Paris Marathon 2014

Non, je ne regrette rien

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03/05/2014 at 15:23

Hi and welcome Chris Morgan. Delay your celebratory birthday drinking for the post-race meet up in Corcorans.

I am not a wimp HiaHS! just looking for reason to curb my enthusiasm. I soooo want to come to Loch Ness in September but its currently causing matrimonial disharmony I'm working on it slowly. Do some of you meet up for a post-race celebration in Inverness or are you all staying elsewhere?

03/05/2014 at 17:46

BM - there will be a few of us staying in Inverness, so I'm sure there will be a few drink drinkies afterwards!

03/05/2014 at 18:20

C'mon...we all secretly love the insufficiency of the portaloos. What else would we moan about otherwise? And when else could we get to pee publicly in appropriate locations in the French capital?

I have today....drum roll...completed my first bike ride with cleats. And I didn't fall off! For those of you newer to the thread. This is rather a large achievement. The first time I attempted a ride with cleats, I fell off 6 times and cracked the frame of my bike. I've been too terrified to try them since...

Edited: 03/05/2014 at 18:21
03/05/2014 at 18:38

Well done TinkerBel!

I haven't fallen off for a while, touch wood!



03/05/2014 at 18:47

Well done Tinkerbel. I admire your courage and determination, the thought of such things is enough for me! 

Simon - if I am serious about this whole thing for next year I may come visit you for some lessons. At the moment just normal pedals in use here. 

03/05/2014 at 19:30
Cleats scare me , I'm such a wimp , well done TB
04/05/2014 at 00:39

71 miles this week.  Happy with that

04/05/2014 at 07:06

Yay, 10,000 posts! Welcome to all the newbies. You will love Paris marathon. I've just been lurking lately as congratulations to all the great running going on. Special note on getting your 41 miles dannirr!! That's amazing!

I'm on the bike at the moment in preparation for a trip to the french alps. Gonna bag some wee hill ascents.

I'm pretty sure that I won't run paris next year (3 yrs in a row may be enough) but will definitely be coming to support and that's all due to the awesome people on this forum. 

04/05/2014 at 09:47

Hi Everyone,

I'm going to be bringing up the rear in this. It's my first marathon and on my bucket list.

I've got 5:11 predicted time from the plan I set up in ASICS. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and preparing for the race. My running history is lots of slow 5 and 10ks. I've entered half marathons twice as part of my bigger goal of eventually running a marathon - I didn't get to the start line of either as I broke my big toe the first time and twisted my knee the second time. I feel like time is marching on so thought I would just cut to the chase.

My goal isn't time (so I really shouldn't be bothered that asics didn't predict 5 hours for me as that is what I had in my head) but just to finish (but hopefully faster that 5:11...)

04/05/2014 at 10:04
Another newbie - welcome Esther Tony , you will love Paris , if your going to do a marathon you may as well make it a big one , and they don't come much bigger or better than Paris , any advice , support , nagging you require over the next 11 months you can be assured we will supply it
04/05/2014 at 10:39

Congrats TinkerBel - you are now officially Queen of Cleats.

Dannirr, I cannot imagine completing that kind of mileage and 41 miles in one run I believe.....awesome running.  I hope you get some good sleeping in as well.

RS - yay!  Coming to Paris whether you're running or not.  I like your style.

Esther - you are in good company here, it's the journey that's important and sticking with this thread makes sure it's a good one.  You've had some nasty injuries, ouch!  Best of luck staying injury-free this year.

I went for a little 8 mile easy run yesterday and now my foot's hurting again.....26.2 miles last weekend without the slightest niggle, 8 miles this weekend and there's proper pain, Bah!!!

04/05/2014 at 13:42

Nice one TinkerBEL!  Next to master is keeping both feet on the pedals while stationary at a traffic light

04/05/2014 at 14:07

Hi all - got one of the emails saying can get in 2015 for 89E.  Is that a good price - also how easy is it to get a place - or is it like London - friend wants to join me.

04/05/2014 at 15:03
City fan - that's the lowest price you'll get, I think. It's easy enough to get in to Paris, but the longer you leave it, the more expensive it gets. The 'full price' for those who didn't go in to the ballot for the cheaper places will be 109 euros, which is much more expensive than last year.

Rest day for me today - feeling a little twitchy - it's Sunday, so I should be running
04/05/2014 at 15:27

RR - get some cross training in

04/05/2014 at 15:29

cheers Running Rodent - may give it a go.  Love Paris as a City is it nice course.

done by running today Sherrif 10K Scorton.  Lovely


04/05/2014 at 17:11

Meh, I've just done a week of hardcore low-cal dieting, only ran once and have been getting more and more twitchy as the week went on, today I've knocked the ridiculous diet on the head (although it was very effective) and will be running tomorrow morning, hurrah! Weight-loss is such a chore, but I've got a 2st target to chase and it won't lose itself unfortunately, boooo!

City Fan - Paris is easy to get in to, just costs more later on. It's a great race though. The only downside for me (other than the portaloos of course) is that Paris is so darn expensive, but that hasn't got anything to do with the race of course. At least transport in Paris is spot on.

04/05/2014 at 17:12

Benign - What has your husband disliked about the idea? The fact that you'll be away for the w/end or the fact that it's 4 months of you slogging the streets whilst he's sat at home?! I was expecting a bit of resistance from my husband for Loch Ness too but it ended up swinging in exactly the opposite direction altogether!

Tinkerbel - congrats on your bike ride. The last time I rode a bike (well over 5 years ago) I fell off, went straight over the handlebars (and basket, naturally!!), haven't bothered to get back on since, absolutely no need for me to ever ride a bike!!

Edited: 04/05/2014 at 17:13
04/05/2014 at 17:45

Hi everyone, especially newcomers to the thread/ and-or marathon running specifically. Stick around, there's much fun, encouragement and advice shared here throughout the year. I am leaving it to the last moment on Tuesday to pay my Paris entry fee, hanging on to my money as long as possible.

Ordinarily, I usually sign up late in November. Although I can remember paying as little as 65EUR one year. Can't remember when that was but this will be my 6th Paris Mara as a runner, with one extra as a supporter.

27k in the bag today, 2:04 I think. Horrific to think that some people can do the extra 15kms in that time. I think apart from running in Paris, that's the only long run I've done in 7 weeks but it's time to put a bit more running mileage back in to the legs.

04/05/2014 at 18:00

3 miler yesterday felt good after my back injury up allotment and not being able to run for 10 days !?! But then did a 10.8 miler on TRAIL this morning with club - had a bit of knee pain !?! Went for a swim arrived at pool at 12.15 to find pool shut at 12.30 due to a gala got a swift 10 laps in - enough for my TRI a Tri in June in Bristol xxx went up allotment knee playing up using petrol mower but by the time I came 

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