Exercise! - I want to run a marathon

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09-02-2010, 12:42 AM
I ran a marathon October 2008, and since then I pretty much quit exercising... I have a 26 week exercise routine, and I think if I slowly build up, I will be able to stick to it. I live in a beautiful, safe area, and am excited about it! Has anyone here ran one? or have advice?? The last time I did this, I gave myself 2 months to prepare... Not a good idea! I also weigh 30 more pounds than last time.

09-02-2010, 01:01 AM
Exciting! I just talked to a co worker today about getting into triathlons! Wow! I hope we both make our goals!!!

09-02-2010, 02:55 AM
I have no advice, I'm doing C25K right now, and eventually I would like to train to run a marathon. Good luck to you!

09-02-2010, 07:13 AM
I honestly do not think 2 months is enough to go from couch to 26.2 miles. I did a couch to 1/2 marathon and blew my hip out for over a year. You should take a year to really prepare for a marathon. I know that is not what you want to hear and I wouldn't listen when I did the 1/2. I'm currently training for a 10k and have been at it for awhile. I would go slow. Sign up for some 5k's and then some 10k's and then some 1/2 marathons...and then the big one!

09-02-2010, 09:02 AM
I've been going on couch to 1/2 marathon for about 8 months now and I still don't feel completely ready for the race I'm doing in a couple days. I'd take more time than 2 months to prepare, especially if you haven't been running in a couple years and you've gained weight from before. Your joints are gonna need to get used to that.

But start training! It's so fun!

winning the war
09-02-2010, 10:00 AM
I've been preparing for a sprint triathlon since May and still don't feel ready to compete in a week and a half! And the run portion is only 3 miles!! Since you've done it before, though, you already have an idea how to train. I'd definitely give it at least 6-8 months since you've been out of the loop for a while. Best of luck to you!!

09-02-2010, 11:38 AM
No, I trained last time in 2 months for a marathon. This time I'm giving myself 6-9 months to train properly. And I won't sign up for one until I feel I'm ready. And I definitely don't feel like I'm "couch." I work all day with 8 infants, walk a good 2 miles to and from the bus each day. My body doesn't feel fat. I may have extra weight, but that hasn't kept me from hiking, walking, rock climbing, sky diving, and soon, to run my 2nd marathon. I just want to enjoy it more this time by being in total shape.