Just a quick update to say thanks for all your help. My knee allowed me to run the first mile and then fast walk the rest of the first half. Once the knee pain kicked in I had to slow down considerably, but with lots of encouragement from my hubby and daughter as well as the crowd I managed to complete the marathon in a very slow (and painful) 7 and a half hours. Lessons learnt for me about how to pick a training plan in the future.
Thanks all. I've picked up some ITB trouble since I posted, probably as a result of increasing my mileage too quickly, so I'm likely to be walking more than I run. A bit disappointed and not feeling worthy, but determined to finish somehow.
Hi all, I'm training for the VLM and have a very slow pace (14 min miles - and yes, I realise that is a walking pace for some). Anyway, I did a half marathon two weeks ago in 3 1/4 hours. During the half marathon I had trouble at 10 miles so I walked a mile between 10 and 11 and then half walked half ran the last bit, but last week my body just seemed to give up at 11 and I ended up trundling the last 2 miles. I'm worried that I've reached my limit! I am also dieting and wonder if this is part of the reason. I do eat more after the long run, but tend to stick to my diet at other times. Does anyone have any tips? My training plan is run 25, walk 5 which I can maintain up until that 10/11 mile mark. Sorry for the long post...
I used to like running to music, but I have read too many articles warning women against doing this so I have been trying without. Also the wire used to get on my nerves and the ear buds kept falling out. I think I'm a little faster without music, or it could be that I'm just getting faster anyway.