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From Non-Runner to Marathon Runner

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Benefits of Marathon Training

You'd think someone who completed a marathon would rave about the joy of running, but this runner admitted she still isn't a big fan. What she did like about training for the race was that it made her pay attention to herself.

"I was able to give myself some 'me time.' Training gave me the chance to take care of myself: I was never sick and felt healthier than ever."

Running several miles a week also forced her to improve her diet. "I ate healthier," she said. "I watched my diet to make sure I drank enough water and ate the right carbohydrates, like whole grains and bananas." She cut out all junk food -- everything from fast food to soda.

Another benefit of marathon training: getting more sleep. "Every time I worked out I slept like a baby!" Hussa said. "I actually missed practice runs on Saturday mornings because I didn't want to get out of bed."

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heatherdomabyl wrote:

Great story! I am training for my first marathon and raising money for a charity as well! I am blogging about it at

7/11/2013 11:38:22 AM Report Abuse
pollaws wrote:

Great motivational piece! Thanks

1/25/2010 10:15:41 AM Report Abuse
kimrwillems wrote:

In Fitness Magazine's March 2009 issue I saved an article titled, 'Consider Yourself a Newbie Racer' that outlines an eight week plan to run a half-marathon. I referenced this while training for my half & now want to tackle a full marathon. Therefore, I'm wanting to locate this same article for a full marathon & amnot having a luck. Can you please help?

12/30/2009 12:57:56 PM Report Abuse

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