Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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26/03/2013 at 11:16

Will run for Food - Hiya Now you've de-cloaked you've got to tell us your life story

Last year I didn't have any problems with the pens, yes they were a bit crowded but I've been in worse at a local half.

You won't be in there too long but I would recommend joining the queue for the loo, doing your bit and then rejoining the queue.

26/03/2013 at 11:27
Orbutt - for my first half marathon last year I was all nervous and decided I beeded a quick wee before the start. Being compmetely not with it I waljed passed a long que and straight in to the toilet. Only realised afterwards and felt terrible.

Hi Will run for Food.
26/03/2013 at 11:33
De cloaked LOL, like a Klingon bird of prey

Welcome WRFF
26/03/2013 at 11:33

I never had an issue with the pens last year. They are busy, which is to be expected at any large event like Paris/London/Berlin etc, but they aren't cramped.

26/03/2013 at 11:59

Thanks!  That's very reassuring, cheers.  Starting to feel a good level of anticipation and excitement now, booked hotel last night, downloaded convocation and just need to get myself to the GP now.  Wish the race was tomorrow (or maybe the day after tomorrow) as I am not execting to get any fitter in the next 12 days.  Anyone else finding training in this weather a bit challenging? Bit soon for life story Orbutt. But one nugget is that I am looking to go half a minute faster this time than last, and hit sub 4 hrs 

26/03/2013 at 12:02

Welcome WRFF * Tell us that you've printed off your Convocation *

Right. Mobiles List. Anyone else want to send me their number? ( email, please. The forum messaging thingy isn't working properly for me) Specifically, TD, can I add yours?



26/03/2013 at 12:04

PC 91 is there another page in terms of finishing times, cause I would be on that ... coming it at 5 hrs I am used to being tail end Charlie - but have no fear cyber friends, I shall make it to the pub on time

26/03/2013 at 12:10
First sick day for me in about 3 years. And I think I'll take tomorrow off as well. Work will wait. Paris will not!

And it WILL NOT rain on the 7th April.
26/03/2013 at 12:11
WRFF (great name) welcome . I'd say the pens in Paris are no better or worse than anywhere else, but there are two points worth remembering. They do police entry to the pens, so you'll only get into the one that corresponds to your bib colour (finishing time). If you're aiming for a different time to the one you put on the entry form, you can change bibs when you pick up your number at the Expo (it's easy to do), but not on the day. The other thing is not to chuck away your warm clothing as soon as the gun goes off - you could be standing around for a while after that (schoolgirl error on my part last year).
26/03/2013 at 12:17

Ah,yes. good point, RR.  This year, at the Semi, there were ' clothing bins' right at the line. I, too, threw away my old jumper far too soon and had to tough it out in a vest ..while invading my fellow runners' ' personal space' for a bit of body heat...There's definitely time to strip once you get to the start mat. Whatever the weather forecast, the pens are in shade and it's pretty nippy at that time of the morning.Old gloves are good. Once the sun (?) comes out, suncreen and a hat/buff?

26/03/2013 at 12:30

I too threw my warm stuff away too soon, then stood there shivering away!  I think this time I'm keeping my warm top on until I feel warm - then it goes.

Eggy - I had a 12 planned for this Sunday (15 last Sunday). Perhaps better to cut that back to 10?  10 would make the week 29.

ATM - you have my mobile, right?

DV - where are you staying?  Is the family coming with? I'm thinking of bringing you some home-study reading material for the next adventure. Would that be ok?

Chest shaving - when I had my episode with atrial fibrillation about a year ago, in preperation for the electrical shock treatment they shaved a couple of big patches in my rather hirsuit chest. 10 days later Mrs D and I were on vacation in Grand Cayman and the bald patches looked ridiculous on the beach. I did not like the idea of shaving my chest, so resorted to that well used balding man attempt to fool everyone - the comb over. If you think it looks stupid on a man's head, it looks even more stupid on a chest.

Edited: 26/03/2013 at 12:31
26/03/2013 at 12:32

*Inspiring music starts*

We've trained in sleet;
We've trained in snowdrifts;
We've trained in hailstorms;
We've trained in downpours;
We've trained in gale-force winds;
Sometimes we've trained in all of them together.

We've trained at 11pm;
When all the normal people are warm indoors.
We've trained at 5am;
When all the normal people are still asleep.

*Inspiring music crescendos*
We're not scared of you, French weather.
Do your worst.

We'll beat whatever you throw at us.


And hi WRFF

Edited: 26/03/2013 at 12:33
26/03/2013 at 12:43

i'm getting proper paranoia about getting ill! I'm going on a search to find immune system boosting food for my lunch time. Apparently, beef, sweet potato, shellfish, chicken soup, umpteen cups of tea, garlic, oats & barley, mushrooms, pro-biotic yogurt are but a few. I'm gonna add freshly squeezed orange juice and innocent smoothie to that list and stock up.

Also going out to accessorize my pre-race/post-race foods - can't rely on a french goody bag! Porridge Pots, nature valleys and M&S Super-nut bars are a must. And of course Jelly babies.

Travelling around Paris on the Metro - is it best to get one of those Carnet ticket books? then you can share them out with the people you are travelling with - thats what i'm thinking unless someone has a better suggestion.

26/03/2013 at 12:44

Yep, got it, Dannirr.

26/03/2013 at 12:47
The Jimbob wrote (see)
Emmy H wrote (see)

You complete bastard Jimbob 

sorry embo (still sniffling)

Elizabeth Ellis 3 wrote (see)

Worried today.  I'm a born worrier!  Worried about the dreaded gingerbread man during the marathon....Marathon Talkers will know what I am on about 

Reduce the fibre in your diet in the next week and make sure you 'go'. I'm more worried about peeing in the pens!

26/03/2013 at 12:55
Dannirr wrote (see)

Eggy - I had a 12 planned for this Sunday (15 last Sunday). Perhaps better to cut that back to 10?  10 would make the week 29.

Dannirr - I'm no expert and I doubt the difference in a couple of miles makes that much difference, but pretty much everything I've read regarding tapering has a fairly low mileage final LSR. Even looking at those Hal advanced plans it lists a final LSR at 8 miles.

I believe the thinking is it's hard for us distance runners to accept less time on feet at this stage is better than more time on our feet. Our idea of rest is no doubt is pretty warped, when we all consider just under a half marathon for a long run is a rest week!

26/03/2013 at 13:00

you lot make me laugh, and I need to laugh at the moment as the animals on the "farm" are not well - still.  Hey ho.

I peed in the street last time I ran in Paris, before the start,  who cares? It's France.  As for the "other", never needed to go and never even needed to p once I'm off.  Get up really early, stuff your face and wait for nature to take its course, then get to the start line - assuming your body does it's biz within that time...!   Don't want "touching the cloth" do we!!?

I'm taking an old sweatshirt and will wear it till I'm hot, then toss it.

Sorry about the weather, but I'm really really hoping it's chilly and even a little drizzle at times, that's my fav.  The sun will come out at the end......yeah

got my jelly b's, cereal bars and pain killers, hoping they will see me round.


26/03/2013 at 13:03



PC91 wrote (see)
What type of tape?

I haven't had problems during my long runs however would you suggest vaseline or talc for the feet? I haven't had nipple problems, would tape or vaseline still be recommended?

Tit tape obviously PC91  My favourite is Scoth gaffer tape to give me that ultra-secure feeling. Still haven't taken off the strips I used in Paris '09

Julie Deadman wrote (see)

Hi Everyone


Great thread as always!  This will be my third Paris and wonder if anyone can help please?

I have a Forerunner 310XT and have lost the signal in the tunnels. The watch hasn't picked up when I have come out of the tunnels so the mileage and pacing have gone astray. 

Does anyone know the best way to get round this??

Thanks, Julie 

Julie - the footpod is the only way to go. Seems a bit pricey at first but it's a very useful bit of kit. Replaces satelite signals when lost, can be used on the treadmill, measures cadence. Super eay to fit/ take off different running shoes, v. secure. Recommended. Works perfectly with my 310XT.

Pri-Fi - hi my dear, glad to hear you are OK, great to hear from you. I'd push your 14/4 run out to be a 20 miler, rest looks good. Go easy (slow) on the 22 miler and it should be fine. Don't worry about them being tiring. That's what you are supposed to feel at the end of them.

Will Run For Food - don't get stressed about the start. 35,000+ people manage to start every year. I've not seen better or worse in any big city maras in loads of different places. It's just normal. It's a bit like shopping the week before Christmas. You know the checkout queue is going to be a bit of a pain but you can live with it. The new wave start system last year seemed to be a big improvement. Relax...

ATM - yes, please do add my number. Are you worried I am going to be inundated with calls from women who just won't leave me alone? It's a hazard, but I'll live with it. [Laughing at my own pathetic little hubris]. Just make sure you get the +32 on it and I'll hope everyone can work out international dialling!  Am happy to be a point of contact on the day.

26/03/2013 at 13:08

DLR & Eggy:  thanks to you both, DLR same with me for wome reason forget that still have lsr miles in my legs!!!  Eggy: the 18 will become a 20 and the one before marathon a 10 - 12.  The reason I've stuck my longest 5 weeks out is that I need to know I can do beyond 20 miles without the wheels falling off after what happened i VLM last year am a tad uncertain ... but will know by 12 friday lunchtime. So my long runs for the next few weeks are: 22, 14, 20, 14, 10,  Marathon - sounds like a plan

Kaz: excellent effort in the 10k after a tough run yesterday go girl!!!

ATM:  Miss PF and I are visiting St Andrews University on 17th April, flying into Edinburgh on the 16th driving to St Andrews that evening, but flight home on the thursday isnt until 12.30 so are you anywhere near St Andrews or Edinburgh?  I have hire car

26/03/2013 at 13:08

TD, is it the one that ends in  01? * And , yes.I don't want to find your number engaged the whole time when I'm making  my late-night calls...*

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