Running a marathon underprepared
Stubborness only works right up to that moment when someone with superior pace runs past you.
Then you try to match their pace and you can't and you won't.
So best train, then the stubborness will have something to fall back on.
Oh the sweet irony
Well I have stubborness in HUGE quantities. Easy peasy (hehe!).
Stephen - in terms of the questions you pose - do you have magical answers? I.e. if I answer your questions will you be able to tell me if it's do-able/how much pain I will feel and when????? Please? (longest run will be around 16 miles, i do speed training every week in my aqua jogging sometimes twice a week; i do sit ups and planks every day and some weight training and cross training every week. I'm focusing on shorter more intense training as opposed to clocking up miles....this is due to my injury and not being able to clock up miles.....)
This thread is confirming that a) marathons can really f*ck you up and b) that going in underprepared is not a wise decision.
Discretion is the better part of valour and all that.
I for one could not mentallly attack a marathon without knowing I had put in the necessary training. I ran the VLM for the first time last year (4:42) which was at a much slower pace than I had run my LSRs - it was far busier than I could ever have imagined and as someone on here mentioned earlier, you spend the first 13 miles dodging other people.
In MY head, as long as I have put in the training then I CANNOT doubt that I will complete the distance and enjoy it. Enjoying it is a huge part of running a marathon for me.
I wish I had the stubborness (sp) mentioned by others on here.
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