Thursday, 15 April 2010

Paris Marathon

Here is what I posted on the RunnersWorld forum about my race in Paris:

"Unfortunately for me, I had a shocking race! Felt bit rubbish from the off actually but the first half passed ok with the half mara coming up in 1hr 56. Perhaps in hindsight too fast but I actually felt worse when I began to back off the pace. Before I had even got to half way my gel belt had broken so I lost two of my seven gels and my IPOD wasn't working properly. I was also really struggling in the heat (Paris was warm!) and getting flashbacks to the only other really awful race I have had which was the Great North Run where I got sunstroke - this felt similar as I was feeling nauseous, tired and thirsty. Was really struggling by 30kms when I met my inlaws but I was still 2mins under target at this stage. However, then the wheels came off. I have never walked in a race but I did. A lot! It truly became a matter of surviving rather than racing and I almost comtemplated stopping a number of times. By 35kms, I was a minute over time and I resorted to walking one minute and running 4minutes as it was the only way to break it down small enough mentally to keep me going. Those last seven kms took an absolute age, I was down to around 9.30min/miles when running and then off course this average was brought down further by my walk breaks.
All in all, a very awful race for me - not good at all. Considering this, I am extremely pleased I managed to push on and hold it together just enough for 4.06. Not my target obviously but on reflection, this is still 20 MINS off my PB so I should be absolutely estactic. And I am content at least, sub-4 will have to wait! As most of you know, I am training for other goals this summer and this was only ever supposed to be a 'B' race for me, and the training for the other sports has definitely impacted on my ability to train exclusively for this marathon. So, on reflection: Very hard race which I didn't enjoy but which I am content with and pretty philisophical about!"

Think that about sums it up! I am disappointed not to go sub-4 but it was always supposed to be a 'B' race for me and I couldn't possibly have had as perfect a preparation as I would have liked as my goals are elsewhere. It was also a tough race on the day so c'est la vie! I may try and target sub-4 again in an Autumn marathon or I may just save it for another time. Recovery has gone well - I felt surprisingly ok and was ready to train again by Tuesday. I gave it another day of rest to make sure and I am now ready to hit the pool in an hour for a 3 x 1km swim set. On the turbo this evening in advance of my bike fitting at Velomotion tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. Well done Rach! I have been there in the London Marathon in 2008. Very very painful! But you should get some adaptation from you huge effort.