From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.




    On a whim, don't ask me why, i got some pretty looking and expensive different socks. Thin hilly socks instead of the fat cushioned Nike and karrimor socks that I've worn.

    Well they dln't go with my feet / shoe combination been wearing them for 2.5 runs and my feet have started to ache didn't think about it 1/3rd through long run in agony with blisters under my foot arches... Only thing different these socks for last 3 runs.

    STUPID six weeks from my marathon and I screw my feet up by trying something different on a whim. Plastered up, scolding myself and now

    Know not to mess around at all with my clothing that works. So rookie mistake made, feet need to rest a couple of days, and lesson learned

    Annoyed with myself!!
  • If like me you are new to this game like me, I've still only been running 4 months, even though it feels a lot longer, and have an objective in mind then i guess the lesson is when something works stick with it, experiments are all well and good, but in the right time and place...

    This wasn't the right time, after my marathon was/is
  • I might have got a little carried away.

    I've just signed up for the Lakeland 50m which is at the end of July 2013.
  • Rather than plasters go with something like compeed (all blister stuff buy one get one 1/2 price in boots at the mo) more expensive but last a few days and really work better at healing and pain relief. My 1st marathon in 5 weeks and I did the same this week - 2 19 milers ruined my feet, blister on toes, between toes and the ball of both feet one big blister - all because I put my socks on a bit wrong and it rained ( fancy double skin endurance socks that are hard to line up right). I've had the compeed on 2 days now through the shower and I can't feel them at all when running.
  • Cheers.

    Thanks for the advice.
  • Blimey 50m!! It will certainly keep you motivated after completing your marathon though.


  • I pop into this thread from time to time to see how you're getting on but don't think I've actually posted yet.

    Obviously for a first post I was going with the traditional "Good luck" sort of thing but after reading today's update I'm going to branch out a little ----Booktrunk, you're mad!


  • ROFL

    Only a little mad image life would be boring without just a small sprinkling of madness.

  • You can do it. Just keep focused, I'm doing my first half in October .. Why..... Because I can. Ive never done one and thats on my "bucket list"

    I've been spinning for 4yrs now and I swear by spinning for helping my recovery/heart/breath rate as well as using other muscles. I play a lot of football for a ladies team and previously my usual running was only ever for general fitness in training or match day!! Go for it. Well done keep it up be a " yes I can"
  • The LAKELAND 50m? Jeebus Duck. That's meant to be really really hard. You're mad. Good luck!


  • Good luck to you, madness and all!

    I'm just in awe of people who do marathons and worse. I'm too lazy to go that far!

  • Thanks cordelia image

    Wow... Crap day at work. I had a little 5k in my plan for tonight.. Meant to be very slow, but I got carried away. My fastest 5k was 35:24

    Well. I got fed up ran 7:14 first km and dreamed about breaking 35m for first time do went for it..






    33:22 in total (the extra 2 secs is the little extra bits).

    Last 3km each within a second amazing!!

    I had no idea I could go that quick!!

    So plodding along for the marathon should be great.... Excited. Also jumping with excitement at the speed I went.
  • It's funny I'm exvited and slightly nervous as I have a 28km long slow run tomorrow.

    I will be taking longer than quite a few people on here take to run a marathon. But, it's just me and my omm 6l bumbag, lots of water, and a bag of jelly babies, oh and my garmin watch of course.

    I've run 27k so far this week, and did all of that reasonably quickly, have to ensure I slow down to begin with. I have one other longer run pre my mara, so don't know why I am so nervous about this one but I am.....

    Oh well watch last night of the proms, then bed.
  • Hurrah!!

    I survived. 28km 3h 54m to slow struggling for six hours. But only 4/5k was on paths the rest was either dirt tracks or undulating farmers fields, and I had to HO through lots of gates and climb a few stiles which after the first 20 or do k's are a killer.

    So panicking about 6h but all I can do is keep doing my best and hope.

    Was fine after until I stopped then I was all wobbly n exhausted. But so happy that I can do 28km, 4 and 1/3 months from 0 to 28k now I need the nail the other 14k. 5 weeks today until the Leicester Marathon.

    Oh I had a cold bath when I got home straight from the naive do quite cold image sat in it for 6 minutes I think it helped my muscles and they would be even stiffer than they are now if not for that.

    28k wow, cannot believe I'm getting close to doing it.

  • Woohoo well done to you. You are doing fantastic keep up all the good work image

  • Well done, 28k is 17.5m, only 8.7 to go on the day, also there hopefully wont be any stiles or ploughed fields, both of those always slow me down.I also assume that you may have had hot weather today another strength sapper. I assume Leicester in October will be a little cooler. And with 3 weeks more training and 2 week taper you will steam around it. Cant wait to find out your time.

  • Thanks image

    Found a plain white technical topimage so I've now ironed on my charities logo and my name on the front, and the charity logo and how to text sponsor be on the back image

    It is all starting to feel nearly real now. Cannot believe that it's only 35 days away.!/media/set/?set=pcb.400269033372381&type=1&__user=100001678641283
  • Well done Steph!  I have been following your marathon training journey on and off over the months and you have made awesome progress image

  • Oh wow. 28k. That's huge. Well done!! *wanders out of the thread all awed*

  • So wet and windy tonight, went out for 12k and I tried something different, I still had my garmin 610 on, but I started it and never looked at it, counted off the beeps so I know I did 12k then just stopped it and walked home, went quite hard but not silly quick, anyway got home was thinking if it's over 100 minutes I'm really completely shit and don't have a chance of getting around in 6 hours yet.

    So looked at it when I was sitting down 89m 55s for 12k about 4.5m quicker than my previous fastest 12k. I was over the moon, I've ran 61.4km in the last 7 days which is the most I've done in a week, and the speed is still bloody slow, but getting more consistent. I feel so excited at the moment.

  • Well this week was a quieter week, and I really think my speed is improving which is good image

    I was doing 16k today but fell over a tree root at 14.2k and went flying, decided to be sensible and just stopped there, just in case I did some damage and ignored if With the adrenalin flowing, but was 1h 44m do was easily going to get below 2h for 16km. Which leaves 4 hours for the next 26.2km which is only about 6.6km per hour so I should be able to do that.

    I'm getting carried away thinking 5h10m .... As mara is flatter and also not full of tree roots etc.... But still would be over the moon with 5h 59m 59s

    4 weeks to go. My longest run next Sunday 32km so will just have to see how that goes.

  • Steph

    I am absolutely in awe of you.  You are such an inspiration. Good luck for 14th October, I'll be rooting for you.


  • Thanks Dippy image

    It's weird I cannot believe how much it has taken over my life at some point in each day I'm thinking about it.

    The worst thing is worry about an injury. I believe once I've done one marathon then I could cope with an injury and putting something off, but for the first one I have to get to that start line. People at work barely recognised me I've changed so much in the last six months, but I don't care I just want to run my mara image

  • Have you always been so driven? I can understand wanting to lose a little weight and set yourself a challenge but from nothing to a marathon in 22 weeks is practically Ranulph Fiennes territory!image

    I've just restarted running after a long gap and am following a 10k plan using a treadmill - would prefer to run outside but need someone with me to chivvy me along and take my mind off wanting to stop. Now when I feel like giving up I think of what you've achieved. (still haven't ventured outside thou' in case it's even harder than I think it'll be image). Well done you!

  • I'm blushing.

    I can be a little stubborn at times image this might sound daft, but I became ashamed of myself. I felt that I had got lazy and let myself go, so I'm being pretty harsh with myself a boot camp to get my self pride backimage

    But it has been worth it. I just feel so good (excluding the aches n pains, but they will disappear soon enough), the benefits will stay for a lot longer image

    Spent money as a treat this week buying myself some jewellery, I realised I own 0 jewellery, so I'm having treats as well image
  • Good luck with your 10k plan!

    When you complete it you will have to do a 10k you will need a bit of outside practise then image
  • I knowimage. Hubby is a runner but he can't run as slow as me (it's quite a skill) so I keep plodding on the treadmill.I 've decided that even indoor running is better than no running at all so will probably continue on tready for a bit and maybe do the odd Sunday run outside in daylight.

    I fancy doing the GEAR 10k in Kings Lynn but it's not till May so I should probably find something a bit sooner. TBH I just want to enjoy running and am looking forward to a (distant) time when I'm actually enjoying it rather than wondering how soon I can stop!

  • Awesome run tonightimage 8km but I shattered my speed for that sort of distance 53:05 for 8.01km utterly speechless.

    Also that was my last "fast run" before my marathon everything now on my asics plan Is around marathon pace or slower image

  • Hi Boottrunk,

    Glad its all coming together for you.

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