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2/24/13 2:01 P

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Every body is different. What may or may not be possible for you, or me, or John down the street is unknown until it is tried by that person. I'm not willing to emotionally beat myself down by telling myself it's impossible. I'm going to enter this challenge with an open mind, by following proven training schedules that are designed to prevent injury, I'm going to give it my all and let the results be what they may. And in the end I'll be glad that I tried rather than believing it to be impossible and not trying at all.

I can tell you that if you think it's impossible, you'll probably prove yourself right.

"I'm in the race but I've already won
And getting there can be half the fun
So don't stop me until I'm good and done
Don't you try to rain on my, Perfect Day"


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2/24/13 1:41 P

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Yeah I ran for about 11-12 years before my first marathon. A lot of marathon runners, even experienced, do the walk/run intervals. It is timed, because for every x minutes you run, you walk for y minutes, so you would need a watch, but that is about it. I've never done it, but I've read that you are less sore afterwards, so you might want to look at it.



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2/24/13 11:55 A

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Wow. Sounds like you've taken on a lot. Do your best, but keep in mind, it's really not possible to be able to go from couch potato to marathon runner in 6 months. Heck, I barely made it through my first half marathon - with running/walking breaks - 9 months after I started running.

I just don't want you to be too disappointed, or push yourself to injury. If you need any running advice, don't hessitate to ask. We've all been there before.

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2/24/13 11:31 A

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Yeah, I've read that it's best to heal anything causing you pain before it becomes a full on injury. I'm also making sure I follow my training schedules to a tee and cross training on my in between days. On cross training days I'm swimming and cycling to help balance out the quad/hamstring muscular conditioning and upper body strength building. I also plan to do some muscular strength training on cross training days. I may not make it in the time limit, but if they'll let me finish the marathon and just not record my time I'm fine with that, I don't need a record to prove I did it, just my own memories. That being said I'm fairly confident that once I'm done the training schedule I can complete the marathon in 6 hours.

I'm starting with the 5K Your Way Running Training (the one on SP) then I'll have over a month of continuing to build up my skeletal system and muscular system before starting a non-runner's marathon training schedule.

I haven't done a lot of jogging/running before but I've covered a lot of ground by walking. I know it's not the same impact levels of running but I do have some basic groundwork laid. And I don't care if I have to walk the entire thing (I hope I don't though) I just really want to finish and be able to say that I did it.


ADD: Yeah, I don't plan on running the entire distance, I will have to go in intervals to survive and make it to the end.

Edited by: PAMDAQTPI at: 2/24/2013 (11:34)
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So don't stop me until I'm good and done
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2/24/13 10:52 A

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One thing to remember, pain is NOT your friend. Do not try to push through pain. Discomfort and general exercise is okay, but actual pain is not a good thing. Especially when training for longer distances like this. You will end up doing your body more harm than good if you do that.

Katrina
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It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT

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2/24/13 10:05 A

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Flat marathon - no time limits would be ideal for your situation. I don't know what your running experience is, but be careful. The body typically needs a lot of training to properly run a marathon. Some people think it takes months to run a marathon... truth it is takes years for the body to make accommodations for it. Maybe plan on gallowalking it - you can do a google search for that. Walk/run intervals.



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2/23/13 10:10 P

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Thanks for the heads up. It's a Boston qualifier so that's likely why it fills up quickly. I'm so nervous but I did it. I signed up for my first marathon! Now, time to get my body -gulp-

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2/23/13 9:38 P

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I've signed up for the Queen City Marathon this year. It sells out early, so if you want in, definitely sign up quickly.



Katrina
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2/23/13 9:32 P

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I want to run my first marathon this year. It's very ambitious but I found a training schedule aimed at newbies with the intention of having them complete the marathon not set record times or anything.

It comes down to 3 top contenders for me and I'd really appreciate some advice or opinions on which would be the best fit for a newbie like me.

"Run For The Hills" in Treherne Manitoba. It's a hilly route and where I live there aren't many hills to train on so the hills concern me a little. I doubt a treadmill can realistically simulate a hilly marathon. (Closest to my location)

"Credit Union Queen City Marathon" in Regina Saskatchewan. It's Sask. so it's bound to be a flat route. There is a 6 hour time limit. Is that standard? The time limit does make me a bit nervous because then I do have to worry about my pace and not just completing the marathon. But if that's standard then I guess I'll have to suck it up. (Second Closest)

"Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon" is in Edmonton Alberta. I'm not sure if this one will be hilly or what time limits there may be.


I really want to find a beginner friendly marathon. I know I won't be quick, I just want to finish without killing myself.

Any tips on footwear, gear...etc I'd appreciate that too.

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Don't you try to rain on my, Perfect Day"


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