Hi, thanks for all the great advice - very much appreciated.
I hadn't previously considered entering marathon events as an alternative to training (not carrying/stroring drinks is a massive plus) but I also really like the idea of trail racing to break up the monotony of road training.
I do note a definite concensus about treating Spring races as practice runs (especially for those new to the race like me) so I'm going to use your collective wisdom and aim to find a 'classification race' earlier in 2014 then spend last few months building up mileage and adding in strength training.
I'll make the Autumn my new target race date for BQ'16 - hopefully the additional distance training will put me in with a good shout.
I can see many of you run multiple marathons a year so interested in knowing how would you approach Spring marathons....do you treat them as races or as training runs?
I'm recovering from hamstring tendinopathy and expect it will be November before I can start any kind of training but registered for Edinburgh in May and in with a shout for the lottery for London. This will be my third race...would it be silly going all out for a PB knowing in June I'm going to be doing Comrades? I'm thinking specifically about having the suggested recovery time afterwards.
Hi All, registered for my first Comrades. I was born and grew up in Durban so watched this race many times through the 80's/90's and still recall the Fordyce era very fondly.
I just ran my first two marathon race(s) in April this year and after reading this thread it seemed like a good time to fulfil a goal I set a long time ago. Already picked up quite a few tips from the comments so far but looking forward to keeping in touch over the next 9 months or so.
There's a real response from core poster's here and that's fine because you guys are what help's new runners learn the ropes but from the outside. I'm just reading this thread for the first time in ages it seems like you're giving Lucy a hard time for something which is coming from a good place - up to and including a veiled challenge to her "running credentials".
I for one ran Brighton on Sunday and was disgusted by Boston which happened so suddenly afterwards - at that point I felt a massive feeling of solidarity with those guys and mainly because our community is above this sort of c**p. As runners (even those who don't use runner's world forums every day) we love what we do and enjoy the company of others who love what we do. There's truth that we have at time some over the top emotional responses in modern society but this is coming from a good place and sincerely its the same type of emotional response which helps raise millions for charity each year.
Lucy - stick with it. For personal reasons some may identify with your efforts and some won't but all you can do is ask.