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Marathon Preparation Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Marathon Preparation.

''I Overcame Grief and Self-Doubt by Running''

Jackie (MISSJCISRUNNING) has been a member of SparkPeople since 2007. She started running to help deal with the death of her mother and has progressed to marathon and triathlon training. What made you decide to start running? I di...  Read more

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

Fuel/No fuel for a Half Marathon?
Updated 3/25/2014 8:15:54 PM

I have signed up for my first half marathon in May, and I need to start experimenting with fuel on my longer runs. I have run just over 13 miles a few times this winter. I haven't wanted to carry anything with me (other than my phone and keys), so I...  Read more

My husband the marathon runner
Updated 3/13/2014 10:12:14 AM

If you want to be motivated to get in shape, marry a marathon runner. 24 My husband is in training mood for a marathon next month and ran 20 miles yesterday. After he left, there was no way I could stay on the couch. But--I wish I had his...  Read more

Walking a half marathon - Suggestions?
Updated 3/13/2014 11:48:15 AM

There is a Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon taking place this June and I'm thinking of joining the walk portion. I know, it's not as cool or challenging as running a half marathon, but for medical reasons I'm not supposed to run anymore and walki...  Read more

In preparation for my 30th bday
Updated 1/29/2014 4:39:57 PM

Hello and greetings! My name is Jessica and I have six months until my 30th birthday. I would like to hit my goal weight before my birthday but that means I have A LOT of work to do! October 2011 I hit my peak weight of 204 and was very unh...  Read more

Half Marathon or 10K?
Updated 1/23/2014 1:28:04 PM

In just over 10 weeks, theres a big marathon in my city, and I want to participate in either the half marathon or 10K. Im thinking about the half marathon, but Im not sure Ill have enough time to train. At this point, i run about once a week and...  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 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