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Rest is best for runners eyeing Jan. 9 marathon

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - 04:07 AM Print article Printer-friendly page  Email to a friend

Rest is best for runners eyeing Jan. 9 marathon

Jim Gintonio

Dec. 22, 2004 12:00 AM

Now less than three weeks away from the challenge of their running lives, many first-time marathoners are champing at the bit like racehorses waiting for the command to sprint toward the finish line at P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

A word to the wise from veteran marathon trainer Brian Collins: Whoa!

"For experienced runners and especially for first-timers, this is the most crucial part of their training," said Collins, the founder of 1st Marathon who has run 12 marathons and trained runners for seven years.

"This is a tapering phase. You rest up. All the work should be done because there's not that much more physically that you can do to get yourself ready except rest."

Collins said marathoners intending to run in the Jan. 9 race should have recently completed a 20-mile run, with plans to run 10 miles this weekend and a 5-miler on Jan. 2.

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