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Wow, good luck for your parachute jump!
Brilliant idea for fundraising, think I might try contacting the village newsletter commitee and see if I can get a story in there and see if the locals will sponsor me.
I have to survive the marathon first, LWJ
You could also run a sweepstake to guess your finishing time if you have somewhere like a big workplace or lots of friends!
I'm so relieved to find this post.
I shall be running VLM for the PSP association, having only taken up running in January 2011 and only completed 1 race, a half marathon in July! My training's not too bad, managing around 5 runs a week with long runs up to 10 miles but a cold's knocking me back currently.
I'm so nervous its untrue so shall be back here regularly!
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Wow, good luck for your parachute jump! Brilliant idea for fundraising, think I might try contacting the village newsletter commitee and see if I can get a story in there and see if the locals will sponsor me.
Thanks guys for the fund raising suggestions! Will definitely do some baking Jiminey, I think you're right. People do get asked to sponsor things all the time so a cake sale is a great idea.
Len 2, I love the sweepstake idea too - it'll be funny to find out what sort of times people come up with too!
Hi Fairyfield, sounds like your training is going really well!! Nice one!
Oh my god... l have a place in the 2012 VLM, l've booked a hotel for the 21st and all l need to do now is run more than 3 miles a week!
It's been really inspiring reading all of your posts, l'm really looking forward to hearing about everyones progress.
Good luck everyone -- l cant wait to see you on the day.
LOL djh77!! I think we're definitely all going to have to swap numbers/outfit descriptions before the day, so we can try and spot each other! That should keep my brain busy for a bit anyway .
I agree - we should try and make sure that we're recognisable. I still cant quite believe that i'm in... I'm working on core strength for another month until training fully begins. I've got some slight niggles in my calves that i want to work out to make sure that i'm in the best position for training.
How is everyone else doing?
Emmy_bug, I'm doing the same as you. Was in the gym this morning working on core strength and some leg exercises. Now sat at my desk with some very sore tummy muscles!
I'm planning to start the serious running after Christmas.
Max's Mum - I'm a first timer but I am using minimalist shoes and intend to do my marathon in them!
I have been having some doubts about doing such big mileage in them but I really can't imagine going back to full cushioned shoes and orthotics. I now can't see any reason not to use them but totally accept that no everyone thinks the same or that it would be right for them.
I'm seeking my perfect shoe, at the moment I'm mostly using Puma H Street's but I took delivery of a pair of the inov8 155's yesterday and did a short run in them and they seem really promising! But they are very very yellow!
You're doing great fairyfield, that's much farther than I can manage at the moment!
It does feel daunting but we've got a good few months yet - we'll do it!
Hello, I'm pleased to see this thread up and running Congrats to everyone who's got a place..
I got a ballot place in the London Marathon 2012 (much to my shock), and have never ever run a marathon before...
I have been running for about 7 years though, and have several HMs under my belt; ran the GNR and Royal Parks HM this year, so I'm not starting from running-scratch so-to-speak, but the furthest I've run is about 14 miles - not entirely sure where the other 12 ish are going to come from!
My main worry is I don't know when to 'officially' start training. Since the Royal Parks I've been running twice a week. I've downloaded the offical 24 week plan from the VLM website), but I've also been looking at 16 weeks plans, not sure which ones to follow... eek!
Very excited, but also a bit nervous!
Lisa, I'm going to do a 16 week plan, but I'm starting it at 18 weeks to give myself a bit of leeway for injury/illness/snow or just repeating a week if I'm dying lol.
Went out this mornign at 5.20 and managed run 8, walk 2 twice, then a run 10 mins. Feel like being able to run for 30 mins again is *just* around the corner . That's what I need to be able to do to start my training. Bring it ON!!!
I've started really slowly! I'm a bit worried now after seeing what everyone else has been up to! #
I've started going to the gym/swimming 5 days a week to improve my cardio fitness. I had a stress fracture in my foot in the summer and was worried that it might happen again. My plan was to get as fit as possible before Christmas and then start running in the New Year.
I'm now thinking that was a bit naive and I should get out running more!
Thanks Len 2, that sounds like a really good plan. I think that may be the way forward...
Sounds like your training is going well, and I think positive thoughts really do help. Good luck.
I am planning on doing a lunchtime run today in my shiny new neon pink running top, can't wait!. Thought I'd better invest in some bright kit if I've got to do runs in the dark..
Also need new trainers next pay day, too.!
I'm having trainers for xmas from my parents lol! I have 2 pairs on the go at the moment, but I'm fairly sure they won't last through marathon training.
LWJ - if you've had a stress fracture then you're probably doing the right thing for you, don't worry about what everyone else is doing. I'm still run/walking and not going to start my "proper" training schedule until the end of December. At the moment I am trying hard to get my weight down too - it's all good preparation!
Congrats Mike, that's excellent news.
I got a ballot place but am still going to run for charity, still not sure who though. I'd like to run for a smaller charity that maybe wouldn't have representation...
All ideas welcome...
Morning all! Great fundraising .
I've been out again this morning. It's going to be a shock to run in daylight again at some point . Yawn.