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JS Haiku Shop, about that marathon(12 posts)

JS Haiku Shop, about that marathonr-kelley
Jan 9, 2003 1:01 PM
I wont offer much advice as I'm not a runner, but I just wanted to reiterate what someone else said. I ran my first marathon this past year in Philly. I just wanted to encourage you to try a sponsored one. The only reason I was able to cross the line was the crowd cheering me on at the end. I crashed at mile 22 because I was trying to keep a pace that would qualify me for the Boston Marathon. Between the other runners and the thousands of people lining the streets, I was able to feed off their energy and pick my pace back up. I also found doing something to distinguish yourself from all the other runners helped. I dyed my hair red and people would yell specifically for me which really feels good. Someone else mentioned that your cycling fitness will allow you to run further than you really should. I'd agree with that 100% as I was able to complete the run, but I was out of any exercise for the next week and could only do light exercise the week after that. And finally, someone else mentioned the feeling of crossing the line. I have never felt anything on a bike that could compare to just finishing the marathon. It was a great feeling that lasted until I tried to get out of bed the next day.
I'd say go for it. Run it in the fall when you are at your best and it doesn't matter if you have to take some time off the bike. And have a blast.
thanks!!!!!! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 1:26 PM
re: I thought about this last night and since somebody opened itdzrider
Jan 9, 2003 1:39 PM
I'd pay the $80 entry fee, get up real early, drive to the start, and consider it brevet training. What the hey, you'll probably not sleep real well anyway and you'll definitely want to be up early enough to eat a small breakfast.
agreed...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 1:49 PM
then again, the brevet entry fees are like $4.

it just kills me to pay $80 to drive 3 hours and run for a few hours...never imagined they were that expensive!
They're cheap next to triathlons.dzrider
Jan 10, 2003 5:08 AM
Last year I looked into Ironman length triathlons because I thought I should have one on my resume. The cost $350 or more! They'll have to wait, by which time they'll probably cost $500 and have to wait some more.

I try to stay with events that I can drive to in the morning and home at night. Once or twice a year, I'll go off for an event where I have to arrive the night before. I think of them as celebrations of the work I do all year staying in shape.
that was another concern...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 10, 2003 5:35 AM
as the next step in this great journey is ironman. if i can ride longish distances and run longish distances, the next logical (to me) thing is to throw in a little splashing fun and complete an ironman...but $350!?!? ouch...

it's of little matter at this time, anyway...i'm still moving up my long runs, and will do my first >10k next weekend. we'll see what worries, though.

alright, people...i'm just about convinced...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 1:58 PM
the marathon i'm eyeing is the nashville, tn "country music marathon". it's close to home and a major event, and--get this--they host it with 50 live bands playing along the route at 27 different stages. what a hoot. i just hope they're not all country music :(
A friend of mine....TREKY
Jan 9, 2003 2:05 PM
...ran that marathon and said it was a really great run.All the bands and people gave such great support.I think you'll really enjoy it.You won't even mind the country music.:-)
I did the Rock and Roll marathon...PT
Jan 9, 2003 3:14 PM
Frankly, I found it surreal to be running along and periodically passing bands (90% of which were taking a break or tuning) composed of overweight, cigarrette smoking, beer swilling toads. The women band members were even better, trying to be sleazily sexy and vamping for the crowds while being surrounded by scads of scantily clad hard-bodied women bouncing down the road. That aspect was mildly entertaining.

But for my money, my best marathons were done in the hills on my favorite mtb trails, by myself. I might well undertake an organized marathon again some day, but it will be a small one, with only a couple hundred participants rather than a couple of tens of thousands.
just don't run the memphis marathontarwheel
Jan 10, 2003 5:21 AM
My one marathon was the Memphis one, back around 1980. It was just about the most boring run I ever did, out and back twice over a very flat course. Hills never bothered me running, so the flatness was not a plus in my book. I think it was on some sort of military base, so the scenery was nothing but flat fields.

Pay the $80 and run Nashville. It will be worth it. I imagine it costs a lot of dough to sponsor a major race like this, and the money probably ensures (to a degree) that it will have good support with lots of aid stations.

One other thing -- be prepared to feel like sh$t the day after the race. That's one reason why I never ran another marathon: I figured anything that made me feel that bad couldn't be could for me. I ached so bad I could hardly walk for about two days.
that aftermath (pain & suffering) sounds like cyclocross :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 10, 2003 5:32 AM
another vote for the organized marathonoutofthesaddle
Jan 9, 2003 4:27 PM
I ran the San Diego Marathon at this time last year and the feeling of all those people lining the roads can't be beat. People you don't even know are cheering and encouraging you. All of the folks at the water stations have an encouraging word as well.

I also have to agree with the comment that your cycling fitness will allow you to run farther than your body will tolerate without injury. The mileage ramp up prior to the race, in addition to providing the cardio fitness to permit you to run 26 miles, gets your legs ready to take the pounding of 26 miles of foot strikes. I did a double century in November of '01 and afterward decided to run my first marathon in Jan '02. I'd been running several times a week but I probably didn't have enough training miles done to start a marathon program. I finished the marathon, but I started to feel pain in my knee in the last few miles. Short story is that I spent months in physical therapy, had lots different tests and saw lots of doctors. Bottom line -I still am unable to run more than a few miles. I cycle exclusively now - I've even given up my 30 min lunch run.

Just a word of caution that because of your cycling background, you might be able to go farther/sooner than you should. However, with a gradual build up - you should have a blast and be able to run injury free.