Seems that we've all had poor or lack of training or some form of injury for this run and I'm one of them [LSR only managed a 16miler], however, even though I know what it's like to finish a marathon on poor training I'm still looking forward to it and will pack a small compact camera for any photo opportunities of Nessie making an appearance
Abi thanks for the past experience race report and will hold off on the early sprint start
Onto the tapering period now and to try and keep the crabbiness to a minimum
Kaz that would be good if it did fall on your birthday in 2016, next year run is actually our 19th wedding anniversary so along with our daughter's 16th we'll be in the city of romance for our anniversary mind you I'll probably be too knackered to enjoy it - unless my training plan goes aswell as it did with Edinburgh [3:32:39] this year as I ended up with the ever sought after 'runners high' as I was totally buzzing and felt like I could have kept on running for a few more miles, no pains hardly any aches and the biggest smile on my face even though it was heavy with rain when I finished I never noticed it.
KS & half-shell I'm also doing the LNM and my training hasn't been the best and have only managed a 16mile as my longest run so I'm kind of dreading it but looking forward to it as I know I can do it and will just enjoy the views, the banter and a new shiny medal
That's also good to know about changing your pen at Paris as I went for Violet as a kind of safe option but hopefully if my trg plan goes well as aiming for under 3:30:00 sometime soon. Wanted it for LNM but injury/poor trg has put paid to that.
Not posted for a while, seemed to end up being too busy to keep up to date with all the forums/fb/twitter and other intercommunications in the world
Well this is going to be my first Paris Marathon and managed to get the go ahead from my wife mainly due to it being our daughter's 16th birthday on the 10th April and she's wanted to visit Paris so killing two birds with one stone
Next is to organise accommodation so I'll be trawling thru this thread and checking out any recommendations that all you experienced Paris runners recommend from previous visits.
Miggito just read your report on the other thread and feel your pain. I think we had the same targets and when I stepped into the pens I noticed the 3:30 pacer next to me and when I started off I kept him in sight and felt really good but somewhere along the route, not too far, I noticed what looked like a 3:56 pacer and thought what's happened to my pace and foolishy stepped it up a bit but I think it all came crashing down at the 'yes' tunnel if that's what it was called and had a 15 second walk and a drink and then further on I had to stretch my calfs off as they were giving me hell. So the final 2-3 miles were like a kind of shuffle/run and no real pace in me. I normally have a good final bit left in me at the end of a race and just couldn't muster anything up in the final stretch down the mall and was happy to see that I got under the 4hr even on the clock and was officially clocked at 3:51:51 so never got my predicted target but got the one that I would be happy with being a virgin marathoner.
I must admit I couldn't stop smiling at the support that was all around the course it was superb and I now want to do it again