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Posted 1/23/2013 by Alwaystexan in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:01:21 PM
So I ran my first half this past weekend in Charleston. I LOVED every minute of it. Official time was 2:04.06. Which beat my other 2 training runs but 14 mins and then 5 mins. So after running the half and some small races, I have a little bug in my head about a full. So who had done a marathon and tell me your experience please!!
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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:03:35 PM
I have! Was a few years ago now and while I'd love to run another one I'm really not sure my body could do it again.

Was one of the best moments of my life though crossing the finish line.

Congrats on the fantastic time for your half - thats an amazing time!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:09:19 PM
I haven't done a full but I have done 5 or 6 halfs. At my last half (October) I had the first inkling that I could maybe someday run a full. It seems incredibly daunting but I figure even if I run the first half and walk the second, I should make the cutoff!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:11:46 PM
I trained for a full year for this half and I am still on a huge high.. I usually read the running threads but haven't seen any lately.. Do you have a link. I want to mentally be there and commit , still on the fence!! Thank you for the compliments, it again was AMAZING!!
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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:55:47 PM
I've run two -- Dallas White Rock Marathon in Dallas in December 2011, and Rock N Roll Marathon in San Antonio in 2012. The Dallas one was cold and windy and rainy. The San Antonio one was super hot. I enjoyed both. My times weren't amazing or anything, but I survived and I ran the whole damn thing both times. I'm taking this year "off" from marathons -- there just wasn't one that fit in my schedule -- but I'm hoping to run the Houston Marathon in 2014. They have a lottery system for runners, so it's chance whether or not I get in.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 8:15:18 PM
I've run two fills and one ultra. I remember after my first full I said I never needed to do that again...next year I plan on running a 50 mile race. I don't know at one point I'll tap out, but I running!



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Posted: 1/23/2013 8:24:49 PM
I've done three - Columbus, Chicago and Maui. My husband and I both ran Maui for our 40th birthdays (we turned 40 within a month of each other).

I've done done some half marathons and too many 10Ks and 5Ks to keep track of. There is nothing like the feeling of crossing a finish line.

I think you just have to say YES then don't look back. Tell everyone you know that you're going to do it. Register and pay the fee. That's half the battle - just to get over the indecision and go for it. Then start training. Training is so gradual that you just keep doing the mileage that's on the schedule and before you know it you're at the starting line.

Good luck!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 8:50:19 PM
I running too, so addictive lol
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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:07:06 PM
Oh, I also suggest joining a training group. I've met some lifelong friends who share common interests. Most of my friends don't understand me, but my running friends get it!



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Posted: 1/24/2013 6:36:01 AM
I have run 3...after the first 2 in 2007 I was sure I would never run another one...both in 2007 were NIGHTMARES - all of the training in the world couldn't have prepared me for the things out of my control (the weather mostly) and I felt very defeated. Nothing like training your brains out only for it to be 85 degrees in Chicago in Oct!! (Marathon cancelled 1/2 way thru - luckily I was allowed to walk to the finish)...fast forward to this time last year I was talked into the Marine Corps Marathon in Oct 2012. I trained my brains out again and was determined to get a PR and kill it. The race was the day before Hurricane Sandy hit so i was *this* close to having my plan go out the window, but the weather wasn't horrible and I was able to get a PR by 25 minutes! I think that is my last marathon - too much work and time only to be disappointed by things out of your control (injury, weather, illness, etc). I will stick to 1/2 marathons from now on - just enough of a challenge to keep me running consistently. I did one in late Nov and PR'ed by 10 min so my marathon training did pay off. A full is a HUGE commitment and most defintely NOT two 1/2's put together. I think of it as the first 20 miles of a marathon are as hard as the last 6.2...Good luck!


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