You can definitely do it. The rest does partly depend on what your current fitness is and what your ambitions for the marathon are.
you will be able to do it as long as you have total belief in yourself.
but you must take it steady by just adding a mile or two to your weekly long slow run.
Don't doubt yourself and you can conquer the distance.
Be sure to rest after each long run and if you could do some cross training like swimming or cycling that would be a great help.
The main thing to remember is you can do whatever you put your mind to! Its the thoughts that count so try to think positive and let nothing stop you.
when you have your first marathon under your belt you will know this and it will make you ready to do whatever you wish.
Enjoy your running.
yuo can do it
well, I did a marqa befiore a half
but it-it isnt easy
The fairly standard advice is to have 12 months' training under your belt before attempting a marathon. You'll be close to that so should be ok. Find a schedule on the training tab, err on the side of caution and I'm sure it'll come together fine.
In terms of racing, if you really want to peak for Stratford I wouldn't stress about Bath too much - treat it as a slightly fast training run rather than a flat-out race. Main reason for this is that (as a rule of thumb - not everyone would agree) it can take up to 2 weeks to recover from a flat-out half and, when training for a full, you can't really afford to miss 2 weeks of training, especially 6 weeks out, because then you'd have only one week back in training before a three week taper.
Good luck at Cardiff.
There is a huge and real difference between a 1/2 and full marathon in every aspect I can think of. Training, racing, recovery etc. But you sound motivated and have structured your training so far with the expertise often missing from those of us who claim to be 'experienced runers'. I think you'll do well and should go for it
You guys are the best! Thanks so much for all your encouragement! Feeling more determined than ever now...but equally scared!!! Will take more of a look into things later! I hate this work malarky! But the boss is away today so that's a bonus!
The days when the boss is away are always the best! lol
The distance will scare you (untill you've done it), but if you can build up to 11miles and feel fine, building up to 20 will be a doddle. For me getting up to 5 or so miles were the hardest ones in the first few months. Have fun!
Difficult but not impossible.
Building up from 13-17 was the hardest for me.
Half to a marathon isn't as tough as it's made out to be. If you're just looking to finish, it'll be a breeze. If you want to get a good time then it'll be tough (same as any race where you want a good time).
Finish your half, get fat for a few weeks then start slow training again, get fat for a few more weeks again over xmas then start training in January. The hardest part of a maraton is the eating and nutrition side of things - it's very tough to ensure you are properly fed for running for 3-4 months non-stop..
There are loads of marathons out there, probably best to pick a nice flat one. I have always told myself I would run a marathon before I was 25, Missed that goal though! only 26 so not far from that goal! Have you got any time in mind Donner_Kebab? I know most people say just go out and enjoy it but I can't do that i'm too competitive!
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