(Closed) anyone planning on a spring marathon?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve got one on deck for late January (spring in FL), and depending on how that one goes, I will probably sign up for another in the Spring ๐Ÿ™‚  There are also a couple of weekend “ultra” challenges (a half marathon, 10k, 5k, etc in the same weekend) that are tempting and a trail 50k that I know I won’t be ready for but might end up doing all the same!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a January marathon too, it will be my 7th but likely not my fastest! I got a bad hip injury in March right before running Boston and it still isnt 100% so I’m taking it easy on the training. I probably won’t do another for a while because I’m finishing my PhD in May and moving and our wedding is in Sept. Might do one more in early 2014 but we want to TTC that year and I’m very thin so I think I will need to cut back on running for a while. Enjoy your first marathon!! I always tell people to just run it for fun and don’t set a crazy time goal or it will probably be miserable and you won’t want to do another one!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve got 2 marathons on the calendar right now.. One next week in lisbon and one in April in hamburg. I’m really thinking about dropping down to the half next week bc this training cycle has been a wash and I want to be healthy for my marathon in April (and half ironman in June). 

…and I don’t even like running:-)

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Peer pressure is so crazy sometimes… an excited running friend is capable of convincing you to sign up for just about anything!  Last night, I signed up to run my first ultra in April… I’m pretty sure it’s psychotic, but I’m gonna have fun finding out!  The race has a 50mile and a 50K option; I signed up for the 50M (go big or go home, right?), but it’s a triple loop course, so I could always stop at the the 50K mark if I’m dying.  I’m kind of ecstatic ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@inspiredcreations:  Oh wow! How many marathons have you done? I’ve thought about maybe doing a 50K but I think the marathon is far enough ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wanted to do the Buffalo half the same day! But it’s right after we get back from our honeymoon, and I don’t really want to have to spend half the time training ๐Ÿ™

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

I won’t be ready for a full marathon in the Spring, but I hope to get there one day! My goal right now is to run a half sometime in 2013. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@RunnerBride13:  I’ve had one marathon attempt (didn’t go well) several years ago and then I have one on deck for January.  But I’m pretty confident it’s going to go well; I’m nailing my long runs and needing little to no recovery time.  I’ve got about 4 months in between the full and the ultra, so that should be enough to build up/transition to trail running; the ultra training plan I found only has about 40 miles per week for training, and I’m doing about 30 per week now, so it’s shouldn’t be a huge jump.  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did the Shamrock Marathon last March.  It was hard, but I’m so glad I did it!

Here are some of the things I learned:

Find a group or training team and get a training plan, or use various resources to create a training plan to include mileage increases and recovery weeks, cross training, and rest.  I developed my own plan and found some local running groups to do some of my runs with.  There was one group in particular that always did a certain course (about 8 miles) so I would plan my routes to include that loop plus whatever I needed to add on to get my mileage.  I was lucky enough to meet two other runners training for spring races who were able to keep me company on some of the longer, more brutal runs.

Learn to dress for the weather.  I wore lots of layers and figured out fairly quickly which ones I could tolerate either carrying with me as I shed and what I couldn’t.  One sneaky little trick I came up with was to buy a pack of knee high men’s tube socks, cut the toes off, and roll them up my arms like sleeves (normally I wouldn’t run in cotton but I was cold and when my nose got runny I could wipe it on my sock/sleeve, and as I warmed up I could just toss them in the trash).  I also invested in a nice, lightweight, insulated, moisture wicking jacket.  My other favorite item was a headband that covered my ears, but also had a hole for my ponytail.

Learn to run in the dark.  I bought a reflective vest, two reflective ankle bands, a headlamp, and a whistle.  The whistle was purchased with the intent of using it in the event I were mugged or attacked, but it came in handy when idiot drivers nearly ran me over in the crosswalk.  It also came in handy one particularly early morning when I approached a small group of raccoons.  The last thing I wanted to do was startle them by running right by, so I tooted my whistle a bit before I got to them and scared them off.  Also, I ditched the iPod.  It was terrifying to think I could be jammin to music in my head and not hear or notice a car or person approaching me from behind.  If you absolutely require music, try using just one ear so you can remain aware of your surroundings.

RACE DAY!  The number one, biggest, most important lesson I learned was on race day.  I learned that alllll of those long hours, dark runs, and cold miles had prepared me to run for a long time, in the dark, in the cold.  It happened to be sunny and 70 on race day.  I got hot, my feet blistered (hint: wear thinner socks on race day than you wear in January… just sayin’), I got a sunburn, I threw up… a lot.  The heat kicked my ass in a way that my 22 mile training run didn’t even come close to.  Be prepared, wear sunblock or a hat with a visor, shed layers, hydrate, experiment during training with various nutrition (Gu, gels, blocks, etc…) to find something that won’t upset your tummy if it’s warmer than anticipated.

Even though I had some obstacles on race day (OH MY GOD THE HEAT!) I still finished, upright and alive, and I would like to try for another marathon in the future.  You can do it!  Good luck! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This whole “getting married” thing is totally wrecking my training planning!   I’m hoping to get two half marathons in this year (the Maryland Double) and maybe a 10 Miler or two.  Plus a triathlon or two.  Someday a full marathon…. just not this year!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Planning on starting Couch to 5K in Jan with Fiance to get in wedding shape, so I think we’re going to sign up for a 5K Color Run that’s being held in April to keep us on track with training…not quite a marathon, but from where I’m sitting today, it might as well be one!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve done several half-marathons in the last 18 months and one 10K. I don’t think I have the mental toughness for a full marathon but if I decide to try one, I’m going for the Honolulu Marathon… maybe.

I was training for a sprint-distance triathlon earlier this year but wedding planning slowed me down. I will be doing my first triathlon in the spring and I’m nervous/excited about it. 

Also, I’m doing the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon with a few girlfriends the day before Mother’s Day. If you’re over 21, the greet you with a glass of wine (red or white) at the finish line; how cool is that??

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You are all insane…in a very good way!

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