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My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 12:48

Hi Gareth

I hope you're now feeling more positive, following everyone's great feedback and responses reminding you that you are now in the 1 per cent of the population who have finished a marathon!

For what it's worth, I don't think it's all about the lack of a 20-mile run. I, and many others I know, had never run 20 miles prior to their first marathon. (I'd done 16.) But what I HAD done is train regularly and consistently for many weeks and months prior to it. I think it's a challenge for someone so new to running to build up to a marathon in 16 weeks - and it doesn't really allow for any leeway for things to go wrong. It wasn't just the weeks you missed when you were sworn off ANY running but the fact that you couldn't then just jump back in when you left off even when you were running again. So I'd say you missed a month of consistent training which is a lot when you don't have months of mileage behind you as back-up. You now have this performance, and the training you DID do, to build on and take you to your next running goal. You said a few weeks back at TD2, 'I will finish, no matter how long it takes me' - and you did cross that line. I'm proud of you for doing that and hope you are too.

Good luck to everyone running London this weekend - run well, and enjoy!

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub 4 James

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 12:37

Hey James - just seen your first and second half splits - incredible! Like Isabel, you ran almost exactly even  halves. I'm so proud and impressed! 

It's been a real pleasure working with you over the last 4 months - you've shown a great capacity for training both hard and long and I have no doubt you will be running sub 3.45 or 3.40 on your next outing. Best of luck to you and Sara in Dubai - it was lovely to meet her.

Big congrats also to James and Andy on your sub 4s - and commiserations to Orapidruns on the DNF. I'm sure you'll be back on form soon.

It's been great interacting on this thread. Thanks for all your contributions!

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-4.30 Isabel

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 12:31

Isabel, hello! Hope you had a good journey back and bet you're still reeling from your marathon success. I'm so proud of you! To run 2.04.28 and 2.04.33 for the two halves is an incredible split - almost identical halves. I bet you now have your sights set on a sub 4.00 and quite rightly so.

Enjoy the recovery this week. It's been great working with you and I look forward to seeing you continue to progress.


Well done McHilly too! Another great result.



My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub 4 James

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:54

Hi all - those pre-race jitters are emanating from the page now!

I had an OK but poorly executed race yesterday. (Bumped into DS2, which was nice!) Basically, me and my husband lost each other at the start area, and I had the dog so I couldn't warm up or even join the enormous loo queue. So then when he finally found me I was seething and stormed off (I know, I know, I'm suitably embarrassed). Only realised I'd stormed off without any gels or drinks after the gun had gone off. Oops. Felt OK to 10 miles, and then totally bonked. Pace dropped by 30 seconds a mile for 11 and 12, and I barely picked it up for final mile. Finished in 1.34.01. So learn from my mistakes, all, and be super-organised on race morning 

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 20:25

Hey Gareth - well, we're nearly there!

Yep, get writing that packing list so you don't forget anything essential - be it food/drink, clothing, adaptor plug, er camera! 

Also, don't be tempted to swap your easy swim/cycle for circuits this week - nothing too punishing to maximise recovery/repair and fuel storing...

I have a half marathon tomorrow to 'look forward' to. Then Mother's Day lunch with the family for refueling.

Hope everyone's taper isn't too jittery

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-4.30 Isabel

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:58

Hey Isabel, glad to hear your Garmin has finished its tapering! What a beautiful day today huh? Did 4 miles too, with my group this morning followed by tea in one of our runner's back garden, with a terrace overlooking the countryside and sea. Beautiful!

Glad you mentioned the juicer as it reminded me to pack an adapter plug.

So pleased you have made it all the way to race week with no niggles and such a positive enthusiasm. Look forward to seeing you Friday 

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub 4 James

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:54

Hannay, I'm with Reiki - don't do a 20 so close to London. PLEASE don't!!

Great catching up on the thread everyone - I'm getting goosebumps on your behalf. I have Paddock Wood Half Marathon tomorrow. Was originally gunning for a PB but it hasn't been a great start to the year for me running-wise so I think that's out of the question - so my aim is to run well ie. pace it well, stay strong, smile and look graceful until the last 1km 

James, you are sounding so much more confident and positive. Exactly where you should be - now mentally as well as physically. See you Friday!

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub 4 James

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:56

Great runs, Ashley, Hannay and James L - well done. And you too Orapidrun. Hope your ITB is playing ball Ruffles and you're winding down Reiki Rabbit.

No sign of James this week - he must be 'getting in the zone' You OK out there James??

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:05

Hey Gareth, how has your weekend been? Did you do the parkrun this weekend? Just two weeks till the big day now... hope you're getting excited. Got in the mood today by watching Hastings Half Marathon - big race, with about 5000 runners and 16 of my group taking part. My husband came 4th which was phenomenal - I'm going to have to genuflect whenever I walk in the room now. Groannnnnnn.....

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:03

Hi Hunnymonster, the ultimate aim is to take in 60g of carbohydrate per hour during the race. Not always possible but a good guideline is 30-60g per hour - so you can check the carb content of any product you're considering using to work out how many you'll need. Best of luck in your race!

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