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Present Perfect Progressive

Date: Mar 28 2012

Themes: Health, Sports

Grammar: Present Perfect Progressive


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Taking a jog to get a little exercise is one thing. To run marathons, you have to train for weeks and be in great shape. Marathons are 26-mile races. They take place in cities all over the world, and often raise money for a good cause. Running marathons takes strength, endurance, and determination. Find out if Marni has what it takes to be a marathon runner.

慢跑进行小强度训练是一回事。而要参加马拉松则是另一回事,你需要经过几周的训练并处于最佳状态。马拉松是一项长达 26 英里的赛跑运动。世界上的一些大城市常常举办马拉松比赛,并为公益事业募捐。跑马拉松需要力量、耐力和决心。看看玛尼是否具备成为马拉松选手的潜质。


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Marni:  Man, I am so pumped.

Devan:  Why?

Marni:  Well, I’ve been training for this marathon. And man, I totally ran six miles, and I’m running faster, and I’m just feeling better. I’m pretty excited.

Devan:  Is this gonna be your first marathon?

Marni:  It is. I’ve been really pushing myself. I’ve wanted to do it forever, and this year I finally just made that resolution. I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna train, and I’m just gonna go for it.

Devan:  Well, make sure you pace yourself, ‘cause you don’t want to hit a wall while you’re running, ‘cause it’s a really long run.

Marni:  Twenty-six miles, I know. So I’ve been doing these six-miles increments, working up to doing the half marathon, and then doing the full 26 miles.

Devan:  So how are you preparing? Are you trying to eat healthier? Are you doing cross training with other sports, or are you just running?

Marni:  I’m doing it all. Everything you just said. I’ve been eating super well, limiting my carbs in the evening. I have a few friends I’m training with too, so that really helps to boost morale.

Devan:  Are you running a marathon that’s for a good cause?

Marni:  Yeah, I want to run in the spirit for my grandmother who died of breast cancer, so yeah.

Devan:  Well, that’s got to be motivating too then.

Marni:  Yeah, absolutely. I think it’s a super good cause. But, you know, I guess there was sort of this selfish reason why I wanted to do it as well, just to prove to myself that I could actually do it.


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Marni is feeling excited about running her first marathon. She has been training hard and getting in shape. She can run six miles, but is still working her way up to the big 26-mile run.

Devan tells Marni to pace herself when she runs the marathon. Otherwise, she might get exhausted and not be able to finish. Running marathons takes endurance.

In order to prepare for the marathon, Marni is eating healthy and running with friends. She is running the marathon to help raise money to fight cancer because her grandmother died of cancer. But she also wants to run the marathon for herself, as a challenge.

Have you ever run a marathon? Would you like to? Do you enjoy big challenges?



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Russian Federation

I haven’t run a marathon yet, but i made a resolution to do it in a year or year and a half. I’ve been starting running 5 month ago, and now i run only 10 km, but i know you should to train step by step to increase your distance, because you should to have a lot of endurance to finish marathon. Now i participate in running competitions and challenge myself.

It’s also important to have special sneakers for running and know how to run correctly, because running can hurt your body especially your joints

11:49 AM Sep 12 2015 |

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Russian Federation

It is interesting lesson for me as I have got  some new words and terms.

I am fond of jogging too but of course I am not ready to run a marathon distance. I admire people who are able to do this especially for a good cause.  

04:02 PM Feb 02 2013 |

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It’s a pity that I have never run a Marathon,but I hope one day I can do it.Run…is one of my hobby,although it will be a big challenge,I will still looking forward to have a try in the future:P

12:27 PM Jan 21 2013 |



i love running,i’m a runner tooLaughing

05:51 PM Oct 20 2012 |


VOLTSSuper Member!


Well, run a marathon is my goal. i like to run 5 days a week I alread ran 14 milles in a special day.

It’s really fun to run specially if u use a smartphone with you while u are running. You are able to track your way, take your average speed, register your heart rate, how many calories your body burnt by a smartphone just using a proper softwear. Besides that u can download those things, including all pictures u shot during the race, in a website like this:

http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/JoaoHamilton/cd28nmdn1hh1468a .

Most important thing which make to run a great pleasure, it is the background. Running a race like Atacama desert Marathon in Chile or Netherland Marathon would be amazing, that would blow my mind.

07:32 AM Apr 29 2012 |

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United Arab Emirates

i lik to run two

10:21 AM Apr 08 2012 |




I would run 10 km for a million dollars. Just give it to me :))

01:46 PM Apr 02 2012 |




I do enjoy big challanges but I hate running. So, I guess I wouldn’t do it even for a good course, even for a million dollars I wouldn’t run more than 1 kilometer.

01:43 PM Apr 02 2012 |

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well, I´ve never been in a maraton, howevver I´d like to join in it once day, because i do jogging everyday in mornings, i think it could be a huge challenge, and i coud fell actually proud of myself

08:16 PM Mar 31 2012 |



oh, i have never run a marathon but actually i just would like to do it. this is big challenge and it also might be fun

10:04 PM Mar 30 2012 |

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oh marathon, i don’t think i can run long way, i never gone for jogging

but marathon is good atleast if cops follows you.. lolll

12:21 PM Mar 29 2012 |

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11:08 AM Mar 29 2012 |




I strongly believe that swimming, biking and running is one of the most “natural” sports, where the level of talent and hardwork is more important than the equitment itself (the bike sport can be discussed in this case). But still anyway, many people says that I have talent in triathlon, but I need to be out there every single day training harder and harder than my teammates if I really want to be successful. And also its important to recover as well. Therefore when I am not training I usually study (studying economics and political science in the uni), watching movies, playing chess or just be in bed sleeping few extra hours. I don’t like to run in the city all day shopping, since all my expenses goes to the sports and my bike cost around 6500 US dollar. But I’m lucky to got sponsored with half the cost from the bike shop :) I’m that good! 

10:38 AM Mar 29 2012 |

Irene Forever


I’ve never run a marathon because I don’t like running for a long time. It’s very difficult for me and I feel bad while doing it.

I prefer doing aerobics, dancing, swimming, riding a bike and hiking. Nevertheless, if a marathon  could  do benefit to the people in need, I would run it.

As for big challenges, I’m not a gamer in life,  therefore I just live and enjoy each  achievement that makes me happy and fell upset because of something going wrong.

07:32 AM Mar 29 2012 |

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i love life

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Frankly I am with this topic, Honestly we need such like this actions , Really when you are suffering from some disease you need to other support .

 ten years ago I participated in marathon for relief life of the children who are still suffering from the negative life because  of occupation.

We need each other, I guess our lives contains many examples talk about 

11:37 PM Mar 28 2012 |




In Canada, many marathons are run for a good cause.Terry Fox, a Canadian, with one leg amputated ran a marathon for a good cause, to raise  money for the cancer research.  He didn’t make it, the disease took him, but since then an annual Terry Fox run has been held in his comemmoration and all the other people who fell victim to this terrible disease. Over C$500 million has been raised in his name.

11:20 PM Mar 28 2012 |




marathon is too long for normal person,jog is ok for everybody.

10:46 PM Mar 28 2012 |




Anja,  hehehehehe, let me share my story, I thing that we both have to come back to the GGB,  my beisbol cap got loose and ended up in the ocean down below. Somebody told me:  this is a sign that you have to come back again.  let´s see what the future has in store for me.  Wink

07:06 PM Mar 28 2012 |




Talking about bridges., I have had the incredible experience  of crossing the Golden Gate on foot in San Francisco. That day the weather was fine ,clear sky ,nor misty or windy. Guys , i wish I could do it again.Cool

06:52 PM Mar 28 2012 |




Have a nice evening! I came here just to say HELLO to you all.

byyyyyyyyyye Smile

06:09 PM Mar 28 2012 |

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