I am a lifelong runner in my early 40s who’s having trouble getting to the next level. I have a pair of friends who are the same age as me, have been running as long as I have, and train about as much as I do, but they are much faster. One thing I’ve noticed from their Strava files is that they’re able to sustain a much higher HR for longer amounts of time than I can. [more inside]
I've just received a group email from a relative telling us that she is pulling out of the London Marathon on Saturday due to injury. [more inside]
My brother qualified for the Boston Marathon, so I'm looking for practical tips for him on running the track, and for me on supporting someone who is running. [more inside]
I run in extremely hot and humid weather and my shoes are squishy. I need to drill holes in them to let the sweat out. Help. [more inside]
Sometime during the mid or late 1980s, I remember my parents discussing a news report of a marathon run held in Australia during the height of summer. One runner, the focus of the report, had apparently run so long (without rehydrating? maintaining electrolyte balance? resting?) that their leg muscles denatured or "cooked" and parts of leg needed to be surgically removed. Is this real? Can anyone guide me to a news report or similar evidence? Case study? Exhibit of medical curios?
Is there a route alongside the San Francisco marathon I could take that would allow me to get back to the designated viewing locations? Bikes are not allowed in the race of course, but I'd like to know if anyone else has tried to follow the race and support a participant by riding ahead and cheering them on at each viewing location. [more inside]
I have two more long runs before the actual race in March and I'd like to break in everything I plan to wear/take in the next week or so. Can you MeFi runners suggest some good gear? List of what I think I need inside. [more inside]
I have a backyard that has been troubled ever since we moved in. It was clear at that time that lawn of some sort was not doing very well. We tried adding new good soil and starting grass from seed that supposedly was the right kind for our area and the fact that the back gets little direct sunlight. [more inside]
I just finished my 9+1 to get entry to next year's NYC marathon. If I had time to do one thing in addition to my running program, what should I add to my training? [more inside]
The organizers of this Sunday's NYC Marathon have a pretty shitty map; is there a better one available? I'm hoping for something overlaid on Google Maps or some such equivalent. Bonus question: how do I gauge what time the elite runners would be running by a given spot?
I currently use Runkeeper on my iPhone to log runs and races (mostly 10k’s). Next year I’m doing a half-marathon and marathon. Is it worth getting a GPS watch & heart rate monitor? (Considering the Garmin 220 or 620.) I’m thinking about the convenience/functionality of a watch versus a phone, and the training benefits of a HRM. I’d rather not get another device unless it’s a marked improvement.
Marathon runners, what are some ways that you love your friends and family to show you support? My friend is running a marathon, and as a non-runner, I would love some ideas to cheer him on during, or congratulate him at the end. [more inside]
I am planning on running a marathon sometime between spring 2015 and August 2016 with lots of flexibility in time frame. I need to choose a marathon and it must be ithin driving distance of Seattle. This will be my first marathon so I do want some support - I want a timing chip - and I want a photographer. I'm not sure what else I want in terms of crowds, etc. If you have experience with marathons in this area that you can share, please do.
I saw my sports therapist doctor who is a respected doctor in his field. i told him that i wanted to run a marathon someday but he said that marathons are unsafe for hearts/muscles/bones and encouraged me to stick to shorter races. He also said 12-20 miles a week is the sweet spot for running and anything over that loses health benefits. he said he wrote a paper on it. Does anyone on this site who has experience in sports medicine know what race is the upper limit for avoiding undue health risks? [more inside]
I'm registered for the Chicago Marathon this October (in 11 weeks) . It'll be my first race running this far. I also bruised the hell out of my heel 2 weeks ago. Now that I can run again, how do I adjust my training plan? [more inside]
I’m looking for advice on training and meal plans for two half-marathons then a marathon with minimal breaks in-between. [more inside]
2 years ago my husband got all huffy and insulted that I hadn't seen all the James Bond movies and instated "Bondathon" where we watched one Bond movie, in order, every sunday every week until we got through them all. He had it all timed out so that the final week coincided with the release of Skyfall. I may not have liked all the movies (Oh my god, "You Only Live Twice" is utter crap!) but I really liked the experience otherwise. Give me some suggestions for other movie -athons that we can have. [more inside]
I can't sweat on one side of my face - What are the implications for endurance sports/running a marathon? [more inside]
I'm running my first marathon in a few months and need your advices! [more inside]
I would never personally actually bandit a marathon (to bandit is to run a race without having paid the fee to register). Please no comments on whether it's good, bad, or immoral. But for curiosity sake, according to this article in the wall street journal, it's not illegal at all. And if it's not illegal, how can the "bandit catchers" force a bandit off the course? Are there really that many bandits at most marathons? What if a bandit only ran from mile 2 to mile 24? I find everything about this topic interesting. Experiences, and tips are appreciated.
I want to run my first marathon. I live in Africa. Where on this content can I find a marathon well-suited to a decent novice runner? [more inside]
My GF is running her first-ever marathon next weekend in Philadelphia. I'm looking for creative or interesting suggestions for either a gift or something I can do that she might like (beyond flowers at the finish and a massage, both of which are a done deal). Any runners out there have a specific suggestion--maybe something sweet or thoughtful that was done for you after you finished? Thanks!
Help me and my kids plan a fun, low-hassle weekend in New York watching Missus_A run the marathon! [more inside]
I am training for my first marathon, and my recent long runs have led to me feeling like I'm going to faint right afterwards. Looking for advice about what to eat before/during a long run. [more inside]
Should I sign up for a class to train for my first marathon or train by myself? [more inside]
I am running a fall marathon with a charity bib. I am about 50% of the way to my goal, but my husband is upset that I've been using social media to raise money. My partner is in a position of power at a large corporation, and some of his colleagues are personal friends of mine. He thinks that it comes off as tacky if I try to raise money as a general ask to my (more than a thousand) Facebook friends because he thinks it reflects badly on him. [more inside]
I'm a Bostonian and many of us helped after the marathon bombings, but I'm wondering what are the best resources to find out exactly how helpful The One Fund really is? [more inside]
Boston lockdown filter: During the recent dragnet, have there been any reports of people refusing to permit a police search of their home? Or of people going outside against the 'urgings' of the authorities?
Our friend is running in her first Boston Marathon this year, and we want to support her from home. If we are able to get a few helpful Boston friends to do our bidding, what can we do to give her an unexpected boost? [more inside]
Help me be a better runner. [more inside]
I'm planning to attend the NYC Marathon as a spectator. I'm hoping to find a spot somewhere between the mile 20 & 21 posts (in the Bronx) where I can have a chair and a baby stroller. Will there be room? [more inside]
I'm looking for recipes that take, literally, days to make and are incredibly labor intensive. [more inside]
Am I going to badly regret running a half-marathon this weekend with minimal training? [more inside]
Recommendations needed for best lodging for a runner and family spectators for the 2012 New York City Marathon. [more inside]
Help me run the last three miles of a half marathon next month. I've run twice before and both times I stalled out at around 10 miles. I've got four more weeks to go, help me make the best of them. [more inside]
I have to be in Paris for an academic conference on May 31 to June 1st. On June 2nd, there's a marathon in Sauternes, which appears to be about 6-7 hours south-west of Paris by car. My question is (1) having never been to France, and never traveled around Europe except by train and since college, can I get from Paris to Sauternes in time to run the race at 8:30am the next morning realistically? And (2) can you help me logistically plan this ahead of time so that it minimizes risk of getting lost, missing the race, and spending a lot of money? I will be flying out of Paris, fyi, and haven't booked any flights yet.
Help me be ok with not giving 100% to running every day. [more inside]
I'm looking for some unique horror movie marathon themes. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: "Our flight leaves from JFK at 5:55 PM. We're currently in Northern New Jersey, near Morristown. My father has offered to drive us to the airport, but we're concerned about whether this will be physically/emotionally possible due to the marathon. Our plan was to head south and take the Verrazano Bridge. Will this take us around the road closures / traffic hell, or should we just take the train?"
Help me stock my house for 24-hr sex-a-thon. [more inside]
Give Me Your Half Marathon Hacks [more inside]
[Marathon Running Filter] Should I keep training in my Vibrams and how the heck do I keep hydrated?? [more inside]
Need some advice for a inline skate/rollerblade marathon. [more inside]
My friend and I are in the middle of C25K and want to go all the way to a half-marathon. She would like to get to a full marathon. We are getting conflicting advice on how to do this. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
In two weeks, I'm attempting to break a world record by playing dodgeball for 36 hours straight. What should I eat, drink, wear, and do to make this bearable? [more inside]
I first want to raise funds, but a close second is to raise awareness and increase name recognition for our organization and its mission around watershed protection. How do I do this effectively with this kind of event? [more inside]
NYC Marathon Filter: Non-Cheesy inspiration videos/stories for a soon to be marathoner friend? [more inside]
Can I use the subway to cross the path of the NYC Marathon? [more inside]
My dorm is interested in doing a video game marathon for charity. Advice? [more inside]
Help me with my eating problems as I train for my marathon. Please share your advice for daily meals and snacks so I can male it to and through my race. [more inside]