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Finding Motivation to Train For a Marathon

A Reader's Thoughts About Training For a Half Marathon

Here's a post that FitSugar reader Angelica contributed to our Get Fit For 2010 group.

I haven't decided whether I can commit to it for real just yet, but in the mean time, I'm running regularly and enjoying Summer on Bay Area trails. Okay, mostly walking. And then speeding up for a second and walking again. It's like interval training for snails, but it's a start. I mean, it's hard not to be inspired when it's this gorgeous out.

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berkeley50 berkeley50 6 years
Keep it up! I never, ever, ever thought that I would be the one to encourage another person to try out a half marathon. I'm at the 7 mile mark of my training and every single week I meet a new goal and get to feel the pride of doing something that I never imagined that I could do. The first time that I ran for a full hour I was so proud of myself! It has given me the confidence and motivation to continue trying things that I never thought of myself doing. You will never regret training for one. Just do it!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
I'm so jealous of everyone who gets to run around San Francisco on a regular basis! My first marathon was the Nike Women's Marathon last fall, and it was SO beautiful! Your picture is just how I remember it :) On a different note, it sounds like you have a great strategy for starting out. When I first started running, I would just go out and run until I couldn't go any farther, then I would quit. One day instead of quitting, I walked for 5 minutes and started running again, and I discovered I could double my workouts by adding some walk breaks in. It's really great that you're using an interval approach already because it makes it so much easier to increase your distance!
Angelica Angelica 6 years
Thanks for the inspiration, guys!
ChilePepper ChilePepper 6 years
hey there, beautiful pic! if you decide to do the half marathon, you might want to check out this training plan - it is only 8 weeks long, you only need to be able to run 2 miles without stopping to begin, AND it builds walking into the training program. i think you might have to "join" the website, but it is free and you can opt out of most of the newsletters. i also like hal higdon ( for training routines; i used his for my first marathon 2 years ago - i went from pretty much out of shape to a marathoner (and now i'm back out of shape, that's another story ;)).
lauren lauren 6 years
That is beautiful, I love being outside for exercise! It is a trillion times better than the gym!
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