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The Paris Marathon story

On 11 April 2010 I ran the Paris Marathon to raise money for The Stroke Association. It was my first marathon, and I put together my own training schedule (which I stuck to with varying level of success). Below is the schedule, and linked to it are my reports of the training for that week.

Feel free to use this training schedule if you’re working towards a marathon. In case you’re interested, I managed to achieve a chip time of 2:59:17, so while I’m no running pro, there’s some level of proven effectiveness.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday TOTAL (KM) TOTAL (miles)
Week 1 20.5 10.5 10 Spdwrk 10 51 31.875
Week 2 22 10.5 10 Spdwrk 10 52.5 32.8125
Week 3 24 10.5 11.5 Spdwrk 10 56 35
Week 4 26 10.5 11.5 Spdwrk 5 53 33.125
Week 5 10 10.5 11.5 Spdwrk 11.5 10 53.5 33.4375
Week 6 26 10.5 11.5 Spdwrk 5 53 33.125
Week 7 10 10.5 15 Spdwrk 15 5 55.5 34.6875
Week 8 28 10.5 10 Spdwrk 10 58.5 36.5625
Week 9 28 11.5 20.5 60 37.5
Week 10 11.5 30 11.5 10 63 39.375
Week 11 30 5 10.5 11.5 Spdwrk 11.5 68.5 42.8125
Week 12 32 10.5 10 Spdwrk 20.5 73 45.625
Week 13 34 10 10.5 10 Spdwrk 10 74.5 46.5625
Week 14 36 10.5 11.5 Spdwrk 20.5 78.5 49.0625
Week 15 38 10.5 11.5 Spdwrk 20.5 80.5 50.3125
Week 16 40 10.5 10 Spdwrk 20.5 81 50.625
Week 17 42 10.5 Spdwrk 20.5 73 45.625
Week 18 44 10.5 Spdwrk 20.5 75 46.875
Week 19 21 10.5 Spdwrk 30 61.5 38.4375
Week 20 46 10.5 Spdwrk 20.5 77 48.125
Week 21 48 10.5 Spdwrk 10.5 69 43.125
Week 22 20.5 10.5 Spdwrk 20.5 51.5 32.1875
Week 23 11.5 11.5 23 14.375
Week 24 42 42 26.25

Bold = race

Runners’ resources

If you’re looking for a guide to the course of the Paris Marathon, see my Course Preview, which goes into a substantial amount of detail. Similarly, if you’re interested to find out how the race itself went, my race report is here.

Below are some of the things that I’m using to help me through the planning and training for the marathon.

Paris Marathon training schedule

If you are training and want a paper-based way of recording your runs, here is my training log template: Timetable

If you’re entered into the Paris Marathon, you need to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor before your entry is fully accepted. The marathon organisers are quite picky about it – so make sure your doctor fills out the right version of the form, which can be found here.

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