Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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28/01/2013 at 12:45

I need to buy gels........another online shopping experience! I did use powerbar ones, but I like the idea of isotonic gels?? I will need to order a few of different varieties to try. Also a fan of jelly beans! Although I obviously need none of the above at the moment

I divide my run into 4 or 5 smaller loops normally all of which have 1 common point where my car is and a toilet! And if I do decide on an out an back or one big loop it is normally pre-planned and runs past numerous peoples houses that I know just incase something goes wrong.(Can you tell I have had a bad experience!!)

28/01/2013 at 12:55

yeah .... Kaz,ATM (thinking of Loch Lomond yesterday-gorg), i suppose laps are better when you are surrounded by Beautiful scenery. I remember doing those Dartmoor laps and was happy to keep lapping as it was so god damn lovely, in London it's pretty grim doing laps - so i try to vary the "back" of my out-and-back - it's easily done in the Big Smoke.

28/01/2013 at 13:16

Weedy - Cool Runnings

I have a number of routes that are laps and for longer distances I join a few of them together. This means that I am more of a lap runner than an out and back.

Mind you, any kind of running would be nice at the moment. Without thinking, I ran up a flight of stairs on Saturday and I've got a bit of discomfort in my calf. Hopefully it's just a slight twinge.

Edited: 28/01/2013 at 13:16
28/01/2013 at 13:25
I've found out that there is no American word for 'twinge' Orbutt. Maybe they just do it bigger and have rips or tears? Nothing as subtle as a twinge. I took my groin out for a little run at lunchtime. One of my work running club races. I went along to make up the numbers and brought my dog with me.

The plan was to just plod around, gently gently as my leg was feeling better. I managed a whole 146m before my groin started complaining so stopped immediately. "All dressed up with no pace to go"

Have always found the High5 gels to be easy to use and digest.
28/01/2013 at 14:27
Orbutt wrote (see)

Weedy - Cool Runnings

This week's quiz points go to Orbutt.

Although it was a bit easy this week seeing as it was on telly last night or the night before. Pure coincidence as I always come up with the next one as soon as I post the list. I'm going to have to raise my game for next week and make it even harder. Watch this space...

28/01/2013 at 15:20

I'm no use at laps...Too tempted to head home. I prefer out-but-back-by-train or a circular loop. Dave, that's a fantastic suggestion..running the loop backwards.That would work for me, with my short attention...Oh, look! A robin on my bird feeder...

Eggy and Audrey, it's 22 to Loch Lomond. Fancy factoring it in? * I'll send you a link to the route map, A *

kaz, I used SIS Blackcurrent for lots of races and was fine until last year.Maybe I've swallowed my lifetime's worth of them but the last few outings resulted in disaster* details too ghastly to type...* I'm getting on better with shotblocks, although you need water with them..*

28/01/2013 at 15:27

I ordered a box of black current SiS a few weeks back, and a well known cycle shop delivered orange I rang them up and they grovelled and promised to send black current and a postage label....3 weeks later I rang up and complained, week later box of black current but no address label, rang and moaned.... Got another box of black current and still no address label.... Gave up at that point, orange SiS gel anyone ?
28/01/2013 at 15:42

I quite like the orange ones.

Blackcurrant sort of reminds me of some ghastly medicines from when I was young all those years ago.

I like the shotblocks and will have a packet or two for the race. Which comes on to my next question. Does any take a pouch or bum (i think it is is called a fanny bag in America) bag with them on the races or just strap them to your arm? 

I haven't had a problem in the half marathons as I could position them with the phone on my arm. But now I am all tooled up with a garmin this will not be possible.

28/01/2013 at 15:48

James I use a belt - this one in fact:

I got it cheaper than that elsewhere though.  Miles better than the belt I had last year - gels go into bottles beforehand so no sticky fingers, water bottle holds plenty and there's even room for your lippy, if you're so inclined....

It's really comfortable to wear and doesn't move around

Edited: 28/01/2013 at 15:49
28/01/2013 at 15:49
My number belt has a set of loops that hold gels
28/01/2013 at 15:50

just checking out number belts

28/01/2013 at 15:53

I tried shotbloks last year and you'd swear I'd eaten laxitives!!! Not nice.  I have just ordered SIS blackcurrant gels to try.....

28/01/2013 at 16:00
Think mine came from decathlon

(Smudge proof lippy)
28/01/2013 at 16:00

James - For Chicago I found some shorts that had pockets that held gels and shotbloks just fine (Ronhill Trail Cargo shorts). I've ran with belts before, but I don't like running with them.

The shorts had nice little pockets in the back that if you cut a shotblok packet in half they sit nicely in for easy access.

ATM - I'd be up for trying for Balloch at some point before Paris.

Edited: 28/01/2013 at 16:04
28/01/2013 at 16:28
Bonjour mon amis.

A spectator questions for Paris veterans if I may. 2 of us running with 5 spectators. Any suggestions as to best place to go to spectate from? Or maybe even places to avoid?

I've tentatively suggested somewhere like the 5 mile mark as looks as though it's only a short walk to the 12 mile point?

Any and all suggestions welcome.

Training is going fine other than constant tight calves.

Another SiS gel user - never had any issues with them and I'm a creature of habit and therefore have no knowledge of any of the alternatives.
28/01/2013 at 16:33

Johnny - Radar Sal put together a supporters guide last year, which people said was excellent. She should be able to fowrard a copy to you.

28/01/2013 at 17:12

Sounds like you are struggling there Tricky. At least you had the good sense to stop immediately.

28/01/2013 at 17:13

As Eggy said, Radar Sal of this Parish has the definitive guide - but Bastille is certainly a good place as we hit it at 5k and 21k - plenty of time for a spectator coffee/spot of lunch in the gap!

28/01/2013 at 17:30
James. I'll be running Paris with two belts. One that holds my wallet, cash and up to 6x gels in bullet like compartments. The other belt is more of an MP3 carrier which will carry my phone, passport and traIn ticket (cause I'm a bit anal about that sort of thing)
28/01/2013 at 17:41
In Paris I used safety pins to attache gels to my belt. They didn't hold up so I lost all my gels by the time I passed the Louvre. Luckily I wasn't the only one. Once I noticed I had no gels left I started to collect whatever I could find on the road. Risky, I know.

Yes, London is a bit boring when it comes to the long runs. I used to run along the canal in East London through Hackney, Lee Valley, towards the grand reservoir. Very scenic. Or I made it a challenge like how many bridges I can fit in. That needs a bit of the planning though.
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