From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.

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30/06/2012 at 23:01

thanks steph,

yes i intend to keep going, hope a bit more continually than i have managed this year!

01/07/2012 at 14:10
Well Sunday update...

Oh good this is hard work. 10.6k this morning. YIPEEEEEE

I have ran 1/4 of a marathon. That feels good because I have time to get better... But oh wow I'm soooo stiff now #ouchy

Oh... Have to change long run to Saturday next week because I'm at Silverstone for the F1 on Sunday. Somehow I won tickets via Sky (how good is that).

Need to work out if there is something I can do to help myself recover quicker. As I'm doing this and a lot longer from now on.

Steph
01/07/2012 at 15:25
Ohhhhh ibuprofen gel (cheap tesco version) is NICE, relaxing on my sore thigh.
02/07/2012 at 20:00
Went to sweatshop today I had done a water test before buying my pair of asics 2160s ... So had gait analysed.... ended up amongst his suggestions the 2170 hehe I got it right then when I guessed... So got myself a pair but he recommended a size larger then my 2160 so will have to run in them and see if he's rIght.

If so then I think others even though tighter fine for shorter runs but strt using new ones for long run once a week and the will be perfectly bedded in for October the 14th ... Ok may e got them a little early but partially I wanted to see if I was on th right track or if I was wearing cometely inappropriate style of trainers.
03/07/2012 at 21:35

hi steph,

ibuprofen gel doesnt do much for me, in fact, nothing.

i'll try voltarol next time as i'm told its stronger.

i had my jab in heel today - oh BOY was that SORE

hopefully might get a trot on friday, wish me luck

03/07/2012 at 21:45
Ohhh.... I have my fingers crossed that everything goes well... Good luck for Friday!

Staggered 8k tonight I find it really hard on Tuesdays as I have to drive 140 miles for work. Tired!
03/07/2012 at 21:51

my goodness thats a long trip to work!

thanks for your good luck -  i really hope so,

 

03/07/2012 at 21:53
Round trip just one day a week all other days I'm at my local office 400 meters from home<img src='/forum/smilies/wink_smiley.gif' /> might change my running day to mon or wed. Thinking of joining a gym down there n doing an hours cross training after work each Tuesday.
Edited: 03/07/2012 at 22:46
03/07/2012 at 22:47

Booktrunk - I used to do really heavy mileage at work, now I work in a workshop at home - its a 3 second jog!

I wear Asics 1160s at present. They are at least one size too big yet I still managed to lose two toe nails on my 1st marathon. They finally fell off tonight much to the disgust of my wife! I'm hoping Leicester will be fairly flat (seems to be from initial research)  - I had lots of steep downhills which caused the toe problems. I never had any problems with the feet on long runs.

Sarah - have you tried Biofreeze. Its one of many things I have tried, and on sore muscles its the first thing I reach for. Ibuprofen doesn't seen to help me. Voltoral do a pump spray 'Voltoral Active" which is pretty good, if a little expensive - it is stronger than the normal Voltoral and is probably the best you will get over the counter.

04/07/2012 at 12:50

afternoon all,

just to say thanks for all the support and humour.

i've realised (no, thats not quite true - my gentleman friend realised and then told me!) that i have been so focussed on not being able to go out for a trot, that i had completely overlooked the fact that my WALKING speed and distances had also decreased substantially.

so, i have decided i am not going to try running until i have build my walking back up to my brisk rate over my 'longer' route to work (2miles there, 2 back)

i really dont want to go thru all this pain again, so it'll be slow and steady for a while.

today foot PAIN FREE if i remember to walk steady and slow and not rush around, so i hope this will continue.

also-ran: thanks for the name of the spray, i'll remember it.

06/07/2012 at 07:48
Good luck!



I'm having a bad week, my sore thigh got worse last night when doing 8k do I ran 4 and limped 4. ;( bugger



Stuck ice on it when home now really upset and trying to work

Out what to do should I strap it up in some way or just leave it.



I'm going to skip ky long run and give it until Tuesday or Wednesday doing as little as possible, going to silver stone on sunday do have to walk then and at work rest of the time sit on my fat arse on the sofa resting it. Not sure what else I can do if anything to help it.



Annoyed, and frustrated, but I expected it would not be all smooth sailing so onwards and upwards.



Steph
Edited: 06/07/2012 at 07:48
06/07/2012 at 21:36

oh steph you do sound down!

just remember how well you have been doing, i'm sure you'll soon bounce back.

resting with feet up is a great time for catching up on reading the running mags gathering dust beside my chair . . .

get well soon!

07/07/2012 at 07:42
Booktrunk
Ice when you get in is good.

There are lots of things that can be done to speed recovery, and to eliminate muscle soreness (and I stress soreness, and not damage such as a tear).. Later, heat and stretching can be used. Self massage, and applying pressure to sore musces will aid in breaking down knots and scar tissue. I am a fan of using a foam roller as part of recovery, and also gentle movements and dynamic streching. Very gentle running,or even walking, will improve bloodflow through the muscles, and eliminate waste products.

Its worth trying different approaches to recovery now, so that when the mileage increases you will have a plan in place. On my first marathon I got a bit panicky every time something felt tight or sore, as I wasn't sure what todo about it.
07/07/2012 at 09:45

Hi Steph,

It's frustrating I know.  I want to do more (I always want 'more'), but I know enough to know that if I don't listen to my body, I'll knack meself.

How long have you got to the marathon now?

13/07/2012 at 20:44
BUGGER!! did some gym work but no running for 8 days still can feel the quad is painful... Arrrrgh what San I do in a gym to let it heal and still build my cardio stamina up.

It's annoying and quite stressful not being able to run on it.
13/07/2012 at 21:11
That sounds frustrating. Whenever I have had a strain, I have tended to hit the eliptical cross trainer. Its a lot easier on the muscles, and you can build up some good aerobic workouts. Its not running as we know it, but its close. I used this recently when I had a calf strain.

ps can't stand exercise bikes so didn't suggest that
13/07/2012 at 22:01

cheers thinking of also trying to get a physio appoitment. ouch at the money.

15/07/2012 at 20:33
Hello.

How am I doing?

Well I've fallen in love with deep heat rubbing n spraying my leg has helped a lot, also using my new reebok green roller thing

My thigh problem just feels a lot better this weekend did a small 2k run Friday night to see how it is. Well it hurt, and I was annoyed. But since feeling a lot better.

So today I decided to go to a gym and do my run on a treadmill. I know it's easier but it's about building my cardio stamina so set it slow, and ran 10 miles /16k in 2h 10m slow I know but bloody hell I managed to do it and now feel so much better. Yes it's indoor (aircon was broke, so bloody hot) this week is 2x8 and 1x5 recovery after my first 10 miler.

So I am still hanging in there and yes I am so slow but am still on target to just about do my marathon, which given my lack of fitness level when I ran for first time means, from being down in the week I am now up and excited.

Steph
15/07/2012 at 21:12

Sounds like a great turnaround Steph - 10 miles is a great milestone to hit.

Keep up with the roller - even when things feel fine. I like to use a hot water bottle from time to time to get some heat into a sore muscle, and then stretch it immediately after.

Keep on running

20/07/2012 at 12:24

So the thigh issue is back complete rest from Wed to next Wed.  I've downloaded lots of info on sports massage for a thigh / quad strain and oh is doing a full leg massage then concentrating on that muscle each day for the next week.  I'm doing sod all apart from going to work and sitting on the sofa, not even walking the dog the oh will do that.  One complete weeks rest in a last ditch attempt to heal it.

If that doesn't work, then darn i guess i will have to get used to it hurting.

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