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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:29

Hi all

Sorry for the delay and I really do apologise for not replying. This is just a quick "hello" and I hope that everyone is doing really well! I'll try to catch up but i'm off to the UK early tomorrow for the next round of races.

Hope that everyone is well!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:25

My two cents here: I think its a lot about training but also about mixing it up. Using the same strategy and plan over and over again doesn't work for me. My sub 4 came off the back of losing weight, upping my mileage/changing my training and also eating right. There's a regular in the marathon community that says getting the result that you want comes on the back of: how much do you want it? How much are you willing to give to achieve it.

On another edge of the sword - I think that after running as many marathons as I have; it's given me a completely different perspective on what my body can achieve and when. It took 45 marathons for me to really understand my body post 20 miles and what I could do and how long I could hold something.

If I look at Paris as a prime example. I realised what my body was telling me around 15-16k and took my foot off the pedal and kept it easy. I think that was the only reason I was able to complete it because I knew what it was telling me and knew what I could and could not push it to do. I'm not saying everyone should run 100 marathons but I think that listening to your body during training and being acutely aware of the signs that your body gives you is invaluable during the marathon to know what you're able and not able to do on the day.

Sometimes its your day and sometimes it's not.

HIAHS - I think what you've been able to achieve is awesome. You're an inspiration to me for what someone can achieve on the multi marathon front.... let's not get started on Natty who has also proven what can be achieved whilst running multi day events!

I'm going offline for a few days. Back on Sunday Have a great weekend everyone!

RR - I would talk about pants but I don't wear them when I run :P

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:46

Jokeybhoy - well done on the sub 4!

Mattley - I've done quite a bit of pilates and core exercises as part of a general gym routine and that seems to work for me. I think it's all about mixing it up and not doing the same thing over and over.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 14:02

PC - that's very interesting! It really surprises me about how clean the splits are in the different groups!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 13:16
Les murmures benin wrote (see)

PC - I think your new thread stuff is great.  Champs Elysees is spelt wrong (a small thing). Is it too early to start the countdown?

I really want to go to Paris again next year but I'm not loving the idea of another winter's training on the same boring flat routes. Something would have to change and it's not yet clear what that is. I would like some company on the long runs and some different routes.

HeatherS - do you fancy a running buddy for some long runs next year? We could swap stories about our feet traumas?

You could do what I do... run marathons as training runs Plenty of friendly support on the run and you get lots of medals

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 12:44

Nodster - You don't need a medical certificate. Just pay your money, collect your bib and run.

I've done Amsterdam 3 times and it's a fast race. There's not a lot of support on the bit by the Amstel but you've got a lot as you come into the city.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:54

PC - I'm happy for you to start the first post and with all of that information

thisisnatty wrote (see)

Heidi and RunClaire, I'm wondering if you live near me due to your choice of events, I'm in Sevenoaks. 

+ Emmy if a few of you are running Bewl I'll come support- I can be there from 12.30 if I cut out of work promptly. I love to run, bike and sail at Bewl, (and run/bike Bedgebury just next door) very pretty, but the hills on the country roads section are quite brutal! 

Oo also, myself and MrNatty are signed up to the Saturday at Ranscombe. (For those who don't know it's a 12hour challenge where you can complete as many/few laps as you wish and still get the same medal and goody bag). Who wants to help persuade him he wants to stay on the course long enough / trick him into completing marathon distance?

Orapidrun very sensible not running til Sunday, I don't think I'll be running this week. 

Ooh - Let me check.

That's great for Ranscombe It's a great course and you can mountain bike around it. We had a lovely picnic there last year!


Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:04

PC - Can you add me to the list: i'm 29611 - purple pen

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 09:39
RunClaire wrote (see)

Thanks thisisnatty. Shame you're not doing 3 Forts. It's a great event, no road except 100m near the start - beautiful views and the delight of not know whether it'll be sunny/warm and dry under foot or hail/wind and grippy mud.

Here's my list so far:

3rd May: 3 Forts Half
9th May: Bewl Water (I'll see you there Heidi Barr - I'll be the slow one at the back!)
6th June: Summer Viking
12th July: probably High Weald (but tempted with Summer Ranscombe)
Need something in September/October
20th? Dec: Portsmouth Coastal

There's a nice atmosphere on the Portsmouth Coastal, but the weather was fine and not too windy last year. Makes a big difference as there's very little shelter on that route.


Have we met before?.... You seem to be doing a lot of similar races to me! I'm also looking at Bewl Water/Halstead double in May. I'll also be at double summer ranscombe! Ranscombe is a tough course but I love it!

It's great to see so many people signing up for Amsterdam!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:11

HIAHS - Great catch about Kenno...! Is it him? Can it be true?

Eggy - I think Paris is unique in a few ways because they hold the pens back a lot longer than London or Berlin. Berlin got 40,000 people over the line in less than 30 minutes but Paris was more than an hour. The result? Berlin was a lot more congested until 30k where it started to spread out and/or congested by walkers. Paris wasn't that congested for me where I was but then again I could notice the waves of different runners come through every 15-20mins.

My biggest bug bear for all races is people who do not obey common courtesy rules: Start when your finish time is expected and secondly - if you're going to walk - go to the side of the road/track so that faster people can pass you.

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