Is this your 1st Marathon, no matter which one

anyone doing their first marathon other than the VLM?

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03/03/2013 at 18:49

Hi All,

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm excited and nervous about my first Marathon.

Am I training enough or too little? Should I be working on distance or times?

It's great having the VLM threads, but what about others that are not doing the VLM?

Are you picking up injurie? Or having one training session that goes great then the next day, you feel ow my god I'm not going to get round.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, that come in here and chat about the up's and downs of your training.anyone doing other marathons as their first marathon.

Hope this comes across in the right way?

Edited: 03/03/2013 at 18:51
03/03/2013 at 19:10

Hi, newbie to running and in 30 weeks will be running Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. 30 weeks seems an age but have just started base training to try and build some endurance/stamina before starting an 18 weeks training plan, will start it with 21 weeks to go to allow for injury/sicknes and if I don't have any (unlikely) will just repeat weeks14-16.

Currently aiming to follow a Hal Higdon Plan but will likely tweak it for hills (both up and down).

Am aiming for sub 5 hours so slow but think that will be fast enough for this 53yr olds first attempt

04/03/2013 at 07:49

Hi, it's my first marathon too. I'm doing the VLM though.  I'm using the runners world "run less run faster" plan (catchy name hey?).  I've found it really helpful to have a program to follow with expected times.


No injuries yet (touch wood!)

04/03/2013 at 09:35


Jess Danpar. This thread is made for all,

Hoe traiining goes well.

Its your big day soon?

I will be watching on tv.

04/03/2013 at 09:39

Hi  Andi  Mcgill

Wow that will be fantastic running round the Loch.

Yes your right. believe me 30 weeks creeps up on you thrn wham, its on top of you,

Wow thats a great time to aim for, lots of hills iis a good idea to aim for, and repeat a week if needed.

By the way I'm doing the Manchdester Marathon, April 28th

04/03/2013 at 11:19

I never had a target time for my first marathon - just ran it, enjoyed it as much as I could and got to the finish knowing I'd achieved something I'd never done before and taking twenty minutes less or more couldn't have added or taken away from that. My first marathon is still the most rewarding


Edited: 04/03/2013 at 11:22
04/03/2013 at 12:44

Hi All,

ChristchurchJon thats a dammed good comment, and for me I will try and keep your post in mind.


04/03/2013 at 13:02

Thanks. One of my blog posts looks at this subject in more detail if you're interested.

I think it can sometimes be too easy for seasoned marathon runners to forget how hard the first marathon can be and after subsequent improvements, lose track of what an achievement it is.


04/03/2013 at 13:34

Hi All,

I have just read your blog, its got me really thinking about concentrating on the distance first, and worry about times on another marathon.

05/03/2013 at 05:16

I've run quite a few half marathons and am a regular runner and I find it helps me to train if I have something to aim for and a program to follow.  That said the actual time I get isn't that important, I just want to make sure I'm fit enough to finish on the day

05/03/2013 at 11:32
Nice idea for a thread. I've run one half marathon (Paris 2012) and hoping to complete my first full in Krak??w on April 28. Have had some pains along the way, but nothing too crazy. My right knee is a bit dodgy at the moment, trying t okeep stretching, icing and not missing runs. Had a 14 miler yesterday which was one of my best runs so far.

I'm trying not to aim for a time, but my competitive side has a few numbers in mind!
06/03/2013 at 15:39

Hi all, currently trg for the Edinburgh marathon in May, have been running on/off for 30 years but my farthest has always been a half best time last year was 1hr 55.. 

2 weeks ago i did 13 miles at 2hr 09 and was happy but at the end i thought no way could i do another 13 on top, However Sunday 03/03 did 16 miles at 2 hr 47 but at the end thought another 10 on top will be a big ask..

Can't wait for the next increase in a couple of weeks

06/03/2013 at 15:55

Hi All,

Sorry for not being in, I was a little tied up.

Jess Dampar, from what people are saying is some peoples share  your sentiments. I feel that some people where time is important in all apsects forget that sometimes its okay to just switch off and concentrate  on you.

Hi Russelley, injuries prop up all the time with running, stretching is the key, yet I don't do it anywhere near enough.Wow the Paris half marathon, I bet that was ace? Krak which marathon is that. I'm doing the Manchester Marathon on April 28th. Like you I'm doinng my first 14 mile Thursday. I will jog the 7 miles out then jog walk  the way back.

Hi duncan forteath There pretty good times, I did 12 a couple of weeks back in about 3 hours, but I justt want to get round the marathon this time lol. I leave in part of the Yorkshire Dales, I can't escape the hills, but is good  for training, yet I try hard to work on the distance, not time, because of the trainiiing. It certainly grows on some people going further and or faster.

Hope everyones training is gong well?

06/03/2013 at 17:14

  Hi everyone,

  I'm also training for my first marathon - Madrid, April 28 - and following a Hal Higdon plan. I'm eleven weeks in, did my first half-marathon three weeks ago, and have been seriously struggling ever since.  I've just given myself five days rest, so we'll see how things go from here ...

07/03/2013 at 08:25

Hi All,

Perezoso, your doing the right thing, listenning to how you feel. Its always hard when you reacha new distance.

I had a disastrous 9.5 miles last Saturday. I left it till the Monday, and did a great 4 miles, I felt refreshed doing a much shorter but faster run.

07/03/2013 at 20:32
sinbad113 wrote (see)

Hi Russelley, injuries prop up all the time with running, stretching is the key, yet I don't do it anywhere near enough.Wow the Paris half marathon, I bet that was ace? Krak which marathon is that. I'm doing the Manchester Marathon on April 28th. Like you I'm doinng my first 14 mile Thursday. I will jog the 7 miles out then jog walk  the way back.


Silly forum doesn't live the 'o', it's Krakow, Poland. I'm Scottish, but living in Poland for work at the moment. After my great 14 miler, had a disastorous 4, where I got chased by a (pretty aggresive looking!) dog and fell. Cuts on my arms, knee, hip and back. My hip is a little painful, hoping it won't have any effect on my running; will find out when I go out tomorrow...


How did your 14-miler go?

07/03/2013 at 20:38

Sorry, put my reply in the quote above, and can't edit... Oops. You get the idea I hope

08/03/2013 at 10:25

Hi All,

Russelly. I didn't get out to do my 14 miler, I only managed to 5k done on the treadmill. I will try and manage it by Sunday.

Ar I see Krakow Poland, it's one place  would never think of doing a marathon. Yet I guess it makes sense for you living there at the moment,

Sorry to hear about the dog attack, dog bites can be painful, but a bit of history and an event to recall to other people.

Hope it heals quickly.

08/03/2013 at 14:42

Hi All,

   I started running 12 months ago and last weekend did my first Half Marathon at the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon and came home in 2hrs 2mins, I was very pleased with that time as I'm 54 yrs old and not ran a race since at school. I went back out training last night after 4 days rest and felt really strong which i was pleased with. I'm now trying to find my next race but not sure which one yet.

08/03/2013 at 15:14

Excellent result Paul! Next target should be to shave that 2 minutes off your PB

Am very similar to you and been on/off running for a little over a year (more off than on though) and turn 54 before my first Marathon in September.

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