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Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:15

AspirantRunner - Welcome to the forum!

I'd say stop worrying. There's a long time to go and a lot of training to be done before Paris 2016. Part of training for these things is getting used to running the distance both mentally and physically. It's perfectly normal to doubt yourself at times when training. We all have good days, bad days and days where we wonder why the hell we entered a marathon in the first place!

You'll do it. You've picked a great event to do as your first.


Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 15:40

I think our Scott has a fantastic marathon run in him (his Paris 2013 time was bloody good). Injury free and training hard I'd say he's a better runner than me.

A good injury free run and he'll be smashing it. Hopefully in Stockholm, or maybe the 'Dam. Either of those or one of the many other races mini-boss forces us to enter against our free will!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 14:40

Actually when it comes to me running a PB I'm the least strategically approached person you'll meet.

This year I've ran 5km (twice), 10 mile and half PB's and at no point in any of those races did I look at my watch to see what my time was or pace was until I'd crossed the finish line (this also stands for my 10km PB last year). I also ran my marathon PB this year and I only checked my watch about five times in the entirety of that race. I seem to run better off instinct and judging how I'm feeling than clock/pace watching.

In Paris this year I glanced at my watch at 5km and decided I was running too fast, so slowed down. I glanced again at 10km and decided I was too slow, so speed up! I looked at the watch again at the halfway point and saw I was bang on pace with my 2012 PB time and just told myself 2012 was getting its ass handed to it! I then glanced again at 25km and was feeling great at this point and could see my time was good still. Last look before the finish was at 35km. I knew at that point as long as I was running that I'd PB.

I'm pretty sure every single thing you'll read about running will tell you what I did was wrong, but it worked for me. Also when I ran my 5km PB at the weekend I thought I was going much slower and did stop to give someone a hug mid run! I'm also sure that's not in any of the running literature.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 12:57

Scott - That plan worked for me in Paris. Sounds sensible to me!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 10:32

I like the idea of not having to get up early for the marathon in Stockholm, but have some concerns about starting at a time that would see you running through the hottest part of the day. Thankfully it's looking like a coolish day for Saturday.

I don't have a time goal for Stockholm. I just plan to go out and run the best I can and see where I end up. I've been running well, but did spend all Sunday ill and didn't manage to eat a thing all day. I made up for that yesterday right enough!

I'll do a watch check at the halfway point on Saturday. I know what time I need to be through the halfway point if I'm going to have a bash at a good time.


Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 11:28

Orbutt - Great to hear that you're on the road back from your injury.

Meadower - Let me know when your Springburning. I've not popped my cherry at that one yet!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 19:01

Andy - Well done! Good day for smashing parkrun PB's. I knocked 25 seconds off mine, down from 22:31 to 22:06. That also included a pitstop to give someone a hug.

Wendy - BCRC stands for Bristol Convocations Running Club. It's a virtual running club of Paris runners who've passed through this way over the years. The Bristol references the stool chart, which was a long running joke. Convocations references the document you need to print out and take when collecting your bib for the marathon, but to date even the French speakers amongst us are unsure why that document is called that!

T-shirts ave been made up as Orbutt explained and a new print run tends to be done every year. It's a good way to identify people from the forum and also helps socially for people to meet up at other local events.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 09:04

PC - Could be a fracture. I don't think there's much that can be done with broken/fractured toes. When I broke mine all they told me to do was tape it up to the one next to it!

TD - That was a killer bike ride. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Meadower - Sorry I won't see you this weekend. Give me a shout when you come through for number 4 and I'll make sure I'm there. I've only done three of the four Glasgow Parkruns myself.


Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 13:17

It's always the way. The second you know you have an injury you want to run. Being injured is the ultimate running motivation.

If it hurts when you run then I think you're right to rest the knee. Do you know what the cause of the pain is?

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 12:56

HiaHS - Your schedule has been full on for the last year. Hopefully a short break from running will do you good and see the injury clear up.

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