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Is Running a Marathon One of Your Fitness Goals?

Is Running a Marathon One of Your Goals?

With the New York City Marathon happening this weekend, I've had running on the brain. Personally, I don't know that I'll ever compete in a marathon, but more and more of my friends are making a marathon one of their life goals. Two of my friends have given up smoking and are competing in shorter races to build up to a marathon. And there are a few gals at Sugar HQ who have their sights set on next year's San Francisco Marathon.

A marathon is nothing to joke about. The 26.2-mile course will test your determination, endurance, and physical capacity. It's also not something to do blindly. If you're thinking about competing in your first marathon, we recommend that you allow at least four months to train and build up the endurance and strength that is needed.

Are you 26.2 miles away from your first marathon or do you prefer cheering from the sidelines?

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guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
Yes! But i have so many more goals before that. I have to hit my 5k, 10k, and half marathon goals, and some others, but definetly one day!
benheld benheld 6 years
I definitely want to do it some day. But I see it as two or three years out. Not really naturally gifted at running, but it's something I enjoy doing.
RunningOnCoffee RunningOnCoffee 6 years
Last year was my first (and only 5k). I gradually increased my longest run to about 6 miles last December then signed up for my first half marathon this April. I ran my second in September. Looking forward to running another half this this next April! 13.1 is long enough that it is a challenge, but not totally life-consuming like marathon training would be.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
At some points through my fitness I have been interested in during marathons, but. . . . I hate running. I'd rather swim or bike, less pressure and pain on my joints. Running just hurts my knees. Lemme get through a 5k and 10k and maybe, if I suffer from delusions of grandeur, a 1/2 marathon, then maybe I'll do a full. But I do not foresee it in my near future.
Fitness Fitness 6 years
Good luck on Saturday ginger! TADOW and fizzy how is the training going?
I'm running my first full marathon January of next year, the ING Miami Marathon. I am so excited!
amber512 amber512 6 years
Not at all, I have no desire to put my body through that.
MsSwank MsSwank 6 years
My body is not up to full marathons; however, I promised myself from now on that I would do two half marathons a year (this is the first year doing them!) I have a half marathon this Saturday. I have tendon issues throughout the lower half of my body which will prohibit me from running the entire thing - but there is no shame whatsoever in walking it, either. I will walk about 9 miles at a 15 minute per mile pace and then run the last 4 miles.
CCSR CCSR 6 years
It was never on my list, I was happy just doing half marathons. But then my friends convinced me to sign up for one, and in October, I ran not just my first marathon (Chicago), but also my second (Marine Corps Marathon). They were tough. But I have a feeling I'll run more of them in the future...
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 6 years
I ran the NYCM last year. It was a pretty amazing experience. At this point I don't know if I'll run another marathon or not, but I'm planning on quite a few half marathons for next year. I think one day I'll try it, to see if I can beat my first time since a few things were working against me that day and I know I could have done better. But running a marathon is definitely one of the things I'm most proud of!
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 6 years
I will run a marathon one day...I'm just not sure how far away that one day is.
yse yse 6 years
What about an "alraedy did it!" button! I ran my first marathon in 2009.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I used to be, but then I decided to run a half. Now I'm not sure if I still have the desire to run double that.
fizzymartini fizzymartini 6 years
Yes yes! First one in April next year. I'm so nervous but haven't started training...
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