It’s been more than a year since my last marathon in Frankfurt in 2017. I had initially planned to run Frankfurt Marathon again in October 2018 but I got injured and I had to skip it. After recovering from my injury, I started looking for an early season marathon. With a PB of 3h06, I wanted a flat and fast course with good weather conditions to attempt breaking the sub 3 hour mark. Seville Marathon was the best option. The city is beautiful and the course is known to be totally flat. I was a bit worried about the temperature but I thought there was a very low risk to have a hot day in February, even in Spain…Read More
After each training/race, I like to take time to analyze the data and assess my performance. Here is a closer look at my Frankfurt Marathon data.
I decided to run Frankfurt Marathon mid September with the race taking place on the 29th of October. I was already in a decent shape but I was clearly lacking running volume. I had only 6 weeks to get ready. That gives 4 weeks to build up running volume then 2 weeks to taper.
The coach did his magic , I have done the hard work and, at the end of the 4 weeks of training, I felt in a great shape and was definitely ready for the race...Read More
After Firenze Marathon in November 2016, I was in my best running shape and I had some big goals for 2017. Unfortunately, few weeks after the marathon I injured my left hamstring and have been struggling with my running since then. I kept biking and swimming consistently but I had to stop running for some time and lost all the running fitness I worked so hard to gain. I slowly resumed running around the beginning of March. The injury was not healed yet and I was never able to train properly or build up any running volume. It was only around July/August that I started feeling better...Read More
My triathlon season was over after Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden mid-August. Since then, I have been training for Florence Marathon which takes place on the 27th of November. My coach Chris prepared a training plan that was more focused on quality sessions rather than high volume training. I averaged not more than 50 kilometers a week over the last three months leading to the race, my highest weekly volume was 66 kilometers. The running sessions were combined with some swimming and biking. After all, I am a triathlete preparing for a marathon! :-)
I was very excited to run Florence marathon for many reasons. First, I was going to Florence with ten members of my triathlon team, Coaching Zone. Second, I will have the privilege to run with my coach the first part of the race. Not many athletes get the chance to run a competition with their coach! Third, and most importantly, I felt I was in great shape and I thought my previous PR of 3:27:52 won't be hard to beat...Read More