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Questions tagged [marathon]

Questions about rules, equipment and training related to marathons (long-distance running).

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Under what circumstances the half race passing time in a marathon qualifies for a half marathon competition?

Few months ago, a track and field runner Carles Castillejo was involved in something quite interesting: he wanted to qualify to the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship 2018 in Valencia, Spain, to be ...
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Why was Eliud Kipchoge's time from Nike's Breaking2 not a world record?

This is similar to Why was the marathon World Record not 2:03:02 in 2011? but the circumstances are different. In 2017 Nike launched an effort to run a sub-2-hour marathon, which they billed ...
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What are the marathons with the largest number of participants?

In my opinion, this is a great topic but it does not fit on this website. So I think that an objective criteria to compare marathons could be the number of participants. So what are the city ...
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How do competitive runners with asthma handle Doping tests?

Many asthmatic medications such as pseudoefedrine (in DUACT) and different inhalers are performance-enhancing-performance drugs. I have heard cases where athletes have forgotten to inform officials ...
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Sprinter but now want to take part in marathon [closed]

I was a sprinter who used to run 100, 200 metres races, but now I'm training myself to improve my stamina and run long distance races. I run on a treadmill 1 km everyday. Will a treadmill help me ...
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Fueling strategy while running a marathon in warm weather [closed]

I'm going to be running in the London Marathon in two weeks. Initially my target time was to run sub 4 hours. Its my first marathon and my training had been going quite well until the last two weeks. ...
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Finished first Marathon training. Now what?

This weekend I'll be running my first marathon. So, what comes next? I know I shouldn't stop running (and don't want to). I followed a very detailed training plan, but haven't found a post-race plan. ...
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Why do training plans having you running many days of the week?

I noticed that a lot of training plans have you running most every day with a day or 2 off at different intervals. Why is this? I am currently training for a half marathon. If I run on Sunday (6.5) ...
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Running in strong wind [closed]

I ran an extremely windy half-marathon yesterday, and this got me thinking. In medium- to long-distance races (say 10km to a marathon), what are good strategies for dealing with strong headwind and ...
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How to manage wear in long-distance running?

The skin can get broken. The skin can get too dry and then broken. Blisters may develop with certain shoes. Pain in tibial tendon may be more regular with fore-foot training. Pain in knees may be more ...
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What does it mean by “Hitting the wall” in marathon run?

I heard some people say it few times - "He hit the wall and couldn't finish the race...". What does it mean? what happens to the body in this situation? How can this be avoided?
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Early Adoption Program for Running Shoes

Is there any sort of early adoption program that vendors offer for running shoes? The reason I ask is that in my case, I'm running a marathon at the end of May. Saucony is releasing the Kinvara 3 just ...
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Why does a marathon start need to be near its finish for a record to count

In the answer to a question on the validity or otherwise of a world record, the answer quotes the rule book which says: "The start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical ...
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Which Marathons to run? [closed]

For many years, one of my major "running" dreams have been to run the New York Marathon - the bridges, the people and the grand background. But I recently found out that the "qualifying time standards"...
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Forefoot landing at certain pace

I have run several with traditional heel landings. Then I started experimenting with a more forefoot strike. In the beginning I did it all wrong and my legs was on the edge of getting a bone membran ...
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Is one Marathon per season more unhealthy than three Marathon per season?

Although it seems rather counter-intuitive to me, I have heard multiple times that running just a single Marathon per season is more unhealthy than 3-4 Marathons per season. The reasoning seems to be ...
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Pace strategy for Marathons

Very short: what is the best pace strategy for a Marathon? A little longer: usually when I participate in a race (10 km, 15 km or HM), I tend to run the first part of the race at a pace that is 5-10 ...
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Gel packs: to use or not to use? When?

I've heard that gel packs can help performance on long runs. How should I use them? How long of a run should I use them on, and how often during the run? Should I take them with water at a water ...
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Why was the marathon World Record not 2:03:02 in 2011?

Why exactly was Geoffrey Mutai's 2:03:02 in Boston (2011) not deemed the marathon World Record at the time?
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What are some good strength exercises for marathon runners?

I, like most runners, tend to focus more on training and forget that some strength exercises are required to reach your performance peak. What are some good exercises that you can do at home without ...