Non, je ne regrette rien
Welcome Jo. I advise you use the VDOT calculator (easy to find with a popular search engine, for example www.dogpile.com - other search engines are available
Put in a relevant race time run under ideal conditions, such as your HM PB. It will then give you the training paces you should be using for whatever training programme you adopt. You can reevalutae the ideal paces half way through the programe and then maybe again in the last 4 weeks, to get a better idea of what you are capable of runing on race day.
I always say that the first marathon you are going to be about 15 minutes slower than the second one you do, because you really have no idea how hard it can be. I don't advise chasing a tough goal like 3h45 unless you are a really disciplined and committed trainer. Stick around and join in the fun - we will motivate each other all the way to race day.
Cheers Emmy, I have booked accomodation as thought it was better to do it sooner rather than later, about a mile from the start line, nothing fancy so will hopefully be ok!
heading out for first "post-sign up" run tonight... hoping it will be similar to Lawyeraaron's run yesterday!
Thanks Tricky Dicky, will check out VDOT, sounds like good advice on timing and expectations - cheers
Jo - Tricky is right and that's a fab way to understand what pacing you should be doing. I saw mine and cried a little inside
Good luck for your run. I'll be "saving" myself until the morning. Tonight I have a date with my kitchen and baking ingredients. For some reason my running buddies at work thought they heard that I'd bake them cookies if they met the pacing on our Tuesday night run... They did and now I need to bake!
Jo - my 1st marathon was 15 minutes slower than my 2nd (as per TD's post) and the training was pretty similar for them both. Mentally i was better prepared for the 2nd one. Personally I'd aim for 4 hours and see how you get on in training.
(my HM PB at that time was 1:44 and my first marathon was 3:54. Sub 4 or Die?)
Lawyeraaron - my last two runs have been like that, but normally they are few and far between!
Kaz - Enjoy the shorter, faster runs and see where it takes you. Do you have any local 5K or 10K races you could enter? Getting a few PBs under your belt is a great motivator/confidence booster. And take some rest days!
No 5 or 10k's here Simon....I will make do with some X country instead......starting Sunday!
I've never tried cross country (apart from at school, which was a few years ago) - I'm sure you will enjoy it. Good luck.
kaz! I thought you were going to rest?
Welcome to the thread, UisgeJo.A mile from the Start sounds like a perfect warm-up walk.
Well ATM i have just got up.......theres resting!! And if this weather continues there will be no X country on Sunday anyway - gale force winds and horrizontal rain again!
ATM - You're not enticing me for Sunday's race ;0)
Fortunately, I'm racing on Saturday . I have a feeling we may be up to our necks in mud though.
I'm in *lalalalalalalalalalalalalaaaaaaaaaa* mode about Saturday. We'll be too high up on a hill for there to be mud
Picklilliy and Jo, I ve sent you mail but I m on a Mac with a French keyboard and this is an old dog typing...
Me, too, yer_maj....
Anyone seen Eggy lately? Starting to get worried about him....
Think Eggy's away to Barcelona??
ATM - is the azerty and all the !@#&$* getting to you?
Danirr - good question....
Scoot W - have you recently changed your name or are you a new poster...?
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