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a woman's guide to running in Gainesville
>Frequently Asked Questions




Q: How much time do I need to train for a marathon?

A: Since each runner has a different level of experience, there is not a right or wrong answer to this question. Generally, you should train for at least three months prior to a marathon, and 8 to 10 weeks before the marathon begin your intense training. You should also be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping and average about 12 to 15 miles per week.



Q: Should I lift weights while training?

A: Lifting weights is optional during training, but light to moderate lifting is recommended for increasing strength and confidence.



Q: How do I select a pair of running shoes?

A: While often overlooked, running shoes will be the most important part of your running experience. To find a pair that is best for you, visit the Training Basics | Before You Begin page, or visit your local specialty store.



Q: I missed a week of training. Can I still finish?

A: Because life gets in the way, many people miss out on two or three training runs during their training period. This is not a big deal. Just pick up where you left of and move forward with your schedule, so as to not lose any more time in your training.



Q: What kind of diet should I follow?

A: Carbohydrates will provide your fuel. It is recommended that 60% of your calories come from carbohydrates, 10% from protein, and 20-25% from unsaturated fats



Q: What is a good finish time goal for a first marathon?

A: There is no time goal that you should strive to achieve. Rather, you should just try to finish the marathon. Time is a personal thing, so as you train you will get a good idea of your abilities - and then you can set your goal accordingly. The key is to be realistic and set a goal that you can achieve in just three months.



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