While I enjoyed Paris and thought the route was beautiful, I also found that my first experience of a big city marathon left me with the distinct impression that I wouldn't be hurrying back to repeat the experience. I've previously done Rome (c12k runners) and Manchester (c6k runners) and enjoyed both of these much more than Paris. I felt like I was constantly being elbowed, tripped up or almost running into the back of people pretty much the whole way round. I think I ended up running well over the distance after allowing for all the weaving around people. Like you, Les Murmeres, I was getting increasingly annoyed with the walkers in the wood sections strolling down the middle of the path. Even at the finish straight, I was still being jostled around. It was definitely worth the experience and I've learned something from it (as well as just about managing a teeny tiny new PB of 4.09 - which is a whole 1 minute PB!). While I like a certain amount of runners around me for support etc, the sheer volume in Paris overwhelmed me slightly.
I have found myself googling the Seville Marathon this morning. It's the one I wanted to do this year but the training period didn't match well with various family commitments I had planned for the end of last year. I think it's more in line with Rome in terms of runners (13k?) and being held in February it should be cooler than last Sunday! Also claims to be the flattest in Europe (which I thought was Berlin?) and looks pretty picturesque. Anyone done this one before?
Wow - that was the most mental and exhausting day ever - don't people know I'm supposed to be resting for a marathon ! Finally stopped running around like the proverbial blue ar*ed fly and now packing - eek! So far I've got my convocation, medical certificate, trainers, bag of porridge oats and a pack of cereal bars - sorted.
Off first thing tomorrow - train from Poole to big bad London then 14.01 Eurostar. Hoping to be able to squeeze in a flying visit to the expo when we arrive tomorrow - due in at Gare du Nord at 17.26 so should be ok to swing by apartment to dump bags and out again I think. Rather rush around tomorrow and get it done so I can chill on Saturday with the family otherwise I can see us losing our only sight seeing day standing in a queue at the expo!
Still not got a plan for Saturday - think we may end up just generally mooching around seeing the sights and then a boat trip in the afternoon to save the legs.
Really want a glass of wine after the crazy day I've just had but I always try to be good and have a dry week leading up to the big one - let my body dry out a bit and rehydrate ...
Massive good luck hugs to everyone with travel disruption. Fingers crossed we all make it there in one piece and with minimal stress.
Last run done last night - spending today frantically finishing off work and packing and running round town from one end to the other doing various errands and then off first thing in the morning to London to catch the Eurostar. It's my hubby's birthday tomorrow so he's effectively given up his day to travel to Paris! Aiming to arrive in Paris Gare du Nord at 5.30pm and then whizz straight across to the salon du running to collect my bib so we have the whole of Saturday free. Still not decided where to go for the day - will likely end up mooching about, wandering and generally seeing the sights. Might hop on a river cruise later in the day.
Getting more excited now than nervous - was aiming for sub 4hrs initially but now just planning on enjoying it. Only done relatively small marathons before in terms of participants (Rome and Manchester) so no idea what to expect running in that volume of people.
Anyone who knows Paris well or has been there race weekend before - my hubby and 8yo daughter are coming too. Our tentative plan was for them to go up the Eiffel Tower while I head out to the expo to collect my number on the Saturday (I'm terrified of heights so there's no way I'd go up there anyway) but I looked online at pre-booking tickets and all available tickets in all available slots are fully booked the entire weekend. Daughter is obviously gutted. It does say the general ticket office is open all day so potentially could just queue and go up but am wondering just how horrific that queue would be with the volume of people in Paris this weekend.
Is it worth joining - it's the obvious thing to do with an 8yo when in Paris for a short weekend? Or failing that - anyone got any other grand plans for sightseeing?