One thing that is overlooked with regards to this report is the fact that because the race is in France you will need to get a medical certificate signed by a doctor. I know that Italian races ask for this as well. So not just a quick hop over on the Eurostar, you'll be waiting longer to see a doctor first - if you can get an appointment before the race starts.
First marathon finished and got my target of under 4, in 3:51:54. Mentally the longer second hill at 18 got the better of me I think and although I ran through to 21 miles I was beaten. I did seem to be in company with a few of us walking running at that part of the seafront, swapping places and using humour to push through and beat our own running demons.
My training buddy beat his PB by 35 minutes, just wish I could stick with him all the way round.
This research, or the way in which the article has been written, does not have any evidence that running suppresses cravings at all. It is based on theoretical projections, but no actual analysis of runners.
I am nearing the end of marathon training, and I have been craving any food I can get my hands on. My consumption of things such as ice-cream and pizza has increased. Plus I am too tired to cook wholesome meals from scratch.
I think the Race For Life is a different matter, they are not saying they are donating, so not needed to be discussed in this thread.
My point is that a lot of companies are now using the 'we are donating money' as a selling tactic for their own commercial gain, and some justification for expensive entry fees. If a race doesn't say how much they are donating I now make the assumption they are pocketing the lot and might make a token donation.
When they are approached about this they go silent, this is wrong, and should be stamped out. I may have asked the question, but many other runners are being conned into thinking their money is going to a good cause.
I'll be there with three other club members all travelling down from Cheltenham. My first marathon and so glad I am now finally on the taper. Looking for sub 3:45, and hoping the 4 months of training, 2 pairs of trainers, boxes of gels, loads of new socks etc. have been worth it