From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.

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21/05/2012 at 20:43
Being naughty and spending some money on myself this month getting a garmin watch. I like the idea of a virtual partner etc... Hehe will see what it's like when it arrives mid wee.

Also thinking about going to the gym but being a bit of a whale I'm rather shy about that, hehe not sure what to do at home I guess work on general core fitness. Nothing to strenuous, don't want any injuries.
24/05/2012 at 22:25
2k jog followed by a 2k walk each night for the last 3 nights. Hard work with the heat Got 4k on Sunday which for a fat cow is hard. Thinking I might do it at 8am shouldn't be to hot.

Diet still working so getting lighter lost 27 lbs in 9 weeks.

Still large 13 st +
27/05/2012 at 09:23
Weekly update

So 9.5 weeks of dieting lost 29 lbs do just over 2 stone still fat.

27 days of jogging, I did 4km this morning, still on schedule. Also did a 10km hike yesterday.

I am down from BMI 37.5 to 32.5, I can now fit ins pair of Nike shorts. Down from 22/20 to size 16.

still aiming for my 14th October marathon. I'm a heck of a lot healthier than I was when I started dieting on 21st march.

29/05/2012 at 21:30

wow steph!

well done you!

your weight loss is tremendous.

did you create your own '0 to marathon' plan or could you tell me where i could see it?

i'm down 2st 13lbs since last june, and have completed NHS couch to 5k programme last autumn.

(restarted it last week as i've had months doing nothing last autumn)


29/05/2012 at 22:17
Hi sarah

I created it on website, I've downloaded it as a PDF if you can send private messages on here drop me your email and I'll send you a copy.
01/06/2012 at 08:09
Hi Steph, just wanted to say a huge congratulations for what you have achieved so far, I have a huge amount of respect for you taking on this challenge! I am doing a similar thing, although not with the weight loss, more a combination of wanting to be fit and to achieve something I can be really proud of that is completely independent of my life as a new(ish) mum! My daughter is now just about to turn 18 months and I feel the need to have something in my life for myself again (although she is coming on all of my runs with me at the moment in a running pram).

I just started my 'up to fitness' training yesterday and am planning 6 weeks of that followed by a 16 week marathon training schedule. I am running the new forest half marathon as training on the 23rd September and then Luton marathon on November 18th so my training schedule has about 2 weeks spare to account for a small amount of missed training if I need it.

I have never ran a long distance race before but am lucky enough that my fianc?? is running fanatic so is able to give me so much advice and support, do let me know if you have any questions or anything and I can ask him. He has ran 3 marathons in 3 days before and is training to run 8 marathons in 8 days through the Swiss alps in September so he really is an expert!

Would be so good to keep reading your updates as we are on such a similar path and our races are only a month apart!

01/06/2012 at 08:24
Hi Casey will do, I'm planning to try to update after my long Sunday runs well long for me.

18 month old baby and running that is so impressive. I have the day off today, so just getting up and going to drag my dog out on a 3k.
01/06/2012 at 21:34

evening casey and steph,

steph, how much smaller are you hoping to get to? you've shrunk impressively already!

i have lost 3stone and am 15st 10.5lbs at 5' 8" and about size 18, and 'the experts' say my goal weight should be around 10stone! i'm aiming for 13stone and see what everything is like then.

casey, gosh you have determination to get out running with a small child, well done you!

you both sound as if you'll make it.

i ran this morning, went ok, but early days yet.

have a great weekend all.

02/06/2012 at 00:03

Big challange mate! but possible, your asics training is it only a phisical training? I think the most important training you need to archieve this goal is your mental training.


If you are not following any mental training with your phisical training, higly suggest you to do so.

03/06/2012 at 10:57

I started running last year to lose weight and got from not being able to run 2 mile in April to finishing Chester marathon in 3:53 in October so it can be done. Good luck!

03/06/2012 at 18:51
Sarah: in an ideal world I need to loose another 3 stone!! Realistically I'd love to get to 11st 6, then maybe see if I can get to 10:13 but ideally should be around 9:13 but never been that as an adult. I'm now 16 fro most things the odd thing is 18. This week I got myself a Nike top in large, could 't even fit xl a month ago.

Lokomp interesting re mental side. Regarding that I'm just a very stop born cow so told myself I would be fine, will see how it goes but think mentally I'm enjoying it as a challenge and have you lot to help if I flag

GazOC: that is amazing. There's hope for me yet;)
03/06/2012 at 18:58
Ohh today. I did my first 5k pissing down with rain and windy. Loved it the rain was fantastic compared to the heat.

Did all 5k somehow did it without stopping, and I have this awful habit of staring at my garmin watch, didn't look once till over halfway<img src='/forum/smilies/wink_smiley.gif' />

Twp weeks ago was my first three, last week first four, today first five. Each time my average time per km has improved by 1 second per km<img src='/forum/smilies/wink_smiley.gif' />

It's funny, not run in rain before, but for some daft reason I spent the first couple of minutes trying to avoid the deep muddy puddles and realised my feet were soaking anyway and I should stop pissing about, splashed straight through the next puddle and felt better. I'm used to walking my dog in waterproof shoes, so my trainers being so porous is a diffent feeling.

It went so well I'm still officially slower than a slow thing on a slow day. But, I am so happy with myself ran/jogged it all, no aches heart rate rose steadily throughout the who run to a peak of 152 right at the end.

Edited: 03/06/2012 at 19:03
03/06/2012 at 20:26
Hi Stephanie

I'm returning from Achilles/plantarus injury which resulted in surgery, that has put me out of any exercise for 2 years. Was initially told I would never be able to run again due the tendons continuing to rupture, during this time I managed to gain 3 stone in weight. Have now had the surgery and lost over two stone in weight, surgery was a total success and I can now run again, even though it's a slow pace. Your thread is a total inspiration, I'm aiming to do a marathon eventually, but realistically a 10k before Xmas, as I really don't want to undo all the good work my surgeon has done putting me back together.
03/06/2012 at 20:37
Hi Dee.

Thanks for your comments

Congrats on loosing the weight. Good luck with the training, I agree it makes sense to take it very slow and steady, as injuring it again would be a nightmare. Good luck!! and keep us updated
03/06/2012 at 21:55

Good luck!

I'm starting from 0 to H/M in September after being roped in by one of my crazy clients!

I'm very excited though as I'm loving the training!

Hope you do well!

05/06/2012 at 12:19
Did another 5k, felt like hell yesterday I was stupid, I tried running on my day off ended up doing 2.5k but also walked another 8k with the dog. So I was a lot more tired than I should have been today.

Anyway, I managed to stagger around 5km in 10 seconds less than it took me on Sunday.

Tired, but happy.

12.5k ran and around 14k walked with the dog since Sunday morning.
05/06/2012 at 12:28

Keep at it!

We like reading about your running

I ran 5k for the first time yesterday!

05/06/2012 at 13:30
Friday evening is my last 3k. From Sunday they are all a minimum of 5.

Starting to feel like I'm actually a very, very, junior runner now
09/06/2012 at 13:00


10/06/2012 at 14:14


It's Sunday so time for my long run.  Which i know is not a long run for most of you but for me it is. 5K and well umm err normally it's along dirt tracks and fields by the canal, went on a different part of the canal, and this was more paved, so a lot smoother, so... my third ever 5K and this was 4 MINUTES quicker than the two that I did last week.  What an imporovement, and my heart rate monitor said I did over half of it in the 4+ Range that it says is greatly improving my cardio vascular system.  So very happy, will be slower probably when i do it in the week on the different course.

Anyway it's done I now have a 5K on Tuesday and Friday as well, and my first 7K next Sunday. But, everything is at least 5k now.  I just realised that I have one more week, and then i'm in the 16 week countdown to the Marathon. 

I'm a little scared at that thought, as compared to lots of people on here i'm so slow and crap. Oh well onwards and upwards.

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