Last November we launched a nationwide search for six spring marathon hopefuls, in partnership with ASICS. After a rigorous selection process, six Paris Marathon contenders were chosen from over 1100 applicants.
For all sixteen weeks of their marathon training, they'll be recording all their training and highs and lows live in the forums - and you can join us over the next four months for training and nutrition tips from our expert coaches and the ASICS PRO Team as well as a unique - and interactive - insight into the demands of marathon training.
Meet The Team | Meet The Experts | Marathon Resources ASICS Super Six: Race Day
The culmination of months of hard training for the ASICS Super Six has arrived - on April 10, our marathon contenders lined up at the start of the Paris Marathon 2011. All six put their heart, soul and talent into epic running performances - follow their Paris Marathon stories in our new video:
Peter (aka peter_thompson_14)
Target Time: 2:55-3:00
RACE TIME: 2:49
Pete says: Thirteen miles into the race I felt great, so I decided to smash my target. I upped my pace to just under 4 min/km, almost ran a half-marathon PB and stormed across the finish line. I’m astounded at how much I’ve improved in just five months and at the disciplined runner I’ve become. Using the invaluable knowledge gleaned from the ASICS PRO Team, my next marathon target is an unbelievable 2:45.
(Updated April 12)
Pete's Latest Video | Go to Pete's thread
Maria (aka UpsyDaisy)
Target Time: 3:30-3:45
RACE TIME: 4:21
Maria says: The first half of the marathon went well and I was comfortably clocking 8:00-8:30 min/miles. Then my stomach became upset, perhaps due to the heat, and I was dashing into every toilet en route. I was so proud when I finally crossed the finish line. Running my first marathon as part of the ASICS Super Six has been an amazing experience and now I feel like a bona fide endurance runner - I’ve already lined up my next race.
(Updated April 12)
Maria's Latest Video | Go to Maria's thread
Alison (aka Kryptonite)
Target Time: 3:35-3:45
RACE TIME: 3:47
Alison says:I find it really hard to run in the heat, so I focused on breaking my PB. Unfortunately at mile 20 the sun really started to affect me. Try as I might to pick my feet up faster, my pace continued to slip away over the last six miles. Despite a disappointing race, my confidence is at an all-time high thanks to the unswerving support from the ASICS PRO Team. My target time is definitely there for the taking on a cooler day.
(Updated April 12)
Alison's Latest Video | Go to Alison's thread
Alex (aka Alexandra_S)
Target Time: 3:45-4:00
RACE TIME: 4:06
Alex says: It was blisteringly hot on the day and as the race progressed, I became dehydrated. At around 39K I was deliriously zig-zagging from side to side. After starting on this epic first time marathon journey with the guidance of the ASICS PRO Team, I was determined to finish, so I power walked the final 3.5K – it was easily my biggest feat of mental strength. I only missed my target time by six minutes, so I’m really chuffed.
(Updated April 12)
Alex's Latest Video | Go to Alex's thread
Bridget (aka Ultra Sparkly Bridget)
Target Time: Sub-4:15
RACE TIME: DNF
Bridget says: On marathon day hitting my target seemed certain. I’d clocked a half-marathon PB three weeks earlier and with all the coaching and nutrition advice, I was in the best shape of my life. However, it didn't quite go to plan. I felt ill after the first water station and just couldn’t shake it. By mile twelve I had to stop running, although it was one of the hardest decisions to make. Now I’m hoping to race again soon and get that elusive marathon PB.
(Updated April 12)
Bridget's Latest Video | Go to Bridget's thread
Matthew (aka Mustkeeptrying)
Target Time: 5:00-5:30
RACE TIME: 6:01
Matt says: Running the marathon in Paris was incredible. However, the ASICS Super Six experience has meant so much more to me than just a target time, it’s transformed the way I live. I understand pacing, I now enjoy running and I’ve got a new healthy diet thanks to the ASICS PRO Team. I ran just outside my PB on the day but I maintained a steady pace for the first time and finished with a huge smile.
(Updated April 12)
Matthew's Latest Video | Go to Matt's thread
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ASICS Super Six Selection Day Photos
Steve worked at Runner's World for 10 years and took over the marathon schedules when Bruce Tulloh retired from writing them. Steve has run more than 60 marathons (26 Londons) and as well as holding a PB of 2:29, he has also won a British marathon title in his age group. As far as his coaching record goes - he's helped one runner to British international level over the marathon distance and another to a British age-group record. He also coaches around 30 runners in his running club, whose marathon times range from 2:30 to outside five hours.
Former national marathon coach and ASICS PRO Team member Bud Baldaro is one of the UK's top middle and long distance running coaches. With more than 20 years' experience of coaching athletes at all levels, he now works as a mentor for England Athletics and is athletics coach to the University of Birmingham team. Bud has coached Olympians, Commonwealth medallists, World and European champions and several UK record breakers.
THE ASICS PRO TEAM
ASICS has been developing sports performance shoes and apparel for over 60 years, bringing innovative product solutions to the world of running thanks to research from the ASICS Institute of Sports Science and collaboration with leading athletes.
But the runner's holistic wellbeing is just as important to ASICS as the company's commitment to scientific research, innovation and quality in their products. The ethos of ASICS can be summed up by the company motto ‘Sound mind, sound body'. Through initiatives such as the ASICS PRO Team and interactive training tool MyASICS, the sports performance company aims to help runners of all abilities achieve their ambitions with a complete and continuous running support and advice package.
This year's Super Six will benefit from the expertise of the ASICS PRO Team on their journey to Paris Marathon success. The ASICS PRO Team are a group of running specialists, each with a specific area of expertise. Whether you're having your nutrition strategy reviewed by dietician Ruth McKean, your cross-training cross-examined by Nicki Waterman or physio support from Sarah Connors - the ASICS PRO Team will be there with expert advice every step of the way.
Wondering how to juggle your own 2010 marathon preparations? Don't struggle alone: pop into the forums and join one of our team's training threads. We promise you'll be warmly welcomed, and our forums are the ideal place to meet like-minded runners, exchange training tips and find encouragement when the going gets tough.
You can also
download the schedules that they'll be using as a basis for their marathon preparations. Following a programme will help you build your fitness progressively and is a great way to know you're on a tried-and-tested route to reaching your race-day goal.
Don't forget to sign up to our
free, weekly marathon newsletter too - your chance to have day-by-day training sessions, nutrition tips and motivational pep talks delivered straight to your inbox every Friday from December until April.
Of course, you don't need to be targeting a Spring marathon to make the most of everything we have planned for our team over the next few months. They'll be racing across a variety of distances between now and race day so there promises to be stacks of training and nutrition advice available whatever your 2010 running goals.
Quiz The Experts
Although our mentoring team will be focusing their attentions on the team, they'll also be doing their best to answer your questions too - don't be afraid to pose your puzzlers directly to the coaches on the forums.
Over the spring marathon season, we'll also be running a series of live forum Q+A sessions with key training, nutrition and injury avoidance themes:
January 21: Marathon Training with Steve Smythe. Read the full Q&A.
February 11: Marathon Nutrition with Ruth McKean. Read the full Q&A.
ASICS Super Six Podcasts
2011 Podcast #1: Marathon Training with Steve Smythe
Discover the key to a successful final two months of training from ASICS Super Six coach and marathon expert Steve Smythe.
2011 Podcast #2: Marathon Nutrition with Ruth McKean
We talk to ASICS PRO Team Dietician Ruth McKean about getting in shape for your marathon attempt - and the best way to indulge afterwards!
2011 Podcast #3: Avoiding Injury with Sarah Connors
We talk to ASICS PRO Team Physiotherapist Sarah Connors to discover how to make it to the start - and finish! - of your marathon injury-free
Sarah Connors' Essential Exercises
Stay injury free on your spring marathon journey with a little help from ASICS PRO Team physiotherapist Sarah Connors - discover her top stretches for preventing injury. Watch Sarah demonstrate how to stretch essential running muscles with our excusive videos from the first Super Six training day:
• Calf muscles
• Gluteal muscles
• Hip flexors
• Motion Preparation 1
• Motion Preparation 2