Paris marathon 2013 here we go! A.W's Sub 3 attempt!

Asics Target 26.2 PB Hunter A.W

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A.W
17/12/2012 at 12:29

So the first day of the official start to my Asics Target 26.2 training schedule for my sub 3 attempt at the Paris marathon has arrived! Very, very, very excited!

Yesterday had a brilliant day at the Asics store on Oxford street in London getting kitted out in all the latest gear, it was like being a kid in a sweet store! Gait analysis was interesting, found my running style has changed a substantial amount from when I first started running properly over 10 years ago. It makes sense really, all the years of training has strengthened my body and the support I once needed from orthotics is no longer required, my body is doing the job now! I will however proceed carefully, I'm not going to jump off the deep end and stop using them all the time.

I then had a good chat with Steve about my running and the schedule that awaits me for the next 16 weeks.

So kitted out in some of my new gear I set off today for my first run of the schedule, just an easy 5 miles for today, left the watch at home and just ran comfortable! Lets hope the next few months are as easy and straight forward as today!

A.W
17/12/2012 at 12:35

Hey. Good luck with the training. Very jealous of your trip to the Asics store and all the extras you got yesterday. Do you get to share the training schedule or is it too personalised? I am also doing the Paris Marathon so will follow your training with interest....

17/12/2012 at 12:48

AW good luck and keep the smile going.  Steve will make sure that it isn't easy, but is straight forward for you, he is a great coach

17/12/2012 at 13:25

Good luck with thte training AW. As Choisty said, Steve is a great coach and I haev a lot of faith in him for how he has helped me this year. Train hard and enjoy!

 

17/12/2012 at 13:47

Good luck with the training A.W. I'll be reading with great interest!

Really pleased you had a great day yesterday (only just a little bit envious!!!)

Like Stan it would be great to see the schedule if you are allowed. I'm torn between P&D 55-70 or following the RW schedules. Be interesting to see how Steve's plan for you looks against the others. I half fancy follwoing yours but 5 weeks in arrears (Halstead marathon on 12 May for me) and a little slower!

17/12/2012 at 14:26

Best of luck Alex! 

A.W
17/12/2012 at 14:47

Hi guys,

Yep, we can post all about the schedule, its obviously tailored to my goals, paces and races I have planned to a certain extent but its there for you to follow and use if you want to.

So far I have the first month of the schedule, was planning on posting it up week by week so everyone can see what I have planned for the week ahead. Will get this weeks up here later on! 

 

A.W
17/12/2012 at 14:58

May well suit me Alex. If you post at the beginning of each week I'll have six weeks up front if I don't start until 5 weeks time!

What's the plan tomorrow?

A.W
17/12/2012 at 17:58

Ok, so this is my first week!

Week one:
Mon: Dec 17th: Rest or 5M easy
Dec 18th: 4 x 2km in 7:30-7:45 with 2:15 rest/jog (start every 10 mins): 8M in total
Dec 19th: 6M easy
Dec 20th: 6M with middle 2 miles at 6:45s
Dec 21st: 5M jog or rest
Dec 22nd: Parkrun 5km - 5M in total
Dec 23rd: 10M slow in 80 mins
week total: 40M

A.W
17/12/2012 at 20:01

Evening Alex!

Great meeting you yesterday!! Good luck with your training and I'll be following your progress!

17/12/2012 at 21:37

Good luck AW, I'm sure you'll do us PB hunters proud. I'll pop in occasionally, but I think your training schedule is written in another language!!

17/12/2012 at 21:45

What is your peak mileage for the schedule out of interest mate?

Did Asics give you a pair of those DS Racers? I've got a pair of them and they'd be great for a marathon - the only gripe being if its wet your feet will get wet what with the little holes in the bottom of the shoe!

Edited: 17/12/2012 at 21:47
A.W
17/12/2012 at 22:40

Hey thanks jen, will do my best!

Hi RS, hows the injury coming along? I only have the first few weeks of the schedule at the moment. However, from speaking with Steve yesterday I think its likely to be around the 70 mile mark.

I haven't decided on what to do about the shoes yet, just got some Cumulus yesterday as an everyday mileage shoe. I'm going to go back in the new year and try out a few of their lighter ones. I tried the sky speed while I was there which was ok. I was asking about the ds racer, but they were steering me away from it a bit saying it was too lightweight for a marathon?

Edited: 17/12/2012 at 22:46
A.W
17/12/2012 at 22:47

Good luck AW, I'm sure if you work hard the PB will be yours

17/12/2012 at 22:53

 

AW - yeah its coming along, settling down again. Test run thurs or friday on treadmill but im ticking over nicely with what I'm doing at the moment so not worried about rushing it.

70-75 is probably what I'll peak at I reckon. I'm training around full time Uni study so don't want to be too knackered for study as they're long old days. More relaxed appraoch and more focus on quality rather than quantity this time, been guilty of running junk miles in the past and following a schedule blindly. As long as I get in something fast, a 13-15 medium long run and a long sunday run the rest (park run, half paced tempo runs, recovery runs etc) can all be slotted around the main stuff.

Re shoes - I guess it depends on what you've run in or rather raced in before? Some people struggle in lighter shoes and get problems with achilles/calfs so essentially they're right in a sense. No point wearing something so light that you don't make it round. Something midway like the Skyspeed might work though. To be fair it's not going to be the main factor in what gets you the pb anyway so its not worth worrying about too much!

All sounds good for you!

 

Edited: 17/12/2012 at 22:57
17/12/2012 at 22:54

Good luck mate, great meeting you yesterday.

Your first week looks a lot tougher than mine!

17/12/2012 at 23:26

Oooh I like the sound of your first week... that's very easy for me to say sitting down eating a mince pie . I'm going to see a knowledgeable running friend on Thursday to come up with a training plan for me as without any structure I fear I may actually turn into a mince pie very soon! I've done your day one so far... rest  even though I know you did an easy 5M today. I'd love to follow your plan but 70 mile peak = eek! Cheering you on all the way to Paris!! x CaroT

18/12/2012 at 09:37
A.W wrote (see)

Ok, so this is my first week!

Week one:
Mon: Dec 17th: Rest or 5M easy
Dec 18th: 4 x 2km in 7:30-7:45 with 2:15 rest/jog (start every 10 mins): 8M in total
Dec 19th: 6M easy
Dec 20th: 6M with middle 2 miles at 6:45s
Dec 21st: 5M jog or rest
Dec 22nd: Parkrun 5km - 5M in total
Dec 23rd: 10M slow in 80 mins
week total: 40M

Wow! Hats down to you! I can only dream of doing that.....for now . One day, when I grow up, I want to be like you 

18/12/2012 at 09:41

All the best of luck in the campaign AW. You are very lucky to have Steve as a coach as he has been excellent on the forums over the last few years.

 

18/12/2012 at 09:41

Hey A,W. - that doesn't look too bad a starting week. Very similar to my level of training at present. I was expecting it to be a bit tougher. What were your initial thoughts?

 

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