Hi all . Bath isn't until March 3rd so am getting myself ready for that and using it as a tune up race for London. It comes at just the right time in the schedule.
Hi all .Keep up the good work. Remember to take your long runs slowly !!
How are you doing Pip ?
Hi Big Eater. That is great news. 16.6 is excellent. Miles in the bank and long run box ticked for this week.
Hi Rakhee. Welcome aboard. They are a good bunch on this thread and we are all here to help.
Firstly DON'T PANIC !!!
One thing I see as a positive believe it or not coming from your post is that this is your first marathon. I say this as there is so much that you don't need to worry about. No tempo runs, speed work on the track, Goal marathon pace runs , hill sessions or anything intensive. This is something that crazy competitive marathoners like me have to do, But not you, so that is something you don't need to worry about.
You still have 9-10 weeks yet. Sure the taper will start 3-4 weeks out, but you have time. There are a few things we could look at.
Firstly, could you fire over what other training you do during the week, whether it is running or anything. As bigeater said you are up to 12 miles. That is great, however when did you do this 12 mile run ? One thing I will say to you is don't worry. This really is do-able. It is very easy at this stage to say gee !! if I can barely run 12 miles how am I going to do 20, or even a marathon. negative thoughts that will just hamper and hinder you. It just doesn't work like this anyway and we can cover all of this. But get it into your head that this is not impossible. Sure it is a slog, but it is well within all the bodies capabilities ( I am sure I have said this before to others on here LOL) to run a marathon both mentally and physically. Try phasing out negative thoughts with positive ones. You probably have heard this before, but it helps.
Could I also ask you when you started your marathon training for London ?
Sorry Rakhee. Getting carried away with everything I wanted to ask you.
I should have said, You are actually not too far short of your target in terms of your long run mileage at all.
It is easy to worry and panic when the situation is not nearly as bad as you think !!
Hi all a welcome wave to newbees still here still pondering, but just read your response to Rakhee Kiwi and you have got me thinking again now......arghhhh !!!
Hi everyone, thank you for the warm welcome and replies. Sorry i've taken so long to reply.
Kiwi - i run three times a week. One run of 5 miles and another which is usually 3/4 of my long run and then my long run on a saturday. I've been pre training since september and started properly training for the marathon since Jan 1st. I cycle on sundays usually around 8 miles just to help loosen up my legs, I also spend 20mins a day using the foam roller as well as stretching. I usually also try and fit in strength training ever 3 days but this is using body weights.
This week has been a better week, I ran 5 miles on Monday and 8 miles on wednesday. Legs felt good, a little sore but the compression socks have done wonders for my calfs. I'm heading out for min 13 tomorrow but i'm hoping to make it a cheeky 14 if my legs hold out. I'm also going to try my first gel tomorrow, anyone got any recommendations to which one I should try? I plan on visiting my local running shop to pick them up on my way home.
Hope everyones training is going well, thanks again for the warm welcome.
Hi Rakhee. Really glad you got back to us. That sounds very encouraging. if you have run 12 you can certainly do 13 miles. Everything else is totally in place. You are cross training on your bike which is totally recommended, 3 runs a week is fine, you are doing S and C work which will help injury prevention, you have been training for a while now so have miles in the bank and I bet you have a reasonably good aerobic foundation because of the amount of training you have done, not just since the beginning of January,but last year.
In fact everything you are doing here is spot on. I like the shorter runs ( 5 miles ) and the slightly longer run ( 8 miles: This we call the second long run. Longish , but not very long !!). So what were you worrying about !! I know easy to get panicky if it is not happening, but you are right on target.
One word of advice here, and please adhere to this. Do your long run tomorrow of 13. If you feel you can do 14 then great. BUT PLEASE GO SLOWLY. you are not worried about pace at all !! In fact if it took you 2 hours or more to run 13-15 miles or whatever this still equates to a very long run. It is also time spent on your feet. Anything over 2 hours doubles up.ALSO, if you need , or want to walk for a bit then walk. This is permitted in marathoning. If it means you complete your mileage by having to walk a bit then that is fine. As you progress into bigger mileage then you will cover this distance anyway and will probably run most of it, however it doesn't matter.
Please get back to us Rakhee and let me know how it goes.
b and T and bigeater, great mileage. Well done.
You there Pip ? How's things ?
Hi all running this weekend, going to stretch the miles a bit tomorrow, Think because I have been stressing so much about deciding what to do about London its coming between me and running if you see what I mean [ probably not as haven't explained it properly] I think in all honesty am going to have to defer as not put the miles in. Feel terribly guilty about this as there are people out there who were desparate to run and didn't get in. Also made the mistake of reading a post on another forum on here where someone else was also wondering about deferring, and had not a very nice response from someone which made me feel worse, Think the most important thing is that I enjoy my running as I have done for years, and also really enjoyed the training for London last year and want to be able to do that again. Not posted on here for a bit as feel very guilty about my decision
Well done all of you for your good mileages oh and Rakhee try Shot bloks ...mmmmmm delicious and I found they worked really well, will definately use them again
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