Posted: 14/01/2017 at 19:19
Welcome the Newbies and greetings to all.
My recent inactivity due to injury coupled with Xmas excessive drinking and eating for most of December has taken it's toll on my fitness.
I managed to "get round" the flat yet surprisingly difficult Portsmouth Marathon in Dec (more off road than I expected) to celebrate Nodster's 20th Marathon of last year. There was a massive crew of us down there, loads of people from this thread taking part and supporting. We had a big party in the evening, was a great weekend.
The January detox / purge of evil foods has begun reasonably and I'm feeling a little better about myself than I was a couple of weeks ago. I'm still not able to run the sort of high mileage that I have managed over the last 3 or 4 years. I'm building up slowly again (it feels like almost from scratch) .... this week managed 5 short runs, hoping to increase gradually so I can try to run at least a couple of 20 mile runs in Feb/Mar time. Leg Muscles and groin area are still tender so concentrating on a good warm up and warm down, and easing gradually back into it. I went for years feeling unstoppable and when it catches up with you it hits you hard.
Ben Peachy - there was a big crew of us (from this thread) over for Amsters 2015 also. we hit the beers hard afterwards. It was fun ... I had a fun race myself that day and was bombing it for the last few miles (those kind of marathons rarely happen for me but I see other people having those sorts of days sometimes) - probably as I was a little conservative on my pacing strategy in the first half. I really recommend the Dam as a great Autumn marathon, cheap, easy to get to (for abroad) and a really fast course.
Eggy, where you cramped up at the exit from Vondel Park .... bummer man, that is so close to the end, you're well passed 40k at that point I think.
Paris is a great marathon, a great alternative to London ... there's about 5000 people from the UK over there for it as it's so easy to get to. I won't be there this year but my colleagues on this thread organise all sorts of meet ups. We have a new post race evening drinking establishment that does good pub food. Anyone needing beer straight after finishing, google "Beer Station Arc De Triomphe" .... its a moment's walk as you exit the finish area on Avenue Foch. The beer is great, the food is meh'K .... i'd go for chips and mayo and maybe a croque monsieur, and save your big burger or steak for the evening venue.
The exchange rate on the pound is obviously dreadful and Paris is really expensive, so put the 2 together and what ever you think you need for the weekend, take an extra 100 quid.