Non, je ne regrette rien
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Well I am glad to say it seems my Paris marathon training is on track, I PB'd a hilly half marathon yesterday, I was under instruction from Steve the marathon coach to go at a comfortable pace and see how I felt at the end and not just push as hard as I could, his advice was great, I kept at about the same pace as my PB on the same course last year up to 9.5 miles, then had stacks in the legs and charged home taking a minute off my PB and feeling great in the process.1.22.41
Ruth, the nutritionist got me to practice a pre-race carb loading diet that had me eating a huge amount of food the day before, this really helped and i had loads of energy during and didn't need gels to get me round and didn't collapse in a heap at the end, so I am definitely learning and getting stronger.
looking forward to reading half next, anyone else doing reading?
Sounds like everyone had a good weekend of running!
I managed a pleasing weekend of running, the weather was surprisingly good here in somerset which helped! 5.5 easy miles on Saturday morning, and my 18m LSR sunday.
The LSR was much harder than I thought it would be compared to last week. Partially due to the 250m elevation gain (Please someone tell me that Paris is less than this?!) and partially as it was my new PB longest run. Uncharted territory, so I was pleased to complete it!
I tested my Nutrition strategy - My stomach agrees with the SIS GO gels which is pleasing though I expected them to be much sweeter! I took a 500ml bottle of water that attaches to my belt. I drank a the same time as I took my gels and it just about lasted, though I could have done with more.
Think I'll try and find a bottle that is bigger yet still fits in the belt. My concern is carrying the extra weight, but at least it means i'll be "Lighter" come April 6th.
No long run this week, Longleat 10k for me instead then up to the dizzy heights of 20m the week after!
9 weeks to go
Matty - knock a zero off that figure and you'll be closer to the Paris elevation gain. Only a couple of slopes out of underpasses to bother you. From what I recall, two were a bit mean but nothing you won't have encountered on a flat training run. Also, water stations every 5k. I carry water but I get most of it at the stations - and it's in bottles.
Weedy - very clever but I had to resort to Google.
mattywarr - do you have a friend who needs a free 10k Longleat entry? I'm registered but racing around hills would really kill my crappy knee at the moment. Have you noticed that the course has completely changed from previous years? I'm thinking its not so good because it doesn't end with that brilliant downhill run towards Longleat house. Perhaps I'm just feeling bitter because I can't run it.
mattywarr - yep, go ahead with the facebook idea - I've already offered it around my running friends with no takers. There is still time to post on the race number/chip. It is a good race in a beautiful setting but I am unimpressed with the organisation this year.
Do you make sure that you run fast. There is always a rumour that they let the lions out to round up any stragglers
Roger reid - you did Watford didn't you? I saw the RW pacers.
Bleurgh. Germed up. Through my hallucinations I read someone ran 1h22 hilly HM. Most be seeing things (but nice one Roger!)
TinkerBEL is feeding me Jewish penicillin (apparently). No trips to Ikea are on the cards thankfully. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be running for a couple of days yet (and the last one was Wednesday).
2 mins off a 10miler PB - fabulous KeyserSuze. You don't need tattoos to be a marked woman. Keep it going, great stuff.
Jewish penicillin? With or without noodles?
TD, if you can crawl off your sickbed at some point, can you repost how to calculate the number of calories you need to consume during a long run? I think it was you that posted it. I remember at the time thinking I don't take on enough, but there seem to be a lot of different theories. Ta.
Ooooh yes please, I'd like to see that too. It's about time I had something else to obsess over....
Roger - how much and what type of carbs did you load up on? I love eating, me.
RS - I ran with a Runners World pacer at Blackpool last year. She cheated a bit by running too fast for the first 12 miles and then slowing down to ensure she came in on time. Not that I'm complaining as she helped me to a PB (since beaten).
For P&Ders of this parish, I am relieved to announce the safe despatch of that pesky little 11 miles with 7 at LT pace this morning. And it didn't rain. Which was nice.
I chased the 2 hr pacers at Tunbridge Wells a few yrs ago. Then they stopped! They were on gun time and I'd started well back. Smashed the sub 2 barrier for my first sub 2. Pacers are good...actually...was it Tunbridge you did roger? I saw the asics team there that year.
Just following on from that little story .... talking of Paris, its a busy marathon, but it is possible to run your goal pace. (more or less) - i was pleasantly suprised at how easy it was to change pens - unlike some/most races.
It was very cool to be able to switch to a zone where i was surrounded by people running pretty much the same pace. If everyone follows pen ettiquette it makes it far more enjoyable. We had quite a few of us change pens last year, people who had revised their goals near the time, others who weren't able to train enough through injury dropping back to the pink pens. (for the boozing)
So, Marathon/Paris newbies. At the end of the training cycle when you have done all yur tune up races and long runs and you enter the insane tapering phase, then is a good time to give yourself a realistic goal based on your recent results/training pace zones. Then maybe talk to some more experienced people about what you think you can run, and then at the expo - go and get in the appropriate zone. This will give you a happier less stressful experience.
At Berlin last year, the faster pens were a joke and you couldn't change leading to congestion for the first 20K.
The Paris starting zones are great (apart from all the urine)
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