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Old 05-15-2008, 12:33 PM   #21
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vaseline will help prevent chafing nipples and inner thighs
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:56 PM   #22
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Don't be shy with the vaseline. For the actual marathon (I've ran 3) it was liberally smeared chest, crotch (I know TMI) and all over my toes. (Didn't do the toes/socks for the first marathon and I still have toe nail problems from "black nails" at the end of the run.) I'm surprised noone mentioned how tough a first marathon would be in Hawaii. High temp (over 70) and high humidity are not exactly conducive to a fun/great run ...

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Old 05-15-2008, 02:20 PM   #23
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PBS Nova last month had a show about training a group of novice runners to run in the Boston Marathon.

The show is available online here:
NOVA | Marathon Challenge | Watch the Program | PBS

There's also a website with more info:
NOVA | Marathon Challenge | PBS
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as an aside, my wife and I helped with security at a marathon once... we were at the finish line.

Never have I seen so many bloody nipples in one place.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:42 PM   #25
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That's why I mentioned the vaseline and moisture wicking shirts. Use lots. You'll be ok.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:03 AM   #26
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For my first (an almost certainly last) marathon. I got in involved in a training group. Being with a group is really a good way for sedentary folks (like me) who dislike exercise to get the discipline to complete the training.

If I was going to do it over again, I'd join a charity marathon training program, like
Team in Training.

Basically, how this work is you raise $X amount of dollars for a worthwhile cause
Leukemia b(but there are many others) by getting sponsors. They give you training and if you raise enough money will even pay for your trip to Honolulu. What is so nice about the program is you are surrounded by non-runners.


BTW, the Honolulu Marathon is very nice marathon about 1/2 the entrants are basically walkers (like myself).
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:29 AM   #27
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I really liked the book How to Train for and Run your Best Marathon. It is by Gordon Bloch. It gives really good easy to follow training guides for all sorts of marathoners and plans out the training schedule for each level - beginners who just want to finish the marathon, to people who want to run it in a decent time, to those who want to run it really fast. She takes you from the beginning of 'thinking about running a marathon' to the actual running of it regardless of your level of fitness.

She also gives lots of tips and tricks as far as preparing from ground zero for the marathon to what to expect before and during the marathon. I got a lot from it and really recommend it. You can get it used from amazon really cheap.
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Old 05-16-2008, 05:38 AM   #28
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The real funny thing is the real bottom line is ya gotta run alot of miles. Better to run upwards of 50 to 60 miles a week before the race. Ya need a real good distance base. That said, older people who want to do this will spend part of the race walking and jogging slowly. Get in shape lose some weight be motivated, and again put on your running shoes everyday and just run.
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as an aside, my wife and I helped with security at a marathon once... we were at the finish line.

Never have I seen so many bloody nipples in one place.
That's exactly why I haven't done it. Nothing worse that bloody nipples.
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Hmmm...... Marathon.... Run very long distance, deliver message, die. To me not a good concept. For me, a full emulation would seriously cut into my retirement enjoyment.
I do enjoy watching it at times. Admire those that do it, obviously a tremendous effort.
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