First London Marathon!!!!!

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21/08/2012 at 08:07

Hi - just found out I have a place in the London Marathon next year and need all the help & advice I can get!!!!!! Any tips out there for a novice like me?!!

21/08/2012 at 08:15
What is your fitness level at the moment Hilly and how many miles can/are you running?
21/08/2012 at 08:46

How did you find out so early ? thought it wasnt until October ?

21/08/2012 at 10:15


3.30 or bust - you're right that it's not until October that we hear the results.

21/08/2012 at 10:49

GFA Entries are confirmed already too.

I'm in and it'll be my first London. The best possible advice is to spend the next few months, up to the 16th December getting used to running lots of miles.

When you start an 18 week plan you need to find the training levels comfortable already, which means having done long runs of up to 16 miles and weekly volumes of 50 plus wherever possible.

21/08/2012 at 10:52

Not knowing what your current level is I'd say start now if you are a complete novice, don't leave it till December when most plans start.

21/08/2012 at 11:25

If you are a novice I wouldn't try running 50 miles a week!

build up gradually from whatever level you are at now. Have you done any running at all?

21/08/2012 at 13:12
For my first marathon (Paris 2009) I started building up my base training in October. Making sure that by the end of the year I could comfortably run 8 miles at a steady pace without walking. I was also running 3 / 4 times per week. This made the transition into a proper training programme a lot easier in January.
21/08/2012 at 14:02

Get yourself to HM fitness by Christmas and then find a 16 week marathon plan that fits your targets for the big day.  But all of the above will depend where you are at now

21/08/2012 at 16:02

I applied via the Tadworth Children's Trust last week, they e-mailed me on Friday! So far, the most I have managed to run is 3 miles! I'm thinking of trying the jog / walk training that I've seen on line from the end of September, also theres a local 5k at the end of October but not sure if I should be aiming higher?


21/08/2012 at 16:20

There's also the couch to 5k programme that's popular.  Get started now

21/08/2012 at 17:42
I too already have a place (GFA). I have already started doing 18 mile long runs at the weekend as well as some speed work in the week.
21/08/2012 at 17:57
But it's only August???
21/08/2012 at 18:58
Need to make sure that you're fully prepared!

I know a friend went from 0-26miles in 2 years because she was taking it nice and steady. It's just the pace she wanted to build on
22/08/2012 at 22:44

Can never start too early.  Currently doing around 40 to 45 miles a week plus gym session.  Will ramp it up in January.  Besides I enjoy doing long runs.

23/08/2012 at 09:57

Good for you Surrey Runner. Good luck with the training

23/08/2012 at 10:56

Hilary: congratulations on your place, and on starting thinking about this now, not waiting until January.

Start running regularly now and gradually increasing what you do. I'd suggest starting with three runs a week, always with at least one rest day in between runs.  Find an online "couch to 5K" programme and see how far along that you are - if you can run 3 miles, you're there already (5k is 3.1 miles) so you could already go find a local parkrun and do that on Saturdays - they're great, fun, friendly and free! (Just remember to register online beforehand and take your parkrun ID with you). 

Once you've got to the end of a 5K programme, find say a 10-12 week half-marathon training program (they usually require you to be able to run 20-30 minutes in one go at the start) and follow that - try to find an actual half-marathon to do when you get to the end (a nice friendly local one, perhaps). Once you've completed that, start a marathon training programme appropriate for your speed. If you think it's too early to start the marathon programme, then start increasing the length of your long slow run, and work up to four or even five runs a week.

Note: once you get to a marathon training programme, I'd advise you to start it at least two weeks early - so, if it's a 16-week programme, try to start it 18 weeks before the marathon. That way, if you're out of running for a week or two at any point due to illness (e.g. bad cold) or injury, you're not panicking and worrying that you won't get enough long runs in (a theme that comes up repeatedly in the "Heath & Injury" forum).

28/08/2012 at 19:09
Thanks all for your advice. I cannot believe this but I got my route wrong and in fact, I can only run a mile! Panic has set in!! I plan to walk/jog, at least I can power walk at this stage!!!
28/08/2012 at 21:35

you still have a lot of time

google 'coach to 5k' - this is a plan to get you running up to 3 miles, follow that then start working towards 10K

so long as you start now and take it steady you have lots of time

29/08/2012 at 20:04
Thanks mathschick! Managed a mile in the rain tonight so feeling better!!!
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