Ha - not had that one feature highly in our debates... His counter-argument when I point out that there is no letter 'R' in the word is to ask where the 'R' is in 'Tomato' - unfortunately I have no answer for that...
Morning all - another newbie sticking her head up and saying hi...
Just signed up to do Paris on behalf of a small local children's charity so very excited. I ran the Rome Marathon for them a couple of years ago so very happy to be joining up with them again.
In terms of me - I'm 36, married with an 8yo daughter. Been running for about 3.5yrs now - started off on a C25k programme and got hooked on 10km races for a few months before increasing the distance. This will be my third marathon (Rome in March 2013 - 4hr 17m; Manchester in April 2014 - 4hr 10m). I was planning on going back to Manchester next year and focusing on getting a sub-4hr until I got this opportunity. Does anyone know whether Paris is a good one for that aim or not - I know it's a wide, flat marathon so on paper it looks promising but a buddy from my running club (who I am matched quite closely with in terms of experience and times) ran Paris this year and she found it so crowded that she struggled to get a decent time at all and ended up coming in at 4hr 29m. Both Rome and Manchester are relatively small in terms of the field of runners (I think Rome had about 9k and Manchester is about 5k) so I'm slightly concerned that in comparison to those, Paris is going to feel quite claustrophobic?
Anyway - just focusing on getting my running back on track before Christmas - we're in the throws of selling our house at the moment and had our buyer pull out on us a couple of weeks ago so running has taken a slight backseat over the last few weeks as a result. House moving and marathon training may prove to be a fatal combination
Just dropping by to say goodbye..... I have just deferred my Manchester Marathon entry as I have been offered the chance to run Paris the weekend before instead. It's in aid of a local children's charity which I supported a couple of years ago when I ran Rome Marathon on their behalf. They have asked for a pledge to raise £500 for the charity and in return, they will arrange and pay the entry for the Marathon plus sort out accommodation (for which we pay along with travel costs). I was too tempted so said yes! I am a Governor at my daughter's primary school plus run a sunday school at the local church so this charity (which is ran by the diocese of Plymouth) is really close to my heart so I wanted to help them out again - while also getting the opportunity to run Paris hassle-free! Win-win!
It's two days after my hubby's birthday so will be able to make a really nice weekend of it (not sure that's what he had in mind when he suggested we go to Paris next year but that'll teach him for being vague !).
I'll miss this thread though as have been a part of it for the last couple of years but I will definitely be back for the Manchester Marathon 2016 thread and I'm sure I'll see a few familiar faces again . Not sure whether to stick with my sub-4 plan I had in mind or whether to just to do Paris for 'fun' and go for the sub-4 at a smaller race. (Paris is substantially larger than either Rome or Manchester in terms of runners and I'm not sure how that will affect me). Might see how the training goes and play it by ear.
By the way - my dream house I was in the middle of buying a couple of weeks ago has all fallen through. Our buyer pulled out three weeks ago and we've been unable to find a new one, even though we've dropped our price twice now. Dream house went back on the market at the start of last week so we're in a hideous stale-mate of waiting to see if we manage to sell ours before they sell theirs... Think that's what swayed me towards Paris Marathon in the end - it was nice to have something shiny and new and exciting to focus on...
Anyway - be sure I will remain lurking in the background (Paris Marathon thread doesn't look as friendly as this one ) and GOOD LUCK!