I agree that a s long as you do the right training then nothing is as bad as you fear. I was worried about the hills at Brighton for my first marathon but I made sure I did plenty of hill training incorporated into my lsrs and they didn't bother me in the slightest on the day.
I live by the sea on the south coast and there is always a 'breeze'
Hi all, How is everyone doing this week? The past few days have certainly been a roller coaster of emotions. After the joy of watching the Brighton Marathon on Sunday to the devastation and heartache of Boston on Monday evening, it was just so hard to take in.
Anyway, we run on united.
Brighton was a fantastic day, it was the first marathon I have actually spectated at! We were there to support two people, neither of which had trained properly and both of whom bombed. The young lady, who is in her 20s, dropped out at 13m and her partner (early 30s) who certainly had it in him for a sub 3:45 carried on but took over 2:30 for the second half. They had both stubbornly refused any advice over the past few months and were "surprised" at the hills!!!! It made my blood boil! It just goes to show how much respect this distance needs (and, just between us, it made me a little more proud of what I have achieved!!).
JL2 - I agree with the fact that it is cheap. Brighton are wanting £60 off me for next year!! You know you want to do it. Go on go on go on.
Hannah - All healed up nicely thank you and back at it. I was actually fine by marathon day but just hadn't done enough training and didn't want to bomb out at 13 miles
I know what you mean about training in the summer, I hate running in the heat and it going to take a bit of getting used to, but there's no point in doing it if it isn't a challange!
I have just had to deffer from Brighton which I am really disappointed about due to a bruised heel bone and strained achilles after falling off a curb! I know, numpty right. Anyway that took me out of training for over 3 weeks and having only done one 20 miler in beginning of Feb I am just completely unprepared for a marathon.
So, I thought I would try a marathon later in the year rather than waiting for next Spring. I am terrible if I don't have something to aim for! New Forest looked perfect, if not a little hilly. My biggest challenge is training through the summer as I much prefer the cold weather to run in!
I am a bit of a slow coach it has to be said. I have done 3 marathons previously, Brighton 2011 at 4:54 (was determined to break 5hours on my first attempt!!), then last year was Brighton 4:45 followed by London the week after 4:48. I have a real problem getting my little chubby legs to move at any kind of pace but I would like to crack 4:30 for this one.
Anyway, that's enough for now, I hope this thread keeps going and maybe we can aspire to the dizzying heights of the Brighton 2013 thread! We should be in the events section really I suppose.......