Edinburgh is going to be my first marathon too. Training has been tough, managed to get up to 21 miles last week, everything after 18 gets really tough, i think 18 is my "wall".
I too have concerns about how the hell i'm going to get through the last 6 miles. I've heard envisiging it as the start of a nice easy 10k helps with the mind games. But can't say that will help me on the day.
That said, i'm expecting it to be tough, if it was easy it wouldn't be such a great acheivement.
I wonder if anyone could offer some advice for me.
I've been a runner for a good 3 years now, having got through 6 half marathons i'm now in full training for my first full marathon in May (Edinburgh).
Lately though, i've been getting nasty pain sometimes during, but mostly after a run going from the outside of my right ankle which then shoots up the side of my lower leg, following some breif internet research i think it sounds most like Peroneal Tendinopathy....A common injury for overpronators apparently.
I had a nasty football injury to this ankle 4 years ago and haven't been able to play football since as it's too weak, but running hasn't really caused it too much of a problem until now.
I currently use a neutral high cushioning trainer with orthotics, (i'm of a normal weight for my height), but i'm pretty certain that something within my footstrike is causing the problems.
Would i be best trying to get rid of the orthotics and trying a motion control shoe instead?
Thanks, i'm toying with entering the Edinburgh one for next May so plenty of time yet. Weather during training doesn't bother me, i'll run in any conditions. My best half marathon is 1:52 so i'd probably look at a 4:00 to 4:15 marathon training plan.
My reason for doing it is that i enjoy running and feel at a peak now so it just seems like the right time, i might regret never trying one when i'm an old and incapable.
I remember the feeling of crossing the finish line at my first half marathon, i don't get that anymore so need my next challenge now and a marathon just seems like the next natural progression.
I'll have a look at some training plans to see what's involved and go from there, cheers for the advice.
I've been running for about 2 and a half years now and I've done a few Half Marathon's, most recently completing my third Great North Run last Sunday. I really enjoyed the run and felt i had plenty left at the end of the race.
This has led me into thinking i want to run a marathon. I'd be interested in anyone's opinion who has made this transition in the past, to find out how difficult it is and what is required to go from half marathon to full marathon?
I get this too and apparently it's quite common. If you are worried about the big race day, on one of your long training run's before hand, try a couple of immodium the day before (as long as you are ok with these and not prone to constipation).
I find it works for me, it just settles the gut down for a couple of days. Whenever i have done a half marathon in the past i have taken these and then not had trouble from my gut. But i would suggest trying it on a longer training run first, never try anything new on race day as we all know.