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”
- 9’30” – 5’54”
- 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
Any early advice for me ?