When does a running a marathon start to become a good idea?

When does a running a marathon start to become a good idea?

running shoes on grass

A strange thing has started to happen to me, I’ve started to think I might want to run a marathon.

Up until a few weeks ago I thought that a marathon just wasn’t something I would ever want to do. I didn’t think I would want to train that hard or that often. 26.2 miles just seems an awfully long way to run.

But then something happened. I blame reading Vegan Fitness and Georgie’s inspiring posts on her goal to reach a sub 3.05 marathon. And Bethan’s writing on A Pretty Place to Play on how she fitted training for her first marathon around a hectic work schedule. I also blame all those on #ukrunchat for posting race results and tweeting about the mix of excitement and nerves they had before the big day, no matter if it was their first or their 20th marathon.

All this has got me thinking. Maybe I do want to run a marathon, maybe I could fit the training into my life, maybe I would actually enjoy it.

Does this happen to all runners? Or do most people have a vague idea that running a marathon is something they will do at some point? I’d love to know!

Reading Half Marathon Update

Reading Half Marathon Update

The day before the Reading Half Marathon went something like this. Parkrun in the morning with my Start to Runners. It’s minus degrees C, it’s windy, there is a sprinkling of snow and they are using the alternative route due to flooding. Not so perfect conditions but good to put my race day clothes to…

Training for the Reading Half Marathon: 1 week to go

Training for the Reading Half Marathon: 1 week to go

After the first half of my training for the Reading Half Marathon going very well, the last 4 weeks have been a bit meh. The first run of week 6 was my Tuesday track night which was fun as usual. However, when I got home I started to feel a little lump in my throat and…

Training for the Reading Half Marathon: Halfway checkpoint

Training for the Reading Half Marathon: Halfway checkpoint

My big goal race this spring is the Reading Half Marathon on 18 March. I was asked to be an Ambassador for the race back in December and started training for it in January. I’m now at the halfway point of my training and thought I’d check in to tell you how I am doing. Setting a…