What marathon are you doing? You have plenty of time to train between now and then. Some races have an unadvertised early start or allow time past the advertised time. You can check out Marathon Guide to see what finishing times they've had in the past to see how generous they are on the time limit. You can also check out how bad the gravel is. Lots of loose gravel will be tough but packed gravel won't be that bad. Read the reviews of the race to see what others had to say. If it's particularly bad, there will be lots of comments. Oh yeah, I think the second marathon is the hardest. The first time you have the excitement of hitting new milestones. You really did't know what you were getting into. The second one is tough because you know how tough it is going to be. Good luck.
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You should train on gravel. A friend of mine did the Potomac River Run Marathon (also a gravel trail advertised as "easiest marathon") just last week (maybe this is what you're doing - They have both a spring and a fall race) and wrote "I don't know what I was thinking. I thought this would be a fast course. I did the first half in 2:01 but my feet were trashed. The second half was awful."
I live a ¼ mile from the course so I'm very familiar with it. You can become accustomed to the surface but it does take getting used to.
Ok. It's actually my second full and I think i'm mostly freaking out because it's 6 months away-- like it should be for me to train, but I'm full of butterflies!!
It's supposed to be "the easiest marathon in America" and has a 6 hr finish time. I completed a tough marathon last fall in 5:55:33, so I SHOULD be able to do this. eek! (Also, it's a gravel trail and I don't have easy access to a gravel trail to train on, but I do occasionally train on dirt paths so I'm hoping that will be enough!)
Edited by: MEL_UNRAU at: 5/6/2014 (14:50)
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