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Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:09

Ah weight.  My favourite obsession.

I'm lucky in that despite eating very 'well' and doing only one run over the Christmas period I don't seem to have put anything on.

Bad news is I was already 39lbs (yes that's thirty nine) above my Paris 2012 weight and I haven't gone down either.

I'm certain that weight gain was the cause of my injury woes and that weight loss will be their cure.  That may prove too late for Paris this year but having given up the turps for a while I hopefully will shift the weight and it wont be too long before I'm running with some degree of pain free normality.


You'll drop the 7 in no time Jim...you've got previous

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Posted: 04/01/2015 at 18:39
Interesting experiment Orbutt.

I've a couple of races where I've kind of tested it. On each occasion my then recalcitrant Garmin had died in the few minutes before the race and I was forced to run by feel. I got my 10k PB in one and in the other I ran a hilly 7 mile trail race in what was relatively speaking my highest rating race of that year on RunBritain.

I'd assumed that was down to my being restrained by my Garmin - running within myself.

However, in a 10 mile race (with Garmin) I went off too quickly and decided to try and keep it going. I still ran faster than my original target I faded quite badly in the second half. Tactically I got it wrong but still got a decent result.

I think maybe the longer the distance the more you need the Garmin input.

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Posted: 15/12/2014 at 14:55
Eggyh73 wrote (see)

2. At that time of year the weather can be anything from nice and cold to stupidly warm. 2012 - Cool and windy. 2013 - Cool. 2014 - Hot, feeling warm in the start pens before you even started running warm. Apparently 2011 was a heatwave!.

Meh, 2011 was nothing

Well, it was too damned hot - wherever you were at about 11:30 am that's where the wheels fell off.  If I recall only those looking for about 3hours escaped the worst of it.

2007 was awful though - ATM will tell you - it was over 30c and people panicked and took extra water at aid stations, meaning the water was pretty much not available until 10 miles or so for those running slower than 4 hour pace.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 10:29

...and TD, your operation reminds me of that circumcision specialist that was dismissed from his post.  Apparently his hands were shaky, he missed the foreskin and got the sack...


...berdum tish, I'm here all week, try the veal, etc etc

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Posted: 11/12/2014 at 10:26

I think that re-assessing VDOT during a training programme is a major reason for tune up races.  Many of us use a half 3-4 weeks before the target marathon as our goal time predictor but assessing an changing intensities in line with VDOT every few weeks throughout - or at the end of a mesocycle - is just as valid.

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Posted: 09/12/2014 at 07:51

I think there's some  things to watch for when inferring marathon/other race times from shorter races.

First up, you want the distance you're predicting from to be as close as possible to the target one as a 5k is very very different from a marathon in terms of what's required - realistically that probably means a half.  Similarly it assumes specific quality training for the marathon.  Lastly, any predictor assumes equal aptitude for different distances yet we're all genetically and psychologically better disposed to - one of us might be able to blast a fantastic mile time but it doesn't mean they'd be equally good at an ultra or vice versa.




Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:53

List fairy - I'm 8657 Jaune

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Posted: 04/12/2014 at 12:06

Cheers Emmy, I'll take a look.

Yes, he's 6 months now, so rule of thumb is up to 30 minutes.  Today was only something like 22 minutes, with a break in the middle and a poo stop on the way out for him and pee stop for me on the way back for me!??  For the next 12 months I wouldn't anticipate taking him out for anything other than on short and slow recovery runs once or twice a week.  For the next month or more I won't even be up to that level.

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Posted: 04/12/2014 at 11:49

I'd agree with Danni Charlie - just forget time and take as long as you like, just have fun doing it!

I just ran.  Over 4 whole kilometres.  Foot still sore but not too bad.  I'm quietly trilled   I've really missed running this last year or so, and what it does for me.

Also had the first run with Harris, the dog.  He was really good.  Suspect we'd be even better with a different lead and maybe even a harness.  Any recommendations/ideas from dog running regulars (Emmy)? He tends not to pull (and if he does, he'll come back to heel when reminded) but could get silly and then jump up at other runners/cyclists/walkers if I don't rein him in when passing, if that helps.

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Posted: 30/11/2014 at 09:13
TD -can you mail me the PowerPoint please?

I've used HRM a wee but in the past but not as s training basis, but after Paris I'm targeting a different type of run and training to paces won't be practical.
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