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how hard is the training for a marathon for someone who has never done it before?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends on your goal: Buddy with an experienced person who plans to go at a pace that would be suitable for you. They can guide you on warm ups, preparation, & schedule of gradual increases in distance toward the goal. Start with smaller/shorter distance events. Be reasonable & listen to your body so you don't overdo it or get hurt. Make sure your health is good (consider checking with your pcp).
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Challenging, doable: Many have done it ! you must start off slowly. You develop a pretraining routine to prepare you for your training. Once you are comfortable with this, you begin to train. There are many excellent sources for plans, and many groups to train with - esp in nyc. See ny road runners club. Browse the bookstore and check the training books / diaries. Good luck !

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the main cause of runners collapsing during marathon?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Lack of training: Probably the lack of proper training. You should race the way you train. Biggest mistake is going out too fast. You often end up cramping later on. Also, dehydration, which can lead to cramping. You must learn to hydrate before running and during running. All in the training.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Exactly.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What equipment should I buy to help me train for a mini marathon?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Shoes/clothes/watch: You will need the right shoes and clothes to be comfortable and not get injured. A sport watch is helpful . Need not be expensive -- timex / casio make good inexpensive ones. Good sunglasses are important and sunscreen. I recommend getting the road i.D. As a safety measure. Go to a running store, explain your race and ask about shoes and clothes. Try them before buying. Good luck.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is a good marathon training program?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
There are many: Ive done 4 full marathons i believe that if you can presently run 20 miles a week, you can gear up for a marathon with a 16 -18 week program the key to the program is to increase the weekend long run in a gradual fashion so you get up to about 20 miles 2 or 3 times in the 4-6 weeks prior to the marathon. You should ease off the last two weeks so you will be fresh for your marathon.
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How to tone abs for a marathon?

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Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Core strengthing: Cross train with your marathon training. Incorporate pilates, albiet expensive at times with individual classes. I am a runner as well as a cyclist and owner of an indoor cycling studio. So i very much incorporate exercise with my patients. Good luck with the marathon.
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How to build up to doing a 5k marathon?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
5 K: This site has a number of 5 k buildup programs: http://www.Runningplanet.Com/training/5k-training.Html.

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