Posted: 02/11/2011 at 19:48
Just thought I would pop in to say well done to everyone for making the step to train for and run a marathon
Someone did a few posts of advice, was it run also? Or something like that lol Great advice given there. I have run 5 marathons, 1 of them London in 08 and I got a place for next year too.
I've not run a mara for a couple of years and have had a few niggling injuries over the last couple of years so I am starting my training from a standing start so to speak! I cycle to work and have my base fitness but whether you are a total beginner or someone like myself. A big rule to follow is.
Don't up your weekly mileage more than the recommended 10% because its so easy to get carried away and want to do more. But that's when your body will object and you are more likely to pick up an injury.
On the subject of shoes, I would recommend going to a running shop where you get your gait videoed. A lot of runners are lucky that they can just buy online or off the shelf but that doesn't work for me and especially if you are starting out with running and obviously with marathon training you are putting your feet and legs through more than they have ever done! And you may think oh my feet feel fine but if your shoes are wrong for you then you will pick up leg injuries like shin splints etc which are normally shoe related!
There are loads of training plans to choose from, but for your first marathon as long as you build up your mileage and try to get that long run in every week then they will probably be very similar. Cross training every week does help too. That strengthens more muscles which you will be thankful for around that 26.2 miles
It is a hard gig but the better trained you are then the less painful it will be in those last 4 miles!! And whether you are running it in 2.50 or 5.20 it still hurts whatever!!
I didn't train enough for my first one (Edinburgh) and god those last miles were hard. I finished in 5.12 and vowed that night to do better 6 months later for my next one at Loch Ness. I did that one in 4.36 and that's still my PB so I am desperate to get my sub 4.30!!
London Mara is not for everyone but my mum was a Londoner and I always knew that one day I would run it!! So at the age of 42 I started running and that was nearly 8 years ago now. I hoped I could run London again in my 50th year and I got my wish... as long as I can stay uninjured!!! Its a 26.2 mile party and was no where near as congested as I thought it would be, apart from around The Cutty Sark.
You will pick up loads of information and advice on here, in magazines and searching the net. Soak it up like a sponge lol
Good luck and enjoy!!