My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-4.30 Isabel

Target 26.2 - 2014

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11/12/2013 at 23:51

Hello running world!!!

Welcome to my thread!!! Here begins my journey to Paris, as sub 4.30 candidate for the Paris Marathon and new comer to an incredible team.   

So, April 6th already marked on my calendar with a big smiley face. Until then, we have 114 days where I will do my best to share with you this amazing experience that is about to begin. I hope I can make a good contribution here, learn from you, boost our running and encourage others to join the club!!!!  

I feel privileged to be here and receive great knowledge from the team with my colleagues Malcs, Roger, James and Gareth and I hope I will find a place here to share my experience and support and encourage each other. And of course have fun too!!!  

So, this thread is dedicated to all the readers who wish to join and participate.

Thank you very much for bearing with me along the way and see you soon!!!    


PS: I think the word that I have repeated more these days is thank you to those who have helped me and encouraged me to be here today and...I would really like to say this again in my initial post. THANK YOU  

Edited: 11/12/2013 at 23:55
11/12/2013 at 23:59

Isabel - congratulations on making the final 5! I'm sure this is going to be a very exciting journey.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

12/12/2013 at 00:02

Hi Malcs!!! Thank you so much and congratulations to you too!!!!

See you on Saturday!!!

12/12/2013 at 06:32
Here we go! See you Saturday
12/12/2013 at 09:50

Hi Isabel!  Firstly, congratulations of reaching the final five stage!  I am sure you will have a blast.  Secondly, without wishing to sound condescending, for a non native English speaker your command of a second language is humbling and puts many of us natives to shame!

12/12/2013 at 12:54

Hope you have a great shopping spree on Saturday pictures please!

Looking forward to sharing your journey to Paris.

12/12/2013 at 13:55

Ok, so a little speech now. This comes from my previous posts during the voting stage and apologies if you have read this before, but since I hope there will be lots of new people here and this is a new thread, I would like to introduce myself.

I come from Spain and I have been living in the UK for two and a half years now. Before that, I have also lived in a few other places but I am a happy Londoner now. I got into running a few years ago. I remember well the first time. I was living in Vienna. I went out for my first jog and decided to go to a park two minutes away down the hill from my house. And... Down the hill, that's all I could run!!! When I actually got to the park, I was breathless, speechless, exhausted. Not to mention I couldn't even move! But! I decided to run the next day for three minutes, then 10 min, then a bit more... till today

I did my first half marathon this summer in London and I still beam with happiness when I remember that day. The preparation, the butterflies in my stomach the night before, the race itself and the amazing support on the street. It was one of those special days I will always remember!!!

A very dear person messaged me the day before to give me encouragement for the race and said "run two-thirds with your legs, one third with your heart". And that's what I did!!!! All the training had been done and the day of the race it was me, my legs and my heart. And this is a very special feeling to put into words, how you constantly challenge yourself during the race, encourage yourself, and feel the support of your loved ones. It is something really special and difficult to describe. I am sure in this forum many of you have experienced the same feelings.

Running has become a beautiful part of my life. It is not just exercise, it is something that only brings good values. When I am happy, I give it all at the park; when I am stressed, running does wonders; when I'm traveling, running shoes on my suitcase!!!! And when seems like everything falls apart, I go for a run and try to find my peace.

During the voting stage I was also asked about my inspiration for running and I mentioned that I can't give just a single reason but I have my top 5 inspirers

The first one is my family and friends because they always support me. Last year it was definitely my dad, he was my engine and I am also doing this thanks to his support. Also, a great inspiration for running is a very dear person who had been running with me for a while at a time I was not a great runner, and whenever I was tired he used to tell me: "run just as much as you can but always 40 steps further", so that has somehow evolved into the "theory of the 40 steps" which I also try to apply in life in general My friends who run are also a great inspiration.  They know who they are and I hope they also join this forum sometimes And finally, inspiration comes from short time goals. It really depends on the moment but sometimes it's good to have a small goal in mind.

I am thrilled to run the Paris marathon and be coached by Asics because it is a great and amazing challenge and a wonderful experience. If preparing for the 13.1 miles was amazing, I can't imagine multiplying this by two with such a great team!!!! So far, the whole experience has been great and with all the support I have received from my loved ones to be here, I just can't wait to get started and do my very best!!!


12/12/2013 at 13:56

Hi Isabel,

Oh dear - I've just realised that I've hardly spoken to you in the forums. I'm really sorry - been fighting my own corner and campaigning to get where we have arrived.

I'm sure we will speak more on Saturday.

Best wishes



12/12/2013 at 14:06

Hi Roger, see you on Saturday!!  Gareth, no worries! I think we have all been busy. Congratulations and see you on Saturday

Many thanks Xyloid!!! I am really happy to have made it to the final five and a bit relieved it's over now. I am also looking forward to beginning my training and, as you say, I am sure I will have a blast. Thank you for your compliments, I try my best but I am sure there will also be mistakes, specially after tough training begins on Monday

Hi Jenf!!! Nice to see you here. Yes! I am looking forward to Saturday! And of course I will take some pictures too!


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12/12/2013 at 14:12

Hi Isabel - well done on making the team. I will be following your thread with great interest and hope you will keep my mate, Malcs, on the straight and narrow!

12/12/2013 at 14:22

Hi Isabel, congratulations once again. It has been a crazy couple of weeks, so exciting though. Looking forward to catching up properly on Saturday, in between a busy schedule.

Good luck and see you on Saturday!


12/12/2013 at 23:57

Hi DS2, thank you very much and welcome to my thread! hehehehe, I will try to put some order in the group (just if needed) Malcs is actually the first person I met at the bootcamp!

Same for you James!!! Indeed, amazing two weeks! See you on Saturday!

Edited: 12/12/2013 at 23:57
13/12/2013 at 07:36

Well done Isabel, I look forward to following your progress. Have a good day out Saturday. 

13/12/2013 at 12:42

Thanks a lot Superman Very excited about Saturday and trying to enjoy as much as possible before training plans arrive Running indeed, but from Christmas concerts to Christmas dinners!

13/12/2013 at 12:50

Good idea, best get Christmas dinner out of the way before Ruth gets to you!

I'm sure you'll enjoy lots tomorrow, we'll be waiting eagerly for your report on the shopping trip!

13/12/2013 at 20:30

hehehe, yes!!! Trying to stick to chocolate before carrots make their way in! I will also try to beg Ruth for some mercy from the 24th to the 26th of December. Let's see

13/12/2013 at 21:47

Aha! found your thread.  Many congrats, and enjoy ur shopping day tomorrow

13/12/2013 at 23:35

Thanks Angela!!! Good to see you here and will surely enjoy tomorrow  

14/12/2013 at 07:46

Have a great day today. Make sure you keep them men in order

14/12/2013 at 18:30

Thank you DS2!! We had an amazing day indeed, it was really nice to meet the team and we had lots of fun! I will make a post tomorrow with some pictures!!!

Edited: 14/12/2013 at 18:30
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