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Just dropping in from the 3:15 thread.
Have followed TR and Jooligan's Brighton campaigns with interest. I managed to squeeze under 3 hours last year and thought you were both unlucky with the weather this year. Brighton has often been blessed by good conditions so you were both very unlucky this year.
I ran Worthing HM this year in a time a lot slower than yours TR so expected you to mail the Sub 3 with ease.
We can invest a lot of training in a campaign but be unrailed by the weather on the day. With different weather and without the other life stresses you would have both nailed Sub 3 comfortably. So don't be disheartened and just move on to the next campaign.
LMH - Glad to hear the funding got approved, hopefully a bit of rest will give you a boost for London. Did you do the Newark half last year? Would you recommend it? Struggling to find a half for Berlin prep and that is one of two options
TT - Good to see you are able to manage things. I could do with a 2.45 train driver for Berlin!
Paris Marathon 14th
April 2019 Time:
2.48.17 / 416th Wava 86.2
I’ve long coveted the Paris
marathon. Training had gone well with my
first 350m+ month in March and the hope was for a sub 250 time.
We arrived late on Saturday - thanks
Gillets Jaunes!! Pretty frantic as we dashed across Paris for my younger sons
Paris marathon fun run around the Eiffel Tower which was great, got to the
expo, had a good walk around central Paris and then had to find my older son
who got lost on his way to his hotel! A
nice bistro a few glasses of wine and in bed at 11.30 to be awoken at 3.42
am! A few weird hours in the hotel
lobby and joined 50,000 others on a very chilly Champs Elysee with the Arc de
Triomphe behind us for the start at 8.27. I felt very lucky to be here.
BANG, the elites and c800 other / corporate runners
disappeared up the road from their wave start to leave an empty Champs de
Elysee. BANG, my wave were off and couldn’t
resist an empty Champs Elysee so I and a small group legged and led the wave
through the historic centre with mile 1 coming up in 5.41 - opps!
It steadied into 6.15 minute miles and from mile 2 started passing
runners from the earlier wave, spending the first half of the race running around groups of slower runners and off the race-line but
in time thankfully this wave thinned. Crowd support
was good (not a patch on London), there was plenty of music bands on the course and conditions
were good, a gentle breeze, dry and sunny but key it was cool/ cold. Found a good rhythm, just knocking off the 5
k markers - decided my race would be 8*5 km chunks – in a surprisingly
consistent 19.26, 19.30, 19.55, 19.40 and half way in 1.22.48.
As it was cold, I took 4 SIS gels as thought my body would
burn up more energy trying to stay warm, taking them at 10m, 15m, 20m and
I felt really comfortable and loved running this course and
through the city. The next 10 k passed the Bastille along the Seine, seeing
Notre Damm, the Eiffel Tower on the opposite bank with there being a few
underpasses – which were pleasantly warming as I was getting cold.
30K, 20.21 35K 20.34 40K 20.20)
I like to lock-in time, as when you do hit a bad patch or
the breathing gets a bit tight, you can ease off and recover, so took
the section from 30-40 K a bit easier as knew a 2.48 or 2.49 time was on if I
kept focused and positive so kept a decent pace and running
down target runners ahead. What was odd
was in places you shared the course with
Sunday runners, scooter riders, cyclists and some cyclists filming their sons
running the race – quite surprised to see this on such a major city
marathon. Also surprised at this point to
see two sets of identical twins, who featured in the pre-race publicity, both
walking to the finish at around the 32 and 35 k mark.
40K came @ 2.39.20 in the Bois de Boulogne Park which I found to
a really calming end to a marathon without thousands of over-excited screaming
spectators, a slight hinderance being plenty of cobbles to run over. I felt good so sped up a touch. The finishing line came into view with the Arc
behind it, an amzing and welcome sight, and crossed in 2.48.17.
This report sounds like my race was composed and
planned, and it was to a point, but on the day and in the moment, as we all
know it’s nothing like that, it was tough and you are always aware that
problems or an injury could be 100 metres up the road. Really pleased with the race gets a 9/10.
Great report OO, ive been considering Paris marathon for next year so good to know you enjoyed it!
LMH - Looks a really fast course but two weeks from Berlin is a bit close for a flat out half