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"over 20 Celsius" as an Aussie, don't come to the land down under :P
From a fellow 4:04er, well done!
That 'wall' at 33km, huh? That's what did it for me too. In fact, my plan was to run 3.45 pace until 30km, then drop right down and run 6 min/km for the last 12 km. Plan went fine until km 33, when my legs. just. stopped.
Somehow I scraped 4.04, and nearly cried when I crossed the line. Never again!
Failing to run the Paris Marathon under 4:00:00.
Just remember, the bulk of humanity leaves off the "under 4:00:00." Congratulations.
Source: Speed, elevation and heart rate data from my Garmin, and my happiness tracking journal
Tool: Processed in MS Excel & VBA to create every frame of the animation.
This weekend, I've taken the time to visualise my marathon in Paris, 2017.
This was one of the hardest marathons I did (it was #4 for me), due to 2 reasons:
The race was SUPER crowded. More than 57.000 runners registered for this race, and it was definitely keeping me from my desired pace on multiple occasions. I had to constantly zigzag my way through the crowds.
The temperatures were relatively hot. When I finished (at 1 pm or something), it was already 25 degrees Celsius. It was a perfect spring day without a single cloud in the sky... But those conditions were not ideal for marathon running! ;-)
Anyway, I thought it'd be nice to visualise the pain I felt, which is extremely typical during marathon running. Running marathons never gets easier, but the effect of finishing on my happiness is definitely worth it!
Still faster than my last time of around 4:15. Every time I run a marathon, the wheels fall off around the 30k mark and I limp/stagger/jog/walk the last 10k.
That said, the last half marathon I did I came in under 2 hours. And I was pushing a wheelchair.
It looks like your heart rate started too creep up around 15k then by 20k you can see your heart rate is too high for the marathon. What was your weekly mileage er kilometers? Heat can really take a toll on you.
As a gym rat it's crazy to see your heart rate >170 for hours. During my workouts my peak heart rate is ~180 for just a few seconds. Props on the work and looks like you'll get that sub 4hr time before you know it!
Awesome plot! Lots of cool info coming across. I found the speed hard to tell at a glance, maybe if you scaled the y axis to be 0-15, and put happiness underneath speed it could be easier to see?
Either way good run, crowds are hard. Best of luck in the future!
As a much less accomplished runner who also tracks their running data to a T this is awesome! I might've added a light/dashed horizontal line to demarcate the 10.55 km/hr pace, so as to see specifically when you were ahead and behind the required pace.
From a data viz perspective, i think the speed scale could be capped at 15kmph, and thus have smaller increments shown. I've never run a marathon myself, but I imagine those fluctuations around 10kmph are pretty significant in determining final time. The scale here perhaps betrays that significance. Just my thoughts, and great job all around!
You didn't finish in under 4:00:00 but on the other hand check all that sweet karma you're getting now.
yesterday i had to take out the trash AND bring 2 old empty plastic buckets in the garage and my right arm was tired for the rest of the day, so..... yeah 4:04 is still a very good performance i suppose...
Did the Philadelphia in 4:08. Trained for that time just for the distance not the speed but wasn’t hitting the goals so I didn’t expect much. Goal was 4:30 so it’s a win in my book!
Might have done 4:00 if I didn’t have two enormous blisters pop at 8 miles. That was not fun for the next three hours lol
Great job OP!
I ran this race! Finished in 4:09:54, cramping up and dropping massively in the final 10k. You probably overtook me :)
Part of the problem for me wasn't just how hot it was, but that every training run in the UK winter had been at maximum 5 degrees up until then - a bit of a shock to the system.
Apart from the data, this is awesome, congrats for the marathon and for this funny and interesting GIF :)
That’s interesting; seems like with how close your final time was if you hadn’t gotten demotivated thinking you wouldn’t get a good time you might have done it in under 4:00
Very interesting to watch. Cool to see how as you got slower your heart rate got faster due to the fatigue of running so long
Nice! When I ran my first marathon the biggest over-site I made was not anticipating the crowd. All my training was up and down the same empty prairie path. Translating from that to running within inches of other people was a massive shock! In hindsight it's actually comical that I had absolutely 0 thought invested in such a possibility. Anyway well done!
First time reading this I thought the happiness level was your average speed... Thought you were just off WR pace and was confused.
How anyone runs a marathon is beyond me let alone in under 4 hours. You should be proud you got even close to that cause I would literally be dead lol.
I read it "I completed the Paris Marathon in over 4 hours, which is an accomplishment alone; here is how I did it."
Man I know this story. I finished the Marine Corps Marathon in 4:01. My half split was 1:45. I thought I had it easy. Those cramps started at mile 20.
Do people actually worry about their heart rate during runs? I just focus on reaching goal and beating times.
Wow, those rage faces are a blast from the past. Thanks for the nostalgia, and good work on the 4.04!
This is amazing! Thanks so much for creating & posting it!
Also congrats on finishing a marathon at all. I just...couldn't! The most I've ever run in one session was just under 10km...and that was enough for me.
Hey props to you for running a marathon. The best i've ever ran was 5 miles and I need to get to 10 miles myself. At least thats what I ideally think would be best for martial arts conditioning
Congrats, u/TrackingHappiness !
May I asked you a question? I, too, run occasionally. So far I did 2 half marathons in 2h04 and 2h01, respectively. I have the same goal to run a marathon under 4h, but I know I'm to slow. My average speed is ~6 min/km, and I'm struggling to became faster.
Do you do something to increase your speed or do you train with the same speed?
Thanks, and once again, well done :)
Dude, 4 mins over is still excellent, and besides, blame the congested course, not yourself..
Cycling has taught me that I don't like going over 170 on my HR.. I feel like I wanna barf, I'm a bit jealous
Also, if 20° is too warm come to Vegas and run the rock and roll marathon, it's in the middle of night in November, it's about 10c
Those stats show that you your speed was consistent, and that you put in a very high level of cardio effort for a long time. Don't worry about the final number, you clearly did your best, and that's what matters. Well done, and keep going!
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