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The W - Sports that aren't Baseball, Football, Basketball, or Hockey - First-time Marathoner
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Joseph Ryder
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Since: 19.3.02
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Hey all, I was just wondering if there were any board members here who have actually participated in a marathon or something similar. The Sunday after Thanksgiving I'm running in the Seattle Marathon and it will be my first, and I don't doubt I'm gonna be scared as shit as the day approaches. I've set some goals I'd like to achieve while in the back of my mind all I wanna do is cross the finish line without soiling myself.

So, has anyone done one? Any advice or tips, or things I should worry about? I currently get about 40-45 miles a week in, and I'd like to peak at about 60-70 before tapering, maybe a bit more depending on how the body reacts. The longest road race I've ever done was a half marathon (1:31) a year or so back, and my longest run EVER was about 15 miles.

If anyone has stories to share, or advice to give, please feel free. I'm a sponge for knowledge. Thanks!
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This website is quite awesome at covering everything you need to know regarding physical and mental preparation, technique during the marathon, and how to recover afterwards.

http://www.therunningadvisor.com/marathon.html

The training programs they recommend are very useful if you're not sure what to do there.

Once you get through one marathon, many more are sure to follow. Good luck!



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Joseph Ryder
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Since: 19.3.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.07
Yeah, I was aware of that site and have seen it a couple times, but I was looking more for personal testimonials from board members, if there are any. I've already got my little training thing down, and know enough about proper footwear, recovery, etc. What I don't know is, for example, what I might want to expect at mile #22, or wonderful tales about people having to take a crap in the middle of the race. You know...the good stuff. The bad stuff. The ugly stuff. Straight from the horse's mouth.

Thanks though.
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Since: 2.1.02
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I have a few friends who have done the Marine Corps marathon.

Their advice: tape your nipples. Seriously. A few miles of chafing can lead to some pretty nasty bleeding from them.




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Point taken...but I disagree with it. I think they should add another road course. I've always found them to be more exciting than ovals. That would be a pretty good idea, but I gotta wonder how receptive Europeans would be to American style racing.
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