First ever full marathon. ADVICE!

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    May 29, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    I'm doing my first full marathon ever! But I have almost zero knowledge on how I should approach this, and it is this weekend (screwed up, but that's ok)I did a 21k recently and found that very manageable.
    Would really appreciate any practical advice on how to psyche myself up, the foods to eat, rest cycles (race starts at 0030hrs), little pointers; anything at all!!
  • Rush_

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    May 29, 2013 2:34 PM GMT
    Get the book marathoning for mortals. Good stuff in it.
    My only advice is make sure you hit your runs, stretch/foam roll and rest appropriately. Otherwise bad things happen
  • gwuinsf

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    May 29, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    Read up on the Galloway marathon training program. He advocates a walk-run split. When I did my first (and only) marathon I think I did a 90 sec run and 30 second walk.
  • gwuinsf

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    May 29, 2013 3:16 PM GMT
    Oh, if you have no trained for long distances, and you don't know how your nipples are going to chafe, put bandaids over your nipples. There's nothing more painful (or embarrassing) than bloody nipples. It's a real thing.
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    May 29, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    I would recommend wearing a watch or something to keep an eye on your pace at the beginning at least. It's very easy to set off too fast and really suffer for it later! That's what I found for my first marathon anyway icon_neutral.gif

    Also make sure you have enough fluids and energy drinks during the run.(Not too much though...). I'm not sure how you would quantify it, but perhaps base it a little on what you've been training with.

    Foam roll or get a massage afterwards as it definitely helps your recovery.
  • jock_n_ca

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    May 29, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    There is no comparing 13.1 to 26.2. Two completely different animals. If this is your first marathon recommend not focusing on time, go out easy and if you're feeling good early then slow down so it won't bite you in the ass later. Good luck.
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    Jun 04, 2013 6:39 PM GMT
    Agreed to not focus on time, focus on completion.

    It's in your mind, really it is. Think of it as just 26 miles, your body should be able to easily cover that distance whether running or walking.

    Jog as slow as possible in the beginning.

    Do not make the mistake of drinking liquids at every station, especially towards the end. Over-hydrating is the worst things you can do. Around mile 19, I just take small sips at the water stations.
  • in_this_corne...

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    Jun 04, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    Have you picked and registered for the marathon you are doing? If not, do that.

    Also, go to watch a marathon...about two months before my first marathon I went to watch the finish line for about an hour at a marathon close to home. The excitement of the spectators and the success of the runners really is motivating.

    Get good shoes...go to a real running store and have them assess your gate and running style. They will recommend the right pair of shoes based on your running technique.

    Allow yourself a 16-18 week training program. Follow the training. I followed Hal Higdon's Novice 2 training program, missing only 1 run (4 days a week for 18 weeks...maybe it was 16, I don't know, can't remember) and I just about hit the 4 hour mark in my first marathon (4:02:02).

    About a month and a half into training, your long runs should hit the 12/14 mile mark. I found a nearby half marathon to run as a substitute for the training run. I recommend doing this because it's real race scenario and you'll learn a lot about pacing. I did a half and it really put perspective on how fast (or how fast NOT to go) out of the gate. The last 2 miles of the half was incredibly painful and I cramped because I ran the first 4 miles at a ridiculous pace out of simple excitement and determination. When the marathon came, I approached that start a completely different way.

    I'm sure there's more...but it's training, sleep, shoes, speed, commitment, discipline...and you'll be just fine.
  • iHavok

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    Jun 04, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    protect your nipples!!!
  • in_this_corne...

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    Jun 04, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    iHavok saidprotect your nipples!!!


    You know, I always heard this and even saw some bad situations so it's not to be ignored...

    But in my experience, unless I was wearing a cotton shirt, I had absolutely no problems with my nipples.

    Cotton shirts = bad news. Get some light, quick dry material tanks and shirts for your runs. Use band aids or some other nipple protection if you have sensitive nipples. Or just run shirtless.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 04, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    Be sure to be very well prepared for a full marathon. I learned that the hard way back in October 2008 I ran in the Niagara Falls International Marathon. I thought that because I was successful in several previous half marathons that what was another 13.1 miles added to 13.1 miles already ran. I was very sore after that marathon. A hard lesson learned.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 04, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    roadbikeRob saidBe sure to be very well prepared for a full marathon. I learned that the hard way back in October 2008 I ran in the Niagara Falls International Marathon. I thought that because I was successful in several previous half marathons that what was another 13.1 miles added to 13.1 miles already ran. I was very sore after that marathon. A hard lesson learned.

    LOL
    You waddled your fat ass for 26.2 miles?
    Not credible.
    There he is, my senile stalker. Has nothing of substance to say on a forum topic but loves to make a total idiot of himself. What else is newicon_question.gif
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    Jun 04, 2013 7:51 PM GMT
    Pete Pfitzinger's book is one of the best. Many solid plans, and none of the Gallowalking nonsense.