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Statistics for marathon

Posted: Today at 14:23

Keith your calculation only works if all other nations have similar running statistics to the UK.The 1% statistic is based on worldwide participation I believe, not UK participation.

It would only take the likes of India or China to have a low marathon running level to severely skew the results on a worldwide basis. Plus outside rich countries I don't running organised 26.2 mile events for fun is something high on the agenda.

I'd imagine most western nations are easily above 1%.

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Posted: Today at 14:18

It's certainly that point in the training were a firing squad sounds like a nice alternative!

I received some bad news about a family member the other day, so I'm trying to use that as a shut up and deal with it regarding any minor complaints I have of my won.

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Posted: Today at 10:50
heilan coo wrote (see)

Ho folks - I haven't read ALL the posts on this thread, so forgive me if this has been asked before......but how strictly is the cut off enforced in Paris? In Barcelona, there's a but following you round, so you need to get on it if you drop below the 6hr pace. 

I have read about people finishing well outside the time in Paris, do they still get a medal....?

Jelp me out here...daughter is recovering from twisted ankle. paris meant to be her 1st, if she can run/walk she'd be fine. But the 5:40, if strictly enforced is likely to be a no-no

From what I've seen and read I don't think they enforce the cut-off time strictly at all. I've certainly seen people finish outside that time and still receive their medal. There's certainly been people on the thread in recent years who have finished over 5:40.

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Posted: Today at 08:49

Orbutt - Sad that you won't be with us this year. You and Mrs O will be missed. Hope that pesky calf injury clears up so that you can push on for the rest of the year.

RR - Brixton prison! Sounds like a lovely running route!

Heidi - I've never hit the wall, but have had a few horrendous last six miles or so end to marathons. Those have normally been due to lack of training/pushing the pace to hard, cramping up, or injury. That and I discovered in 2013 I can't run two marathons two weeks apart. If it wasn't for our very own Jimbob shoving jelly babies in my hand and sending me on my way I'd still be stuck under that bridge in London!

The last few miles always hurt and I think it's a mental battle as much as anything. The year I ran my PB in Paris my thought were the opposite to Tinkerbell. More often than not my thoughts would align with her knowing that if you stop running the pain stops and having to fight through that. That year I was so determined I was hitting my target time you could have rolled out a tank in front of me and let it shell me, I was not stopping for anything!

In the last few miles my trick is to break the distance down to runs I'd do at home. Try and alter my thoughts on what needs to be done, so six miles isn't a mountain to climb it's something you wouldn't even give a thought to running from home on a training run.


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Posted: Yesterday at 13:56

I've no idea what the 'salon du running' is!

Last year you picked the t-shirt up at the expo. Although in typical confuse the runner tradition it wasn't where you pick up your bib for the marathon, but at a small stand near the exit of the expo!

It would be good if you could just pick it up on the morning of the run. Although I'd advise trying to get the expo on the Friday rather than the Saturday if you are in Paris anyway, as the expo is much much quieter on the Friday.


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Posted: Yesterday at 09:55

Running Rodent - Glad to hear there's an easy solution to your problem.

Meadower - They changed how the Breakfast run was organised last year. You need to pick up the breakfast run t-shirt at the expo and wear that on the run take part now. On the plus side you do get a technical t-shirt for 5 euros! 

Dannirr - Lucky you! NYC is still on my want to do list.

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Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:04

Pistol101 - Welcome to the thread.

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Posted: 03/03/2015 at 09:17

Count me in for Pasta Papas, PM on the way.

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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:50

Coops10 - Missing ten days of training will have had little impact on your fitness level. Don't attempt to play catch-up though, as that risks injury. There are six weeks of training still to go. Get to the start line injury and illness free and you'll be fine.

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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:25

Roger - Good to hear you are putting your injury problems behind you.

In Paris the traditional meetings tend to be at the Breakfast Run on the Saturday morning for those that are planning to do that. There's also a pasta meal on the Saturday evening, which I guess we should get around to organising sooner rather than later. There's also a meet-up at the Arc the morning of the race. The big one that is not to be missed is of course the after race pub session. This is held in the downstairs area of Corcoran's in St Michel.

Normally closer to the time people are happy to arrange to  meet up to go/at the expo, or chill out somewhere on the Saturday afternoon.

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