UKAD have said this year that the most common explanation of infringements is the unknowing use of supplements that contain substances which can produce a positive result. It's a bit of a gamble for elite athletes to use supplements when they're not 100% sure of their content, but I wholeheartedly agree with the policy of strict liability when it comes to what you have (even unknowingly) put into your body.
We stayed in a caravan park in Sainte-Genevieve-Des-Bois (more handy with small children in tow); it was a 600 metre walk to the train station, then two transfers on the Metro to get to Franklin Roosevelt. I think it took about 50 odd minutes, but I actually appreciated all the sitting down on the train to get ready.
Way past bedtime on a schoolnight, but I'm so glad to have read this thread back and relive the joy/heartache of the day (and empathise with the return-to-running trepidation afterwards). Big congrats to Matty and his fiancée after a trip to Paris!
I read back on this thread periodically to try and remember that running is fun when training got patchy and enthusiasm waned, I found it hard to join in the wonderful spirit of this thread but have enjoyed the stories and humour. A huge thanks to ATM for the guide doc - quite a bit of it popped up in my head along the run - especially the end remark about looking up at the finish - totally invaluable piece of advice that has given me a memory that'll last a lifetime. I was sorry not to make it up to l'Arc before the start to try and meet up with you all, but I was two metro stops down the avenue, and borderline catatonic trying to stay calm before the start... spent most of it in the (single) portaloo queue! The race itself was definitely one of two halves - the first 16 miles were great, but hanging onto the group I was with (around 2:50 odd pace) got progressively harder, and I blew the gasket after the second tunnel and things really weren't fun after that. I would've really enjoyed the quiet of the park at the end, but it was disheartening trying and failing to latch on to runners coming past. Some scary moments right at the end with runners collapsing at the finish (looking back at the finish video, I half-walked over the line looking over at two other runners helping a third to finish). Still, a 2 second PB isn't really that "bad" for a bad race, so I'll take something from that. 2:56:40 (#806) Currently swaying between not running another marathon this year, or trying to get a place in Dublin, Frankfurt, Chester...
Some big runs and a lot of fun (again) by everyone today! For me it was the local running club's XC race over at Cambo estate. Quadruple fail for the first race of the year, and remarkably first time ever for:
1. Going slower with each consecutive mile
2. Falling over
3. Taking a wrong turn
4. Getting a stitch in a race
Now I know not to do any of those again!
Time to buck up the ideas and get on with 2014! Hope the weather stays manageable for everyone's run tomorrow,