Emergency 6 week schedules

Any novices following this plan?

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08/03/2005 at 21:09
Have run 3 london's before (99, 00, 03), but have had a poor year in 05, with back troubles and heavy work schedules cutting into training time. I deferred from last year and want to have a go in 2005. Is anyone else planning to use the 6 week schedules in this month's RW? If so, fancy posting the odd update to spur me on? I am following the walk run method just to get round if possible and to enjoy the day. Anyone is similar circumstances?
08/03/2005 at 23:01
Firstly, good luck with the run.
Secondly, although I am not following the schedule you mention I am in very similar circumstances. I have been struggling with training simply due to my work shcedules being all over the place and not having a running partner. It is not advisable for a young lone female runner to go pounding the streets after dark. So my training has been highly depleted. I have received lots of "advice" from friends, relatives who are not runners, which kind of winds me up, but what can you do?? The only other thing worrying me, is will I make my sponsorship amount??
But onto the positives!! At the end of the day, as long as you finish, raise money for charity, if applicable, and enjoy yourself, that is all that matters. It is alright for people to crab those who run or walk a marathon, but these people cannot accept that all are individuals, not machines.
Plus, do you know what is round the next corner??
I have run three mini London Marathons, three Great North Runs, one London Half Marathon, three Flora Light Challenges, a few local races, one London Marathon and I WILL COMPLETE my second in four weeks time. And I am just 20 years old. And that is why I do it, you honestly do not know what is round the next corner, you must do these things whilst you can. Not meaning to show off or write an essay here, but hope this spurs you on. Good luck on the day!!
09/03/2005 at 16:47
I am planning on following the Novice 6 week schedule. In fact I did my first session on the plan last night!
I've had real problems with injury over the past few months, and so am now approaching the race with a certain feeling of trepidation.
I did the Reading Half Marathon at the weekend, but still don't feel confident enough with the injury to go for any plan harder than this one. I'm just hoping that it prepares me enough to get round the course (I'm not too bothered about time, as long as I get round in less than 6 hours).
09/03/2005 at 17:53
Joining the posts - please lets keep each other updated.
10/03/2005 at 20:16
Ok - I made a great start. I broke my thumb changing the tyre on my sister's car. Genius!

But still have managed the 30 mins and 45 mins with a little walking. Probably could have managed running the whole way, but am just being conservative. Might slip in 3 miles in the morning, then 60 mins run/walk at the weekend. Maybe slip's the wrong word to use. ;-)

Good luck Sproog, FBGF and Susanne. We will cross the finish line, I'm certain of it!

10/03/2005 at 20:26
good luck guys
FBGF-----you know what you have to do
11/03/2005 at 09:56
OMG Lennonesque! You take care of yourself!

I'm heading out for my 45 minute run tonight. A great way to start the weekend!

Happy training this weekend everyone.
11/03/2005 at 10:20
I am following this schedule due to a hip injury which kept me from training for 4 weeks. So far so good, but have entered the Worthing 20 on the 20 March and have only got up to 13 miles so far. Might just make 15 miles and then it will be walk and run for the last 5.
11/03/2005 at 12:07

Work commitments have totally screwed up my training. I am in US at the moment and can't find the plan on the website and don't have access to the magazine till I get back next week.
Could you possibly let me know what the plan is for the next week.
I am in Houston this weekend, doing a 10K race on Saturday with some friends and a long run 16-18 on Sunday.
Hope you can help.
Good luck with your training.
11/03/2005 at 15:01
My training hasn't been on track. I've fallen off a kerb and sprained my ankle, caught the flu and now I've got a hamstring injury. So my hopes of running the marathon without hitting the wall are gone and completing it seems daunting.

I've missed 3 long runs but on the positive side I'm allowed to do an hour this weekend of walk/jog ....

I've come up with a cunning plan. Breaking the marathon into 6 mile segments. The first half a mile, will be walked due to volume of traffic. Next 6 miles is run, walk 10 mins, (repeat x 4). On the basis that 30mins walking will cover a mile. That leaves the final half a mile, which I'm hoping adrenalin will help me finish. My thinking that psycologically this will better than having to admit defeat at 18miles and walk. It also gives me short term achieveable goals to focus on.

Has anyone tried to do something similar? Does it work?

11/03/2005 at 19:40
Here's the novice/beginner 6 week emergency schedule for anyone that wants it:

Here's the emergency schedule up to Marathon day itself:

Week 1 (this week)
jog/walk 30 mins
jog/walk 45 mins
jog/walk 60 mins

Week 2
jog/walk 45 mins
jog/walk 60 mins
jog/walk 90 mins

Week 3
jog/walk 45 mins
jog/walk 75 mins
jog/walk 2 hours

Week 4
jog/walk 45 mins
jog/walk 75 mins
jog/walk 3 hours

Week 5
jog/walk 30 mins
jog/walk 60 mins
jog/walk 2 hours

Week 6
jog walk 30 mins
jog/walk 15 mins
Marathon Day!!!!

Rest days before and after long session are advised. If you can slip in a 4th day an extra jog/walk of 20-30 mins is ok, but shorten to 15 mins in week 6.

Best of luck everyone. I'm planning on 60 mins at the crack of dawn tomorrow.

11/03/2005 at 19:44
Gosborne - sounds like a good idea to me. From previous experience the run walk method seems to work best if you break it down into smaller segments (hence the run 10, walk 1 model which is quite popular). I think the theory behind this is that the minute walking after each mile or so minimises the amount of micro tearing of the muscle fibres which me the final miles of a marathon uncomfortable (sometimes). But I guess 6 miles running, 10 walking might work on a similar principle, I'm not sure! Good luck. Sounds a good idea. Best wishes for the big day. :)
11/03/2005 at 22:00
Good luck to everyone, I did the extra 20 mins this morning while himself's dogs took me for a run- doing 1o miles on Sunday
12/03/2005 at 07:30
I'm attempting the schedule as I managed to injure my knee literally the day after I got the letter to say I was in - great timing!!
Just about OK to start running any distance againi now. Doing redcar 1/2 marathon tommorrow so hopefully knee will hold out for that.
12/03/2005 at 07:42
My training was going great till Christmas but since then has rapidly gone down hill due to injury after injury.Did a half last week whilst on holiday in The Lakes last Sunday but then couldnt walk Monday due to ankle pain.Have dropped out of a 20 miler at Ashby tomorrow. Have decided to have 2 weeks off and am hoping all injuries will be cured by rest!!!!Its getting too close for comfort to be getting injuries
12/03/2005 at 12:55
Hello all, i've just finished my long run(I'm following the 6 week plan) This will be my 5th Marathon,but im just looking to get around also. It was all going well for me untill a calf strain followed by a chest infection really put me back,I have followed the plan this week, today i ran 11 miles and found it ok. I was hoping for sub 4 hours, but now i just want to finish.Good luck to you all, keep posting your training runs.
Duck Girl    pirate
12/03/2005 at 15:18
suzanne - try & find a club to join, & have you tried Women's Running Network?
If you can get runs in the morning this tends to be better, & avoid 'dodgy' bits of town. But don't know where you live, but might not be as much hassle as you think?
If you get a headlamp you can go on deserted off-road tracks after dark.
Wear baggy kit, cuts down on hassle, & reflectives around traffic. do loops round an area you know well.
If all else fails, treadmill (take some decent music).
Good luck!
(21/f/5 maras 1 ultra)
14/03/2005 at 09:20
Thanks for the schedule Lennonesque. I feel much better now.
15/03/2005 at 11:27
I did my 45 Minute run this morning before work, which is the earliest I have run before (I am usually an evening running). My legs took so long to warm up it felt like I was out there for more like four hours!
Does anyone have any tips for running first thing? Is it usual for your body to take longer to warm up, or do you find that you feel fresher as you haven't been on your feet all day?
15/03/2005 at 11:59
Hi everyone - I've had to resort to the Emergency Schedule also as had 3 weeks off with back trouble in February and am just getting over "man flu" now so hope to start on the schedule tomorrow.
Managed to complete a half marathon on 20th Feb so am going to work somewhere between the novice's and intermediate schedules. Still don't believe I will be able to run all the way, even though this was to be my 4th and last FLM and I vowed this would be the one that I did run all the way.
Fingers crossed that all now goes well.
I reckon I am at the Blue start. Which start is everyone else at on the day? Perhaps we could set off together and give eah other moral support!!!
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