Thanks all for such good advice. Cougie, I've also been thinking about why I've not kept up the running since I did my half (it was the great scottish run in Glasgow). I have generally felt knackered since but also just lacking motivation. I know myself well enough that I know I work well with the 'threat' of a challenge. This addresses your point also Iconoclast. When I signed up for the half I told everyone I was doing it so that I couldn't back out and if I did then I would have looked weak. And that really did spur me on and I'm pretty sure without the threat of looking like a bit of a loser I probably wouldn't have done it! I know it's probably not the best motivation but it works for me (obviously also on top of losing weight and being healthier!).
I will still have time with the kids on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday as I would be doing my weekday runs in the evening as husband isn't home until 6.30. So while I sacrifice Sundays mostly to training I have Thu and Fridays with them. My husband would definitely support me and keep the kids occupied while I'm training.
The marathon I'm thinking of doing is the new Great Run Stirling marathon. Is anyone else doing this?
Thanks again everyone.
Thanks for the very good advice. I've taken it all on board. It's encouraging to hear you both say that it's definitely do able and what you say about having to really want to do it makes a lot of sense. I do really want to do it, without a doubt. I just don't know if it's too much blood take on when the kids are so little but my youngest won't be around school for another 4 years yet...that's a long time to put off doing a marathon and I will be 40 by then.
I'm completely lacking motivation since my half...ive only done 2 spin classes and no runs in the last 2 months and got an extra half a stone to show for it. I know I could sign up for another half but it's the 'challenge' that motivates me the most and because I've already done a half I'm not sure I will be so motivated to run if it's not for a bigger challenge.
I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I'm looking for some honest opinions from those more experienced than me on whether I should sign up for my first marathon. (Ignore my profile pic...I haven't run the London marathon, thats a story for another day!) I have two young children who are 3 and 1. I'm going back to work soon for 3 days a week. My diet and fitness has been poor since having my son 3 years ago. I recently committed to doing something about it and trained for and completed a half marathon last month. However since then I've gone to pot again and done no exercise and diet has been poor. I definitely need the motivation/threat of an event to keep me going! So...I'm thinking of signing up for a marathon in May next year but I'm worried about finding the time and energy to commit to the training. Any advice from anyone who has completed a marathon? Especially those with small children. Really how much training will I need to do...3 days a week or 4 or 5? Any tips from marathon veterans? Thanks all!
I'm still sore from a combat class on Sunday but hoping to go out for a 20min jog later and then I have yoga this evening so hopefully that will loosen me up a bit!
I got my confirmation email through today so that is me now officially registered, yikes! I am surprised at how nervous/scared I feel. I did the Edinburgh Moonwalk last year which is walking a marathon through the night but this is going to be so much harder!
I have told a lot of people, all the important ones anyway, so there is no backing out now!
Exciting stuff! I've only ever ran 10k do its good to have someone else in the same boat! I'm joining a local jogscotland group this week. Bit nervous but hopefully it will be good fun. Are you running for a charity or did you get a ballot spot?
I didn't do any running this weekend but did body balance and body combat yesterday for the first time in a while and I'm paying for it today, I can barely move!