Return to marathon training: Weeks 5 to 8
Mar04

Return to marathon training: Weeks 5 to 8

I am currently training for Brighton marathon in April – my second marathon following Newport last year. It will also be my husband’s first marathon. He is more or less following the same plan as me, but we only run together on Sundays. He does his body conditioning in the gym, whereas I do it at home. He also has to be careful not to run too much as he plays football twice a week. We are now over halfway through our...

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Return to marathon training: The early weeks
Feb05

Return to marathon training: The early weeks

Following Newport marathon last year, this year I have signed up for Brighton marathon. And my husband will be joining me – for his first ever marathon! Last year I followed the marathon training plan from the Newport marathon website, which worked well for me. So I have decided to follow the same plan again. My husband will keep the same plan as a guide, but is unlikely to manage running five times a week. He also plays...

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How much does it cost to run a marathon?
May28

How much does it cost to run a marathon?

Running is really one of the cheapest forms of exercise there is. There’s no gym membership to pay, no expensive equipment to buy and you don’t even have to waste petrol driving there. All you need is a pair of running trainers – and you can get a basic pair for about £30. You don’t even need proper running clothes, although most people prefer them. There’s nothing to stop you from running in an old pair...

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Marathon training: The first few weeks
Feb18

Marathon training: The first few weeks

I’ve decided not to bore you by updating you on my marathon training every single week. Especially as the first couple of weeks on my training plan involved less running than I usually do. I decided to follow Newport marathon’s own training plan, which only lasts 15 weeks and starts off slowly, but then builds up very quickly. The first week recommended just three runs, with the longest being a 60 minute ‘light...

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Marathon training: Following a training plan
Feb07

Marathon training: Following a training plan

I ummed and aahed over whether to follow a training plan for my first marathon. My ‘training plan’ (in my head) for my half marathons works very well, so shouldn’t I just do that? But with a much longer run on a Sunday? Generally when training for a half marathon I do two four mile runs in the week, parkrun on Saturday and a longer run on Sunday. As I get closer to the big day, I will increase the four mile runs to...

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