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London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:44

washwood - I am doing the Gosport Half which is rather flat, so hopefully it should be fine. I realise this means I have about 6 weeks to get into gear from today's embarrassing 10K time to put in more distance & speed. I'd be happy to do it in 01:50:00ish but I realise that's a very tall order. Either that or I'll do the Downton Half which gives me more time for training as it's at the end of November; but it's a hillier course. 

Medicalert - thanks very much for pointing that out. I suppose I should for now just focus on getting the distance in and improve my fitness and hopefully avoid injury. 

In all honesty, I'd be very happy with sub4:30; ecstatic with sub4:15 but positively elated with sub4:00. 

London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:30

Hey washwood.. looks like you've already put in some good groundwork. I'll have some catching up to do from now till Christmas but hopefully I can put in a decent half marathon time in November and maybe a few good 10K times. Realistically I should probably aim for 4.30 but we'll have to see how the training goes I suppose. 

Do you all recommend using the custom-made 16-week planners for subscribers on RW? They look pretty good and it means I don't have to do much thinking for myself which is always a good thing...! 

London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:07

Thanks for the advice. 


tricialitt - I think you're right. I'm doing the Great South Run in a few weeks, and I'm going to book a half-marathon sometime in Nov/Dec, which should hopefully set the pace. Thanks for the advice. 

Medicalert - thanks for the advice. I have in the past done weights so I will try to re-incorporate those into my training. Sometimes I find BodyPump classes quite useful too. 

I must admit the 16-week planner looks quite daunting at the moment! I'm really excited but also nervous; but I suppose that's par for the course for any first time marathoner. 

London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 19:51

Best half time was 01:45:55 in 2011. As I said, I was much fitter (and slimmer!  ) than I am now. I did another half in 2012, which I did in 01:57:23.

London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

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? 

2012 Marathon thread

Posted: 30/10/2011 at 20:13
Edinburgh. First marathon. Aim is to finish! (But hopefully under 4 hours.)

Training for a marathon (first timer)

Posted: 30/09/2011 at 11:04

I did it! I've now registered for the Edinburgh Marathon.


Training for a marathon (first timer)

Posted: 27/09/2011 at 22:15

Hi, this is my first post on this forum, and I would appreciate any form of advice you can give me.

I have never run a marathon before, and I am thinking of running my first one next year. Possibly the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2012.

In terms of my running background, I have been running regularly over the past 3-4 years but only over the past 12 months have gotten more serious. My PB for a 10K was 47 minutes (Marwell 10K, May 2011) and just this past Sunday I did my first ever half marathon, and my time was 1 hr 45 minutes (New Forest Half).

With this information in mind, do you think it's realistic for me to aim to run a full marathon by May next year? I try to run at least 3 times a week, and this is normally interspersed with regular weight training (whcih I do 3 times a week as well.)


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