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Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 12:23

Hi from WA Alilee!!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 12:12

Hi there Your Pace Or Mine, just wondering if your charity might possibly need any more runners? I'm travelling in from Oz and would love to run London! Didn't know I was going to be in England at that time so I've missed entries for Paris / London through the usual channels.  Fingers crossed!

VLM 2016 - First timers?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 16:13

Hang in there! At least you've found Galloway's program which will give you the best chance of completing. 

VLM 2016 - First timers?

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 18:50

Congratulations Midlands Lass! Sending you a virtual half marathon  medal!!

London Marathon places

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 06:15

What are the fees?

VLM 2016 - First timers?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 13:12

sounds like a wise move! Physio may be able to sort it out easily if you get there soon enough instead of waiting until it's really bad. Of course, you could just ignore all the advice and keep going. My GP always asks if I want the best answer to an ache or pain enquiry, or do I want the runners answer! 

VLM 2016 - First timers?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 00:27

The trust is a big thing. I spend the first half of each race muttering about how I must get off this stupid plan and get back to continuous running. The ego does not cope well with walking 30 seconds after the start..... But then I spend the second half of the race feeling fab, overtaking loads of people and thinking what a wonderful way to run a race! I'm just tapering for my first ultra marathon and will be taking walk breaks ( but also hoping to be speedy !) 

Have you tried ice and compression after a big run for your knees? My calves are rather partial to an ice pack each and a sit in the recliner! 

VLM 2016 - First timers?

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 23:29

That's funny , my knees do the same thing! I asked Galloway and he said to practise the acceleration gliders ( on his website or you tube) so that you transition more gently. It's almost like you can't quite pick the moment that you go from run to walk and vice versa. My knees don't do it any more. 

When I do most races I keep to the left when I'm going to walk, raise a hand just before I walk and then walk. In America you have to keep to the right!  However, I found London was more than a little crazy and pretty congested in places. There's also a lot of first time or "one and done" runners who end up taking random walk breaks all over the show so the whole keep left thing becomes totally unnecessary! I did try hard to glance over my shoulder before I walked, just so that I didn't end up with someone in a dinosaur suit falling over me! I was worried about it but I really didn't need to be. 

Make sure you have your name on your shirt. There's nothing like the feeling of London screaming just for you!!

VLM 2016 - First timers?

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 10:56

Hi Midlands Lass! I did London in 2015 using Galloway's strategy. It worked really well and I got a huge PB. I was worried I'd look daft taking a walk so early in the race but it was fine and I overtook many hundred runners ( yes, literally) in the last 5km when I was still fresh and they were really struggling. Even went to a cocktail,party that afternoon! You'll do a great job!

Using a marathon event tour partner - good idea?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:08

I live overseas and used a travel company to do the London Marathon this year. I entered the ballot, unsuccessfully, so a travel company was my best option for a place. The charities here ask for a £5000 "donation " to run for them. i couldn't commit to that.

The company were terrific and more than happy for me to extend my stay past their packages. I did not need to book all my accomodation through them. I met other runners who I am still in regular contact with 8 months later and had a huge amount of fun. The organisation was great and as a solo runner it was reassuring that somebody would notice if I didn't make it back to the hotel! The post run party was great with 50 people from my home country. 

would I use them again? Definitely if it was a race I couldn't get a place for under my own steam. Effectively I bought a place. Apart from that, I'm a reasonably confident traveller so unless it was a really niche race I might not bother and just go solo.

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