1 to 20 of 21 messages
04/11/2013 at 19:24


Am I mad to think about it even....!!!

I am a regular runner mostly 2/3 times a week.... between 2/3k each time my pb was 10k 2years ago 60 mins... average 5k most weeks between 30 and 40 mins depending on how much feel like running, I am bored now of the same old thing and I think that's where I am getting the idea to train for a marathon.... maybe half marathon first and see how I go.......

My family think I am mad apart from the one daughter who would probably train with me but does not want to do the marathon.

04/11/2013 at 19:29

Isn't that how we all got started? 

04/11/2013 at 20:37

forgot to say I have just turned 60!

04/11/2013 at 20:43


04/11/2013 at 21:48

Mad: maybe

join the gang

04/11/2013 at 22:42

Pfft. The first time I did Comrades (=2 marathons + a parkrun + a mile) there were 2 septuagenarians on the sports tour doing it too.

04/11/2013 at 23:26

I say go on and do it... it changes your life, at least it did mine.  No bigger feeling of achievement. 

05/11/2013 at 04:08

Start now. Aim for next Autumn.

Join a club. Socialise.  Have fun

05/11/2013 at 14:47

Do it Do it just do it! (I'm not trying to endorse nike - I just think it works for when you're considering doing something that deep down, you're pretty excited about doing)

05/11/2013 at 15:07

What have you got to lose? (apart from a few toenails maybe).

You know you want to. 

05/11/2013 at 17:27

Not mad, didn't Fauja Singh only start running at 89? 

08/11/2013 at 07:21

thank you so much everyone.....already started this week...... cant decide which one I will do yet but the quicker I choose the quicker I can start my training.... so excited motivation at it highest right now....

cougie    pirate
08/11/2013 at 10:25
Don't put off starting training. The more training you have under your belt - the better the marathon is. Turn up with poor training and its a long hard day ahead of you.

Find a local half marathon as an intermediate goal.

Work out your plans off that.
08/11/2013 at 11:40
A lot to be said for autumn marathons - less worry about weather or colds inteerupting training or race day being too warm
08/11/2013 at 13:44

Don't enter a marathon too soon. 18 months minimum from now, ideally 2 years. Lots of great races to do as you build up your endurance.

As Cougie said, do one too early and you will, excuse my French, - f**king hate it

08/11/2013 at 13:54

This is a bit like on Britain's got the X factor on Ice when a contestant comes on and they say how old? 60? And they they get a round of applause for being 60. Well done for being 60, You must be mad!!!! Or just an annoying attention seeker if you believe the thread on people saying " Am I mad?"

08/11/2013 at 14:41

1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and 1 in 6 experiences this at any given time.
(The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

Although mental disorders are widespread, serious cases are concentrated among a relatively small proportion of people who experience more than one mental health problem. (The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2005)

I haven't come across any evidence to support a hypothesis that contemplating a marathon is an indicator of a mental health problem.


12/11/2013 at 12:18

thanks again for the motivation.... I have just joined the local running club  starting on thursday..looking forward to it....

12/11/2013 at 13:42

Nice one Mon. That sounds like a good move

16/11/2013 at 20:18

Hi Monica.  I am 66 and ran my first marathon in London in April this year. It took me 5hours and 58mins but I still managed to finish before 2000 people!  Believe you can do it and you will. I have never been an athlete - I used to do the 5k Race for Life and that was more or less it. But 4 years ago, after a life-changing event, I decided that I would take up running. And now I have entered the Edinburgh Marathon 2014!  So just go for it - it will be amazing!

1 to 20 of 21 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW competitions

RW Forums