Is this your 1st Marathon, no matter which one

anyone doing their first marathon other than the VLM?

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16/03/2013 at 11:17
russellelly wrote (see)
Gary - fantastic stuff. There can't be a sport more filled with inspirational people than this one. Best of luck, keep us updated.


  Good luck to everyone on their LSRs this weekend. It's raining here and I'm about to drag myself outside for a very slow 5km jog in preparation for tomorrow's 28km LSR.


Ksizzlepod wrote (see)
Perezoso hope your mortons neuroma has been dealt with properly, sometimes a podiatrist is better at foot problems than a physio, but I may be biased haha.


  You may be biased, Ksizzlepod, but you're probably right (why are you biased, are you a podiatrist?). The problem is being managed rather than being dealt with. When running I often feel the onset of a burning pain between my second and third toes. When this happens I make fists with my toes for 50 metres or so and this serves as an on-the-go massage which reduces the pain. I also ice and stretch and use a compression pad in my shoe.

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16/03/2013 at 13:03

Hi all,

Problem solved in town now, I can get back to some form of training quickly now. Hopefully a LSR 16 miler on Sunday.

Kizzselpod how is your training going, you didn't say?

Is it me or do runners seem to have problems with ankels, and/or ham strings wanting to give way, thats my injury problem, when I try to go a little faster or further, I have to slow right down.

Perezoso, that is  a fair comment, that sometimes we just deal with an injury rather that solving the injury once and for all.

Hope everyones okay?

16/03/2013 at 16:02
Well so much for my planned 13 mile run,I woke up this morning with a sore throat and full of a cold so gave the run a miss. I'll dose myself up all day and see how I am in morning, I hate missing runs.
16/03/2013 at 17:11

Oh dear, looks like this flu virus is affecting lots of people! Am just getting over my bout (it's been 10 days now) but my nose is still running faster than I am!

Definately a run of 2 halves today, 4.2 miles out with the wind behind me @11:50 min miles and back was 12:10 min miles into the wind so finished bang on my 12 min mile target but average HR was up from 68% to 72%.

17/03/2013 at 08:35

Hi All,

Soundss like you met your run target an achievemnt on its own, just keep an eye on your heart rate  Andi McGill.

Paul Clarke 46 I guess its mother nature is saying listen to your body a little?

Especially with the weather being wrm one min cold the next.

Hope all okay?

After time team, I'm going too try my first run this  week, and go for at least 16 mile, I doubt it  very much but will give it a try.

Cold weather again forcasted for Monday in West Yorkshire.

17/03/2013 at 08:44
Woke up this morning feeling lousy again and there is snow on the ground, no running again today, beginning to get withdrawal symptoms, might try a walk later.
17/03/2013 at 10:22

  Sorry to hear that colds and flu are playing such havoc with people's training. Andy and Paul, I hope you both start to feel better soon.

  sinbad, let me see some of that positive mental attitude! Take it slow and easy and you'll get round your 16 miles. Everybody, all together now: COME ON, SINBAD!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  I'm just letting my breakfast settle before I head out for today's LSR.

  Happy trails, everyone!

17/03/2013 at 10:51
Positive Mental Attitude is so important. It's cheesy, but if you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right. Try repeating "I am a marathoner" in your head as you go, you've got to believe it.

I foolishly decided to try a run today. Woke up early and saw glorious sunshine and couldn't resist. Managed less than a mile before my leg was really hurting and I walked home. So frustrating! Seeing someone tomorrow or Tuesday, hope they have some answers...
17/03/2013 at 11:34

I agree, a positive mental attitude certainly helps. When I'm struggling with my running I just focus on what I'm trying to achieve and that helps enormously. 

Sinbad, let us know how you got on.

Perezoso, enjoy your run

Russellelly, I can relate to your frustration. I had a hamstring strain last year which eventually led to me not being able to run for six weeks. I tried to run before it was healed and I got 6/10 of a mile done before it happened again. It was only at that point that I got myself to the physio.

Was up and out at 7.15 this morning for my LSR, my schedule called for 14 miles and 14 miles were duly delivered! My time was 2.31.36, so an average pace of 10.50, the last 2 miles were hard as they are almost fully uphill but that's the price you have to pay for living at the top of a hill!


17/03/2013 at 12:26

Hi All,

Thanks Perezoso. I only managed 8 disastourus miles, I felt physically mentally exhausted, and yet I managed 15 last week.

As a result, I have decided to pull out of the Manchester marathon, its too much too soon. I should hae built up a few 10k and a couple of half marathons. The weather and some personal issues have got in the way.

I'm not giving up, I'm consolidatinf what I have achieved so far.

Sorry tto hearr about the colds people, that and the weather is a nightmare for runners.

russellely,sorry to hear about your injury again, I can sympathise somewhat with it, good luck with whom your going to see.

Gary fatbloke, I totally understand you with hills, I live half way up a hill, butgood for builiding stamina.

I must stress, I have not giving up on running, there are ultra runns and adventure races I want to take part in, including the Sarah ultra distance race.

Hope your all enjoying Sunday?

19/03/2013 at 14:51

Hi All,

I thought I had better bring you all upto date.

I been loooking at Hal Higdon various marathon schedules, I have elected myself to looosely, follow his 30 week schedule. I know I can do more, but this gives me a chance to listen a little better how my mind and body is feeling.

But at  the same time I stress, I'm not going to worry too much about sticking to a routine, as I have a couple of personal issues to work on, whilst I hope to build up my running as I learn to deal with those issues.

Hope training is going well fr you all?

19/03/2013 at 15:31
Hey sinbad, sorry to hear you're not doing Manc. I guess you know how you feel and are the best judge.

Saw a physio today, no running for at least the next week. Had some massage and ultrasound, to keep resting and icing. Going to keep swimming and try my best to stay focused and positive. My body will decide what it wants to do
19/03/2013 at 20:01
I'm a late joiner to this thread. My first marathon is The Giant's Head in Dorset on 29th June, followed by Chester on 6th Oct. So from zilch marathons to two in 5 months. I'm in my 4th half on Sunday at Tavistock, current PB for the half is 2.17.07. I've just got to try and start enjoying the training, as I only seem to get motivated for races
20/03/2013 at 15:32

  Sorry to hear that you've pulled out, sinbad. I hope you find the thirty-week plan works for you and that you sort through your personal issues. Happy running .

  Good luck with the leg, russellelly. I hope your body decides it wants to run that marathon .

  Hi Steve, welcome to the thread. Respect for the two marathons! You'll have to keep us posted with how that goes. As for finding motivation for training, do you train alone or with people? Perhaps running with a group would gee you up?

  As for my running, I currently feel like I'm on the very edge of what my body can deal with. Last Sunday's long run was a bleak, rainy, psychological-warfare-with-self kind of affair. This Sunday coming is an 18 miler (30km, in fact, as I live in a metric country), so I just hope my body's up for it.

  Happy trails, everyone.



20/03/2013 at 17:39
I'm still feeling ill but slowly getting better so hopefully I will be out at weekend pounding the pavement again.I've been tempted a couple of times to go out but decided against it, I just hate it when I don't get out.
20/03/2013 at 20:49

  I agree, Paul. It makes you feel trapped, doesn't it? Good luck on the recovery.

20/03/2013 at 22:22
Hi all, started rerunning about 9 months ago now...managed my first half marathon in Birmingham in October-now signed up for my first marathon this October in York, have to admit I'm more than a bit daunted by the sheer amount of training needed to not embarass myself!
20/03/2013 at 22:39

Hi Steve,well done on completing the HM and you must have been fast signing up for York? I missed it and signed up for Loch Ness in September only to hear this week that York are offering more places but can't do both so sticking with LN

20/03/2013 at 23:02
Hi Andi, yup jumped at it as soon as it was announced-close to home and relatively flat...perfect first marathon! Lucky enough to get a GNR spot as well, which should fit pretty well with the build up. Considering the Leeds half in May, just as a warm up. LN sounds good as well, though obviously a far greater likelihood of monsters
21/03/2013 at 08:11

Hi All,

Russeelley, your doing the right thing with your injury.

Steve Taylor your very welcome to the thread, training will come in time.

Perezoso, mentally you will get there. Keep at it.

Paul Clarke 46 I know the feeling, on not getting out, for me its  the cold weather, were expecting heavy snow over the next few days, and I jsut don't want to get an innjury falling on the ice.

Steve McAvan traing is daunting but your training is goingin the right direction.

When is York Andi MCGil? LN will be hilly in places, but the views will be amazing, but I guess you will be concentraining on your running?

Wow Steve thats soome races your doing.

I taken on too much  to be honest, I shouuld have looked at some HM at first instead of marothon straight off, as soon as the weather picks up, i will be out there.

Hope your all okay?



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