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First Marathon

Postby shannybear13 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:56 am

Hello, I am new to RM and considering doing my first full marathon. I am comfortable with the half marathon distance and wondering how long I should allow myself for training to increase my distance to a full. I was thinking I could be ready by fall. Also I am wondering what are some good fall marathons that are not yet sold out to run for my first...
2012 events:
Dublin Dash 5k - 28:04 (pb), Rock CF Half Marathon - 2:33, McFarlan Downtown 5k - 31:11, Martian Marathon (half marathon) - 2:30:44, Run for Retina 10k - 1:08 | Toronto Younge St 10k 1:03:06| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon 2:32:39| Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon 2:41:41 | Midsummer Night Run (London, ON) 33:35:85 |Oasis Zoo Run 1:08:54.6| Island Girl Half Marathon 2:38:49.5 |Scotiabank waterfront HALF marathon 2:41:xx| Detroit Marathon (FIRST FULL) 5:59:XX| Yonge St 10k 1:06:05| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon| Sportinglife 10k| Philidelphia Marahton (full)|

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Re: First Marathon

Postby Double Bellybuster » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:01 pm

Welcome. 16 to 18 weeks is more than enough.

My impression (with some experience thrown in) is that the Ontario Fall Marathons stack up from best-to-worst as:

1. Prince Edward County
2. Detroit (partially run in Ontario)
3. Hamilton
4. Niagara Falls
5. Toronto Waterfront
6. Ottawa Fall Colours
7. The Canadian (Ottawa)
8. Thunder Bay
9. Brampton

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Re: First Marathon

Postby HCcD » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:04 pm

Throw in a couple of US destination marathons late in the Fall, and you have ... Philadelphia (late November), Las Vegas (early December) and Honolulu (mid December) ... and, of course, Disney World Mickey Mouse Marathon on January 13, 2013 ... and, would allow you an extra 4-8 weeks of training :shifty: :wink:

eta: I believe that Philly will open up registration on April 1st / 2nd .. and, if it is anything like the other Fall US Marathons, it may sell out quickly this year ... :shock: :?
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Re: First Marathon

Postby shannybear13 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:27 pm

Thank you for all the suggestions. I have looked at many of these. I ran detroit last year (half) which was beautiful. I was looking at Philly as an option. Vegas in December would be great too. Lots to cosnider. First step get to that distance :)
2012 events:
Dublin Dash 5k - 28:04 (pb), Rock CF Half Marathon - 2:33, McFarlan Downtown 5k - 31:11, Martian Marathon (half marathon) - 2:30:44, Run for Retina 10k - 1:08 | Toronto Younge St 10k 1:03:06| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon 2:32:39| Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon 2:41:41 | Midsummer Night Run (London, ON) 33:35:85 |Oasis Zoo Run 1:08:54.6| Island Girl Half Marathon 2:38:49.5 |Scotiabank waterfront HALF marathon 2:41:xx| Detroit Marathon (FIRST FULL) 5:59:XX| Yonge St 10k 1:06:05| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon| Sportinglife 10k| Philidelphia Marahton (full)|

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Re: First Marathon

Postby Stephan » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:47 pm

Good luck and remember to enjoy the first one, crossing the line is the main goal and one you will never forget.

Happy training!

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Re: First Marathon

Postby shannybear13 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:51 pm

Thank you..crossing the finish line is the only goal for my first time. I will enjoy every step of the way, thank you!
2012 events:
Dublin Dash 5k - 28:04 (pb), Rock CF Half Marathon - 2:33, McFarlan Downtown 5k - 31:11, Martian Marathon (half marathon) - 2:30:44, Run for Retina 10k - 1:08 | Toronto Younge St 10k 1:03:06| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon 2:32:39| Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon 2:41:41 | Midsummer Night Run (London, ON) 33:35:85 |Oasis Zoo Run 1:08:54.6| Island Girl Half Marathon 2:38:49.5 |Scotiabank waterfront HALF marathon 2:41:xx| Detroit Marathon (FIRST FULL) 5:59:XX| Yonge St 10k 1:06:05| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon| Sportinglife 10k| Philidelphia Marahton (full)|

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Re: First Marathon

Postby canalrunner » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:44 pm

shannybear13 wrote:Hello, I am new to RM and considering doing my first full marathon.



Why would you ever want to do that!! You know it will hurt!! :D

Seriously, awesome goal. Fall would be enough time. Good suggestions on location although I would do it close to home to minimize the small things that can happen. Also doing it in a race where you know people may help. If you are in London, Ontario, Toronto Scotia, Hamilton, Niagara, Detroit are all great suggestions. You have picked a good site for friendly advice and support. All the best.
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Re: First Marathon

Postby Dr. S » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:04 pm

Welcome to RM!

Not sure if you're willing to travel but Philadelphia marathon registration is opening April 1st and it's a great race. 18 weeks is more than enough to train for a marathon if you feel comfortable with a half now and have been training consistently.

Good luck! You'll never forget your first time!
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Re: First Marathon

Postby Ken B » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:19 pm

Fantastic. Another one to consider is Erie, Pennsylvania - it is in September and is a two loop flat route around an island park- very scenic.

Have fun! :)

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Re: First Marathon

Postby Marg » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:40 pm

I will also throw wineglass out there. Have heard very good things and the medal is cool.

I LOVED Philly.
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Re: First Marathon

Postby Pat29 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:03 pm

I'd recommend Philly as well if you are planning to do a marathon in the States.
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Re: First Marathon

Postby dgrant » Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:06 pm

Welcome. Hope you have a lot of fun training for your marathon. If you haven't seen them already, runningintheusa.com is a good resource for finding races (particularly the more obscure ones) and marathonguide.com is a good one for getting feedback from fellow runners about particular events.

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Re: First Marathon

Postby shannybear13 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:14 pm

Thank you so so so much for all your warm greetings and great suggestions. I will definately be checking them out. Now I may end up on the other side of having too many marathons that I want to do and needing to choose one :)

I am glad to have found a forum to ask these questions, I do not have many friends that run
2012 events:
Dublin Dash 5k - 28:04 (pb), Rock CF Half Marathon - 2:33, McFarlan Downtown 5k - 31:11, Martian Marathon (half marathon) - 2:30:44, Run for Retina 10k - 1:08 | Toronto Younge St 10k 1:03:06| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon 2:32:39| Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon 2:41:41 | Midsummer Night Run (London, ON) 33:35:85 |Oasis Zoo Run 1:08:54.6| Island Girl Half Marathon 2:38:49.5 |Scotiabank waterfront HALF marathon 2:41:xx| Detroit Marathon (FIRST FULL) 5:59:XX| Yonge St 10k 1:06:05| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon| Sportinglife 10k| Philidelphia Marahton (full)|

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Re: First Marathon

Postby Jwolf » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:18 pm

shannybear13 wrote:Thank you so so so much for all your warm greetings and great suggestions. I will definately be checking them out. Now I may end up on the other side of having too many marathons that I want to do and needing to choose one :)

I am glad to have found a forum to ask these questions, I do not have many friends that run


Welcome. :)

You may also want to check out the Running Room in London. If you do train for a marathon you can join in with their group long runs on Sunday even if you don't join a running clinic. You may also want to join the clinic (for weekly group workouts and information sessions on a different night). (Not a sales pitch- I have nothing to do with the Running Room monetarily, but it's a great place to meet other runners.)
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Re: First Marathon

Postby shannybear13 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:24 pm

I did the half marathon running group through Runners Choice in London which really helped me a long the way. I am thinking I will do the same for the full, as long as it works out with my work schedule. I work afternoons so it I do my weekday runs in the mornings where most groups do them in the evening. Its weird how in a big city like london there is not a day training group.
2012 events:
Dublin Dash 5k - 28:04 (pb), Rock CF Half Marathon - 2:33, McFarlan Downtown 5k - 31:11, Martian Marathon (half marathon) - 2:30:44, Run for Retina 10k - 1:08 | Toronto Younge St 10k 1:03:06| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon 2:32:39| Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon 2:41:41 | Midsummer Night Run (London, ON) 33:35:85 |Oasis Zoo Run 1:08:54.6| Island Girl Half Marathon 2:38:49.5 |Scotiabank waterfront HALF marathon 2:41:xx| Detroit Marathon (FIRST FULL) 5:59:XX| Yonge St 10k 1:06:05| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon| Sportinglife 10k| Philidelphia Marahton (full)|

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Re: First Marathon

Postby Jwolf » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:25 pm

shannybear13 wrote:I did the half marathon running group through Runners Choice in London which really helped me a long the way. I am thinking I will do the same for the full, as long as it works out with my work schedule. I work afternoons so it I do my weekday runs in the mornings where most groups do them in the evening. Its weird how in a big city like london there is not a day training group.

I don't know of any big cities that have daytime groups. I we did too, but I suspect there wouldn't be enough interest.
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Re: First Marathon

Postby scrumhalfgirl » Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:35 am

Jwolf wrote:
shannybear13 wrote:I did the half marathon running group through Runners Choice in London which really helped me a long the way. I am thinking I will do the same for the full, as long as it works out with my work schedule. I work afternoons so it I do my weekday runs in the mornings where most groups do them in the evening. Its weird how in a big city like london there is not a day training group.

I don't know of any big cities that have daytime groups. I we did too, but I suspect there wouldn't be enough interest.


Ottawa has a triathlon group that trains during the day. It is aimed at retirees, shift workers and stay at home parents with kids in school.
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Re: First Marathon

Postby QuickChick » Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:44 am

Good luck! Spring and summer are great times to train. I hope you find a good group of people to run with for the really long runs- it can be very helpful! You'll get lots of encouragement on here I'm sure. 8)
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Re: First Marathon

Postby Dr. S » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:08 am

shannybear13 wrote:Thank you so so so much for all your warm greetings and great suggestions. I will definately be checking them out. Now I may end up on the other side of having too many marathons that I want to do and needing to choose one :)

I am glad to have found a forum to ask these questions, I do not have many friends that run


There are definitely lots of marathons to choose from!! I am always torn as to which one to choose! :D
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Re: First Marathon

Postby Robinandamelia » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:32 am

All the best in training for your first marathon! There's nothing like the first that's for sure, from start of training to crossing that line!

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Postby ultraslacker » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:04 pm

Fall marathons are awesome not only because they are in the fall, but also because you get to train in the summer (as QuickChick mentioned!).

Welcome to RM, and have fun with your training. :)

Also, if you want to travel, the Victoria marathon is pretty great and I think would make an awesome first marathon. Beautiful course, good support, well organized.
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First Marathon

Postby Jwolf » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:37 pm

scrumhalfgirl wrote:
Jwolf wrote:
shannybear13 wrote:I did the half marathon running group through Runners Choice in London which really helped me a long the way. I am thinking I will do the same for the full, as long as it works out with my work schedule. I work afternoons so it I do my weekday runs in the mornings where most groups do them in the evening. Its weird how in a big city like london there is not a day training group.

I don't know of any big cities that have daytime groups. I we did too, but I suspect there wouldn't be enough interest.


Ottawa has a triathlon group that trains during the day. It is aimed at retirees, shift workers and stay at home parents with kids in school.

that would be awesome- don't know anything like that here other than a trail-running group that doesn't really suit my needs.

Sorry for the hijack shanny!
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Re: First Marathon

Postby Double Bellybuster » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:47 am

shannybear13 wrote:Hello, I am new to RM and considering doing my first full marathon. I am comfortable with the half marathon distance and wondering how long I should allow myself for training to increase my distance to a full. I was thinking I could be ready by fall. Also I am wondering what are some good fall marathons that are not yet sold out to run for my first...


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Re: First Marathon

Postby shannybear13 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:57 am

running detroit in one week. Count down is on. Excitement and emotions are already flowing.
2012 events:
Dublin Dash 5k - 28:04 (pb), Rock CF Half Marathon - 2:33, McFarlan Downtown 5k - 31:11, Martian Marathon (half marathon) - 2:30:44, Run for Retina 10k - 1:08 | Toronto Younge St 10k 1:03:06| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon 2:32:39| Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon 2:41:41 | Midsummer Night Run (London, ON) 33:35:85 |Oasis Zoo Run 1:08:54.6| Island Girl Half Marathon 2:38:49.5 |Scotiabank waterfront HALF marathon 2:41:xx| Detroit Marathon (FIRST FULL) 5:59:XX| Yonge St 10k 1:06:05| Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon| Sportinglife 10k| Philidelphia Marahton (full)|

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Re: First Marathon

Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:57 pm

Awesome!
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