Carl D

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Posted: Yesterday at 21:40


Tomorrow is EuroDisney day as it is supposed to be dry all day.

Weather was due to be mixed today so we did a tour of the City taking in the Eiffel Tower where it was so so windy and a bit damp at the top and also the Adidas store on Champs Elysee. I had to be very good and stay away from all  the running gear. Covered a lot of ground by foot much to my kids disgust. Kept telling them that you cannot see anything underground !!

Carter - 22 weeks training plan. I could never do that. But as you say it worked for you last year so why not stick with a proven plan.

I am working on something at work that we were pushing very hard to have complete by Christmas. It looks like it will drift into the New Year. This being the case I think it better to focus on building a really good base over the next few months and start a training plan in February. Not sure I am brave enough to go with 12 weeks. Either 16 or 18.

PS - What HM are you thinking of for December ? What are your goals for this. A PB, or just turn up and see what happens ?

Nell - It is always nice to get a different running experience. No better way to see a city than run around it. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 22:52

Nell - thanks for the plan. Will need to study it when I have read a little more of the book.

Anyway managed to get out for 4.5 miles at about 7pm this evening. It had been wet during the afternoon but at least it had stopped raining. Quite warm for this tiime of year as I was only wearing my Paris 2013 finishers t-shirt and shorts. 

Am staying near Notre Dame so when down the north side of teh Seine and came back on the south side. 

Legs were a tad heavy with the weekend run still in them but I must say I enjoyed the stroll.

Had been walking a lot during the afternoon too so that probably played a factor.

Despite these being busy areas for tourists and loads of traffic, teh footpaths were quite dark with very few street lights. Much darker than running in London.

4.5 miles at a 8:20 m/m pace. Quite enjoyed it.

Am planning a run down to the Eiffel Tower and back in the next few days. 

Funny how after not running much for a while, running a few miles is no longer easy.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 14:37

Sean - everyone else has said it. Making the decision that you did was definitely teh right one but not an easy one. So Manchester for you next year. Looks like there will be a bit of friendly rivalry there then.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:51

Canter - some good running at lunchtime from you. 10 miles in 70 mins. That would be going some. Good luck for that.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:50

Carter - I tend to agree with Canter. You need more carbs. Too few carbs and you will not have enough fuel to run. I am no expert but I suspect that means you are using your bodies reserves to run which is going to make you feel constantly tired and running in that condition will not be easy. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:46

Stuart - truly a global job that you have there. I suppose you have no choice nut to use the treddie when on the rigs but how do you cope with the monotony of it. I would go slightly dolally. Have you any races planned for when you are back on dry land ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:43

PS - How did you get on with the 10k yesterday ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:42

PS - really impressed with you being able to get up early to go running in the pitch black.

Your determination to crack the marathon is great. As Canter suggests mixing up the training and focusing on a shorter distance before going back to the marathon is probably going to help as it will make you faster and stronger in the long run. This seems to be a feature amongst many discussions groups no matter what the marathon time goal they are chasing.

Another important factor is core strength so your Pilates should help with this.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:17

Nell - great race report. And a fab time considering your enforced stops. Do you think that the week working on London might have been a factor in just being a tad tired.

Even with this intrusion you ran a great race and grabbed a great PB. Your splits look great and yes you slowed a little over the closing mile but who doesn't ?

The sub 3 is not far away now. I reckon you just need to find another 2 - 3 minutes.

I have PM'd you with my email address. I brought the Hansons Marathon Method book with me to Paris and have started reading it. Very interesting so far. A different approach  but seems to work for many people.

I will be getting a run in down by the Seine later today.

We very nearly did not come as both girls spent the later part of Saturday night being sick. 4 hours of cleaning and washing clothes ensued which was not the way to start a holiday. But we came and after a lovely day wandering around Paris yesterday (girls seemed fine) we were planning to do Eurodisney today. Spent last night nursing the eldest who had managed to pick up the same bug from his sisters but was much worse.

He is sleeping at the moment which is why I am catching up on life. His mum has taken the 2 girls out shopping and exploring.

Eurodisney has been rescheduled for Wednesday.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:03

Ali - great to hear that the course, job and home life are going well for you in Glasgow.

You do seem to be getting some reasonable running in but maybe one of the reasons you are not getting the times you would expect in the races you are taking part in might be the fact that you are just turning up and running rather than getting some specific and focussed training in. 

It is interesting to read in books and on forums that the more experienced runners spend time focusing on training for different distances. This way they take great benefit from the shorter distances back into the marathon training.

So putting some races in the calendar as you have and trying to focus the training runs you do towards these might help with the running form on the day and hence the time.

Of course it is not always easy to keep training as life has a habit of getting in the way.

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