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TRADKINS1973's Photo TRADKINS1973 Posts: 238
10/15/10 6:00 P

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hahaha, I figured it probably had nothing to do with it, but wasn't sure :)

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10/15/10 5:49 P

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LOL the printer just refers to a cash flow issue that came up after I first started thinking about doing ecoaching. We as a family do need to have a working printer.

Cindy or Trill
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April 7, 2013 Go St. Louis Half Marathon 2:05:55
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TRADKINS1973's Photo TRADKINS1973 Posts: 238
10/15/10 5:10 P

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Well, the form he gives you to fill out each week (at least the one I use - may be different for other people he is working with) I have to write what my assigned mileage was and what I did, along with my time and pace. That is what I meant by the accountability. Sometimes its hard to get out there, but if I know I will have to tell him that he assigned me 20 miles and I only did 16, then I would not be meeting the expectations. This is true of any training schedule though. I guess you could "cheat" on any program, its just whether you know it yourself only or if you might have to "fess up" about it. I guess for me, having to let him know what I did means I will get out there and do it. It would be too easy for me to let myself off the hook if I didnt have to report in.

He does encourage cross training on your non-run days as long as it doesn't use the calf muscle since that is the main one that is used in running (so the stair master is not a good choice and step aerobics probably would fall under that too). So he might advise you to not do step aerobics until after you have done your marathon and are not doing the really long runs, but to do other things, like the stationary bike.

If you are going to do it, 6 months out would be the best, but I did mine with 4 months before and he was able to work with that since I had already done several halfs and then the two months I had left, we started working on the other goals I have. It really is a personal decision whether or not to coach (either in person or online) so I hope you are happy with whatever you decide to do. :)

Not sure about the reference to the printer, but you dont need it to do the ecoaching, its all online.

Tanya


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TRILLIUM22's Photo TRILLIUM22 Posts: 7,713
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Thanks for all the comments.

Well I think the person who said the Go! STL marathon course was horrible was looking for scenery. It's not particularly picturesque. She has family in the St. Louis area and now lives in Minnesota. She talked about marathons that featured segements with pretty scenery. I have done the Go half twice, so I've done half of the marathon couse. It seems well run, good crowds, but not pretty. You do see the St. Louis Arch in the distance at the start, but you never get close to the Arch or the Missouri.

Then in terms of ecoaching---what about paying all that money and then cheating. I'm pretty reliable about getting those long distance in, but I do some non Galloway things. I do yoga, although I don't really stretch before or after a run. I have been known to do step aerobics on non-run days. I was doing ST and keep thinking I'd like to get back to it.

And then there's the fact that our printer just freaked out. It keeps making copies, scanning and just not at all behaving, I'm kind of thinking if I'm going to do ecoaching it should be now with 6 months till my target marathon, why did that printer need to chose this week.

Cindy or Trill
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March 4 Little Rock Marathon 4:44:07 PR
April 7, 2013 Go St. Louis Half Marathon 2:05:55
Chesterfield Turkey Trot 5k 26:05 PR docs.google.com/spreadsheets/
d/1DrXvwR5YbjQo1_tYthun_CtBETjg2CG44am
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TRADKINS1973's Photo TRADKINS1973 Posts: 238
10/13/10 7:40 A

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I am e-coaching with Jeff. I chose to do it for my first marathon, which I ran in Feb. I am still e-coaching with him, he has been helping me with weight loss and I am also running a time goal for a half marathon this year and training for another full. It is helpful to me because I can get my questions answered, but I also have the accountability of having to report in each week to let him know how my runs are going. It helps me to stay focused on my goals and to be realistic about them. He is so supportive of new runners, especially when going for such a big goal as a first marathon.

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10/13/10 3:14 A

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My first marathon is going to be out of town (Honolulu) because my parents asked me to (they live in Hawaii) and in doing so, it enables me to visit my folks NOT at Xmas or Thanksgiving when airfare is through the roof. I'm doing the ecoaching and have really enjoyed it, mostly because I can ask any stupid question I want. :) If I had had a JG training group in my town, I would have done that instead, but since there isn't one in San Jose, I opted for the ecoaching. So far, it has definitely been worth the money, especially since I'm training for my first marathon. He gives a training schedule specific to my running goals and has answered my questions about problems I've encountered or concerns I have about my runs. I've been reading his books, too, but it's nice to get specialized answers. Like when I signed up for the San Jose Half Marathon in order to get a "race experience" before my full marathon in December, but the HM fell on the same day as my 20 mile long run. He told me to split it up, 13 and 6 miles, and I would be fine. So I did. He's also giving me tips on preparing for the heat and humidity in Hawaii. So it has been worth it for me, at least.
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10/12/10 11:47 P

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For what it is worth, I vote for running your first marathon at home, if possible. Especially if you can do some of your long runs on the actual course. It definitely helps to be able to eat and sleep at home the night before the race. I guess it depends on what your friend meant by "horrible." Challenging? Poorly run?

I know of several Sparkers using Jeff's ecoaching service and they all seem quite pleased with it. If I didn't have the local Galloway group, I think I would use it.

Catherine

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10/12/10 9:50 P

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Sounds like you may have been bitten by the marathon bug( me too). First I have know doubt after reading your blogs, you can do a marathon, with or without JG e-coaching, "horrible" marathon or not. Your conviction and dedication, not to mention,a supportive family, will help you to be successful. Are there other full marathon races you are considering?

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TRILLIUM22's Photo TRILLIUM22 Posts: 7,713
10/12/10 9:17 P

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I'm feeling so indecisive. First I'm trying to decide whether of not to commit to training for a full marathon. I'm thinking the Go St. Louis Marathon on April 10, 2011. Someone at the last half marathon I was at told me it was a horrible marathon to run, but figuring out how to do a long race while traveling and running my firsr full marathon seems too much to me.

I'm also trying to decide if I should do the ecoaching with Jeff Galloway. At this point 6 months would get me to the marathon. On the other hand I've done alright with the half marathons and lots of reading.

Cindy or Trill
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March 4 Little Rock Marathon 4:44:07 PR
April 7, 2013 Go St. Louis Half Marathon 2:05:55
Chesterfield Turkey Trot 5k 26:05 PR docs.google.com/spreadsheets/
d/1DrXvwR5YbjQo1_tYthun_CtBETjg2CG44am
4NaWSMCc/edit?usp=sharing


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