(Closed) Any marathoners out there?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

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
108 posts
Blushing bee

@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 # 6
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
41 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
108 posts
Blushing bee

@ginnyc: John Bingham is who you’re looking for ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 11
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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!

Good luck!

Post # 15
2820 posts
Sugar bee

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. 

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