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Due to a busy life and illness, I haven't been able to run for the past 2 months... I completed a half marathon in September and another in the middle of October, but November and December spiraled in to meetings, a demanding relationship (I'm now free of) and Xmas partying...<br><br>
I have a place in the Brighton Marathon, which takes place on 14th April... I've never ran a marathon and I started running in March last year... I have a disability called dyspraxia, but this mostly affects my time, rather than stamina...<br><br>
I was going to give up on it and try for a marathon later in the year, but I bumped in to 2 old mates last night who're also running and say it's possible to achieve in 15 weeks, even after a 2 month break...<br><br>
Is this possible? I worked out I'd need to be at 10 miles on my long run in 7 weeks to realistically complete it.
 

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If it were me, I'd try to set small, achievable goals each day. Like try running 3 miles the first day (depending on your current fitness level) then 3.2 the next and so on. It may take longer to transition than one day on some goals but you're working toward it and it won't be so overwhelming sounding. I'd do all this at a speed you're comfortable with. Once you hit your overall distance goal then start stepping up the speed.<br><br>
This is just me thinking. I've only been running a little over a month. I'm very new to it.<br><br>
Either way....good luck!!
 

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Going from 0 to marathon in 15 weeks after 2 months off sounds like a great way to get yourself injured. It might be possible to train for a marathon in 15 weeks if you have some sort of baseline, but I would guess that in 2 months off you have lost a lot of ground. Most marathons do have an upper limit for time, so they have a vehicle that picks up stragglers to clear the course. Think how disappointing it would be to have that happen.<br><br>
I would see if you can get your money back, or put your registration toward next years race.
 

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Are you talking about a marathon or a half marathon? The 10 mile long run in 7 weeks is confusing me. You should be able to run 10 miles BEFORE you start your marathon training cycle.<br><br>
What is your current weekly mileage?
 

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Just to add to my previous post -<br><br>
Yes, I'm sure it's possible. There are people out there that run marathons with very little to no training. It's not the smartest thing to do though. It'll probably be a miserable experience and you might end up injured. Probably injured before you even get to the starting line. If I were you, I'd start building a base again and wait for a later marathon.
 

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Yes, it's possible, and no, it doesn't have to be miserable or injury-inducing. Check out these:<br><br><br><a href="http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/64_07_PoseRun_Techniques.pdf" target="_blank">Pose Running</a><br><br><br><a href="http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2011/12/06/the-painless-path-to-endurance-plus-breville-winner-and-more/#more-5874" target="_blank">"Painless Path to Endurance"</a><br><br>
Most people will tell you to wait; there's no shame in that. I'm telling you to go for it and prove to yourself that you can. At the very worst, you have to quit in the middle of the race. Which is more painful to you- trying or giving up?
 

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I don't know if this is a little late, but I think there is an option to defer your entry until next year. If you do go ahead with the Brighton Marathon this year though, let me know as that's the one I'm doing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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