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Turbo Monkey
Feb 20, 2003
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Just some Q's....

If you've done one would you do it again? Did you hire a coach, follow a training program, or just wing it? What did you think of the course, or does that not matter to you?

I entered and completed my first 1/2 on Sunday on whim and I'm hooked. Just looking to see what others thought of doing a full.

Thanks, Amy
 

Heidi

Der hund ist laut und braun
Aug 22, 2001
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Bend, Oregon
I didn't have a coach...just winged it after reading up online and in some magazines. No, I can't do one again because of my knee injury, but I would if I could. I must say though, I liked trail running events far better than the pounding of the street. Just like mountain bike racing...the course does matter to me. I like good scenery.

Congrats on your half!!!!!
 

mogulskr

Monkey
Aug 28, 2002
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Congrats on your half. I have done 2 halfs now and plan on a full marathon in the fall of this year. No coach for me, but I will follow a plan off of Runners World. I'll run 3 to 4 days a week with one long run, one recovery run, one medium distant run and one day of temp or speed work. I have trouble if I don't have a set plan I seemed to get distracted and end up doing something instead of running.

As far as the course goes, both my halfs were hilly courses, but the full course I plan on running is pretty flat. I actually like the hilly courses because I used different muscles and it kept it interesting.

Good luck and keep us updated.
 

oiswego

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Oct 24, 2005
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New Yawk
Just some Q's....

If you've done one would you do it again? Did you hire a coach, follow a training program, or just wing it? What did you think of the course, or does that not matter to you?

I entered and completed my first 1/2 on Sunday on whim and I'm hooked. Just looking to see what others thought of doing a full.

Thanks, Amy
the course definitely matters!! imagine running 26.2 with mostly steep uphills, haha!
but more importantly, the weather matters.
my first was a race in ny in october several years ago--normally in ny the october weather is a little brisk, but not too cold; usually it's in the high 40's hte 50's. perfect running weather.

this particular day was just above 32 degrees F, with a nice freezing drizzle. the entire field had to stop every 2 miles or so just to stretch out since the rain would make everyone's muscles tighten up.

i only did one marathon, since then i moved onto triathlons---now that's a freaking rush when you finish !!