Ok so I have lost 5.5 stone in ten weeks and the energy levels are sky high. I have always wanted to do the London Marathon and get the feeling that 2010 will be the year of George. Im still 21 stone but am totally committed.
Ive got 36 weeks till the marathon and have read loads of stuff about the schedules and what to expect.
I want the advice from anybody. What I will say is that its unlikely anybody will deter me from attempting it. I just wanna know what people think. I went for a 30 min walk/ run yesterday and will do that 2 to 3 times a week along with exercise bike every day to improve my fitness.
24 weeks before the marathon I will start the running with the aim of running a 10k race nearer the time of the marathon. I would love to get in contact with someone who can give me some proper advice!
I dont care how long it takes to finish on the day as long as I cross that finish line. I feel it will cap off an amazing achievement of going from 27 stone to hopefully 13 stone!
And how much training would you have done by December?, what happens if you aren't at 15 stone by Decemeber?.
It may sound like I am being negative, but I am not, I know from personal experiance how badly setting goals that you may not hit belts your confidence, and then its a slippery spiral.
I think the transition from lighter life (which I am dead set against FTR, but thats my personal opinion), to normal eating isn't going to be something you will take to overnight.
Personally, while I admire your ambition, going from 27 stone, to a marathon runner in that period of time is a heck of an undertaking, and I am not for one minute saying you will fail, all I am saying is, think smaller, 5k - 10k - half marathon - marathon maybe, and see how it goes, set plenty of achieveable, small goals, rather than pin all your hopes on these two massive goals.
That's really good, well done. I know it's not seen as healthy to lose weight so fast but for someone weighing what you did, the weight can come off fast to begin with. I would say though, don't be disappointed if and when it levels off a bit to more like 2-3lbs a week because it most likely will. That doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong, just that the initial burst is over and you'll be moving into long term steady weight loss.
I don't think it's necessarily too ambitious to run the marathon, especially as it gives you something to aim at. But I would be sure to make sure you're physically capable and medically fit before doing so. I would start your running now, build up till you can run for 30 mins without stopping, don't worry about speed. Then add a couple of mins to each run depending on how you're feeling and listen to your body, it will warn you in the way of aches and pains etc. if you're attempting too much. When you start running longer, aim for one hour session a week to begin with and 2 x 30 min and gradually build up your distance, whilst making sure you have plenty of recovery time.
Also if you haven't already done so, go to a proper running shop and get some decent running shoes. My advice is to look for the discounted last seasons shoes (ask assistants for help choosing which type if you don't know already), look for a pair around £40 reduced from £60-80 so you'll know you're getting a quality shoe.
Finally (the boring bit) get checked over by your GP before starting to train intensely just to make sure your body can cope with the stresses.
Other then that, keep it up and well done. Best of luck
I would have hoped that before you went on the LL plan you'd have had a once over from a GP anyway.
I don't know how tall you are George, but, again from personal experiance, I know how much excess skin you may have after losing such a large amount of weight in a short period of time, this will impact on your goal weight, because this excess skin will not go without surgery, and as such will add to you overall weight, just something else to bear in mind.
Losing weight is one thing, congrats by the way.
Training for a marathon is totally different. I assume you want to get around running it. You've done virtually no running, you will get niggles, set backs and maybe even a couple of injuries along the way that stop you running altogether.
2010 is very ambitious, even at this stage. You will need everything to go right for you, which very rarely happens. I'm sure if you are patient tho, that you will do a marathon one day.
First off George keep up the good work , from 21stone to 13 is a massive journey, as is walking to completing a marathon.
As in any journey you set yourself goals and re-assess from time to time. Your first goal should be to finish a 10km walk, followed by a 10km jog, etc , with a more realistic goal a half marathon in 2010.
In any case all the very best of luck, go for a good half marathon first, thats no mean achievement.
Take a leaf out of the football mangers book, take one match at a time.
I'll be honest with everyone on here.
I am gutted that no one has said that I can do it.
Yesterday I did a walk / run for 30 mins, covered 2 miles and felt fantastic! Yeah I woke up with a little soreness but its expected. I understand the task ahead is huge and yeah there's a chance I will get injured or something might come up but what I dont want is to be in a situation where I am physically able to run the marathon but not be able to because I didnt set that as my target.
Its something that I have thought about for such a long time and I wish there was a way of 'knowing' if I can achieve it. I dont care if I come last and I dont care how long it takes, just to be able to say that I have achieved the, as everyone seems to be suggesting on here, "impossible" is something I am seriously considering.
One side of my head is feeling deflated now while the other is pretty steamed and even more determined.
36 weeks is pushing it and yeah an injury would rule me out completely but from where I was 10 weeks ago to where I would be if I just miss out is still something I would be proud of!
On the flipside, no one has said you can't do it either.
This is the problem with fixating on one large goal, rather than breaking the whole thing down into a dozen manageable goals.
To be honest, if you are feeling deflated after having lost 5.5 stone in 10 weeks, something a stack of people would kill for, I would be extremely suprised.
Go for it, no one is saying don't, but you need to understand the ramifications of the task (something that GA hit on with the seeing it on telly thing) at hand, and potentially, be prepared to re-adjust your ultimate goal when its clear that you may not achieve what you want.
It would be all to easy for someone to say, "yeah man, you can do it, go for it", but what would be the point in that, it would be saying something that no one knows.
Its a long hard slog mate, and losnig weight is hard enough without having to get your ass out of the door to do a 20 mile run in freezing sleet.
Great achievement well done. Just to add to the words of warning - I actually gained weight when training for my first marathon. I ate what the schedule said but because I walked/slow jogged obviously didnt use the calories to burn it all off! And I was still hungry all the time too and craved sugar.
But it depends what your aims are. I walked the whole of my first marathon apart from the first and last miles. I loved every part of it and the feeling when I crossed the line was euphoric. That experience made me more determined to get fitter. I trained from nothing (couldnt even run 5mins - but I was a regular hiker so had some stamina) over 6 months and if I'd have put off to the next year don't think I would have maintained the momentum to do it all. Did you see the run for glory series a couple of years ago? They showed it was possible but they hurt /picked up injury so be prepared. I agree A GP check-up would be a good idea if you've not exercised much before.
You sound pretty determined. But I also agree that half marathons can be equally rewarding and there are some great ones for first-timers in spring such as Reading in April. That finishes in a stadium so a good buzz.
So yes, do an event - but chose carefully. Good luck whatever you decide.
So my thinking is this, Im gonna still attempt to be ready for the London 2010 as I feel a big target like that will keep me focused.
Before then I plan to get at least one race under my belt.
If I dont end up at the starting line on the 25th April it wont be the end of the world and like everyone has said there is always another race.
Thanks a lot everyone for the advice, I have taken everything on board and am so happy that I got a lot of advice.
Fingers crossed I can achieve my target and I will be doing everything I can to achieve it but I am aware of what I am asking of myself and will take each week as it comes.
Thanks again everyone.
Well done on the weight loss and starting your exercise program.
Um, sorry to inject a note of reality...but have you already entered for London? the ballot is now closed, so you'd need a charity place if you haven't already signed up. (And even if you did sign up, there is a high no-place rate in the ballot...I'm on my 5th year of entry without getting a place)
Maybe I should have mentioned this earlier lol
I didnt enter the ballot
I am applying for a Gold Bond ticket. My thinking is that if its meant to be I will get a place with the charity I have chosen. And if I dont, well then I'll have to look at a marathon later in the year and like many people have said will be the most sensible option.
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