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I entered this weekend. 30 weeks to prepare. Hoping it feels as flat as they have advertised and that they sort out the mess with the bags that they had in 2012.
Anyone else running this?
Thinking of it, done a few halfs but havent even got into the routine of regular running. Woudl you recommend as a good first marathon?
there's another, more popular thread on the MCR 2013 marathon, where the various merits are discussed by some people who have done it, and some who plan to do it next year. I fall into the latter category, so can't say whether it'd be good for a first i'm afraid.
I've just entered!!
I did Chester marathon this year in October, Fantastic, definitely great 1st marathon
Envious plodder: I ran M'cr last year as my first marathon and I'd say it's a good one, unless you prefer undulating terrain - it's very flat. The support last year from local residents was fantastic, despite the abominable weather. The race organisers do appear to have listened to last year's complains so I think the baggage will be better organised. And the weather is almost certain to be better than last year!
If you're wanting to do this, then start training NOW, increasing your mileage and the length of your long runs. If you want to follow a schedule closer to the race, then whichever schedule you choose, (a) when you start the scedule you want to already be running at least as much as it says you need to run in the first week, and preferably more; (b) start the schedule at least two weeks early (e.g. start a 16-week schedule 18 weeks before the race) to allow for illness/injury time. If you don't need the time off, you can always repeat a couple of weeks late in the schedule and be better trained than you would have been otherwise.
I'm in for this, hoping for 4:30hrs current PB is 5:01.
Just ticking over with the miles at the moment - averaging about 20ish miles and then start the plan from Jan.
Rob, maybe you should try something totally different for a month or so, e.g. trail running or cross-country. Just go out and enjoy yourself, explore the local coutryside, forget the speed training etc. and just enjoy running. Do a local parkrun if you want a challenge, or find a 10K trail race or something.