Is this your 1st Marathon, no matter which one

anyone doing their first marathon other than the VLM?

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09/04/2013 at 21:17

Hi all, glad to hear training going well.  Darcy, i'm not sure its a good idea to take ibuprofen before a race. I think i've read that its bad  for your kidneys so check wih your GP first.

09/04/2013 at 21:44
Hi All
Good luck Darcy whatever you decide to do. I've just got back from a 10.5 mile run it went very well, I'm pleased the way things are going.
09/04/2013 at 22:22
Fids, it's not ideal but as long as you're well hydrated then it shouldn't be a problem. I always take them when I have done a long run as my joints get so inflamed from the impact. I will talk to my GP abut it tho. Thanks. Wondering if I should just completely rest now until race day...?

Paulc46 glad your training is going well.
10/04/2013 at 19:28

Hi. Darcy Maybe some low impact training, cross-training? You can still work aerobically without the stress to your joints.

Just done a steady 7 miles. Cant wait till 28th am starting to get excited.

11/04/2013 at 07:54
fids wrote (see)

Hi. Darcy Maybe some low impact training, cross-training? You can still work aerobically without the stress to your joints.

Just done a steady 7 miles. Cant wait till 28th am starting to get excited.


Good stuff! Agree on cross-training if your joints are hurting - cross trainer or the pool are the way to go.

I've been keeping my joints rested by doing lots of cross trainer work this week and minimal running. It's either a genius or disastarous move, will find out on the 28th

12/04/2013 at 08:47
Hi all,

Thought I'd update, I went to my GP on Thursday and she told me I have pulled a ligament on the lateral side of my knee. She told me that I should absolutely not run on Sunday. I then spoke to a colleague of mine who has had lots of sports injuries (including a years rehab for a crutiate ligament) and he said to get in and see a physio before I take my GP's word for it. I was lucky enough to be able to get in and see a physio, who was recommended by a friend and it turns out that its not ligament but a pulled muscle and a tight ITT band from overuse...!! Probably the result of consecutive 15, 14, 13, 15, 20 & 15 mile LSR's for someone that really only ran 5k 3 or 4 times a week before I started training.

Having worked on my knee and thigh, the physio advised 20 minutes on the bike today to see how it feels. Plenty of ice, anti-inflammatories and, should I run, it will be painful but there shouldn't be any long term damage.

I have decided to give it a go, I will regret it if I don't try and even though I can defer my place until next year, I will be another year older, the training is so time consuming and I have a young family and a very patient husband to think of. The thought of going through it all again is not very appealing at all....!! So it's all or nothing now and hopefully I'll get myself to that finish line.

Feeling very apprehensive now though as I'm not running until the day now so won't know how it feels, full of self-doubt and can feel the panic rising if I think about it too much....!! I'm hoping this is normal..!!??
13/04/2013 at 12:13

Darcy, good on you! Deferring isn't always the easy option, you've come this far some pain on race day hopefully won't be too bad. Good Luck!

I did some treadmill and crosstraining yesterday, getting into a routing. The gym is so hot and I get so bored so quickly, find it really hard to stay motivated. Leg was a little tender afterwards, but is fine today which is big progress Will try some outdoor running tomorrow, maybe 5 or 6 miles and keep up the cross-training. It's taper time anyway in theory.

14/04/2013 at 07:59
Hi All,
A 4 mile easy run done this morning, it's good to get out of the running tights and get the shorts on, fresh air to the legs
14/04/2013 at 20:56
Sad news about the Brighton runner, condolences to his family.
14/04/2013 at 21:42

Well done to everybody for your training Darcy, as others have said you have done your training now and as you got the ok to run then I say "go for it". So, you saying this is your first (and only) Marathon? am surprised all your training hasn't got you hooked

Managed 11 miles yesterday along a bank of the Rhone. It was possibly my most boring run ever - straight as a die and flat as a pancake! I got so bored I jumped onto the trial bikers humps for half a mile

15/04/2013 at 20:32

Hi all. hope your training

's going well. Did 12 miles  on Sunday, it felt easy and legs have felt good in work today. Two weeks to go. Bring it on!

15/04/2013 at 21:36
Terrible news about Boston marathon, 2 bombs gone off 23 injured 2 dead.
17/04/2013 at 08:38

Hey guys,

I am running the London Marathon alone. Would be great if someone here in the forum would like to keep me company?  Going to collect my running number today at excel exhibition center.  If there is a group which you accept such a late entry that would be great.

17/04/2013 at 08:43

There are lots of runner world pacers in the London Marathon... Do a search on the site for or look at the home page it says about it.  In fact the link to it is below.



17/04/2013 at 14:24

Hi All,

Thought I would update post Brighton marathon.

I managed to finish...!!  But was very disappointed with my time  as my knee really started to hurt by the 16 mile point. I started out really slowly as I wanted to keep any pain at bay for as long as possible but by 16 it was really quite bad but i managed to carry on until just before the 20 mile when I thought it might be an idea to walk for a little bit but my knee stiffened pretty quickly and I found it really hard to get it going again.  To cut a long story short, I pretty much had to walk the last 6 miles but I did get to the end and I got my medal..!!  Finished in 6:07 but would've liked 5:30. It was an amazing day that I will never forget, the crowds were fantastic and there were lots of amazingly inspiring people. 

Was terrible about the young guy that died.

Sounds like everyone is getting along with their training, good luck to anyone with races coming up...!!

17/04/2013 at 21:24
Fantastic! Who cares about time, you did it, you are a marathoner. Especially impressive given your injury
17/04/2013 at 22:45

Well done Darcy, as Russellelly said, it's the fact that you finished even when the going got tough. congrats marathoner. Do you think you'll do it again?

18/04/2013 at 18:58
Hi, new to forum. Did my first half-marathon on 7 April in Blackpool (2 hr 12), with another one planned for July. I'm hoping to get a place to run the Paris marathon in April 2014, giving me 12 months to train. Just started circuit training once a week to improve overall fitness. I only started running 12 months ago, having been a slob for years (I'm 40 next week and all this running is the most wonderful way to have a mid-life crisis!) Just bought a garmin gps watch and subscribed to runner's world, so along with the half-marathon, am feeling like a real, proper runner!

Hoping for lots of marathon tips! Lots of luck to anyone doing London in Sunday.
18/04/2013 at 20:36
Hi Kirsten
Welcome to the forum and good luck with all your running. Well done fruityloops on finishing it shows real determination.
21/04/2013 at 15:20
Hi All
I've just been watching London marathon and decided to register for it again to see if I get in this time, fingers crossed.
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