SparkPeople Spark Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics Team Messageboard A Spark Team for Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics! If you have been admitted the the Maniac or Fanatic Asylum, please join us! SparkPeople Spark Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics Team Messageboard First Marathon Hi , <BR> <BR> I am new to this group & am planning to run the Standard Chartered Marathon in Jan 2014. I have run many 10k before. <BR> Experienced marathoners ,could you suggest a good & comprehensive training program . There are several of them on the net.However, I am confused as some advocate loads of running while others advocate mediocre running load coupled with strength training & core conditioning . <BR> <BR> Really want to run this..There is no half marathon option for the sta... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:27:04 EST What's your favorite running movie? This is a tough one. I actually have a group of favorites. <BR> Unbreakable: The Western States 100 <BR> Without Limits <BR> Prefontaine <BR> Saint Ralph <BR> Indulgence: 1000 Miles under the Colorado Sky Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:46:06 EST How do you build speed? There are several schools of thought when it comes to speed building and at some level of running I'm sure that actual track work and intervals become necessary but as a larger runner I've always gotten injured trying to do this kind of training. <BR> <BR> My solution has been to spend a lot of time running up and down hills. As someone who is a trail runner with a mountain in my backyard this is pretty easy but I've also talked to flat-landers who ran parking garages and stairwells and the... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:11:27 EST Looking for a double marathon/half weekend? I just wanted to share some information on what I have found to be the easiest way to find race weekends where you can run two marathons or half-marathons in one weekend. <BR> <BR> I go to Running in the USA <BR> <BR> <BR> Then go to "Races" and the drop down has the "50 Staters Gadget" <BR> <BR> The 50 Staters Gadget has a default setting that looks for marathons only and looks for Saturday/Sunday race combinations that are within a 250 miles of each other.... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 11:20:00 EST Adult onset runner...what age? I grew up playing all kinds of sports but always hated running. <BR> <BR> I grudgingly started running when I was 38 because i had to in order to reach my goal of finishing a sprint distance triathlon. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 15:08:38 EST What was your first half-marathon? Duke City Half-marathon, Albuquerque, NM 2005. I went home, laid in bed the rest of the afternoon in wonderment that I had just run a whole half-marathon. It is still one of my most cherished running memories. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 23:03:17 EST Away for a bit In case you haven't seen the (few) blogs I've posted lately, I've been going through some stuff in my personal life and havent been on Spark much lately. I'm trying really hard to get back into the swing of it all, and as the "team leader" I feel bad about being away... Hopefully I'll be back soon! <BR> Thanks for being patient with me! Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:26:42 EST Rainy day run question I have the blister prevention thing pretty much down. <BR> <BR> Until yesterday. <BR> <BR> What do you all do on those days when the rain doesn't look like it is going to quit? My poor SmartWool socks just weren't enough for all the squishi-ness. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:09:29 EST Quadzilla??!!?? I know this isn't for everyone, but I had to share! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Wooooow! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:26:06 EST Your advice to gaining Maniac status I have pulled the trigger and am registered for 2 marathons in October to attempt Maniac status. <BR> <BR> One is Oct 7 and the other is Oct 21. <BR> <BR> Other than the standard not to race both races, what are some other tips that people have to ensure I complete both races and can submit a request for Maniac status? Thanks!! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:04:56 EST DOUBLE AGENT I am finally a "double agent"! <BR> I have been a Marathon Maniac for almost 2 years, but FINALLY got into the Half Fanatic Asylum! <BR> I am now Half Fanatic #2589, to go with my Marathon Maniac status of #3628!! <BR> <BR> Wooo Hooooo!!! Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:08:29 EST my wife and I had a great race this weekend we both got our half fanatic shirts before the race I ran the half in 1.54, my wife ran it in 2 hours we wore our shirts with pride Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:22:24 EST Race results from the weekend my wife and I ran the fathers day half marathon this weekend. we finished it in 1.58. I posted a blog and pictures about the race Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:20:15 EST Fathers day Marathon This Sunday my wife and I are running the Fathers Day half marathon I cant think of a better way to celebrate Fathers day Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:50:52 EST I am a maniac this time Hi I am Eddie from before I am officially A maniac My number is 2611 it is an honour to be part of such a team. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:54:51 EST I am new Hi my name is Eddie I have been running for 2 years with my wife. I have 4 kids under the age of 5. I used running to loose over 100 pounds. I am beyond addicted to running. In May I ran 3 Half marathons setting my pb in all 3. My pb now is 1.53. I am hoping to run alot of half marathons this yr. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:44:17 EST Dealing with being on the "Disabled List" So, with me being on the DL.. it's very difficult for me to get on Facebook or SP these days. I try to be encouraging to my running friends with their training runs and races, but it's not easy for me... I mean, I am genuinely happy for everyone... but SO jealous at the same time. <BR> <BR> I miss running. I want to be out there pounding the pavement and laying down miles... running races and collecting bling. I miss it. <BR> <BR> How do YOU deal with it when you can't run? Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:39:31 EST Not-Exactly- -in-Training Question As many of you know, I broke my ankle early October and other than running the Savannah RnR Half in November, I haven't really run to any degree since. At this point, it is basically healed with only a little soreness now and then and I am starting up running again. I know I have to go slow, but I'm just not sure how to proceed. I ran a couple short (3 and 5 mile) runs last week with only minor muscle soreness the next day. My ankle felt no worse than normal. I did notice though that my e... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:51:01 EST Make It By Midnight Marathon and Half Marathon How much of a Maniac ARE you? <BR> Do you like running in the dark? On hills? In the heat? In Georgia humidity in July? How about with the occasional evening summer storm popping up out of nowhere? <BR> All of the above??? <BR> <BR> Well have I got a race for you! <BR> <BR> Make It By Midnight is a Marathon and Half Marathon in Macon Georgia on July 14th! Some of us are already signed up. Lets' fill this thing up! It's already almost half full on the FIRST day of registration.... <... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:02:40 EST Shoes What kind of shoes do you run in? <BR> <BR> I've been in Mizuno's since 2007. I'm beginning to wonder if it's time for a change, since my legs have been going through one injury after another. I am heading to our local Running Specialty/Shoe store today to get my foot analyzed and try some on... just to see. <BR> <BR> I'll feel like such a cheater in anything other than Mizunos, though! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:56:47 EST DISCOUNT CODE REMINDER The Maniacs and Fanatics are very adamant about not posting discount codes in forums where there may be others who aren't members. If you need a code, either check the message boards for the MM or HF, or send a private message to someone who you know is a member who knows it. <BR> <BR> I don't know how many times I've seen comments on the Maniac group page on FB where they ask members to do this. I just don't want us to get in "trouble". <BR> <BR> It's like the old credit card commercia... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:13:04 EST Discounts? I'm looking for a coupon code for Running Warehouse. I believe I read somewhere that MM/HFs qualify for a 10% discount, but can't seem to locate the code anywere. Can anyone help? Thanks Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:16:22 EST Doubles! Wendy, Lori and I are doing our first double in April. We'll be doing Landsford Canal 24 Hour (have to do 31 miles for it to count) and then Too Slow For Boston the next day (26.2). I am starting to train for it this month, but doing back to back long runs.... It'll gain us Iridium status (4 stars) in the Maniacs! <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever attempted a double... whether for Maniacs of Fanatics... besides Wendy and Lori who I know have done back to back halfs.... Or are you considering it? ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 06:25:50 EST Nutrition How do you eat to fuel your runs? <BR> Thu, 8 Dec 2011 09:31:09 EST Training Questions and Answers If you are preparing for your first full marathon, first double (like me, Wendy and Lori) or just training for several races close together, like MOST of us Maniacs and Fanatics... this is the place for questions. <BR> <BR> Let's help each other figure it out! Wed, 7 Dec 2011 13:47:49 EST Training Plans What training plans are your favorites??? Discuss them here! Wed, 7 Dec 2011 13:46:22 EST Chasing States! Are you chasing states to join the 50 States Club or just for your own personal goal? <BR> Talk about it here! Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:21:32 EST Moons and Stars! A thread for updating our progress with gaining Half Fanatics Moons and Marathon Maniacs Stars!! <BR> <BR> I got to 2 stars in the Maniacs on November 12th! Finally gained a star! LOL. Apparently, I had done 8 marathons in 365 days. Cool!! <BR> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:20:43 EST Space Coast Space Coast Marathon is coming up in 9 days!! SO excited!! Got my tutu almost finished and ready to do this one! Fri, 18 Nov 2011 08:25:13 EST Upcoming Races Which races are on your calendar? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:58:12 EST Maniac, Fanatic or both? What's your number? Hi! My name is Becki! I am Marathon Maniac #3628... will be a Fanatic (finally!) in March 2012! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:57:36 EST