Living in Georgia, just North of Atlanta and just happy to be back running after 3 years of no running.
Had a nice 6:33 average paced trot around the hills for 6 miles last night... I did not know what undulating meant until I got to Georgia. The race on Thursday which is a half marathon has over 1000ft of elevation gain and that's not unusual. Even a flat 5k had 180ft!!!
Hi, I was on here about 5 years ago when living in Barcelona and met Dan A on Las Ramblas whilst he drank the largest beer you can imagine. I ran a 2:44:xx in 2011 but was injured afterwards and did not run for 3 years. An operation later and a move to the US, I'm back getting into shape and am re-joining the thread. Mostly reading, but may ask for advice from time to time.
I'm currently at an 18:01 5k (done in 35C heat), a 62 min 10 miler with 750ft elevation and aiming at a 1:21 half in a couple of weeks. No marathon booked yet, but think I can crack the 2:40 even as a veteran (or masters as we are called here in the US)
I've got a good run group here with a 14:29 5k Polish guy, a 15:27 5k American chap, 2 16:xx 5k runners and me, so just doing 40 miles, but focusing on quality rather than quantity
Also recall meeting TMAP (not sure if he is still around) during 2011 BCN marathon
Happy to answer questions on US races, including the Peachtree 10K which is super hot and humid or anything about US running
Lived in Barcelona until last year and ran it twice and my wife ran it again this year.
It's a great marathon, the first part and the last is a little uphill, but it goes past all the sights and it well organised
Is there left luggage facility at the start? Yes very close to the start and it's easy to get your bag afterwards. It's in the same place as the expo which again is very close to the start
Expo arrangements? rock up before 6pm on Saturday and you and 1 guest get to have free pasta (in reality, you need to be there before 3:30 for the pasta. Many people will speak English if you cannot muster. Soy Ingles quiero dorsal 32813
Good spectator points? Yes many, Placa espana is where the start is and just walking you can see people at 4km, 11km and then if you want, get a metro across the city to 26km and then back for the finish.
Travel to start / from finish? Same place
Be good to get any advice from any Barcelona vet's
Hotels / AC Sants, Gran Torre Catalunya or Expo hotels are wihtin 300m of the start whish is also the expo.
Food - Just ask for what you want in the restaurant, but be warned, restaurants usually open at 2030 apart from the very tourist areas
From the airport / Get a T10 ticket which gives you 10 journeys for less than 10 Euros. This train stops at Barcelona Sants which is next to the 3 hotels above
Temperature - Anywhere between 10C and 22C, but likely to be 17C, so pretty good.
The race - Water stops are very good, crowds are improving and the pacers are every 15 minutes... they are not always perfect on pacing, although the 3 hour pacer with the child in the buggy (yes he has done this for the last 3 years) is spot on. The 3:45 pacers were not so hot this year. 2:45 were pretty good too.
In the first 6 months of 2011, I spent most of my time in Geneva and ran down by the lake every morning. From the Swisshotel, it´s 2.5 miles to the petrol station (on the way towards the airport) and 2.5 miles from the swisshotel to the bus stop on the hill going the other way.
I did not find a club to join, but I was able to pack the miles in. You can also run through the park at times but it does close quite early some days