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Tips to Finishing or Completing a Marathon

The secret to finishing or completing a marathon is mileage. Go out there and clock as many miles or kilometres per week. The mileage should be logged for a continuous period of at least 3 months.

Ask any fast marathoner how much they run and you are sure to get something like, upward of 120 km a week. Some log even more, and I am not talking about elites either, just your average Joe who can run marathons in less than three hours.

Unfortunately, we cannot just adapt that theory and start running 100 plus miles a week. You can start small say 20km then progress from 20km to 35, 50, 60, 70 km etc.

So, if you have been asking how do I complete a marathon? Go out and log those miles!

Paris Marathon 2011 Results

Paris marathon 2011 was live on satellite TV and the race ended in a familiar pattern. It was a Kenyan one – two finish in both the mens and womens races.

Paris Marathon 2011 Men Results

  1. Benjamin Kiptoo won the race in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 30 seconds.
  2. Bernard Kipyego finished second, in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 15 seconds.

The Kenyan dominance in the mens race was very strong. The seven first places were taken by the Kenyans, 3rd Wendimu 2.07.29, 4th Alfred Kering 2.07.39, 6th Chebogut, 7th Sugut. Very Impresive!

Paris Marathon 2011 Women Results.

  1. Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s race in 2:22:52
  2. Agnes Kiprop also of Kenya was second.

For Benjamin Kiptoo this was a a new personal best. His previous best was 2:7:17. He has won marathons in Rome, Beijing and Chuncheon, and represented Kenya at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

Paris Marathon 2011 Wheelchair race results

Heinz Frei of Switzerland won the wheelchair race in a time of 1:29:12.

I will keep you posted on best pictures from paris marathon.

Destination Marathons Europe

Europe provides fantastic destination races. If you enjoy destination races, here’s five destination marathons across europe I recommend:

Athens Greece Marathon

The attraction for this that you tell people you ran the original marathon route. Any hard core runner must consider Athens marathon has his top destination marathon. Athens Marathon takes place every November.

Paris Marathon.

With over 40,000 runners taking part, this has to be the most popular destination marathon. I believe it has to do with the fact Paris is the most popular travel destination and many runners schedule their Paris travel for the weekend of Paris marathon. Paris marathon takes place in November.

London Marathon.

The London Marathon is fun and relaxed, because of the large number of runners who do the race to raise money for charity. Entry is by lottery, so make sure to send in your application early. The London marathon takes place every April.

Rome Marathon

For those runners that love everything Italian, making Rome marathon your destination marathon would be the perfect way to enjoy Rome scenery while running. Rome marathon will takes place in March.

Rotterdam Marathon.

If you are looking for a flat course then this is it. The flat-fast course makes it perfect for any runner who aims to qualify for Boston marathon. Many runners report achieving new PR at Rotterdam marathon.

Hope you consider these as part of your destination races europe.

Registration For 2011 Boston Marathon

Registrations for 2011 Boston Marathon will open Monday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, online at official Boston marathon organizers website. The 115th edition of the Boston Marathon will be on Monday, April 18, 2011.

Qualifying times for 2011 Boston marathon

The qualifying times remain just like they have been, read my post on qualifying times for Boston marathon.

Qualifying standards for the 2011 Boston Marathon must be met on or after September 20, 2009 at a marathon certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport (or foreign equivalent).

The registration fee remains at $130 for American residents. The field size for next year’s Boston Marathon remains as it has been in recent past years.

Full registration information, including a list of qualifying marathons, and a list of the B.A.A.’s Official Charities for the Boston Marathon is at www.baa.org

Fastest US Marathons : Top Ten By Running Times

If you want to set a new PR or a course to help you qualify for Boston or New York marathon then you need to look at this list of fastest US marathon.

1. Chevron houston marathon in Texas

2. Austin Marathon

3. Lincoln National Gurad marathon

4. Rite Aid Cleveland marathon

5. Grandmas marathon

6. Chicago marathon

7. Steamtown marathon

8. Philadelphia marathon

9. California marathon marathon

10. Las Vegas marathon

Factors considered in compiling the list were : Flatness, weather, size of the field and number of turns.

Source running times

Steamtown Marathon : Your Easy Ticket To Boston Marathon

If you are looking for a fast and easy marathon course to qualify for Boston Marathon, then you may consider Steamtown marathon. In fact, in 2006, 28 percent of all runners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Reasons why Steamtown marathon is your answer for that elusive Boston marathon qualifier time.

What the press is saying

Runner’s World has called this race “One of the nation’s 10 fastest marathons.” The Running Times magazine reported that runners at Steamtown have finished faster than the national average for several years in a row.Running USA determined that Steamtown’s 2005 median time was at least 30 minutes faster than the national average and was the fastest of any 2005 U.S. marathon with at least 1,000 finishers.

What the runners have to say.

In a Runnersworld thread some runners reported to have set new PRs by upto 15mins.

The Steamtown marathon course

The course is not just flat it is downhill all the way (not the whole route but atleast most of the route) bad for quads but good for those who have prepared to run down hill.

The Perfect Scranton Pennsylvanian Weather

The race is held every October, when temperatures are relatively cool and the fall foliage is beginning to peak.

What the organizers promise

“The key to running Steamtown is managing the hills,” Cummings said. “Much of the first eight miles features significant downhills while the last few miles include several short, but challenging uphills. Many runners have set personal records here by wide margins. Others however, have failed to prepare for the hills and have crashed and burned, wondering how anyone could call Steamtown fast.”

For More information on race information, register, registratioon fee, visit steamtown marathon site

Largest USA Marathons : Top 15 USA Marathons

2009 largest U.S. marathons, listed by number of timed finishers

1. New York City, 43,660

2. Chicago, 33,60

3. Boston, 22,843

4. Marine Corps, D.C., 21,405

5. Honolulu, 20,323

6. Walt Disney, Orlando, 14,948

7. Los Angeles, 14,125

8. Rock ’n’ Roll, San Diego, 13,391

9. Twin Cities, 8,474

10. Portland, Ore., 8,166

11. Philadelphia, 7,494

12. Rock ’n’ Roll, Phoenix 6,444

13. Grandma’s, 5,998

14. Rock ’n’ Roll, San Antonio, 5,906

15. Rock ’n’ Roll, Las Vegas, 5,888

Source: Running USA

Nipples Bleeding When Running

Nipples bleeding when running is a common running problem among male runners. The bleeding happens when your running T-shirt rubs against your tender nipples.

This is how the bleeding happens

When you run your t-shirt moves up and down, that movement rubs on your nipples. The friction on your nipples makes them tender. Open wounds form and blood starts to flow out. When the salt from your sweat rubs on the open wounds you start feeling pain. Experts call this Nipple Chafing!

OUCH!!

How to Avoid Bleeding Nipples

  1. Apply a layer of vaseline over your Nipples, some marathons even offer Vaseline enroute.
  2. Put a bandage over the nipples. This will prevent direct contact.

Another funny solution that I found at a Runners world article on this topic was this one:

Here is an easy solution, although a slightly embarrassing one… wear a ladies sports bra. They hide easily under a t-shirt and stop the chafe! Go ahead and laugh it up… I’ll see you at the finish line… bloody nipple free!

Posted by: Male Runner

Marathon Running To Lose Weight : Life time Commitment

Different runners have different goals as to why they run a marathon. One popular reason is lose weight.

Fitness and dietary experts say marathons increasingly are the exercise equivalent of crash diets, with similarly disappointing results. There’s no evidence that running a marathon leads to lasting weight loss, marathon researchers say. And it’s unknown how often such runs initiate a lifetime of steady exercise. Indeed, in a long-term fitness sense, marathons are really sprints; the true marathon is the exercise program that lasts for decades, fitness experts say.

For you to lose weight from marathon running you have to make a life time commitment. Promise to keep running for the rest of your life because if you engage in marathon running you may see instant result but if you stop you shall region all the pounds you have lost.

Eric Zorn, a popular Chicago Tribune columnist, chronicled with passion and humor his training for the 1998 Chicago Marathon. Along the way he convinced scores of other novices to follow suit. But after three successful marathons, Mr. Zorn gave it up, and he eventually regained the 40 pounds he’d lost.

Flat Marathons Courses USA : Fast Marathon Routes

If you’ve never run a marathon or you’re trying to run your fastest time ever, you may consider registering and running in one of these flat marathon courses around USA. Most of this marathon allow you to qualify for Boston marathon.

Chicago Marathon.

Chicago is a flat and fast marathon. Many of over 30,000 runners run it for its speed. The only downside is that the weather can be unpredictable some years, too hot of too cold defeating the flat course advantage.

Philadelphia Marathon

This Pennsylvania marathon has a flat course, the fact that the marathon is ran in late November when the weather is cool gives it an ideal marathon environment for a fast race.

Carlifornia International Marathon

Held in Sacramento California, the marathon is touted as “The Fastest Course in the West.”

Cleveland Marathon

Held in cleveland Ohio in Mid May.

Flat marathons around New York

Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon

This Albany New York marathon, Running Times magazine calls it one of the fastest marathon routes in the country.

Wineglass Marathon

The marathon is held in Corning New York. The Wineglass Marathon yields one of the highest percentages of runners qualifying for the Boston Marathon.