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Beginners Training for Chicago Marathon 2008

How Do Beginners Train for Chicago Marathon 2008

FEB 17 2008

The Chicago Marathon is also often considered as the fastest growing marathon road races in the world. This year, the Chicago Marathon will take place on the 12th of October at 8 am. As an amateur runner, you would need considerable training in order to remain on course.

The Chicago Marathon is one of the most historic marathons in US tradition.

Training for Chicago Marathon 2008

The official title of this run is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon; and was formally known as The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. It is the major yearly marathon that runs across the breadth of Cook Country, Illinois; and is one of the five World Marathon Majors of the US with the Berlin, Boston, London and New York Marathons.

The Chicago Marathon is also often considered as the fastest growing marathon road races in the world. The runís popularity has a lot to do with its fast and flat course and here, world records are made, broken, and made again. The popularity of the marathon is further fueled by the increasingly large prize money usually offered by various sponsors.

Training for the Chicago Marathon

A marathon is not for the weak-hearted or the feeble-kneed. Although amateur runners may always join in on the run, you would need considerable training in order to remain on course.

You must at least have some running experience if you really want to join the Chicago Marathon. Make sure that you can at least run 2 miles without suffering dire consequences, because there is considerable training to do. If you are a novice, you need to train competitively 6 months prior to the race, under the guidance of a professional running coach. Try not to do this on your own because a professional coach can help you a lot on how to approach this run with scientific exactness. Your trainer will set up your training schedule as well. If hiring a pro is a bit too steep, you may want to join one of the numerous marathon training groups in Chicago. Training in this city will give you a feel for the weather, climate and temperature changes.

A good coach can also advise you on how to preserve your health and well being during the marathon. Over exhaustions, heat strokes and cardiac arrests are just a few of the things you need to battle with if you are running.

Chicago Marathon Running Gear

Some of the essentials in running the Chicago Marathon (or any race) includes: buying and breaking in a sensible pair of running shoes (if you donít have those already); and acquiring comfortable running apparel and gear (shirt, shorts, etc.). During training, you may want to ask your coach or trainer what first aids you might need so you can buy this as well. And most importantly, you need to get yourself a medical check-up, so that your coach or trainer would have a good idea as to how to further your running skills.

A training schedule is quite grueling. For every week, you need to increase the number of distance you can travel. You also need to run at least 4 times a week with a minimum of 3 miles each. At most, you will run 5 times a week and you must cover a distance of 41 miles. Although the schedule can be quite punishing, your coach or trainer can advise you when you should rest and how to keep muscle cramps at bay. You would also need to rest before the actual race so that you have reserves of energy for the Chicago Marathon.

There is also no qualifying time in order to participate in the Chicago Marathon. However, only a limited amount of runners are allowed to participate. 45,000 marathoners, a few elite runners and charity representatives are the usual score. If you are indeed planning to join this marathon, you must register early because slots are given on a first-come-first-serve basis only.

This year, the Chicago Marathon will take place on the 12th of October at 8 am. The general public registration has opened last February 1 and will close sometime in September (or when the limit has been reached.)

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May 25 7 REST 4 5 4 REST 4 24
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Jul 6 10 REST 6 8 6 REST 4 34
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Jul 20 6 REST 4 REST 4 REST 4 18
Jul 27 14 REST 6 8 6 REST 4 38
Aug 3 16 REST 6 8 6 REST 5 41
Aug 10 6 REST 5 REST 5 REST 4 20
Aug 17 20 REST 5 7 6 REST 4 42
Aug 24 7 REST 5 REST 6 REST 4 22
Aug 31 21 REST 5 7 6 REST 4 43
Sept 7 8 REST 6 REST 6 REST 4 24
Sept 14 23 REST 5 7 6 REST 5 46
Sept 21 12 REST 6 8 6 REST 4 36
Sept 28 14 REST 7 REST 5 REST 4 30
Oct 5 10 REST 6 REST 4 REST REST 20
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COMMENT

Name: kelitoka

can u include a small note on the table showing what the numbers in those rows mean... I assume its distance in miles... But for someone who directly wants to read the schedule help for training without reading the entire article it would help...

Name: Mike

I liked your schedule the most, it's going to help me a lot.

Name: Susan

How should I train myself as a women? Should i follow the this schedule?

Name: Lolo

This is my first Chicago marathon and I am bit scared looking into last years' stats. Is it going to be better this time? It is too early to predict the weather and all but at least the organizers are no more the same so expecting a better management this time.

Name: Stacy

This will be by first marathon and I am very worried about it. I have researched beginners training and was wondering which one is the best. This training schedule has you running from the begining. On Marathonrookie.com it starts out run/walking for the first 10 weeks. Some programs have you cross training on some days. The days of rest should I still cross train? Please help.

Name: San

I didn't cross train myself, I was simply resting on rest days. For the first time runners i will advise to rest on REST days.

Name: know it all...

I had a couple problems with my lower back and abs while training. This is my third marathon and I thought I was taking it easy. I found out that my problem was weak stabilizer muscles (in my back and my abdominal muscles themselves). Therefore, I decided to add cross train in some ab workouts to my training. In response to the above comment, I think it depends on your level of fitness before starting the marathon training on whether to do cross training or not. I think cross training especially weight lifting is very important. It strengthens your muscles and joints, which prevents injuries and helps you run better. Also, if you workout your upper body your body becomes more efficient at using oxygen. So I would say go for the cross training, but focus of higher reps like 10-12. And for sure in my opinion get some Ab workouts in. Try to avoid leg raises and decline sit-ups if you haven't done abs in a while because they could cause back problems. The best ab workouts I have gotten were on a stability (swiss ball) What have you guys heard?

Name: Asif

From what I have read, rest days mean no running, but they recommend cross training to build strength and endurance. Closer to the race you should probably taper off with cross training similarly to tapering off the running. Do some searches online & check out books at the library for great reference.

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