Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.
Oh wow. 28k. That's huge. Well done!! *wanders out of the thread all awed*
I am absolutely in awe of you. You are such an inspiration. Good luck for 14th October, I'll be rooting for you.
Have you always been so driven? I can understand wanting to lose a little weight and set yourself a challenge but from nothing to a marathon in 22 weeks is practically Ranulph Fiennes territory!
I've just restarted running after a long gap and am following a 10k plan using a treadmill - would prefer to run outside but need someone with me to chivvy me along and take my mind off wanting to stop. Now when I feel like giving up I think of what you've achieved. (still haven't ventured outside thou' in case it's even harder than I think it'll be ). Well done you!
I know. Hubby is a runner but he can't run as slow as me (it's quite a skill) so I keep plodding on the treadmill.I 've decided that even indoor running is better than no running at all so will probably continue on tready for a bit and maybe do the odd Sunday run outside in daylight.
I fancy doing the GEAR 10k in Kings Lynn but it's not till May so I should probably find something a bit sooner. TBH I just want to enjoy running and am looking forward to a (distant) time when I'm actually enjoying it rather than wondering how soon I can stop!
Glad its all coming together for you.
By the way....
The reason I have been silly and done it like this all in one big hit is that unlike some people i'm not very good at motivating myself without a target, so unlike dippy and others I would find it next to impossible to just go out and run, without a specific target in mind, i'd just end up snuggled up on the sofa. But when I have a target, then that's the motivation I need to keep me going.
So those of you that are just out running for the sake of it, don't go wow, i'm no different if anything I think you are better runners because you are running for the pure love of it. I seem to have to have this goal to keep me going. Hence the fact that i've already signed up to do the LakeLand 50 next Juy the 27/28th in 1 day. That is the motivation I need to keep me going after this.
I'm going to sign up for another Marathon around the end of April/May as that will be a nice warm up for my long run and will ensure that i'm keeping fit in the meantime. I'm thinking of signing up for a 10k around Feb/March to ensure i keep going through winter, and I also want to do parkruns, but my first official run is going to be my first marathon, and i'm scared to do anything else apart from my training up to then in case i pull a muscle or anything. I'm really paranoid, hehe and it's still ages away.
It sounds like you know yourself, and what motivates you, so good on you for finding the right button and hitting it. Whatever works. Best of luck on 14th Oct, although luck isn't necessary when you have hard work and perseverance
I suggest on the day, use every water station but dont drink all they give you, a few mouthfuls is fine, especially if it is a full bottle at each station.
You're doing great- now use these last few weeks to "groove" marathon pace, so that it just feels right- allow for a slow-down after about 18/20 miles, but don't get disheartened on race day if you feel like sh*t at some point- it is usually something you can run through. I'm doing my 8th marathon in 1 week. I've not done a single 20 miler in trainig, so you are ahead of me there.
It's good advice to try out everything that you need on race day- what breakfast re you going to have? How long before ( do you need to travel to the race?), are you going to try to drinks that they provide, or carry your own?
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