Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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Dark Vader    pirate
19/11/2012 at 07:40

Good morning...   so much going on... will just pick up on a few things...

Kaz..  you weighed 6.5st..?   Gosh..  what a recovery though...  good for you..  and now, the next chapter in your story is about to start..  

Dan..  that photo looks like a different person!  Quite the transformation..

RS..  I'm looking forward to your stories from the travelling..


19/11/2012 at 07:50
OK... I'm just catching up now
holeymoley wrote (see)
A couple of questions, if you don't mind. 

I'm following a training plan that's four times a week, one interval, one tempo (or faster), one steady and one increasingly long. Can i replace the steady run with a treadmill session?

Also, it is a sixteen week plan and we have twenty weeks. One friend said I should repeat some of the earlier weeks to give myself a better base. I think perhaps I should put some weeks in the bank incase of injury / illness, and if I don't need them, add a few extra long run weeks in before my taper. She says that'll increase my risk of injury and prove too tiring. Who's right or is there an alternative?

Thank you!

I agree with Weedy and DLR. I avoid the treadmill if I can. The only workout i'll actually do on it is intervals to be able to go at a measured speed. I read somewhere that "your race will not be on a treadmill, so why train on one?"... and its' stuck

I'd also use the additional 4 weeks for base and a "save" week in case you get ill/injured - you have a week in the bank.

Tricky Dicky¹ wrote (see)
Emmy_H wrote (see)
Holey- P&D is a type of training. I can't spell the p name but its Pfizer and Douglas or something similar to that. It's normally for those that do high mileage and great times.

Iain - you've got little blue pills from Pfizer on the brain fella'. There's no room for being droopy with Pfitzinger & Davis though. They'll get you standing tall in no time at all. Those training plans really help to keep pushing on until the final mile, ensuring you have a happy ending...

 Knee is hurting but am determined to present an actual problem to the surgeon tmrw morning, so will hopefully get out in the rain for a run this afternoon.

Thanks Tricky! I knew it was something like that! Good luck at the doctors surgery.

TartanPimpernel wrote (see)

OO, I can't even dream of times like that ... well done!

Just won my first ever race prize (see below), Best Dressed Lassie in the Paris Kilt Run.  Although I could also have won Oldest Participant and Only Scottish Participant.  Came 8th overall I think and 2nd female out of about 50 runners, but I cheated:  you were supposed to drink a pint in each of the 4 pubs en route and I said I'm doing the running but not the drinking ...

Best bit was some random pedestrian shouting 'Och aye the noo' .... I retored with Up Yer Kilt 

Lead runners were fast so it was a right good training session for me.



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                    Good luck with the doc today TD - I hope you get the answers you want.
<br>I started running for a combination of reasons that all kind of gelled together. I had been quite fit at school and university (Munro-bagging hill walker) but that had all kind of ebbed away after I started work. Also I had seen some photographs of myself in which my knees were a lot porkier than I would have liked.  I had a week off to use up some holidays, and had read an article in
19/11/2012 at 08:04

Oh Bugger.... they've cut my bit short...

Well... it was:

TP - well done on the race! 

i've had a mixed weekend. Great runs but came down with a sickness bug and feel absolutely shocking. I had to stop on the motorway to empty my stomach along the hard shoulder and fell asleep last night. Breakfast this morning is currently trying to work out if it wants to stay in my stomach.

19/11/2012 at 08:11

Emmy poor you - theres an awful lot of it about at the moment.  Stay at home, rest and take as much water as you can handle.

TD - fingers crossed that today youll find out whats going on...

19/11/2012 at 08:16

I had a lovely run yesterday - great weather for running, bit of a chill but nice winter sun.

On the down side, I wore running tights and forgot to apply some anti chafe on the undercarriage - ouch

19/11/2012 at 08:30

Here we go then - 18 weeks of training officially kicks off today...

19/11/2012 at 08:31

Emmy - Sounds bad, take car of yourself.

As to why I started running. Two reasons. One was the I was to complete a marathon moment of madness that entered my head. I've no ideas why that popped in my head, as I was always awful at running. Slowest kid in the class at school. I was the lanky skinny kid that couldn't run a lap of the school football pitch. Due to that I pretty much avoided any running related stuff once I left school.

Second reason was to spend more time with my ex. She'd taken up running and I thought it was something we could do together. She dumped my arse not long after, so what seemed the more sensible part of me starting was actually not figuring out you're about to get dumped.

19/11/2012 at 08:33
yer_maj wrote (see)

Here we go then - 18 weeks of training officially kicks off today...

What? Please tell me your 18 weeks is different than mine as I have the 9th December down as when I should be starting training!

19/11/2012 at 08:43

yer_maj,Eggy, my 18 starts on 3 December... Anyone better at arithmetic around.....counting backwards and all that..?

19/11/2012 at 08:44

Eggy - I have built in 2 extra weeks!  I'm going skiing for a week in February and there's an extra week this year for illness/life/CBA.  I got caught out by the norovirus last year, would rather that didn't happen again.  Actually, I'd like to not have the norovirus again, ever....

19/11/2012 at 08:46

I still make it 20 weeks on Sunday....counting forwards this time.

Fetch the abacus, ATM...

Dark Vader    pirate
19/11/2012 at 08:53

Oh for goodness sake you lot...!    Someone turn over to CBeebies quickly...  


19/11/2012 at 08:58

My 26 Week training program started 6 weeks ago

19/11/2012 at 08:58

Will you count for us, DV? 


19/11/2012 at 09:00

w/b 1st April is 20 weeks today .....

19/11/2012 at 09:06

Yep, so the mara is 20 weeks on Sunday.  I win

19/11/2012 at 09:11

Oh dear lord, I'm lost. I think i'll just run

19/11/2012 at 09:13

ATM wrote (see)

yer_maj,Eggy, my 18 starts on 3 December... Anyone better at arithmetic around.....counting backwards and all that..?

My mistake, I was a week out.

Oh great, a week less time to recover from this bloody injury. I'm doomed.

19/11/2012 at 09:43

Kaz - you've nearly got me in tears as well. Big hug from oop north.
Eggy - hang in there.
Emmy - hope you're okay.
TD - hope it goes okay.
Dannirr - great story.

One day I'll maybe tell you all my full story. Short version is I've dropped 5st since I took up running. Anyway, list to post and tempo run to do.

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