Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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23/01/2013 at 15:10

I'm impressed yer_maj - straight on to it. Grasp the nettle.

I'm still having a think about it.

23/01/2013 at 15:17

I don't mess about


23/01/2013 at 16:31

Stand by, SIL has signed up too.  The nice one.

23/01/2013 at 17:36

I've decided to listen to my body tonight. I am in week 6. On saturday I did 11 miles. On monday I did 6.5 miles (inc 8 x 2 mins uphill) and last night 6.3 miles slow. I was due to do 5 miles tonight. But I've been tired all this week (plus late nights at work over the weekend).

So i am postponing it to tomorrow.

I hate doing this because if I feel if I do not do the schedule to a tee then I will fail (OCD).

But tired and a little stiff in the legs. 24 hours won't hurt. (I keep telling myself).

23/01/2013 at 17:37

Too many 'ifs'

23/01/2013 at 17:50

It won't hurt.  It won't even hurt if you miss it.  Like wot I did today...

23/01/2013 at 20:50
James - listen to your body. The last thing you need is an injury.
A little flexibility never hurt anyone.
23/01/2013 at 21:24
TD please send me the details about Long Run, I'll write about it on my Polish blog.

It was snowing here for few days, the result - 25 inches of fluff. And -15C. I did manage a run but my calves are killing me now. I feel like after Paris 2010 when I was walking down the stairs backwards.

Happy belated birthday TD and DV and happy Grandma and Grandpa's Day to anyone
Edited: 23/01/2013 at 21:24
23/01/2013 at 21:29
Grandpa's Day? That's a new one! But thank-you...
23/01/2013 at 21:43
James - if you deviate from your plan in any way your lungs will explode at mile 17 and your legs will fall off at mile 20. Either that or you'll feel fresher for a day off and run better tomorrow .
23/01/2013 at 21:47
That's why I don't have a plan.
23/01/2013 at 22:54

RR you told me last year that my legs would fall off at mile 22 because I missed an 11 mile LSR in week 3.  They didn't.  You are bad....

In the meantime I have had a lovely evening with my ex neighbour celebrating (early) Burns Night.  I ended up being head of Scottish Music which included introducing them to delights such as The Shop Assistants:


Edited: 23/01/2013 at 22:54
23/01/2013 at 22:56

James,you will be fine.Promise.    * And I was in the Brownies ...*

At a tangent...Why is the crawl so hard? And how come the good swimmers look like fish and make it look easy. Will it all just ' click' , one day.And will I live that long? Answers on a postcard, please.


23/01/2013 at 23:15
The crawl will show no pity if your technique isn't good. Most other strokes you can get away with more and just lose pace.

Common errors are head to high. You want your head in the water, only tipping your mouth out to breathe. A poor kick. If your kick isn't strong your legs will drag in the water causing resistance. A short pull. A high cadence of arm movement but a short pull under the water, which is what propels you through it. That'll also tire you quickly.

My kick was always my biggest flaw with doing the crawl.
24/01/2013 at 06:55

yer_maj wrote (see)

RR you told me last year that my legs would fall off at mile 22 because I missed an 11 mile LSR in week 3.  They didn't.  You are bad....

RR is a very naughty runner but funny as hell

I'd never heard of a swimming stroke called front crawl until I came over here.  I call it freestyle (like in those olympic games things), sounds much nicer than front crawl...that makes me think of doggie style (SWIMMING!)

Edited: 24/01/2013 at 06:55
24/01/2013 at 07:23
I bought 'Swim Smooth' and now swim like a fish.
A fish with legs. Legs filled with lead....

Did 10 minutes doggie style on Tuesday night (really) before I ran out of puff.
24/01/2013 at 07:24
Where is DLR?
24/01/2013 at 07:44

...and Suzy M



Simon MacDoughnut wrote (see)
I bought 'Swim Smooth' and now swim like a fish.
A fish with legs. Legs filled with lead....

Laughing at that one

24/01/2013 at 08:30

Simon - Swim smooth makes it all look so easy. I'm lucky that I tend to be able to swim any distance with that stroke, but my speed is badly lacking. It's one of the few sports I think I could be half decent at if I got some coaching.

DLR will be north of the wall this weekend. There is a shuffle along the forth and clyde canal path planned for that one.

24/01/2013 at 08:46
James B 73 wrote (see)

Shrewsbury have their first marathon in June. A 4 lap course. I am certainly tempted by this.

As Paris would be my first marathon (all being well and good) do you think it would be too soon to commit myself to a second marathon 2 months later.

I have wondered how to deal with the training aspect  and whether you would just start at week 8 of a 16 week schedule.

I am not sure whether I am running before I can walk so to speak.


Eggyh73 wrote (see)

James - I'd say it's possible. Not sure how best to tackle training for it though. I guess Emmy could given you some pointers, as she seems to run a marathon every other week.

You called?

To be honest the time between April and June will be PLENTY of time of you for you to utilise your mileage from Paris and I'd go for both (but that's because of who I am).

I'd suggest after Paris - doing gentle stretching/cross training/swimming/gentle runs for one week and then build up slowly again (i normally do 12/14/16/14/16/18/20/18/20 etc). Don't be afraid to take it a little slower in the weeks after Paris - you've still got a lot of miles in your legs to help you recover.

Tricky Dicky¹ wrote (see)

Got myself in a cheeky little 10K at lunchtime. My office is just 250m from the entrance to a parc and forest and with a fair bit of fog and frost, it was really beautiful and calm. Great environment to plod around in the snow.

You have no idea how jealous I am. Along our street in Brussels it's just ice and slush

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