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3/14/14 10:57 P

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I can do it. I appreciate all the encouragment. This group is precious!

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3/14/14 10:25 P

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I agree with LIVE2RUN4LIFE. DECIDE, COMMIT, and you will SUCCEED! I also believe you have time to prepare. We will all cheer and help motivate you through emoticon

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You know I have wondered about it off and on all day at work. A wonderful non runner friend in Houston told me to do it. I talked to my mom and she told me marathons aren't for people like me. I found myself defending running 26.2 and it hit me....why am I burning brai cells trying to talk myself out of it....it sounds like I have on some level decided. I just need to say it or type it out loud. I really think I can do this. Why would I let other people discourage or even worse decide for me??? That's nuts!! I will be remembering this when I long run tomorrow.

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3/14/14 7:29 P

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So do you really want to run a marathon? Do you believe that you can do it?

Catherine

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You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
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3/14/14 4:50 P

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I try to talk myself out of every 5K i have run. Its not the desire or the drive or even the preparation. I LOVE to run, but I also run alone and when no one will see me. I have by best runs and times when NO ONE is around not in races. I had some important people to me, all runners, tease me, make fun of my gait and my time and as ashamed as I am to say it....it has stuck with me. That is why I try and talk myself out of it. I always think maybe they are right....

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3/14/14 10:34 A

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A marathon is a big commitment of time and effort. If you are looking for excuses not to do it before you have even started, then you probably aren't ready to make the commitment. The two biggest requirements to successful marathon training are first, a strong desire to run a marathon and second, the belief that you can do it. If you meet these two requirements, you can / will do the training needed to get ready physically. But if you aren't ready mentally, then I strongly recommend that you stick with your plan for a half marathon in the fall and build your confidence along with your fitness.

Catherine

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3/14/14 9:29 A

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what's the time limit? most of us find we run/walk at least as fast as we ran. because we can run faster, knowing there's a rest ahead.

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I guess my concern is that I have never run one before and if I run/walk it I will be over the time allotted. I think I might be finding excuses for myself NOT to do it.....

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3/13/14 4:04 P

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A November race gives you 6 months to prepare. That's enough time to train "to finish" your first marathon. The key is to train consistently and to build those miles slowly but steadily. My advice would be to follow Jeff's marathon "to finish" plan faithfully. If you do, you'll be ready.

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3/13/14 9:56 A

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if you have the time to do the training, i'd say, go for it. if i did, i certainly would.

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3/13/14 9:47 A

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I have been looking ahead to my half that I want to run in November and then some insane thought hit me after I ran 7 on Sunday.....Could I just do the full?? I want to do the full. I think I can manage the mileage weekly for training...I have 20.5 so far this week but still fearful of putting myself out there....perhaps I need a sports psychologist. emoticon

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