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i have a goal to run a marathon. If there are runners who have done this before, how long before the marathon did you start training. How did you train and should I be eating any differently to prepare myself? I don't have a marathon in mind yet. Just thinking about it and want to get myself ready for it when I do find one that I would like to run. Thanks!
 

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Wow! Didn't know you are a runner Mel!<br><br><br><br>
I have this goal too. Though not this year or anything. Look forward to this discussion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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(still no O's?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)<br><br><br><br>
I remebered that I have some bookmarks!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/home/0,1300,1-51-56-633,00.html" target="_blank">RW beginner marathon training schedule</a> (16 weeks!)<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/home/0,1300,1-51-56,00.html" target="_blank">RW general marathon training page</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/home/0,1300,1-51-55,00.html" target="_blank">RW training plans</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.nike.com/nikerunning/pdf/advanced_half_marathon.pdf" target="_blank">Nike advanced half-marathon training plan</a> (15 weeks - ATTN: PDF file!)
 

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Well, I chose a marathon. The Harris Direct marathon in Seattle which is in my area. It will help raise money for leukimia on November 30th. I'm a little scared. It seems like a lofty goal, which I know I can do. Right now I'm only running about 10 miles a week. The runner's world training plan that you gave me, oatmeal, is great. I am doing it plus a few weeks before I've revised my own training to get myself to the level that it begins with.
 

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Wow that's awesome! I wish I could at least "co-train" in parallel with you... I'm afraid I'll be too damn busy this summer!!! Though I'm getting better and better in shape almost automatically....<br><br><br><br>
It will be cold in Seattle on Nov 30 I assume....!<br><br><br><br>
You start with the plan end of July, then? Keep us posted about this. Exciting!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I ran the Portland Marathon in Oct of 97 and it was actually kind of warm at the time. I've done several over the years and was planning to do one with Slynny in Oct this year, I've had a bad year and not so sure I can do it now.<br><br><br><br>
Anyways, I personally think that 6 months is ideal for training. Four months is pushing it unless you are in great shape and have really good endurance. I'm very slow but I have the endurance to keep going like the energizer bunny.
 

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Check out <a href="http://www.kicksports.com." target="_blank">www.kicksports.com.</a> They have running/training plans for beginners, advanced runners, etc. This site really helped me when I first started running. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oatmeal- It will be cold, but that's better than hot<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> That would be neat if you could train at the same time. Maybe next year we could pick one around the same time and train in parallel. Actually I am starting my training now. Slowly get myself there ready.<br><br><br><br>
Kathym- very neat theat you've run one. Way to go. Did you eat any differently before to fuel yourself?<br><br><br><br>
Rie- Very cool website. I like the training tips section. Real useful info. Thanks!
 

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Actually sunshinemelissa I wasn't vegetarian/vegan then, but I have always been a healty eater meaning lot's of vegetables, fruit, grains and TONS of pasta. I've never been much on meat, eggs or any of those things even though I did eat them. My routine (about a week) leading up to any race was to start eating less. I would eat smaller portions of pasta, salads and bread and I drank enough water to float a boat. All through my training period though, I eat like mad, especially as my mileage increases but don't worry cause you will burn it off.
 

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i don't think eating like mad will be a problem for me. I eat like a horse. Maybe I should eat like an elephant<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I am running my first marathon in Chicago on October 12th.<br><br><a href="http://www.chicagomarathon.com/index2.html" target="_blank">http://www.chicagomarathon.com/index2.html</a><br><br>
I am currently running 3 miles two out of every three days (It fits my work schedule). I plan to start training seriously on the 3rd of August when I finish a course I am currently taking. As for eating differently when I am running, I just eat whatever my body tells me it wants and drink as much water as I can make myself drink (no caffeine either). I do try to eat something within 30 minutes of finishing my work out so that my body can start repairs. This has made a big difference in how sore I am the next day. I actually keep a jar of peanuts in my car so I can down a handful or two immediately after my cool down. I have also given up my pre-workout stretches. This has dramatically lessoned my injuries. Both of those suggestions I picked up at a local running store when they were holding clinics prior to the Cincinnati marathon. I ran Cincinnatis marathon as part of a four-person co-ed relay team since I didnt have time to train for the full 26.2 miles. I have been dying to run a full one ever since. My next major goal is an iron-man qualifier in the fall of 2004.<br><br><br><br>
I wish you the best of luck. I do not know a ton of people that are either veg*n or distance runners so it is neat meeting someone else who is both (I was beginning to think I was the only one on the planet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">). I would enjoy hearing what is and isnt working for you since I am also new to marathons, so please keep us posted.<br><br><br><br>
P.S. Sorry I got so long winded!!!
 

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wow, thanks for the information. I do get sore easily, so eating directly after might work. My ankles especially get sore, but I think it's because I haven't forked out enough money for proper shoes. I'm going to have to though. They were so, very sore this morning. I'll need to spend at least $100 if I want to get some that can handle all the running I'll be doing. When you say that you forgo the pre-workout stretch, does that mean that you don't stretch at all? or is it just not before? I don't get how that can lessen injury. I warm up with a slow jog for about 5 minutes, then stretch and then I stretch for about 10 minutes after I run. This works for me. It is nice to know that you are also a runner. Welcome to VB<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I rotate between two shoes to keep my feet in top shape. I read that whenever possible you should not wear the same shoe two days in a row (not just for running) and that you should only use running shoes for 400 miles. I am trying to be good to my feet after years of only owning two pairs (one dress/casual and one for everything else) and keeping them untill they fell apart.<br><br><br><br>
My understanding is that for running longer slower things like 5k and up, that stretching can make joints too loose for the demands that come after miles. I do try to stretch afterward the work out to prevent cramps, but I have never noticed a difference if I stretch or not afterwards. When I ran cross-country in high school we would do a 5-10 minute warm up followed by stretches and then our run. I began to have knee problems for which they gave me more stretches. Then my hips hurt, and you guessed it more stretches. By my senior year I no longer liked to run because some joint in my leg was always angry with me. When I started running again I was 28 and not nearly as fit as I was in high school. Six months later I am still pain free and in as good of shape as I have ever been. I want to be in better shape when I turn thirty than I have ever been in my life!!! But if stretching works for your body I say listen to it. Our bodies know more than anyone about what we need.<br><br><br><br>
And thanks for welcoming me to VB.
 

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sunshinemelissa, I never ran a marathon before...just one half marathon a few years ago. I started training for a marathon a few months ago, Kathym and I were planning for one in Oct. I've fallen behind shedule because of an injury though, but 10 miles a week is a good start for you. Most programs will have you start running or run/walking about 4 days during the week 3 to 5 miles each, a day of crosstraining, and then have you do a longer run on the weekend starting at about 6 miles and working up to about 20 a couple weeks before the race. I'd say 16weeks min. of training for a marathon. Right now I do about 12-15 mile during the week and around 8 for my long run...I was up to 12 before my injury.<br><br>
I can't tell you how important having good shoes are for something like this, especially if you are having trouble with your ankles now. If you don't have proper shoes it is very likely that you will injure yourself and that can really set you back<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> trust me, the shoes are a nessesary investment.<br><br>
You will be burning lots of calories so you will probably eat more...I sure do. Lots of carbs are important also fruits and veggies, and a little extra protien is good. Lots of good liquids are important of course! Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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cool. thanks youguys for the input. This is wonderful information. I know I need to invest in the shoes and have been putting it off, but now I sort of have to if I'm going to be running more. Also, my ankles are telling me too!
 

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Hi Sunshinemelissa<br><br><br><br>
I am training for a half marathon in August and a full marathon in January. And.....I just bought one of the most helpful books I have ever read! It's called "Marathoning for Mortals" and it's by John "the Penguin" Bingham. This book has been such a help for me. It will give you different outlines for training for events and it gives you a practical, do-able routine to get you where you need to be. Also - it gives you all the information you need to know about shoes, socks, workout wear, food, etc. I love this book and it has helped me tremendously! My worst problems is just going out and pushing, pushing, pushing! This program has slowed me down a bit and I feel wonderful after my runs.....not like I have just been beaten! For example........yesterday I actually clocked about 6 miles.........by running 3 minutes and walking briskly for 2 minutes! I did 9 repeats of this and could not believe how quickly I could run because of that 2 min walk! All this while pushing my granddaugher in the baby jogger!!!! I actually covered more mileage than I would have just going out and slamming myself into the ground! I was only out about 45 minutes, too! I would HIGHLY recommend you get this book and look it over and from this little "test" they give you, you can determine how you want to train for your marathon.!<br><br><br><br>
Congratulations on training for the marathon! You will do GREAT!
 
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