First Marathon

  • Tyler413

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    Jun 17, 2012 8:25 PM GMT
    I signed up for my first marathon and I am very excited! I'd just like to hear some tips from some guys that have run marathons. Is there something I should know? be prepared for? help with training? If you could let me know that would be great, Thanks!
  • Southern_Draw...

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    Jun 18, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    I've only run one marathon over a year ago and I recommend you Google an 18 wk training schedule and follow it as closely as possible. Sock wear, underwear and nipple protection are very important. They could end your race if any of those areas aren't covered well. For me, I had to learn to eat more in order to have the energy to finish a marathon. I was never a fan of Power Bars until I I started training.

    Hope that helps.
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Jun 18, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    Would be helpful to know the distance of said marathon. But here go some general pointers, for what it is worth.
    As said before, nipple protection should not be overlooked. Learned that lesson the hard way.
    Don't eat heavy food on the day of the race nor start experimenting with your diet on that day, that applies to drinks/energy sport drinks also.
    Since this is your first race/marathon, it would be best to focus on finishing it. For the next ones you can focus on improving your times.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    beware of the wall at about mile 20.....the race begins at this point....anything before the wall was warm up! Those next 6.2 miles are the test of mind over pain. HYDRATE.....GU....GOOD shoes and socks.....ABC for clothes (anything BUT cotton!)....bodyglide....train for distance, train for strength, interval train , do hill-climb SPRINTS....."finish" is the first marathon to know what to do differently for the next one! good luck!
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    Dominican_Gent saidWould be helpful to know the distance of said marathon.

  • gwuinsf

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    Jun 18, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    Nipguards & body glide

    Nipguards are a definite must. Bleeding nipples on your first Marathon run is both extremely painful and embarrassing.
  • joncfernan

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    Jun 18, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    Dont know alot of tips - but congrats and best of luck to you!!! Im sure you'll become addicted to them afterwards!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Tyler413

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    Jun 19, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
    Thank you everyone for the great tips! icon_smile.gif I will definitely be using them as the time comes closer to the marathon! I am super excited, but extremely nervous.
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    Jun 19, 2012 9:18 AM GMT
    Get a new pair of shoes and break them in now.

    Do your research of the race.
    How many water station are there on the race?
    Can you run that distrance in between water stations?
    Do you need to carry extra water?
    If so start carrying water on training runs now.
    How hot will it be? If hot put some sun cream on.
    Get yourself some vaseline on race day put around armpits, nipples.
    Jelly babies take a few with you near the end 20 miles extra energy.
    Have a good meal night before race (high carb)
    Make sure you go to toilet before the race nothing worse then wanting use a loo during a race

    Good lick
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Jun 19, 2012 9:51 AM GMT
    endo said
    Dominican_Gent saidWould be helpful to know the distance of said marathon.


    Endo, I know what the official distance for a marathon is. I am running 1/2 a marathon next Sunday. I wanted to make sure because lately I have seen the words "race" and "marathon" used indistinctively, especially by novice runners. My bad.
  • toybrian

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    Jun 19, 2012 10:37 AM GMT
    Tyler, good luck to you and ledt us know here how you make out on it..Wanna try the half here this year fro me and learned a few things here..
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    Jun 19, 2012 10:45 AM GMT
    Great advice from Armylad

    I did my first full marathon a month ago after running a few halfs. A few pointers that I found helpful are..

    Before the race

    Limit your exercise the week before the race. A lite jog a few days before (Max 5 km) or a gentle walk is the most you should be doing.
    Carbo load!! YUM!
    A month before you should at least be doing a half marathon distance (21Km)
    No caffiene a week before

    Race day

    Don't shave ya face....the sweat really stings once you get a steam up
    If it is sunny try not to sunscreen your forhead as the sunscreen runs into your eyes. There are some good sports sunscreans around however which are recomended if you are not wearing a cap.
    Wear bikeshorts - chaffing thighs will be eliminated
    I find a proper running shirt/singlet a great investment. A sports-mesh shirt is breathable and I have never had any nipple problems.
    Also chaffing under the arms can be reduced with chafing cream or vasaline
    Make sure you can carry food with you - a "bumbag", camelbak, or overshorts with a pocket are useful
    5-10 mins before you start - have a Gu or a Lepin (concentrated energy products)
    There will be enough water on the course - you shouldn't need to carry your own - unless you want sip as you run (Camelbak)
    If the course lets you put out your own drinks - some flat coke at the drink stops are a good idea, caffiene for that get up and sugar for quick energy
    If you cramp up frequently, you can get electrolyte replacement tabs which are good for a camelbak
    For me I have a couple of panadol/ibuprofen before I start running... helps keep the aches at bay
    If it is sunny - a "topless" cap is better. Sunglasses tend to rub and often steam up and trap sweat. Good caps have a built in sweat band and no top helps keep you cool.

    Post run

    Drink HEAPS of fluids to flush the lactic acid from your system
    No alcohol - you will feel like crap after
    Sports massage is great
    Hot bath!
    Stretch out well - even if you don't want to!!
    Compression tights - wear them even to sleep in - helps recovery

    Good luck!! you will feel great a week after LOL

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    Jun 20, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    I've found that a compression Tee like Under Armour works great to wick sweat away and prevent nipple rub. Take som ibuprofen in a ziplock baggie with you for mile 20 when your knees scream. 1/2 of an anti-diarreahal medication (Immodium) prior to the race keeps the #2 from becomming a problem. I don't use vaseline or any glide stuff as I found silicone lube (yeah that lube) works better and lasts longer without all the greasiness. Cut your toenails as short as possible or you'll find out the hard way. If there is a check in, take a towel. Don't mix gels or goos with gatorade or powerade. The don't react well in the stomach.
    Post race, take advantage of the massages and keep moving. In case you missed that, keep moving. I found that forcing myself to go up and down stairs really help get rid of the stiff and soreness.
    Run your own race so don't worry about anyone else.
    Check out for some really good articles and advice.
    Congrats and good luck.
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    Jun 22, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    Tyler413 saidI signed up for my first marathon and I am very excited!
    I thought this thread was going to be about you winning your first marathon.

    *has a disappoint*
  • acdarkly

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    Jun 22, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    awesome!! congrats!!

    here are my words of advice:

    if the longest run you've done so far is less than a half marathon, then you probably want to follow one of those longer training schedules like a 24-week one. your body will need to adjust to the endurance, but youre young so you can probably get by with a shorter schedule.

    you'll be burning a lot of calories towards the end of the training with the long runs and tempo runs so make sure you eat a lot as well. don't want your body to start eating up your muscles (which is a condition people get when they dont maintain energy during long runs so take either gels or energy packs with you to eat while you run).

    just remember to take time to stretch out at the end! good 5-10 minutes will do your legs wonders the next day!!

    good luck!
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    Jul 31, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Hey, how's the training going?

    Lot's of good tips already given. I'd definitely favour bodyglide over vaseline. Vaseline only seems to last about an hour for me. I chafe at the thighs and bodyglide always prevents that. Some on the toes and the balls of your feet should prevent blistering, double layer socks work great for me too.

    A 10km race 2 months before and a 1/2 marathon 4/5 weeks before the full marathon will definitely stand to you and give you good experience.

    On the day run your own race, don't worry if you get caught up behind slower runners, after a few miles the race will open up so i would avoid weaving in and out of people and running up and down off curbs, you'll only pay for it later.

    I never bother with power bars or energy gels. i prefer just a handful of jellies for later on. You'll hear lots of talk about hitting the wall. I think if you are prepared enough and go at a steady pace you won't have that problem. It's a great feeling if you have some energy in the tank to pick up the pace coming to the line rather than struggling/walking over it.
  • jock_n_ca

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    Jul 31, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    As evidenced by all the great comments there is no shortage of do's and don'ts. My recommendation is to just enjoy the experience. Your first marathon is not about racing the clock. You'll learn ALOT not only about running but about yourself. Good luck and enjoy the ride!