Is a marathon a good idea?

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26/02/2003 at 19:56
Hi everyone,

Just looking for a bit of advice quickly...

I was thinking of running the Edinburgh marathon in June, but I've never done any kind of formal running race. I currently run 10K 3 or 4 times a week to keep fit, and am well used to hiking 20+ miles. Am I deluding myself to think that I could train for a marathon?

26/02/2003 at 20:16
Its a dreadful idea

You will lose all your toenails and get taken over by the training and become a running bore
Oh and you wont be able to walk after, and youll get a nasty virus within the next month

But if its an ambition


Im doing my second, its no easier
26/02/2003 at 20:35
Well, why not? It probably won't feel like a good idea at say, 18 miles, but it'll be too late to change your mind by then, so go for it. . . .
26/02/2003 at 20:58

TH - of course it's not a good idea - how can running 26.2 miles be a good idea?

But somehow that's part of the attraction!!

But if you insist . . . if you hike 20m regularly then you're used to spending time on your feet. So you need to extend a couple of your runs each week. I'd find a schedule on this site and go for it.

What have you got to lose?

Apart from toenails, general health, the ability to walk and most of your friends?
26/02/2003 at 21:09
One slight problem might be that I am pretty sure the ballot has closed for this. Means that the only way to get in will be with a charity place, which might be a large amount to guarantee to raise.
26/02/2003 at 21:29
Anyone thinking of doing the potteries marathon?
26/02/2003 at 22:20
no more PLEASE
26/02/2003 at 22:23
I don't think I could walk a marathon, let alone run one.
27/02/2003 at 09:05
It's a terrible idea, Thomas. To run a marathon "properly", you need at least a year of consistent running behind you, followed by 6 months of marathon-specific training.

Fortunately, there's no rule that says you have to run it "properly", and if you want a marathon and you want it NOW then go for it. If you can hike 20+ miles your ability to finish is not in any doubt.

I'd certainly advise securing a place as quickly as possible (there are only charity places left for Edinburgh now) and getting stuck into a 12-week training programme ASAP. You will need those long runs.

I hope you have a great race!

Cheers, V-rap (I've been there - I completed a marathon with the worst possible preparation and enjoyed it all apart from the three hours spent on the last eight miles...)

Ps. Marathons are a silly idea anyway. Let's run till we've got no fuel left in our legs, then try to run some more...if Pheidippides had been a woman, the story might have been very different.

27/02/2003 at 12:37
good point Vrap.
A woman would have set off sooner so she didn't have to run the whole way. And she wouldn't have collapsed and died at the end either.
Why ARE we running a marathon?
19/10/2003 at 13:34
I have just joined up to run the Edinburgh marathon in June to raise money for CHAS. I am quite a new runner. Furthest I normally run is 10k - any advice for how to make it :o)
19/10/2003 at 21:02
03/11/2003 at 12:05
Any other FLM 04 beginners want to try working through one of the schedules with me. I'm aiming to start the 'intermediate'. Come on, you KNOW you want to
28/11/2003 at 14:22

I have been looking at the intermediate schedule as well:I think I have a place in flm:It will be
a club place which gets confirmed next week.If I get it this shall be my 3rd marathon that I
will be doing although my times have not been that brilliant:pb-edinburgh 5:35,when I went to do dublin
I had a tummy bug the week before,and a few personnel problems on the day so my time their was
6:00 hrs,and I was pretty upset at that.Although I did finish it.

Now with flm around the corner,I would really like to get a decent time to finsih:I would like
to complete in around 4.00-4.30.I really want to get the time down dramatically.Am I being
realistic about this?? or is this just for faster runners.

My 10k time is 59.00:And also for half marathon times is 2hrs 28mins.Has anyone any advice
on what schedule to go for,I have been running for about two yrs now.Any advice greatly

28/11/2003 at 15:58
Not done a marathon so not really qualified to say yes or no! However, done a few half marathons and they can be challenging enough! The big problem I see with training for marathons is the time committment required. It can be bad enough for halfs. Weigh up the fact that you need to do regular training runs, quite often at distances of around 20 miles, work out the time needed to cover the distance, to warm up, warm down, change, shower etc and you realise that each training run is going to demmand several hours of your time. Big question is whether your job/lifestyle has room for such a big committment.
28/11/2003 at 16:53
Hi daisybop

I think you should just aim to get a PB, and chip away at those times gradually. After all you know how various things can affect race day so don't set your sights too high. You're not going to give up marathon running, are you?

If you can get the training in, maybe do a 2.20 half marathon (your 10k time shows you are capable of that), then you should be able to do a sub 5 hour, which will be a huge improvement, and also another milestone.

Of course, as you know, all depends on the training.....
01/12/2003 at 14:07
Hi Lms & Shades,

Thanks for the advice:I think I will go ahead and try and start the intermediate programme,and
see how I get on:Should find out on thursday if I have the club place.Lms I have the time
and also the commitment to train for a marathon which is a good thing also.Thanks for the advice.

Shades cheers,maybe I am trying to set my sights to high to fast.So I will just go and chip away
at my pb best and hopefully shall manage to get a sub 5 fingers crossed,that all the training
goes well.

Bye for now
03/12/2003 at 16:50
Hi guys, Daisybop you are well qualified with those splits for a 4:00-4:30 marathon. Last year was my first and despite the heat, the amount of people etc etc I "comfortably" ran at 4:29, and my times for 10k, 10m and 1/2's were very comparable with yours. It is the most humbling day with 1m people cheering you on and I jogged and enjoyed the atmosphere, this time I will run it and am aiming for 4:00. So decide what you want from your first marathon; run to soak up the day (I can't put it into words how amazing it is) or run it for a challenge.
Don't get hung up on the distance - before you know it on the day you are running over London Bridge and that is 13 miles!
G-Sport    pirate
06/12/2003 at 14:07
it is possible for anybody .
i managed it recently, with almost no racing experience .
first ever marathon in october -venice, managed 4hr 25 mins, the last 6 miles were horribly slow and more mentally tough than i expected. but i could still walk around sightseeing the next day which amazed me, i expected to be crippled for a week or more!!
if i did it anyone can.

good luck

11/12/2003 at 12:22
Absolutely not! I ran first one two years ago- London - having hated running formal races since days of school cross country!Only did the 16 weeks of training, was probably less fit than you are now and did 4.30 and going back this year to beat it. Go for it! (just make sure you've got someone to drive you home afterwards!)
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