Hi everyone, my name is Tricky and I've gone and done something crazy - signed up for the Paris Marathon 2015? Is it a good course?
I ran a Half Marathon this last weekend. I'd put a lot of effort into the planning for it and i think I ran a solid race, trying to keep pace with a couple of female runners nearby who seemed to be having a bit of a laugh with the supporters... so I did my best to keep up with them. I was having a bit of knee pain around km15 you see.
Anyway, the weirdest thing happened. I turned the last corner and saw the end of the race and pulled out all the stops for a fast finish because there seemed to be a lot of noise and it gets you all fired up. But as I got near the end, I noticed my shoelaces had come undone and I reckon that's pretty dangerous, so I bent down to do them up.
You won't believe what happened next! Another runner (a bit of a babe if I was honest with you) - she actually ran and jumped on me as I stood up and the crowds were going crazy. Her momentum sort of knocked me over and i staggered over the finish line - I think my time was about 2h11 or something like that. I was a bit confused because there was so much noise and music and this girl just kept kissing me and saying "yes". I think she was really pleased to finish the race and might have been a bit delirious. Lots of people were taking video and photographs of her so i reckon she must have been a local celebrity or something - she certainly had a strange foreign accent. Bizarre....
Anyway, the point of this post, apart from saying 'hi', is to ask whether I should bother tieing my laces up at all in future and can anybody recommend some sort of training plan for me? I reckon with some effort, I might be able to get a sub5 or is that expecting too much? Thanks everyone.
Hello KS. My name is Tricky. I have run a couple of marathons in my time. First off, I didn't see anything obsessional about fuelling before....
Can I ask about your intuition, as to what you think the source of the problem might be: race day preparation, fuelling for the race, or training preparation? Given your experience, it's unlikely that you will be making multiple errors, so it might be best to hone in on one area of uncertainty, make some changes and see what happens.
Do you keep detailed training logs, and do you also write up the cycling component to go alongside it? IIRC you commute to work. How far is that, how long does it take, do you measure your HR, or what effort level would you say those rides were? Do you follow a structured training plan and have you varied them across your 6 maras?
I know you say that they are one size fits all, except that's not strictly true. A plan is just distances, the variation and suitability comes from the pace you use to run according to the plan. Have you checked out the VDOT calculator and used these 'confirmed' paces for your training, or do you make it up as you go along? Maybe you've provided all that info before and i wasn't paying attention, so sorry about that. Would love to help. Cheers, TD.
Kaz... does doing an activity until you reduce yourself to limping a central part of your injury recovery programme? Because it shouldn't be. Sounds like you are doing the sort of thing that will aggravate and prolong your injury. If Frankie Goes To Hollywood were around he'd probably say "RELAX. DON'T DO IT"
Those of us in Albuquerque are having a lovely time. Which is not the same thing as training really hard or eating very lean food and avoiding alcoholic beverages. Am thinking I probably will not be hitting a PB at the Duke City (Half) Marathon on Sunday although I'm sure I'll be a winner regardless.
Was a really good feeling running with everyone at the weekend and although we didn't do a long distance, I found it pretty easy going on my knees which is very encouraging. It just reminded me again, how much I love running. It's such a privilege to be able to do it, especially with friends.
Hello from Albuquerque. Having a nice time with Dannirr, JustT (+ Mr JustT) and TinkerBEL. We went out for a lovely group run just after sunrise yesterday and i even managed to do 13kms without too much dificulty. TinkerBEL was stung on the leg by a wasp which was a bit of a scary moment, because we were around some undergrowth and had no idea what sort of poisonous bitey things could have been around, but the offending wasp was soon spotted and encouraged not to sting anyone else. I don't think any of us can promise a really punishing training week in the lead up to the Duke City Marathon & Half Marathon this coming weekend. We await Radar Sal's arrival with great anticipation. Happy days.
It probably means almost nothing to hardly anyone here, but I got a powermeter working on my bike today. I don't know if that will make me a better runner but I hope in some way it will. Or it might just laugh at me as I'm trying to crank a bike up a hill that I'm not even making enough comparable energy to allow a small camping kettle to boil some water