Who is a member?
During my last long run I saw a gent wearing a tshirt with a "100 Marathon Club" logo, this prompted a discussion with my running buddy about how long it would take to become a member of the club. I've seen people with the tshirts before and thought along the lines of "wow, 100 marathons, impresive" but never given much thought about the logistics of training and running that many marathons.
We came to the conclusion that if we trained properly and managed to avoid getting injuried, we could probably manage 2 marathons a year. So, just curious how many people on RW have actually done 100 marathons, how many did you run a year and did you always have a target time in mind or just aim to finish?
There is a 100 marathon site, have a look, I saw one bloke that has done over 760!!! looks like there is over 250 people that are "in the club".
100 mara site
In fact there you go!, and apparently the record is 800 marathons so far
There were some at Beachy head mara that were off to another the next day....i couldn't even walk straight.......AJH must be getting near the 100 mark on here soon??
Still working on my first one
Thanks for the link Flat Foo.ted, it is very interesting reading! I saw the rule about only being able to count 3 marathons from a multi-marathon event, sounds pretty harsh!
I can't believe that the youngest people to complete 100 marathons were 23 (male) and 24 (female), I wonder how young they were when they started the marathon game. Makes me feel very lazy!
Seren and Soup - I didn't even think about the cost associated with running so many marathons but you are right, it would become a very expensive hobby! I'm really impressed that people are doing a marathon every 4-6 weeks, amazing
I know a couple of folk who have done it, you have to be a bit obsessive I think and let it take over your life, not so much just the running but travelling too is a big committment.
I've done about 17 now and at this rate would take me another 20 years so it's not on my agenda. I live on one of the North Isles so the travelling does not allow for doing much more.
I can see how it would take over your life, not just the events and the hours spent in training, but as you say the travelling and associated costs.
I do like building a holiday around a race, but I think that I will probably stick to half marathons so that I can enjoy the following day without limping around too much (saying that, I'm very tempted by Berlin and New York, and I want to have another crack at Medoc)
Mathschick - that's true, I remember when I couldn't run for longer than 5 minutes without feeling like my lungs were going to explode! I was so proud when I got my first 5k medal (still have it )
I suppose it depends whether you train just for one marathon and then dramatically scale back the mileage, or keep on doing the long runs.
My husband doesnt really train for marathons any more, he just sort of stays at that level of fitness. An occasional 10 or 15 miler in between marathons is all he does. He doesn't race them and has a pretty consistent 4:40 finish time unless its off-road/challenging. He doesn't ache afterwards or anything. The only marathon he hasn't enjoyed is the one he trained for to get a sub 4 finish. He got 4:03, was gutted and didn't enjoy clock watching so thats what made him change tactic and go for 100.
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