I am doing the Brighton marathon in April- first marathon, very nervous! I was wondering if I could ask for your expertise!..
Have been running since last summer and I am following a 16-week training programme and the longest run is 18 miles (which is run twice- I'm currently on 16). This seems a little low, and am considering up-ing to 20, but also aware this would be 2 weeks pre-marathon and not sure if this would be a good idea?
I've had an injury over dec/jan and my physio has advised if I start to get any issues to reduce the training runs, as it would be better to do this than to develop knee problem/shin splints etc. a couple of weeks before. Does seem like a bit of a no win situation- I'm worried I won't be able to finish if I don't do all the runs, but equally don't want to get injured! My aim is to finish rather than to get a great time, I'm anticipating it to be 4.30-5h.
Does anyone have any experience or words of wisdom they could share with me please?
I think getting up to the 20 mile mark is certainly worth it although I'd agree with Cougie that doing it 2 weeks from the marathon isn't the best idea in the world. With an 18 mile run under your belt you'll be fine but i think that getting up to the 20 mark helps psychologically.
Standing on that start line you know that you're able to run 20 miles but what helped me the most when i ran my first marathon was that once I got to 20 miles I only had 10k to do. I could picture a 10k race route in my head and thought to myself - that's not very far. Running 18 miles and still having 8 to do sound's far less appealing (to me anyhow).
Good luck at Brighton, I'll be in the crowd somewhere supporting
Thanks for your responses!
I have rejigged the training schedule so I will do the 20 miler for the psychological element but I'll do it 3 weeks before rather than 2. Thanks for your help!
Thanks Tracey It's really good to know that other people have managed it! I did 17 last weekend though I think I will skip the long run this week and do some shorter ones because haven't got out training properly this week- so will aim for 18 mile next week before tapering same as you
Sally- tried to send you a personal message but it won't go through? Such a relief to hear from someone else that is also panicking about it!! I had a nightmare week at work this week and haven't go out to run at all and feel awful... I've also had the same problem with illness and injury (knee!- feeling absolutely paranoid that something is going to go wrong in the next few weeks again!) Would be good to keep in touch over next few weeks for moral support if you fancy it?!
Perhaps just rest now and treat it as a 'get round' marathon and don't beat yourself up if you know you're not fully fit and don't do as well as you had hoped. At least you must have learned alot (the hard way) about your long runs and your training up to 20 miles. You know you will do better next time. Good luck.
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