Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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19/11/2012 at 14:21

I ran the Conwy Half Marathon yesterday. Excellent course. Super views and one hell of a climb up the Great Orme.

I managed another pb. 1 hr 50 mins 58 secs. Demolishing my sub 2 hour target.

Since March I have knocked 15 mins off my time.

So well chuffed.

Now to Paris.

19/11/2012 at 14:28
Well done namesake (and initialsake)!
Dark Vader    pirate
19/11/2012 at 14:33

James..  that's an apic performance!      Well done!!


19/11/2012 at 14:35

TD - hope it goes well

How many of y'all are using Garmin Connect?  I do - I'd like to try their connect with other people thing.

Although I live and work in the US health system (and have benefited from it), I do believe it is not the best way to deliver health care. There are many benefits to it, but there are also many downfalls to it.

19/11/2012 at 14:52

JB73 - congratulations, that's an immense improvement.

Dannirr - I'm on Garmin Connect, didn't realise we could connect with others via it!

Also, I admire much about the US health service - the research and facilities are world-leading - but it does seem rather restricted to those that can afford it and is run as for-profit. Which, frankly, I find unethical. Of course, I can see the same thing happening in England - not just because the Conservatives are in power (Labour pushed us full-throttle towards private providers) - and I'm not happy about it. Where else can I work though? 

Sorry to go on.

YM - sounds like a conversation we should have over a few beers, in a small Parisian back alley pub, some Sunday evening in early April, possibly?


19/11/2012 at 14:55

James - Well done on the PB

Weedy - Thanks from the true North!!!

List fairy, can you please remove the Strathearn Marathon for me?? Otherwise engaged that weekend now!!

I think I am some way behind you training programme doesn't begin until 31st Dec or am I just being lazy?? And now slightly worried??

And any more info on the medical certificates??? Not that my doc would sign mine just now anyway!!

Edited: 19/11/2012 at 14:57
19/11/2012 at 14:56

Incidentally, my mate Stuart Flanagan has a documentary on 'Expressing Pain' on Radio4 at 4pm this afternoon. He has a very down-to-earth way of investigating medical issues and I'm looking forward to hearing his research:

19/11/2012 at 14:57

Good lad Iain - that's Mr Maj's evening sorted while I, erm, celebrate...I hope....

James B that is a stonking performance - bloody well done you.  That's a huge chunk to knock off on a hilly course.  I smell a sub 4 coming along nicely...

19/11/2012 at 15:00

Ooooh I shall have a listen to that, Iain - I usually have radio 4 burbling away anyway.

Kaz - stop worrying, woman.  Really.  Your proiority just now is to get yourself properly better and ready to tackle another round of training.  Fretting about it is going to mess with your head even more...and yes, I do know how hard it is to switch it off

19/11/2012 at 15:25

Kaz - I don't think you'll have a problem!

Tricky - You should have said...I've never been the UZA but heard a lot of good things about it. I've got mixed views of Belgian healthcare and definitely see the positives of the NHS but if you need something quick - you can get it here. I remember when I had issues my knee - I was see by the specialist, had an ultrasound and diagnosis with full xrays within 24 hours.

Am feeling a lot better and have a conondrum. I've been offered another double marathon in December (15-16). I've worked out the finances and can afford it but it'll just be a few long days of driving.... But the question is: should I? Thoughts?

19/11/2012 at 15:41

Emmy: out of interest, do you remember the contact details for your specialist?

On Garmin Connect there is a little envelope button on the top right of the screen: when you click on it it says "No requests right now. Connect with friends" and then you can search for people. My "display name" is njenki if anyone wants to try connecting to me.


19/11/2012 at 15:44

Neil I've added you.  I am, very originally, yer_maj...

19/11/2012 at 15:51

Neil and YM - I've sent requests. I am imoore45. You'll, on acceptance of request, both be able to see I've had a 15 day layoff and a very poor post-Berlin time of it, running-wise!

19/11/2012 at 15:55

Iain - you need to change your settings so your connections can see your profile...otherwise we'll not be able to point and laugh....

19/11/2012 at 15:56

Iain - accepted. I think you need to go into settings/ profile and change so that "my connections" can see your runs (just did that myself, too)

19/11/2012 at 15:57

Great minds, Yer Maj...

19/11/2012 at 16:02

Neil, YM - should be fixed now!

19/11/2012 at 16:14

Didn't know you could do that on Garmin Connect - I'm jfdp1974 for anyone bothered

19/11/2012 at 16:28

Weedy - connected.

In fact, lost my charger and haven't uploaded for 30 days - ulp!

Charger's back and marathon plan starts tomorrow.

19/11/2012 at 16:30
Eggyh73 wrote (see)

TD - Sounds like a nightmare for you. I really hope they can find the route cause and that it's treatable.

"Root cause" - unintentional pun Eggy or a moment of brilliance?! Good luck with the madness thing. I can lend you a Red Dwarf box set if that would help?

Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)
YM, TD - being the sort of Lefty pro-NHS evangelist that I am, I have a full respect for the Northern European provision of health care, based on appropriately taxing people that can afford to pay. Instead of giving all the money to the banks. Yes, I know it sounds dangerously close to Communism but there you are.

I think most statistical analyses would put me in the 'can afford to pay' bracket Iain and I have to say, the suggestion that people like me should in someway subsidise those who are less fortunate, is absolutely typical for what I would refer to as "living in a civilised society". I'd call myself an experienced idealist but my many American friends think I am infected with a variant of Ewe-row-pee-uhn So-shall-iz-m. I prefer the word informed to infected.

James B 73 - have to say, that's a hefty chunk of time to loose in a short space of time. You must have made a big decision to up your training. Are you getting lots of support from your family for that? Well done, great effort.



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