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Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: Today at 18:55
Ahh the UFD Hackney Half marathon at the marshes.....6 laps I believe. Did that 3 years ago finished 10th from last. Nice event. I got lapped by the winner on lap 2! And when I finished lap 5, most people were finishing the race which was pretty grim. Have fun Team Swag

Sub 3

Posted: Yesterday at 14:49

Hello Sub3-ers super speedy fast peeps. I'm still around, been on a bit of holidaying, been a bit grumbly as having had many little niggles that have made my training a bit stop start. On the whole can't complain too much, am managing to put together some sort of prolonged training together for Abingdon. Nothing like you lot mileagewise, but 45-50 per week is something. Barbeque belly is dissappearing.

Had a burn in the Thames Meander Half at the weekend - 11th overall / 1st Old Codger in 1:27 odd. Was nice to get a decent run in to keep the confidence alive. There was a nice fella called Gav who kept me company for most of the second half of the race nagging/pulling me along for the difficult miles and i managed to turn in ok consistent pace. We knew we were outside sub1.27 pace so i conceeded that i didn't fancy racing all the way to the finish as i was pretty shattered so he started dropping me with about half a mile to go but still shouted out encouragement as he gradually pulled away. If i hadn't had that company - i'm sure i wouldn't have worked as hard. I reckon - i'm in more like 1.26.30 shape - that course was good, but there were some hairy moments dodging walkers, dogs, kids on bikes, other runners, single filing along a tight bit with marathon runners coming toward you. That definitely forced me to drop down a gear or two when i didn't want to. One the whole happy with the race and progress considering i'm not in as good as form as 6 months ago and don't have as many miles in the legs.

BTW i saw Ryan having a photo finish moment in the full marathon.They were pushing each other right over the line! They have the same chip time but Ryan nicked the second on the gun time!  I didn't get a chance to say hello but it was good to see him turn in another good performance. I think it warmed up a bit for the marathoners.

i'll read back in the next couple of days and see what you lovelies have been up to..

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 13:08

ahh TD you must be referring to my showdown with the big guns last Autumn ....

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 Of course, the great man finished so quickly he didn't get a chance to have a smooch with the lovely Melanie Chisolm ....

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TD - you are a monster on the bike these days, some crazy stats come from you. If only you could safely run another marathon soon. I hope that knee problem abates at some point.

KS - yes it's loaded with pure iron!  Actually, just a few light work clothes, gels, money, keys, work keys, some work paperwork. In the grand scheme not much in terms of weight compared to all the bags of sugar i used to carry around in the old days but enough for it to slow you down just a smidge i think, and i'm using the water feeder on the long run, which contains a litre of liquid. I certainly felt like i had a bit more spring on Saturday in the race.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 18:25
Btw Hatter, superb run, you'll be knocking on the door of 1.30 soon enough never mind 1.40. With all that iron man training you will be a fitness monster!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 18:23
HIAHS: Berlin is a great marathon. Very busy but such a fantastic atmosphere and has lovely long flat wide roads where you can really motor along. The fuel stations are a bit mental. Really congested, like ducks and geese all steaming in for your bread scraps.

KS: feel ok 3 days after, have managed 25 miles spread accross 4 workouts yesterday and today. Saturday was a good blast. Not really able to match those paces in training. Actually my training paces are slower than previous campaigns although been doing most sessions with reasonably loaded backpack so hoping that I will be in ok form come October.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 21:26
Hi Tim, not sure of exact price but around 90-100 euros. Re med cert, make sure you print the template from Paris marathon website and get your doc to sign (and stamp)

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:21
Weedy, package gratefully received. Thanking you most kindly Please add me to the Reigate Half on September 21st. I have an Ealing place going if anyone interested.

Confidence restored slightly at the weekend with a "win" - 1st place old codger at the Thames Meander Half. No pb, but some good consistent miling in the mid 6s. Had a great day with threaders Emmy, RadarSal,Nells,BM,HIAHS,HS,Picklilley,ThisisNatty. Lovely to see you all

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 10:09

having a good base of regular training / fitness, ticking over before you start a more structured cycle of training, geared towards a more specific goal is important. Build it up gradually and then there's less chance of injury. I've heard from many faster runners that the best way to improve the marathon goal time is higher mileage.

At the moment my training is neither structured nor "smarter" - it is what it is, and all i can do at the moment, but i've revaluated my goals for the year with the amount of niggles i've had so i'm grateful to just be there pounding the roads

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 09:29

my personal view is the LSR is needed although it's more about the time on feet than the distance. In a training plan you need a variation of easy runs, tempo runs, long runs, etc. shorter more runs won't improve your endurance like the long run does, they will improve your VO2 Max more than the long run. I like to do my long run at "natter" pace - which is where i am able to natter on to my co runner. If i'm not able to have a good long chat then i'm working too hard and then it becomes more of an aerobic workout which is not it's purpose. Running long (or medium long) intensly does train the body to be used to the target pace/mmaintaining the leg speed but one can also knacker oneself by over training.

This week my training plan contains more pacey and steady work and no LSR, last week it was more about the long run. I think we're all in a agreement that there is a lot of value with a good steady mid/long run once or preferably twice a week. It's been the bread and butter of my training for a long time.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:12
Eggyh73 wrote (see)

KS - I've played around with the idea of joining a running club for a while. To this point other than meeting up with the good people from here on occasion I've done every single training run by myself.

Eggy, ive joined London Heathside at the beginning of the year, mainly for company on the long runs. Yesterday i was out with them again, i wanted 20 - but the rest didn't want more than 19 (???) and by 14 we were all death marching a bit really - but it was the first longy for all of us in a while and that last 5 miles was good banter, and keeping each other going, taking the lead and pulling people along or getting pulled along. I did the last mile running with a 4 pint bottle of milk in one hand and a pack of crumpets in the other. Strongly reccomend the club runs, but not for all workouts - as everyone is at a different level, and if you train with someone else you need to be with someone at the same level otherwise you end up getting it wrong

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