We did it. The Paris marathon is over and the training paid off. Unlike my first marathon in 2011 which was very much a solo affair I had my boyfriend good friend and 5 time marathon runner Pippa to get through our training plan this very long cold winter.
With a time of 3hours and 37 Minutes (that’s a 30 minute PB) I’m pretty happy and it turns out the time gets me entry into London next year. Two weeks ago I was never running another marathon but now, well maybe.
With London I was always against the clock in my training and it was very much my thing. Music was my best friend and Saturday was always our proper catch up but this time i barley listened to music and it was good. I learned to listen to my body and breathing more and when I got tweak and pains I could do something about it without panicking.
The conversations and silence you achieve on a 20 mile run is something different to music and it is one of the most wonderful things about running with others. You understand each other differently after that. But don’t get me wrong a run home through the city alone with my music blaring. That one is hard to beat to. Time and a place.
So Paris although more entrants than London seemed less hectic and more spacious, there was definitely less winding at the beginning. The conditions on the day could not have been better. We arrives at the Arc de Triomphe to see the sun rising and it stayed out all day with little wind but still cool at 10 – 11 degrees.
The route looped us across the city and through parts of Paris I will probably never see again, I loved the drummers and random bands and chants of allez allez along the way and the run along the river was a welcomed distraction.
Refreshments may seem like an odd highlight but every 5k we had water stands and fresh oranges, bananas and raisins, these fresh and cold snacks were much better than the sugary syrupy drinks and gels at normal races.
For this race I only switched my runkeeper on 2 miles in so frustratingly had to wait for my time but I also didn’t listen to my splits through the run, Pippa would always laugh at my obsession with the data after our runs but it was very refreshing to run this without the runkeeper lady telling me how I was doing. This was all in my head and legs and it worked.
Next I am definitely keen to do some half marathons again and see some more cities along the way and if i get a free spot for London, it would seem silly not to use it. We will see. Thank you Pippa and Bradley. What a run, what a year so far. x