Red Wine Runner

A Scottish Running Blog

Paris Marathon: International Breakfast Run 5k

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.

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

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!

6 Comments

  1. I am so glad I found your blog! I totally enjoy livin’ it up in Europe vicariously through you. Good Luck!

    • Thanks Amy! I love this experience so much that I’m very keen to make a habit of the European Marathon long weekend break 🙂 Berlin, Barcelona, Dublin…all on my ‘to-do’ list 🙂

  2. Not sure if you will see this in time or if this will help, but…for the knee pain, see if the muscle running on the inside of your thigh is tight. Your stabilizer muscles are on both sides of the quad, and possibly this has been compensating for the weak ITB. I get knee pain when this tightens up, but it is really easy to release. If you have a ball or something that can act like a ball, lie on it and try to get it to track from your knee up your thigh on the inside of the quad and see if you feel any tight spots or knots. Or, just use your thumb and track the muscle to see if you can feel any knots. If you do, keep your thumb on the knot while you bend and unbend your knee. If that’s what is causing the pain, doing this release tonight and in the morning before your race could be enough to prevent your knee pain during the race. Good luck!

    • Thanks for taking the time to write this Muna. I did see it before the race and gave it a try – I didn’t find any tight spots where you described, which makes sense as they physio diagnosed bursitis which is not muscular. Hopefully with a diagnosis, recovery will now come swiftly!

  3. LOL to Rachel’s outfit, I can’t wait for her recap! Hope your races go well!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

© 2019 Red Wine Runner

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑