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Thinking of Running your first or second marathon this Spring? – A NOVICE’S GUIDE

If the answer to this is yes…. great…do it as its one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Assuming you make the decision to go for it very soon into training it becomes a daunting prospect and a few weeks in you are starting to read everything about running such an event in an to pick up on advice on how to complete 26.2 grueling miles.

I am one such person that took on the challenge last year and over the next 20 weeks as I prepare for my second marathon I want to hopefully guide you through the process not from the point of view of an elite runner but from someone that is just like you! When I was training for my first marathon I found that much of the advice came from experts that had very structured programmes and were more aimed at guys and girls that wanted to get around in record times that were well beyond my level. I found it difficult to relate to these features and actually found it much more useful speaking to people that had done a marathon or two with average or even slow times. I also found it great to speak with people that where going through the exact same anxieties as me….hearing that other people were going thru the pain give me real confidence that if they could overcome it so could I……

As I say over the next 20 weeks or so I will give you my take on my first marathon experience and how I am changing things second time around. I must stress that I am no expert everything I am stating is based on three things – my own experience, what I have read online (which is a lot!) and what others that have completed this task have told me about their journey. When it comes to the online reading I have read so many different things and tried to decipher what works for me as a novice. Of course there is no ‘one size fits’ but hopefully this weekly feature will give you some help and support.

Next week will be the start of specific features however just to qualify my ‘running pedigree’ I am 46 years of age and like so many stopped active sport when I left school….25 years later (aged 43) and at 17.5 stone I realized I needed to do something and started running. Initially I couldn’t run longer than 5 minutes without stopping but 18 months later I ran my first half marathon and just over 2 years after lacing up my trainers I completed my first marathon. I said at the start of my marathon training that this would be a one time thing so I wanted to get around in a time that I felt was achievable and I would personally be pleased with. For me and many its breaking 4 hours, I managed to get around a bit under that at 3.46 – so as I say if you an elite athlete this feature is not for you however if you want to live the journey with ‘Jo everyday runner’ then tune in for what I hope you find will be an engaging blog feature.

It would be great to hear any feedback and advice from other novices so feel free to email me at info@zerofit.co.uk or post up on our facebook page.