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Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 18:08
Ha ha no need to apologise m'lovely. This thread will be a good place for you to get some ideas about improving your training and there is plenty of encouragement from the lovely people here and it seems to motivate you to get your finger out.

Without worrying too much about finish time, it sounds like you'd rather not be staggering in for your marathon finish. The staggering, also known as death marching, is really tough- torturous! It'd be better if one was finishing strongly with a smile on one's face and encouraging other death marchers to the finish. (In an ideal world!)

So, hopefully for Paris 2016 you can put together a (stronger and more focused than with previous marathons) training campaign that will give you the best possible experience on the day. So that when you get to Corcoran's on the Sunday evening you'll be on a marathon high!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:14

AspirantRunner. Welcome to the madhouse. Congrats on signing up for Paris, its a great race and we'll be with you all the way. To build good endurance, the time on feet long runs will be a very important workout for you, so make sure you don't run this session too hard thus knackering your training for the following weeks (and so on). You'll need to build your mileage gradually and give yourself time to recover in between sessions. The long runs are daunting but they get easier as you get stronger. This helps you prepare mentally for the marathon. If there is anyone you can do the long with, like a club mate or pal who is similar speed to you, then its nice to have the company especially towards the end of the training cycle when the long run is 3 hours etc

Also, don't forget the med cert: (signed and stamped)

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 15:28
Yes Eggy but in the marathon you were still checking the watch periodically , making sensible decisions and adjustments to your pace and ultimately getting rewarded with your best ever run. In most other races you can sometimes just 'effing go for it, I did it at Reading Half and expected to run out of steam. Ended up with a PB, but one can rarely get away with that recklessness in the marathon.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 13:48
Scott. I'm not sure the "go out, run as fast as I can, and see where it gets me" technique is really the wisest option and I'm not sure if Eggy really did that. He might be pulling your leg. I reckon you have to know (roughly) what shape you are in and set a realistic goal pace and stick to it. If you overcook the first half you will come unstuck the second half. If you feel like there is more in there, pick it up the last 6 miles and overtake loads of the hanger-onners. Use the force buddy. I'll be on the stalk thread swearing at the screen.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 07:17
Dannir, Running Rodent ...... Comrades Baby.

Sub 3

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:34
Tidy runs from TT and Selbs. Jools well done for keeping under the 40 keeping your record intact. You probably shouldn't have run today with the man flu, i'm sure you will kill it at your next race.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 15:40
Met up with Running Rodent, Scott The Walker , Pottermoss, Radar Sal, ThisisNatty, Nells and HIAHS plus a few wags and habs in tow at the Bupa 10k. There was beer involved and sitting around in the park. I took a crate of Ice Cold Carlsbergs and managed to leave them at bag check. They retained their coldness! The organisers put on a sprint track and sprint coaches for the kids and my two took part in that and burned off some energy. It's been a lovely afternoon and I'm just leaving the west end now with the missis at the wheel.

Prior to all this frivolity there was some quality running from the gang and some healthy pb bashing. I knocked a minute off my 10k to give me a 38.17 with a 1 second neggy split and an outside chance of a place in the Highgate Harriers night of the 10k PBs (next year) - sub 38.30 was a platinum target so I'm well happy to exceed that. Was one of those days where everyone else around me was huffing and puffing. I'm glad I didnt overcook it at Parkrun the other day. That's my 3 A races nailed this year exactly as I wanted 'em.

Sub 3

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 14:44
Good day for me .... 38:17 / 1 second negative split, big I minute pb looked out for Jools and Co and then sat in the park with beers and treats. One of those days where everyone around me was huffing and puffing!

Amsterdam 2015

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 17:29
Darlo good luck with your training for the Dam. I'm around, just getting the Boston / London double out of my legs with a few shorter races then I suppose I'm firing the training engine up around mid / end June. Targeting a pb as always but won't have a realistic number until after my Sept half. 3 ish or better ....

Amsterdam 2015

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 11:36
Well done PompeyMatt . It's my first Amsterdam as well although will be my 10th marathon. I signed up as soon as it opened up. I used the BA flights from Heathrow and booked a hotel on staying in the Vondelpark area
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