VLM first timer

Advice needed on best training plan and weight

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28/09/2012 at 12:24
Just got a ballot place in the VLM. Have been running for 18 months but furthest I have ever run is 13 miles which I ran a couple of weeks ago. Need advice on: 1. Training schedule. There are so many around, can anyone recommend one? Preferably one that has distance to cover rather than time. Also most training plans seem to be 20 weeks or less so when should I start the plan? I currently run 3 times a week, around 20-25 miles in total. 2. Goal time. Should I have a rough goal and what should I base this on. If I plug my 13.1 time (1h 41 mins) into the Macmillan calculator it says less than 4 hours but this seems a bit optimistic! 3. Weight. I have quite a low BMI but have been the me weight (7 stone) for about 20 years (I am female and 41 and am 5 foot 3). Will I run better if I put on a bit or should I stay as I am. Sorry for lots of questions but really want to give this a good go!
28/09/2012 at 13:06
Thanks for replying Cake, I'll take a look
28/09/2012 at 13:59

Just to answer point 2 - you might want to use the 4 hour time as a training target, but the MacMillan time is based on equivalent performance at each distance.  For a first-time marathoner, you'll struggle to reach this equivalent performace on your first attempt.  You might be one of the lucky ones who adjusts very easily to the greater distance, but the vast majority of runners don't and can take 30 mins to 1 hour longer.




28/09/2012 at 14:08
Thanks Stutyr, think I will start off with 4 hours as a target and then see how the training goes. Would be nice to beat 4 hours though, then wouldn't feel that I needed to do another marathon again quickly afterwards!

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