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Kryten, I've read this book and it is is a really interesting quick read. Some of the stories are very inspiring.
Though I found it very funny that the author (who coaches shorter distances) starts out very dubious about this running lots of marathons lark. Then she interviews a lot of 100 marathon club peeps (interesting, whether or not you've met them) and... remains very dubious about this running lots of marathons lark!
well i'm still a baby and have just completed number 6 but Traviss is the man,
He does 100milers I am in awe of him
I have met quite a few of the 100 marathon clubbers even celebrated a couple of people's 100th marathon and have to say on the whole they are a great crowd, what I love about them is the last time I got my PB at one of the enigma events ( which is where u will find a wealth of 100 marathon clubbers ) is that alot of them took the time to come over and congratulate me on doing a PB even tho it was 4hours 55 so no fast marathon but you know they made me feel like i had some something so special and were so pleased for me hopefully one day I will get there but think it will take me a good number of years to get there lol but hey ho, only 94 to go haha
But my burning question is - how do you know how many marathons you can do in a year safely, without injury, without actually doing more than this amount, and then getting injured?
What I mean is, how do you know what your limit is before you've over-stepped it, and wished you hadn't?
In a sort of reverse, I'm on 94
Well done, TH - but how did you know how much your legs could handle? Did you just keep entering races and managing to pull them off (the races, that is, not your legs ) and so entered more and more, closer together?
Just entered them and got on with it. Only ever had one injury as a result of overworn shoes in the heel. If I needed to adapt my running in a marathon I did so, ie the pace. Some runs are a breeze to be honest and in others they have been pretty demanding. Where there have been difficulties it has nearly always been a result of a poor strategy on my part. I don't think there is a science to it, let your body do the talking and react to it.
Cougie, yeah Ironman events count!
I started off in 2000 when I did my 1st, then it was 1 a year, then 2 a year, then 3 then thought why am I killing myself running all these boring 20 milers when I could get a medal? It's taken me till now to get to 95 but still the odd PB pops up even doing 10/15 a year. Hopefully 100 next year at Taunton but I'm itching to get on with it now.
Theres many guys who can run 50/100 a year which really is increadable but finance and arthitic toe joints don't allow me to, so I just aim for 1-2 a month but I race every one like its my first, if there's a number stuck to me I can't help myself. this saves me training for onethen I can mix up my training with cycling and swimming = ironman. That's a hard way to clock up 1 marathon tho.
Traviss, he is a crazy man!!! Runs more 100m races than I run marathons! (yes I'm jealous)
also theres a chap Rik Vercoe who just ran 34 marathons (some Ultra) then on day 35 pb'd with his first sub 3 (2.56) there really are some increadable people about. Chat to some, ask, there really are some inspirational people running amongst us.
and a few headcases!
Sounds doable with the right head on. Did two last year, have done two so far this year, plus Outlaw and Portsmouth planned for Dec, so maybe I could ...
I like the idea of racing each one, rather than just churning them out - I guess there's always a need for balance - I wouldn't want to lose the pleasure of it ... But the kudos of the T shirt ... Beats my 50 Parkruns hands down!
I'm up to 94 half-marathons - could I have half the t-shirt?
As of last Sunday, I became a 100 marathon club member.
It is certainly not easy, or cheap!, but well worthwhile.
One hard lesson I have learned is that you can run 20+ marathons a year, but you can't race them, or at least I can't.
Great job, Ian! Feeling inspired, now!
When I damaged my heel I was told to rest 4 monthsish and I did. Usually do 10-12 a year, peaked at 13, less when I first started in 2003. I think you were correctin that I just managed to pull them off. My last marathon saw me beat my previous pb which I set over six years ago (3.25.33). I still see the potential to beat that on the right run next year - Manchester, York, Killarney? Two more this year just to push up to 96 and then a better training schedule up to April.
It took me just over five years to reach 100 marathons. I started off by trying to do 12 in 12 months then just caught the bug. Think I'm on about 115 now which includes a fair few ultras..
I've been running one every 2 weeks and your legs do get used to it, pb's do go out the window but I just love running marathons and meeting folks, kept costs down by sharing accommodation, staying with friends and in the warmer months camping
I dont agree to that... Since i've started running more marathons- my times have actually come down. I think it's due to weight loss as well as increasing my training mileage.
You're right though - your legs get used to it and it's half the fun of running the marathon is the weekend around it!
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