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10/14/10 8:59 A

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Thanks for the movie recommend - did watch it on Hulu last night and practically signed up for that marathon right after!

The notion of having to run (without walking) a half marathon has actually kept me from advancing. I actually thought that *everyone* ran them. Can't even begin to tell you all what a motivation this thread has been for me.

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10/13/10 9:30 P

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I watched The Spirit of the Marathon on Hulu - nice movie!

I would think there are all kinds of techniques going on at a marathon, from running full out to walking. I've talked to people who have done both of those things and anything in between. When I do get to doing a marathon, I will plan to do run-walk intervals. It's my go-to method for any race longer than 5k.

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10/13/10 6:10 P

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And Gail you are one fast runner...

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10/13/10 6:00 P

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I have completed 3 marathons so far and have walked in all of them.

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10/13/10 2:23 P

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I think you can watch Spirit of the Marathon on Hulu.

I'll be doing my first official marathon in January, but will be doing one in early December as I have a 22 mile training run scheduled that same day. I figured it would be nice to run with other people for that mileage, plus I'll have water, crowd and medical support.

My intention is to run the entire thing (both in Dec and Jan), but I'll have to see how I feel once I get up into the longer distances. I don't feel that walking intervals makes you any less a runner.

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10/13/10 2:13 P

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LOTS of walking going on---in full marathons, half marathons, 10Ks....any large event.

Inspired? Go for it!!!!

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10/13/10 1:58 P

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Freecloud, if you were inspired by watching the Chicago Marathon, I would highly recommend a movie called "The Spirit of the Marathon", which is about a few different individuals training for the Chicago Marathon a few years ago. The people they profile range from the elite Olympians to the back of the pack. You'll definitely feel inspired!

I know if you have Netflix it's on the streaming. It might also be at your local library. :-)

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10/13/10 1:50 P

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Congrats, all first time marathoners!!

I ran my first in January and I ran the whole thing, minus a stop or two at a water table. It's all on how you train. I have not been able to successfully incorporate walking into my training, so it doesn't work for me. But if it works for you, GO FOR IT!! Definitely does not 'diminsh your finish' LOL!

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10/13/10 1:17 P

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I just ran my first marathon on Sunday in Chicago. I was planning on doing the run/walk method too. Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute (2 if necessary towards the end). I walked quite a bit more than expected. It was pretty hot here on Sunday so maybe that's why. Still finished in the required amount of time. I think they said runners had to maintain a 14.5 - 15 minute mile pace to finish in 6.5 hours. It is do-able if you're thinking about it! And the crowd support in Chicago was awesome for a first marathon.

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10/13/10 1:03 P

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Thanks Mary and congratulations!!

Nancy, I feel the same in regard to staying injury free. I'm also a master runner and want to continue to reach goals, but all in one piece. It's good to know that walking/running is perfectly acceptable and can still result in a great time.

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10/13/10 12:47 P

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Wendy,

I did a run/walk method last year in Chicago and in all reality I do that with any distance greater than 5 miles. As a master runner (over age 40) I do believe it keeps injuries at bay and hey, it doesn't slow me down...finished my second fastest 1/2 last weekend finishing in 2:12 and I had a 55% age grade...not too shabby and the GREAT deal is, I am ready to go knock out 5 miles this afternoon.

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I completed my first marathon last month. Check my blog for a very detailed race report.

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There are people who run the whole thing, some do Galloway run/walk interval, others walk....It is all up to do.

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10/13/10 12:39 P

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I watched coverage of the Chicago Marathon this weekend and really got caught up in the whole thing. What an awesome experience for those participating! Most of the coverage was on the elite runners whose abilities are just unreal.

Which brings my question - does everyone that participates in a marathon race run the whole 26.2 miles or is there some walking going on? I know it has to be completed in 6.5 hours so the majority must be running most of it. What is your experience?

If anyone has a marathon blog they'd like to share (yours or a favorite), let me know!

Wendy
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"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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