Post # 1
I’m thinking of doing my second one… It would be about 3 plus months before the wedding. I think the running will help me burn off the stress of planning. Is this a good idea or a bad one?
Do you have any ideas of training schedules. I’m thinking I would still train on a beginner schedule. I’ve used Hal Higdons (and will share it if you PM me) but would love a new one, just to change it up a little. Ideas?
Post # 3
I dont, but have many friends that do. I think if you have the time and try not to try for a PR, but for your own enjoyment… go for it!
Post # 4
@ellabee: The one that is created for you off of Runner’s World is a great resource – that’s what I’m using right now. You submit a recent race time and how intense you want to train, and they “customize” a plan for you.
I don’t like Hal Higdon’s plans because a lot of it is based on time – not miles. Regardless of how much time you spend running, you still have to hit a certain amount of miles before the marathon itself. I think the Runner’s World one will be a great one for you, especially since you have done one already.
Right now, I am in maintenance mode and doing a lot of strength training. Strength training is something a lot of endurance athletes forget about (including me!) – and it’s something I’m trying to focus on this year to improve my times and speed. I would suggest higher weight and lower reps for upper body and then more endurance work for lower body (higher reps, lower weight) – but talk to a personal trainer and doctor before you start any workouts.
Post # 5
@misstiny: I <3 strength training, I’m so glad to hear you do it, too! Thanks for all the advice. I’m going to check out Runner’s World’s plan. I have their printed out one from the magazine, but this personalized one sounds wonderful!
I would love to improve my time (4:02:47) but I don’t know if I’ll have time to work on that goal.
Don’t worry, I have the OKs from the docs/trainers to go on this one. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m interested to see everyone’s tips, I’m at the 6 mile mark in training for a 1/2 marathon. I was trying about a year ago, but hurt my ankle and then got caught up in graduating/wedding/grad school apps that I never got back into it until this month.
Post # 7
I’ve run 3 half marathons but not a full marathon yet. It’s definitely on my bucket list of things to do in my life though!
Post # 8
Hey there! Just ran my first one recently and plan to do another next year 2 months before the wedding. That should give enough time for the body to heal and not look ugly 😉 My wedding will be very simple and small so I think I can handle planning the wedding, marathon training, and working full-time. But, it will be a lot of work. You know yourself best. Do you have time to run 40+ miles per week with your other life commitments?
There are lots of great training plans out there. I think you will be fine as long as you don’t miss the long runs. I used the training plan from More magazine (and am not over 50!). Good luck to you – it’s such an accomplishment!
Post # 9
I’ve run five, but am taking a break from long distance running while I’m dissertating/wedding planning.
I recommend the “running for mortals” series, especially if you, like me, are not the fastest runner. I can’t remeber the author, but he’s known as the penguin.
Post # 10
@ginnyc: John Bingham is who you’re looking for 😉
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I’ve run three, including the Boston Marathon, which was about 2 months before my wedding and it was fun! I just make up my own training schedule as I go along but usually do my long runs on the weekend and up it by one mile every week until I get to about 21 or so (which is about 1 month before the race!)
Post # 12
I just ran my 5th marathon (Chicago) and it was 6 weeks after my wedding. Initially I was worried about wedding planning + training being overwhelming but in the end I’m really happy I did it. Like @trailmix above, I mostly made up my own training schedule but I loosely based it on a Nike RunClub schedule that was posted on the CM website. I do my long runs on a 2 week rotation (ex: 13 miles on WK 1, then 18 miles on WK 2, 12 miles on WK 3, etc), but keep my weekly mileage slowly increasing (32, 34, 36, to a maximum of ~40 miles/wk). I put alot of effort into my long runs before the wedding, then I only ran 12 the day before my wedding and took an entire week off after the wedding – and it was fine.
My two notes of caution are (1) I lost weight, almost 10 lbs. I did not plan/try to loose it, but in the combination of wedding planning stress and running it happened. This was a problem b/c I had to get my dress re-altered. (2) immediately after I finished the race I realized that I finished all my big projects! So I would recommend having another one in the hopper so you don’t feel like everything ends at once 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks for all the advice, bees!
Post # 14
I ran my first half marathon two months before my wedding. Training was such a great stress reliever and it was nice to think about something else before wedding once in a while. Plus it helped me get in shape for the wedding!
Post # 15
I’m more into half-marathons. I’ve found training for a marathon just leads me to weird injuries and inflammation. So I prefer the half-marathon (or less). When I start training for longer distances I try to get one good long run in a week but too many weeks of a 16-20 mile runs just wears my joints out so with the shorter distance I feel like it’s still good to do a little bit of speed work. One long run a week, though it doesn’t have to be 16-20 miles and a couple days of 7-10 mile runs. For me that’s what works, so if you felt good after your last marathon I’d say it shouldn’t be a problem before the wedding but if you didn’t feel great then maybe try training for a shorter distance and it might be even better for motivation and stress.
Post # 16
@troubled: Any recommendations for races that offer both half and full marathon options, then? Do you know how long before the race I have to make that choice?