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Paris Marathon – The Day Before

So let’s start from the beginning. In the beginning I cried – leaving the house alone was emotional. We were always going to do it together yet there I was – alone, just me and my suitcase, and a whole lot of anxiety about navigating Paris AND about running a marathon. (I feel very uneasy in Paris since French is a language that makes no sense to me and I cannot understand even where one word ends and another one starts).

Eurostar trip to Gare du Nord was smooth and uneventful bar a 30 minute delay in departure. An old metro ticket worked once I started my journey to the running expo and that was a relief since the ticket lines at Gare du Nord are ridiculously long. After staring at the metro map for a while I wasn’t a 100% sure of my route but my main aim was just to get out of that awful station. Once I was on my way (and thankfully in the right direction) I was able to figure out the rest of the journey without a problem.

Running expo was quick – I handed over my medical certificate, it was stamped with something that probably said “approved”, then I picked up my number, my goodie bag (that had lots of useful information but no actual goodies 😐 – pistachios do not count) and a race timing wristband. I bought two tops after being annoyed to see that the men’s stuff was much cooler and much more varied than the women’s.

Then I went to my hotel because I was tired and hungry and just needed to lie down and gather my thoughts and my feelings.

At the hotel I inhaled the sushi I had brought along and some of the sweet potatoes in the thermos (I travelled with my own food, I like to be prepared :). After leafing through the marathon info booklet I went for a walk to buy bottled water – I brought my own food, I wasn’t going to risk it by drinking tap water in a strange country πŸ™‚ (I swear I’m not so anal about food in normal situations but the time leading up to a marathon makes people a bit crazy).

In the evening I asked room service to bring me a kettle so I could make porridge at 5:30am and then set out my kit. I hadn’t tried my gel belt yet but I figured it’s just a belt with hoops, how wrong can it go? Well, turns out “adjustable” meant “adjustable to large and extra large, not from large to medium” – my waist is solid and not very little but I had to tie a knot the belt :|. Oh well, problem solved. I popped the gels in, strapped it on, ran from one side of the room to the other and every single gel fell out.

I laughed. And then I tweeted. And then I laughed some more. What a rookie mistake πŸ™‚ Never try/wear/anything new on race day! Everyone knows that yet there I was trying to figure out how to make these gels stay put. Eventually I stuffed 3 of them into the pocket of my capris and decided to just carry the fourth one. Now the problem was truly solved.

I went to bed feeling really tired but of course it took me a few hours to actually fall asleep. The alarm had been set for 5:30. If only I had known that I had made another rookie mistake with the alarm…

To be continued… πŸ™‚

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  • Reply
    lisa gusto
    April 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Wow how exciting!
    What are gels?

    • Reply
      April 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Energy/carb gels – easier to ‘eat’ while running as they’re liquid and require no chewing πŸ™‚

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    April 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Well, it looks like it was an expedition! You can safely drink tap water in paris, I can vouch for this! πŸ™‚ I am amazed that you were so organised and can’t wait to read the rest!

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    April 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Cliffhanger! No fair. Cannot wait to read the next part. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      April 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

      I just couldn’t type it all up on the iPad 😐

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    April 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Oh! I was so sad to hear that the passport issue happened:( I can’t wait to read the next installment! I hope that the next issue wasn’t too bad for you! As for the bottled water, I can understand, nothing like the runs before a run!

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