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Peter B @bodis

Former Kickboxer keeping active by mixing it up. Running, OCR, crossfit, thaiboxing and whatever else comes my way. Mad enough for Tough Mudders and half marathons. Now stepping up the madness to a marathon. Certifiably bonkers, but enjoying it to the fullest. What's next? :)

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Contributorgold Peter B Hello! Well, now it's done. Paris Marathon 2015 in 4:25:48 which was a bit more than I hoped for, but you can't win them all. The event itself was a good one. Setting off from the Champs Elysees and then making our way on a lap around the city that takes you past several of the landmarks of Paris like Notre Dame and the Eiffel tower.
At 9:55 when my group started it was a nice mild temperature, but as the race progressed the gorgeous weather meant that the heat got to you. My goal of sub 4h went out the window when it reached 22-24 degrees C as I'm not used to it. All of my training has been done in -15 up to +5 so it really got to me and made my heartrate race up to 175-180 although I wasn't out of breath, At the pace I was going my training-HR used to be at 150 so I decided to ease off a bit. Still managed to keep up a decent pace (one eye on the HR) up to about 26K, that's when the struggle began. Cramps started to set in so I had to stop every 1-2 K to stretch before it seized up completely. Possibly should have had salt tablets included in my kit which might have helped.
This went on up to about 30-32K where it got a bit worse. I now had to resort to a run/walk/run schedule to stay on top of both HR and cramps. Then at 40K I managed to grab a handful of raisins and shove down my throat (my gels ran out at 30K, should have packed that extra one in the morning) which seemed to give a new lease of life. Legs felt a little lighter and I could keep running the last 2K to the finish (bar one short stop to stretch out a cramp), and the last 300 meters was awesome!
Coming up to the finish the streets were packed with people and when you turned the last corner there's a wide avenue to the finish lined with people. The Arc de Triomphe straight ahead behind that glorious sign stating "Finish". Didn't feel the legs at all down that straight for some reason ;)

So now it's done. I didn't make my initial goal to go under 4 hours, but the conditions wouldn't allow it. I'm quite convinced that if I'd kept my target pace ignoring the heart rate it would have backfired in the end. Not convinced that I would have lasted for 4 hours going at above 90% HR. I really well pleased to have done it and the medal and the t-shirt are nice reminders of an awesome event.
Afterwards my legs felt really sore but not as bad as expected. Had touches of cramps for about 24 hours after and some DOMS for a couple of days but still came out of it surprisingly well (well, that is if you ignore the sunburn on my head that now started flaking :). I might even do another one in a while. I'm not certain I'd choose an early spring one next time though. This means the bulk of my training will be during the Swedish winter with its harsh conditions. I guess you can call it a lesson learned since the training isn't representative for the conditions of the race.
Nevermind, I DID IT! :D
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Congratulations Peter, completing a marathon distance is an epic achievement. Credit for taking conditions into account and modifying your pace, a wise and sensible idea, I have run the Paris HM twice which is half of you route around Chateau Viscennes, it was 20 C in March. You will have learnt an awful lot, worry about beating time next go, enjoy your t-shirt, medal and be proud of your achievement :))

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Thanks Kevin, and believe me I am (and will) :) Just a little annoyed that my finishers Tee is in the washing. Would have looked nice to wear it over the shirt at work, but only for a week or so... or maybe two :D

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Contributorgold Peter B Paris Marathon, done and dusted :D

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Contributorgold Peter B Good Morning, Day D - 5. Last week to go now. Feeling very psyched to go now. Just the dull waiting to suffer through. Been on schedule with my training but actually skipped Sunday's scheduled 13,5K run since I've had some issues with my left calf. It felt very stiff and sore on my jog on Saturday so I opted to ditch the Sunday run in order for it to heal up properly. Feels a lot better today so it'll be a 5K jog tonight and then hopefully a 9K at race-pace tomorrow. I don't think that missed run will make any difference, it's better for me to have pain-free working legs now with just a few days to go. The training has been done already, now it's just a matter of keeping the machine from rusting. Quite confident that I'll finish on Sunday. In what time will depend on my form on the day and how crowded the track will be. I've set three targets for myself in this; Bronze is for finishing, Silver is for going under 4:30 and a Gold will be awarded for going sub-4h. I guess we'll know Sunday how it turned out.
So what remains? Three more sessions to go: 5K, 9K and 5K, the flight to Paris. Picking up the bib and then preparing to go. Kit sorted, training sorted, mindset sorted. It'll be a blast :)
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Contributorgold Peter B Hello all, back again to share a little from my preparations. 35K field test went well with my new shoes. Still sore Achilles, but nothing like it felt with the old shoes. It's getting less and less for each day which to me indicates that the switch was the start of the healing process. Gonna take a while before it's 100% again though since I managed to log 180K in the Achilles shredding shoes before giving up. Have quite a few aches and pains during the week following those 35K, but it's getting better. Actually thought it would feel worse, but I guess the training is paying off.
I also (for the second time) tried Cold Water Immersion as part of the recovery. To me at least it seems to be working. I'm using a method I learnt from somewhere (can't remember where I found it) which is a "light" version of the ice baths some people suggest. What you do is that you sit down in an empty bathtub after your run. Running tights still on, then start pouring the water, as cold as you can stand it without screaming. Then you continue to fill the tub while paddling your hands in the water to even it out until you're covered to the waist. Then just sit there for 5-10 minutes (as long as you can stand) before draining the water and getting out. Works for me at least. Legs feel a lot better afterwards so I'll use it when needed.
Last week in "Race simulation" phase, "Tapering" starts next week. Going to feel different to drop the milage for a while but hopefully it means I'll be on the grid feeling charged and ready to go. Been feeling a bit sluggish last two weeks so it'll actually be nice to go a bit easier for a while. Impatiently waiting...
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