Anyone else REALLY scared??!!

Total beginner starting to feel the strain

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23/01/2006 at 13:56

I am total beginner to running (been running prob last year and a half) and am running London 06. Sticking to training plan and currently just finished week 3 and done my 7 miler which is furthest i have run so far.

So far so good.

But..... Feeling very nervous about it all and 7 miles seemed such a huge effort i cannot possibly believe i am going to be able to run another 19.2

Just want to know other people are feeling like this!!

23/01/2006 at 13:57
Hi there, which plan are you on, I am trying the sub 430 but I think unless I can loose about 5 stones I will be more like sub 6!!!
23/01/2006 at 14:02
How did you feel after 7 miles?
Which training plan are you using? What time are you wanting to finish?

No I looked forward to my 1st marathon. The only time I was nervous was on the start line.

This is one of your best days of your life, trust me
23/01/2006 at 14:03
well i too need to lose good couple of stone. Following a plan from a fab book called "the non runners guide to marathon running" specifically designed for total beginners. Its a good book and sensible plan but.....
23/01/2006 at 14:04

I go through periods of doubt as well as ones where I think logically it really shouldn't be that bad.

The best thing is let your training be ruled by your head. That is stick to the plan, follow sensible advice if injured and ill and there's no reason why it shouldn't go ok.

Deal with the psychology separately. What I find keeps me going is imagining the crowds cheering me on. Provided you've done the training that should be all you need to get round!

Good luck!
23/01/2006 at 14:05
I did 8.5 at the weekend, follwing the run walk method for the long run as per the schedule, I ran early in the morning, probably will not do that again!! Schedule said 7 but I went a bit further.

Are you just running steady or are there fast runs in your plan?
23/01/2006 at 14:10
Well my schedule is not run/walk but does say walk if you need to/don't feel bad about it etc.

I think i could have gone on a bit further although not sure i could have ran much more. I am getting over a bad cold though and had not been eating much leading up to run so i am not being too hard on myself...
23/01/2006 at 14:11
This is only a suggestion. If your training plan says 7 miles stick to 7 miles. The key to endurance running (that is what you will be doing) is progression & patience. How would you have felt if you had twisted your ankle badly yesterday at 8 miles???

There is plenty of time to do 8,9, 12 & 18 miles, dont hurry them or you could damage yourself
23/01/2006 at 14:19
Hi Becky,

No need to be scared, just imagine yourself crossing that finish line with the crowds all cheering for you!

I completed the marathon last year for the first time. I had only started training in the January, having not run since the days of cross country at school- a good 14 years ago!! On my first run of just 2 miles I really wondered what I had let myself in for. It can be done though!

If you've got a training plan, great, stick to it but don't beat yourself up if you are not able to follow it exactly (obviously you want to be following it as as close as you can) each week.

Take advice from all sources and go with what feels right for you.

Good Luck,
23/01/2006 at 15:22

I don't think you're alone in feeling scared about what we've taken on. I did 10 miles at the weekend and from the way I felt in the last mile, I was having serious doubts about whether I'd be able to make it all the way round 26 of 'em. But then I realised it wasn't what I could run today that counts, but what I can run on the 23rd April, and there's another couple of months of training to go first.

Like you, I started running about 18 months ago (well, started again, to be pedantic, after a 27 year lay off). I've done a few 5 and 10k's over the last year, and from my PB times for those, I went into FLM training thinking - fantasising would be a better word - I could do a sub-3:30 marathon and maybe aim for a GFA time. Then that changed to 'maybe I could do sub-4:00' and finally to "I hope I can get all the way round in one piece". With that more realistic outlook, I've settled on doing the Hal Higdon Novice program and it's full of sensible and reassuring advice.

The other thing is, whatever time you do you'll be able to tell people you set a PB for the marathon.
23/01/2006 at 15:36
Thanks all for your advice! It really helps. Most of the time i tell myself not to think about the 26.2 and just work at it week by week but....

Also, one other thing worrying me is that i am running with sister and her boyf. They are faster than me and i would love to run with them on the day but it seems with every training run we do together it is becoming more unlikely.

Is it worth trying to run with them??
23/01/2006 at 15:49

Unless you know for a fact you'll be in the same pen at the start there is no chance you'll be able to run with them.

It's normal to be scared by the distance - it's a bliddy long way! You won't know if you can do it until you've done it. All you can do is trust your plan, do the training and hope for a bit of luck and a tail wind on the day...

I started running last year and after my first 6 mile run thought "no way can I do another 20". And then after my first 10 "no way can I do another 16". I did 15 at the week-end and thought "no way can I do another 9", but the length I can do goes up week on week. Instead on focusing on the 9 miles I still have left, I just tell myself that all I need to do is add 1 mile a week. Now surely, it can't be that hard, can it???
23/01/2006 at 15:59
it all makes perfect sense when other people say it!! need to ignore voices in my head!!
23/01/2006 at 16:06
Difficult question - depends on how much faster they are, how long they've been running, whether they've done a marathon before etc etc.

Basically the balance is between the benefit of their company on the run and the stimulus it gives you to do well against the risk of being dragged around at a pace faster than you can sustain and burning out, at worst not being able to finish. It's a dilemma because challenge is good. As Browning put it "A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?" But it has to be a realistically achievable goal.

If they're a lot faster than you - more than you could make up in training between now and then, then since it's your first marathon, I'd say you have to concentrate on what gives you the best chance of getting round. My instinct is that it's going to be hard enough anyway without the added pressure of trying to keep up with other people. This goes slightly against the grain for me, because I'm naturally quite competitive, but I've seen people in races disappear off at the start at a good fast pace only to pass them later as they're either stopped or struggling. My mantra now at the start of each race is "run your own race, run your own pace". I think you maybe ought to plan on running your own race too.

Of course, unless they're specifically trying for a fast time, they could always run with you, rather than the other way round. That way they get to encourage you as well as having an easier marathon.
23/01/2006 at 16:09
When does your schedule say to do 13 miles? Enter a HM race when you can - you'll be amazed how much more acheivable it feels once you have done your first half.

The important thing is you're taking the training seriously and trying to stick to a plan. Thousands before you have used them and it WILL work for you too!! Just be patient - if you stick to your plan the longer runs will get easier.
Good luck!
23/01/2006 at 16:09
Hi Rebecca nice to catch up with you again!
Think I'm doing a plan very similar to you as I've done a 7 miler at the weekend AND feel exactly the same way you do. I have been texting my sister and a friend to say I've done that days target so I can't cheat but felt terrible after my long run. I also printed out the plan and have covered over the weeks to come so I just see that weeks targets or I will feel overwhelmed by it all. My friends have asked me at work if I am running with anyone on the day and when I said no they were shocked. I'm sure we will meet people along the route and run and chat as after all we all have the same goal.........

to get to the end!!
23/01/2006 at 16:14
Don't worry about running with friends. There's 35000 new friends to meet on the day - you can run with them!!! And a MASSIVE number of supporters cheering you on - just write your name BIG on your shirt!
23/01/2006 at 16:55
Thanks everyone! Really am v grateful for your words of wisdom.

Hi Fay!!! I promise to email although actually to be honest it's prob easier for us to let each other know when we are on here and we can chat!
23/01/2006 at 17:05
Rebecca, if you don't start with your friend then trying to find her on the course could seriously mess up your race. To be honest, starting with her is no guarantee that you'll end up running with her. I started with my training partner last year and we got separated after about 4 miles. I found her again at about 6 but had blister problems so sent her on. I then passed her somewhere between 20 and 24 miles but didn't see her.
23/01/2006 at 17:08
Well we are all running for same charity so am hopeful we will start in same pen and it would be so nice to all run round together but i do get stressed out trying to keep up with people - i have no problem with coming last to be honest!
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