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Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:42
A few weeks wear should be ok Karen, perhaps including your last longest run prior to taper.

Re medical form my doctor just took BP, observed low RHR, signed the form no charge just saying be sensible.

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Posted: 07/02/2016 at 22:49
Steve - I'm still 9290 and in 3:15 pen, well jell!!! I guess I'll have to pee in the streets and bring a bottle for the pen

I had a good race today at Dewsbury 10k out and back with wind in face in last two miles but still managed a course PB @ 43:43 (last year 44:28) ... Overall PB at 10k remains 43:11 so I wasn't that far off!

I arrive in Paris Friday lunchtime ... I assume I'd be better getting my race bib on the Friday rather than Saturday? (Staying at Disney so will be a special trip either shortly after I get there (Friday lunchtime)

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Posted: 02/02/2016 at 21:52
Run Less Run Faster !!! It really works Kenno.

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Posted: 17/01/2016 at 21:37
Race update - Brass Monkey.

Relatively local race in York, very flat, half marathon, second time since debut last year and setting PB of 94:22. At the time that was 8 mins off previous PB.

-2 degrees fortunately no snow in York plus superbly organised private gritting firm. Start from the racecourse and can keep warm inside there with plenty of toilets until 15 mins before 10am start.

I ran in my club vest and shorts ... Though did wear hat and gloves. Getting over a chesty and tickly cough and with just 4-5 hours sleep I wasn't that confident. Plus I'm a good half stone heavier than this time last year.

First serious race of the year (putting the off-road XC to one side) and I much prefer running on the road in road running shoes.

Set off at 7:00 pace and kept it going for a 7:03 average (last year was 7:11) knocking 2 mins off for a PB. Last mile was 7:02 and really fast finish sub6 for 0.15m. Finished in 92:43. Well chuffed!!!

Tired now but feeling great inside (no injuries to mention and cough seems to have disappeared).

Dewsbury 10k in Feb, Silverstone HM in March then Paris 2/4, I'll have to get some longer runs over the next couple of months. Lessons learned seems to be having confidence in training variety and not to over-worry about weight. Last week I did an off road 10 mile and struggled given weather, I'd lost a few pounds and energy. Put the pounds back on this week and BOOM!

I think trying to get down to my racing weight has affected my performances but not Brass Monkey as I'd focused on eating the right things, not too much not too little. So being half a stone heavier than last year hasn't hurt one little bit.

I couldn't rate this course and race organisation any higher, the finishers top is awesome.... Bright orange and black with Brass Monkey down the long sleeve. A race that lives up to its name. Limited places so popular sells out within a couple of hours (opens in October for 2017).

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Posted: 09/12/2015 at 21:45
Ok - two things have made Paris 2016 more real today

1. Received my 'Where the Foch is the finish vest?'... It looks great, just need to get my name added to the front now!

2. A visit to the doctors for my medical certificate. Last time (Dec 2013) they charged me ??19 for a signature and stamp (having left it with the receptionist to get signed following a free health check conducted by the nurse). So this time I thought if the doctor is going to charge me then I want to actually get to see my doctor. He took my blood pressure and commented on my low heart rate ... 43 this time, it was 50 last time (and they said it was low then). I asked if it was a good thing as I have recorded 37 first thing in the morning with my HRM/Garmin 620 and he said 36-38 is about as low as it gets, and agreed it meant the heart was efficient at pumping blood but expressed a word of caution about doing too much. He said he normally has conversations with patients about doing to little and said that he'd encourage me to continue but be sensible so, for example if the heart rate was high to expect it to reduce on easing the effort etc. He did say doing too much can shorten your life and you hear of runners dropping down dead but didn't want to scare me. He was actually quite nice in his approach perhaps I thought so as he didn't charge me for his signature and doctors stamp.

So in summary I'm very happy today with running vest and secured a medical certificate free of charge. Good progress!!!

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Posted: 30/11/2015 at 22:53
Hi new list fairy (Nells), could you please put me down for Leeds 10k on 10th July and York 10k on 7th August. Thanks

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Posted: 12/11/2015 at 21:25
Charlie, I did Manchester in 2013 and really enjoyed it. It is the only marathon so far where my pace didn't suffer drastically in the last few miles. I think 15 secs slower in the last mile or so was it. Probably due to flat nature of course. Organisation, medal, goodie bag great and you run from theatre of dreams so parking not an issue, car parks are plentiful and can be booked in advance via man Utd. I really enjoyed it! They had improved since the previous/first year which was not a good restart to th Manchester marathon and fantastic reports ever since.

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Posted: 30/10/2015 at 23:40
Sorry list fairy another race entered, so that's Dewsbury 10k on 7th Feb and Leeds Half 8th May to be added to the very long and growing list of events

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Posted: 30/10/2015 at 09:48
Wow Emmy ... 112 marathons! Think we (I) need to know how you've fit these in, how many per year, which ones etc. Incredible achievement! BOOM!

I thought Paris 2016 being my 10th and this weekends 100th parkrun was an achievement but 112 marathons (and still counting) is truly remarkable.

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Posted: 30/10/2015 at 09:42
Hi list fairy ... Busy time entering next years races. Could you please add another one. Leeds Half on 8th May 2016
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