So, after being inspired by watching the Hamburg marathon in person in April, I entered into the London ballot and have now been offered a guaranteed charity place - and I intend to go for it! However, I am wary that I must *really* respect the distance and train properly for it. You can't blag a marathon and you guys know more about this than me, and I'd be really happy if I could pick your brains...
Now, I wasn't originally intending to do a marathon until late 2016 at the very earliest. I know everyone has a reason to run and my burning ambition was to one day run one of these so I always had it in the back of my mind, although I understand not everyone thinks like that.
I had booked myself on to a couple of races before I applied and now I'm not so sure how all of these fit in to a cohesive training plan. Am I biting off a little more than I can chew here? So far in the schedule I have planned:
Bupa London 10k 25th May (next week, eek!)
Run Norwich 10k 30th Aug
Ealing HM 27th Sept
Great South Run 10 miles 25th Oct
Berlin HM 2nd April 2016
VLM 24th April 2016
I absolutely must do the GSR as its in my hometown and I'd really really love to do the Berlin HM however I'm worried that its a little close to the marathon. Everything else is fluid although I guess it would be good to get a HM in well before the marathon.
How should I organise my training? Work towards the HM in September then build a new plan to the marathon after that? Build up some plan for the Mara now (a 10 month training plan sounds a bit extreme)?
I'm moving out of London in a couple of weeks so going to join up at the local running club - should also help with the training.
I especially conscious that I am the type of person that gets a bit carried away at times so if I need a bit of a reality check, please don't hold back! For what its worth, my dad (who's done London 4 times) thinks I should put the marathon back 12 months and run a few HMs first.