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Are ultra runners fast or plodders?

Posted: Today at 07:14

Ben - I like the expression 'work close to the cutoffs'. I'm going to use that in future instead of 'haul my ass over the line at the last minute' .

Pain in the chest...

Posted: Yesterday at 22:10

Stevie HD - I'm not a medic, but two things to point out 1) if it was serious I doubt your doc would wait until next week to discuss it with you and 2) a low pulse rate is generally a good thing, it's a sign of fitness. So don't panic, you're probably going to make it through the weekend .

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:48

Woohoo! Thread wedding!  Watch out new people, you never know what might happen if you start chatting to people on here.

Hi Aaron and Lorraine and welcome. 39 half marathons Lorraine? That's pretty impressive. You'll love Paris, especially if you've already done the half. The marathon is more than twice as good.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 21:14

Formaggio - which Garmin are you using? I've used a 110 without a foot pod and it was fine. Watch out though, the distance measuring isn't 100% accurate (tall buildings, weaving around etc). For absolute accuracy you can't beat using your watch for the time and checking it against a pace band at each km marker.

Shouldn't be a problem to have your husband join you towards the end, but he won't be able to cross the finish line with you. They do pull runners without numbers off the course at the last bend, so be prepared to run the last 0.2 miles yourself in a blaze of glory . You won't have any trouble with motivation up the final straight with the crowd howling like banshees...

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:16
Some cracking runs going on this weekend - PB's falling all over the place, by the sound of things.

Freddy - I find Shotbloks easier on the stomach than gels, but at the speed you're going at you might find them a bit tricky to chew.

List fairy - can you put me down for the Fowlmead Challenge on 25 April. Ta.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 08:58

DJC77 - can't say I have, and looking at the map, none of them looks particularly convenient for the start/finish. Unless it's an especially good deal you'd be as well looking at others nearer the Arc d Triomphe.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 18:09


1. Suggest you shop around for a marathon plan you can commit to. Some will measure effort by heart rate, others, including my own personal favourite P&D (Pfitzinger & Douglas) use speed (eg '3 x 1,600m @ 5k race pace'). I've never used an HRM, but others here have had good results.

2. If Lucozade and jelly babies work for you, then stick with them. 

3. The GPS should pick up again once you're through the tunnels, but even then you could be up to half a mile short by the end of the race. Safer to use a pace band (get one from the Expo) and make sure you're hitting your times at each km marker.

4. You can forecast your times from the McMillan running website, or the McRun app. They suggest 4:10-4:15 off those 5-10k times. Although as you get into training your shorter distance times will come down so you may be able to adjust your target.

So, in summary - what Eggy said !

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:31

Good luck in Chelmsford, Freddy!

Yes, I fled south nearly 4 years ago - I don't think the police have caught up with me yet . The Meadows was the site of my first ever 'run' a thousand years ago - 20 steps walking, 20 running. I was so pleased to make it round I never looked back .

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 21:16

Meadower - just a wild guess from your name and location, but do you run round the Meadows by any chance? That used to be my local stamping ground .

Comrades 2015

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 10:58

Glasgow too Edinbugh is flat as a flat thing - it's along the canal. No navigation issues though.

Question - for the Up run, does the bus back stop at any other hotels (eg City Lodge), or does it just go to the Hilton?

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