Madness

Marathon

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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

DO IT!

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.

HTH

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!

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