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Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 22:11
Hi Wozzamills. Now is the time to try experimenting with food. Personally I take something sugary (jelly beans, jelly babies, marzipan) every half hour or so. At my pace, that's about every 5kms, so on race day it coincides with the water stations. If you want to go down the gel route, experiment to see what brands suit you.

I can't remember when the Expo shuts - maybe 8pm? But if you're in Paris on Saturday morning and get there early it's not too bad. I'd try to avoid late morning/early afternoon.

Cheap Running Holiday Ideas

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 22:43

Base yourself in a youth hostel somewhere nice (Lake District, Scottish Highlands, Brecon Beacons) and arm yourself with a book of walks/runs. You can probably also get suggestions from the wardens or other visitors. You can keep the costs down by self catering, and they'll have drying rooms and be used to catering for outdoor types. If you're planning on running on your own though, make a point of telling people where you're going and when you plan to get back.

Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 09:58
Pancake - you're well ahead of many people if you've already done an 18 miler. Believe me, there will be people who won't have run that far by race day. Training is all about consistency, so pick a plan that you think you can stick to, and one that realistically fits into your life. When it comes down to it, most are based around one long slow run a week, one faster session and some other medium pace/distance runs or cross training in between to build up stamina.

And there are advantages to being a female vet - often there aren't many of us in the category and it's possible to place quite high

Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 22:07
Hello all. Welcome to the new people - you've picked a great race. Stick with us and you'll have a ready made support crew/band of accomplices/sounding board for random running and non-running related musings. I won't be running this year, but will be climbing back into my minion suit and shouting at you all at km 41.

List fairy - can you add me to the list for Comrades - thanks.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 12:57
Debra - the annual package is better value if you have a habit of travelling and racing, but I agree it's not cheap.

I see the course has been officially measured at 86.73km - half a km shorter than 2015 . And it's definitely finishing at Scottsville racecourse.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 10:16
Ah, right. Will probably catch up in Dubai then .

Comrades 2017

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 23:14
I'm definitely doing the tour, even though I've done the Up one before - I gather the end of the route has changed so I want to see where it goes.

Debra and Becca - are you flying from Gatwick or Heathrow? I'm thinking Heathrow might be the easier option, in case Southern Trains still haven't got their act together.

The insurance I have is DogTag - it definitely covers ultra races.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 20:25
I don't think there are many injections you need to have for urban South Africa - I think the hepatitis one is a good one to get, and it's always good to be up to date with tetanus. I was advised not to bother with the rabies ones (you need several, and they're expensive) as if you're just there for the race you'll never be far from a hospital and they can sort you out there. Also, Durban's not a malarial area either.

Of course, if you're going on safari or travelling afterwards, you might need other shots.

should I cover up in the winter?

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 22:28
Arm warmers can be a useful solution. Wear them rolled up to start with, then once (if) you warm up you can roll them down and it's just like wearing a couple of wrist bands. Which you can also use to wipe your nose on, if required .

Hoka help

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 17:58
Recovery Runner - I'm a fan of the Bondi's too, but I didn't get in with the Cliftons (not enough support). I'd like to find a Hoka that's the trail equivalent of the Bondi, or at least suitable for people who like Bondi's, but I can't work out what that might be. Any suggestions? I'm hoping the answer is 'Speedgoat' because I like the name .
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