Cobbles & Red Wine - Sarah’s Paris Marathon Plan: Sub 3:35

Asics Target 26.2 - Previously lardy girl goes for a Boston Qualifier

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18/12/2012 at 16:41

Sarah - do you have a complete programme like Ady that you could post up. Would be interesting to compare the two. Are you down for just one 20 miler too?

18/12/2012 at 17:36

Andrew - I was hoping to run in Paris having got through to the final 21 but I was in the same category as RunnyRunRun and that, as they say, was that! Nasty woman - ruining all my plans

Anyhow, I had already entered the Halstead Essex/Suffolk border marathon on 12 May and am back to training for that. Hoping to relive former glories. I've run this event for the past two years and I love it.

Anyhow, let me tell you about that nasty woman.................. she wears the most awful pink fluorescent compression socks and that's just the start of it....

sarah - where are you?

18/12/2012 at 17:42
DSanta2 wrote (see)

sarah - where are you?

Clearly neglecting her media duties.  Hasn't been on here in hours and it's only a light training week  

seren nos    pirate
18/12/2012 at 17:44

Right .. I am totally are going for 3:35 and Adys plan has been devided for 3:36...........

so the computer must have made them how come his long run is 12 and yours is 7.

when are the coaches coming to play with us to explain things

have fun the first week.hope it stays mild for you

18/12/2012 at 19:23



18/12/2012 at 22:03

Hey Sarah.......finally gotten around to answering your question on my forum page............

Your training plan seems very different to mine. Our first weeks are the same, but then I go down in mileage, while you keep increasing. I have one hard week and then one easier, before going harder, and then easier again. I think I'm allowed to incorporate Park Runs into my training as well, which I'm very happy about.

What's your highest weekly mileage? Sorry if you have answered this already....I havent had chance to read through your posts yet 

I'm definitely up for a half marathon, or maybe even something longer if it suits the training plan. I'll look over the weekend to see what is a goer  I don't know if Milton Keynes is it's between all of us really?

18/12/2012 at 22:24

Good evening!

Dsanta2 – It definitely feels like a light week at the moment! But … at least I’m starting gently I suppose before the hard work sets in! J

After Liverpool Marathon I cut mileage down to give my body a rest but I usually run about 35 miles a week and spread that over 5 – 6 days. At present my plan goes up to to mid January and the weekly mileage then is at 39 miles with 14 miles of that in the long run.

Yes … I’ll have to put a special request in to Asics for fluorescent socks … there’s a definite gap in the market there! J (Think how many extra pairs of sunglasses they’d have to sell too!)

Have just got to the later posts (grr!) … yes I’m dreadful! Just think … if only I hadn’t bribed Runners World with the promise of posting them all pink socks for Christmas you could be sitting here writing this instead of me… except with more tasteful footwear of course.

Brolish – Thanks for popping in and saying hi! I look forward to speaking to you. Are you doing a Spring marathon too?

Tenjiso – Evening! Thank you - I understand that you lost 6 stone too! It’s amazing how much you realise you can achieve when you can lose that amount of weight. It sounds completely clichéd but you really do see that almost anything is possible … including a sub 3:35 marathon

With regards to the My Asics training plan, Steve tweaked this one slightly to add in some speed work which is something I haven’t done a lot of in the past. (Slapped wrist for me!)

Max’s Mum – Thank you for the compliment, but I’m not sure any newspaper would put up with my amount of waffle unless I was writing a magazine for insomniacs … in which case I may have missed my true calling. (No more counting sheep …!)

Andrew Mitchell 14 – Evening Andy! Great to see you here! Uh-oh … you’re going to charge me for time wasted reading my account? Think of it as a shared experience rather than time you will never get back …! J Maybe you can class it as charity work – allowing me to work the waffle out of my system … sounds like a dietary problem though! Nice one with the weight loss – I can definitely identify! How did you find London Marathon 2001? P.s. The £500 of free gear was an AMAZING bonus!! J

Re media duties … What can I say … I’ve been busy this evening drinking a glass of wine. I’ve had to prep for my office work do on Thursday. Steve Smythe – if you’re reading this that was a typo. I’ve been ironing all my running gear ready for tomorrows run.

A.W – Evening Alex! The first week of training looks very light which is nice as I think if we got lots of mileage the first week I might find it might be a bit daunting! I especially like the idea of TWO rest days … think how much more computer time I can fit in! How are you finding yours? Have you dropped much mileage as I think you were on about 60 miles a week before?

18/12/2012 at 22:25

ChristMalcs Cracker – Evening Malcs! I’ve only got the plan up to week 4 at the moment so the long runs haven’t really started yet. My longest will be 14 miles at the end of the fourth week at an 8:30 minute/mile. Ady and I have got different coaches and it looks like they are emphasising different strengths. Or weaknesses in my case!

Steve has added in some speedwork for me as this is something I haven’t really done much of in the past and I expect that will be the most challenging part for me. I suspect a lot the miles I’ve run in the past have been ‘junk’ miles – no real pace difference except when I’ve tried to run at race pace on the long runs for my last (and first!) marathon.

Seren Nos Yn Canu – Evening Seren! Fab to hear from you! The plans ARE slightly different. One reason could be that although my target is sub 3:35, Steve wanted me to train for a sub 3:30 to allow some leeway for a Boston Qualifier. I’d be gutted to come in at 3:36… well no as that would be a 9 minute PB I’d be pleased – but I’d still like a Boston qualifying time

Also I’ve neglected my speedwork in the past so I think Steve wanted to add some of that in which may explain why my plan is heavier on that rather than mileage.

Mr Puffy – Evening! J

Ady – Fab to hear from you! Would definitely be up for Milton Keynes half marathon! Love the idea of a nice flat half and I’ve heard good things about the Milton Keynes one! Would be good to run one with you too considering we’ll be similar speeds … and we won’t be competitive at ALL, will we?

I’ve got parkruns as a possibility for the Saturdays for weeks 1 and 3 which would be nice – have a special fondness for Parkruns! Especially Coventry and Swindon. J Yes, my mileage keeps increasing rather than moving around too much. I guess that although the plans are based loosely around My Asics, as the coaches know our strengths and weaknesses, they can tailor them a bit more closely.

18/12/2012 at 22:26

Training Session: Week 1, Day 1 …

4 miles at a 9 minute/mile pace.

I did this run at a park local to my work in my lunch hour. Thank goodness for showers at work otherwise I’d be known as the ‘Stinky Mad Runner’ rather than just the ‘Mad Runner’ …

I set my Garmin to work out the average pace so I didn’t have to watch it too closely. The park is very hilly – I also use it as a hill training circuit as 3 laps of the park and a final downhill back to work make it just over 4 miles so it would be just about right.

I realised pretty early on that my slow runs are determined by the terrain or weather … it was actually quite difficult to stick to the 9 minute mile pace especially on a day where the weather was quite nice although the office workers walking 3 abreast on the paths slowed me down quite a bit. And the dog hurdling must have knocked a couple of seconds off as the dog walkers seemed to think that setting small dogs on runners was OK today. (I wouldn’t have minded so much but today wasn’t a speed session)                               

Came in at 8:52 minute/mile over 4.93 miles … it was a bit further back to work than I’d thought.

Edited: 18/12/2012 at 22:27
19/12/2012 at 00:08
Hi, thanks for posting your programme although it has now got me a little worried as I did 7 miles today, just over one mile warm up and cool down, the rest speed training!
19/12/2012 at 00:17

well done on your run and pretty much hitting the target. I may adjust some of the paces slightly if you are finding it too easy. Re the schedule which for the first month I will put up tomorrow, with any pace adjustments which is a relatively gentle start, It's more mileage than Shady Ady because you are used to doing more mileage. The schedules are roughly linked to My Asics recommendations but with the proviso that they have to be adjusted for the individual need's and requirements. Consequently while it starts gently, there is no point in you running 15-20 miles a week if you are used to 35. The training gets harder but the plan is for 4 weeks building up and then an easier week to recover. The official target is 3:35 but we will get a better idea of what is realistic when we get a few months in.

19/12/2012 at 06:41

Hi Sarah,  just popping in to say good luck and I look forward to following your journey. I'm with you on the 10k weakness front too.    I personally think the distance should be banned!  

19/12/2012 at 07:29

Morning Sarah! - Great to hear from you! I wouldn't worry too much as you know what suits you and where your strengths are! It'll be really interesting to see where we both end up in terms of speed on different plans as our race times are so close.

19/12/2012 at 07:35

Morning Steve,

Thank you for the feedback! That makes sense with the differing mileage between Ady and myself. We had a chat at the Asics Store day and while mine and Ady’s previous marathon PBs are similar, our running history is completely different too.

Re target adjusting … I’d like to hit my time target but I’m not complaining about the 2 days off a week and gentle runs around the park! I had the feeling that it might start getting harder though …!

19/12/2012 at 07:36

Morning Minni! - Lovely to hear from you and thank you for the good luck wishes! Yes, I definitely agree that 10ks should be banned! In fact, I think we should get militant and start a petition ...

19/12/2012 at 07:43

Sarah- fantastic to hear about it so far- you're certainly keeping it detailed. would be good to see the programe, especially as the times for you and ady are similar

Can we connect on Garmin too??

19/12/2012 at 08:00

Morning Clive! - I will attempt to cut the waffle down ... promise! Yes, connecting on Garmin Connect sounds a good plan! You realise this means I'll actually have to synch the Garmin occasionally though ...!


seren nos    pirate
19/12/2012 at 08:06

i have the words.....synchronaise watches in my head now........

 and i can't remeber which tv programme it came from

19/12/2012 at 09:23

Hello all, just a quick to to hi!

And so I can follow. Think RRR is going to be going quite a bit quicker than my planned sub 3:45, but good to follow. 

19/12/2012 at 09:25

Morning Seren! Hee hee ... it will be driving you mad all morning now! You'll have to try and flush the words out with mulled wine and mince pies!

It's not Gladiators is it ...?

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