To run or not to run....

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28/04/2012 at 13:08


 I'm am trying to decide whether it would be a good idea to attempt to the Belfast marathon next monday (7th) or not. I am not sure I've completed enough training (due to work commitments + injury).

 I've completed 2 x 13 miles, 2 x 15 miles, 1 x 17 miles, 1 x 17.5 mile and 1 x 18 mile during my 16 week training but shorter runs have been very sporadic. The 18 miler was 3 weeks ago. I wasn't particularily tired after the 18 miles (was quite happy to go to work straight after) but I was stiff and sore for a couple of days after. Also not sure if I'd have been able to keep going for another 8 miles!

 I've no intention of aiming for a particular time, just to complete it without doing myself any damage.

Does anyone have any advice/opinions? I'm completely torn as I get very polar opinions from friends and family!! Its my first marathon.

Thanks in advance xxx

cougie    pirate
28/04/2012 at 13:13
If go for it. Just ease the pace back a bit.
28/04/2012 at 15:19
go for it, take it easy and enjoy the day. So long as you are going with the target of completion rather than a particular time you will feel great  for haivng done it. Don't take the advice of friends and family unless they are runners
28/04/2012 at 15:36
go for it!
28/04/2012 at 15:45
you're I mean Go for it!
cougie    pirate
28/04/2012 at 16:03
Lol !!
28/04/2012 at 21:11
Deja vu here, NLR and Cougie
28/04/2012 at 22:41
It's like Groundhog day in here!
30/04/2012 at 17:11

Haha! Thanks guys!

Decided to give it a go but taking it seriously slow

Jo xxx 

30/04/2012 at 17:50
good luck - let us know how you get on
30/04/2012 at 18:07

Will do, thanks!


09/05/2012 at 08:07
Hello! I thought I'd let you know that I completed the marathon in 4.26.28! So glad I did it (although my legs are complaining now!!).
Thank you for all your encouragement, it was a in important factor in me deciding to do it xxxxxxxxxx
09/05/2012 at 08:44

Well done Joanna and a very respectable time as well.

Out of interest did you run it all or did you end up run/walking.

09/05/2012 at 08:59

well done! A great time too

09/05/2012 at 09:35
I managed to run whole way...well I say run no doubt people could probably walk faster!!
09/05/2012 at 10:58

Hi Joanna, also curious as to what pace you run first half, 20 miles. You could prove a useful reference point for others who are looking to do a marathon with perhaps not optimum training.


09/05/2012 at 19:23
Hi, I ran the the first half in 2hr 13 and 19 miles in 3hrs 12 so it works out as a pretty consistent 10.1 min mile I think. Had to keep tucking in behind people going slower than my body wanted to at the beginning so I wouldn't overdo it (I don't have a garmin). I still had enough in the tank for a slight burst for the last mile
10/05/2012 at 08:27
My first in 9 days time (cape wrath).
Aim is simply to finish the course.
Thanks for an encouraging report, Joanna.
10/05/2012 at 09:01

Looks like you paced it to perfection!

Well done and good luck with your future running.

10/05/2012 at 09:09
Thanks Max power!

Good luck other half, you will feel amazing at the end and you won't want to take that medal off! Remember that everyone around you will be finding it tough too and that it will all be amazingly worth it. Best of luck xxx
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