Right then, now York marathon completed my next marathon is in Paris so let's get focused!
I found the training for York since Liverpool in June quite a challenge given the recovery period leading up to an All inclusive holiday (despite doing a fair bit of early morning runs there), then Wetherby 10k the week after, GNR week after that followed by 20 mile training run then taper ... So feel like I can raise the bar a bit for Paris.
My target yesterday was c.3:30 as I didn't think I'd PB again having achieved 3:26 in June. I held a 7:42 pace for the first 14 or so miles and then slowed a little still keeping below 8:00 until mile 19. There was a long out and back with a long incline on the way back before heading back towards York at about mile 20. At this point I knew it wasn't a PB and didn't have the push to maintain my previous sub 8 pace. It was a hard slog back and I overtaken a fellow parkrunner and local but different club runner who had past me earlier. He was walking! After mile 23 I'd settled for a 9:00 pace which I thought would get me worst case 3:33. At mile 24 the 3:30 pacer past me and I had him in my sights for a bit but the legs were not having it at that stage, I also felt very drained, it was a case of hanging on to the finish.
I managed it in 3:31:28 this year which is 8 mins quicker than last years 3:39:17 so still very happy to take the Course PB.
Thank god I didn't get in London - I don't think I could stomach doing another marathon 3 weeks after Paris ... And then Liverpool 5 weeks after that (8 weeks gap will still be a challenge).
So I'm now going to focus on improving my Paris time which was 3:56:29. So hopefully Paris will be a big improvement on last years time (2014). i have discounted taking it easy at Paris to go for Liverpool as I already have a good time there and I've got a fair bit of time to train properly for Paris. I'm also considering Chester next year instead of York to improve my time there but also because I've missed Chester for the last two years while I've run York. Chester was my first marathon aged 40, so it will be my 4th at Chester and Paris will be my 10th marathon overall. Looking forward to it now (just going to put the two "parkruns" out of my mind after mile 20
Kenny & Andy, when I stayed at Disney last year (Hotel New York) with the wife and two kids they went to the parks while I ran the marathon.
There's a direct train to the start line on the RER A from Disney train station. No need to change... I think the one I got left about 6:40 got there about 7:30 so plenty of time to drop off a bag at the finish then get the photo at the Arc followed by the peeing in the streets and pens (urinals or bottle).
No issue with the logistics and nice quiet train journey there and back without the kids . Though they were pleased to see me later and still time for a walk around the park and to view the dreams at the castle later on.
I couldn't fault it and doing the same next year. We have a couple of days either side of the marathon which splits the holiday up nicely for me. We also visited Paris one day seeing the sights including Tour Eiffel, though we probably won't do that as they prefer it at Disney ... Aged 14 and 5 now!
Next year I'll be at the Pink (Disneyland) Hotel, last year we went to Hotel New York. Just checked the disneylandparis.fr prices and very similar to what we paid (quite expensive for 4 nights / 5 days but do include breakfast and day passes).
The kids will love it, though they do think they are going to Hotel New York again ... Which was very good btw.
We're travelling on the Thursday staying overnight at Folkestone and checking in on Friday, returning Tuesday evening, again staying at the holiday inn at Folkestone before returning to Leeds on the Wednesday.