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Marathon Runners? [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2007, 18:40
Any runners on this board? I'm training for the Chicago Marathon this year, scheduled on 10.7.07, and would be very interested to know if anyone else has similar plans/goals...

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2007, 06:51
marathon oh yeah!
but i'm not am athlete :(
I'm from India and would be training for mumbai marathon which is to be held on Jan 2008 8)
i contacted pagalguy forum people last year.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2007, 11:09
I'm going to do a 100 km marathon in 2 weeks :) It's an annual event in Odessa, Ukraine. Done that 4 times, extremely hard but very interesting :)
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2007, 14:27
Wow, an ultramarathoner! Let me know how that goes. What's your training like for that event?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2007, 01:19
People say marathon runners make great leaders, and history has a lot of examples.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2007, 08:09
Well artshep, this specific year I'm not doing much unfortunately :( Have just changed jobs, so have absolutely no time to prepare for the marathon... I fear my result will be pitiful (if I at all manage to complete the track).

Last years, however, the preparation took about 3 months. 3 times a week I ran a cross-country (actually a seaside) track of about 15 km; last 2 weeks I increased the distance to 30 km. Besides, I was training my legs at home.

Basically, the most crucial things are:

- agonize over finding footwear that is comfortable for you. If you don't get one, you die. For me it was a pair of $10 shoes made in China; I was surprised how well they fit my feet and how little pain they cause. Also, you MUST wear them for at least a month before M day, including multiple training runs. Brand new shoes are a suicide.

- train, train, train. Don't take it as a cakewalk, even if you're seriously into sports. The bad part about these extreme marathons is not about muscle. They totally kill your knees - walking/running nonstop on a highway (NOT a stadium!) puts enormous stress on knees. If you're unprepared, you die. (I died 2 times.)

- when you're on the track, there are many useful tips & tricks, but the most critical thing you should carve into you brain is that YOU MUST KEEP WALKING. You refuse to fail. No reasons, no explanations, just "NO. I no stop. I go." When your brain burns out (it happens at about 70 km), you will be unable to think about anything at all. That's why it's so important that KEEP WALKING is engraved on the inside of your hollow skull. You die, but you just wouldn't stop. :)

...and yeah, it IS fun. Even despite all the stuff above :) I just love that feeling of hardcore challenge, and it's so exciting to crush your teeth struggling for victory. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2007, 06:07
braindancer wrote:
If you're unprepared, you die. (I died 2 times.)


That is the coolest thing I've ever heard. :-D

You've got to be one tough mother to run one of those ultras...best of luck and let us know how it goes when you're done.

You are right...for those involved in time consuming activities outside of work that require lots of training, it is extremely tough to fit in the time required to train properly when you are working hard. Especially, as in your case, when you experience some sort of career change (move, job switch, promotion, etc.)

I've always thought that working out in the morning would be the best way to fit in the training. I've had periods of time where I've started training at 5 or 6am and then was able to work without worrying how I'm going to fit in a run or weights session after work. However, I wasn't able to sustain those periods. I think I need to go back to that - I really don't see myself running a 10 mile tempo run after 10 hours of class, studying, etc.

Your training doesn't sound too bad. The volume isn't much different from a marathon. I'll be doing runs of up to 15mi (25km), from now until the last 8 weeks before the race. At that point, I'll do some long runs of 16-20mi (26-32km) and then taper off about 2-3 weeks before the race in early October.

Best of luck and let us know the results.

By the way, for everyone...I keep my training on a google spreadsheet that's open to the public (link below). If anyone's interested, feel free to check it out.

For anyone training for the Chicago marathon, feel free to let me know and I'll add you as a collaborator if you want to track your training as well.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pSkb7SCcSeksDJuEZ8bzPag
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2007, 08:06
I have once run a marathon, and I can describe it as a near-death experience :lol: Train well, and build your stamina.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2007, 08:48
Sorry, forgot to update this one... I survived for 55 km :( The two key points that caused my failure are lack of training (obvious) and more importantly, lack of team.

I was running alone after 15 km mark, and it was an extremely depressive experience. Every step you do, you keep thinking about how much you still have to go, and how much you suffer. Music helps, but only for a certain time - until it starts to pissyou off. With this lack of communication and 'distracting factors', I burned myself out completely and arrived to 50 km checkpoint with no passion for success at all. I just wanted the whole thing to end, no matter how. After a 1.5-hour crawl for 5 km, I realized this is a useless torture and went off.

Next year, I'll try my best to prepare adequately and to build a team... Lessons learned :)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 May 2007, 05:02
Braindancer, I read your post and laughed. I felt exactly the same. :lol: I guess, one has to experience a DIFFICULT marathon run to appreciate your humor.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 May 2007, 19:12
braindancer wrote:
Sorry, forgot to update this one... I survived for 55 km :( The two key points that caused my failure are lack of training (obvious) and more importantly, lack of team.

I was running alone after 15 km mark, and it was an extremely depressive experience. Every step you do, you keep thinking about how much you still have to go, and how much you suffer. Music helps, but only for a certain time - until it starts to pissyou off. With this lack of communication and 'distracting factors', I burned myself out completely and arrived to 50 km checkpoint with no passion for success at all. I just wanted the whole thing to end, no matter how. After a 1.5-hour crawl for 5 km, I realized this is a useless torture and went off.

Next year, I'll try my best to prepare adequately and to build a team... Lessons learned :)


I feel you, man...although I've never gone through the feeling to that extent and at that distance. 55km is a freakish distance to run, I don't care who you are. So big congrats on that, even though you felt like crap doing it :lol:

I'll have to see how I feel after this marathon in October. If I feel like a crazy SOB after that time, I may ask to join you in your next ultra.
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