Doing the math + fall races

I need to start thinking about fine-tuning my training plan. In preparation for the Paris Marathon 2016 I have found a plan, but I need to sit down and work through the nitty gritty of it. This will be my first marathon and I am not working with a coach, so I am depending on myself and all the literature (and other bloggers’ experience) to get through this.

I have selected the Jeff Galloway training method, with an objective of 4 hours and 20 minutes. I have read through the plan (and the book) several times. But I have not gotten much further. My morning looked like this, with all my running guides and training books all over the table :



Training doesn’t officially start until October,  but I know how busy September is going to be (back to school for the kids, travel for me) so I have taken some preliminary actions while I had some time on vacation :

1. I have done the math

Almost everything I read is in miles and miles per hour. I live in France and everything is in kilometers and kilometers per hour. So I needed to convert everything.

Speed : Minutes per mile – minutes per km

  • 7 – 4’20”
  • 7’30” – 4’39”
  • 8′ – 4’58”
  • 8’30” – 5’16”
  • 9′-5’35”
  • 9’30” – 5’54”
  • 10′-6’12”
  • 10’30” – 6’31”
  • 11′ – 6’50”

Miles per hour into kph :

  • 8.5 = 13.7
  • 8 = 12.8
  • 7.5 = 12
  • 7 = 11.3
  • 6.6 = 10.7
  • 6.3 = 10.1
  • 6 = 9.6
  • 5.7 =  9.1
  • 5.4 =8.7
  • 5.2 = 8.3

(these are not rounded off because they correspond to  the minutes per mile above which I used as a basis)

I had to do the same with distance :

  • 9 miles = 14.4 km
  • 10 miles = 16 km
  • 11 miles =17.7 km
  • 12 miles = 19.3 km
  • 13 miles = 20.9 km
  • 14 miles = 22.5 km
  • 15 miles = 24.1 km
  • 16 miles = 25.7 km
  • 17 miles = 27.4 km
  • 18 miles = 29 km
  • 19 miles = 30.6km
  • 20 miles = 32.2 km

I am currently enjoying my runs and trying to mix things up, but not following a training plan with distance and speed. The above helps me think about my frame of reference.

2. I have anticipated most of my fall race schedule

The training plan is a 6 month plan, and starts beginning of October. It calls for 4 runs a week, 3 if you are a “veteran” (that’s my case). I know 6 months seem long and any time I mention it, people look at me like I am crazy. BUT ! I want to build mileage slowly to avoid injury. The weekend runs alternate between a long run one weekend and a shorter run the next weekend  (9 miles, 4 miles, 11 miles, 5 miles…).

I am trying to find races / race distances that correspond with the long runs. There are many great fall races in Paris, but because I was a bit unsure, I missed the registration for several of them. Boo.

So far I have 4 races in the fall :

  • Sept. 13 La Parisienne. Its a fun race I do with 50 of my colleagues. 6,7 km around the Eiffel Tower area, with 50 000 women (women only). I consider this more of a social event than a race.
  • Sept. 27 Paris-Versailles. It is a 16,6 km course between the 2 cities with a couple major hills. It is one of the big Parisian races that I have not yet done, 25 000 people. Luckily I anticipated, registration closed beginning of June !


  • Oct. 11 The Nogent Baltard 10K. It is a much smaller race, near where I live (yes, practicality sometimes wins)
  • Oct. 25 Vincennes Forest Half marathon.


There is another race end of November that I would like to do, the Four Castles race a bit south of Paris. I have heard great things about this, but registration is not yet open.


So, that is pretty much as far as I have gotten. The marathon might seem far away but I am one of those people who need to obsessively anticipate.



Any early advice for me ?

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Comments: 6

  1. HoHo Runs August 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm Reply

    I think you are very wise to increase your mileage slowly. I am training 4 days a week too, loosely following a Hal Higdon plan. My best half is 2:00 and I would be very happy with a 4:20 first marathon. Unfortunately, training in the excessive heat and humidity may not get me there as it’s difficult to run my normal paces. It looks like you have some great races for the Fall.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 21, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply

      I will check out Hal Higdon. I always like understanding what others are doing and what the different philosophies are. I set the objective of 4:20 but if I do it in less than 5 I will be happy !

  2. Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy August 20, 2015 at 11:23 pm Reply

    You are so organized and I’m sure you’ll rock your training. All of your races sound like so much fun and that will be so neat to run your marathon in Paris!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 21, 2015 at 8:14 am Reply

      Yes, I am obsessively organized…. but September is going to fly so I might be anticipating a bit early, but I prefer

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner August 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Sounds like you are on the right path to achieve your goal! Go for it
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm Reply

      Thanks, I am very excited.

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