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Well here goes nothing!
After an absolutely mind-blowing couple of weeks, training has begun on my journey to the Paris Marathon 2013.
The whole process so far, from filling out the online form, to clicking submit, bootcamp, being told I was one of the final five, going to the ASICS flagship store, receiving my training plan and getting out there tonight in some amazing new running gear has been a bit of a blur to be honest!
I've met some amazing, funny, knowledgeable people (and Malcs), had so many kind things said to me, learnt such a huge amount in a short time... and realised just how little I do actually know about running... It's already been a humbling experience and I still have so far to go.
So this thread will hopefully chart my journey from novice to sub-4 hour marathon runner. There will be highs and I'm sure there'll be some lows... I may not be able to promise much wisdom, but I hope it'll be entertaining and I hope you all learn something with me.
I feel like I have so much to share already that it's going to be a job to fit it all into a few posts, but I'll do my best! As I am a first timer, I do plan on sharing all the tips and advice I can for my fellow first-timers and those that aren't quite as experienced as some of the amazing runners on this forum... so apologies to those more experienced runners who maybe can't understand my boyish delight at discovering my new ASICS running gloves had little magnets to hold them together...
Simple things eh?
Please feel free to ask whatever questions spring to mind - I've asked so many stupid questions already and found out so much (e.g. being shown how to tie my laces properly on my running shoes!) and I really hope all the novices/first-timers/less-experienced runners out there feel comfortable enough doing the same.
As the French would say: Paris, ici je viens!