Thames Meander Marathon

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21/04/2013 at 15:22

hi people this will be my first marathon any advice you can give me? I 've all ready started training im up to 17 miles already ive only been running for 7 weeks is this to much already? I've slowly increased my distance iv'e gone from 5 to 17. would be grateful for any advice or tips. ( if you see a nutter running along the thames from Twickenham to Putney in a red jacket that's me!!!!!!!)

22/04/2013 at 12:53

I'm no expert but can't help but think that you are increasing the volume way too sharply and are in danger of getting injured.

22/04/2013 at 14:09

wozer 83 - the usual advice is to increase by no more than 10% per week, in order to avoid injury and give your body the opportunity to adapt and repair.

when you say you are up to 17 miles already do you mean per week or for your long run?

Most marathod schedules are around 16-18 weeks and won't have you doing 17 miles until around weeks 6-8 so I would think with this in mind you might be advised to back off a bit and start a steady build up hopefully peaking on the day!

22/04/2013 at 18:32

thanks guys for getting back to me 17 miles is my big run on the weekends but during the week I do between 15-20 miles so it sounds like I must cut down a bit!!! this is all very new to me I've never done any kind of running before so im very grateful for all the help and advice.


22/04/2013 at 19:27

Respect at having gone from 5 miles to 17 miles in 7 weeks, but even if you are naturally gifted that still sounds a bit quick (not to say demoralising for us tortoises at the back) Slow up a bit and enjoy!


22/04/2013 at 19:45

thanks for the respect!!! thing is because I run on my own I really don't know how to pace myself like I say its all very new to me i do enjoy it but maybe i need to enjoy it a bit more

30/04/2013 at 12:45

I have just added a training schedule on to my profile on Garmin Connect, which seems like a neat feature. Apparently I will be doing an easy run this Sunday - my official starting point for my marathon training. Unfortunately, the rest of the schedule is not so "easy" - perhaps I should not have selected the "advanced" training...!

30/04/2013 at 20:45

Really itching for a PB friendly marathon and tempted by this one. Checking the calendar with girlfriend...

01/05/2013 at 13:15

C'mon Duke - join us!

03/05/2013 at 17:53

Does anyone know how many competitors run this one, is there a cut off date for entry etc. We are based overseas in Qatar at the moment but will be back in UK for a holiday in august and would love to do this one as have done most of my previous  marathon training runs in richmond park. Prob will be around the 4 hour mark time wise. 

04/05/2013 at 18:25

Contact Info is on the website here:

06/05/2013 at 20:17

Done! All signed up for the marathon! Girlfriend is signed up for the half


07/05/2013 at 20:23
Duke Toblerone wrote (see)

Done! All signed up for the marathon! Girlfriend is signed up for the half

Well done to both of you! The hard work starts now!


29/05/2013 at 09:05

So, what's the latest out there - how's the training going???

29/05/2013 at 09:33

anyone know the terrain profile much on this? ive not run on this section of downs(only the North downs on the 50) .hoping theres some ascent somewhere?

29/05/2013 at 22:43

30/05/2013 at 09:30

theres a slight drop at the start and of course ascent at the end. Other than that the biggest hill is Putney bridge!

17/06/2013 at 07:53

Okay, I'm into 'running further than I ever have before' territory. My knees are still speaking to me (just)! How's everyone else doing?

17/06/2013 at 09:03

Just back from a week visiting my Daughter in ireland got a couple of runs including 6 miles yesterday, which is the longest since my calf tear, so looking good to start ramping up now.



17/06/2013 at 09:24

Loulabell - I think there's one on the Hermes Running website. As JMopper said - there's only one really bad hill at Mile 24 (that you run down at the beginning) and then putney bridge.

Redheadedraver - I'm doing good. I've decided to do this one.... but I just need to sort out the entry!

Wozer - I'm amazed that you managed to ramp up the distance so quickly.... but as others have said - back it off. Are you following a training plan?

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