Iron Min v Soup Dragon
Silly question time - how do you deal with nerves. Someone's just said it's less than 10 weeks and I suddenly feel sick to the pit of my stomach. Loads of people are asking how its going, and being interested, which is really nice, but just seems to add pressure.
Tell me this is normal and I'm not a complete idiot - and how to deal with it.
Are you in it to win it Helen!?
Chill and enjoy it
which is why i've run my maras with other people and we've had a chat & a laugh and a good swear .....(well I have)
I do get a bit nervous the night before, but I just think about the finish and how much I'm looking forward to seeing everybody and having a laugh....
perhaps I'm not taking this seriously enough !!
I may be an imposter. I may be a 6 hour person in a sub 5.30 hour forum. But you, and I, won't know that until D day. So I'm staying!
First marathon - London, 10 1/2 weeks to go. So far my training has consisted of: Injury, better, injury reoccured as pretended I was better when I knew I wasn't, told off my phsyio on a weekly basis, now getting better and unfortunately doing all my running in the pool for now (hope to start land running again - carefully - on sunday). But - feeling confident despite it all! Want to start, want to finish, want to not hit the wall!
Any advice is helpful!
Hiya kaffeeg - not an imposter at all, I would be a 6 hourer if I was to do a marathon now. You are more than welcome to join this little gang here and we'll help all we can but you might also want to (or instead of, I won't flounce) check out Len and Bridgets just get round thread. We are still bimbling along from last year and Min has since been released of her mentoring duties (we unlocked the thread and let her out). She pops her head in sometimes for sage words.
Sorry to hear about your injury. Be careful not to start back too quick too soon or try and catch up on lost sessions. You might want to try run/walk to get you round, something like run 5 mins/walk 1 min. Just take it slowly. London will always have a big chunk of slow runners and people who walk the whole way, the atmosphere is electric so you won't be on your own.
I forgot to mention that I have run - 2 days in a row! I've come away to Devon for a short break and there is a 2-mile quiet seafront stretch just a short hop and jump from the hotel which is so fab and asks to be run down and back. 4.5 miles in 1 hour each day (well 61.5 mins yesterday, 61 mins today). 13.5min/miles. Slow but consistent.
Spence - that did make me laugh! No, highly unlikely to win it! But pre-anything nerves is just one of those things I do, sort of regardless. Performance anxiety, I suppose, even if it's only against myself that performance will be measured. When I was at school I used to sing in the chior and I'd be looking as white as asheet until ~ 10 minutes before we went on stage, when I'd be sick, then everything would go fine. Worried everyone the first occasion I wasn't sick - it had become a standard part of the pre-concert ritual for everyone esle as well as me! Nerves 10 weeks out is a bit of a record though, even for me.
Nice running Soups. I've not managed to get out much - I did an hour of the treadie this morning, during which my brain turned to cream cheese. However, it was probably safer than pounding the streets and falling arse over tit on an icy patch.
ahh glad it made you laugh, thought after I'd written it you might take it the wrong way sometimes things don't 'read' as intended!!
I've run the last 2 days, having missed out 3 runs, including a LSR
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