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running the marathon...

hey peeps going to be attempting the london marathon next year and just wondered if any1 could suggest a training plan that woul help me build up to first a half marathon and then the full wack.

at the mo i run 2-3 times a week for around half hour to 45 mins.

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    RE: running the marathon... 2006/07/07 11:46:32 (permalink)
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    Hello there. You will need to run everyday, if you are to take it seriously! This will increase your stamina and build up endurance.

    When I was 4 stone lighter than I am now, and 25 years younger I used to run marathons! So I have been there and all that. Not done the London Marathon, but plenty of others!

    It also depends on what you want to achieve of course. If you simply want to complete it, and don't care what time you record, then you won't need to train so much, but if you want to record a respectable time, then get on the road. If you don't put the miles/hours in, you will be walking a lot of the way - is that really what you want? Or do you want to be able to honestly say "I ran the London Marathon"?

    Incidentally, if anyone says they "ran" the London Marathon and recorded a time of more than 4 hours, then I'm sorry, but they are fibbers!

    I used to run up to 100 miles per week at my trainings peak, so get out there!
    post edited by Old Git - 2006/07/07 11:49:27
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    RE: running the marathon... 2006/07/07 11:48:30 (permalink)
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    RE: running the marathon... 2006/07/07 11:59:13 (permalink)
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    i have to run it! im not to bothered about the time but i have to run it!!
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    RE: running the marathon... 2006/07/07 12:01:35 (permalink)
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    .............then run, my friend!
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    RE: running the marathon... 2006/07/07 12:08:27 (permalink)
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    Ok, further to the above. You will need to build up gradually, but do so positively and stay focussed on your targets. Choose measured routes around the town where you live, and eventually time yourself. Keep a daily diary of the miles you run and the times taken to complete, it only takes a few minutes each day when you have finished, and well worth the effort.

    Try and get to know other runners in your area - they will show you routes that you may not of thought of, and will take some of the tedium out of the long routes.

    Once you have built up your mileage, start the week off with a long un. Again building this up. I more often than not did a 20+ miler on the Sunday and then a relatively sort one on the Monday, then building up Tues, Wed & thursdays with longer runs, friday I would do less, and Saturdays I would often race (Cross Country or track). I varied it week on week, but generally speaking, strat the week with a long run, and then you have a good start to build upon.

    Hope this helps and good luck.
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    RE: running the marathon... 2006/07/07 14:25:10 (permalink)
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    In the mean time look at :

    http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/marathon.htm

    I would have recommended something similar to :

    http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/marathon-training.html

    When I was a young boy, my father took me into the city to see a marching band. He said, "Son when you grow up, will you be the saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned?".
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    RE: running the marathon... 2006/07/07 16:46:01 (permalink)
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    thanks guys
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