Not sure how many marathons I've done now but lots, we did 3 last year and we're doing Tenby next month and Snowdon in October.
The first couple of marathons I did I actually put on weight during training as I thought I could eat what I wanted because I was running so many miles
so don't fall into that trap.
You'll find what suits you in training after a while, I've tried following plans but they just don't work for me
but what I do know is that its very easy to become obsessed with your weekend long run and drift into being lazy during the week.
If you don't get your miles in during the week you can guarantee that your weekend long run will be a miserable, painful experience you'll endure rather than enjoy.
I've found that once my weekend runs are up to about 17 miles if I run on the Friday and Saturday my long run suffers but my wife runs 7 days a week and feels fine so we're all different.
The bit I find hardest about marathon training is getting out of the door, its so easy to come up with an excuse to just sit down when you should be out running 10 miles.
I find getting everything ready so your not searching about for things helps, so you can come home get changed and be straight out of the door before you've had time to think about it and you'll always enjoy it once your out.
The other big mistake I made when starting out was getting carried away in races leading up to the marathon
its great to have a few 10k and 1/2 marathon races in the build up but remember to use them as training runs and not to race them hard.
As you start getting the miles in your times will start dropping like a stone, so its really easy when racing in distances you've run before to get carried away and push too hard.
I did it in a 1/2 marathon before our first Snowdon marathon, I felt great on the day knocked 10 minutes off my best time but could barely walk for 2 weeks let alone train
Some people swear by tapering in the final weeks but it doesn't work for me at all and ruins my races
I do drop the miles of my final long run to about 15 but then I have a near normal final week of running up to the Thursday before the race.
Everyone says start off slowly but don't make the mistake of being too nervous and going off too slowly, if you've done the training you'll know what pace is comfortable for you so stick to it and don't get dragged into running at other peoples pace.
The crowds and other runners will definitely help on the day so go out and enjoy it, which is what its all about at the end of the day.
I'm hoping for around 3 hours in Tenby and hoping to go sub 3 in Snowdon so I'm doing silly miles at the moment, all offroad and and as hilly as I can find