to get stronger -- this happens by building your mileage up.
Personally, I would add a few races -- 10K and a half marathon -- not because it is a must but the experience helps with pacing and dealing with the excitement of a race -- plus, I just find them fun.
Then down the road pick a marathon you want to run -- get a marathon training plan (google it for free ones) and work with the plan. Read and work on the nutrition end of running.
I would not set a goal at first except to finish.
Whenever my training would get above 10 miles a day I would have issues with my stomach. During the run, after the run, almost the whole day. I am not sure if you have a similar issue, I know it is fairly common among long distance runners. At least runners who are just getting into long distance running.
I use PREV to control my stomach now. http://preventprevail.com
It allows me to run over ten miles without messing up my digestive system all day.
Best of luck on your training!
AWESOME!! CONGRATS on your decision to run a marathon!! It is exciting, right? I am also running in my first marathon next month, Jan. 2011!!!
I have always been active in various sports and did run in my 'younger' days but in the past three years, I have been competing more in 10k, 15k, 1/2 marathons, 25k, etc., and at 50 y/o, I am amazed that I am finishing ahead of others practically half my age! YES!!
I thought I was content with racing in such events, and really never thought seriously about running a marathon but last year, after finishing a 1/2 marathon under 2 hours, "why not?" ....... INSANE, running for HOURS, haha!
I prefer and love trail running so my competitive spirits craves the training runs in the mountains. One of the major challenges I find is getting use to running and racing on pavement as the marathon will be all road course. So I have been racing both, trail and road courses since summer.
I have been training for most of the year and I am very confident that I can finish ......... the question is: how well? Other runners constantly tell me to just think about 'finishing'...........
My training runs on the trails have definitely helped in overall performance in regard to strength, endurance and speed.
So sometimes in the next couple of weeks, I have to run at least 22 miles and then start tapering off to rest my muscles for the big day; I am so looking forward to it!
I absolutely agree with others that you need to give yourself plenty of time to train consistently, whether you feel like it or not. And, to try 10k, 1/2 marathons, etc. to get a feel for running in a race event and focusing on form, pace, breathing, nutrition, hydration, etc. There is a lot to be said for training and just 'running' in preparation for a marathon.
I am 52 years old and ran my first marathon, The Cincinnati Flying Pig in 2008.
I am currently training for the Southern Indiana Classic Marathon in April and I have started a blog to document my progress.
Check out my blog, I would appreciate any questions, comments, critiques, suggestions, etc.
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