(Closed) So…. I want to run a marathon….

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well, you can’t go from 1 mile to 26.2 overnight.  For now, I’d try pushing yourself to finishing 5K on a regular basis.  Then check out the “Bridge to 10K” system.  Hal Higdon has some great training plans for getting up to a marathon (http://www.halhigdon.com/).  Please take it slow and don’t overdo it! 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Before starting to train for a marathon, you should have a weekly base of around 20-25 miles I think.  So I would make that your first goal.  And you should definitely train for smaller races and work your way up.  I would start with a program like Couch to 5K and then see how your endurance is improving.  Then work up to 5K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, and if you think you can, eventally marathon.

I’ve run several half marathons, and I’ll be running my second marathon this fall.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve done two matrathons now and used The Non-Runners Marathon Trainer book for both. They have a great 16 week training plan that I followed and I finished both of them in about 5 hours. My goal was just to finish, time wasn’t an issue for me. I do have to warn you, that marathon training isn’t the best way to lose weight. It will certainly get your body in better shape, but you have to eat A LOT to keep up with a trianing. I highly recommend doing one – it’s a great accomplishment!

Edit – before starting the 16 week program, work up to being able to run 3 miles. Also, I was strange in that I have never run a shorter race – don’t feel you need to if you just want to shoot for the big one.

 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree. Start with a smaller goal. Find a 5k that’s scheduled in a few months and sign up! Then start running more and furher. I have heard a lot of good things about couch to 5k…personally, I just sort of added distance myself and my own pace. When you’re comfortable running 3 miles straight, then you’re ready to start training for a longer distance. I’d start with a half-marathon. I used Hal Higdon’s novice plan for my first. I had never run more than 5 miles when I started, and that 5 miles was hard for me…and it worked. I was able to finish without walking. I haven’t run a full yet, but I have a goal to train for one in October and plan, again, to use Hal Higdon for training.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh yeah..and I definitely GAINED weight training for my first half. But I’m in better cardiovascular shape than I’ve ever been in before.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ok I understand you dont meen an actual marathon. This is really a common mistake for non runners to make. I use to be a trainer at the running room and be the assistant manager. First off you need to make sure your in the right shoes to avoid injury and then consider and interval training porgram to built up week by week. A 5 k should take you about 10 weeks to train for your first one without putting too much stress on your body. Ill find a book I recomend for training scheduals. Oh another important thing please wear a good bra. I highly recomend Moving Comfort its the only good one Ive found so far.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh, and also definitely get fitted for running shoes at a speciality store if you plan on committing to training.  It is well worth it.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@hotchildinthecity:  Also dont forget to bring your old shoes when you go shopping for new ones. It helps the staff to see what category to fit you in.

 

Pm me if you want more specific advise. Also if your interested in a long distance training partner Im back to square one but use to do half marathons (Im a race walker but use to teach runners).

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

No, cross trainers are not good. Go to a RUNNING store and ask them to fit you. I usually spend around $100 for a good pair of running shoes. I know…it’s a lot of money for shoes that aren’t even that cute…but it will save you pain or risk of injury and is worth the money! Make sure you tell them what your activity level is, and if you can’t afford $100, tell them that, and they can find something that will fit into your budget and be easier on your joints.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

abbie017 has good advice.

I just want to add that if your goal is to eat better and lose weight, training for a marathon isn’t the only (or even the best) way to do that, IMO. I ran a marathon a couple of months ago and, if anything, I probably gained a few pounds from all the bagels I ate after my 18- and 20-mile runs! That, and I read that some people’s bodies react to the stress of marathon training by storing fat.

This is not to say don’t run a marathon; it’s an awesome experience and I totally encourage it! Just don’t do it for weight loss. 

If you do decide to go for a marathon, I’d say sign up for one at least a year away. You’ll need a lot of time to build up your base. Sure, you MIGHT be able to pull off the zero-to-hero thing, but you also might get injured. Just take it slow, enter some 5ks, 10ks, and other races, and see how you like it. good luck!

ETA: Ah. Just saw that you don’t mean a ‘marathon’ marathon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotcha. That explains your comment about ultimately running a 2k (I figured that was a typo). In that case, yes, go for it — you can definitely build up from 1 mile to 3 comfortably over a few weeks. Enter a race for motivation and see how it goes!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@imalittlebirdie:  No, I would say you definitely need running shoes for running ๐Ÿ˜‰  The right shoes changed my whole training outlook.  It’s definitely worth the investment and then you can always buy them subsequently online.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m running a marathon on Sunday *eeek!!!*

Step one: get fitted for running shoes at a running specialty store.  Hang onto those cross trainers, you’ll need them on non-running days.

Step two: figure out a training plan.  Cool running, Hal Higdon, Runners World, and a multitude of other resources are available.  Research it, tweak it to fit your schedule & your goals.

Step three: set small attainable goals that lead up to one major goal.  If you’re not running 15-25 miles weekly right now, make your first goal a 5k.  Then, in 2 months, run a 10k.  Maybe this fall go for a 10 miler or half marathon.  Recover a little bit & maintain conditioning over the winter.  Do a spring 10k, a summer half marathon, and a fall marathon next year.  Baby steps ๐Ÿ™‚

Also- get invovled in some local running groups or training teams.  I’ve learned a lot of tricks & gotten some wonderful advice from veteran runners in  my area, and it has been lovely running with a group of like-minded people.

So, if I don’t die on Sunday, I’ll definitely be available for advice, tips, encouragement, commiseration… feel free to message me ๐Ÿ™‚

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