This morning we had the pleasure of joining a couple of thousand of our International running compatriots in the Paris Marathon International Breakfast Run 5k. It started at Ecole Militaire before winding through the streets past the Eiffel Tower, over the Seine, and around to Avenue Foch, when in just a little over 24 hours we will hopefully all be finishing with another marathon under our belts.
We arrived around 0830 and joined the crowd at the start to pick up a souvenir bib numbered ‘2013’ to put on. There were people there representing every country imaginable in the most creative of ways, and in the typical ‘small world’ style we ended up standing next to a family from Aboyne (which is about 30 miles from Aberdeen). There were a smattering of other British people visibly dressed up or wearing flags and I was amused and not surprised at all when draped in my Salitre I smiled and said Hi to an English guy with a Union Jack flag, and he looked at me like I was something he’d stepped in. British people abroad; never less than 100% awkward at all times. Cheer up, chaps!
The atmosphere was insane. If tomorrow is even half as electric as this morning was then I’ll be delighted. Running through the streets of Paris in the sun, following a truck full of rodeo clowns and cheerleaders pumping out Gangnam Style? Is this real life?! Here are some pictures from the run.
How will I feel the next time I cross that finish line? Honestly, I don’t know. Full disclosure; physically I’m in the best shape of my life right now and I know I’m capable of a great PB, but my left knee is in bits. This morning was the first time I’ve ran all week as after my 16.5 mile run last Saturday it hurt for days. It’s not my ITB, it’s the other side of my kneecap and deep inside the patella. I’ve been icing and taking ibuprofen, but neither make much of a difference. It’s the kind of pain that whilst it’s very acute and sore, it won’t physically stop me running like ITB pain can. I could compare it to running with a headache; it’s really sore and a giant nag but you can still run, albeit compromised. How much I can still run after putting up with it for 4 hours I don’t know, but I’ll let future Rhona deal with that. I will start and I will finish tomorrow, but at what cost? Another thing for future Rhona to worry about. There is a race to be ran tomorrow and the world is here to run it with me – one way or the other, marathon #3 is happening in a few hours.
You can watch the Paris Marathon on Eurosport at 0730 in the UK tomorrow (race starts at 0745 GMT), or you can track me by downloading the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon App – my bib number is 51810 and using the app you can track my progress live around a map of Paris!