Good work Joey! I think you'll be fine. I remember when I started training for my first marathon I was comfortably running only eight miles for my long run. Like Deb's advised I gradually started upping it by a mile a week with an easy week every three to make sure I didn't overdo it. Didn't get injured and got round in 3.51 which I was VERY pleased with!!
It was for my first marathon that I started doing speedwork (tempos and intervals) for the first time too. I found that they really helped to build strength for the longer runs. I felt the benefit straight away so can recommend that.
Also, nothing prepared me for the final 10k! A whole mix of pain, emotion, achievement. But you've got six months to worry about that Good luck fella, look forward to reading your progress
Every time it rains go running to prepare! Seriously, this year was a complete washout! I second Debra's advice,I always plan a break in the middle of a long training plan. I used the RW smart coach tool for my first marathon and it worked a treat.
Cara, I've done a lot of my training with and will be taking it on the day. I'll probably keep it switched off for most of the run and take in the atmosphere, but it's there if I need a bit of a boost!
I know there are still two weeks so the weather is more of a guess but the forecast is for a WARM one all week!!
Just been having a look at the forum on the SCC website and there is a SMS service for the marathon. You can get a text message sent with the times when you pass halfway and again when you finish, there is no limit on the amount of numbers you can enter;