Posted: 05/10/2014 at 19:10
I've got a (charity) place for London and it's my first ever marathon. Excited but also a bit nervous.
I'd really appreciate any advice you may have specifically on what time to go for. I will follow one of the custom-made Runners World 16-week planners, but at the moment I am not sure whether to go for sub-4:00, sub4:15 or sub4:30.
To give a bit of background, I'm a semi-regular runner. I've done a couple of half marathons in the past 4 years but the past 12 months or so have been really busy with work so I've not been as good with my running as I should be. To put things into perspective, I ran my first 10K in about a year or so today and my time was 00:54:52 (my 10K PB in 2012 was 00:45:40).
So the aim is now to build my 'baseline' fitness and running up to the 16-week planner. I ideally would have wanted sub4:00 but I thin sub4:30 may be more realistic. This will start in January, but my plan is to spend the next 3 months so building more distance and increasing my fitness (including a half marathon along the way.)
What do you think? What's your advice?