London Marathon 2013 - Runners & Supporters

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11/03/2013 at 22:27

i am up to 15 miles.  i am feeling better now as i did 15 miles Sunday.  if i hadnt done that i would be panicking but i do feel i can finish now, even though i panic that i wont ! .  I will never be fast  - i am a slow runner anywaY!  - but a friend finished a few years ago and only ever got to an 18 mile run/ walk and i should get past that.  i dont think i could face deferring after so much work!  unless i was injured, or if i get sick again!  

11/03/2013 at 22:48
If you managed 15 this week you could be ok.
If you can do long runs of 17, 18, 20 over the next 3 weekends you should have enough under your belt to get round ok.
12/03/2013 at 05:49

Anyone with lots of marathon experience please feel free to jump in and correct me, but liberty, I am assuming you are a relative novice based on 15m being your longest run (ever?).  If this is so, better you don't try to do 3 x very long runs over the next 3 weeks - that will leave you drained, and insufficient time to consolidate any gains you could make in the period.  Better to try and get in some nice easy sessions, one MAYBE two longer (18-20) miles.  Also consider building some walk breaks into your long runs as these help extend your distance / improve recovery / minimise injury.  I'm pretty injury-prone so speaking from painful experience.

12/03/2013 at 06:27

i was panicing after haveing trouble with my knee on downhills but i have got up to a 18 miler dropped off down to 15 miles on bike last weekend then back up to a 20 miler this weekend then i will try a 21/22 2 week before just hope i can get rid of these dam colds


12/03/2013 at 06:55
Guys honestly try not to panic! I know it's easier said than done. I have only done one marathon - London last year. So no expert, but at this stage its better to get to the start line with as few niggles as possible. Won't lie the race will hurt and you never feel anything like it but be proud of the pain and tiredness and the fab shuffle you have for few days after. And have a good giggle at trying to get up and down stairs... It's hilarious! Anyway back to the training I was told not to squeeze in extra runs or add on miles, if I was following a training plan to stick to it, if I had to miss a run just cross it off and move onto the next. LouiseG sounds like good advice there to me! Liberty try not to do all those long runs this close to the big day. I would see what some other folk say, who have done more marathons than me.

Honestly guys you will love it! It's so much fun!!
12/03/2013 at 11:30
Thank you so much. I was thinking of walk/ running the last few long runs. Like I say I just want to get round at this point. I am happy not to have a good time. Really appreciate all your advice. Thank you
12/03/2013 at 12:04

Liberty, I too am running London and am only at 15 miles. (Due to niggles I have had to skip a weeks training). I am planning a 16, 18 and 20. Better to be undertrained than over trained. (ie injured).  

12/03/2013 at 13:31
Oh Fenn, u have made my day!!! Honestly I was feeling the worst!! I think 16, 18, 20 is great !! I agree better that than injured. Is this your first marathon ?
12/03/2013 at 13:41

I'm sure you will all get round   I'm walking it due to ongoing knee issues and having sprained my ankle two weeks ago and I reckon I'll make it with my longest session so far being 14 miles.  I won't get any long ones in before the day now, but my physio says I can do it although it will probably hurt, so I reckon you'll all be fine   Oh, and I walked 0.5 miles today which is the furthest I've been in the last 2 weeks!

liberty6201 wrote (see)

I am scared i wont finish and if i do i will miss the medals (anyone know what time you need to finish by to still get a medal?) 

You WILL finish before the cut off Liberty, but if you want to know it's 6pm which gives you 8:15 from the starting gun.  I think I worked it out than anything under an 18 minute mile for every mile will get you there in time so panic not

Edited: 12/03/2013 at 13:42
12/03/2013 at 13:47

Liberty... If you want to make yourself feel even better and your on facebook, like the virgin marathon page and you will see how underprepared others are! Although I do have to keep telling myself it doesnt matter what others do.

No its not, I ran back in 2006. Prior to marathon training I had been running 3-4 times a week though but no major distances. I will be honest though. If I dont get three decent longs runs in the next 3 weeks though I will not run. It's a bit make or break for me this week.


12/03/2013 at 14:05
Two stroke, you poor thing x you are still going ahead with it though? Good luck xxx thank you for info on medal time. I teach and want to show medal in school on Monday!! I know I can walk 26 miles so if I have to stop and walk that is what I will do. I think it is not knowing what to expect.
Fenn, I will def like that page, might make me feel better! I stuck religiously to schedule and was doing well so I'm a bit annoyed I had to take time out but tbh I am getting up to fitness quicker than I thought so fingers crossed.
For those of you who have run VLM before do some people set off walking or walk/ running or does everyone run at the start? Can you even run at the start with so many people? My time is slow... Ill be overtaken by all the mascots but I'd rather start off running, even slowly if possible. It is so difficult to know what to expect. I was due to run a half marathon 2 weeks ago but had chronic chest infection so couldn't breathe right. I was going to use it to prepare myself for what an actual race Is like.
12/03/2013 at 14:27
Liberty did you put an estimated time on your entry? At the start you are in pens relating to your time. At the start there are lots of people. People will over take you and likewise you will over take some. The thing is with races is dont set off fast, you burn out! (Speaking from experience) but at London with the amount of runners you will be fine. If people want to overtake they find a way through. Just take it one step at a time, I walked a fair bit last year, but getting to that finish line was important to me so around mile 22 I changed my goal from time to cross that line. It's amazing the buzz of knowing you've done it is great! It doesn't matter how long it takes its no one can take it away from you.
I can't wait to cheer you all on at the supporters area!
12/03/2013 at 14:49
I haven't joined the runners list bc I can't make it to the pub after. I will be meeting up with my 2 young sons and have promised to take them to TGIs for tea. Can't disappoint them, am a single, working mum and they have been so good the last few months while I have been focused on running! Cheer me on anyway though!!! :0) I will be wearing a bright yellow meningitis trust top with Nikki on!
I put 5 and a half hours as my expected time and I think that is accurate (hangs head in shame!)
12/03/2013 at 14:57
Hey I crossed in 6hrs 4mins and 45sec I really proud!! So dont worry about the time. I'm pretty sure we will be cheering everyone on. You will do great, you all will! The atmosphere on the day is unbelievable
12/03/2013 at 15:00
Thank you Claire, I really needed to hear that today x
12/03/2013 at 15:08

I will be walking from the start Liberty.  If I can manage it and everything is ok I will run the last little bit and across the line!  Must admit you're brave going into work the next day, I've booked the whole week if as I expect to be stiff even walking it   And yes, I am still doing it this year as I deferred last year due to an ongoing knee issue.   And nothing wrong with 5.5 hours, that's a bit faster than I would have expected to do it in if I was actually running it.  Don't do yourself a dis-service, training for this and taking part is a huge task regardless of whether you do it in sub 3 or just come in before the cut off.  In fact several of my fast friends reckon it's way tougher for us slower ones as we are out there for much longer and it's much harder work for us.  Raise your head high young lady and be proud of your time

Being on the runners list has nothing to do with going to the pub so far as I know!  It's there so they can cheer you on and you can leave stuff with them at the Exel Centre on the Saturday for you to pick up from the cheer point on your way round (or at least that's what I have taken it to mean so please correct me).

12/03/2013 at 15:51
Thank you two stroke. My class are really carrying me emotionally, they are in the middle of organising a charity fair to raise money and are generally fab! They are desperate to see the medal so my dad is going to drive me in, we have an achievement assembly anyway then I only have one lesson ( where I intend to sit down!). My dad is picking me up at lunchtime.
I am really really proud of myself for getting out and training, I can honestly say running is not for me and won't be something I take up long term but I have done it and am pleased with myself. I was just feeling a little demoralised knowing people do it in under 3 hours when I will only just be past half way. In my head I know that there will be loads of people still with me but you never seem to read of those..... For someone to actually tell me they are on track for, or have completed in, 6 hours has given me a huge boost.
I must ami I only read the first few pages before jumping to the end pages because there were o many I just felt a bit cheeky asking to be out on the list knowing I couldn't meet up afterwards.
So one more question, has anyone ever amen their children to watch? Any advice? My mum is determined she. Taking my children but I went to watch the end of the race last year and the crowds were horrific. I just can't see that it will be good, although they are desperate to come too. Any advice on slightly less crowded places to stand? I'm torn bc I want them there but tbh I think they would be better going to the science museum and meeting me after. Is it really. Huge boost to see people you know, even if you don't stop?
Sorry for all the questions!
12/03/2013 at 16:39

A late appearance, but I too shall be running and more importantly, drinking beers at the finish.

12/03/2013 at 17:09

Im running and would luv some support only my partner and son coming and there going site seeing cheers lol

12/03/2013 at 18:37

Roll on easter then time to taper for me cant wait

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