4 Good Reasons to Marathon (and a step-by-step how-to)

   May 10, 2013 1:31 am

 

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Tracy Scotch, just after Chicago in 2012

I talked to four Erie-area running women this story about marathoning, which ran in the Erie Times-News’ Her Times women’s magazine.

Ange Eberlein and Karen Manganaro are well-known Erie runners and experienced marathoners, Tracy Scotch is a North East mom who started running just to have something for herself (and then ran her first marathon last fall!) and Tracy Jenks is an Erie woman who has just begun training for her first marathon.

Read more about these inspirational ladies here.

So you wanna run a marathon?

Step 1: Pick your marathon, preferably one eight to 18 months away. Big city marathons are often best for first-timers because they draw thousands of cheering spectators, many with hilarious signs, that will keep you going.

Step 2: Pick your marathon training plan. Visit www.runnersworld.com/training for dozens of printable training plans for beginners, intermediate and advanced runners. There are even run/walk plans that offer walk breaks at every mile.

Step 3: Tell everyone. Post it on Facebook, tweet your friends, tell everyone who will listen because then you will be accountable.

Step 4: Invest in good gear. Essentials: Good running shoes (visit Achille’s Running Shop for a professional fitting), a good sports bra, a water bottle (for longer training runs), moisture-wicking running clothes. Under Armour and other running clothes are expensive, but they last forever and are worth every dollar.

Step 5: Recruit or make new friends. The best way to get through long training runs (and they’ll get up to 20 miles in most plans) is to recruit a friend or find a group to do your long runs with. Join the Erie Runners Club (www.erie-runnersclub.org) and “like” the Erie Runners Club Facebook page to find running partners.

Step 6: Learn from veteran marathoners. You’ll find area runners, even the hard-core fast ones, to be some the friendliest and most welcoming people you will ever meet. Veteran runners love newbies. Read the Runner’s Notes blog (goerie.com/blogs/runnersnotes) for advice, encouragement and support.

Step 7: Enjoy the process. Training for a marathon is long (most plans are 12 to 18 weeks), hard and exhausting, but it’s also an opportunity to spend time in nature, to appreciate what your body can do, and to accomplish something you’re just dreaming about now.

 

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