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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

Walking Half Marathon Training
Updated 7/22/2014 2:11:00 PM

My big goal for 2014 along with being fit and losing weight is to complete The Running for the Bay half marathon (13.1 miles) in Apalachicola, Florida on October 26, 2014. I walked it last year on October 20th and finished in 3 hours 45 minutes at a...  Read more

Marine Corps Marathon
Updated 7/15/2014 12:45:52 PM

Hi everyone! I'm trying to find someone who is willing to sell their bib for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. It's a sold out race, but bib transfers are allowed until the end of August. If you know of anyone trying to sell a bib, I'd be more...  Read more

Half marathon training - eat more?
Updated 7/13/2014 7:35:17 PM

I am training for my first half marathon and have no idea how much additional I should eat on long run days. I usually eat around 1400 calories per day. I'm trying to maintain my weight now - my doctor said not to lose any more weight. I do a 55...  Read more

Half Marathon training - eat more?
Updated 7/13/2014 1:36:30 PM

I am training for my first half marathon and have no idea how much additional I should eat on long run days. I usually eat around 1400 calories per day. I'm trying to maintain my weight now - my doctor said not to lose any more weight. I do a 55...  Read more

Half Marathon Training Journal
Updated 7/9/2014 2:51:45 PM

I officially signed up for my very first half marathon last week! It's in mid-October, so my actual training begins at the end of July, but I need to start getting my body into gear right away. I'm about 12 pounds heavier than my ideal weight, and fe...  Read more

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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? If you've done 5Ks and 10Ks, 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 world’s 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