My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Target 26.2 - 2014 - Gareth Edmondson (Sub-5)

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11/12/2013 at 21:04

Well, here I am. The Sub-5 candidate for the Paris Marathon. What a journey it has been so far - fun, excitement, grief, nerves and many other feelings.

This is my Journey to Paris thread where I will be documenting everything I do to prepare for the big day on 6 April - my first Marathon. What a day that is going to be and what a journey it is going to be to get there.

I hope you stick with me and that I give you what you need. If you are a new runner then hopefully I can inspire you to run further. If you are already an experienced marathon runner then hopefully you can give me advice. Either way this is the place I to do it.

So onwards we go - please come with me.

11/12/2013 at 21:12

Thought I'd put a second post telling everyone what I am up to this weekend.

On Friday I travel to London for the first ASICS day. A morning spent at the ASICS Flagship store on Oxford Street - meeting my coach and the RW crew, more gait analysis, some apparel (the word used by RW) and that's it. I believe I will walk away with a new plan in place. I'm sure I was told that Sam was my coach so am looking forward to working with her.

I don't get to London that often so have decided to stay up there until the Sunday.

Back into training on the Monday. I'll try and get some pictures up on Saturday.

Finally - if you want to follow on Twitter then I am @welshgje : I also have a blog at (and will try and get that updated as well).




11/12/2013 at 21:26

Well done once again Gareth!

Take a deep breath because this is going to be one heck of a ride. If there's anything I can do to help just let me know. I've done a few of these things before and I know there is so much to take in and learn.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Pob lwc!

11/12/2013 at 22:06

Good luck Gareth, believe in yourself, don't try and do too much too soon too fast, and stay mentally strong. Oh, and keep smiling 

11/12/2013 at 22:09
Good luck Gareth. Paris was my first ever 26.2 and I definitely caught the bug that day.
When you get your plan just trust it. It will all come together on the day.
11/12/2013 at 22:09

Malcs - Diolch yn fawr iawn. Pob lwc i ti hefyd.

ArrowsLou - Thank you. Really looking forward to it.


11/12/2013 at 22:10

Millsy1977 - Missed you in a post there - thanks for the message. I am really looking forward to it.


11/12/2013 at 22:29

Sosban fach yn berwi ar y tan...

(bar a long railway station name you've reached the extent of my knowledge)

12/12/2013 at 06:26

Congratulations Gareth. 

Best wishes for Paris

seren nos    pirate
12/12/2013 at 07:53

Congratulations....Have fun

12/12/2013 at 08:33

Well done once again Gareth.  My spring marathon is about 4 weeks after yours but I'm sure we'll schedule a few runs together or at least pass each other up and down the Black Mountain at some point in the next few weeks!


12/12/2013 at 08:44

Congratulations Gareth - glad you reached out to me on twitter and showed your more personable side (which I didn't originally see on the forum but is more evident now).  Good man.  Looking forward to following your progress 

12/12/2013 at 10:12

Good luck welshgje I hope you smash your target.

My first marathon was 5:30 my second 4:57 it's great cracking the 5 barrier.  I'm sure you will have tons of advice, but slow n steady wins, If you go out to quick you have less chance then if you start out slow n steady. 

When you have bad days remember we are here cheering you on, don't be afraid of saying when things don't go right as there are loads of us here that can help encourage you. Or give you a kick up the backside if it's needed

12/12/2013 at 10:13

Congratulations Gareth!!

Look forward to watching your progress!! It's a rollercoaster ride from her on in ....!! Enjoy!

12/12/2013 at 10:19

Morning everyone,

Malcs: Ahhh well - never to late to learn the Language of the Gods

Chimney & Seren Nos:- thank you. all the well wishes mean a lot.

Bill: Yes - I sent you my mobile number so let me know. Need to build back up but will not match you for pace. Maybe you can run some pacing/speed sessions with me. Might even start Ammanford RC - I'll  be in touch.

Tiny Runner 85: Well I don't show myself to just everyone. Entering this forum is like walking into a room of people I don't know. Quite intimidating at first but then once you see how everyone is the guards drop a little.

BookTrunk: Thank you. Really appreciate the support and encouragement. I have a 30 minute window to complete the race so hopefully I will get in there with the training. I'm sure I will have bad days. I'll arrange coach trips to come and kick me up the backside free of charge.

RunnyRunRun: I hate rollercoasters. Cannot ride them Nah - I know what you mean. I am nervous but it still hasn't sunk in yet.

Thanks everyone - another day in work then off to London.


12/12/2013 at 14:40

Hi Gareth,

Congratulations again on getting through. I hope that you get a chance to enjoy London this weekend. I was there on Tuesday and it was really busy!

Looking forward to seeing your training plan and following your progress through it.

I've got just one question for you at the moment - what's the furthest distance that you have ever ran in one go?



12/12/2013 at 14:42

Hey RRR - are you running Boston in April?

12/12/2013 at 14:51

Hi Jon,

That would be my half marathon - 13.1 in October. I've slowed it down since then with lesser 10 mile runs. So I'm not starting from scratch.


12/12/2013 at 14:57

Thanks Gareth,

10 mile runs are definitely long! You should be starting from a good base then!


12/12/2013 at 15:00

jon - The 10 miler is over the Black Mountain where I live and is a pretty tough run. Prepares me well for flat running.


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