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London Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 22:12

Did you know that the overseas charities who have guaranteed places force their runners to guarantee to raise a 6,000 pound minimum and if you can't raise all of it, you have to pay the balance yourself. On top of that you have to pay 1000 pounds in entry fees as well. makes for a pricey day out when you factor in flights and hotels on top. 

London Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 22:08

News online today says they accepted 130,000 ballot entries last year but actually only had 10,000 places available  Hope the odds are better for 2015!

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 14:41

Emmy, fingers firmly crossed for you! Sending positive vibes.


I shall be visiting England from Australia in the next week or so. Whilst I'm there I'd like to invest in a new pair of trainers ( or two!!).  My feet are a bizarre shape, as wide as they are long and this makes it hard to find a shoe which suits my gait/needs but is also comfortable. 

Running shops here are few and far between and I suspect that I have been fitted with a "near enough" shoe because they don't carry enough stock to really have a perfect shoe.  Since paying big bucks for my new Brooks I seem to have been constantly sore. 

Please could any of you recommend a really good shoe shop with knowledgable staff and a wide product range. I'm staying in Herts, near Dunstable, Watford etc but spending time in London and happy to travel (maybe not as far as Brussels though!)

thanks in advance for your collective wisdom and wishing you all terrific results for the weekend.  Charliexx

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:17

Sounds like you are nearly all reaping the rewards of your labours! Fingers firmly crossed that it continues.  Kaz, I really hope the race fairy gets her act together in time for you.

Meanwhile, back in non-Paris beginner land, where I firmly reside, I've had a really exciting weekend. Firstly I managed to find a running club that's sort of near home. Then I bought myself a hydration belt, having finally decided that I am worthy of one and while I was in the shop I bought a couple of gels too. Just to see if my stomach can handle them.

I'm planning on tackling my first half mid April so I thought maybe I'd try out a gel on my LSR this week to see how it felt. So off I go, feeling like a "real" runner in my shiny new gear. Probably looking a dweeb but never mind! Did the first 3 miles of a 7 mile run, plodding along like usual, then had the gel. Well, Goodness Gracious Me!!! It was like rocket fuel! Had this strange feeling that those legs weren't actually mine, but heck I'm keeping them 'cos they're way better than mine! Times suddenly, effortlessly, got better by more than 60 secs a mile. Had a wonderful time! It's the longest run I've ever done.

So, I'm guessing I shouldn't do this again, but it did make me giggle! Am I meant to use gels at all in training or do I just save them for race day? 7 miles takes me 1hr 10min

Have a great week everyone!


Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 12:04

Sounds like a little fartlek, then do Windsor , then look for a new and more varied programme...

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 09:50

Hi again folks, Thank you so much for the warm re-welcome and for taking the time to give me such great advice.

To answer a couple of the questions, I'm aiming at a 20k in Windsor on April 19th. It's 4 laps of the rowing lakes. Really I'd rather it wasn't laps - too tempting to cut it short, but that's all I can find for that sort of distance between April 9 and 25. I will be staying in Herts.

The trouble in Spain seemed to be resolved but has now fired up again with more legal grief. We will get there! At least we now have all the docs in our hot little hands!

TD, the stuff you posted looks great, I actually understood! The programme Jema put up looks interesting too and gives me less running days than I'm doing now. Really the question now is how do I put this new found desire for speed, or at least for doing a little more than just making it across the line, into a programme without being lame till Christmas?

Does anybody have experience of a ready made programme that could get me from a very sedate HM to a slightly less sedate marathon? At the moment I think I'll do Windsor on my one pace, just run, Hal Higdon programme, rather than try changing this late in the day. Then I'd like to target a marathon in Octoberish before our Summer really hits (Rach, I have no idea how you have managed in 42 deg C!!)

I understand the basic components of a program but I think I'd like to do my first marathon on a pre-made, pre-tested one and then maybe try tweaking it once I have a bit more experience. 

Can't wait to see all your Paris photos. Think I may need to have a virtual concorans here and raise a glass to you all!


Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:26

Thanks for the rapid reply Scott! Maybe I'm not so far off the mark then. 

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:07

Hope you are sitting comfortably everyone. My name is Charlie and this is my LSR (long, stupid read)

I lurk here, even though I'm not running Paris, because you are friendly and know what you're talking about. I, on the other hand, have got myself thoroughly confused about all this running lark! In an effort to educate myself I have read loads of books and forums. However I think this has just exposed me to ideas and theories which I really don't need to know about yet. There are no running clubs within 90 mins of me so I don't have an expert to help.

So, the story is..... got off the couch in April 2013 via the C25K programme. It worked really well. I'm 44, 5ft 2, weigh 62kg and now I'm happy to run 10k but it takes me 1:02. Tonight I ran 5 k in exactly 30 mins. Mid April I have my sights set on a 20k race while I'm on holiday in England. Currently in Oz.

I've been very diligently following the Hal Higdon beginner HM program. Seems ok and I'm managing to gradually up my distance. However it just tells me how far to run each night. There are no drills or tempos or fast nights. I do one longer run each week but I just do all my runs at the same pace. Is this ok?

I will be happy to just finish the 20k but I'd rather not be last and would prefer to be home before dark. Am I ok to just follow this programme and then look at doing fancier things once my legs are more experienced or am I really selling myself short and training stupid instead of smart? I still get achy calves. Am running in shoes fitted by the good running shop in town! 

I know I will never break records and really I'm just thrilled to be doing 10k easily when a year ago jogging 60 seconds was a real challenge. But... if I'm going to do this, I'd like to give myself the best chance and do it right. 

Hope you're still awake (what is the reader's equivalent of gels??) Your thoughts and suggestions please. Thank you!

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 11:13

Wow! You are all doing so well (and I got all excited at my 5 mile pb yesterday!) I'm not doing Paris....just as well really! 

Congrats and much awe to all.

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 12:42

good luck to all, especially Dannir! 

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