First marathon advice needed
thats exactly what I was going to suggest, do the autumn one then see how you get on, then if you enjoy go for Edinburgh. Its exactly what I did last year and this one in fact..
giving yourself 9-10 months is a great way of doing it, build slowly so less chance of injury, a few events a couple of halfs, a 10k maybe along the way as fitness tests.
ive done chester and rate it extremly highly, lots of clubmates have done l'pool and seem content enougth.
however, personally i like my mara to either be;-
good pb target races (something i don't consider either to be). don't get me wrong, you can pb them, but can do better elsewhere.
ridiculously hilly ie snowdon. which is the local race id without hesitation recommend. (boy is that one fun)
(personally I'm doing Amsterdam autum 13 )
its 2 mountains and 1 hill in the middle (which i find the real killer that softens you up for waunfawer). i did the same thing, wouldn't do it until id broke the sub 3 mark. and haven't done it for a year or two because old farther time is catching up with me and best performances will soon be a thing of the past (hence why targeting pb courses)
I'm jealous that your doing silver-stone, so wish to do that one as I'm a fan of f1. but it clashes with 20m races that i only get a crack at once a year.
all the best which ever you decide to do and don't take race predictors too seriously for your first one. when you put other distances in they are notorious for predicting way too fast a times.mara's are not very forgiving beasts, and can make your first not the enjoyable experience it should be.
p.s. every welsh/eng mara runner should have snod on their cv, absolute gem of a race
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