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Old 04-23-2010, 08:06 PM   #1
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This summer: Train for a marathon or Bulk

This will either my my second to last or last summer with a lot of free time and I generally don't drink near as much in the summer as other times of year. I'd like to run a marathon for both personal and resume purposes, but I'd also like to put on 10 pounds of muscle at some point. I think bulking would be easier. I've been lifting for a few years now, but I've never really been a runner and have occasionally had what I think is mild patellar tendinitis. Any thoughts?
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:27 PM   #2
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:48 PM   #3
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:33 AM   #4
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I'd run the marathon first. Having done both, I can tell you that it will be a lot easier to run the marathon prior to putting on extra weight. I ran the Detroit Marathon in 2008 and then bulked right after for 10 weeks. The weight went on easily and I was pretty lean to start with after running a ton all year. I ran a bunch of half-marathons last year and they were significantly harder with the extra weight. I bulked again this winter and put on even more weight, so we'll see how much hard running is this year, lol. 10 mile charity race a week from today...... should be interesting.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:45 AM   #5
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I'd run the marathon first. Having done both, I can tell you that it will be a lot easier to run the marathon prior to putting on extra weight. I ran the Detroit Marathon in 2008 and then bulked right after for 10 weeks. The weight went on easily and I was pretty lean to start with after running a ton all year. I ran a bunch of half-marathons last year and they were significantly harder with the extra weight. I bulked again this winter and put on even more weight, so we'll see how much hard running is this year, lol. 10 mile charity race a week from today...... should be interesting.
That's a good point. If I trained for a marathon I'd probably drop to 155 lbs or so (I'm 6 ft) which make it pointless or dangerous to bulk to 185 or so first. I'm running a 5k today so I guess I'll see how my knee holds up.
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I'd run the marathon first. Having done both, I can tell you that it will be a lot easier to run the marathon prior to putting on extra weight. I ran the Detroit Marathon in 2008 and then bulked right after for 10 weeks. The weight went on easily and I was pretty lean to start with after running a ton all year. I ran a bunch of half-marathons last year and they were significantly harder with the extra weight. I bulked again this winter and put on even more weight, so we'll see how much hard running is this year, lol. 10 mile charity race a week from today...... should be interesting.
Oh damn, I ran Detroit in 08 too.

Bulking is easier and training for a marathon will slim you down so you can replace the fat you lose during endurance training with muscle when you start bulking. There's no reason that you can't maintain a weight as you train for a marathon. Just make sure you are eating right so that fat is replaced by muscle instead of fat. You should keep the same weight while looking and feeling thinner. you know muscle density > fat
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You're going to put running in a marathon on your resume?
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You're going to put running in a marathon on your resume?
I review a sh!t ton of resumes and I see it more that you'd believe. It does show a sense of dedication, but I'm a bit on the fence about it.
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I review a sh!t ton of resumes and I see it more that you'd believe. It does show a sense of dedication, but I'm a bit on the fence about it.
Just my two cents - I find it obnoxios to put such a thing on one's resume. Then again, I also think it's obnoxios to put a 26.2 sticker on a car.
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Just my two cents - I find it obnoxios to put such a thing on one's resume. Then again, I also think it's obnoxios to put a 26.2 sticker on a car.
I agree with you for the most part. The only time I've liked it was when I was interviewing a complete jerkoff and it gave me something to talk about to kill the rest of the 30 minutes.
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:34 PM   #11
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I hadn't really put too much thought into the resume thing, though I have seen it in some top B school resume books. Really it would be like one line at the bottom, like:

Hobbies/Other information:
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
Sports Enthusiast: Golf, Running (10K, Marathon), softball.

Even if I didn't throw it on there, it would be an experience to speak too.



Anyhoo, ran a 5k today at around 29:30, I'm pretty happy considering I haven't ran a mile in months, or 3 in years. (Only stationary bike and the occasional crossfit ie fran, murph) I felt ok until my shoulder started bothering me. I'm going to try and up it to 4 or 5 miles at some point this week as a test, and do some research on training schedules. If anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears. (I'd like to keep strength training though.)
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Just my two cents - I find it obnoxios to put such a thing on one's resume. Then again, I also think it's obnoxios to put a 26.2 sticker on a car.
I find spelling errors on resumes obnoxious. Run a Boston qualifying marathon time and then come back and post how you feel. Marathon running requires dedication, hard work, discipline, and time management skills among others. Marathon running can definitely be used as an indicator of a person's work ethic.
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I find spelling errors on resumes obnoxious. Run a Boston qualifying marathon time and then come back and post how you feel. Marathon running requires dedication, hard work, discipline, and time management skills among others. Marathon running can definitely be used as an indicator of a person's work ethic.
In case you hadn't noticed, this isn't a resume

I'm fully aware of what goes into running a marathon, and I've had my fair share of physical competition. And I'd never even think of putting any of it on my resume unless I was applying for a job where being an athlete was relevant.
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Do the run first and the weight gain 2nd. The knee and then the shoulder pain sound like you should see your chiropractor and have structural balance checked. If you want to do all the training for a marathon, you will want to have a good level of balance in your system, or you will be bothered by recurring injuries.
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In case you hadn't noticed, this isn't a resume

I'm fully aware of what goes into running a marathon, and I've had my fair share of physical competition. And I'd never even think of putting any of it on my resume unless I was applying for a job where being an athlete was relevant.
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Without offending OP... I believe personal interests, hobbies and other misc activities not related to your profession should be left out of a resume unless your 16 and applying for your first summer job.
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I used to leave off hobbies on my resume till recently....I've had several people review my resume and asked me to include it.....it gives potential employers some more insight into you as a person. Does it help with the initial pre-screen where someone takes a quick glance at your resume for 15 secs? probably not

But if/when you do land an interview, some managers make note of things like that......and if you happen to land a manager who shares your hobbies, then you're that much better off (assuming your other job qualifications are on point)

I wouldn't run a marathon JUST for that though

OP, run then bulk

EDIT: now that I think about it, when I got the phone call for the position that eventually relocated me to Austin, one of the reasons she thought it'd be a great match for me was that "Austin is great cycling and outdoors town" (I included cycling on my resume)

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Like I said I've seen it on dozens of top flight resumes. I have a pdf file with 355 resumes from a top 7 business school, almost all have an interests/hobbies bullet point or section, and 21 specifically have the word marathon in them. Definitely not the 16 yo trying to get a first job subset. But I'm definitely not going to prepare for and run a marathon just for that reason. Thanks for the responses...
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