Hi, didn't want to read and run! This thread is fantastic, I am embarking on my first marathon in May (Milton Keynes) and am a very slow unfit runner. I average out at a 10.30 min mile ATM which frustrates my springer spaniel no end!
Hello! I'm running. My plan is to complete without the sweep wagon passing me. Or dying. Apart from that I'm easy going. If you see a tall chubby redhead lass puffing away at the back, do give her a wave!
In May i was 19 stone and very unfit. Honestly, i couldn't have run from one lamp post to the next. I had a little girl in August last year and it all kinda got out of control! I am now 3 stone less and running the GNR next weekend (gulp!) I found i couldn't run that heavy, i had to shift some weight first so have only been training for 12 weeks. My last long run was 13 1/2 miles, and it took 2:52:56, which to most runners will be bloomin' awful but needless to say, i was thrilled! It gets better and better and easier and easier and one day you just stop thinking 'oh God i'm going to pass out/throw up/die' and you think 'I'm running. Just running and it's so easy!'
Would def say to enter something, it gives you real motivation. Also, make sure you really listen to your body. some aches you can ignore, some you can't (in my limited experience!)