Are you one of the thousands who will be running your first ever marathon this spring?
In the coming months we have dozens of marathons coming up, including Manchester, Paris, Brighton, Boston, London, Belfast, Edinburgh to name just a few.
This time last year, i was coming to last few weeks of training for my first ever marathon at Brighton. I was filled with mixed emotions.
Part of me was thinking that having done the training, i just wanted to get on with it. Another part was scared. Very scared. I had never ran this kind of distance before and was not planning on running a marathon again. Could i finish?
Nothing that i say to you now, or any additional training that you do in last few weeks will have much of an impact for a first timer like i was.
But there is one gem, which i have heard many times and Brendan Foster told me at the Brighton marathon Expo last year and that was start SLOW. Now slow can be different speeds for everyone, so one persons slow could be another persons fast. So you need to decide what pace you will be running at.
As it is your first marathon, you are guaranteed a personal best (PB), so there is no need to stress over what time you will run the race. If you finish and think you could of run faster, you can always try another marathon!
Below is the VLOG i took of my first marathon. I recorded the day as i wanted a souvenir of me running a marathon as i was not planning on running anymore marathons.
I do hope you enjoy the VLOG and whatever happens on your first marathon, be sure to enjoy it!