Virgin London Marathon 2011 First Timers

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14/11/2010 at 18:52

hey all,

 Hope everyone's had a good weekend.

 9 miles for me yesterday, building up fairly slowly but actually felt really good the last couple of miles and upped the pace a bit to finish. 

Am going to follow a 16 week schedule, but add an extra two weeks in case of illness/injury so planning to start mid December.  The plan includes two 18 mile runs, a 20 and a 17.  I hadn't thought of making one o them longer but from what you guys are saying that seems like quite a sensible idea. Think I may enter an organised run for at least one of them - maybe the oakley 20 or gade vale harriers 20, as not sure I would have the motivation if I set out alone!

14/11/2010 at 20:53

Yep, my plan is to go for 22 miles before I go off on my very ill timed holiday in March & then do at least one 18/20 miler when we get back before I start tapering.

Like the idea of the dextrose, might try that!  

14/11/2010 at 21:59
Hellooooooooooo im running VLM2011 1st time and can't wait running for Sense Deaf and Blind People......... Have run the Guernsey Marathon in 2009 completed in 4hr 10mins 20sec, so hope to break 4hrs for London, fingers crossed, good luck everyone. i ran a 19.1 mile run on friday in 2hrs 51 mins 32 secs, so all is well at the moment!
15/11/2010 at 07:48

Hi all and welcome M-J & Daniel

Hope everyone had a good weekend! My legs just get stronger and stronger, I'll be back to my best in no time!  Pushed myself on the weekend and did 5 mile instead of three as was feeling good and no after effects so felt good about that!

Aimee / Squeakz - The only reason I get up at 5.30 to do my running is because I have a delightful 3 year old boy who I have to attend to. The alarm gets me up at 5.30 (I have one snooze ) get washed, do stretches, out the door at 6 and back for 7 when I have to get the boy ready / breakfast etc and then off to work. I get my quality time with him in the evening before he goes to bed and then some quality time with Mrs Miggito ! I'm used to it now and don't mind it at all and this way my running doesn't impact on family / work too much.

I must confess I do get a lie in on  a Saturday till 6.30 before I go running though and Sunday is my day off!  

Ps - I will be doing a wee bit longer (22/23 miler) run as part as my training also at a very slow pace just so I know I can do it. Not sure if it would work for everyone but psycologically I think it will do me the world of good as well!

15/11/2010 at 09:20
Hi All!

Welcome to all the recent newcomers Great to say everyone is training well - I can't wait to get back out there! Sadly, six weeks on I still have a sore foot despite physio and things I am slightly concerned it is still there so back to the doctors we go today! Wohoo. Luckily it's November and not February!

15/11/2010 at 22:00

Oh Kate, hope the Doc had some good news for you & you're not getting too dispirited. Miggito - glad to hear you're on the road to recovery! Great news.

Daniel, you sound like a pro. 19 miles in under 3 hrs at this stage in the game - well done you! 

Just back from the bone cruncher. He recons 16 week traing plans are a bit too intense for anyone who is new to running or isn't already running 18-20 miles per week on a regular basis.. He's an athlete and he's done several Marathons, plus he's working with damaged bods everyday, so I trust him. Anyway his advice for anyone who wants to run & not adopt a walk/run get you round strategy and who's not already doing 18-20 miles to slowly work up to that before starting on the 16 week plan. That will help avoid injury & build fitness.. Well you did ask  the when to stat trainin question folks!  

Question .. Anyone tried the Lucozade Sport Jelly Beans?   

16/11/2010 at 08:33

morning . interesting to hear that Helen , is kind of what I have been doing these last three weeks, gradual increase of mileage , so its not a shock when starting a 16 week plan !

remember to join FETCHEVERYONE and start logging the training on there , that way we can see each others training logs . if you do join , my name on there is mickeygooner

16/11/2010 at 19:39

Hi everyone, Helen definately not a pro

monday.... did some hill work for an hour

Tuesday.....did 5.1 miles in 37 mins

wednesday... i will do a 13 miler

Thurs day off

Fri will wait and see

16/11/2010 at 21:54

Didn't fancy it tonight if I'm honest.. Went for a swift 3.5 miles anyway & found a tenner!

Result....In the pot for the charity..

16/11/2010 at 22:25

Hey...that's a good sign isn't it...finding a tenner?

5.75 miles interval training for me with a couple of hills. 4 miles tomorrow evening, 3 on Thurs and again Sat and 10 miles LSR on Sunday.

16/11/2010 at 23:41
am chuffed with myself . had 12 hour shift walked home , took dog out for a walk then went straight out and  done 3.5 ,. Its the first time i have planned a run after a day on shift as normally work round the shift and run when off but am going to have to get used to it so am making it a habit . What helped was rather then dread it all day and not look forward to it , I told myself I was looking forward to it and it really worked , was bloddy freezing and got very strange looks as was wearing shorts ! but was well pleased when I got back and felt good
17/11/2010 at 08:52
Good for you Mike - PMA is defo the wat forward!
17/11/2010 at 21:14

Hi All just a quick question-

I am currently doing 3 x 7 mile runs a week, which i'm finding ok- atm i am out of action as i pulled a calf muscle (ouch), but i have been told id be better doing shorter runs in the week (i.e. 3 x 5 mile runs) and a longer run at the weekend?

Has this worked for anyone else?


Edited: 17/11/2010 at 21:15
17/11/2010 at 23:33
i think that is what most plans advise , maybe two shortish 3-5 and one long which increases each week .
19/11/2010 at 07:18
Hi all!

I'd like to join this forum if that's ok?? I got a ballot place for the VLM on my first application (like others, I thought I'd get a knockback and a jacket!!) and have decided to run for Cancer Research UK as a close friend has been diagnosed with the big C recently.

I'm a running novice and currently on holiday in Hong Kong, I am off for a run around the racecourse later (1.35km) which I have done a couple of times whilst here..back in the UK next week and I'm going to start my training proper! Also going to get some orthotics made next week on my return too - I've had several ops on my feet so am really hoping that my feet hold out! My physio has been pre-warned lol!

I've read through all your threads and have just joined fetcheveryone (JoSmith) and am looking into the parkruns too... I usually do the Hyde Park Last 5k of the month too....

Loving the ideas for sponsorship too! Particularly the idea of it in Christmas cards or e-Christmas cards!! Think I'll do mainly e-cards (for Cancer Research UK of course!

19/11/2010 at 08:27

I want add new discussion to this forum about infrared therapy...Low-level infrared therapy is a type of low-energy laser that uses light in the infrared spectrum. The Anodyne Therapy System is a type of low-level infrared therapy, developed by Integrated Systems Physiology Inc.Its a good treatment...

infrared therapy


21/11/2010 at 18:23

Hi all and Hi Jo..Welcome.

10 miles for me today in a time of 1hr 33 mins. It would have actually been faster but we stopped at 9.2 miles when we reached home , did some stretches and then decidede to round it up to a nice 10 miles . I ran with a friend today which was a new experience for me (running with someone not having a friend!). She's a really good runner and usually runs 8 minute miles so I was slightly worried about the pace, anyway we chatted all the 10 miles and it passed very quickly. I also ran a PB for 10 miles. Although she's not doing the marathon she would like to train with me so I may have a running partner for my long runs. My only difficulty will be getting her to slow down as I really don't want to be running any faster than 9:30 min miles on my long runs.

I usually run 3 nights a week during the week (evenings) and always 3  miles on a Sat morning. I find my long runs (which are always a Sunday) are easier if I've done a 3 mile warm up the day before. This week though I've only done 4 runs- I missed the 3 miles on Thursday.  Life just sometimes gets in the way of running!

Anyway, happy running this week for you all

21/11/2010 at 19:45
Im doing pretty well at the moment, my issues have started to sort themselves out and im feeling really strong at the moment. I simply can not complain
21/11/2010 at 21:39

Hi Everyone.

Its my first London marathon although i did the edinburgh mara in 2006 and 2007.Really looking forward to it..nut nervous too.Mt times have been 4.30 and 5 hours for Edinmburgh,but I just want to finish.It will realise an ambition of mine.Will be a great feeling.

Hope this finds all well and "reasonably" injury free.

PS Did a 10 miler today,with branny shoes.Felt good


21/11/2010 at 22:20

Hi all just found out on tuesday that i have been given one of the places from my running club was feeling good then on friday came down with the dreaded lurg so not run this weekend

hope everyones training goes to plan  

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