London Marathon 2014

From 0 to 26 (and a bit) in 222 days.....can it be done?

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02/09/2013 at 20:05

I really hope so, cos I have a place with the British Heart Foundation team and right now I can't run a mile!! Would really appreciate support, advice, comments, chats, anything to keep me focused on going from 0 to 26 in less than 8 months!! (I will post a profile photo, but it cant be done from an ipad.....!) 

02/09/2013 at 20:44

Welcome to the forum

You'll need 2 essential pieces of kit before you start - a properly fitted pair of shoes from a running shop and a good sports bra.

02/09/2013 at 20:48

 

Gosh...sounds like you know me well! Yes, I do most definitely need a good sports bra, and I went and got fitted for a "shockabsorber" at the weekend. Seems to do the trick. Shoes? Yes, got myself some Brookes, cos apparently my arch has dropped so I need support. I told the nice lady it wasnt just my arch that had dropped at my age.....which is probably why she then suggested the sports bra!  

06/09/2013 at 08:57

If its any help - i went from not being able to run 2or 3 miles to completing Brighton marathon in 03:40 then 03:13 this year.

When i started I had to keep stopping and walking, and after my runs i physically could not walk down stairs! but i lost 3 stone in a few months and then entered a 10k, which seemed a very long way at the time!!! then did a 10 mile run (never thought i would make that either), then half, then marathon. Hardest part was getting to 10k and 10 mile, then it was just progression - stick with it through the aches and pains as it is worth it!

I ditched my sports bra after i lost 3 stone

06/09/2013 at 09:05

Thanks Paul - your timing in replying is perfect. It's grey and raining here today and I am due to do a 2 miles session as part of my training plan (downloaded from my asics site, was quite impressed) and I have to say I was already thinking up good reasons to ditch the schedule today - but you inspired me! Thank you!

Fantastic times in your marathon too - my aim is simply to complete it at the moment, with a secret goal of less than 5.5hrs.....

 

06/09/2013 at 09:22

My initial goal was around 5.5 hrs or just finish. - i just went for a run today - nice day for it i thought, as its better than boiling hot, and you will feel reaaly good after it - trust me. I had a training plan, which i did not stick to religously, but looked at every day and logged my distances. (i found this was a good way to stay motivated). Let us know when you have done your run!!!!!

06/09/2013 at 09:23

I forgot to say - I'm entered for 2014 London marathon this year as well! (which is why I found this thread)

06/09/2013 at 09:38

Yay - well when you speed past the red faced, sweaty old lady (still in a huge sport's bra!) give me a cheer!!

 

06/09/2013 at 10:09

I think you are probably a lot younger than me  i started running at 40 a couple of years ago.

and sweating is good for you ! But i will give you a cheer anyway

 

 

06/09/2013 at 10:15

Well, I will take all the compliments I can get - but I am 47 already!!!

 

06/09/2013 at 10:53

you are in your prime!!! - But i have noticed that i need to back off some times when i get a few injuries or niggles, and you will for sure get sore knees, shin splints or blisters etc.

Something I found hard when i started was to know if it was serious (injury) and needed to back off or if it was just aches and I needed to MTFU.

06/09/2013 at 10:59

Yeah, I noticed my knees ache, I had a new ACL in a few years back (too many rugby games in my glory days!) and that gives me some gyp. I guess I may need to look for sponsorship from Boots for the anti inflams and Birds Eye for the frozen peas!

My problem is I would happily use any niggle as a reason to not train - especially in these early days when even 2 miles leaves me feeling worn out, but I am hoping that by keeping to the plan, even if at a slower pace, I will build up my ability! Hoping......

Failing that I will simply adopt your policy and WTFU!!

 

06/09/2013 at 11:20

I like that. WTFU

I have done my ACL from skiing and other knee ligs from skiing! However I found that running has made my knees better, I presume by strenghtening the muscles supporting them. (still take glucosamine and chondroiten as im paranoid about my knees)

I still remember the days when I thought i would never be able to run 3 miles without stopping. takes time, but worth every step.

06/09/2013 at 12:23
On the subject of knees, mine have never been better.
I started running in 2008 after approx 18 yrs of playing rugby and I was really worried what it would do to my knees. It was a bit of a struggle at first but now 5 yrs on I regularly run 50-60 miles a week with no knee problems at all.
06/09/2013 at 14:55

50 - 60 miles?? Eeek! Puts my 6 miles a week in perspective - I've got a way to catch up!! Hopefully my knees will last, if I get pain anywhere at the moment it's the front outer shin! Hey ho!

06/09/2013 at 15:14

when i started running i got pain in the front of the outer shin! could not stop running as it would come back so had to try and not do too much while i had that pain but not stop altogether!. - basically shin splints, as they are not used to running.

Dont worry about the 50-60 miles - never do that amount and it makes my eyes water as well - i mean if i did 3 10ks and a 18 mile run thats still under 36 miles.

for my first marathon i built up to a 6 mile, a 5 mile and long run of about 18-19 miles so 30 miles a week running 3 days a week. - 6 miles is still better than 90% of the population!

06/09/2013 at 15:18

Millsy - do you run twice a day some days as I often wonder how people rack up such miles in a week as my weeks only have 7 days.

06/09/2013 at 15:32

I would love to be someone who enjoyed running so much I wanted to run 50+ miles a week. In fact I would love to want to run 6 miles a week () but I am still at the 'oh no, I 've got to run tonight' stage....

It will come, I hope. Everything you have said Wenty convinces me of that!

 

06/09/2013 at 15:34

I had quite a bit of pain in my shins after my run when I started, I tended to stick my feet up in the evening & throw some ice packs / bag o' peas on them and that seemed more than enough to calm them back down.  I carried that on for quite a bit even if I didn't have the pain and eventually it just went away with conditioning.

(good luck with the training & fund raising!)

Edited: 06/09/2013 at 15:34
06/09/2013 at 15:36

worked for me! - i still sometime have the "oh no i have to do a long run saturday morning"  - but feel good after it!

BUT it will take you a good month or 2 and it will feel like a long time if it is anything like i went through.

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