First time marathoner!
I've gained a place in the London Marathon 2013 (eeeek!) This is my first marathon and just would like to get any hints/ tips from more experienced runners.
I have done a couple of half marathons before, and am doing Cardiff half in October and Silverstone in March. I regularly enter 5 & 10k races, last 10k was Llanelli and got a PB of 55:34 (I enjoy running but not especially good/fast)
I've entered VLM as it's the next challenge and I want to do a full marathon before I'm 30.
So, any advice welcome (or just a chat about general running, my husband gets bored of me going on about it I think!!)
Better to be on the start line 10% undertrained than 1% overtrained (think thats the stats) but bottom line is do not overtrain or you will end up injured before hand or have a miserable run. ENJOY IT........... its an amazing atmosphere. That said, do not under estimate it either. LOL
i read somewhere that the halfway point isnt 13.1 miles its really 20 miles, and having done it I can heartily agree. those last 6 miles will take all your determination! good luck.
good luck to you mate, as they say if your body says go then train, but if it aches then let it rest a bit, you will be fine,sounds like you have a bond place to know so soon, in which case i would worry more about raising the money than doing the training
Well done on your place .
I agree with the above, listen to your body and don't do too much to soon. I learnt the hard way and spent 5 weeks on the injury bench last year. Totally agree it is better to be undertrained than overtrained and risk injury.
And yes for me the halfway point was definately the 20 mile mark, the last 6 were the hardest.
I have just secured a place in the VLM 2013, and after the initial jubilation, comes the training strategy. I suffered bowel cancer a few years back and running had to stop, but i have been given a clean bill of health and am now restarting my training from scratch. I shall be a regular visitor to this site to gain help and inspiration, my drive comes from my charity and within.
Look forward to reading your pearls of wisdom.
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