Ryan - glad its positive. You're right to be cautious and I can understand it stressing you out a bit considering what happened last year. You can't ignore pain, but sometimes it's difficult to recognise what kind of pain it is .... like these shin pains that you sometimes get from high volume training .... a lot of the time it relates to the calf and your Fizz got in there and did the biz and it helped. I know in this thread most of us use the roller & the tennis ball etc .... but it's a reminder of the importance of actually doing it regularly, like every day ... (or every day you train) Wardi - nice double action ... you're running Barca and London? Bainsy - nice club session .... you've some pace in those legs, I'm sure you'll be baked to perfection come VLM nice long runs everyone .... Selbs, nice punchy long run - this weekend I'm out for a 16 mile Sunday run with Heathside. Looking to drop them at Regents Park and then do two laps of the outer circle at (your sort of) pace. fancy keeping me company? I'd be reaching the park at 9.30 .... maybe just before. Steady 8 miles at 7.12 today keeping good pace up the hill and relaxing down the hill. Doing more tempo running this week but knocking about 25% off the mileage.
Jimbob - The woods of death sounds similar to the park towards the end of Rotterdam. Really struggled there last year. Lots more miles in the bag this time round though so hopefully it will pay off.
Was wondering what the metro is like on race morning. Is it reliable or should we factor in extra time for delays, congestion etc?
I've no tips on the metro on race morning as I have usually walked to the start in the past. As for the Woods of Death / a.k.a Bois de Boulogue .... it's quiet through there .... all you can hear is the sound of desperately tired fellow runners struggling to the finish! Unlike the last 4 or 5 miles of Boston and London .... a wall of noise. Paris is still brill though .... a really good route across a superb city
JIMBOB I think I got it signed as soon as they came out last year and thought oh that will still be valid next year, I'll have to double check when I get home.
I'm having a big battle with myself some side says I haven't done enough long runs and really struggling to trust my training, And the other part of me just says "stay calm trust in the training plan" Haha.. any handy tips from anyone would be hugely appreciated?
If you use the same Med Cert that you submitted for last year's race, surely it is out of date? as you would have had to go to see your Doc to sign the cert before last year's race .... and it would be valid for 1 year from the date he signed it, covering you for 2015 but expiring before April 3rd 2016 .... unless of course you got your cert signed after 4th April 2015 .... but racing only 8 days later! you would have cut that fine to make sure you had the form?!, I couldn't as I'm too para (usually get my form stamped before xmas) .... fair play though ... if your Doc did indeed the form on or after 4th April 2015 - you can use it for 2016
As for the trusting in your training .... there's still 6 more weeks quality training ahead - the entrée if you like, and you will feel more tired and shattered come mid March .... but stick with it, trust in it, once you have completed that block and done your long runs, and tapered properly ... it'll all come together .... and we'll be in Paris Baby for a right old jolly up
Orbutt - I've run Dublin since 2011 and Rotterdam last year.
Looking forward to seeing the Eiffel Tower for first time. Will have to visit it before the the race though to avoid tripping over myself when I run past .
That section along the Seine seems to go on for ages .... but it's not unpleasant running next to the water getting closer to the Eiffel Tower.
The woods of death is the tough section .... last 4 miles of Paris is much tougher compared to London because it's a little quiet and it seems like it's never ending .... plus the markers are in km, you're thinking where the Foch is the 41k marker!?