Is this your 1st Marathon, no matter which one

anyone doing their first marathon other than the VLM?

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28/04/2013 at 20:36

  Well done russellelly! Brilliant time! I completed Madrid in 04:48:52 and I'm also very happy. I've posted my race report here.

How did you go, fids?

28/04/2013 at 20:40

Russel and Perezoso, very well done on your times. Excellent efforts for first timers.

29/04/2013 at 05:22

So, race report...

On Saturday, I was feeling so nervous. Felt like I was mad for even trying, but carbed up (chips are carbs, right?) and got a relatively early night. Slept surprisingly well (despite marathon dreams) and woke up in good time. A few slices of toast, and went to the bus stop. Except, the road was closed becuase of the marathon and there were no buses! It was only 3km, but I could have done without it. Got to the start just on time.

Started off right at the back with the 5:00 pace group, but despite trying very hard to pace myself I just couldn't stick to their pace, I think I was just bursting with energy because of the event. Settled into 10min/mile pace which felt right. 

The start of the race was the most scenic, taking in the Rynek (main market square) and the castle. Was feeling good, but still very aprehensive that there was such a long way to go, so much untested (my longest run had been 16 miles, 7 weeks before the race!). Saw my mum at mile 6 which was a boost, and also saw a student from the school I work in who was racing, we shouted encouragement at each other.

From halfway to mile 20 felt like a long way, and my right knee started feeling sore.  Took a few walking breaks (of a minute or so) which seemed to help. Also had some spray on it by the medical folk.

Mile 20 came, didn't really feel 'the wall', but obviously was getting tired. Managed to pass a fair number of people, even as my own pace was dropping. I think at that point I knew I could do it, so just felt less pressure. There was a horrible loop for the last 1km which was a real stuggle as I could see the end but was having to go away from it first. Nevertheless, I finished! 4:36:42, which given I was worried about the 6 hour cutoff was incredible.

The race was so cheap and well-organised, can definitely recommend it for anyone thinking about next year. Thanks for all the support on the thread, has helped along the way

29/04/2013 at 07:15

Well done to everyone that raced over the weekend. I've just entered the ballot for London marathon again so fingers crossed.

29/04/2013 at 17:20

Hi All,

Wow some fantastic running well done russell and Peresozo and others.

Well I'm finally back in training, Sunday and Monday did 5k. I'm so trying very hard to just follow my own running, not Hal Higdon or others. But I'm so impressed with all your running keep at it!!

Welcome to new comers, never did I think 200 posts ago that this thread would would seem to be growing from strength to strength.

For those who have run thier first marathons, your experience is very welcomed in here for those hoping to do their own first time marathon later this year.

But I would like to add that I have noticed that people wander elsewhere after their first marathon which is natural, yet. I feel that its so important to keep hold of contacts and running friends already built up over the months here. I hope this happens.

I'm up and down at the moment, with the thread, as its the sailing season, and am only just learning how to use the internet on my own mobile. But I will try my best to keep up with you all.

Happy training.

Edited: 29/04/2013 at 17:22
29/04/2013 at 20:23

Well done Russelelly & Perezoso....fantastic times...!!

Russelelly.....u done amazingly considering your longest run was only 16 miles...!! You must be really proud...!!

I've put in for the ballot for london 2014 too...!!  

30/04/2013 at 06:21

Good luck with the ballot fruityloops!

30/04/2013 at 11:00

  For all those London-bound, good luck with the ballot!

  Today I'm still in full on recovery mode after Sunday's marathon. It's going to be a good few days before I'm able to run again, but I will definitely be continuing. I won't be running another marathon this year, but next year - who knows? Now I've got a time to beat ...

30/04/2013 at 17:02

Hi all - I am new to running and I've just signed Ito for a half marathon The Royal Parks in London in October. 

I have a training plan which I've compiled from reading lots and downloaded apps on my iPhone.

my biggest concern is eating? When ? How much? And what?? 

Ill be running mostly in the evening. I am quite fussy with food - I eat potatoes rice bread chicken eggs red meat fruit and veg but allergic to nuts not a fan of sweet potatoe pulses or lentils.

i get up for work at 0430 everyday so eating a "big breakfast" is hard at that time.

i generally have toast or cereal then around 0900 have a yogurt or fruit.

Then at lunchtime have a chicken/ ham sandwich with fruit.

then main meal around 1800 

id be planning my runs around 1900/2000 three times a week. Is it best to eat my main meal at lunchtime have a snack at about 4pm then eat some toast with a spread after my run? 

30/04/2013 at 17:03

Any advise welcome and any links for plans would be great help 

i want to get fit run my half marathon and raise money for charity but the whole eating thing is worrying the heck outta me  

laura xxxx

30/04/2013 at 18:10

Hi All,

The best thing I can suggest is listen to your mind and body, and what it is saying to you. If you feel you need to eat more then do so, or the reverse eat less. I have found that that it changes as you increase or decrease my distance. But everyones different.

I didn't do my Manchester marathon this year. The weather beat me here in West Yorkshire ( I live on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales). We had 8 weeks of nothing but storms gale force winds, ice and blizzards. There was just no way I could make up those 8 weeks in time (I had reached 15 miles in 5 hours on first really long run).

So I'm starting from scratch again, doing 5k in 53 minutes. I know its slow, but my route is nothing but hills. The advantage of that is, when I go to see my mum in South Manchester, the runs there are more or less flat, therefore my runs are much faster.

Nice to hear from you Laura Hackett.

No run today, felt a little tired trying to listen to me body a lot more). I'm hoping to do a run early Wednesday, enjoy your evenning people.

30/04/2013 at 18:11

Hi Laura, I don't tend to do anything different as I always have cereal and eat fish chicken, pasta, potatoes rice, but I always try to eat an hour and half before I run. I've never had problems with my diet but we are all different. On a different note may race number for Chester half arrived today, getting excited now.

01/05/2013 at 05:33

Laura, I tend to eat on a relatively empty stomach (a few slices of toast or a few hours since a meal), but that's just me. As sinbad said, listen to your body. Experiment. 

In terms of plans, have you seen the MyAsics site ( It seems to be pretty well regarded around here, and the plans are flexible (can change number of runs per week etc). But mostly, pick one and stick to it I found putting all my runs in my phone's calendar really helped me to not find excuses and actually do the runs. Good luck!

I managed a 3 mile walk yesterday, legs are still aching. May try a swim or really short run over the next few days, but in no big rush to get back out, think a rest is well deserved!

02/05/2013 at 09:46

Hi All,

Yes you do deserve that rest, after that fantastic time russellelly.

Ar well try to motivate myself to go and do me shopping.


04/05/2013 at 11:13

Just entered the Blackpool summer 10k in July with my son, so that should be fun.

05/05/2013 at 09:32

I did an easy 4 miles run this morning, I'm tapering for next Sundays half marathon, so just taking it easy.

05/05/2013 at 15:07

Hi All,

Paulc46 glad the tapering is going well.

Good idea about the Blackpool 10k, sonds like a fun 10k

Hope all okay?

08/05/2013 at 00:15

Hi All,

I have entered the Blackpool 10k but the one 31st August (i think day is right lol). I decided to give myself an extra month just in case, training goes awry.

Hope your all okay?

08/05/2013 at 06:31

Well done Sinbad, I hope all goes well.

08/05/2013 at 13:37

Hi All,

Paulc46 was it this weekend that you did your marathon?

No run again today. I'm not too woried at this stage.

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