Marathon training

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Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 17:10
I'm training for the Marine Corps Marathon in Oct. Are there any other marathoners out there? Which plan are you following?

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Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 17:13
I'm so totally not a runner, but I actually just downloaded the C25K program to my iPhone. I know many people that have had great luck with it. I've signed up for a 5k in October so I better get cracking. Smile

There's an online version of the couch to 5k at

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Posted: 19 Jun 2010, 14:04
I currently am in the second week of C25K! I highly recommend it! I am actually starting to like to run, and this is because I am running for myself, I am not competing against anyone else. It isn't easy but for me I am really feeling the benefits. Please give it a try and please stick with it. For 30 minutes every other day you owe it to yourself to have ME time and you will be surprised what you can do.


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Posted: 19 Jun 2010, 14:10
I recommend the training tools on Runner's World. You have to create a profile to use them, but I really like the schedule it creates. I completed two half-marathons using it, my first one sixteen weeks out, and my second nine weeks out.

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Posted: 19 Jun 2010, 17:48
I'm training for the Disney Wine & Dine Marathon on October 2nd. I'm doing it with the group Team N Training. Right now I'm running 1 minute, walking 1 minute. Something like the couch to 5k, just my own version.
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Posted: 19 Jun 2010, 20:38
I've finished two half marathons and one full marathon. I used a Hal Higdon training plan each time, but changed it to where I was only running 3 days a week. On Tuesdays I would do the lowest mileage he set for that week, on Thursdays I would do the middle distance, and then I would do the long run on the weekend. I don't have time to run 5 or 6 times a week, so this worked well for me. Plus it game my legs plenty of rest time, and I was free to work out in the gym or do some other cross training.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2010, 13:35
I'm training for my first full marathon this fall. I've done 5 half marathons since 2004. I'm using a 5 runs a week plan, it has worked well for me in the past when training for my halfs.
I'm about 25-30 pounds overweight right now, so hoping to drop that through training and expect a performance increase as a result.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 10:12
I've run a half marathon with no real training and then used a Runner's World program to train for my second. By the end of the training I felt totally ready to run the half, but I pulled a muscle and was unable to. Major bummer. But, I do like the RW programs that they have to offer. You can modify them to fit your schedule/needs.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 11:10
I've run several halves and one full marathon. I like the RW plans too. Now I just stick to my own easy plan:
1x week - slow and easy
1x week - slow and long (gaining distance according to timing of race)
1x week - speed work
I can't commit to more. I work long hours and have 5 under 9 at home. This keeps me in shape and is flexible enough for when I have deadlines or someone is home sick from school.

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Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 11:14
I have run 2 marathons and 2 half marathons, with another of each coming up soon. So much fun and such great motivation to exercise and eat well. I have used modified versions of Hal Higdon's plans for all of my races. The best plan, however, is one that you'll stick to and that works with your schedule. I like to run 6-7 days a week (and I should note I do this while working full time, going to law school full time, and spending 2 hours a day commuting; so it's definitely feasible), but I know faster marathoners than myself who run only 3 days a week. The rule of thumb I follow is that your weekly mileage from your shorter runs should be equal to or greater than the distance of your long run that week. If I'm doing a 20-mile long run on Sunday, the total mileage of my runs Monday through Saturday must equal 20 miles or more, whether it's two 10-milers or four 5-milers or some different combination. And make sure to get some strength training in to keep all of your leg muscles in balance--it will help immensely in avoiding injuries.

Good luck!

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Posted: 27 Jun 2010, 13:30
I'm running the Honolulu marathon in December for AIDS Program Los Angeles. They train us by using the Jeff Galloway method which so far has left me feeling great! It's a run/walk method: if you can do a a nine minute mile pace you will run for 8 minutes then walk for 1 minute, then go back to running for 8 and walking for 1. The slower you per mile minute the shorter your running time and the longer your walking breaks. So if you do a 16 minute'd run for 2min then walk for 3.

I have not worked out since Feb and just started two weeks ago. I ran/walked 3 miles last Sunday with my group, ran/walked 3 miles twice during the week, walked 3 miles the other days and did some weight training and just ran 4 miles today. Not really sore at all. I mean I am sore but not sore enough that I can't do another workout and my daily activities.

Look into his method, I mean if he was able to take walking breaks and did a 2:07 marathon, I think everyone should/can do it!

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Posted: 27 Jun 2010, 18:20
I'm training for the Austin marathon 2/20/10. I'm training with a local running group. We don't walk, but increase our mileage each week. We have started our training early (5/30). I did my first 1/2 marathon this past January.
I have a question though, when I trained for my 1/2 I gained 4lbs...will I gain weight when training for the full?

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 01:28
Has anyone WALKED a half marathon? I'm basically going from zero to 60 REGULAR exercise to planning to walk/possibly run a little a half marathon in January.

Has anyone done this? Tips? Advice?


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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 01:31
A half marathon might be OK. I've walked a couple of full marathons, but I worked up to it, doing 10K's and 20K's. Even still it's quite an ordeal. As soon as I was finished, both times, I immediately fell asleep within 20 minutes after I finished.

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 01:41
I just finished my first half marathon yesterday and am planning to fit in another one in August while training up for the Portland marathon 10/10/10. I run 2-3 miles four days a week on my lunch hour and then try for a long run with my husband on the weekend. I'm right at the point where I'm trying to lose weight so the running will be easier. I only have a few more pounds to go. I can't say that I like running but I like how I feel when I finish a race, lol.
Races Completed:
GOTR Thanksgiving Day 5K: 11/26/09 47:17
Jingle Bell Run 5K: 12/5/10 (no timing chip, around 36 min)
Pear Blossom Run 2010 10 mile: 4/10/10 1:45
Pacific Crest Half Marathon: 6/26/10 2:38

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 12:39
RunnerRN wrote:
I'm training for the Austin marathon 2/20/10. I'm training with a local running group. We don't walk, but increase our mileage each week. We have started our training early (5/30). I did my first 1/2 marathon this past January.
I have a question though, when I trained for my 1/2 I gained 4lbs...will I gain weight when training for the full?

There seems to be a whole spectrum of opinions about this, but I think it is fairly common to gain a little weight in training for a marathon. It certainly has been the case for me; I gain about 3-4 lbs. and lose it almost immediately after the race. It usually doesn't creep up until the few weeks before the race, and it seems to happen no matter what I do. I think that a few pounds can be expected, but beyond that, you can probably prevent it. Theories for the weight gain vary from increased blood volume to calorie retention to increase of muscle mass. In my opinion, it's a combination of the fact that you truly do need to fuel for long runs and speedwork and that you perceive that you burn more calories than you actually do. For example, in a 10-mile run, I only burn 750-800 calories, which would not even account for a small Dairy Queen Blizzard or two big slices of pizza. If you continue eating carefully and make sure you take in enough but not too much, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

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