I see it is just about the beginning of a festive week, so I thought I'd pop my head in and wish many old friends a very happy Christmas.
Running isn't something I can do like I did before, but I have a tradition of doing a half marathon distance on my birthday (at the end of the year)...so I realise I've got to pull out the stops to be able to cover that sort of distance now on 2 legs.
I expect this time tmrw to be suffering a lot
I hope you've all been good this year and you can expect to find something nice in your stockings (apart from strong runner's legs)
Hello Pref. Penners (JimBob, Steve Duffy 2 and UrbaneFox). A little tip from my experiences there.... on one occasion, they let the Elites go in front of us, then they released the Red penners behind us and only then did they let us off. I was almost crushed/ trampled over by the surge from behind. I'd like to think it was a one-off cock-up (it's only happened to me 1 in 3x in PP), but I mention it anyway as it was pretty scary.
Ali 38 - about 8 years or so ago, a persistent joke was made about the Bristol Stool chart and it's sometime implication for the running community and every year, someone would roll the chart out at some point. It's the sort of thing that can be pretty hard to wipe away (so to speak) and can leave stains for years.... erm, well. The joke warped a bit and someone thought that a picture of a three-legged stool would be a good symbol to wave about on a flag if people from the group wanted to identify themselves or be recognised.
This image has never been flushed away, even if the joke is a bit shit
I've run Paris Marathon 5x I think and been there every year since 2009. 2012 was my favourite year where I picked up a couple of good things - a PB (never bettered) and I made a new friend (never bettered too)... this was the very first photo taken with Marathon Maus/ TinkerBEL, freshly arrived on her trip from Canberra.
Can any other current forumites see themselves there? Hello RR & Eggy - you don't seem to be on the runner's list this year...
Hi Amandalou and welcome. We often get Aussies joining our thread. One liked it so much she stayed I missed last year's marathon with an injury and made the mistake of not going to support. It was horrible watching the thread get ready and going, knowing that I could have been there.
Please sir - I think I know who that is!
Wishing all Paris preparers happy and injury free training.
Too many kind words. I love to help people out and share what I've learned/ discover from others. It's just too frustrating to be a non-runner and hang out with running buddies. Running gives people an opportunity to discover strength and qualities of character they never imagined were possible. I wish you all tremendous success realising your goals.