Paris Marathon 2014

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16/04/2014 at 15:13

Loch Ness marathon looks great 'fun', some good photos of smiley folks

16/04/2014 at 15:14

Got to admit having just checked out the route profile that's not how I remember that road! That down bit at the beginning I remember as more of a constant undulations.

16/04/2014 at 15:16

I do think that route profile is all wrong!! 

I am not taking my watch with me to Inverness. Simple. 

16/04/2014 at 16:15

TD - Sounds like you need to give triathlon a go. It's transformed my outlook on running and cycling, and before you say you can't swim neither could I (very well) but have now competed upto half iron distance and ironman is in sight. 

16/04/2014 at 17:42

Feedback from folk I know that have done Loch Ness is that it's hilly.  Like Eggy this has been on my wish list for a wee while so going to enjoy the scenery and hang on in there until I find the fudge.  And enjoy the great company of all you lot.

16/04/2014 at 17:47

+1 for triathlon. I love the variety - my swimming is cr*p, my cycling is worse, but my running is OK. I do it for fun. And I get to wear lots of rubber and lycra, and buy loads of stuff I don't really need.

My running is a bit more serious, but I do intend to try and inject a bit more fun into it.

And Loch Ness is going to be fun. I have heard of folk getting PBs there KS, so don't be put off by the profile.

16/04/2014 at 22:09

For those running around the 4 hour mark, why not attempt a world record? Apparently the record for fastest marathon dressed as a crustacean was beaten on Sunday in a finishing time of 3:55, by a guy dressed as a lobster.

Go on, you know you want to google 'prawn suits' .

16/04/2014 at 23:48

Nice 5 mile post London recovery run.

17/04/2014 at 07:19

Lol prawn suits. Narf!

17/04/2014 at 07:27
Wow, good for you hatter.

That wasn't meant as sarcasm by the way, I cant swim well either but feel i should take advantage of being near the sea.
Would you recommend improving in a swimming pool first before attempting open water?
Edited: 17/04/2014 at 07:37
17/04/2014 at 07:36

I'm going to invest in a crab suit, and run sideways.

17/04/2014 at 08:17

Maxs Mum - I think DV is a good person to ask about swimming. He spent 18 hours in an attempt to swim the Channel as part of a multi-discipline event (he'd already run from London to Dover the day before), but the tides went against him. Anyway, he learned to do the whole swimming in the sea thing.

Hatter - triathlons. Mmm, not sure. I do my bike riding with these guys, one of whom is an ex-professional Kona type. I see that training just takes over the whole of life and I don't find that very appealing. I guess we can all choose at what level to train and there's no obligation to dye your hair blond like our young Engineer friend.

17/04/2014 at 08:19

Doing a TRi a Tri in Bristol on 1 st June and a swim - run practice 27 th April in Bristol 

my swimming is passable but not as good on a bike as I don't like going down hill !?!? 

Hope I can do the transitions ok xxxx

17/04/2014 at 08:24

RunningRodent, did you see these also? Or for the speedier ones out there...


Running in his sixth marathon was Ali King, 31, from London, who today set a new title for the Fastest marathon dressed as a baby (male) in a time of 2h 51m 18s.

Thirty-five-year-old year-old Marcus Mumford from Worcestershire set a new  title for the Fastest marathon dressed as a toilet in a time of 2h 57m 54s.

I can only imagine going sub3 and seeing a man dressed as a toilet and an overgown baby already walking about with medals on, would be pretty funny if not surreal, looking through fuzzy eyes at the end of a marathon.

17/04/2014 at 08:31

Ha ha, loving the world records! maybe need to look back in the dressing up box!

Did my first run post paris last night (I know it was ages ago, but I had a week away with no trainers!) it was slow, but enjoyable - only grumble is that a favoured route is now fenced off due to a housing development  used to be lovely fields...

The advice I got for Loch Ness was train for downhill as well as uphill!

17/04/2014 at 08:39

Thanks Eggy and MacPerky - I have plenty of time to train for up and down. I'll see how the training goes and make sure that 'enjoying it' is number one on the list. I've found I'm much better at hitting a time target when I'm either not expecting it or someone on the start line says 'hey, I'll bet you could do this in x:xx time' - YerMaj and TheJimBob, I'm looking at you!

Doing a 7-8 mile tonight as part of Plymouth training. That's going to be an 'enjoy it' one, I think - no time to do anything over ten miles as I'm in Sheffield this weekend until Sunday evening, and then driving down on the Friday. 

Marcus Mumford? Is that the Marcus Mumford, from Mumford and Sons?

17/04/2014 at 10:30

Morning all,

Maxs Mum wrote (see)
Wow, good for you hatter.

That wasn't meant as sarcasm by the way, I cant swim well either but feel i should take advantage of being near the sea.
Would you recommend improving in a swimming pool first before attempting open water?

I find them completely different beasts. I can swim "ok" in a pool but get scared of open water (it's the fish... the fish i tell you).

I love tri - but cant swim fast for toffee. I've done a few sprints and love them as the distances are so short but I wish that I could do a 400m swim and then 50k bike and a marathon afterwards

MacPerky wrote (see)

I'm going to invest in a crab suit, and run sideways.

PLEASE do and take pictures!

A friend of mine Rik broke a world record in London for the fastest marathon dressed a pirate. He already owns the british record for running the most number of marathons in a year (136 i think).

SO... i'm now the laughing humilation of my office. I'm currently in a two week stint of being onsite at our vendor. EVERY run and walk i've done i've got hopelessly lost. Yesterday I was given a map, today a tag: if lost please return to....

But some good news. Went to a vet here with Boyska to get him checked out for his trip to the UK and was very happy with his check up.

- Perfect muscle condition, strong heart and lungs, great coat and teeth and a lovely disposition. His heartbeat is a little slow but he said that this was due to his "topconditie"

He said that normally he sees huskies who are overweight or have no muscle definition at all. When I mentioned at the beginning that he runs with me every day and gets a long walk in the evening he smiled as if to say: Ok, yes dear.... then after checking him out - said: crickey - you werent lying. Very happy furmama this morning!

17/04/2014 at 11:05

A slightly belated well done to all the London marathoners. I was really watching to spot some of the thread runners - Steve, OO, RadarSal - but I didn't spot any of you. And I only saw about half of the friends that were running it and missed all of the celebs.

Could have been something to do with all the runners that crashed out at my spot just outside the Westferry DLR station at approx. mile 20.3. One chap was out for the count and had to be stretchered away by the St. Johns Ambulance crew (and they had to run across the road through the runners to get to their ambulance).

And I also had to deal with drunk spectators trying to jump the barriers to cross the road while the race was in full flow. There are some idiots about. Didn't help that I was outside a pub. Wasn't pretty.

But thoroughly enjoyed being a marshal at London Marathon. I even got a t-shirt and medal for taking part.

I've got the marathon bug too. After my first marathon at Paris I've signed up for Amsterdam in October and Brighton next April. Running Brighton means that I won't be doing Paris next year but it does mean that I can bring my family with me.

17/04/2014 at 12:06

You've got a husky, Emmy, they're quite something, very attractive dogs/hounds/wolves? There's a pair in my village, the owner has a proper harness he wears to take them for a walk, not quite sure who's walking who most of the time!

KeyserSuze - I don't think it is the same Marcus Mumford

I met the front half of the pantomime horse that holds the world record for running a marathon on the way down to the start in Amsterdam last October. He and his brother did it in London a few years back, sounded brutal.

LloydR - you might want to do a bit of towpath training for Amsterdam! Don't underestimate that out and back part - it's got one or two more bends in the river than you think.

17/04/2014 at 12:09

Lloyd - You should enjoy Amsterdam. It's a great event. A great potential PB course too.

Suze - I hope your training goes well and you crack sub 4 at Loch Ness. I guess terrain preference is a personal thing. I tend to run far better on the flat (mostly as I'm as slow us they come going uphill), but I know others who run far better when there are plenty of undulations.

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