Help on training needed!

Any advice would be fab!

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08/04/2005 at 17:03
Oh sorry Jen!
No I havn't done a marathon before, my first attempt was last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it, the training, everything, I seemed really motivated, but I was freelancing, so could relativly easily fit in a busy schedule, things are different this year, and it has just seemed harder and harder to fit it in, and I cant completely blame that as mentally I havn't really been "in it" but just felt terrible guilt for not doing enough etc etc!!
I have also limited most of my training (bar 2 long runs) to the treadmill, which doesn't help as I find it so boring, but this was to try and keep the blasted stress fractures away.
Part of me so wants to do it, but also I sort of regret flippantly agreeing to do it, when perhaps this wasn't the best year for me!
eeek, tough call?
08/04/2005 at 17:05
mainly worried that I wont actually get round, which would be totally pants
08/04/2005 at 17:11
Yeah,it is.

I mean,personally,i'd say to not do it for a number of reasons.

You've never done a mara before so don't know what to expect.

You haven't done a great deal of training so will struggle on the day and could be going for a hell of a lot longer than you've done in training,possibly over 5 hours,which could kill you or give you a nasty injury.

As you've said yourself,you've been doing your runs on the treadmill to keep the injuries away,so you know how much harder on the body it is to run on the roads and you've hardly done any training on them.

You won't be doing yourself any favours doing it this year,you need to be able to give yourself a fair shot at it which you haven't,which is sort of understandable under the circumstances.

This probably isn't what you want to hear and,ultimately,it is your decision.

If you do decide to go for it,you should perhaps adopt a run/walk strategy to try and save yourself a bit.

Good luck whatever you decide and make sure that your stress fracture is 100% recovered if you do do it.
08/04/2005 at 17:17
I know you're right, but its hard to put it down when its been in the back of your mind for the last 18 months!!
I'll take the weekend to have a think, but you have definitly definitly helped to put things into perspective for me. Thank you.
I did have a bone scan earlier in the year which was clear, so I am in the frustrating position of having a clean bill of health, but not enough training, the COMPLETE opposite to last year!
How frustrating, I WILL do it one year, in the meantime, thanks so much for taking the time to chat this through with me, its much appreciated.
best of luck to you, and your sub 3.30 target!! Hope the shin splints stay away and you get a great day
08/04/2005 at 17:25
Yeah,me too,going to strap them up so fingers crossed!

Good luck to you whatever you decide.

Take it easy,

Jen x

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