I must be out of my mind. I’m going to take the plunge and run a marathon… but not just any marathon… The Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, to be exact! You must be wondering what possessed me to agree to doing such a thing. I still don’t really know but I knew I needed a new challenge. After 3 half marathons this year, I figured, I can probably go the distance, I mean… from 0 training to 3 half marathons in a year is no easy feat. I figured I’d probably have the discipline to go the full distance at least once in my life. And Cuski will push me out the door to train so I don’t really have any excuse not to go 😛 I was feeling so motivated after my personal best finish at Seawheeze and in my euphoric state, I said ok I will sign up for Paris when registration opens again in September. Runner’s high gets me into so much trouble lol! I had a few weeks to back out but I didn’t. I did almost start hyperventilating when I saw my name on the virtual bib though!
The Paris Marathon is a 42.2 km loop around the city centre. The run starts off at the Arc de Triomphe and all along the Champs-Élysées eastbound. By the 10 km mark we will be running through Bois de Vincennes and pass Château de Vincennes. It loops back west along the Seine River and we’ll be passing the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower. By this point, there will be 12 painful km left… the last loop around Bois de Boulogne. Shortly after exiting the park, the finish line awaits on Avenue Foch… back where it all started. This map will paint you a better picture.
So as you can probably tell, I’m very excited and also very nervous. I’m already stepping up my game and getting used to running a higher than normal mileage per week. Intense marathon training starts in December, which is great because that means I won’t be gaining weight during Christmas (as I usually do). But why Paris? Why am I not doing my first marathon here in Vancouver? I thought about it but running through the streets of Paris just speaks to me a lot more than the Stanley Park seawall. The logic is that I’ll be so distracted by everything around me that 42.2 km won’t seem as daunting. We’ll see if I’m right. I will be blogging about my training progress so if you’d like to follow me, keep checking back here on the blog or by following me on my social media links below:
I hope you’ll stick around and see how I do… or cheer me on, either one 🙂 Love these photos? I took these during our day trip to Paris in 2013. We were there for 6 hours. I am hoping I will finish the marathon in less time than that haha!