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Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 08:41

Orbutt - I'll be sad to miss my friends in Paris this year. I've been there every year since that 2012 picture that Tricky posted above.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 11:15

It's interesting how our bodies react differently to training. I ran pb's at every distance last year apart from 10km (which was because I hadn't raced one) and it all came off high mileage, for me, marathon training. It saw me run 5km pb's as well as marathon pb's!

I tend to find it's when I can do the high volume stuff regularly that my pace starts to pick up.

I quite enjoy a 5k. It's pure agony for the time you're doing it, but it's over quickly.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 09:45

I go through periods of enjoying it and loathing it. I've been on the verge of calling time on marathon running a few times.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 08:43

Hold on, you can train for a marathon and not be wondering "why am I doing this?"!

If only somebody told me that ten years ago!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 20:04

Been there, done that! Count it as part of the learning experience.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 09:37

Cboytie - Welcome to the thread. Great race for your first marathon.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 09:17

Wendy - I think if you are an experienced distance runner you can look at how far and how often, but if you are new to it then it's all about building up and staying fresh and injury free.

I now do one 22 mile run as part of my training along with three 20 mile runs and one 21 mile run, but I've been marathon running for the best part of a decade now and know what my body can handle and how quickly I recover from long efforts. There are many who do far less than that and find it works better for them. I know our Dannii has had great success with fewer long efforts and now questions their value. As with most marathon aspects it's about finding what works for you.

For my first, and in truth several marathons at the start of my running career, I never went over 20 miles. I made it and I started from an awful fitness base.  My first marathon plan was totally insane, from zero exercise to marathon in four months.

It doesn't matter if you do 18, 20 or 22 miles in training. On that start line you'll have doubts if you can complete it. Everyone who has ever taken on a marathon has been there. They all end up with a finishers medal and a sense of achievement that they did it after all. Doubts and anxiety are normal.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 08:41

Ali - I agree with Orbutt. Build up to a 20 mile runs three weeks out then start to taper. The first marathon is always special. Getting over that finish line and realising you achieved something that at one point seemed impossible. 

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 14:33

Ali - Welcome to the thread!

The expo will be busy on Saturday, but plenty survive it. There's normally a forum meet-up on the Saturday evening for food, a pre-race gathering at the Arc and then the most important of all the pub after the race!

You'll have plenty of good company from here if you want it. I'm just sorry I'll be missing it this year for the first time in five years. A better bunch of people it would be hard to find.

AspirantRunner - I'd wait until you run your half to rethink goal times. Keep pushing yourself in training and see how you get on. Let your actual form dictate your target, not perceived form.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 10:19

I honestly think the truth is nobody really knows how our bodies truly work with regards to fuelling.

There are certainly plenty of paleo diet converts who do endurance sports, including marathons and ironman triathlons, who perform well and would argue carbs are poison or should be consumed in minimal quantities! I do think much of those who preach that lifestyle do so from the build muscle, get lean, look good mindset. There's certainly more weight lifting types into that lifestyle, but I've met a few runners and triathletes who subscribe to it too.

Although runners are no better in this regard, as you only need to read through the forum or magazines over the years to see the amount of foods or diets sold as "scientifically proven" to make you leaner/faster as you slurp down your super-smoothie or beetroot juice!

Looking for properly conducted scientific research into it and you can find evidence for or against pretty much every diet that ever been thought up.

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