(Closed) Other marathoning bees?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

SQUEE!  I’m training for marathon #2 πŸ™‚  I did my first post-injury half marathon last November, my first full this past March, and marathon two will be this November!

If you’re already a runner, then you probably have your bases covered as far as appropriate shoes, socks, and clothing.

As far as training- I follow a program set up by a team of coaches & veteran runners.  I am lucky enough to live in a town that really has a robust running community & a marathon training program right here!  The program consists of short runs, speed/hill work, long runs, cross training, and rest days. 

I had a previous stress fracture- which normally would have been a game-ender, but with a lot of doctor input and perseverence, I was able to bounce back better than ever!  My advice to avoid overtraining injuries & stress fractures would be to make sure you cross train, weight train, allow for rest days, and build slowly- with enough weekly mileage to support the long weekend runs.

Feel free to PM with any questions- it’s late here so I’m sure I forgot a million things!  Anyway, good luck during your training πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

First marathon in October!!  What’s the date of yours?!  I took a little break after my half this spring and I’m having trouble motivating myself to get back on a good training schedule.

I’ve been trying out different socks; any that you ladies would recommend?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s awesome!  I’ve done a few half marathons, and after finishing my last 2 weeks ago, I’m now training for another in September.  I’m not sure I’m ready to make the leap to marathon yet but I think I will in the next year or two. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Tmpalm:  I haven’t tried them but FI runs marathons and ultramarathons (his goal for the next year is to be able to run an 84.4 trail race in under 10 hours) and he keeps telling me I need to get smartwool socks for running. That is until he discovered ‘barefoot’ running and now has like literally 5 pairs of “footy shoes” (you know the shoes that are like gloves for your feet?) http://www.mec.ca/Search/search.jsp?Ne=1000&N=10&Ntt=fivefingers&gclid=CLTN0JX72bACFUMCQAodrl-D1A’ defer=’defer He even wears them at the airport when we fly places and gets funny looks from airport security when they see his shoes in the scanner!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes! Great to hear from other runners!! I’ve run 2 fulls and several halfs. I’m planning on the ATL Thanksgiving Half this year and then the Charlottesville Marathon next spring! My biggest piece of advice would be, like you said, to remember to rest! I know it’s hard because most long distance runners are a little crazy and when you’re in the middle of training, you (well, I) keep thinking, the more mileage the better! but au contraire! My goal for my spring marathon is to run 4 days/week max and then crosstrain/strength train on the other days so I don’t get injured (I’ve had a history of knee issues). Good luck!!! You’ll do great! Just finishing a marathon is such a HUGE accomplishment! There is truly no other feeling like crossing the finish line and realizing what you’ve just done!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh yeah…and as for products…socks are very important like others said…I love Balega and Smartwool, and also I would experiment with several different kinds of “nutrition” on your long runs and see what you like best/what sits best in your stomach. I like Gu and also the chews (they taste like candy) but a lot of people say Hammer Gel is easier on your stomach. I used to work at Fleet Feet so I’m kind of a geek about running gear πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I ONLY run in SmartWool socks! They keep my feet happy and blister free though all of my training runs. I’ve done a bunch of half marathons and I’ll be running my second full marathon this fall!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@CornySyrup:  I read your reply to my comment from last night… and let me be very clear:  I crossed the finish line and BAWLED!  I swore, absolutely AFFIRMED that I would never ever ever EVER do another marathon.  Two weeks later I signed up.  Sooo… maybe I’m cray cray, I dunno, but here I go again!

Regarding socks- I would try a blend- not just plain cotton.  I’ve been running in jox sox but in the summer I think I need a thinner sock, so I’m on the market for a new type.

As for mid-run nutrition, that is a trial and error thing.  I tried gummy bears, pretzel m&m’s, orange slices, Gu/CarBoom energy gels, you name it.  I have a sensitive stomach to begin with, but all I can really suggest is to try something for each training run and see what works.  Make sure whatever you end up with on race day is something that you’ve used/tried during your long runs.

And a quick word about overtraining- I’ve done it.  I fractured my femur.  I was misdiagnosed at first, so I walked on what would have been a little teeny stress fracture for about 4 months.  When they found it they were on the fence about whether or not they would have to use a pin!  I was devastated.  I avoided surgery, went non-weight-bearing for 3 months, and eased VERY slowly back into high impact activity.  I went from August of 2010 to the summer of 2011 with NO RUNNING.  Ugh.  And when I did start up I couldn’t make it 2 miles without stopping to walk several times.  I thought that was it.  I was done with running πŸ™

I slowly but surely built my way back, and did a half marathon November of 2011, my first full in March, and marathon #2 coming up this November.

Don’t be like me- train smart, use cross training/weight lifting/rest days- they are IMPORTANT!!!!!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

LOL!  I’m glad you can use my experience as a lesson learned πŸ™‚  My current training plan looks something like this:

Monday- cross train (usually spin class, sometimes swimming)

Tuesday- lift weights (all body workout, lower then upper, then abs) and a 3 mile run

Wednesday- mid-distance run (approx 1/2 the distance of the long run)

Thursday- lift weights (upper body & abs only) and speedwork or hill repeats

Friday- rest

Saturday- long run (anywhere from 6 to 20 miles, building for two weeks then dropping back the third week- so 6,8,9, then down to 7, then 10, 11, then down to 8, then 13, 14, 10, etc… until your peak mileage is at 20 then we rotate between 12, 14, and 20)

Sunday- recovery run or rest, depending on how my body is feeling.  Sometimes I pop into a yoga class or swim laps.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m considering a half next at the end of the year or next year.  Not sure if I can since I suck at running.

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