I'm getting scared now...
Hey folks! About 3 months ago I decided I would (apttempt to) run the Chester Marathon for charity. I was aware that this would give me about 5 months to train for it, and I thought this would be enough time given that I went to the gym pretty regularly and played football once a week...although I was by no means a runner (and I still don't consider myself to be one now).
Anyway ("get to the point!" I hear you cry!), at the weekend I managed to run about 14.5 miles in a just under 2 hours 30 mins, and I felt like I could have carried on. This was a big deal for me, because I think for the first time since I started training, I actually felt like I have it in me to run a 26.2 mile distance.
However, just today I was idling and reading some running forums, and I stumbled on a couple of threads where people said experienced runners should leave at least 8-9 months before running a marathon or they risk seriously injuring themselves, or just not finishing. I guess I should have read that before I started training, but it's actually left me feeling quite concerned...is 5 months too soon to train for a marathon?
I've been running 6 nights a week for the last 3 months, and I'm planning to do the same until the time of the marathon, but do people think this is enough? Good people of Runners World, I need some reassurance now more than ever!
I think you're on the right track. Just keep building up gradually and listening to your body and you'll be fine. I did 1x 20miles, 2x 18milers and lots of smaller LSRs before my first marathon.
If its your first marathon - just enough the experience and dont worry about the time/
Great advice, thanks guys
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