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|Subject: ||RE: Marathon on NO training; Should I run it this weekend?|
Several years ago (1999), I signed up for Marine Corp Marathon (Late October) in March. A major consulting project during the summer (80 hour weeks) basically precluded me from doing any running for 3 months. 3 weeks out, I started putting in the miles and built myself up to a long run of 13 miles.
I wasn't going to waste the entry. Moreover, I was the key reason why some folks in the office signed up for it as well, so I decided to lead by example, and just do it.
I am not an advocate of Gallowalking for those that are trained for the marathon, but Gallowalking sure does work for those that are NOT in shape. I'm a firm believer that if you are going to walk late, then it's better to walk early.
I have a 1:17 Half PR, so an 8 minute mile seems slow and that's what I went out at. It was extremely odd to take a walk break at mile 8 when so many people were still running so strong, but I committed to doing it. Thereafter, I walked a minute or so everytime I met up with my wife. I ended up taking 5 walk breaks. My legs felt pretty strong at mile 20, and I even ran some sub 8 miles before I started slowing down for good the last couple of miles.
Ended up running 3:40 something.
If you are generally fit, you CAN finish the marathon. Go out slow, slow, slow and walk for a minute every 6-8 miles at a water stop. Also, I found it helpful to take a pain reliever, but be careful about doing this. You never know how it will affect you during a run unless you've tested it. It could cause severe stomach problems that can hinder you from finishing.
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