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4/16/13 5:43 A

I agree with the other posters, you should be running gradually to work up from the half to the isn't just twice the distance, it is running two half mathathons in a row.

Make sure you do the required strength training and cross training -- these are needed to avoid injury

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4/15/13 9:05 P

Thank you for your responses! I definitely have some thinking to do.

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4/15/13 5:48 P

For me, a marathon has been on my bucket list for the past 6 years. I've registered for two different marathons in the past and had to drop out both times due to life circumstances shortly after I began training. The "I need to run a marathon" nag hasn't left me since then.

I've recently gotten into running again, and this time I'm setting small goals until I get there - a 10k this summer (I'm running 6 miles now, but I've never done a 10k race), a half this october, and depending on how the half marathon goes, I think I'm going to aim for a full next year. Throughout these next to years, I plan on doing lots of races in between to stay motivated.

Seeing how you have lived through a half already and are considering a full, just go for it! Take a look at sample training schedules - considering you've already got the 13.1 miles under your belt, they can't be THAT bad.

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4/15/13 2:47 P

I didn't realize that I wanted to run a marathon until after I ran a few halfs and realized that I needed a bigger challenge.

I am a group leader in my running club and the one thing I tell people who are thinking of running a marathon is that they need to be comfortable running a half and they need to be running for a least one year. They also need to be aware that for 16-18 weeks they will need to be focused and dedicated if they want to sucessfully complete a marathon.

I ran my first marathon two years after I first began running and one year after running half marathons.

Training for a marathon is a big commitment. It's almost like a part time job, especially if you are a slower runner (like me). In the peak of training my long runs can take over 3 hours and my midweek long runs, which I did after work, took over two hours.

I always tell people that training for a marthon will make you better at time management. You will need to figure out how to get your training in, work a full time job, and take care of your family. I always found myself doing two a days at the gym just so I could get my workouts in.

However, if you are serious about this goal you will find a way to make it work. Training for and completing my first marathon was a huge achievement. Completing a marathon has boosted my self esteem and has given me the confidence to take on life's challenges.

Bottom line: if you are serious about completing a marathon I would wait and do a spring one. Spend the summer and fall getting used to running half marathons and getting stronger and in January start training for a spring full. You will be less likely to get injured and be in better shape for the training.

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4/15/13 1:56 P

I ran three half marathons in 4 months this winter. It got less painful with each one, but I remind myself about mile 10 each time not to get my Red Bull "wings" and think that I ever want to do a full. It's just not me. I am still learning to control my mind to allow me to run such long distances. It's never my body that gives up, it's my brain.

Good luck, whatever decision you make will be the one that's right for you! emoticon

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4/15/13 1:52 P

I haven't run a half yet (just started training for my first), but I do at least somewhat have my eye on next year's Chicago Marathon. I think it comes down to whether you can legitimately make time for the training schedule. Right now, my husband is training for this year's marathon, and there's simply no way we could both fit in the training time with our work schedules and our kids' schedules. So this is his year, and next year, if I decide to do it, will be my year.

If you can manage the schedule, I kinda think you should go for it. Once you're registered, I suspect you'll get more excited for it and find the dedication you're not sure you have yet. (At least, that's what friends who have registered for marathons before they were 100% sure they were ready have told me. :) )

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4/15/13 11:35 A

I signed up for my first full when I realized I didn't have any good reasons NOT to do it.

I was on the fence still until the moment I hit send on the registration...then I wanted to do well and train more than ANYTHING.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 4/15/2013 (11:37)

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4/15/13 10:48 A

If you're not 100% sure... I'd hold off on making that decision for a while. You JUST finished your first half... a marathon's twice the distance. ;)

I've got a marathon on my bucket list, but I don't know if I'll ever get there. As hard as it's been for me to get to 5k? We'll see. But marathon training is serious business, and you're right... if you're not in it all the way, you're not going to give your best to training.

What about doing one of the half challenges? My cousin did the coast-to-coast disney half challenge:

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4/15/13 9:31 A

For those of you who have run a half marathon, how did you decide if you wanted to train for a full? Did you know immediately that you wanted to run the full marathon, or were you on the fence?
I ran my first half marathon yesterday. During and afterward, I knew I really wanted to run another half. Honestly, I think a marathon is a 'bucket list' item for me, but I'm not 100% sure I want to commit to the training schedule. I can't decide if my being on the fence means that I won't be fully dedicated. The full we would sign up for is on November 16th in Richmond.

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