Hi Isabel, I've decided to follow your thread as I'm also running in Paris, and hoping to manage close to 4h, initially I was following James's thread but he is impressively fast and looks as if he will go closer to 3.30, also your training looks to be going really well, and my pace is much closer to yours than James, so I shall now be following you too!
Reading the info about carb loading is really insightful, I had thought simply by having some pasta the night before and then porridge and or malt loaf on the day that I was carb loading! I will certainly give it a try, my only problem is I think I could have natural talent in this area, and and currently trying to watch my weight as I don't want to carry extra kg's for 26 miles! But I'm sure a practice, and again for the main event will help me, I shall look forward to trying!
Hi EEJ, 20 miles at 9mm is excellent, I managed the half at that pace yesterday, but would have struggled to go much further without slowing down (but was very pleased to do it). I would agree with you normally about laps, but I found it really helpful yesterday, as it meant that you knew what to expect, e.g. which stretches were going to be tough, which very tough and which bit easy (there was about 150m each lap with the wind directly behind), which I think meant I was better prepared towards the end when I was finding it tough.
I have now also signed up for race your pace, with the aim of doing the run at a steady. 9 min/mile, should be interesting to see how I get on, as recent longer hilly off road runs have given me an excuse to go slow and walk on tough sections, no such rests for me this Saturday! Looking forward to having my favourite pre race breakfast of a malt loaf ( I can easily eat a whole one, but shall try to show some restraint!). will look out for other forum runners and hopefully say hello,
When I see all the hard work and training everyone else is putting in, I understand why you're all improving so much, whilst I will probably still take longer than 4 hours for the marathon. I really admire you all. Whilst I might not be doing the hard work, I am enjoying my running, was pleased I ignore the met office warnings and headed to the S.Devon Coast for a CTS half marathon, despite the mud it was one of their easier events, and whilst the wind was tough on the way out, we got blown back , it was even sunny most of the time! An awesome event. Maybe I'll try doing some more structured training soon