From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.



  • rocky road bites? I'm trying to decide whether I want to run to stop drinking. Or run for  fun etc. I do understand why some runners do enjoy wine and or be

    Enjoy your glass es of wine tonight?

    I've just spent way too many years  proping up the bar image.

  • Sinbad, spent early adult years in the Forces so know what you mean about too long propping up the bar...

    As for why to run, I'm sure you'll find your motivation. I've only been running for about 20 months and for me it fell into place after the VLM. Guess I do it for a bit of both - enjoy the running to keep fit/ feel better about myself and also I enjoy cooking (therefore eating what I cook!) and am rather partial to a glass of New Zealand sauvignon blanc!

    Steph - any update on your plan over the next couple of Sundays? Never thought of getting into a routine for a couple of weeks before, but that does seem to make really good common sense!

    Youv'e both made me think a little more about motivation and goals whilst out running over the last couple of days (as opposed to " aw, look at that cute little lamb/ foal/ squirrel over there!") and that said, will be rocking up at the Coalville 10k next Saturday morning - its a new event, trails, park etc,  and only about 5 miles down the road so I have no excuse. Have only done 3 races before (and have to say, have found the atmosphere at those really encouraging) so this may just be what I need to get a bit more enthusiasm for Leicester HM.

  • Err not sure just about to go to bed will set my alarm for 6, see if I can be bothered or just curl up for a couple more hours image I'll update after my run torrow.
  • Hi Jen boottrunk,

    That sounds good about the 10k I think you would emjoy it, so go for it.

    Booktrunk, I feel like you thhis morning, lack of will power, and I looked outside, and its blowing a gale, and looks like its going to rain anyy minute as it has forecast. So I don't think I will be out training, thats 2 i missed this weekend, and I'm annoyed withh myself. It's only 6 weeks to the Manchester 10k MoRun.

    No more beer till at least after that image. Enjoy your Sunday.

  • Hi all,

    Is everyone still in bed?

    Well I managed to drag myself round for a run, and did an hour in gale force winds, but the rain held off.

    Hope you got out Booktrunk?

  • HI.

    Well my bed was so warm and snuggly..... In the end I got up at 9:30 oops!! image 

    I'd had a crappy argument with OH before bed and was still in a bad mood.  Got dressed and went out for my 10 miler.  I hadn't drunk anything, but had a couple of water bottles with me, and had a bit of a bad run.  I had a spicy meal the night before, and i found out mid run my tummy wasn't happy.  Which turned out to be embarassing and well horrible!! drunk quite a lot on the run.  Had a couple of excursions into some trees *blush* and like Sinbad had to fight insane winds, but in the end I was actually happy with the run.  10 miles 2h 1m 14s.

    I'm not a speed merchant yet, and frankly I really wanted to crack 2h for it but given the conditions and how i felt i was pretty happy with that.

    According to plan.  I now have one 12k next Sunday and everything else is 5 or 8k just to keep me loose.  I might throw in a couple of extra 5 / 6km runs but that's really it now it's just a case of not getting ill. 

    I only have the one injury which is a strained side muscle, and I can cope with that.. it hurts more in day to day use, rather as much if not more then running.

    It's real now.  I cannot believe that given i was 15st 8 BMI 37.5 (i'm 5ft 4") in March and couldn't run 50 yards, that I can now crawl out of bed and just go for 10 miles like that and that i'm less than 2 weeks away from a marathon.  Soo excited.  My BMI is now 26.3 and i'm 10st 12.

    I guess i'm pretty much ready image

    Timewise.... i'm still horribly slow compared to most so very optimistic target is 5h 15m, very pessemistic is 5h59m59s, but the majority of my training is on dirt paths or through fields and i do seem quicker on pavements, so I might try to do as much as possible of my training on pavements and roads as I guess that's what i will have to do in the mara.

  • Hi Booktrunk,

    sounds like a dam good run you had in the end. The time was good even with the winds. Your on track, but I imagine its so easy to start to panic the closer an event gets. I would say from what you posted sounds pretty good.

    I did an hour run Sunday, and was happy with it, distance is more of a key at the moment rather than time. But I started to stretch my legs to do a little faster, and my left calf muscle was saying go back to a plod which worked. I'm even building up longer lodding times now doing 3 or for minutesnwith just a min walk.

    Not anywhere near yours and Toby3 runs, but who knows.

    Enjoy your day.

  • Thanks Sinbad, just take it careful with your calf!!


    We don't want it going and you having to take a couple of weeks off for it to heal.

  • Thanks,

    I will bear that in mindimage I think i will stick to the hour plodding, and wait till it gets used to the distance. Enjoy

  • 5.38km in 35:58 too quick! I have started going quicker but need to slow it down to get round marathon... Then can worry about speed. image
  • Hi booktrunk,

    You will get it sorted.


  • Sigh... Last minute panic image I've twisted my right knee it's not serious just annoying and painful, like I twisted it sideways and it's not quite fully unwound.

    Seriously thinking about paying for a sports massage.
  • Hi,

    Bootrunk, keep us informed. Hope it heals.

  • Hi Steph and Sinbad,

    Good on you both getting out last Sunday - weather was bloody awful!

    Hope both injurys you report are feeling better today.

    Steph, did you get your final Leics email instructions? Must seem very real now!


  • Yes, I did.

    It's all feeling very real. Very exciting, I'm getting out of work an hour early in Wednesday so I can go and fetch my race pack.

    Getting the number will be really, really exciting.

    After the marathon I might be tempted to frame it image along with the medal. I should also stick a before n after photo in there image
  • Apparently the tshirt last year was good and medal a nice bit of bling!

    Good idea about framing the number. I've kept all my race numbers which has frankly been very easy seeing as there's only three of themimage

  • Hi all,

    Hope it goes well for you on the run  Jen.


  • Cheers Sinbad,

    Looking forward to it although with hectic week working away have not been able to get any rus in since Monday. Will go for a short leg stretch later today though.

    Hows your training going?

  • Hi all,

    Its sort of  going ok.

    I'm going having a beer once a week, thus I miss a training session.I will find a way round it somehow. I just got back in from a run.

    How do runners adjust their breathing when going up a hill? I find my breathing goes all over the place.

    Remind me again which run your doing again please. Is it the 10K your doing?

    That sounds like a plan Booktrunk. It be a nice way of showing us with the pics.

  • Hurrah.

    Ok, back on track. After having a very quiet week with a sore twisted knee I went for it today. Did 12km in 84mins heck if somehow I could keep that pace up just sub 5h, but still realistically I would love 5:30 but am still worried about getting around in 6h when I probably loose 10m getting over the start line.

    Chat soon got to put my new amp on the shelf after my old

    One went kaput yesterday.
  • Hi Steph and Sinbad -

    was intending to do Coalville 10k this morning but was talked into going out last night (well, I say "talked into" but have the breaking strain of a kitkat so it was a no brainer!)

    Was late back so gave the 10k a miss this morning and decided on a long steady this afternoon, 9.9 miles in 1.43, so reasonably happy though am sure the extra 3.5 miles next Sunday will make themselves felt!

    Hope youve sorted out your amp, you'll probably find other stuff goes kaput at the same time, usually in threes or is it just me?!

  • Nope lost my washing machine and had to fix the car all in the same week
  • Spooky! had my washing machine replaced this week (must be the only person who has had this done with blessing of extended warranty company!) and also new suspension arm on car! I keep saying I'm never going to have another Alfa but am lying to myself - this is my sixth.

    On the plus side, all ipods and sound dock still working!

  • Fingers crossed.
  • Use chip time not race time.
  • I will do image even if the official clock has ticked over image
  • Hi all,

    Talk about weired, I have had  to buy a new washing in the past couple of weeks to.

    Glad your going to try and make up the lost 10K Jen.

    Using two times, to me means that you can work out the difference between the two.

    I'm in a bit of a panic now. I used my new pedometre on my run this morning, and gave myself a bit of a fright. 3.5k in 53 minutes, yet people on different forums talk about 10k in under an hour image.

    The manchester MoRun 10k is on the 24th of November.

    Determined to get round it one way or  another. Only been able to gauge the distance before now, I don't drive so makes life a bit difficult.

    Hope people are ok?

  • Sinbad: don't worry the speed naturally comes with time and practise. Just keep going and slowly it will improve getting your endurance up seems to naturally cause you to speed up

    I walked the dog for 90 minutes today, then OH drive the dog home and I ran 7km home in 53m, felt bloody hard work, was really bloody hot and sweaty. So 19km over the weekend and a decent amount of dog walking

    So I guess in theory that means that I am ready for my marathon.

    This time next Sunday will be 5h 55m after the official start of the Leicester marathon and I hope I'll be splodged in a heap celebrating

    It's been incredible I'm about 68lbs lighter than March, I've gone from doing my first run in 25 years in May to this point now it's just trusting in my training and hoping thst I just keep it all together mentally and get over the line.

    Sooooooooooooooooo excited. Wish me luck it's really close now
  • hi all,

    Booktrunk thanks for that.

    I'm sure all of us wish you luck. I personally feel you will do great. You have trained hard, and as you said it seems to happen naturally when it all comes together.

    If ever I post too much let me know. I practically live on this web site at the moment. Its helping keep me out of pub, and save money for all the usual stuff and my boat.

    Hope all is well.

  • Dont forget, all your training is done now, do not do anything silly this week, just go for a few simple little runs,a long run now would ruin you for next Sunday, nerves and temptation will make you want to do a long run, dont give in. Good luck for the big day, you have loads of support from this site alone.

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