Not sure if I have done enough training ????
I got a late entry in the London Marathon and only really trained from Christmas. I completed 9 half marathons since then (best time 1 hour 57) run 5k 5 times a week and go to the gym 3-4 times a week.
Thing is I don't think I've put enough miles peopla have said I should go up to 18 but think its too late. Its my first marathon and I just want to get below 4.30 hours but have only ever ran upto 13.2 miles.
Does anyone know if this is possible to complete the marathon in under 4.30 hour when half marathons is all Ive ran?
I did FLM in 2007 on a max of 13 miles training due to a knee injury. Didn't run at all in the month before. Had a blast on the day. My half time was similar to yours and I came in in about 4.55. I think you should just enjoy the day and not worry about time. You will get round but you'll probably ache like buggary for a few days afterwards!!
it will be tough but you should be OK...
I did a marathon in 2008 but since then haven't really run, I started training for the VLM at Christmas. I'm in a similar position although I've managed a couple of longer runs, 18 miles being the longest. Run / walking is probably the way to go but if you haven't done it before then it's quite tough... on my 18 miler I ran 5 miles then walked for a couple of minutes, then another 5 miles and tried to continue that pattern, if you're used to running at a constant pace it's difficult to get back in to a rythmn...
I took the walk breaks as drinks breaks and took on quite a lot of liquid and gels while I was walking, as a strategy for the race someone suggested to me run the race but walk at every drinks station for a minute or two and re-fuel as much as possible during the walk breaks - sounds like a plan to me . Maybe try it on a 10 mile run over the next couple of days??
It will be tough but you can do it... reckon sub 5, maybe 4.45 should be doable. It's a seriously long distance, walking might be a problem for a few days afterwards, particularly if there are stairs involved... but the feeling when you get to the finish line will be one of the best feelings ever.
Forget questioning yourself on the training now - it's too late for that - leave that till after the race. Now is the time to focus on a plan to pace yourself around 26.2 miles. Jeff Galloway has run/walk times which may be useful.
Look at the positive - the first half should be a breeze, and you will have learned a lot from this training approach
A friend of mine did it having only run a half marathon in 3h45 and was fine.
This is my first one too. I planned to follow all the recommended training, but found my body couldn't do it. Some had you running 6 times a week!! Instead I've done 5 half marathons (times going from 2:03 down to 1:53) and one 20 miler, with a few gym trips in between.
I didn't find the 20 miles too bad. If it wasn't so cold, I think I could have done the full distance if I had to.
My only concerns is that I haven't run above freezing and I haven't tried eating or drinking on any runs yet.
My plan is to aim for 4hrs. If I fall back from that I won't worry.
Thanks all for your hints, tips and comments. Big thanks to TheStone, NotBuiltForSpeed, David Falconer and Iron Pingu for your positive comments. I'lll see how I get on next week and let you know.
I've done 1x20m 1x16m 1x15m 2x13m in my run up to VLM (my first one).
The problem is my 20 (Thanet 20) was 5 weeks ago and I had to slow down a bit because of a dodgy knee. Touchwood that seems all OK now and I'm just sticking to a few 7-10 miles and some speed work.
Mentally knowing I've done those 20 miles (done in 2hrs 50mins) is a big boost for me although I have slight nerves about how long ago it was. What do people think?
Taper crazy is right. You've done all the training, cutting right back and feeling like you're losing your fitness and your energy, even though it's the right thing to do. Horrid.
One thing for the OP - you say you had from Xmas to train? To my mind that's plenty of time to get a proper training schedule in - the best part of four months. I'm confused as to how you managed not to do it. People often write in here that they've got a late place for a marathon and have a week/month/ten minutes to prepare. I don't mean to be cruel, but I guess what you will learn from this is that there are plenty of schedules out there on the net and in books, and they in general take you up gradually to 20 mile training runs over a period of a few months. With the proper regard to your pace and probably a bit of walking you will get round this time, and good luck, but when you do your next one find a schedule you like and follow it.
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