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Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 23:15

it's like a disease ...... this evening I've signed up for Florence ffs!  It's 6 weeks after the Dam so enough time to recover from Amsters and then simmer the training. THEN I've got to think about my Paris training. Oh well

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 11:12
Joanna3 wrote (see)

Eggy, Jimbob - you are now my complete heroes. My first marathon (all those months ago last October) was 5 15 and I had resigned myself to just being a slow runner. Thanks for the motivation 

Thanks for saying Joanna. Actually I've been inspired and encouraged by many on this thread (including Eggy) to push on and work harder. It's a great place for that. I've been lucky in the sense that i've been able to go from one campaign to the next which helps. Eggy's recent marathon in Paris was a great moment for him and those of us who know him. Since his 2012 marathon PB, he has had various injuries and lay offs. It's very hard to come back from that, but in Paris this year he finally beat that PB 3 years later and seeing his reaction on the finish line video is a moment to savour. He's cool character but you can feel the emotion of it. That journey must have been difficult but he got the eye of the tiger and achieved what he set out to do. It's very satisfying when you put it together.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 20:50
Claire my first marathon was 5:16:14. Good luck with cracking the 5. Have god training and get some miles in your legs and you'll take a good chunk off it. We're all at different places and paces at our running but we are all in the same boat, we are trying to do our best over 26.2, finish the distance , execute well and then get well blaggered in the pub after!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 18:45
HIAHS. Bib change alert! Put me down as BIB No.510 / Preferential!


Amsterdam 2015

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 06:42
Ha ha HIAHS. If I can put together a block of decent training we'll see. I tend to be more cautious so it's unlikely that I'd pace anywhere near the 2:50. A few seconds a mile over 26 can make or break you as you well know. Good training and race execution is always the priority. The numbers take care of themselves.

Amsterdam 2015

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 23:00
Beetle wrote (see)

Dom I`ve never really cracked racing with a HR monitor. HR drift complicates things. Perhaps I should give it a go.

I just try to cap my HR at 165 from the outset. I know I can maintain this intensity for 26 mi. If my HR starts to head up to 170 in the 1st 20 miles then I`m buggered.

I've used the HR monitor in the past in the marathon to help me conserve energy. My maximum is in the mid 180s and I've had it up to mid 170s when I'm doing the dreaded track session with the club, but in the marathon I tend to start in the mid late 140s and expect it to gradually rise to the mid 160s  by the end of the race. 

165 is my half marathon HR and I generally go at that from the beginning and try to hold on, I don't do that in the marathon though- no way. To get the very best marathon performance out of myself , one day i'll have to gamble and try to run close to the edge without knackering myself too early. I think one has to know the body really well, and it comes with experience of running the distance.

Jimbo76 it definitely helped my last block of training. I tried to ease off the pace on quite a few of my sessions to conserve energy for other sessions. This helped me to build up the mileage and be more up for more long runs.  Sometimes I would feel like maybe I'm running too slow, but then I'd look at the HR and see that I am keeping it under control. Other times I would try to hit certain HRs for different workouts. It became less about "mins per mile" and more about "type of effort". On the whole my sessions were probably slower that last year's (Spring Campaign) but my results from this year's campaign were a half marathon PB and marathon PB that were very near the top of my hopes and expectations.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 22:24


HIAHS: Dossard 3230 - Rouge

Still got DOMs from Hackney. My legs are proper p!ssed off with me.

Re lists, thanks to Natty and HIAHS for their efforts. I shall provide a packing list nearer the time, it's quite thorough, if anyone has a marathon abroad soon and needs it just give me a shout.


Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:20

you know you wanna Heidi

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:57

Hello. I'm running the Paris Marathon in 2016. Hooray.

lets get this filthy thread started then ......

Amsterdam 2015

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 19:58
Beetle. I also train to HR. Except in recent weeks when my HR monitor died. I've got used to how different efforts feel so I've been able to get by without the monitor. I'm going to get a new one sorted for the Amsterdam plan as I've made fitness gains and improvements. Don't want to be slacking off on my hard sessions or pushing too hard on the long run. It definitely helps using the HR monitor.
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