From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.

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24/02/2013 at 19:20

Booktrunk, the rest may well do your body good and help your return to fitness

Txs Daeve and whilst I'd love to do a sub 5 I just need to finish to get a pb lol. Good luck with your training.

Txs Jen, have just started reading Born to Run - more a novel than running book but will add The Art of Running Faster to my wishlist. Good luck with your LSR

24/02/2013 at 19:30
Ohhh I'm also going a bit wild on this fitness lark. I've signed up for swimming lessons at Loughborough uni.. 41 and I cannot swim first lesson 20th march. Wish me luck
24/02/2013 at 19:35

well done BT! so, you going for a tri then?

24/02/2013 at 19:43
Might do .... Depends on if I can actually swim bit of a coward....
24/02/2013 at 19:44
Oh... And bikes seem to cost a bloody fortune!
24/02/2013 at 19:55

yup, my elder brother bikes and 'needs' a different one for road/trail/velodrome - thats about what my car is worth! And your not alone with the swimming, I could probably get to the shore if I fell in but not with any style!

24/02/2013 at 20:13

So 11 months ago I was just under 16 stone. I love WeightWatchers and running.


24/02/2013 at 20:54

WOW, that's excellent -well done Booktrunk! shall rename you booksatchel  ;)

26/02/2013 at 17:43

So it's been 10 days since my last run, as I have a sore knee and I decided to go out for what was meant to be a gentle jog.... 5 or so km.

I did the first 2km in 12:30 then got carried away I finished 5km in 29:34 my first ever sub 30m time for 5km!!!

I am really chuffed that I've got below 30m now I can stop messing about with shorter distances and concentrate on going further

I'm so happy.
26/02/2013 at 20:20

Congratulations Booktrunk! Resting your bad knee has obviously worked for you - pop in tomorrow and tell us how your knee is holding up

So, is it this thread that is getting results or adding Chia seeds to my morning shake?

Since starting back (hopefully) properly I'm concentrating on stamina prior to starting my marathon training in 9 weeks, 10 days ago I couldn't run a mile before a walk break and tonight I went out for a 5 mile jog knowing I wouldn't 'run' the whole way because there is a very steep hill 1/2 mile from home that I always walk up. The run was going well so rather than turn around at 2.5 miles I went on a little thinking my 5 miles would end at the foot of the hill by home.

Guess what, I felt so good that I managed a full 5 miles without stopping in (just) under an hour and with an average HR of 67% AND I ran up the hill without stopping making it 5.45 miles.

So, that completes my targets for the end of March - need to set some more rather than rest on my laurels

26/02/2013 at 20:41
Awesome, a combination of hard work, and talking about it does help. I sometimes wanted to stop but didn't because I wanted to say I did x. All these little things help when you are starting to get tired

When I did my marathon I had my iPhone in a pocket with garmin live tracking enabled and I had friends on Facebook etc... Following my progress. (Including working out where I had my poo break) but I really do believe talking ups the motivation.
26/02/2013 at 21:03

lol at the poo breaks being monitored and yes, having accountable targets helps me go just that little bit further

10k without a walk break in 72 minutes is my next goal (and of course under 70% of max hr).

26/02/2013 at 23:14

Nice one both of you

Sub 30!  The times are really dropping, I remember when I hit my first sub 30 for 5K last year after a couple of months of thinking it was too hard work it really motivated me.  Only 7 seconds per kilometre faster to go sub 29!

26/02/2013 at 23:24
I know and if you looked at the splits....

1k 6:20
2k 6.11
3k 5:47
4k 5:43
5k 5:33

35 seconds I needed to take off... Look at the first two km

If only..... Hehe... No I should short term settle for that and concentrate on longer runs... Would love to get it down though
26/02/2013 at 23:56

Txs Daeve and booktrunk, am pretty sure if you move to longer runs now then do a parkrun/5k trial once a month your time will come down even more I've not done it for a couple of months (so thanks for reminding me) but used to do a 1k,1 mile, 5k and 10k at the start of every month. My current 1, 5 & 10k's are slow but comparable on the macmillan site but my mile time is way too slow - shall test them again in March

Edited: 26/02/2013 at 23:57
27/02/2013 at 08:37

Great update Steph, seems your rest did you good. I'm with Andi on his Parkrun suggestion - it will come down more, just by virtue of regular comparison with how you're doing with the rest of the runners (and age group!) and  I found it useful just to be running with a big group as  found I tend to push myself a bit more.

And chai seeds added to shopping list!

28/02/2013 at 22:09

10.5km in 68m

It really is hard work when you go out for a run straight after work, feels very good, but still it's hard work, should be great for burning fat as I'd only had 400 calories all day and the ran off 720 ish


28/02/2013 at 22:14

Well done booktrunk! Have had a couple of days off but set a target of 75 miles in March so best get out tomorrow

02/03/2013 at 23:06

How's everyone doing?

Just thought I'd pop in and say when I started my base training almost 3 weeks ago I could not run more than 1.5 miles before taking a walk break and todays run was 7.03 miles without a single walk break - am well chuffed with my progress and whilst slow at 12 min miles my pre training training plan says I should go even slower (so might try that lol).

It's now beer o'clock so cheers

02/03/2013 at 23:13
That's fantastic

My OH took our dog out for a walk and I met up with him after having a run.

I did 14:4km (9 miles) in 1:35:41 around 10:40 per mile. then walked a couple of km back to the car with the oh and dog.
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