Wow. Got back last night. What can I say. First ever Marathon, and went off too slow, then too fast to make up for it. Was walking one minute in every ten for the last few miles, coming in 4 hours nine. Still over the moon with that, and I know what to expect (and to differently) for next time. And there will be a next time.
Congratulations to everyone who did it, and thanks for this thread. Giving myself the next week off running, before getting back into it slowly. Legs are very sore at the moment, probably not helped by the fact we were out drinking untill AFTER the metro shut on sunday, decided to walk back to the hotel (about 2 KM away), and then proceeded to walk a couple of miles in the wrong direction
Swindon Dave..Think about the numbers. Avoid the baggage drop, if you can. Of course there are queques at the end. You'll want to keep moving, not stand in line.Do you really need it? A Metro ticket will get you back to your hotel or to your pal...Wear some old stuff at the Start and chuck it away at the line. Your friend will be able to stand on the pavement right outside your pen if you have to pass him stuff...but the fences are high.You'll have to chuck it over.
Okey doke, thanks for the info. I'll try and travel light.
Last 5 miles done before sunday today. 462 Miles down, 26.2 to go. Come on!!
Not long now, really excited and feeling more underprepared as time goes on. Even got tomorrow off work to get myself in order and prepared, ready to board the 0523 to London Paddington on Friday. After 16 Miles over the bank holiday weekend, I was supposed to do 3 today. But it's blowing a gale and I've got a touch of the hypochondria's in my throat, so went against it.
As is my want within this thread, I have (another!) question. It's regarding the baggage dropping off point on sunday. I've seen some dodgy things written about this. Our party has one non-running member, and I was hoping to coerce him into coming to the startline with us, so he could take our bags with him. If this was the case, how close to the starting bit could he get? Is it like the larger UK races, with a runners village that anyone can get in?
And if he decides to stay in bed, how disorganised are the baggage bits. I can cope with queuing beforehand, less so afterwards.
If anyone could set my mind at ease that would be great. Thanks a billion to everyone who's been contributing in this thread, I've been following intently. All the best for Sunday
Not sure if Stan was supposed to be me. Reserved a table at Pastapapa Montparnasse, because it's closer to our hotel. Awkward phone call. Began in french, and thought I was doing quite well untill he asked "anglais?", and passed the phone to somebody else who then spoke to me in English.