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6/8/11 7:37 A

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Thanks for the advice! I definitely want to do a full marathon at some point, but I think right now, I'll see how things go with increasing mileage. I've noticed that when weight loss was a goal, it never worked out for me, but when there's a tangible goal, that keeps me motivated longer.

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6/7/11 9:41 A

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Coach Nancy is right: training for a marathon and losing weight is really hard to do at the same time. In fact, when I trained for an ultra-marathon years ago, I actually GAINED weight. You have to fuel your body and feed it so it can heal from the trauma of running.

Check out the Galloway method of training if you really want to complete a full marathon in September. His run/walk strategy reduces injury, and requires fewer long runs than most plans. You'll finish the marathon, although it may take you longer than you'd like. Focus on healthy eating habits and stay off the scale until the event is over. Then you can switch gears to weight loss before the holidays.

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6/7/11 9:37 A

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I would also suggest switching to the half marathon... after the race, keep your mileage up! If you keep training, you'll be better prepared for a winter or spring marathon.

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6/7/11 9:29 A

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Have you already paid? If so, how about switching to a half marathon?
If not, how about training for a 5K or 10K to get your running on track and moving up from there?

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6/7/11 8:55 A

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So true. If you push yourself to do this marathon then you could end up hurting yourself. Sometimes big races have more than one race. LIke if you picked the full maybe they also have a half or a 10k you could go for instead.

Full marathons are tough. You want to be really ready when you do one.

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6/7/11 8:54 A

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I am with Nancy.
While your enthusiasm for weightloss and running a marathon is terrific, the reality is that neither is something that can be achieved without long-term effort. Believe me, I know - you get an idea and you want it to come into being right now. It don't happen that way! ;)

Decide what you really want, make a plan to get there. Other things may or may not fit into that plan along the way, but you can have it all, with planning and patience!

Enjoy your journey!

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6/7/11 7:54 A

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NYCXGRLX07,

Not to dash your dreams, but if you have not been consistently running more than 2 miles since April and need to be ready for a marathon in September, I would recommend that you re-think your decision.

Running is a progressive sport that needs consistency in order to not only prepare the body to run 26.2 miles, but to train for that race. Muscles, bones, connective tissues need a solid year to adapt to the rigors of the sport, not to mention building the energy systems to run a race of that duration. To get your body to that place, you may want to focus on losing the weight (losing weight and marathon training while not impossible can be very tricky) and then finding a marathon down the road when you build back your running mileage, slowly.

I wish you well! RUN SPARK STRONG!
Nancy


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NYCXGRLX07 Posts: 38
6/7/11 7:09 A

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I'm running my first marathon in september and I ran my first half-marathon in april but haven't been running more than 2 miles in between. Getting worried now that I only have a few months left. Any training suggestions?
I'm trying to run to lose weight but then I realized I want to lose weight to make it easier to run....but no luck in that category. How have you all been doing in regards to motivation and losing weight with running?

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