Marathon Training: In Pairs?

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    Jan 28, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    Hi Guys! I'm training for the upcoming National Marathon here in DC, I have a few questions for you guys that have trained for full marathons before. (I've only done half marathons up to this point)

    I've thought about getting a training partner to run with me - the thing I am afraid of, especially with long distances is if the other person holds me back or vice versa while we're running. Those of you who run long distance know that your energy seems to come in waves and there are times where one likes to speed up or slow down their pace if their "feeling it."

    On the other hand, having a training partner could be a major motivation to keep pushing.

    Comments? Ideas? Just looking for some feedback for the time being.
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    Jan 29, 2012 1:23 PM GMT
    I think it is a good idea to have a training partner for your first marathon. With your first, your main aim is probably to finish, with the time being a secondary concern. In that case, training with somebody who may hold you back at times isn't a major issue - just relax and enjoy the running. With subsequent marathons, you may want to focus on your own running more so that you can perform at your peak level.

    Alternatively, it might be a good idea to find somebody with the same goal, and both run in the same group/club. That way, you will still have somebody to share the journey with and motivate you to run, but running with others will mean that you will both still have company if you run at different paces.
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    Jan 30, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    I really like your second suggestion of group running. I think I've got enough time to try that one out before my race.

    Thanks very much!
  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 30, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    I find running with a group is great for the long runs during your training for a marathon. Whether that is a group of one buddy or 10, it's a great way to make the miles roll by when you're mileage is getting up there. It's also a great way to make good friends. Some of my best friends are guys and girls that I've done long runs with over the years. You definitely form a great bond ticking off the miles and sharing the experience.

    Finding someone about your speed is great. If they are a little slower, you'll push them and if they are a bit faster, you'll be pushed. Enjoy the training!