Break it down – Your 1st #VLM London Marathon? Congratulations

Everything is easier in moderation. If you’re going to eat your way through a big fat gooey chocolate cake you’ll never manage it in one session but if you cut it up in to sections you could probably make your way through it in a day .


This is the same principal that I believe you should consider when training for an event. In my case a marathon but it could be a half marathon a 10k or 5k .

For those running London for the first time, your first marathon!! You maybe a little overwhelmed if you think to yourself I’ve got to be able to run 26.2 miles in just 6 months. So let’s break it down.

How many days…… From today it’s 203 days that is a lot of running days

That in hours is 4872 hours. To get yourself marathon ready you will only need to run a teeny weeny percentage of these hours, maybe a little more or maybe a little less to fit it in with your busy lifestyle.

29 weeks will probably make it easier for you to comprehend and work out where and when you can fit your running in. We are all different and will all have different fitness levels. But let’s talk beginner

You need to build up a base fitness and get yourself out there or on the treadmill running.

Now we’ve broken down the time sacrifice it takes to run let’s breakdown the miles. During the marathon you will go from running 1 mile to 5k to 10k to 13.1 miles to a full marathon. So why not start your training like that?there is plenty of time to get there.

Go out each day or get on the treadmill and work towards running a distance you cannot yet run. Keep working at it and once you’ve achieved that goal work towards the next distance and the next. Don’t increase your distance massively just by small amounts each time to avoid injury. Once you find that you are running several miles each week you can begin to focus on key runs and a specific plan.

What are key runs:

You will need to run the long run, that’s the main component of a marathon ‘a very bloomin long run’ so you need to work up to running (once your fit enough) long runs each week up until about 2-3 weeks pre marathon. In the early days a long run to you maybe 8-10 miles and then by week 26-27 you need to be able to run at least 20 miles, some specific programmes work on more some on less.

If you want to work on speed you’ll need to add some speed work training and runs at your goal marathon pace maybe.

Work at it it bit by bit and you’ll be there in no time.

If I can help you along the way you know where I am.

Happy running Happy runners

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