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Any marathon runners here?(8 posts)

Any marathon runners here?rrjc5488
Nov 17, 2003 7:00 PM
I was wondering if anyone here would have input on a "beginners" course marathon, thats not too boring. I hear some of them are boring, which im guessing would give you no ambition to finish. haha Any input on a first timers marathon (or am I just plain wrong and all of them are just as hard as the others?) And any websites that would give me any tips on how to go about this, thanks
Nov 17, 2003 8:36 PM
it's been a whileDougSloan
Nov 17, 2003 8:40 PM
Two I would call beginners were the Marathon (oil) Marathon in Terra Haute, Indiana, and the White Rock Marathon in Dallas. Pretty flat, both. White Rock was slightly more scenic. I have no idea if either of these are around any more.

I liked (past tense, as I no longer run) rolling hills the best, rather than flat, as it broke things up a bit. Just about anything in the midwest should be ok. Heat and humidity could be more a concern than hills, though.

Not much help, sorry.

link to White Rock in DallasDougSloan
Nov 18, 2003 9:58 AM
Here you go, this one saved my bacon, er legs ...african
Nov 18, 2003 7:48 AM
I did this program, for Ironman Florida last year. I was fit and in shape. I had never run more than 9 miles and started this program about 16 weeks before the IM. I even took a 2 week break from running in the 16 weeks. I tried to stick as close to it as possible, but failed.

But here is the plus side. I did the Ironman with a 4:30 marathon, I ran the whole way, no pain, I just kept on running, the last 6 miles were my fastest and I finished strong. Ok I could not walk right for 4 days. But I swear this is the greatest program right here:

Oh I am sorry I just re read your post and you want a course not a course. Er well do an Ironman thats not boring, it was my first marathon.
My knees have made me a cyclist, but...Cory
Nov 18, 2003 9:50 AM
There are a couple around Sacramento, Calif., in early spring that are almost dead flat out-and-backs--can't remember the names, but I know one of them was run as recently as two years ago. Also the one Doug mentioned in Terre Haute would fit, I think, if it's still held (you didn't say what part of the country you're in). And anything in Florida...
here's a good sourceDougSloan
Nov 18, 2003 10:03 AM
ChicagoSpoke Wrench
Nov 19, 2003 10:32 AM
My first (1980) was Chicago and that was a good choice. There were spectators lining virtually the entire course which wound through some ethnic neighborhoods and made it fun. If they put every hill in Chicago on the route it would still be a flat run. The only draw back that I had was that it took us 3 1/2 miles for the crowd of runners to thin out enough that we could get up to pace. I understand they have fixed that now by seeding the starting positions even though there are about 10 times as many runners as when I did it.