Love the Amsterdam Marathon for it's Olympic Stadium start and finish. Trouble is, you can't see it on the approach, so it doesn't fire the adrenaline from a distance. London is a fab finish except that the VIP stands don't produce a lot of cheering. The best finish has to be the New York marathon although it is a ruddy steep and winding uphill section through Central Park. The crowds go mad there.
Managed to get in a 100km bike ride this morning in blazing sunshine. What a beaut. Scored a few big hits on various Strava sections which is nice because i don't feel particularly in shape at the moment.
Good luck tmrw Matty and anyone else racing. All you Loch Nessers, hope you have a nice relaxing weekend.
Hey there Raymond, welcome aboard. Get stuck in, tell us a bit more about yourself.
Emmy, to your question what will we be up to this weekend, my answer is, I'm not sure what yet, certainly on two wheels. But I note that the weather is just about to turn and this could be out last sniff of summer, so make the most of it everyone in this part of the world.
No idea if I will actually be running or not but the prospect is a very good one My legs ached for days after last weekend's 17km jaunt. Staggering how much running muscles can atrophy and how different they are from the ones I use for cycling.
Glad to hear you had a good time in Purbeck Larri. Good luck for Kielder.
Suze - wouldn't it be nice if you could can such great feelings and dig them out when you need them. I too am feeling criminally happy; I've just taken delivery of a new high-security cross-cut shredder. Now to dispose of the evidence
Danni - I wonder what sort of extended rest you've allowed yourself in the last year. Have you had a complete two week break from running and a month of absenteeism from structured training? If not, give yourself a good talking to and remind yourself that rest is an essential part of training progress. I think this would be a very good explanation of shorter distance pace and longer distance malaise. Take care good man. It's not hard for a runner tobecome debilitated
Well, I took the off-chance to enter an 18.6km race on Saturday, the first time I have run in nearly 4 months. The course measured short (17kms) and I made it round. My knee has been hurting plenty ever since but it was just great to participate. Have to make a decision soon whether or not to have surgery and train up for Paris next year, or to retire, be put out to pasture then one day quietly be put down and boiled down to make glue. Decisions decisions.....
Welcome to all the new folk jumping on board the Paris Express. Bettza - just find a hotel yourself, don't waste money with tour groups. It's easy to do via the Internet. If anyone wants the accomodation guide written by TinkerBEL, send her a personal message through the forum with your request and email address and she'll get back to you. Am sure she'll be along soon.
HIAHS - any chance you could post the latest entrance list to inspire remind us please?
So, there's a funny warm spell going to hit these parts of Europe for the next few days? Anyone got some monster mileage planned, or just a few days off to fill in the white-bits on your suntan?
TD, please will you write to my head teacher to tell him I won't back at school until the Tuesday so I can party with my chums inParis? I reckon he'll be fine... I impressed him this week
We prefer naughty girls TBH Stuchbury but yes, I'm prepared to write you a magic note for the Headmaster. We can say you had a teacher training day which is a legitimate explanation for shutting the school down aren't it? (You do'nt be an english teacher do you?).
I am booked in for Paris mara but I need to get my head round this problem: am I an injured runner planning a comeback from my 3 months off running, with a plan for medical intervention, or am I a retired runner who has given it his best and is backing out gracefully. It feels like I am sliding towards the latter but without making a conscious decision about it. I think I ought to book myself another consultation with the sports docs and get their opinions....