Welcome, pull up a chair, make yourself at home. Convocation is the confirmation slip which you print off the ASO site. I don't think they are available yet. Like the other documents, print them off, scan them and send them to yourself by email. If you lose or forget something then you can access the documents at an internet cafe.
Paris was my first marathon last year, it's great and the people on here are fantastic. Tell us your bib number and which starting pen you're in. Tell us a bit more about yourself so we can get to know you.
Tinks - I know what you mean "running fraud" but life's not simple so we can only do what is possible. There are people on here who have the time, the ability and the commitment which makes us mere mortals look lazy. I felt I was underachieving due to last years runs but I'm progressing and setting new 2014 PBs. Just looked your Strava account, you ran 60km last week and I dream of your estimated times ! Yes you are a fraud, stop teasing us mortals.
I ran 20k last night, 3rd this year. It's far behind what I should be doing but I felt comfortable. I have a HM this weekend at least I know I can get round it. See what happens with my LSR following week then I'll be back for questions.
Kaz - How have you tried to improve speed ? What do you do for cadence ? I think it's like a puzzle, you need the various pieces to complete the picture. My box is missing a few pieces but you have it all, perhaps you're too focused on one piece. Do you have a goal for 2014 ? What's your plan to achieve it ? Don't reply to me I will not be able to help but there are some very clever people on here. Pick one and discuss with them in private. Usain Bolt and Mo Farah have coaches. You are already great, 2 sub 4h last year, one after an operation and the other whilst carrying a virus. Amazing !
Matty - Yer Maj made us give up sugar for a few weeks which sent us mad but we survived. I gave up Diet Coke at the same time, although only drinking a can a day it was an addiction. I noticed that I don't attack the fridge when I get home anymore.
Dannir spoke about a book which I believe is the one below. You should give up coffee 2 weeks before a race so you benefit from the full effects of any caffeine gel.