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Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 17:11
(Yes, I'm still lurking even though I'm not running this year).

PG3 - the thing to remember is that your race is at the end of May. I found myself getting freaked out by friends who were training for spring marathons, and my own expectations of the mileage I'd 'normally' be doing at this time of year. When people around you are pulling 20 milers plus at the weekend it's easy to feel you're getting left behind. But if you were training for Paris you'd have less than two months to go, whereas you have nearly four. It's a long haul.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 16:02
Justin - welcome to the thread. Don't worry, all is not lost, you've still got time to get some miles in your legs. You've got 7 weekends between now and race day. I'd suggest focusing on the long runs, don't worry about speed at this stage. You could do something like 12 miles,14,16,10 (cutback week), 18,20,12. What's important is time on your feet, so consider doing these as walk/runs - by which I don't mean running as far as you can and walking the rest, but building in planned walking breaks from the start. For example, run 9 minutes and walk for 1. You're going to be on your feet for a long time on the day, so it's all about building stamina.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 18:28
What TD said - we have a number of flags with a three legged stool on them (sorry, can't post pics from phone but perhaps someone else can?). They are in different colours - the Scottish massive have a blue and white one, the Welsh one is red, green and white, the NZ one black and white. They're highly distinctive and visible from a distance, so they make the supporters easy to spot. Especially on the end of a 5 metre pole (yes, I will be travelling to Paris with a 5 metre pole. It's collapsible ).

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:13

Ali 38 - I'm the same, after a long run I often find I can't face food for a while, but you should try to get some protein and carbs in within an hour of finishing. You can buy fancy recovery drinks, but ordinary chocolate milk (or chocolate soya milk if you don't do dairy) is just as good.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:09

TOL - sorry to hear you're not running, but you and Mrs TOL would be very welcome to join the support army on the day - just come to the Arc at the start and look out for the flags. I really recommend getting involved as a supporter, it's very rewarding, although I should warn you that you might end up on your feet for longer than if you were actually running it .

Re the med certs - it's not just the organisers being awkward, it's a French legal thing, so the wording has to be exactly right. Participating in any organised sport requires a cert with the same wording, just the name of the sport changed, so it's the same for triathlon, cross country skiing, and, I'm reliably informed, Baby Gym (!). French doctors are used to supplying them every year but they do sometimes freak out non- French docs. For £156 I'd want a very thorough checkup indeed. Do bear in mind it doesn't have to be a GP who signs it - if you know any friendly doc with a stamp they may be able to oblige.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 22:10

Panic not, Steve. Preferential isn't quite in with the elites, it's the pen behind them. It's for the fast club runner standard, rather than the pros.  Make the most of it, it means you get to start ahead of the main crush, and, as Orbutt says, you get your own portaloos (v. Important). 

Amanj - I'd start eating earlier and more often, if I were you, rather than one big shot of sugar. That way your body has more time to process it more gradually. Also, you mention legs tightening up, which might be cramp. In which case you might be needing electrolytes as well as sugar - maybe try some gels or Shotbloks to top up your sodium and potassium levels. Also - what are you drinking? Drinking every 5k or so is good practice for race day, with the advantage that you won't actually have to carry it yourself on the day.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 11:30
Ah, 2013 - fond memories and still my PB .

TD - my main focus is on Race to the Stones at the moment, and a spring marathon doesn't really fit with my plan. But I'll be going over to support. That'll be 3 years supporting, 5 years running, and 2008 when I happened to be in Paris on marathon weekend, went to watch, and thought 'that looks like fun' .

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 22:10

Amandalou - if you come over from Oz you don't HAVE to marry someone from the thread, but you wouldn't be the first...

 reflektin - missing one long run won't ruin your whole plan, but don't jump up too far on your long run distance when you get back. And if you can get out for a run or two while you're on holiday just to keep the legs turning over, that will help too.

What age is a veteran?

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 19:38

This thread is 8 years old - she'll be about 43 by now .

Comrades 2016

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 23:41

Lowrez - funny you should mention that, Bruce did jog round in a relatively leisurely 20:48 in 2014 .

Another single female traveller here. What everyone else said. There's a big group of people from here and plenty of events, and you'll spot the Comrades t-shirts from the airport onwards. You needn't go anywhere on your own if you don't want to, and taxis are cheap and fine. Just bear in mind what Dannir said, whether you're male or female - keep your eyes open, don't wave any expensive-looking accessories around and be generally sensible.

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