Message Category: Running Tips/ Training Topic: Pace of the Long Run
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EASY, EASY AND I MEAN EASY !!!! abbes 7/22/00 10:24:55 PM ET
Trust me on this Shaun! I'm 35 years old an I did run 11 marathons. you still young and you'll have plenty of time to run races, to learn and improve . Don't be misguided by your fast times in the 5k, 10k or even the 1/2 marathon. the 26.2 mile run is another ball game. Eventhough I was relatively fast in short races,I took it very easy on my first Marathon and ran a 4:05 at Disney. The following year at the Disney Marathon again I clocked 3:12 and almost qualified for Boston. I personaly followed the Galloway program which I strongly recommend for first timers. It's low impact ( low milage) program designed to slowly building a base and train the body phisically and mentally to go the distance. There are other great programs(some of them mentionned by other runners), but whatever you do I need you to have fun and enjoy your first Marathon! and the only way to that is first to get there on the race day healty and to run a smart race. TIME IS NOT IMPORTANT : WHATEVER TIME YOU DO IS GOING TO BE YOUR FIRST PR.