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3/24/16 5:41 A

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The longest flat distance I've done is a 10 mile training run as my races tend to be hilly. I find flat roads a bit of a slog. I may need to rethink my plans.
I enjoyed most of the 16 miler. It was tough and the only reason I kept going in places was because it was far too cold and isolated to stop but overall I would certainly do it again. I'll check out the mdheatrace.
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3/22/16 3:08 P

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Welcome! This forum is great for support and advice and I hope you find it as helpful as I did when I trained for my first marathon last year. London would be so amazing! I am running my first "major" marathon this year - Chicago.

You might be surprised with running on different surfaces. I actually find that I have less aches and pains on the trails, so I echo what PASTAFARIAN mentioned. I started to have some knee pain a few weeks ago and I hit the trails for my last few runs and the softer impact really helped. Good luck finding the right plan for you and with your training!

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3/22/16 1:38 P

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Welcome, Karen! I love traveling for races. I live in Alaska, so there aren't many to choose from here. My husband and I like to pick far-off races and schedule vacations around them. The London Marathon is actually on our wish list!

Let us know if you have any questions as you train for Philly!

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3/22/16 1:37 P

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What's the longest flat distance you've done? Some people with knee issues find that flat distances are more difficult than hills because you use the same muscles over and over without let up. Similarly, stress on your cartilage is in the very same spot.

You didn't say whether you enjoyed your 16M trail race or not. But if you'd like to do another, there's a nice one (not far from Philly): It's a 25 & 50K. Few do the 50; I just mention it because your time of 5.5H is far under the 9H cutoff!

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3/22/16 1:16 P

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I am planning to run my first marathon this year, all being well. My knees are dodgy and I am extremely slow but I still reckon I can do it.
I am looking at the Philadelphia marathon in November as my daughter lives over there.
I've applied for London but it is impossible to get in so I thought I'd go further afield.
I am thinking of trying the Jeff Galloway method as a means of increasing time on my feet whilst protecting my knees.
My last 'race' was a 16mile hilly trail race which took 5.5 hours! Philly is a flat road race so hopefully it'll be faster going without the mud and styles.

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