As I entered the Bois de Boulogne park, winding through the tree-lined paths, runners were starting to drop around me and beginning to walk. "Keep going" I told myself, just put one foot in-front of the other, you'll get there faster and as soon as you can see the Champs Elysees, that's it you can stop and rest.
Spring marathon season is upon us. With the likes of Manchester last weekend, Brighton and Paris this weekend and then London and Boston on the horizon, to name but a few, it's the time of year when runners see their efforts of three months hard training, hopefully, pay off. Winter marathon training isn't easy. With training plans and schedules starting at some point around the Christmas holidays, the days are colder, shorter and far more dull than their counterparts in the Summer months. The accumulation of these factors can make it harder to get yourself out of the door. A week before Christmas 2016 I started my training for the Paris Marathon. A 16 week training schedule that would see me through to the race on April 9th 2017. Excited to be re-visiting the home of my first marathon in 2013, I trained harder than ever, putting in more miles, getting out
As runners start gearing up for Spring marathon training, many will find that the long run features as part of their traditional marathon training programme. As the distance increases and the time that it takes week-on-week, it's easy to fear the long run. The long run shouldn't be feared, I was re-acquainted with the "Long Run" over the Summer through my training for September's Berlin marathon and tried a few things to keep it fresh, interesting and most of all to help me enjoy it. Here's a few tips and suggestions from my experience of the long run and the hours that I've spent marathon training. Hopefully there might be something to help you with yours
Epic Journey On Friday 30th September I headed North with Pip after work, embarking on a 5 hour car journey to a cottage in rural Northumberland where we were staying for the Kielder Marathon. If you picture an extremely isolated farm house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields, forest, sheep and grey stone walls, you will have a pretty good idea of the type of place we were staying. We were sharing the cottage with our friends Kate and Hannah, who had booked the day off work and were already there waiting for us to arrive. Following a pretty seamless five hours of A roads and motorways, our sat nav decided that it would attempt to take us to the cottage along narrow tracks that went across fields and into dense forest. After a half an hour of driving in the pitch black; a few tight three-point turns, a couple
The Stour Valley Marathon, starting at Nayland, Suffolk, is an off-road trail marathon that takes in the footpaths of three walking routes in Suffolk and Essex; St Edmund Way, Stour Valley Path and the Essex Way. Last year I was very lucky to get one of 50 places in a special edition of the race, marking race organiser Kevin Payne's 50th birthday on August 1st 2015. It was the day after the night when I proposed to my, then girlfriend, now fiancÃ©e Pip, so it turned into quite a weekend! I loved running this trail marathon and as soon as entries opened for 2016 I entered straight away. Pip fancied doing it too, but was a little nervous about doing it due to the short-hand instructions and navigating yourself around the course - most of it is fairly obvious, although with tired legs and a tired head, I did take a wrong turning last year! I
For the first time in four years I found myself going into 2016 without a Spring marathon booked, so I decided toÂ set my sights on another challenge - an ultra marathon. I've fancied having a go at an ultra for a while now, since completing a few marathons, and originally had my eyes set on the Stort 30 back in October. Unfortunately this didn't happen for a few reasons, so instead I decided to slowly increase my trainingÂ in the same way that I would for a Spring marathon and started looking for an event that I could sign up for. I'd heard of the EnduranceLife Coast Trail SeriesÂ events, as there is a CTS Suffolk event that takes place slightly further North along the coast from where I live. I knowÂ people whoÂ have taken part in the half marathon and ultra races and they've only ever had good things to say about the events,
On Saturday we headed down to down the London Marathon Expo at Excel to collect Pip and Ryan's numbers for Sunday. I thought that it would be a chance to try out the GoPro Hero 4 Session and film some footage of the event. Here's a quick tour of the London Marathon Expo 2016 -