Carl D

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Posted: 27/10/2014 at 22:28

Gave my planned run along the Seine on Thursday a skip as frankly whilst over the worst was wiped out. 

And it has really only been today that I really feel back to myself. My OH had been very pleased with herself for not getting the bug while we were away but she had her turn with it over the weekend. A family affair !!

Going to ease myself back into running this week. Have half an eye on a HM in December but will only decide closer to the time. It is not essential.

Am working my way through the Hansons Marathon Method at the moment and enjoying the read.

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Posted: 27/10/2014 at 22:23

PS - I know the outcome was not what you were hoping for but great run anyway. That looks brutal for a 10k and so soon after a marathon it is no wonder the legs gave up.

You are putting yourself under massive pressure and maybe just need to run for fun for a while even in the races you have entered. If you go into them happy with whatever the outcome you might just surprise yourself. Whatever happens when you look back on the 2014 running year I think you will be more than happy with the amount you have done and it can only stand you in good stead for next year.

Sean - great race as usual from you. That sub 40 is only just around the corner.

I will update the area list in the next day or so. Just need to read back the last few pages to see what everyone said they were doing.

So Eurodisney.

Having nursed the eldest on Monday through his sickness I woke up on Wednesday last week feeling like crap, not manflu crap, real deathlike crap. Now what do you do. No sane man goes to a place like Eurodisney when they are feeling anyway ill. But this was the highlight of the trip for the 3 kids. 

So I decided I would keep it to myself and hope nobody noticed. Not easy when you need to keep making a bee line for the bathroom. 

So we headed for the metro to take us to an RER station for the 45 min train trip out of the city. This was tough. The longest train ride I have been on for a long time.

Security going into the park was ridiculous. 2 blokes searching bags with 100's of people waiting and I got the guy who insisted that I take everything out. And of course I happened to have the bag with the food !!

Took in some rides for the kids and then headed for Thunder Mountain (abandoned mine shaft ride). Started queuing but then had to leave as the ride broke down. Kids were disappointed. 

Moved on and realised that the 2 youngest were not tall enough to go on the Indiana Jones ride. I let the OH take the eldest thinking that there was no way I could cope with being flipped upside down and inside out at the same time. The OH appreciated me looking after the kids. Little did she know at the time that it was not really a problem.

Girls were not happy so we went to the younger kids are and took in a few rides including 'It's a Small World'. The song is as annoying as I remember it from the last time I was at Eurodisney nearly 20 years ago.

My secret came out soon after when I refused to eat anything for lunch and my OH did admit that she thought it odd that I kept disappearing to the restrooms.

I had thought we would be in the park until 6pm but around now we discovered that the park was open to 10pm. My heart sank. 

We split up for a while with my OH and eldest doing the big rides and I took the little ones back to Thunder Mountain as this was the only roller coaster type ride they could do. 

After queuing for an hour the ride broke down again and I think I had a sense of humour failure. However I was redirected to City Hall where we were given passes to bypass the whole queuing thing completely and join a few rides at the exit point.

Took in a few rides for the little ones and then headed back to Thunder Mountain. It was about 8pm and well dark. Must have gone on this 4 or 5 times in quick succession. The kids loved it. It is fairly fast and dark but in the back of night it was extra special for them. 

I have no idea how I held it together through this. It was a close thing once or twice.

Fireworks show and then headed for 'home' Got back to the apartment near Notre Dame after midnight and the kids were more or less sleeping while they were walking the last stretch.

Great day out for them.

An endurance event for me. Somehow got through it.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 00:35
Hello all. Survived Eurodisney bit only just. Full report tomorrow.

Best of luck with the 10k tomorrow PS.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 21:40


Tomorrow is EuroDisney day as it is supposed to be dry all day.

Weather was due to be mixed today so we did a tour of the City taking in the Eiffel Tower where it was so so windy and a bit damp at the top and also the Adidas store on Champs Elysee. I had to be very good and stay away from all  the running gear. Covered a lot of ground by foot much to my kids disgust. Kept telling them that you cannot see anything underground !!

Carter - 22 weeks training plan. I could never do that. But as you say it worked for you last year so why not stick with a proven plan.

I am working on something at work that we were pushing very hard to have complete by Christmas. It looks like it will drift into the New Year. This being the case I think it better to focus on building a really good base over the next few months and start a training plan in February. Not sure I am brave enough to go with 12 weeks. Either 16 or 18.

PS - What HM are you thinking of for December ? What are your goals for this. A PB, or just turn up and see what happens ?

Nell - It is always nice to get a different running experience. No better way to see a city than run around it. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 22:52

Nell - thanks for the plan. Will need to study it when I have read a little more of the book.

Anyway managed to get out for 4.5 miles at about 7pm this evening. It had been wet during the afternoon but at least it had stopped raining. Quite warm for this tiime of year as I was only wearing my Paris 2013 finishers t-shirt and shorts. 

Am staying near Notre Dame so when down the north side of teh Seine and came back on the south side. 

Legs were a tad heavy with the weekend run still in them but I must say I enjoyed the stroll.

Had been walking a lot during the afternoon too so that probably played a factor.

Despite these being busy areas for tourists and loads of traffic, teh footpaths were quite dark with very few street lights. Much darker than running in London.

4.5 miles at a 8:20 m/m pace. Quite enjoyed it.

Am planning a run down to the Eiffel Tower and back in the next few days. 

Funny how after not running much for a while, running a few miles is no longer easy.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 14:37

Sean - everyone else has said it. Making the decision that you did was definitely teh right one but not an easy one. So Manchester for you next year. Looks like there will be a bit of friendly rivalry there then.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:51

Canter - some good running at lunchtime from you. 10 miles in 70 mins. That would be going some. Good luck for that.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:50

Carter - I tend to agree with Canter. You need more carbs. Too few carbs and you will not have enough fuel to run. I am no expert but I suspect that means you are using your bodies reserves to run which is going to make you feel constantly tired and running in that condition will not be easy. 

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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:46

Stuart - truly a global job that you have there. I suppose you have no choice nut to use the treddie when on the rigs but how do you cope with the monotony of it. I would go slightly dolally. Have you any races planned for when you are back on dry land ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:43

PS - How did you get on with the 10k yesterday ?

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