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I did not know that it is so advised against running marathons at my age in fear of messing with growth. Not that it makes too much of a difference but I turn 18 next Sunday.
One day at a time
Go for it. The worst that will happen is that you will get injured. That will heal, and you will have learned a lesson. The best that will happen is that you will have a great time, and be living life to the fullest.
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Thanks to all of your opinions and help, I have decided I will not be running in the San Diego Marathon. Heck, I'm not even sure if I will do the Chicago Marathon (might replace it with the 1/2 instead). I was not aware of all the risks of doing a marathon at my age, even if you are in shape. Thanks for all the help!