MsE - I was going to give you some perfect words of wisdom for novice marathon runners. But then GerardM saved me the trouble.
Minni - It's funny (in a totally non-amusing way) what you say about the calm and slow-motion effects of your accident. I had a pretty serious accident about a hundred years ago (two broken legs, two weeks in hospital) and had plenty of time to calmly ponder the ramifications of what was happening as I was thrown through the air in peaceful slow motion. Some years ago I spoke to a woman who, as a child, had watched her young brother being run over and killed. She described this same 'slow-motion' effect as she watched the scene from the other side of the road.
I would ask for theories as to what might explain this 'slow-motion' experience. But I won't, for fear it might open up a cadence-style outpouring of impenetrable jibber-jabber.
Oh my goodness me! What the hell is the matter with people? MsE has been yakking away on here for about 12 years with all sorts of inane jibber-jabber and only now drops a subtle hint about her past as an international hockeyist. I represented my school house in the 50 metre backstroke when I was 10 and I'm still banging on about it now. I came last, but I don't usually mention that bit.
OO, I think it's easier for non-talented runners to treat their debut marathon as 'an experience, rather than a race.' So you've got no chance with your daughter. She's going to race it, whatever her old man says.
GerardM - treadmill running seems to be the only way I can stay free of niggling injuries (take note, SBD). So, aside from the occasional parkrun, it's pretty much all treadmill these days.
Some eye-watering monthly mileage going on around here. I wish the slackers amongst you would report your own feeble totals. Won't anyone join me at the dizzying heights of 130 for November? Almost all of them on the treadmill.
Thanks to the lovely Abbers for bothering to send me a schedule, when he doubtless had better things to be doing. The kindness of strangers, huh?
Yikes, Poacher, that all sounds deeply unpleasant.
Thanks Abbers - very kind. But unfortunately the link doesn't work. It just leads me to a 'subscriber only' notice. I'll send you a PM with my email address, in the hope that you're able to cut & paste the schedule into an email. But don't worry if this isn't possible.
Gul - John McAvoy accidentally discovered his supreme fitness when he broke a few indoor-rowing world records. He was in jail at the time. He served about ten years for various acts of unpleasantness and is now striving to become a full time athlete (long-distance triathlon).
As regular listeners to Radio 4's Woman's Hour, I'm sure you all heard the John McAvoy interview the other day, talking about changing his old habits (illegal stuff) for new ones (triathlon stuff). If, through some temporary lapse of judgement, you missed the programme, then it may be worth your while reading one of the several online articles about his story.
Abbers - I used that RW plan several years ago and thought it was pretty good, but I can't find it now. Are you able to email it to me? I've selected Manchester as the next marathon which I'll miss through illness or injury and so the training starts soon(ish). Thank you.