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Marathon Training Starts Today!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Today is the day I start training for my first full marathon which is the end of July. I have been reading tons of material about running, strength training, nutrition, and mental preparedness. I've got my training schedule which takes into account the shorter races and relays that I have signed up for between now and then. I'm ready to get started and see how I do.

I have picked a trail marathon as my first. It's a very small race held in a beautiful park in downtown Portland. I will have a chance to run my long training runs there which I feel will greatly benefit me. I have a wonderful running buddy who has agreed to run this with me. I know that will really help me to get through this.

My only goal for this race will be to arrive injury-free at the start and to finish the race and have a fun and memorable experience. I am open to any advice or suggestions for making this a fantastic adventure. Thanks.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 3/18/2013 12:32PM

    Congrats on your decision to complete a marathon! Your goals are great and it sounds like you will prepare yourself well. Run your long runs slow and easy. Make sure you fuel yourself appropriately (and hydrate). Practice the same fueling and hydration you expect to use during your race. Don't skip any of those long runs! During the race, don't start off too fast -- you'll want to save your energy for the last half. And most importantly, enjoy yourself!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/18/2013 12:18PM

    emoticon agree 100% & love your goals~ arrive injury free & finish!

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