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20/04/2005 at 08:45
Well the marathon was great to watch well done to everyone who entered. I have always wanted to run in the London Marathon, so now i have decided to tun in 2006. I am a beginner so i am starting to train now, i am following a beginners training guide, but anyone who has any tips, please feel free to email me, all help would be greatly appreciated.
20/04/2005 at 09:20
Hi Sharon,
I also watched the marathon and have decided that I have to do it. Hope you don't mind me jumping behind you to get any ideas and tips on how to train for it, and how to get a place. I have been running for a year very short distances (10k a week) compared to some but got the bug after doing the race for life. Same as you any help or advice would be great.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/04/2005 at 09:28
This is great to see others inspired buy the TV coverage.

You are doing the right think, running the London Marathon is a trmendous occasion and one of the best experiences of my life.

2006 is a long way off right now and there is plenty of time to train so dont worry to much even if your a non runner.

The key is to build up very very gradually. The hard training i.e. long distance endurance runs dont normally start until 3-4 months from the event, in the time before that you need to build base running fitness. Perhaps an intermediate target of completing a half marathon by November and a 10k by August is something to aim for and helps break down the training into manageable chunks.

For now go out and enjoy your running, take it easy and dont try and increase distances to quickly. If your interested in more specific advice perhaps give more info on any sports/running you are already doing. Doesnt matter if your not though as a year is more than long enough to get from couch potato to a respectable marathon finish time.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/04/2005 at 09:29
Oh most important piece of advice, hand around the forum, ask lots and lots of questions (no matter how silly they may seem).

People here are so helpful and mutually supportive...
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/04/2005 at 09:33
For now, the beginners guide sounds like a great programme to follow, I imagine it has you running (perhaps including walking breaks) 3-4 times a week with distances from 2-4 miles, if so thats about the sort of thing a complete beginner should look at.

Dont be daunted by the prospect of 4 miles, running 200 yards then walking 400 yards is perfectly acceptable, any plan you follow such as this will gently reduce the walking time while increasing the running time until after 2 months you could run the whole 4 mile.
20/04/2005 at 09:37

In September last year I decided to run the marathon - I couldnt even run 10 metres. Hope my experience helps you.

My advice to you would be to take it slow. Aim to just get round next year. Try some slow easy runs. If you need to stop and walk then do. You will ind your fitness will build up quite fast. Set little goals (such as running to a tree in the distance before you stop)

Invest in some good trainers if you havent already - visit a specialist running shop who will help find the right shoes for you. Bad shoes will lead to ijury.

Think about taking suplements - cod liver oil has helped me a lot!

Tell people you are doig it! You will be less likely to give up.

Look at the different ways to get in. I never realised how hard it is. You have less than a 10% chance of being succesful 1st time. Consider the possibility you wont be sucessful in the ballot and so you will have to get a golden bond place to run. Which charity will you run for? And do you have time to raise the £2000 many charities ask for? Keep an eye on the website for entry info

THink about how you will fit in your training runs. Can you afford to train 4-5 times a week? When your training peaks you will potentially be running for hours taking a lot of time .

Think about finding a training partner, joining a running club or gettting a personal trainer

Enter some races to get used to the race environment. I find running a race and getting a medal really rewarding whatever the distance.

Good luck with your training. I am sure you can do it - I did!
20/04/2005 at 09:46
Also, take things steady and don't try and build your mileage up too quickly. Try to increase your weekly mileage by no more than 10% per week. If you are running 6/7 miles this week increase it by 10% next week.

Do this for 3 weeks then have an easier week dropping back to the mileage you were doing at the start of the 4 week block.

I would suggest running 2 miles twice a week to start with a 3/4 mile longer run at the weekend. Keep doing this and before you know it your longer runs will be up around 8/9 miles by August. This should gve you a good base for increasing your training for next years marathon.

As for applying for a place next year keep an eye open for marathon news which has the application form for ballot entries. This is usually in the sprts shops from April. You could also apply to the charities for a place as well as through the ballot. Most charities ask you to commit to raise a minimum amount through sponsorship. This can range from £700 to £2000.
20/04/2005 at 14:05
When you choose your first race go for one with lots of people and no time limit. That way you get lots of encouragement and can run at your own pace. Definitly go for it. This year was my first and I'm already thinking about next year!

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