It will be my third and I shall be happy to complete
First year 6 hours 32
Second year 5 hours 57
I fantasise about 5 hours 30
It's my first time too!! And I will be happy to just get round but worried about that! How's everyone's training going? I'm running 3 times a week at the mo but that's only been for a couple of weeks and will add a long run into that too soon.
Have given up the booze too, which has been tough but will be even tougher over Christmas!
Great, not just me then! I run three times a week, two of 5/6 miles then a long one at the weekend - I also swim twice a week, about 2 miles each session. Am doing the FLM for charity (Spinal Research) as I am 40 next year and for years have said 'I want to do that' everytime I watch it on TV!
My aim is simply to get round without having to resort to walking, but I am a VERY slow runner. I took it up to lose weight and have lost lots but I have another 3 stone to lose...hope it will have gone by FLM!
Doing the Thanet 10 tomorrow - and the forecast is strong winds and heavy rain, and it is along the seafront! Wish me luck!
Good luck Schmaggle! Let us know how it goes.
Sounds like you've got a great training schedule sorted. fbgf - me too I didn't make it out today so must go tomorrow!
deedee I too have alot of problems with pf in both feet.I seemed to develope it training for the windermere marathon this year and eventually had to pull out,I had acouple of months off then ran the GNR this sept with just a few light niggles so ive trained lightly for the last month or so and will try to build up gradually and touch wood get round the FLM.
Nice to know there are some other snails out there.
I'll be a first timer in April. I've done a couple of 10ks last year, but nothign spectacular. I've estimated my finish at 5.5 hours. Just got to get my asthma controlled long enough to get round - just when I think I've cracked it, it rears it's ugly head and I'm back at square one.
Oh well, slow and steady..
I've been thinking about jumping in on the sub 5 thread but this one looks more my level. This will be my 5th marathon but first London (5 rejects place) and my mara pb is 5:45. I'd love to do sub 5:30 but I find keeping up with the training so hard to do. I can do a HM in 2:23 and I'm quite addicted to them but getting the mileage past 15 without getting injured is something I havent managed to do yet and always end up doing run/walk.
How did you get on at Luton today DD? I was there supporting hubby who did the whole thing and it was FREEZING. He got his 2nd worse time ever.
Michael - I found that regular running/plodding helped my asthma no end. I don't use an inhaler at all now so best of luck, keep at it and it wil pay dividends.
Haven't run at all this weekend but did an easy 10 miles last week. Plan to get out tomorrow and then 2 more days in the week depending on the dreaded weather. I don't mind a bit of rain but absolute downpours in the wind isn't my idea of fun. Then got the Hogs Back race on Sunday (8ish miles).
Good luck everybody.
Hi folks! Thanet was HARD!!! Something to do with the hailstones and the 50mph winds, and it is along the sea wall so of course lots of seaweed etc!! I wanted to stop and cry at 5 miles when the wind nearly knocked me over, and get a marshall to take me to the finish!
BUT I did it...last or nearly last I think, but I am used to that! I did it in just over 2 hours so I was actually quite pleased given the conditions.
Until I found out that the winner did it in 55 Minutes!! WHAT!!
I then decided that I am not up to doing a marathon and that I am kidding myself. However, once I got the feeling back in my frozen wet feet in the afternoon I changed my mind...and of course by today I had already decided I would do the Thanet 10 again next year but try to do it faster!
How did everyone else get on at the weekend? 'Hogs Back' sounds interesting!
Do you all follow a training plan or do you plan your own? I am wondering about using the Smartcoach facility on here for the marathon? Any opinions?
Think I might join you lot here
I too am a 5-times-reject who is finally in in 2008. Have done other marathons with a PB of 4 hrs 48 but have done not a lot for the last couple of years due to an op, putting on a shedload of weight and general CBA.....
Shmaggle - glad you enjoyed the Thanet 10 - I'm a Thanet Roadrunner but very sensibly opted for my usual post of late entries person The chap who won was disappointed with his time - can you imagine it?
Hello again Soup Dragon - all ready for Saturday night's instalment (PS on the other thread I last posted as Podds La Fenice!!)
Originally I hoped to have a sub-5 run for FLM but the way the last couple of months have gone it's looking unlikely and I am currently struck down with the dreaded monster cold lurgy which is doing the rounds and feeling very sorry for myself!!!!
Hi Podds - recogised your picture (I often change my name on here - great fun).
Shmaggle, I would strongly recommend a training schedule but choose one that suits you and don't be scared to alter it a bit. There are a few on this site of course but if you also go onto the big marathon sites they also have different training plans. I'm using one from the New York marathon this time because the long runs increase every 2 weeks with a lesser on in between which I hope will prevent the injuries I've had in the past. Its difficult on your first because you don't know how you'll feel when the training gets more intense so its a good idea to choose 2, starting with an easier one and you can easily swap to a harder program if you feel up to it and then swap back if you're having a tough week etc. I always find one that gives me miles to do instead of a fixed running time as well because I'm so slow.
If this is your first marathon just enjoy it and rest assured its a great atmosphere at the back end of a marathon. Same medal at the end as well!
I can't wait, so excited.
Thanks for that advice- will have a look around the different plans. Hard to imagine running so long a distance at the mo - half marathon (GNR) my longest race so far!
I am excited too...just trying to plan my fundraising at the mo. Have too much to do!
And a question for Podds - are you going to do the Thanet 20?
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