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1844885 tn?1330536610

Can anyone relate to the first marathon blues...

Hey,
So i'm sooo close to signing up for my first marathon (I've ran two different half-marathons) but am worried that I won't perform or train like I want. For one, my breathing makes it frustrating to feel good about my running. I'm in good shape, but running is not my strong point. I can sprint and middle distance, but once I do 4+ miles I get so discouraged at my slow ***....

I guess I'm asking ppls thoughts on what has motivated them to start putting in way more miles than they're used to, and how to do it in the gloomy winter months. The marathon I"'m thinking of is in May, so i have time to train. I'm just wondering if it's worth it...

Just any thoughts and happy vibes would be great :D
thanks

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Avatar universal
First thing you must do to complete a marathon is cardio!
To figure your heart rate use the following.
The Karvonen Formula is a mathematical formula that helps you determine your target heart rate zone. The formula involves using your maximum heart rate (MHR) minus your age to come up with a target heart rate range (which is a percentage of your MHR). Staying within this range will help you work most effectively during your cardio workouts.

Below is an example of the Karvonen formula for a 23 year old person with a resting heart rate of 65 beats per minute (*to get your resting heart rate, take your pulse for one full minute when you first wake up in the morning or after you've resting for a while). This formula also includes an updated calculation of maximum heart rate (the previous formula was 220 - age, which has now been shown to be inaccurate):

206.9 - (0.67 x 23 (age)) = 191
191 - 65 (resting heart rate) = 126
126 * 65% (low end of heart rate zone) OR 85% (high end) = 82 OR 107
82 + 65 (resting heart rate) = 147
107 + 65 (rhr) = 172
The target heart rate zone for this person would be 147 to 172


The Peak 8 routine it will quickly raise your heart rate 8 times for very short bursts, with a cooling down period in between. Ideally you’ll be sprinting or cycling full throttle for 30 seconds with a 90 second cool down in between each outburst.  

This is the fastest way to lose fat and build muscle in the body. Peak 8 actually stimulates the growth hormone in the body. I encourage you to visit Dr Mercola’s site to learn more about Peak 8 fitness because I personally feel that it is one of the best ways to exercise, especially considering the speed at which you can lose fat and build muscle.  

I highly recommend you read this article and watch the videos on the page. It will give you all the information you need to know about Peak 8 – Flood Your Body With This “Youth Hormone” In Just 20 Minutes  

What you eat after Peak 8 training does matter  

It’s recommended that you do not eat sugar or carbohydrate for 2 hours after the Peak 8 exercise because these foods can impact the release of the growth hormone in the body.  The link is below  
http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2010/11/13/phil-campbell-on-peak-8-exercises.aspx  

Check the following links
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/weight-loss-program-walk-run
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/expert-advice-beginners-running-tips
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/start-running-0
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-success-story-7
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/weight-training-tips
1844885 tn?1330536610
Hey thanks so much! I studied all about heart rate zones however havn't been diligent with it. That will change.

I 'm def going to check out that Peak 8 training, I've never heard of it before sounds like just what I need.

Appreciate it!
Avatar universal
I've been doing it for a long time and wouldn't do cardio any other way!
1844885 tn?1330536610
sweetness
Avatar universal
I read your journal, do you know if you're expecting?
1844885 tn?1330536610
No,I guess that was a false alarm, thank Goodness!!!
I still don't understand what was going on with my body at that time...it was so bizarre and out of the ordinary. I hope I'm not stupid enough to have to worry like that again...
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