Anyone ever train for a marathon/mini-marathon?

  1. I'm considering this as I have recently re-discovered running/jogging and had forgotten how great it makes me feel. I work best with a goal and am considering going for a mini in September. Anyone with experience in this or training recommendations?
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  3. by   manna
    I just wanted to wish you good luck! A guy I work just completed a marathon and a triathlon. Whew, makes me tired just thinking about it!

    I always wanted to be a runner, but being so out of shape was never quite sure where to start...
  4. by   psychomachia
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    Anyone with experience in this or training recommendations?
    I train for "micro" marathons...I run to the 'fridge for another beer and back to the couch...
  5. by   georgia peaches
    There is an awful lot of ground to cover here.
    As a distance runner (4 marathons) and Physical Therapist, we could chat for hours. It's like asking "what do nurses do?"

    Best advice that I can give 'off the cuff', is to pass on what was given to me.

    1) Good shoes are essential. No one brand is superior to another; you have to go with what feels best on your feet, then some trial and error for what gives you the best support. Some people swear by Nikes, others by Asics, others New Balance, Saucony, etc. Personally, I find that Asics are the most comfortable ride (gel is good stuff!), but don't last very long. New Balance don't cushion quite as much, but the shoes last much much longer. The gel in Asics just seems to break down after about 2 months of serious training, where I can run in new balance upwards of 4 months if you keep 2 pair and rotate them daily.

    2) Don't increase mileage too much, too fast. You can avoid a host of orthopedic injuries and muscle strains by *slowly* increasing mileage. Even though you feel just fine, etc.; the body will adapt to stresses increased over time, but will lead to injury if you increase too much too quickly. We're talking about 1% per week increases - no more.

    3) 26.2 miles is a long long long way :-)

    Actually, it's a lot of fun when you get into it - but proper training will take a heck of a bite out of your time for anything else. This is true for marathon training, at least.
    I haven't had the time to devote to training in about 4 years; hence no marathons recently! You can still enjoy running w/o becoming an addict, but if you do get 'hooked', you need something like eight hours per week to properly train to run the distance without injury.

    Hope this helps - and best of luck!!!!!
  6. by   Tweety
    I was in training for a marathon about six years ago when I stopped due to knee pain. But made it up to 13 miles.

    What helped me was frequent breaks of walking and lots of water. Here in Florida where it's hot and muggy fluids were essential. On very long runs I would make my route through parks or areas where there were water fountains. Towards the end I even took a break in a convience store and got a bottle of gator aide or a sports drink, and bring the bottle with me as I finished up. Also some of those power bars type foods to help fuel the runs helped a lot.

    Basically my training consisted of short runs, with one long run a week. I added five minutes extra running on the long run a week, and slow the miles added up. I miss those long runs....sigh.

    Good luck!

    Great advice above. Just enjoy yourself. It shouldn't be painful or torture. Feel the joy! LOL
  7. by   nikonos
    I try to run at least two minis a year and training for them is some of the best stress relief that I have ever undergone. The best bit of advice I can offer you is to find your nearest running store (completely dedicate to running, not a sports superstore) and ask away to the people who work there. A gentleman at my local running shop helped me set up a training plan according to my level of fitness and then, the most crucial part, picking the right shoe. I am a severe overpronator (flat-footed) and the shoes I wear have to have an extreme amount of arch support, with regular shoes on there's no way I'd make it past the 5 mile mark without stopping. I could write on for an hour about stuff I've done/do but I won't. Get your proper gear and start wishes.
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Excellent stuff from all of you . I popped "asics" into google which led me to a runners newletter site - the free one they had available for download had some terrific info in it for newbies as well.

    Thanks for all the great advice .
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    Updating on this. Am slowly increasing my efforts - doing 4 miles 5 days per week. No problems thus far. New balance seems to be a good shoe for me. A friend hooked me up with a couple of back issues of runner's world so I can do some more reading up.

    Hoping to pick some of the more experienced brains here again. I'm wondering how much I can expect to increase speed. Should that even be a goal? My primary concern is cardiac benefits and overall fitness. Are there benefits to picking up the pace or are they outweighed by an increased risk for injury?

    Thanks for any information you can provide. I feel GREAT!
  10. by   pepperbark
    I have been running since I was a teenager and am now 48 years old. My advice would be to take it one step at a time. Start out at one mile, the next week try two, then three. Progress slowly and at your own pace. Wear good fitting clothes and shoes that are comfortable and carry a water jug and a towel. I do not compete, but run 12 to 14 miles a day three times a week.