Starting my training for a may marathon and although im still on low enough mileage to use my usual routes or places near where i live i know that in the coming weeks i'll need to find places further afield! I live near the centre so run around the Feeder and trained up the downs while doing my half's but i don't fancy looping 5 times just to get the distance!
So i was wondering if there were any other Bristol runners here and where they have nice long runs? Preferably not all road and sights to keep my mind occupied!
I'm aiming for my first marathon in may after a few months out due to injury i'm hoping to just complete it. My 10k time is only slightly faster than yours (1 hour) and i've only gone up to a half mara before. I'm very determined to finish though, just to prove to myself that i can!
Thanks for all the info! It's nice to have a newbie perspective on everything, although seeing as you've done 2 now i think you can class yourself as more than new to this!
I will definitely look into those podcasts, i used to listen to books on my morning runs so i think i'd enjoy that.
I have protein powder so i'll remember to use it, but i haven't used gels before, is there a brand you can recommend, or a flavour!!
I think i'd also find that first run over the half distance a big step, although to be honest my first run of 20mins tomorrow is a little daunting at the moment! I can't even imagine running 26 miles at the moment, although i know i felt the same before other distances.
I've always been a bit worried finding someone else to run with, i don't want them to feel like i'm slowing them down. Although maybe it's time to look, especially as it's so dark and cold outside company might be nice.
At the end of August i was in an accident and fractured a vertebrae. I've been cleared by doctors and Physio to start running again. I had been planning to enter a marathon next year anyway and now i want to do it sooner rather than later. Previously i have only got up to half marathon distance and wondered if any more experienced runners had any advice?
The race i have my sights set on is at the end of march, the jurassic coast challenge, although i'm going to start training and see how it goes. I have my personal trainer helping me and looked up some plans to follow but i am starting from scratch as i haven't run since July.
I appreciate people's views about it being too short a time to train adequately, but i will be taking my back injury seriously and not enter if i'm unable to complete the runs earlier i the schedules. So any advice on how to get through the longer runs, or if anyone else is completing their first marathon in the spring i would be grateful