We said they would do it! After saying I probably wouldn't run Paris next year as I didn't find the enjoyment in it this year we said they would offer a discount that us Scots can't refuse and they have!! an early bird discount tomorrow, how can I refuse?? I might not want the place but I can't refuse a discount or saving, my family would disown me if I did!! I'll have to hope for a computer breakdown tomorrow to save me from it.
Eggy, my daughter wants a Sofia the First princess party this year so can you send me your prices? But obviously you'd have to bring a princess Amber too!
@ Ordinateur If you push your left arm out in front of you as far as it goes palm down, then bend the elbow at 90 degrees and rotate your wrist 80-90 degrees then you should have no problems seeing or hearing the Garmin! Just remember to lower the arm a little at the checkpoints otherwise your face won't be in any of the pictures. The plus side for me though will be that it will be a lot easier to see you if we meet in the Bois de Boulogne again because lets be honest, there is not going to be too many people with a running stance like that! Are you going to the pasta meal on the Saturday? If so, is the mini ordinateur coming with you again so 'ma fille' has someone to run round and round in circles with??
Talking of medical certificates, I'm actually quite proud that for the first time ever in all five Paris marathons I have done, I will be arriving with a genuine signed copy this year! I was in the doctors office to follow up on what seemed like a 100 day cough and asked him to sign it in passing and he did. I'll be photocopying that stamp for the next five years now.
@ HIAHS – I think it is recommended to do some running harder to cause your muscles to adapt and get faster but for me, I just felt ALL my training was becoming this way and was leaving me constantly exhausted and not gaining. My last two marathons have both seen last quarter ‘collapses’ in time so am trying something different from the traditional pace training plans this time.
@ chunkytfg – I have followed a program by ‘HADD’ which at the start saw me ‘running’ 13:30min/mile at a HR of 128. To me this was ridiculously slow, I had to cross the road to avoid the embarrassment of being overtaken by dog walkers, but kept at it and have seen the time fall to 10:34m/m in about 8 weeks. I was going to stop after the first week as I couldn't grasp how I was going to benefit but it was a response from Emmy to something I posted on here months ago saying that she had seen benefits from it after time that made me continue and I'm glad I did. You can get the HADD document from the net and is certainly worth reading.
Thanks Tim, my zone 2 is 111-129, with zone 3 which will ultimately be my race pace being 129-148.
I trained for Berlin using race pace (based on 3:56:11 from Paris in 2013) but constantly felt I was trying too hard. I felt exhausted and tired way too often trying to keep to the paces of a 3:45 training plan, and ultimately on race day the extreme exhaustion kicked in after mile 20 and I lost nearly 30 minutes of time in the last quarter.
Since the marathon, I have run between 4-6 miles almost daily from the start of October with my heart rate not above 129 and have seen my pace fall from 13:28 min/mile @ 128bpm at the start down to 10:34min/mile @ 128bpm this week. But more importantly I have re-found the joy of running, I am not tired, I feel energised by the runs and am happy to see the continued improvements. Now whether, when I start the training plan and start adding in intervals, etc that this continues remains to be seen but I am starting to believe in it. I sent Dannirr a spreadsheet of the runs and times as they are interesting how the fall can be charted over only eight weeks.
I have gone through my training plan for Berlin and I honestly believe I spent too much time in a higher heart rate zone for it to be effective. If I can run 9min/mile in Paris next year then I will be happy as although it won’t be my quickest, it will at least prove that my theory was right for me.