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My goal is to eventually run a marathon. I've only ran a 5k in my life. How do I build up to this?

Thu. May 5, 12:40pm

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very gradually

I haven't run a marathon, but I've done 1/2 marathons and even a 1/2 ironman. If you go to Google and search "marathon training" or something similar, you can find lots of programs.
Usually, you will do a short run, a medium run and build up a longer run on the weekend, minimally.
Have you picked your race?

Thursday, May 05, 2005, 3:41 PM

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I haven't. I've just thought it was somewhat out of my reach. I'm pretty athletic and pick up new sports fairly quickly (snowboarding). My uncle even does the marine core marathon in a wheelchair so I've always thought that might be cool, to do that one (in DC)

Thursday, May 05, 2005, 5:51 PM

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I've done three and I am by no means fast. All you need is discipline and a schedule. Try to find a group to run and train with, good motivation and keeps you accountable. Plus get on a beginner's plan and start about 4 months prior to the race. The race is awesome but the training can be even better.

Friday, May 06, 2005, 1:33 PM

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I've done two (and was only doing 10min miles) and agree with the above post. Galloway had a nice run-walk schedule if you are just looking to finish. If you want to run the whole thing at any pace the website has a good schedule for beginners.

One fo the most important training tools for me was doing all the training with a friend, it was very difficult to do the long runs (10, 12, 15, 18 miles) on my own. I used craigslist to find someone who was interested in running at my pace.

Sunday, May 08, 2005, 11:08 AM

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Team in Training

I can recommend the Team in Training program -- you get a coach, a training schedule, group workouts (read: accountability!), and a fun group of people to train and race with. Check them out at


Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 1:39 PM

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