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In a moment of utter insanity I have entered the ballot for London 2016

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HookedOnHooking Sat 09-May-15 20:01:51

1. I am fat
2. I am 40
3. I haven't done any running for about 10 years (and only then did 5k maximum)

Now. Chances are I won't get pulled in the ballot but just in case I need to plan ahead and start.


LadyFannyOfOmaha Sat 09-May-15 20:07:58

Good for you. My friend did it last week, she was overweight, just got it into her head that she would lose weight and run the marathon and did it. I'm in awe of her. Sorry can't give any advice on a training plan, but maybe a local running group could help?

HookedOnHooking Sat 09-May-15 20:12:14

My motivation is that H doesn't think I will (or can).

meglet Sat 09-May-15 20:12:42

Start with c25k now? Parkrun every Saturday. Sign up for a 10k in sept to give you something to aim for?

HookedOnHooking Sat 09-May-15 20:15:57

There's a local half in October. I'll aim for that.

Start with c25k is a good idea.

MyBlackCat Sat 09-May-15 20:18:41

I've entered the ballot 3 times and not got in but I also know people who have got in on first attempt.

My advice would be to assume you are running it and start running now, slowly building up to 5km/10km and so on.

Good luck and enjoy it smile

HookedOnHooking Sat 09-May-15 20:20:34

Ooh. There's a parkrun not too far away too!

HookedOnHooking Sat 09-May-15 20:24:04

Which c25k app? Does it matter?

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Sat 09-May-15 20:24:22

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HookedOnHooking Sat 09-May-15 20:32:26

I was a bit pissed when I decided to do it.

honeyandfizz Sat 09-May-15 20:49:14

I've entered the ballot too for the past 5 years and have never got in. Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing! Regular runner but anything past 8 miles I find very tough grin

pootlebug Sat 09-May-15 21:54:58

Chances are you won't get it - but if you do, you'll want to be on the way with training. And let's face it, a bit of running does most people good.

Start with C25K. I'd be aiming to do a 10k by early autumn, to give you a base to build from if you get in.

Ratracerunner Sat 09-May-15 21:58:38

I did too! And I'm scared that I'll get picked now!! Have only done half marathons before, this is a massive set up!!

Il be using the marathon training guide on the VLM website.

Good luck!!

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 10-May-15 09:47:52

My husband's in the ballot too. Gulp. He is a running fanatic very keen runner but he's not done a marathon before and he's nearly 60.

I don't run myself (dodgy knees) but from his many endless highly informative remarks about running I second the idea of joining Parkrun. They seem to be a really lovely welcoming lot, incredibly supportive regardless of your standard, and it's FREE.

Good luck!

isittheweekendyet Sun 10-May-15 10:09:30

Good luck! I ran my first marathon this year. Prior to kids I'd never even run for the bus. I'm a firm believer that if you put the effort in anyone can do it.

Get yourself a decent pair of trainers (and ideally get a 2nd pair in a few months time so you can swap between the 2) and a decent sports bra and you're good to go!

Do the C25K plan, go to a park run every Sat and sign up for a 10k in a few months time. Then get a half in the diary. Having something to aim for is a great motivation. Eat well. Drink water. You'll probably find you lose some weight too which will then make the running even easier. Most of all have fun!! If you don't get into London chose another without a ballot - I recommend Manchester!!

HookedOnHooking Sun 10-May-15 12:25:23

Day 1 c25k done. Also new running bra purchased!

isittheweekendyet Sun 10-May-15 13:04:53

Well done! It's a beautiful day for running...hopefully by the time marathon training really kicks in and the weather is shocking you'll be hooked and won't let the wind, rain and cold bother you wink

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Mon 11-May-15 09:48:10

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holmessweetholmes Mon 11-May-15 10:07:00

Liking your motivation grin. Nothing more annoying than being told you can't do something!

Get some support - Parkrun is wonderful and there's a Parkrunners thread on MN and a general runners ' thread, both of which I'm on. Also if you are on FB, there's a good group called Run Mummy Run - the name is a bit lame but it's actually really good. There are total beginners right up to ultra marathoners and some inspiring stories.

I'm sticking to a half marathon for now - doing my first one in early June <gulp>.

HookedOnHooking Mon 11-May-15 18:23:32

Lovely day so just been out on my bike for an hour. Knackered. Why are there so many flipping hills here?

HookedOnHooking Sat 16-May-15 10:28:18

Week 1 of c25k done.

I can run for 60 seconds!

Now..... how long will 26 miles take me?

EATmum Sat 16-May-15 19:47:22

Well done Hooked. I went from
Total non-runner to a half marathon last year, so I'm cheering for you. also scared as I too went into the ballot this year having sworn I never would

HookedOnHooking Sun 17-May-15 18:39:40


C25K week 2 run 1. 90 seconds running. Easy!!!

Plus - painted fence, walked dogs, rode bike to church and back.


ImperialBlether Sun 17-May-15 18:46:50

Bloody hell, Hooked! I didn't realise (until looking at the site) that you won't know until October 2015 whether you've got in or not.

That would make me think I'd have a sit down for a while...

HookedOnHooking Sun 17-May-15 18:59:08

That's why I need to start now. If I leave it and by some evil twist of fate I actually get pulled in the ballot I'd be screwed. Whereas if I make an effort now hopefully I'll be a wee bit along the way.

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