I wonder if anyone can share my worry or give some advice? I completed Loch Ness Marathon 2011 successfully and was getting really in to my running therefore got places in the manchester 2012 marathon and the wilmslow half.
Both of which I had to cancel.
I was gutted to have to cancel but I simply didn't put the groundwork in. Nearly a year on - I have piled on weight, am eating and drinking whatever I want and feel rubbish.
I am the kind of person who needs a goal. I have (again) got a place for the manchester marathon 2013. I have been out for a few steady runs and have really struggled.
I guess what I am trying to ask the more experienced runners out there is whether I am out of my league to be able to get back my previous ability by april 2013?? And if so - how do I get back into it?!?!?
Indeed, it's up to you really...but if it's daunting, forget the mara, forget long runs, just trot around the block, just enough to feel the buzz and liven yourself up and anticipate the next run with pleasure.
Let's face it, the prospect of 10,15,20 mile runs at this time of year can be a bit off-putting, so just run for fun , don't look too far ahead, build don't stretch and you may find that you get your appetite back.
Hi Duncan I find the best way to keep motivated is to run with others. Once you start improving you will soon get the bug again good luck.
Duncan I have done the same as you and have an entry for Manchester . no one can do it for me so I guess I need to get my bum out the door, put in some miles and lose the weight . I will make it to the start line and hopefully that finish line too .
Echo what Ben says about going with how you feel. I've only started running seriously in the past few months and Manchester will be my first marathon so really looking forward to it. Up to 10 milers now and need to pick it up.
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