Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.
It's good you are giving your body a good recovery, this is the key to fitness - Rest. 4 runs a week is enough for your first marathon. Your 7ks will become 10ks then 12ks, 15ks etc then it will be miles - 10,12,14,16,18.
I would completely ignore anyone telling you about how hard the training is - this is simply negativity. You can do it and that is all that matters. The worst part of a marathon is the training but not the marathon itself - you will be greatly surprised your performance on race day.
The training is the key. Build up to 18 miles and you will complete the marathon. When you get to long distances in training 14 miles or more, give yourself a break every other week to the next long run. Recovery is the Key.
I'm not really panicing, but........ I just realised that it's 4 months today that I run my first Marathon.
I'm going to do a 5K tonight out of nervousness
Sunday is my first 7K then I have a few of them upto the 1st of July when I have my first 10K but it's starting to feel real now that it is only 4 months away. One third of a year.
For all of you that are in a similar position to me, I have to say it's scary and fantastic all at once. 121 days 16hours and 30 minutes
I don't know if I want to jump up and down with excitement or if I want to curl up in a ball and cry. The excitement side always just wins out, and hopefully when i've got a few longer runs under my belt the confidence cannot help but rise.
Not really a run related post, just a post on the emotional side of running a marathon.
Have fun all of you that are in similar positions.
I wonder if the excitement wears off after a few marathons, or if it's then just as exciting about personal bests, or going to say a different part of the country, or a different country to run one.
What an inspirational thread! Well done, booktrunk, you've got some balls. Please stay injury free and get over that line.
I'm not as brave as yourself; I plan to do my first marathon in April 2013! Thats couch to marathon in about 18 months.
You can do it booktrunk! Ignore any negative comments about a marathon being a serious undertaking that you can't do. Ignore it completely. You are a serious runner and that is all that matters - continue with your training. My best marathon time was based on 3 qualtity runs a week after years of 4/5 day sessions that got me nowhere. "Rest" is so important.
whoever said this is an inspirational thread was right! i have just read thru from my last visit and feel v excited just by reading it - do you think there might be a vicarious calorie loss here??? i really do feel good??? lol
Steph, you're doing sooo well, of COURSE you're a runner, my god, you're running over 5k! regularly and improving all the time - YOU ARE A RUNNER.
i'm earth-bound again for a while - plantar fasciitis is killing me, even walking.
still, i'll be back . . . .
any tips or tricks to healing would be appreciated - i do the stretching, but walk everywhere so cant 'rest' much.
good luck to everyone
I'm really enjoying this post; keep on typing up your progress, Steph.
Inspired by your progress, I've swapped marathons from Apr 2013 to one in Jan 2013 (Gloucester marathon). I'm just working on my basic fitness; not building on the miles on my long run till about September; though I can run about 10 miles now.
What is your basic weekly running shedule, just out of interest?
ooo i do so envy you all!
its a lovely sunny morning here in newark and i am still earth-bound.
i have gel heel pads and ibuprofen gel, and the promise of an injection if required, for my p.f.
but in the meantime . . . .
steph you're an inspiration! bet your dog doesnt know whats hit it!
walking is a good balance to running, as we know, same muscles in different intensity and movement, plus using others.
time to think about movement.
if you have your dog off the lead at all, exaggerated arm movements through whole range, under control (not loose swinging till warm down) will add upper body too. just a thought . .
(not a very interesting post. but i enjoy all of your runs vicariously, well done!)
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