Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.
Ive been reading this amazing jouney youve been on steph, and gotta say your inspirational. good luck sunday but think you wil p**s it..EASY
Wow, Steph your journey really is inspiring. I'm just at the beginning of the same kind of journey ready to run the Edinburgh Marathon next May. I have never been able to run and could also do with losing weight so reading your story has really helped me get motivated. I did my first ever "run" on Monday - 2 mins of running, 3 mins of walking x7 and that felt hard enough! The journey to marathon fitness felt very, very far away and an impossible one to get to so thank you for writing this. It has really made me believe this is not only possible but worthwhile and a life affirming journey to go on. Good luck! You're going to be amazing.
I've spent a couple of hours today reading through this thread from the beginning and I just had to put finger to keyboard to tell you that you are a truly inspirational person, you should be phenomenally proud of yourself, and I'm sure you're going to nail it this Sunday!
A couple of things you said really stood out for me:
booktrunk wrote (see)
Oh I have developed this really weird and embarrassing habit, wonder if anyone else has it, when I am trying to relax and take a long breath out I sometimes end up almost like a horse breathing out and my lips wobble and I almost sound horsey, I almost have to stop running and laugh at myself.
I've just started training for my first marathon (Madrid, April 2013) and the horse breathing is something I've quickly made friends with! The other thing you said that resonated with me was this:
I can be a little stubborn at times this might sound daft, but I became ashamed of myself. I felt that I had got lazy and let myself go, so I'm being pretty harsh with myself a boot camp to get my self pride back
This really is nail on the head stuff - I feel exactly the same way, and I thank you for carrying the torch of inspiration throughout this thread.
Good luck on Sunday, I'm sure you'll be great!
I've got a big grin on my face reading this.
I'm at work trying to concentrate and not doing a very good job of it. Even my colleagues are getting excited and i'm getting good luck emails and phone calls.
I'm thinking of making some fresh pasta tonight as much to keep me occupied as anything
And so you should have a big you have trained hard, and slow but sure all your plans are coming together. Enjoy every minute of it.
That's fantastic! Very good luck for Sunday!!!
I have not read all the posts to this thread. But over the past 6 errks or so of coming in, I have seen some highs and lows of people in this thread.
Booktrunk/Steph? you have worked so hard for this moment, enjoy every minute of it.
Don't worry about not being able able to sleep and being excited, its all part of your experience. After all being a an adult is like being a big kid. Hope that made sense.
Hi Sinbad, nice to see you! how's training going for Manchester?
Steph, your enthusiasm is contagious! I, looking forward to tomorrow too. Will look out for you although your description is a bit vague!
Just one more sleep!
Hi Jen, its going slow but sure, thanks for asking.
I forgot you said you were both running in the same marathon. Have a great run you two
Sinbad, It's Steph doing the marathon, I'm just the half! Glad your training is going well, Mines pretty much always slow but happy to keep plodding on.
Steph, I'm 837 (with my chip now firmly placed back in the bib!) and your suggestion of a big ribeye has me going all Homer Simpson..
Lol with Jen and Steph, im still a little confused sort of . So your doing a half marathon, and booktrunk the full marathon.
Jen, Im the size of Homer Simpson so can, but slowly losing the weight.
Booktrunk, depends how your going to cook the steak, mines well done please
Just thought that I would come one and wish you both a fantastic run Sunday. I'm convinced it will go great for you both.
I may not catch you if I leave to add a post later.
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