My Paris Marathon training plan + goals

Why on earth would someone choose to do their first marathon abroad?

I figured if I’m going to put all this effort in and probably destroy my body, I may as-well have a holiday at the same time. It was a bit of an impulse decision but I don’t regret signing up at all. That doesn’t mean I’m not absolutely bricking it about running 26.2 miles in a foreign country.

I’ll make this post fairly short.. I just thought I’d share my training plan and how I’m incorporating the gym into that too.

The plan I’ve chosen

So as this is my first marathon, I’ve just gone with a standard 16 week training plan that I found on Runners World. It’s the plan for someone wanting to finish between 3:30 and 4:30. I’ll put the link down below:

I can’t lie, seeing ’21M slow’ does scare me a little bit! There is actually 25 weeks until race day, not 16, but as it’s my first marathon I thought I should probably start early. This allows time for injuries (hopefully not) and I figured that if I start early, I might get quicker than I originally wanted to.

I’m pretty poor at varying my runs so I’m excited to have a set run to do each day and not just a standard run every time. There will hopefully be a few half marathon races between now and Paris and I’m hoping this training plan brings my 1:46 PB down.

In terms of the gym, I’ll need to reduce the amount of times I’m going and possibly switch up my split. For now Im aiming to go 3-4 times a week, mainly on the rest or easy days in the marathon plan. I’ve already lost quite a bit of muscle recently but i’m hoping that by going 3-4 times a week i can maintain what I have and possibly get in better shape.

My goals for Paris (not 3:27)

I had a look online and most people are saying I should double my half marathon time and add on 10-15 minutes. My initial goal is going to be 3:59 and I definitely feel like I’m capable of that. I would like to go 5 or 10 minutes below 4 hours but only time will tell. I’ll probably set a new goal if I feel like my training is going better than expected.

Another goal I’ve got for the race is to just enjoy the process. The training, the expo before the race, the actual race and then the few days of relaxing in Paris after.

Let me know if you want me to start weekly posts about how the training is going and how I feel about stepping into the marathon world.

Thanks for reading, peace.

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