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4/11/11 1:50 P

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Hi! I've signed up for my first marathon November 5, 2011. I have run a bunch of 5ks (another one this Saturday). I typically run 3-4 times a week between 3-4.5 miles each time (if I don't run I am taking a spinning class or some other exercise, not being lazy). I run about a 9 minute mile. The most I've ever run at once is 6.5 miles. I'm SO nervous about this race but I know I can do it (fingers crossed!). The race is 7 months away....does anyone have any advice? How much should I be running now? Should I start increasing my weekend mileage? Thanks!

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1/5/11 9:34 A

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I wouldn't train for a marathon for longer than 16 weeks; but that doesn't mean I'd not build up the mileage ahead of time. I hate to have to worry about increasing weekly mileage, long run, and marathon fitness all at once. Can overwhelm your body too...

The details, of course, depend no your goals and where you are now.

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1/5/11 6:46 A

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Depends on where you are as a runner.

how long have you been running?
What's your average weekly mileage?
Do you have any goals other than finishing the race?

"Maybe Boston someday" has been officially replaced by "Boston fall of 2010."

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1/4/11 8:25 P

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John:
Just when I thought you'd seen the light... emoticon

That said, if I was training me for a marathon I would allow ~9 months. 20 weeks of building easy mileage and then a 16-20 week more marathon specific plan.

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1/4/11 5:02 P

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Im in a pickle emoticon emoticon I have 1/2 ING Miami in 3 weeks and havnt been training with the holidays etc.. Ive not been regular with my running Im hoping to just run it easy like an LSD run and not race it if thats possible



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1/4/11 4:57 P

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I try to maintain a reasonable schedule year round (20-25 miles a week--one long run included) so that I can "event train" in a shorter amount of time. I can pretty much finish a half-marathon with 3-4 weeks notice, but I'm allowing 10-12 weeks to get the "big" miles in.

The best thing to do is keep it interesting and remember to allow recovery!

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1/4/11 4:46 P

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Adrian- I was kidding meaning I need more time to be ready, but I know that running more wont make it easier but have a negative result by getting burn out



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1/4/11 4:31 P

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John:
THAT is sensible.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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1/4/11 2:41 P

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I think I need a year to train for my first emoticon


Edited by: FREEDOMSTAR at: 1/4/2011 (16:43)
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I just finished week 16 of a 20 week plan. This is my first marathon, and if I do another one, I'll look for a 16-18 week plan. I think 20 is what I needed for my first, mostly to help me ramp up the miles, both physically and mentally.

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1/4/11 11:37 A

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Sarah, if I remember correctly, you have been running for several years and have a few half marathons under your belt.

That said, I think 16-20 weeks is appropriate. I started building my mileage base before my training program started and it made it a lot easier.

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I have been running for 2 years and have a few halfs under my belt. I am working with a 20 week training program.

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1/4/11 9:38 A

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Now. Especially if you're coming from, say, 5k training.

You "can" run a marathon on a 16-20 week plan but the more consistent your running and the more miles you can bank the better.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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Specificity, specificity, specificity.
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1/4/11 12:10 A

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Sara,

How long have you been running? Most running coaches recommend that you have a solid year of consistent running under your belt before embarking on the marathon distance.

If you have that, there are some programs that are as long as 26 weeks, but many allow 16 weeks of solid training to prepare to run a race of this distance.

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16- 20 weeks


would like to hear Nancy's recommendation

John

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1/4/11 12:08 A

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One of my goals for this year is to run my first marathon, and I'm wondering how far out I should start my "offical" traing.

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