Not that I am immune to the problem myself, I am not, I find it difficult to keep good habbits but my advise is this.You will undoubtedly come to a point where you lose enthusiasm. But it won't disapear forever. When it happens you will think it can never be regained. At this time, tell yourself that your enthusiasm will come back, you just need to push through the negative thoughts. Your enthusiams will return - dont ever let yourself belive it wont. Good luck with the marathon!
If it's hurting and you need to stop 4 times in 3.5 miles you're running too fast, slow down. This time of year i'm wearing 3 layers, hat and gloves and unlless i'm running at 10k or quicker pace (basically as fast as I can for any distance) I barely sweat, it's too cold, so yes i'd say that was normal. By the way, if i'm going for a fast run, I leave the hat and gloves at home.
The sweat thing sounds normal. You may be sweating when you're out but it's just evaporating - I sometimes assume I haven't sweated until I undress and have a soggy back and stinky clothes. Either way, don't worry about it - don't use sweating as an indicator of whether you are doing enough or not.
How are your aches and pains? Don't put too much emphasis on pushing yourself to do the distance without stopping - slowly and steadily means you can get some consistency - push too hard and get injured and you'll be back to square one. It's a hare and a tortoise type thing sometimes
martha .. 5 miles non stop ... brilliant .. keep going...build up slowly to avoid injury and you will have a great journey
Training for a marathon from scratch is all about building endurance so I would foget about pace for the moment. Do you have a "get you round" training plan?
You do need to take on liquids for anything over 10k and you need to see how your body reacts to those liquids. Gulping down water can give you stomach cramps or even worse go straight through and require toilet stops (no 1 and 2's !) All the advice will tell you drink before you are thirsty because by then you are dehydrated. For my long Sunday run I plan it so I can pop into a garage / shop at about 5 and 10 miles and buy a bottle of water
Ok - will go easy on pace. I do have a few plans, but most are 18 week/24 week from scratch - I have 7 months left and am already doing 10ks / 4 runs a week.
Any advice on where I should pick up?
Thanks for the advice on the drinking issue. I hadn't considered stopping at garages/shops in case that was regarded as 'cheating' but guess once you go past 10ks you don't have a choice but to stop for a drink.
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