I have signed up for the 2016 Paris Marathon. Needless to say, I am really excited. I have never done a marathon so I spent some time over the past couple weeks reading race recaps from the 2015 Marathon. It was so interesting to read different perspectives on the same race.
Not only did this increase my motivation but here are just a few things I hadn’t thought of :
- Dress like it was 20 degrees warmer
- Bring toilet paper
- Be careful of speed bumps !
- Bring a change of clothes for when you are done
- Have your family / friends have a change of clothes / socks during the race, in case
- Anti chaffe cream ? Need to try it
… and as a spectator, I would say keep your distance from the pacers. There was always a crowd running around them, and if you just hang back 50 meters, you will have a lot more space !
Here is a selection of those that I enjoyed most.
In English :
And finally, …as I live in France and run my races here, there are things that surprised foreign runners, things that came up in several of the race recaps. Notably :
- The need to show a medical certificate. Yes, in every single race in France you need to show this. Even a 5K !
- There are bananas and oranges that make the course slippery. True and agree 100%. In many races. I still haven’t figured out why race organisers continue to provide these fruits that can be so dangerous for runners.
- People cross the streets while you are running. Yes, they do. French people are not always disciplined and if they need to get to the other side of the street, they will. Recently I saw a dog in the middle of the runners. So dangerous !
I learned a lot and will definitely go back to these posts for future inspiration. Congrats to all those who ran the big race !
If you had one piece of advice to give to me for my first marathon, what would it be ?
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