Hello everyone. Glad to be part of their community. Yesterday I finished my first 10k after starting c25k last February. Now I am planning to run few 10k marathons next year and at the same time, setting myself up for bigger goals for next year. Any suggestions are welcome what would be more realistic goal for next year. Is marathon achievable in next 7-8 months? I see many marathons happening in April. Is there any around end of year that I can look forward to?
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Hello, and a wonderful warm welcome to the forum! I just gave you your 10k badge a few hours ago 😊
Yes a marathon is doable - I suggest you first work towards a HALF marathon in April/May and see how you feel. But I must advise you to take all endurance training at a slow and steady pace, and ideally incorporate strength work into your plans, so as to minimise risk of injury.
As to marathons later in the year, a lot depends upon your location and preferences. I have run the Beachy Head Marathon (which is at the end of October) twice and I think it's wonderful! It's in Eastbourne and is VERY hilly 😊😊😊
Here is a list of marathons likely to take place in the UK throughout 2019:
Looking forward to reading more about your running adventures!!
Hmm well, the Portsmouth one in December looks like the nearest flatter one, from that list anyway. But I'm tempted to suggest you wait for the 2020 Brighton Marathon and do a couple of halfs in the meantime. Brighton is a fabulous first marathon, the second half is completely flat, and the crowd support and atmosphere is incredible!
You can search for all race types on this site: findarace.com/half-marathons
Google is a big help 😉
The Gatwick one in May looks rather good - I'm considering it myself 😊
Regarding the Brighton Marathon, if you sign up for it as soon as entries open in April 2019, you'll get the cheapest price - and you'll be making the commitment 😊😊😊
Wow, you're doing really well. As Roseabi says you do need to incorporate strength work. My new year's resolution this year was to run a half marathon. I gradually increased my distance until I could run 21k, but then tailed over over the summer when it was so hot, and I struggled to run much further than 10k in the sunshine. So I then trained for a half marathon race. As well as running three times a week I also try to do core work and strength work at the gym three times a week when possible. There are lots of exercises you can do at home on your rest days if you don't want to join a gym, such as squats and lunges... I also swim which helps my legs when they are really tired.
I got a great training plan from Asics which lets you put in your current 10k time (or any other distance) and the date of your rest and it then creates a plan for you. I then looked at a couple of other plans and tweaked it to suit. Good luck.
Thanks Razouski, I will check out ASICS plan. It's really great that you could do 3 times run and 3 times strength work at home per week. Problem is whatever it is running or gym, I can only do 3-4 times a week. And also am very bad at planning and could never stick with it. Only thing that keeps me going is goal and somehow to achieve it. I don't have fixed days to run. Whenever i feel like running, i just up and go. Not sure how to incorporate strength training in my schedule. Hopefully slow and steady will still let me achieve the goal