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Nice ways to cheer for a friend running a marathon?

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]
posted by film on Sep 4, 2014 - 19 answers

I am looking for a marathon within driving distance of Seattle

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.
posted by bq on Aug 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Is running 20+ miles not safe??

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]
posted by Thanquol180 on Aug 18, 2014 - 24 answers

Training for a Marathon post-injury

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]
posted by garlic on Jul 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Training for consecutive distance runs

I’m looking for advice on training and meal plans for two half-marathons then a marathon with minimal breaks in-between. [more inside]
posted by Pink Frost on Jul 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Make it rain

I can't sweat on one side of my face - What are the implications for endurance sports/running a marathon? [more inside]
posted by mermily on May 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Marathon tips

I'm running my first marathon in a few months and need your advices! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Apr 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Gift and/or ideas for girlfriend running PHL marathon

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!
posted by eggman on Nov 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Feeling sick/faint after running long distances

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]
posted by barnoley on Sep 13, 2013 - 21 answers

Marathon training: class vs. solo

Should I sign up for a class to train for my first marathon or train by myself? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski on Jul 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Running up that [Haahtbreak] Hill

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]
posted by Madamina on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me be a better runner.

Help me be a better runner. [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Jan 6, 2013 - 31 answers

Advice for the undertrained?

Am I going to badly regret running a half-marathon this weekend with minimal training? [more inside]
posted by Pomo on May 2, 2012 - 17 answers

What should the voice in my head say?

Help me be ok with not giving 100% to running every day. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Feb 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Half Hacks Please!

Give Me Your Half Marathon Hacks [more inside]
posted by LowellLarson on Jun 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Newbie needs tips for training beyond a 10K to a half-marathon

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]
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 27, 2010 - 15 answers

2010 Chicago Marathon Data

How to get raw data from 2010 Chicago Marathon results? I want to crunch some numbers, but I don't know how to scrape the data from the website. [more inside]
posted by corpse on Oct 14, 2010 - 3 answers

I'm a little thicker, make me quicker

Decided to run my second marathon--AZ Rock 'n Roll Marathon. Would appreciate some advice about my unique situation... [more inside]
posted by jdlugo on Oct 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Canadian Running

RUNNING FILTER CANADIAN STYLE: Gotta do a training run in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Oct 7, 2010 - 5 answers

London Marathon reject: Any chance I can still get in?

I applied to run the London Marathon and received my "rejected" magazine last week. Given that I know there is absolutely no way I can make the £1,750-£2,500 required to pledge to a charity, is there any way I can get a chance to run it? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Oct 5, 2010 - 16 answers

How to pick up my marathon training after 2 weeks of not running?

I'm training for a marathon that is taking place in just over 5 weeks. I haven't been able to run for 2 weeks due to illness and injuries. I took a week off to nurse some hip bursitis and then I came down with a flu like bug. The longest training run I've done so far has been 14 miles, and that was two weeks ago. This weekend, I am supposed to do 18 miles. To you runners out there - what do you think the best way is for me to get back on track and finish the race successfully over the next 5 weeks? My pace is around 11 minutes/mile.
posted by emily37 on Sep 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Marathon training suggestions

Talk to me about marathon training. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jun 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Nicotine gum for a light smoker shortly before his first marathon?

Light smoking, nicotine gum, and marathon training: I smoke 3 cigarettes a day, and am very set in this habit so it's hard to cut back. I'm training for a marathon that is soon. I want to use nicotine gum to cut back on my cigarette smoking ahead of the race. Is it okay to combine the gum + cigarettes at very low doses? What else should I know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Shipping up to Boston to see my Dad's wooden legs

Is it possible or pure lunacy to try to view the Boston Marathon at two or more points by using public transportation? If possible, what viewing areas would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Apr 7, 2010 - 11 answers

26.2 x 1

I'm looking for a marathon training program that focuses primarily on intervals. [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Mar 7, 2010 - 8 answers

What tips do you have for a new winter runner?

What tips do you have for a new winter runner? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies on Dec 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Why is it / When you / Try to pass / The guy in front / Goes twice as fast?

Burma Shave jingles for marathon runners. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Oct 5, 2009 - 15 answers

He's born to run--I'm born to shop

Help me come up with a gift for a marathon runner! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Sep 22, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me run two marathons, 42 days apart

Marathoner Filter: I'm running the Oct. 11 Chicago Marathon and the Nov. 22 Philadelphia Marathon. Any tips on what I should be doing between these two races in terms of recovery and training?
posted by timnyc on Sep 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Marathon training clerical error

runningfilter: I just found an extra week in my marathon training schedule (because I started a week early)-- help me decide how best to use it. [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Aug 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me actually cross the finish line...

I'm running the Chicago Marathon in the start of October and feel vastly unprepared and undertrained. Looking for advice on how to approach the next two months. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity on Aug 8, 2009 - 25 answers

Running Longer and Longer Distances

What do I need to know/buy/wear to run longer and longer distances? [more inside]
posted by yeti on Mar 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Running on Empty

Running Filter: I have signed up for half a marathon coming up at the end of January. I also signed up for a running group which helps you train for the half a marathon. I have missed about 60 precent of the running sessions. With the marathon less than a month away, I need some help getting ready for it. [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami on Dec 27, 2008 - 3 answers

2009 Marathons

Where to run to in 2009.. [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Nov 11, 2008 - 11 answers

How to run a sub-3-hour marathon?

I can run 6:30 miles for an hour, a little uncomfortably, or 7:00 miles pretty easily over the same interval. What would it take, training-wise, for me to run a sub-3-hour marathon? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Nov 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Getting back to training after mid-plan overtraining symptoms?

Marathon training filter: How long has it taken you to recover from the symptoms of overuse and get back to your training plan? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Aug 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Spira shoes: fact or crap?

Spira running shoes: horseshit? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jul 23, 2008 - 3 answers

There's a freeze up comin' (maybe)

Post-marathon advice: I'm running my second marathon this weekend; I was very sore after my first and am convinced that an ice bath is probably my best bet post-race to combat soreness. Problem is, I'm more scared about the bath than the race. [more inside]
posted by activitystory on May 19, 2008 - 9 answers

no bumbag zone

Runners of MeFi: What do you carry when you race, and what do you carry it in? Does anyone have any experience with this thing? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 5, 2008 - 13 answers

Give me feet of steel.

Resources for exercises for my feet, arches, ankles, and lower legs? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Apr 24, 2008 - 12 answers

How many Boston Marathon runners qualified and how many ran for charity?

Is there any way to find out the percentage of Boston Marathon runners that qualified for the race vs. the percentage that gained entry through other means (charities and such)?
posted by csimpkins on Apr 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Vancouver Marathon team name suggestions

Help me come up with a team name and/or logo for the Vancouver Marathon. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Apr 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Marathon training in SF?

Can someone recommend a good beginner's marathon training group in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by whir on Feb 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Are IT band straps just snake oil?

Are those IT band straps for running worth a damn? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jan 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Where can I shower in Memphis?

I feel like a moron for asking this: Where can I take a shower in Memphis on Saturday? No, I'm not asking to use yours. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 29, 2007 - 14 answers

Pre-marathon advice?

RunningFilter: Half Marathon on Sunday. How should I spend Saturday?
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Oct 19, 2007 - 11 answers

I still don't know what she's running from.

Marathon Support: What can my roommates and I do for our other roommate after she runs a marathon? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Sep 23, 2007 - 18 answers

What is this wall? This is not supposed to be here!

My first marathon is five weeks away and the training is taking its toll on my body. The last thing I want is to have to give up this late in the game because of an injury. What's my best plan of attack? [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents on Sep 1, 2007 - 19 answers

GPS, accelerometer pods or something else for running?

I’m training for a marathon and I’m looking for a training tool to keep track of my progress and to keep me motivated. Should I go with GPS, accelerometer pods or something else? [more inside]
posted by racingjs on Apr 26, 2007 - 14 answers

What to eat before a half marathon?

I am running my first half marathon in April and I don't know what to eat. What should I eat the night/morning of? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Mar 14, 2007 - 14 answers

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