Having trained faithfully for the last 4 months in all weather, the trip to Paris was filled with anticipation. We arrived on the Friday and proceeded directly to the Marathon Expo not realising how far from the Airport, the Expo was about 2 stops from Euro Disney. Collected our Bib numbers and spent a bit of time looking around the stalls, bought a nice looking Paris Marathon T-shirt and a few other bits and bobs.
On Saturday we did the tourist thing and went up the Eiffel Tower (right to the top), the weather was awful but it was well worth if for the fabulous view. Had some lunch on the Avenue de Champs-Elysees, pasta not surprisingly, did a bit of shopping then dinner, pasta again! got back to the hotel at about 9:00’ish got all our gear arranged for the morning and hit the sack at about 10:00.
Set off early in the morning to our local Metro station, as soon as we got there we bumped into our first group of marathon runners, three guys from the Leeds area, one of which was going to be running the Flora London Marathon the following week (nutter!). We all got off at the correct station and bumped into a sea of runners. All we had to do at that point was to join the mass exodus to the next metro.
I’ve been using SportTrack Software in conjunction with my Garmin Forerunner 305 over the last year and a half, and I’ve got to say, it’s a brilliant piece of software. That good in fact that I’ve even parted with £15 for the pleasure (money well spent IMHO). It tells me how many miles I’ve ran with my running shoes (really handy) and keeps an inventory of all my running kit. You can even export your run or race to Google Maps and Google Earth, which I think is a brilliant idea and pretty good if your keeping a blog or running diary.
I also use the Inline Google map pluging for wordpress to display my maps, downloadable from here.
Here’s a wee map of last years Fresh n Low Glasgow Half Marathon below
This weeks long run was pretty good, a bit on the cold side however, must have been about zero degrees and I was wearing just about all the warm running kit that I own. I also had to stop a few times to walk over large patches of ice on the route. That reminds me I’m going to have to invest in some warmer running gear when I get paid at the end of this month.
Did my first half marathon on Sunday, the FreshnLow Glasgow Half Marathon and I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed it. The training involved wasn’t quite as strenuous or time consuming as a full marathon and on the day the weather held, it was actually quite nice (not too warm, cold or wet) I definately think I’ll do it next year, you can find the full race results here 🙂