Paris Marathon weekend

Hello everyone ! How was your weekend ? How has your week started off ? It was the Paris marathon this weekend.  It goes through the Bois de Vincennes, three minutes from my house. Its quite a serious marathon, so few people are dressed up. I always wonder how someone can run 42.195 km dressed as a banana ! I can not help thinking the costume must be very bulky, uncomfortable and cause major chafing.


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I have never run a marathon, my longest distance is a 20K. I am so impressed with people who do, who have tried, who have trained, who have survived…what a fabulous accomplishment.

My brother in law spent the past four months training for his first marathon. 50,000 signed up, 42,000 participants this year, and it was open to pretty much anyone. Next year they are putting into place a lottery system, like in most of the other big marathons. So my brother in law was lucky to have a spot.

In the goodie bag there was candy and pistachios… an odd combination. There was also a head lamp. Not really sure why, as the marathon is during the day…

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With my sister in law and our kids we went and watched for an hour and cheered on the participants. The women, the international participants and those dressed up got special attention. The weather was perfect.

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My brother in law did not want his picture on my blog, so I respect that. Too bad ! He finished in the 50% percentile. Not bad for a first marathon !


So even if the weekend was busy, I got my exercise in and had time to cook :

  • Friday evening : water aerobics
  • Saturday : 9 km run
  • Sunday : 45” weights + ab work


Two quiches, pork roast, roasted veggies, butternut squash with chicken and lentils :

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But most of all, family !My girls and their cousin, me & my sister in law.

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A great weekend overall and congrats to all of those who ran the race !


Would you run a long distance race in a costume ?  What would you choose as a costume ? Are pistachios AND candy a weird goody bag ?

Have a great week !


Comments: 6

  1. Marnie @ SuperSmartMama April 9, 2014 at 5:13 am Reply

    I really enjoyed the photos of the Paris Marathon! And yes, I don’t know how anyone could run 26.2 miles dressed as a banana. Your food photos are also beautiful!

    • Karen - French Inspiration April 9, 2014 at 8:17 am Reply

      Thanks for the compliment !

  2. Britt@MyOwnBalance April 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm Reply

    Congrats to your BIL! I don’t think I would run a race in a costume because I think I would be too uncomfortable. But hypothetically speaking, I would choose a superhero if I had to because they often wear spandex anyway! 🙂

  3. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I cannot imagine running anything more than a 5k in a costume! Bravo to those who did! And congrats to your BIL–what a great accomplishment! And the food looks delicious!
    As you point out, the head lamp and candy seem odd to be in the bag. Perhaps they had a hard time getting vendors to give free stuff?

  4. Stephanie @FoodFit4Real April 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm Reply

    This post makes me excited to hear if I get in the marathon through the lottery system this year. There is no way I will run it dressed up, I prefer to be comfortable when I am running long distance. Head lamp = weird giveaway for a day race. Nuts and candy seem appropriate, lots of runners eat candy during the race for the burst of energy.

    • Karen - French Inspiration April 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm Reply

      Keeping fingers crossed for you ! Its the first time Paris is doing a lottery.

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