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IM before first marathon?BhamBike
Sep 22, 2003 12:01 PM
Is it ridiculous for me to think about doing an IM distance, if I have never run a marathon. I have been doing sprint and olympic distance. I have never run more than 14mi.
I am in college, and I figure that summers where I can train hardcore are coming to an end. A full IM is a lifetime goal, but I think while I am young is the best time. I just want to know if I stick to say a 36 week training program if it is reasonable.
Luc Van Lierde did.Steve_0
Sep 23, 2003 5:12 AM
but I wouldnt.

Obviously, it depends on your base, condition, and desired level of competition.
Sep 23, 2003 6:20 AM
Many many people have done an IM without a stand alone marathon. Running an IM marathon and an open marathon are two very different animals.
yes, and 36 week program is too longuksrfr
Sep 23, 2003 9:46 AM
Yep, I did an IM as my 1st tri ever, and 1st marathon ever. While it's not for everyone, it is very doable. If you have a decent base in all three events, I would recommend anything from a 13 to 20 week training program. It's hard to keep your motivation for a 36 week program. good luck, and enjoy it...
so how'd you do?Steve_0
Sep 23, 2003 10:55 AM
Just curious as to your initial goals and outcome with a sub-20 week training program.
13hrs 18minuksrfr
Sep 25, 2003 12:19 PM
My initial and only goal was to finish, and I did it in 13 hrs 18 min. I would have been close to 12 hrs +, but they mis-measured the swim course in IM Cal 2001 and it was 2.9 miles not 2.4, so now I have to do another to see if I can go faster. All in all a truely great experience...
yes do it...african
Oct 10, 2003 2:21 PM
I did an IM without ever having run more than 9 miles (before I started training for the IM). I had done some olympics and 2 halfs. Bear in mind I am not top of my age group but just about there in sprints, so I can go fast but not long. I got hold of a novice marathon program. I did it over 16 weeks, built to a long run of 19 miles and several 13-15 milers. I did IM Florida last year, in 12:04 the most interesting thing was that my weakest event running ended up being my strongest and I ran the whole way 4:30 I paid for it the next few days with serious sore legs.