Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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22/04/2013 at 13:23

I've said before TD, sometimes we need to be more spontaneous.

 

Old team mate of mine finished 16th yesterday!

22/04/2013 at 13:50

Wow so much to catch up on.

PF - it might be taper madness but nothing like getting a haircut to give you a lift.  

Malcs - that was some time, well done, and great testament to the thread.

Runners AND supporters at VLM, bloody well done everyone.  I am so proud of you all and just a tad jealous I couldn't be there.

Emmy - perhaps we could do a thread Eco Trail in Brussels.  I'm keen to do it, just need to get organised.  There is also a trail weekend in the Pas de Calais 7-8 Sep if you are interested.

www.trailcotedopale.com

Weedy - could you add to the list for me Nike Paris We Own The Night 10k on 26 May?

Tonight I'm doing the Boston Strong Paris run from Bastille to Concorde, along with  123 other people.

22/04/2013 at 13:51

talking of spontaneous - hair appointment 4.15 tomorrow afternoon - its the oscars anne hathaway cut rather than the razor look of Les Mis!!!  Thanks for the support through taper madness - legs feeling lovely after massage ...... 

hey ho hey ho its off to yoga I go ....... (if only I could whistle)

Oh and oh wonderous list fairy put me on the definite list for Paris 2014 - a lovely excuse to spend valentines day in Paris on the Monday after a little trot on sunday me thinks

Will post a pic of hair once done - if all goes well that is

22/04/2013 at 13:53
TartanPimpernel wrote (see)

Wow so much to catch up on.

PF - it might be taper madness but nothing like getting a haircut to give you a lift.  

Malcs - that was some time, well done, and great testament to the thread.

Runners AND supporters at VLM, bloody well done everyone.  I am so proud of you all and just a tad jealous I couldn't be there.

Emmy - perhaps we could do a thread Eco Trail in Brussels.  I'm keen to do it, just need to get organised.  There is also a trail weekend in the Pas de Calais 7-8 Sep if you are interested.

www.trailcotedopale.com

Weedy - could you add to the list for me Nike Paris We Own The Night 10k on 26 May?

Tonight I'm doing the Boston Strong Paris run from Bastille to Concorde, along with  123 other people.

Thanks for that TP - more than happy to start a thread. I'll definitely be in for the ecotrail. That sounds like a good training weekend - i have a feeling that i've got something planned but will check

PF - have fun at your hair appointment. I need to find a decent hairdresser than wont hack at my hair 

22/04/2013 at 14:15

As we are talking hair, do I get mine shorter again or persevere with it all hinging doon as my mother would say ...

22/04/2013 at 14:54

Anne Hathaway mk II

22/04/2013 at 15:02

PF - you do know that Valentines day is February and Marathon day is April, don't you

Malcs - respect, mate. Well done.

 

22/04/2013 at 15:10
Orbutt wrote (see)

PF - you do know that Valentines day is February and Marathon day is April, don't you

Malcs - respect, mate. Well done.

 

Oh, yeah.  I didn't twig, and I can't blame taper madness.

22/04/2013 at 15:31
I'm doing the Boston run in Atlanta tonight, finishing with a chat with Jeff Galoway - 1972 marathon Olympian and 5th place Boston finisher. Should be fun.
22/04/2013 at 15:39

Dannirr - is he the chap that does the run-walk marathon method?

22/04/2013 at 16:22

Holy Moly its blowing a hoolie oot there.........I severly hope Sheena cancels our run tonight - I don't feel like going,  but I won't be the one to cancel either!!

I have had a very productive afternoon - I fell asleep in front of the fire! Means I will be playing catch up tomorrow..........

22/04/2013 at 16:22

After being busy since getting back from Paris I have completely lost this thread, sooo many posts I cant catch up.

Well done everyone who ran and supported in London, I was busy yesterday so couldnt watch it all but the support looked amazing.

Will definitely be applying for London next Monday with my fingers tightly crossed till October!

After a gentle run last Tuesday I did a few good sessions on the treadmill over the weekend and think I'm now fully recovered from Paris and raring to go.

Can the list fairy add me to the following:

27th April - Haldon Heartbeat

12th May - Killerton Half Mara 

22/04/2013 at 17:00
TartanPimpernel wrote (see)

Dannirr - is he the chap that does the run-walk marathon method?

Yes, he is.

22/04/2013 at 17:42

After about 10 hours sleep since 5:30am on Saturday my brain is a bit befuddled as I try to type this but ... having never experienced London Marathon - and been quite dismissive of it in many ways - yesterday was an eye opener in some respects.

The support really did seem very good aside from a few silent voyeurs here and there.  The people of London really did seem to buy into it.  Our spot at 11 miles felt quite different to the one we had at 8km in Paris.  Plenty of people at both but more energy in London and people there for far longer.

As a race though it sort of reinforced some of my negativity.  Paris seemed much, much more a runner's event.  When I saw the pacing groups go through I realised that in London I'd have felt like I was almost in the vanguard as the overwhelming majority of runners seemed to be first timers completing the marathon for charity rather than racing it for themselves.  The difficulty of London's start, and this, meant that runners were really spread out in the later stages.

Many of the runners seemed really naiive too.  JB noted that so few carried gels or anything with them and far more seemed in a bad way at 23 miles than I'd have expected.  They looked far worse than the competitors in Paris did at 24/25 miles - real chalk and cheese.   

However, as a spectacle of human endeavour and the range of emotions that go with it it was almost the gallant naiivety of the competitors that made it so moving and I will absolutely definitely be back again next year - plus I get to spend some time with some members of a great bunch of people.

IF Berlin goes ok I'd be interested to get a GFA for London in 2015 now, just to see what it would be like to run after hearing Eggy & Audrey's comments.

 

 

22/04/2013 at 17:51
Oooh DLR, GFA in Berlin?, that's pressure mate! I'm scared, think I'll set some more short term targets and hopefully the training will get us where we need to be. How bout a PB at Shrewsbury?
22/04/2013 at 17:51

Good observations Rob. Better to think of London as being 5 or 6 races all rolled into one event. There's the elite men and women, the wheelchair/ hand-bikers, the serious runners chasing times, the massed runners including tonnes of newbies who saw it on the TV and thought it would be a laugh and have run literally tens of miles in preparation and then there's this long tail of fancy dress/ charity runners. When I visited the Expo for VLM I thought I'd never seen such a collection of people who looked so un-athletic before.

As long as they don't get in the way of those who want a crack at a good time and they do raise a lot of charity money and wear some great costumes...  I think the whole lot put together draws out these fabulous crowds which is the making of the event.  (In fact, if you see the elite ladies go, there's hardly anyone on the streets). they all come out a bit later on.

Ballot for VLM opens on Monday 29th April. Give it a go.

Was supposed to be seeing Beth Orton in concert tonight, but she's got tired and homesick so called off the rest of her tour. Ah well, shall be working on ITLR prep instead.

22/04/2013 at 17:57
To echo what everyone has already said, the crowds and support at the London marathon are unlike any other event.

The runners at 23 miles were death marching, it seemed tougher than Paris. Maybe I've just blocked out the pain!
22/04/2013 at 18:01
The Jimbob wrote (see)
Oooh DLR, GFA in Berlin?, that's pressure mate! I'm scared, think I'll set some more short term targets and hopefully the training will get us where we need to be. How bout a PB at Shrewsbury?

Its a big IF Jim  Relies on me making full and quick recovery, great training and great conditions - none of those are guaranteed.

TD shame about the women's elites - people will have missed Jessica Augusto's bum 

22/04/2013 at 18:34

Malcs - 26 minutes off your PB! Wow! Brilliant effort. You do realise that, being so tantalisingly close to 3:30, that will be your new target whether you want it or not....

Kaz - only you would chase PB's on a postie's round!!

Been off work  sick today - must be a sickness and liquid stool bug.

Still can' taccess RW on my phone. Maybe Dr Iain is having the same problem? And this laptop is a nightmare.

Dark Vader    pirate
22/04/2013 at 18:39

Simon Mac..  I can't access RW on my phone anymore either...  

So much to say on the thread now....    that was a good observation DLR...

 

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