Training for London Marathon

#1
I’ve been selected to run in the London Marathon next year and am looking for some training advice.
I currently run a 8 minute PFT, and run 11+ miles 3-4 times a week in about 1 hour 15 minutes. From peoples experience what kind of training should I be doing i.e. how much intervals compared to long distance stuff. Also what do people reckon a realistic time to aim for should be?

Thanks in advance,

Too_Tall
 
#2
Time to aim for? Sod that, I'm just aiming to be alive at the end of it - with enough energy left for a couple of pints before I get wheeled/stretchered home.

(I will be putting a clause in my sponsor forms that if I snuff it en route - everyone has to pay double.)

Good luck TT!

CC_TA
 
#5
Ok. I did the London Marathon in 2005

It was hard work

The hardest part was getting all the training in and doing a full days work

If you are in the regs then you may have an understanding boss and luck on your side.

Get a trainng plan off the web, runners world do the best ones, try and stick to it but dont commit hari kari if you don't

I think a forum user by the name of "Le Chevre" has done a couple

Have a look at my blogs from a couple of years ago

erm

Good luck, remember its your first marathon and unlike your first shag it'll probably take a lot longer than you'd like


See you there
 
#6
Your fast. 11 miles in 1:15 3 or 4 times a week? if these variables are accurate then this indicates some running talent.

I would expect someone with this kind of base fitness and speed to aim for a 3 hour marathon (or very close) - especially as you have plenty of time from now till the Marathon to prepare.

The best advice I can give is to go somewhere else to get advice! Join a local running club or alternatively buy and read from cover to cover a good Marathoning training book - I recommend Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger.

Most of the Marathon training programs you will find are very similar - ie 6 times a week (or more) 1 long run a week that peaks at about 22m, 1 interval session and 1 tempo run. the rest of the runs are slow/recovery runs.

Run for charity - get sponsorship - this will help to motivate you on the cold frosty mornings when you have to drag yourself out of bed for a 20miler.

you should train for your first marathon in such a way that when you line up for the start you having nothing to fear. your training will indicate what time you are capable of, do not try to go faster!

the very best of luck.
 
#7
Cheers for the reply. I was aiming for a sub 3 hour marathon which means running sub 7 minute miles the whole way, however i've just been for a run at that pace and it wasn't easy!
 
#8
You've had your place given out of the lottery already? I thought it was the first week of Dec? (yes I know we are nearly there, but it's still early)

Jimima
 
#12
Next years will be my tenth mate so if you need any tips and hints feel free to pm me. PB of 2.52 and PW of 3.25!! (Bad year that was).
 
#14
Good effort J-D! How much training do you put in, and although different disciplines how fast is your PFT? (if you dont mind me asking)
Also is your start position determined by the estimated time on your application form, or is it just a free for all. I don't fancy being behind a bunch of untrained fat civvy mongs!
 
#15
too_tall said:
Good effort J-D! How much training do you put in, and although different disciplines how fast is your PFT? (if you dont mind me asking)
Also is your start position determined by the estimated time on your application form, or is it just a free for all. I don't fancy being behind a bunch of untrained fat civvy mongs!
Hold up there wee man, if I get to run I will probably one of those fat mongs but untrained and civvy I'll not have you calling me!

Jimima
 
#16
I get a guaranteed entry every year as I'm over 40 and do sub 3.15, I dipped out one year after my blow out though so I went up and did Edinburgh to requalify, came in there in 3.02.

I normally start the first week in Jan putting in about 40 miles of varying intensity (interval sesh, LSD, recovery run etc) and peak at about 80 miles a month before marathon. I put in two runs of about 22 miles at about 7 weeks in and take about 2.30 to do them.

To get a sub 3 is pretty much about the day really, I've gone into runs thinking i've got it sorted only to dip out by a couple of minutes, of my nine so far 4 have been sub 3, the rest have been between 3 to 3.15.
 
#17
Looks like i've got my work cut out!

No offence intended Jimima! However I have every confidence that your not one of the people you see walking 5 miles in!
 
#19
Get some longer runs in too.

I made the mistake, on my first marathon, of only doing shorter runs of ~ 8 miles with an occasional longer one of up to 20 thrown in. Consequence was I broke a bone in my foot (stress fracture) going over the cobbles at Tower Hill, which meant that the last 4 miles was a little bit painful.

According the the doc when I had it checked out, you need to train the skeleton as well as the muscles to be able to cope with the distance, and I should have trained by doing more longer runs and on road as well.

Anyway, that's my sob-story. Best of luck in your run, and enjoy, it's fun.

Top tip: On the day, write your name on your shirt - it's always a boost when someone yells out your name.
 
#20
Too-Tall,

You are already half way there looking at your trg times. As stated before get a good trg prog via the wonders of the web.

Realistically the atmosphere on the day will carry you round however all those miles you can build up between then and now will help.

Just had my running jacket and "Unlucky" letter so gutted, may have to look at charity spots, good luck whatever charity you go for.

Don't forget to include a few off days, its not the end of the world if you have a bad day.

I average 3hr 33min and I'm not the racing snake your post alludes to.
 

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