Good to hear you can change pens at the expo, bit of a question though, i emailed them and asked to be changed to the 3.15 pen (my goals have somewhat changed since i signed up, and the bath half confirmed that i would better starting off at the right pace!) they said i'd have to do it at the expo but they said i'd need proof, would a recent half marathon results page printed off be sufficient?
Also I've been having an odd week, i didn't do a 3 week taper but did a 2 week one instead, i really struggled last week and felt like i was going stir crazy with the lack of running then did an easy paced (but very hilly) 11 miles on Sunday, which definitely itched the scratch and haven't felt that fussed about running at all this week so haven't, i've been on holiday in dartmoor so i've been doing lots of walking with my dog with the occasional jog up a hill to tire her out though so not completely inactive.
i am planning an easy jog tomorrow when i get back to London of about 3 or 4 miles and then 2-3 on Saturday in Paris, does that sound like a reasonable plan?
Just seen this thread and i have been on a weight loss kick and plan to run the paris marathon in the spring.
As of 6th October (when i booked myself onto the paris marathon) I was running 5 miles 2-3 times per week and cycling the same distance 7-8 times, with an occasional mountain biking trip at weekends as well, so fairly fit. I did however weight 84.9kg (i'm 1m73cm for reference)
I've run a marathon before, running it in 4hr36 after a target time of 4 hours went out of the window having run the first half in 1hr 30mins - i got carried away, at that time i was around 77kg.
So since October I stepped up my running to 5 times a week, cut our drinking to maybe 2 nights per month and have cut out all sweets as well as trying to eat healthily as far as possible and replaced breakfast with a protein shake.
As of this morning i weigh 70.1kg, resting HR is 40bpm and am hopefully on target to run a 3.30 marathon.
Just thought i'd post up because A) i've nearly hit my target rate and am pretty proud of myself B) offer encouragement to other on this thread that it can be done.
BTW i'm now running 4 times per week, and have been since december with 3 short distance structured runs (tempo, interval and in the next few weeks will start som hill reps as well) and 1 long run, as i'm keen to avoid over training.... I've gone as far as 22 so far and have a 24 miler in the plan 4 weeks out from the big day.
slow reply, but i'm also doing the paris marathon, it'll be my second and ultimate goal is to do it under 4 hours, but so far training is on schedule for a 3.30 but it's still early days.
pain on the outside of your knee could be your ITB (iliotibial band) which can get inflamed when you introduce too much stress through running, sever cases can need steroid injections but if dealt with sensibly (rest, ice, compression and elevation) then it tends to clear up fairly quickly.
It's important to work out where the stress came from as well to avoid in the future, it's a long way to paris, things to consider are increasing mileage too rapidly and knackered trainers in my experience.