Non, je ne regrette rien
Good evening! May I join in?
Yesterday, I decided to sign up for my first marathon - and a quick google brought this thread to my attention.
I'm currently up to around 13 miles, pounding footpaths along the Thames, and feeling quietly confident – although dreading being extra disciplined over Christmas.
Don't think I'll focus too much on a time: main goal is to be able to finish it and, hopefully enjoy it so much that I will have an urge to do more in the future and then focus on times after that.
Excuse my lack of patience to trawl through the previous 225 pages but do people generally feel Paris is a good first marathon to run? I picked it because thought it would be more enjoyable to do a marathon that passes a lot of sights that I have yet to see and it is a relatively flat course.
It will be my first. Welcome!
I feel strangely compelled to enter Edinburgh too. That would be barking mad, wouldn't it? Paris might show me that 26 miles isn't my distance. I shall resist.
My garden looks lovely...all covered in snow The wind has died down ..although it might just be going south, now.
Welcome to the thread , Leggy and as90. The ' message' facility on the forum is a bit wonky but you should have some stuff in your Inbox. I'm biased, Paris was my first marathon and , like for a lot of the thread, it's a bit of an annual event now..the Start is spectacular, you pass everything you've ever seen in the guidebooks and, and...*Yes, it's very scenic and, yes, it's very flat...but we also come back for the company. And the pub. You'll have a good time.*
Hello and thank you, Away in T Manger. I messaged you back.
And looking out of my window at work in London at the moment – the wind still looks pretty bad. Just as well I pencilled today in as a rest day. Although planning on a long run tomorrow, so it better pass off!
AS90 - hi. Paris was my first too - after being rejected from London. Next year will be my third time (Paris and rejection ) - does that give you an idea of what it's like?
The course is mainly flat, a couple of inclines on the exits of some underpasses. The sights are stunning - don't forget to look (I know one person who missed the Eiffel Tower !! - you lurking Sean?)
The support from the locals is great. There are some quiet bits but there are some incredible bits too.
And then there's this forum. This bunch of people are like a second family.
Yes, we talk about running a bit but we also talk about lots of other things from the best technology to how to take a leak in the pens without being spotted.
And when we get to Paris the fun really starts.
Stick around, join in. Ask any question you can think of.
Oh, and post your Bib number and pen and the List Fairy will update the runners list.
Orbutt - more than one person missed the Eiffel Tower .
as90 - running the Thames footpaths? We may have met . There's a few of us who are London based - which bit are you in? Agree with others it's a good first marathon and well organised (with a few bizarre aspects to the organisation that makes it uniquely French) but stick around and we'll keep you right. All your questions can be answered here - fire away.
Kirsten - if you're considering Edinburgh, be aware that most of it's not actually in Edinburgh. They take you straight out of the city centre, then it's an out and back along the coast through East Lothian. It's not actually the most scenic of races.
Yes, We Wish You A Merry Orbutt – rejected for London too so thought a trip on the Eurostar and a weekend in France would be quite pleasant instead. Plus, as I've said, seeing some different sites will hopefully make it even more enjoyable. My bib number is 63408.
Hello Running Reindeer – perhaps you have. I generally run in a loop from Westminster Bridge to Rotherhithe via London Bridge and Bermondsey, though the constant skipping in and out of people getting pictures taken at various tourist hotspots can get quite frustrating at times!
Hello to Leggy and as90 - I'm a first time marathoner too. I crashed this forum about two months ago. They twisted my arm of rubber to sign up for Paris - I had really intended waiting a year. But what could be better then Paris for the first time?
I was tempted to complain about the weather today but given that the winds were only 26mph here that would be really asking to get laughed at. Still quite challenging running strides into the wind though, makes me quite cross Hoping that threaders in Scotland and East Anglia and everywhere are warm and dry.
Sort-of-P&D training going well in week1. 11m with tempo and 8m with strides done so far.
Hello! Did five miles tonight from home as club was cancelled-nothing major to report other than a fallen tree on the path.
we have lost our bin though, the little food recycling one. Hopefully it'll turn up tomorrow in the daylight.
off to that there London tomorrow night for basement jaxx at Brixton-anyone else coming?
Hi as90, hi Leggy
Aaron - if you go to the ASO challenges site (if you registered there). Login, go to Marathon de Paris under the My Races tab, on the left side, there's a bar that pops up with My Order. Click see detail and it'll come up with a page showing your bib number and what colour pen you're in. Charity entries might be different tho. The charities maybe don't submit details of who's taking up the places until nearer the time in case people drop out because of injury
Welcome all the new folks!
My experimentation on the anti-gravity treadmill continue. This is a cutback week for me (40 miles this week), so I had a short 6 miler today and decided to make it an interval session - was able to alternate 8 min miles with 7 min miles, very happy with that.
Weedy - no progress to report yet on my 4 min mile attempt, but stay tuned
The day finishes tinged with sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela. I am proud and privileged to have been his countryman. Comrades will be a little more special next year.
AS90- Welcome! As Reindeer said - there are a few london based groupies and they sometimes organise runs.
Leggy Mountbatton - welcome as well there's ALWAYS room for one more... whether that's a person or a drink
Kirsten - not at all... I had already signed up to two other marathons before I ran my first
I really don't feel that I can complain about the weather but my run this morning definitely felt tougher! It's warmed up funnily enough - no ice this morning.
As90 - sounds familiar, I'm down towards Greenwich direction. My standard 20 mile route starts at Kew and goes down the river enduring at Greenwich. You do have to get a bit pointy-elbowed round about Westminster and the Tower of London, but apart from that it's a nice run.
Aaron, you're totally right - at least it was just our food bin and not a 10ft trampoline (or ourselves!)
RR I love that you have a standard 20mile... I have a standard 10. Think I might need to pick up the LSR a bit! Speaking of, is anyone doing the Surrey Spitfire 20 in March?
Hi LeggyM and AS90 - you are both very welcome. Feel free to tell us more about yourselves and ask ATM if you can post a pic on the Rogues Gallery. Hint for everyone else - lodge a new photo with her so new people know what you look like.
Tried to destroy the flippy flappy machine in the gym last night but it kept the upper hand. Made it up to 97% MHR though which was a good workout. Treated myself to my furst run in 4 weeks at the end for a cool down - 600m at 5min/km pace and a final 400m at 4min pace. Loved it. Itching to start running again next week.
And I am particularly excited today because Santa's Little Helper Marathon Maus is coming over. Feel like a teenager inside. Grown men shouldn't be like this, right?!
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