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Marathon Preparation Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Marathon Preparation.

Post-Marathon Recovery Tips

Running a marathon can be one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of your life.   I can’t say that I always love training for these races, but the feeling of accomplishment I experience when I cross the finish line is lik...  Read more

Charity Races Mix Fitness and Fundraising

Donkey basketball. A classic example of two words you’d never include in the same sentence let alone next to each other. Yet some of you may have heard of it nonetheless. Donkey basketball was an annual event that took place in my small souther...  Read more

''How I Became a Runner at Age 48''

Robin (KASHMIR) has been a member of SparkPeople since 2006. She has lost 95 pounds and is training for her first marathon. Robin Before Robin After What m...  Read more

The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals

So often we daydream and think of some far-off goal that we would like to achieve. "I want to play the guitar in a band," "I want to run a marathon", "I want to be better at my job," etc. It's not difficult at th...  Read more

Moving Forward with the Run/Walk Training Method

I started running as a way to lose weight, get fit and most of all to prove to my 6th grade P.E. teacher that I could run. Once I ran my first race, I was hooked. I love the challenge of running, and although not every run is joyful, running is my pa...  Read more

Just ran my first half marathon!!!!!!!
Updated 2/8/2016 9:48:52 AM

Just ran my first half marathon!!!!!!!...  Read more

Completed a half marathon today in under 3 hours!
Updated 2/7/2016 8:28:26 PM

Completed a half marathon today in under 3 hours! Not sure of my exact time yet but I feel great! Just felt like sharing 😁😁😁...  Read more

Any marathon swimmers here? Although I was a dista
Updated 1/30/2016 11:08:56 PM

Any marathon swimmers here? Although I was a distance swimmer once upon a time, I have never attempted an open swim. I'd love to hear experiences if anyone has any!...  Read more

262 days until my first full marathon!!!!!
Updated 1/27/2016 9:29:36 PM

262 days until my first full marathon!!!!!...  Read more

Any know how to count a marathon grocery shopping
Updated 1/27/2016 7:10:30 PM

Any know how to count a marathon grocery shopping trip as exercise? I was drenched in sweat with heart pounding after putting everything away....  Read more


ran a marathon...  Read more

Have a goal!

Set a goal. I use marathons (half marathons, 5 or 10 k's) to motivate me to exercise. The goal is not to "win," but to DO IT. I just finished the LA Marathon on March 21st. 7 hours, 1 minute and 23 seconds! 7 hours of steady 16-minute miles. An...  Read more

Half Marathon

Curious about HMs or love them already? Trying to lose weight or improve nutrition while training? Comfortable with the 10K or 10M distance? Join the team, swap concerns, and share race reports!...  Read more

Did Your 2009 Wishes Come True?

As we close out 2009, many of us review the year and take inventory regarding what we have or have not accomplished throughout the year. Last year at this time, I suggested we list 3 wishes and resolve to make them come true during 2009....  Read more

The Agony of Defeat or the Courage to Carry on

As many of us watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics from the safety and comfort of our homes, we witnessed several of the worlds top athletes succumb to injuries or deliver performances far from what the world expected. These athletes, many of whom sp...  Read more

Half Marathon Preparation Blog! T minus 15 hours 30 minutes! Yikes.

So there it is all laid out. Everything I need for tomorrow. Half Marathon Kit includes: 1. Hat to keep sweat out of eyes and cover my 5am bed head. 2. Jacket I will be cold at 5am, and I can always tie it around my waist. 3. Lo...  Read more