2012 is the year I run a marathon

  • battlegeek

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    Jan 02, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    I'm planning to run the Kalamazoo Marathon in May. It'll be my first race longer than a half marathon. I did three halfs in 2011, so I feel like it's time to do the full 26.2 miles. My 16-week training plan starts later this month. I'm a little nervous since I've taken it easy on the running for the past couple of months.

    Anyone else doing their first marathon in 2012?
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    Jan 03, 2012 1:29 AM GMT

    All the best manicon_smile.gif, I am trying to decide if I will do my 2nd trail marathon this year after a foot injury...so far so good. I started training yesterday, so planning to do some small races and longer runs.
  • trijiminal

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    Jan 03, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    If you haven't already seen it, watch "spirit of the marathon" i think its still on hulu. it really motivated me through some tough times in my training (i was training alone). Good Luck!!
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    Jan 03, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    If I train for a marathon i would become a freakin stick. im already super scrawny so no need for a marathon
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    16 weeks is plenty of time to prepare yourself, even if you have been a little slack lately. It'll be fine..enjoy!icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    Battlegeek,
    I did my first marathon last year after doing several half-marathons. If I can offer a couple of pieces of advise from experience.

    1. After you finish your marathon, when you get back to your hotel/home, run the bath as cold as you can get it (with ice possibly) and sit in it for 20-30 minutes. It will take down the inflammation/damage from your run.

    2. No matter now tempting it is to relax, KEEP MOVING. Don't lie around otherwise it gets harder to move as time goes on.

    Good luck in your race this year. I'm doing the Cleveland Marathon in May and the Big Free Marathon in Las Vegas in November.

    Bill
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    Jan 08, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    Welcome to the Marathon Club. You've got more than enough time to train, even if you're a slug starting without a base. Your goal is to finish on your own power; don't worry about your time at this stage.

    Training with a club is ideal for getting your technique right and not learning bad habits. Also helps a lot with motivation. If you can't do that, download one of several training plans on line -- Runners World has a forum you can follow. Keep us posted on your progress.

    Heading to Houston to watch the Olympic Trials on Saturday, then will run the people's race on Sunday. Anyone else gonna be there?
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    Jan 28, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    I'm running my first marathon this year too! I too have done a few half marathons, but this year I decided I'm going to try the big one.

    I've decided I'm either going to love it or hate it, so far I like that it gives me something to train for each weekend.
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    Jan 29, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    SIMHR saidthis year I decided I'm going to try the big one.

    If you get into the marathon distance full force, the next step is an ultra -- any distance over 26.2 mi. The most common is 50K [~31 mi], but there are lots of 50 mi, 100K and even 100 mi races. My goal for 2013 is to run Comrades in South Africa, http://www.comrades.com/ -- 89K or 56 mi.
  • mybud

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    Jan 29, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    Much success man.....BUD
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    Jan 29, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    Hopefully I'll see you at Comrades 2013!
  • battlegeek

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    Jan 29, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    I was asked to give an update. I'm two weeks in and so far so good. I'm not going quite as far as I want or as fast as I want, but I feel like there's plenty of time to improve. I'm blogging about my training here: http://dangerousarticles.com/
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    Jan 29, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    Good luck with it man. I regaularly run marathons so if you have any specific questions, fire away and I'll help you if I can.

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    Jan 29, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    This is my first year to do a marathon too!... if you count Tough Mudder as a marathon.
    Good luck in yours, you'll do great!
  • anhphl

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    Feb 03, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    My spring races will include a marathon. I took a few weeks off from running after completing 4 marathons in the last 4 months. Best time was 3 hours 15 mins.
    I started running again this week. Let's say that it will be a while until I can hold a 7 min pace again.

    IMHO, battlegeek is putting up too many miles too soon. High mileage running programs don't work for me as I swim and bike as well. Best of luck, regardless of your approach. I will keep reading your blog and cheer you on!

    Anh
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    Feb 03, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Willz09 saidThis is my first year to do a marathon too!... if you count Tough Mudder as a marathon.

    I'd count that as a very tough half marathon. Which one will you be doing?
    http://toughmudder.com/about/
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    Feb 03, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    anhphl said... completing 4 marathons in the last 4 months.

    Saw you in Houston -- wasn't that the best ever!? Come run LA next month.
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    So Chicago Marathon registration will likely close today (45,000 registered in 3 days!).

    I need to make my decision. Anyone running it in October?
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Good luck with your races guys!
    OP, 26MileMan is right you have plenty of time... and HE knows!

    I have three planned for this year, I LOVE race day!
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    Feb 04, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    So I'm running Chicago in October. I took it as a sign that I should go all in when I checked and saw that registration was still open a few minutes ago. It'll be my fourth time running it. The pain of last year's final 2.2 miles is still burned in my mind and almost kept me from signing up... icon_smile.gif
  • MustangMarine

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    Mar 14, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    33 days until Boston! I can't wait, it'll be my first marathon since 2010. I have to say, I'm terrified that it'll be freezing! I live in San Diego county, so I'm a total weather wimp. Anyone else here going to be running in Boston? Does anyone have any suggestions for things to do there? I'll be there for 3-4 days total.

    Battlegeek, if you've run halfs, you should be able to complete the full distance. You look really fit, so the only question should be what time you'll finish in. I think most people surprise themselves in being able to finish, it's mainly what time they finish in and whether they are able to go the distance without walking breaks. My last marathon time was a bit over 4 hours, but I'm on track to finish this one in 3.5!
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    Mar 14, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Good luck. Enjoy it. It will go faster than you think.
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    Mar 18, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    Tomorrow is the Los Angeles Marathon; weather will be cold, rainy and windy like last year.

    Cold + dry = great. Cold + wet = COLD&WET

    Regardless, this will be my 14th LA and 100th marathon overall.
    Never wanna stop running.

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    Mar 18, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    That's a HUGE achievement, maniac. Best of luck.
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    Mar 18, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    runnerza saidThat's a HUGE achievement, maniac. Best of luck.


    +1 ! Congratulations on 100. Let us know how you do.