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

Asics Target 26.2 PB Hunter A.W

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07/02/2013 at 13:27

AW, same as mine yesterday, 10M steady...sounds like a plan! 

Steve parialment hill in the cold and sleet, followed by a long run and bike ride shows a level of commitment most of us can only dream of

A.W
07/02/2013 at 16:41

Today's run was a bit of a chore I have to say. I've been really busy at work the last 2 days - worked 8am - 10pm yesterday and back in work for 7am this morning! - And I think that a combination of work and the last couple of hardish training sessions have caught up with me a bit.

Still I got out there and got it done and once running things were ok, a little tired I guess mentally more than anything.

So 6 miles completed for today in just under 45 minutes with the middle 2.5 miles at MP (about 6.40m/m). The faster section actually felt a bit easier than the warm up and cool down.

Feel ready for my day off tomorrow, just had time today to go and get my sports massage done so I'll hopefully be feeling tip top for Wokingham come Sunday!

A.W
07/02/2013 at 16:46

Well done. It isn't always easy to fit training session when you are working full time (actually you seem to be working more than full time!).

Good luck on Sunday. I have got my half marathon next weekend.

A.W
07/02/2013 at 19:26
What a carry on!

Just tried to get my medical certificate for Paris done at my GP's, I thought it would be simple as I already had a form he would just have to sign, date and stamp! How wrong was I!

He's sending me to have an ECG and blood test done at the hospital. He says to me 'the marathons a long way you know', I explain I have completed quite a few before, but tells me he won't sign it until he's checked me out!

Most annoying thing is its a fasting blood test so I miss breakfast tomorrow, my favourite meal of the day.

Nothings ever easy!
A.W
07/02/2013 at 19:59

Every session doesn't come easy and you have days that are much harder than others and too many sessions without easier days usually mean worse sessions as the tiredness grows but you still did the session as planned and felt ok on the faster stretch. You obviously need a day's rest though and it is probably the work as much as the running.

Having felt awful yesterday and having done my longest Wednesday run, I expected to feel really bad on my grass and hill speed session but slept very long last night and today felt surprisingly sharp and I'm sure you will feel refreshed at the weekend if you can get a little more rest.

07/02/2013 at 20:04

Doctor probably worried he would be liable if he signed and you had even a minor medical problem.

Make sure you have food and drink as soon after the blood test as you can. I had one last week and didn't quite drink and eat enough afterwards and took a while for me to feel back to normal. .

07/02/2013 at 23:26

That's annoying regarding the medical cert from your doc AW. Agree with Steve, he is just covering his back. I seem to remember last year my doc said that anyone could drop down dead in a marathon as it's hard to detect irregularities sometimes - just look at the footballer Fabrice Muamba. You'd think with the level of medical staff at the Club he was with would have picked up his problem. Just goes to show it could happen anytime. I think by just signing up for these races is a disclaimer in itself that you know the risks.

08/02/2013 at 10:42
A.W wrote (see)

Thanks for that Ruth, that all sounds good. I will trial it this weekend before Wokingham half.

I was pretty well hydrated before my run and took 400ml of water on the run to take with the gels.

I have used SIS Go gels before and got on ok with them from memory, so may be best served just going back to them!? I also got some Torq strawberry yogurt gels to try - these don't have caffeine?

I know we talked about trying a gel in the latter stages of my half marathon, what should I do about this? Which should I use and when?

A.W wrote (see)

Thanks for that Ruth, that all sounds good. I will trial it this weekend before Wokingham half.

I was pretty well hydrated before my run and took 400ml of water on the run to take with the gels.

I have used SIS Go gels before and got on ok with them from memory, so may be best served just going back to them!? I also got some Torq strawberry yogurt gels to try - these don't have caffeine?

I know we talked about trying a gel in the latter stages of my half marathon, what should I do about this? Which should I use and when?

I think stick to the SIS GO, the caffeine ones if going to use this in Paris, can I suggest you take one at the 9/10 mile mark.

Just something to consider for your "dress rehearsal" this weekend is timing of breakfast. I spoke with runner’s world to get an idea of when you are likely to be leaving hotel on 7th April (morning of Paris marathon just in case you forgot!). This is probably going to be around 7am for your 8.45am start so perhaps you will need to be at breakfast for 6am so that this can be relaxed meal. So for your  half on Sunday perhaps you want to consider also sitting down to having breakfast at around 2hr 45 mins before start? All snacks and fluid type (not neccesarily volume) between breakfast and start of race  should be same as for Paris.

I will come on again tonight/tomorrow morning to check you have no further questions

Enjoy your rest day tomorrow.


 

A.W
08/02/2013 at 11:14
Thanks Ruth,

Think I'm all good now, I wanted to try and avoid the GO gels as they're quite bulky to carry. Will follow the carb load and report back how it goes!!
A.W
08/02/2013 at 12:31

AW, I had the same issue with my doctor, so I offered to race her over 10miles for  the cost of the cert (£35), we train at the same centre on a Monday, so she knew my training habits and let me off!  Also at the BUPA health check I was diagnosed as having an inverted T-wave, which turned out to be because I run a lot, who would of thought!!! but I had to miss the tread mill stress test, which was a shame.

Regarding fueling Ruth's plan for me was amazing and I got through Paris without any issues, but did find the level in take hard, possibly the hardest bit of training.  In the build up last year I switch from Go to Gu gels and it worked fine, for the same reason, they are a lot easier to carry.

Good luck at Wokingham

08/02/2013 at 12:48

Good luck on Sunday.   Not sure if I'll be doing mine (in Essex) -  been bunged up with a cold this week and although the worst is past can still feel it a bit on my chest.   Also congrats on the 10k.     

08/02/2013 at 16:04
A.W wrote (see)
What a carry on!

Just tried to get my medical certificate for Paris done at my GP's, I thought it would be simple as I already had a form he would just have to sign, date and stamp! How wrong was I!

He's sending me to have an ECG and blood test done at the hospital. He says to me 'the marathons a long way you know', I explain I have completed quite a few before, but tells me he won't sign it until he's checked me out!

Most annoying thing is its a fasting blood test so I miss breakfast tomorrow, my favourite meal of the day.

Nothings ever easy!

Hey Alex. Can you not get the medical certifcate done when having the BUPA Assessment? I'm sure you have it now anyway so it doesn't matter, but it could save you £35!  

Good luck this weekend.

Edited: 08/02/2013 at 16:05
A.W
08/02/2013 at 18:52

Hi guys,

There's actually been no mention of me parting with any money!!! Went today to have the ECG and blood test done at the hospital so just have to wait for the results to filter back to the GP and hopefully all being well just pop back and get the form signed!?

Got a bit of a suprise when having the ECG done, when I last checked months ago my resting heart rate was about 60 and my blood pressure about 120/80 in the normal range. It seems as though I'm in great shape at the minute, resting heart rate was about 45 and blood pressure 104/61!!!!!

Just hope it all checks out now and get my certificate ok!!!

Edited: 08/02/2013 at 18:53
A.W
08/02/2013 at 23:14

Did they have to check the readings were correct AW? I remember last year when we had the BUPA assessment in London they were suprised at the general level of fitness we had as they are just used to seeing alot of unfit office workers.

Good luck for Sunday at Wokingham, looks like it will be wet!

10 miles for me tonight in 1.11.30. Started easy in just under 8 minutes then middle 4 miles ranged from 6.35 - 6.44. Last night was a rest day due to looking after the boys.

08/02/2013 at 23:24

HR shows how fit you are. good luck - Sunday -

presuming you feel ok - suggest 6:20-6:25s for first three miles and then gradually build up pace first to 6:15 and then 6:10 but suggest no faster than 6:10s until 10, and then last three see how close you can get to six minute miling, if you feel good enough to do so. I know it seems like you could probably go nearly a minute faster in that first 5km but it doesn't necessarily mean you won't make that time up. One of the most important aspects of marathoning is control and another is saving energy for the second half and with the injury problem you have had I think it would be better to delay the onset of tiredness and discomfort and also it would be good to hopefully  be coming through the field all the race! 

I've been doing research on middle and long distance world records in recent weeks and it's notable how many records are set with a faster second half after a relaxed and in control first half.

08/02/2013 at 23:30

Interesting research Steve and the stats don't lie! I guess the long Sunday runs where a controlled first few miles are followed my MP miles or quicker is a good replication of this?

08/02/2013 at 23:38

KR I don't necessarily think a slower than normal start is the best way in a marathon as much as it is in a half-marathon or 10k, but yes good to start slower in training as you warm up and I think it's always useful to run to a plan and carry it out rather than always just run as you feel though the latter can be done occasionally.

A.W
09/02/2013 at 08:08

Nice pace on that 10 miles KR. To be honest my resting heart rate surprised me a bit, don't think its ever been that low!

That sounds good Steve. So if feeling good and all goes to plan that should bring me home in around 1.21-1.22. I'd be happy with that, lets see if I can execute!

A.W
09/02/2013 at 12:28

Sounds like everyone's a bit tired this week the training does start to catch up and it's as much balancing work and life as well as training. Oh to have the luxury of full time training. Enjoy your rest day and good luck at the weekend.

 

A.W
09/02/2013 at 12:31

Easy 5 miles done this morning.

Not sure I dare say it, but, I think maybe my foot problem is just about sorted. Today was the first run for about 2 or so weeks where it felt completely normal from start to finish on the run, and having finished there seems to be no stiffening or tenderness. Will still ice it as a precaution and stretch etc.

So fingers crossed it stays like it!

My trial carb loading day is well under way, will post details of my intake and timings later on.

A.W
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