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Hi Hazelnut, good to hear. I am also looking for 3:30. I haven't run a marathon for a couple of years due to Achilles problems and have done under 3.20 a few years ago.
Only decided recently to do a marathon and Frankfurt looks nice and flat! I'm doing about 30 miles per week now, did a 17 miler at the weekend and all seems ok.
There seems to be plenty of accommodation near the start bizarrely according to Expedia. I would have expected it all to be booked up. I am London-based, flying in Saturday lunchtime.
Thanks for the heads-up SS.
Just got my confirmation email yesterday, also in Stadt Frankfurt.
How's the training going Hazlenut? I got a 20 miler done at the weekend, last 5 at marathon pace, so pretty pleased with that. I'm just trying to balance not pushing the mileage too hard now as the Achilles is feeling it. A couple of sports massages have helped.
Yes Hazelnut, reckon I may be lurking towards the back of the pen as well. Mind you, I see there is a 3.29 pacer so I may try to stick with them. I've only tried to run with a pacer once (admittedly a 3.15 one) but it didn't end well!
Glad to hear the training is going well.
I am in the Marriott hotel which looks like it's very close to the start.
Nice one Matt, also looking forward to it now.
I did a 20 miler yesterday and that's my last (very) long one. Aiming to do 14 miles next week and focus on a bit of speedwork.
I got my PB at Amsterdam. Great course and marathon. Hopefully Frankfurt is just as flat!
My plan for last weekend had me doing 14 miles with the second half faster. I managed 8 min/mile pace overall so bang on target for 3.30 finish. We'll see...
Glad you both completed last long run, as you say Hazelnut, good for the confidence.
I am going to do a bit of speedwork over the next week and maybe 10 miles on Sunday. But having run my last 2 marathons injured I am determined to get to the start line in good shape. There's not a great deal we can add to what we've already done at this stage I reckon.
I do need to stop eating so much though, am constantly hungry!
Well done Matt, I've never managed a negative split in 10 marathons!
I agree it was well organised and great experience. Having all the bag drop, finish etc in a building right beside the start works really well.
If you're tempted by another German marathon, I've done Berlin and Munich. Both good in their own ways - Berlin is a huge field but an amazing experience.
Good luck with your ultra.
Haha, that's hilarious Hazel! Just noticed that I am lurking on a couple of your finish photos as well!
Very impressed that you were straight back out for a recovery run, I reckon it will be the weekend for me.
Reflecting more on my race, I need to get the crucial last 10K sorted. I have done it before - in 3 out of 9 previous marathons I ran pretty much equal splits including a 3.19 in Amsterdam. I think I just hadn't done enough overall mileage this time (3 or 4 runs per week and max weekly mileage of 35 miles) and only 2 20 milers.
I am doing Paris next in April, so have 23 weeks to go...
Other reflections from me on the race: I did find it very congested for about the first 10K. Crowds in the city were good though and I thought the drinks stations were excellent. Running round the some of the same streets at the end as we had at the start was a bit disappointing but by the time I get to the last 7K of a marathon, it's difficult to get too excited about anything other than the finish line!