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5/11/14 8:34 P

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What marathon are you doing?
You have plenty of time to train between now and then.
Some races have an unadvertised early start or allow time past the advertised time. You can check out Marathon Guide to see what finishing times they've had in the past to see how generous they are on the time limit.
You can also check out how bad the gravel is. Lots of loose gravel will be tough but packed gravel won't be that bad. Read the reviews of the race to see what others had to say. If it's particularly bad, there will be lots of comments.
Oh yeah, I think the second marathon is the hardest. The first time you have the excitement of hitting new milestones. You really did't know what you were getting into. The second one is tough because you know how tough it is going to be. Good luck.

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5/10/14 6:07 A

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Iz great that you all go anyway, despite your suggested fears or inhibitions. Good job and keep running!


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5/8/14 11:33 P

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Don't just sit here talking about it, get out there and run!

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
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5/7/14 1:51 P

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I just finished my first half last weekend so now I've got a full on the horizon myself. I'm so nervous and so excited! Good luck everyone!

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5/7/14 12:51 P

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Hooray! I'm trying to decide on a half to register for later this year. Good luck training!

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5/6/14 3:12 P

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You should train on gravel. A friend of mine did the Potomac River Run Marathon (also a gravel trail advertised as "easiest marathon") just last week (maybe this is what you're doing - They have both a spring and a fall race) and wrote "I don't know what I was thinking. I thought this would be a fast course. I did the first half in 2:01 but my feet were trashed. The second half was awful."

I live a mile from the course so I'm very familiar with it. You can become accustomed to the surface but it does take getting used to.

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5/6/14 2:59 P

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Six hours is plenty of time. You'll do great!!!

I'm kinda not looking forward to training for the Monumental in November, but I'm signed up for it. Can't back out now.

Let's get moving :-)

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5/6/14 2:50 P

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Ok. It's actually my second full and I think i'm mostly freaking out because it's 6 months away-- like it should be for me to train, but I'm full of butterflies!!

It's supposed to be "the easiest marathon in America" and has a 6 hr finish time. I completed a tough marathon last fall in 5:55:33, so I SHOULD be able to do this. eek! (Also, it's a gravel trail and I don't have easy access to a gravel trail to train on, but I do occasionally train on dirt paths so I'm hoping that will be enough!)

Edited by: MEL_UNRAU at: 5/6/2014 (14:50)
Imperfection is important. If we were all perfect, then there would be no such thing as growth, and everyone would be extremely boring, which is, paradoxically, not that perfect.-- Dr. Matt

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