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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 11:46 AM
I'm all signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October...looks like a great course through most of the cool neighborhoods of Chitown...I'll be running right past Lee's place...

http://www.chicagomarathon.com/CMS400Min/uploadedFiles/Chicago_Marathon/Run ner_Information/2008_CM_Map.pdf

Now I have to start training

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 11:53 AM
Best of luck to you Sandman. Maybe it won't be quite so hot this year

Have you ever run a marathon before?

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 11:56 AM
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Best of luck to you Sandman. Maybe it won't be quite so hot this year

Have you ever run a marathon before?




Thanks! It'll be my first...I've done several 10Ks but I figured with my knees, if I ever wanted to run a marathon, I better do it now...

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 11:59 AM
Go see the movie Sprirt of the Marathon.
Six back stories about people trainigna nd running the 2005 Chicago Marathon. Very inspiring.
I need a majorfall marathon to train for, maybe I'll join you.

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 12:03 PM
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I need a majorfall marathon to train for, maybe I'll join you.


Cool!

Climb any 14ers lately? We're going to climb Windom Peak later this year...

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 03:11 PM
Yowza, Sandman! That's quite a distance! Should be nice at that time of year, though (not too hot). Good Luck!

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 03:36 PM
Foppa, Sandman, pick a cool race in a great place and I"m in. I'm running a trail 50K tomorrow. 45 and partly sunny, should be perfect.

Me and a couple of friends are considering this.

http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org/

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 03:37 PM
I'd like to run in one of these marathons.


Do they let you take a taxi for part of the race? Is that allowed?

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 03:46 PM
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Foppa, Sandman, pick a cool race in a great place and I"m in. I'm running a trail 50K tomorrow. 45 and partly sunny, should be perfect.

Me and a couple of friends are considering this.

http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org/





Watch out, Bigfoot entered a few years ago, and won by a mile.

His stride gives him an unfair advantage.

He doesn't smell that great either.

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 03:46 PM
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Foppa, Sandman, pick a cool race in a great place and I"m in. I'm running a trail 50K tomorrow. 45 and partly sunny, should be perfect.

Me and a couple of friends are considering this.

http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org/
Wow, Rhonda! Beautiful place for a race!

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 03:58 PM
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I'm running a trail 50K tomorrow.



Now that's a trail run! What do you expect your time be?


 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 03:59 PM
I'm going on a Beer Run if that counts and Octoberfest is in October..

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 04:00 PM
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Foppa, Sandman, pick a cool race in a great place and I"m in. I'm running a trail 50K tomorrow. 45 and partly sunny, should be perfect.

Me and a couple of friends are considering this.

http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org/
Wow, Rhonda! Beautiful place for a race!


I know!!

I have to be careful when I race in beautiful places because my concentration is so intense the I literally don't see anything around me. I picked San Diego for the scenery...3 miles of beach, I NEVER saw it. I want to remember running thru giant trees!

 

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Now that's a trail run! What do you expect your time be?



It is true trails (not a nature path), so probably around 6 hours.

 

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I ran seven marathons but have since retired. I've got pretty bad tendonitis in my right ankle that forced me to give up that kind of running. I ran 3 Chicago's, 1 New York, 1 Marine Corps, 1 Vienna Austria and 1 in Florence Italy. After running so many big city marathons, I really liked the smaller races better. I guess Florence Italy was probably my favorite. If I thought I could beat my pr of 3:54 I might consider running another but I think those days are behind me. Anyway, Chicago really is a great race.

A lot of the problems at last years race have been corrected as I understand it so I am certain there won't be a repeat of last year.

I used to train runners with Chicago Area Runners Association so if you need any advice, I would be more than glad to help. Good luck to you Sandman.

[Edited on 2/29/2008 by paulzavodnyik]

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 04:08 PM
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It is true trails (not a nature path), so probably around 6 hours.


Rhonda - If my math is correct, that is fast! Really fast!

True trails, excellent. Have fun & good luck.

 

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It is true trails (not a nature path), so probably around 6 hours.


Rhonda - If my math is correct, that is fast! Really fast!

True trails, excellent. Have fun & good luck.


Thank very much for the good wishes!

About 11:30 minute miles, which doesn't sound fast at all, but it's a quick pace on technical trails. The key to trail running it to be able to walk/climb fast on steep uphills and be able to keep your balance and run fast downhill. Hate pavement, love trails!

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 04:46 PM
Good luck, Sandman.

Not to point out the obvious here, but isn't a 10K like 6 miles . . . and isn't a marathon 26 miles?

You wouldn't know it to look at me or by observing my habits, , but exercise and fitness is our business here in my department. I'm sort of like the atheist who was raised in church, I know a lot of stuff, I just don't practice it myself.

Anyway, I hope you're hooked up with somebody or at least have received some instruction specifically on how to train for a marathon. It ain't your Sunday afternoon 10K.

I'm not trying to discourage you by any means, just pointing out that it's a serious undertaking.

BTW, when you take the turn through "Little Italy," you'll be firmly entrenched in Droog Country. That's where my great-grand parents emigrated to around the turn of the last century, and where I've been working for the past 23 years.

Peace, and once again, good luck to you.

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Not to point out the obvious here, but isn't a 10K like 6 miles . . . and isn't a marathon 26 miles?


A 10K is around 7 miles, but yeah, a marathon is a bit longer...it's not something I'm taking lightly, believe me...

I've got a nice training schedule planned out. It's just something I've always wanted to do so I'm going to do it. Certainly not looking to set any world speed records....just want to finish...so I can check something else off the list

edit: ....and getting to run through the streets of Chicago is a bonus. I'll look out for the Droog family in Little Italy

[Edited on 2/29/2008 by Sandman]

 

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Foppa, Sandman, pick a cool race in a great place and I"m in. I'm running a trail 50K tomorrow. 45 and partly sunny, should be perfect.

Me and a couple of friends are considering this.

http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org/




Rhonda, that looks cool! Good luck on the 50K....

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 05:07 PM
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....just want to finish...so I can check something else off the list


Cool, I did something like that last March. See that huge-ass corned beef sandwich in my signature?

Carnegie Deli, baby!

Been there, done that!





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Not to point out the obvious here, but isn't a 10K like 6 miles . . . and isn't a marathon 26 miles?


A 10K is around 7 miles, but yeah, a marathon is a bit longer...it's not something I'm taking lightly, believe me...

I've got a nice training schedule planned out. It's just something I've always wanted to do so I'm going to do it. Certainly not looking to set any world speed records....just want to finish...so I can check something else off the list

edit: ....and getting to run through the streets of Chicago is a bonus. I'll look out for the Droog family in Little Italy

[Edited on 2/29/2008 by Sandman]


You'll have a great marathon. I coach marathoners and my only prerequisite for running a first marthon is the ability to run a 10k. You've got more than enough time to be ready for Chicago. Just remember it's all about the long, SLOW runs. You'll be putting in high-milage weeks, if you try to do speed on top of that, you will get injured. Enjoy the ride, there is NOTHING like crossing the finish line of your first marathon....NOTHING! Not even front row seats at the Beacon.

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 06:04 PM
Hey Sandman,

If you are going to raise money for a charity in connection with your marathon, I will gladly make a donation.

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 06:09 PM
Thanks, Rhonda! Yeah, I'm going to take it slow for sure...

For the next month I'm just going to put in about 9 miles a week...doing three 5Ks...just to shake off the winter months basically.

Then for about the next two months I'll up that to about 12 miles a week, still just doing 5Ks. Then, every week after that I'll up the mileage about 1 or 2 miles a week with a progressively longer run every sunday. By the middle of September I'll peak at about 40 miles a week and then start to taper off after that...

There's no doubt I'm not built for speed

 

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If you are going to raise money for a charity in connection with your marathon, I will gladly make a donation.




Well, you know, I wasn't...but now that you mention it. I think I'll do this run for Bobo and his family. I'll make some arrangements with that in mind and post it on the forum.

Thanks, Paul!

 

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