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Hey Guys,

First post :)

Tonight I have decided to try out for the Edinburgh Marathon 31st May 2009. I am a pretty unfit teen and I'm not exactly slim nor obese. From now (October to May). If I trained 3 days per week for about 2 hours per day, do you think I could manage it?

I was actaully thinking about the London Marathon, but its closed for 2009 :( .

Thanks for any feedback :)
 

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Hi and welcome.

First step is to get running. Go to a specialist running store and get yourself some proper trainers, then start running a short distance (or run/walk if you need)

Once you can run continuously for around 30 mins google marathon training schedules and pick one that suits your lifestyle.

If you do it right you will complete your marathon and find it strangely addictive. Good luck and let us know how you are getting on.
 

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Awesome thanks for the reply :)

Any quick tips to measure distance, was just looking at some Marathon training plans and they say jog 6 miles, any equipment or devices to help you measure 6 miles (apart from a car) ;)
 

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mapmyrun.com is a good place to start for measuring running routes.

If you're into gadgets though, it might be worthwhile investing in a GPS watch of some sort, eg Garmin Forerunner.
 

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Hey WizzKid,
Welcome to the forum.

From what you are saying 3 runs a week and only running for 2 hours per day I would say, you will get around the course but it will be hard going.
I started running in January with no real previous running under my belt, I signed up for Edinburgh marathon and ran for charity.
Here is some advice.

Start training now, start with what Hrun has said, slow runs and do walk/run/walk if required. Search the net for Walk/Run training schedules, there are tons out there. This will get your legs working the way they should and get your body used to running.
Edinburgh Marthon also start to send you a training schedule about 12 weeks before the race, I followed this by the letter and it was brilliant. It got me round the course in under 5 hours so I was really pleased but if you can get a head start by starting to train now that brilliant.
Don't worry about running fast, just start off slow and you can work on pace at a later stage.

Once you get the training schedule you will notice you will be looking at doing at least 4 runs a week with one of those runs becoming longer in milage every weekend with the most of a 3.5 or 4hour run.

All the best and keep us up to date with your training, if we can be of any help just ask. I will also be doing the Edinburgh Marathon in 2009.
Its a nice flat course which makes it a good first marathon course to run. You might also want to enter some 1/2 marathon races on the run up to the full thing, I did and they are great for your training, plus you then know at least you can do 1/2 the full marathon :)


edit: Here is the Edinburgh Marathon training schedule for beginners, this is what I did and it was good. http://www.edinburgh-marathon.com/?beginners

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Thanks for the tips :)

I could if I pushed myself so Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Its just I have college on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I start college at 9am (have to get up at 7am) and finish at 5 (get home at 6). So I really cant do it before or after college because its pretty dark at this time of year :(

My brother has offered to help me out (hes second in Scotland for Natural Body Building :) ) so hes pretty good with the whole fitness thing :)
 

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Be careful not to over do it though, get your fitness up first before you start looking at doing a 4 day schedule, the other thing is if you live in the town centre you can still go out running after 6pm, Im just in from an 8mile run with the running club. You just keep to well light roads.

Running 4 days straight (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) might not be the best option either, you really need to have rest days between your runs. When you run you cause small tears in your muscles which then repair in the rest days and make your muscles stronger. If you can, try your best to run Monday, Wednesday, Friday and then long run on Saturday or Sunday, then the following Monday will be a easy run / recovery.
One thing to watch is if you take advice from your brother then you might be building the wrong muscles. Body building and running use different muscles and what might be good for one activity might not be good for the other.

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Sadly I live in a dark area (6 miles from the nearest town with light). So thats going to be pretty hard for me, October 31st I have my driving test, so hopefully will pass and I will be ready to drive (got my parents car to drive).

Would this work:

Monday Morning (9am), Friday Morning(9am), Saturday Morning(9am), Sunday Morning(9am)? This would leave a pretty big gap between work outs, From say 11am until 9am the next day?

Thanks again!
 

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WizzKid, you aren't living yet. I leave the house at 7am every morning and tonight didn't get home until 6.45pm. Just wait until you get out into the real world :p

Try the 30 min session as soon as you get home and it will still only be 5.30

Once you have some miles under your feet then yes everyday is doable. But in the early staged it is wise to have a complete rest day between runs. There are plenty of people who can attest to overuse injuries, have a browse of the injury forum.
 

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Ideally you are looking for a full day of rest. Other more experience runners on here will be able to give you more advice with regards to a good schedule.
Just now I would say, go out 2 or 3 times a week and just enjoy running, dont worry to much about getting in the miles just now, although this will change. It really depends on your current level of fitness, whether you can run a mile without stopping or not, if you know what I mean.

Even if you have an hour off at college for lunch, take your running kit with you and go for a run, it all helps.

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As said above, I would recommend doing at least one half marathon before the big one. I would even say dont enter the full marathon next year but the year after, and using next year to get used to further and further distances.

Endurance increases with age, and you may well be prone to injury doing 4 or 5 runs a week.
 

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Body building exercises wont help with distance running, as ideally you need to be as light as possible.

By the way, what is the furthest you have ever run up to now, in terms of miles and minutes/hours?
 

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Thanks again for the advice :)

The longest I have run is probably 10K but that was a good few years ago. I know I am in for a tough journey but I'm really motivated and determined to do it!

I have a personal blog I set up a few months ago, I will be blogging about my progression and stuff relating to the marathon. Check it out if you guys want: WizzKids Life

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Hi Wizz kid was thinking about you on my run yesterday. I have started cycling a lot reccently (to and from work, around 40-50 miles a week). Since starting cycling I've knocked 3 mins off my 10K PB without changing my running schedule. I also read in runners world that cycling fitness translates well to running, I was thinking maybe you could cycle into town, chain your bike somewhere, go for a run under the streetlights and cycle home. I imagine that when you start out you won't be able to do much more than just the cycle but you've got plenty time and i also read in runners world that cycling before running teaches you to run on fatiqued legs which you're going to need to be able to do for the marathon. Even if you only did 1 or 2 sessions a week it would break up your training so you're not doing 4 in a row. Good luck:cool:
 

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What a great idea runningshoe! I have often thought about biking to the sea and running along, but I always end up running there and along.

I do sometimes bike on a Saturday to give my legs a rest.
 
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