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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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"Donna, I would love some advice from you on how to get started with marathon training. Everytime I think about it I get overwhelmed!"

Hey there. I'm glad to share what I've learned, but I'm not training for a marathon. It's just not for me. The idea of pounding my body even 13.1 miles (a half marathon), running, is overwhelming to me! (and friends will tell you I do some crazy things for fun)

Basically I just dove in and started. I really think that's the hardest part. Determine, before you even plan, how many hours a week you will commit to training; that will decide your training plan right for you. At least that's what I've read.

I would suggest finding a running group in your area. They know the ins and outs. I really just do what I need to to get through a 5K. I used the "Beginner Runner's Handbook" for the drills. It's a great place to start. I've read in several places that before you start training for speed, you need to learn to run for a period of time. With distance comes speed.

For swimming, I followed the "0 to 1650" plan. 1650 is a simmers mile. You can google it online, and find info on it. As for swimming technique, I use the "Total Immersion" technique and quite literally searched YouTube for videos -- believe it or not, it was helpful!

Biking? Well, I just got on it and started riding. I love organized events. I like the comraderie and fun... not to mention riding for a cause is good for you and someone else.

Sorry to be so vague, but everything I've learned has been through either the Internet, a few books or exposure/experience. As I said, just getting started is the hard part.

They say that hardest part of the race is not winning, it's getting to the Start line. :)

Hope this helps!

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