I'm new to this board, thought I would pop on and say good luck with the training to everyone.
I have found out I have a place through my running club, which was scary and exciting at the same time. I've never run a marathon or even half marathon before. In fact I've only ever entered 3 races - so this should be fun !
I'm up to 12 miles, and have a 15 mile race on the 22nd Jan so need to get a 13/14 mile run in next week.
Has anyone been experimenting with gels during runs yet ?
What are people planning on taking to eat on the way round, jelly babies etc. I know I'll get hungry after a couple of hours !!
Again good luck everyone and hope the training goes well.
Hello - can I join in?
I've been reading this thread for a couple of weeks now - yes I am your official stalker so thought I should join in!
This will be my first marathon and I was extremely fortunate to get through on the ballot.My acceptance magazine arrived the day my husband moved out - I'm taking that as a sign!
So as a newly single mother of two kids I'm finding it challenging to get all my runs in but I WILL do it - I absolutely will do it.
I started running (well, let's be honest from the start, shuffling) a couple of years ago when I entered my first race for life. Since then I've done several more of those, a 10k, two half marathons and now have the big one coming up.
I've lost 3 stone and could ideally do with losing another two but am not too fussed as with all the running and a couple of military fitness type sessions each week I'm in better shape than I've been for over 10 years!
I am most definitely not built for speed - most of you could walk and keep up with me whilst I run but I just LOVE being out there putting in the miles - it's my therapy, no-one can get me. I run along the trans-pennine trail mostly which is lovely and without hills - i HATE hills!
My last half marathon was in October and since then I've gone right back to the beginning. Latest 'long' run was 11 miles which took me 2hrs and 20 minutes - ha! I told you I was slow! 12 miles on Friday and because i am some sort of freak am really looking forward to it!
Looking forward to getting to know you!
cregmallin - i saw someone in those too (when I did my very fast, for me, 10k race the day after I did 13 miles - which was the start of my injury). I was eavesdropping into a conversation the wearer was having with another racer who was asking about it. She said that in the normal shoes she got so many injuries and since she started wearing the toe/flat ones she hasn't had any. Said it took her a while to get used to it, but she swears by them. I think I'll stick to my injury inducing Brooks for now.....
Runningrara - the most I've done is 13 miles and not taken on anything yet. This week was meant to be 15 miles and was going to take a couple of jelly babies with me to practice with on that one. But, alas, I will instead be having a lie in and keeping the leg elevated - part of me is disappointed, part soooooooooooooooooooooo looking forward to actually having a weekend! I completely understand the fat reserves bit - think thats what gets me through it. But what a great excuse to eat sweets!!
BridgetFrancis2 - what great motivation! I think it's a brilliant sign, - out with the old in with the new sort of thing! Ending relationships is horrible to go through, and can't imagine what it must be like with children thrown in. But a marathon is a fanastic way to look forward - good on you!! Slow and steady is good - it always amazes me when I do races and think I'm an imposter amongst all these elite atheletes - they all start really fast, I keep my slow pace (as can't do the fast thing), and then there are always a few that I over take towards the end - much to their horror and my smugness!
Morning all! Welcome new people .
Calf news.... roller skating doesn't hurt a bit but it did hurt again afterwards. I wwent home and foam rollered it to death, then slapped on loads of voltarol and went to bed. Seems better this morning. More of an achey tightness than actual pain. So fingers crossed that a bit of rest solves it, and I can run again asap! I feel more positive today anyway, if it gets that much better overnight, it can't be too serious, right??!
welcome to our little gang Bridgit Francis 2 and spivvers
Kaffeeg brilliant news from your physio
Len keeping my fingers crossed for you
Nicole I was thinking about doing Llanelli half as not too far away from me. Only thing that week I am supposed to be doing a longer run, so don't know what to do really, should I stick to my plan or juggle it around a bit ?? what does everyone else think ?
Is everyone going to be carrying fluids with them on THE DAY or relying on getting them as they go round ? so many questions sorry .
Injury has struck with me too, I've managed to pull a muscle in my thigh, no idea how Pretty sore at the moment. I'll be going on the bike to try and keep my fitness up and might go swimming too. Trying to stay positive!!
Can anybody advise on restarting your training program after a having a week plus out? I'm worrying about missing the long weekend runs and getting back up to the distance in time.
Pip - I'm not planning on carrying my own fluids, I'll have a bottle of water or probably energy drink with me before the start but after that I'll be taking the water they provide. I'm taking my own gels though as I don't get on too well with Lucozade products.
Hi Pip - i'll be carrying a small bottle and giving more sports drink to my supporters at strategic points (e.g. 20k/30k). That way, I can avoid carrying too much.
Morning all! Welcome to all the new posters, and ice, ibuprofen and sympathy to all the injured Sounds like everyone's having the same sort of thoughts about water / gels etc as their runs get longer. I think the best thing is that we have loads of time still to practice and try different products on our long runs. I'll be carrying Shot Bloks with me, and relying on water stations. I'll be ignoring Lucozade / free gels etc on the day, as I just don't like them / they don't like me !! Best advice I've been given is try everything, find what works and then stick to it - don't try something new on the day just because its free!
Rest day today for me (phew!) need it after another hilly 50 mins yesterday. Very hilly 9M race in 2 1/2 weeks time, so need to get my hill work in now, and then I can just concentrate on building up my distance.
Happy running everyone!
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