The Paris Marathon
After completing the Swindon half marathon in October 2012, both Richard and I decided that it would be great fun, a great challenge, a laugh even, to compete in a full marathon. Paris was chosen and the training programme started, many aches, pains, blisters, strains and lots of Vaseline later, I was looking forward to the idea of a relaxing sports massage to help the leg muscles recover, this was not what I got, it was agony.
Although it’s been extremely tough, we are ready (26 days to go), all the long practice runs (up to 24 miles) have been completed and recovered from, only short runs for the next 3 weeks (9 x 4 miles and 3 x 8 miles) still 60 more miles of practice.
Then on Friday the 5th April we head to Paris, no gourmet food, drink or night life for us though, it’s a diet of porridge, pasta, fruit lots of water and sleep.
One hundred nations and more than 40,000 runners will be competing over the 26 miles and 385 yards of the most mythical event that athletics has to offer. The personal challenge of the race also combines with a visit of the city, as the runners hit the streets in the most prestigious of thoroughfares and squares: at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, the participants take starter’s orders, before heading down the Champs-Elysées, towards Place de la Concorde. The Rue de Rivoli then leads them to the Place de la Bastille and after the greenery of the Bois de Vincennes wood, the difficulty of the return journey is soothed by views of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and then the Eiffel Tower.
Having visited Paris on numerous occasions with my wife and family, there’s nothing like strolling around the Museums, sightseeing, cruising down the Seine, stopping off in a park somewhere to eat delicate pastries all at a decidedly slow gentile pace without any effort exerted.
So this time on my visit to Paris, I will putting my body through this punishment to raise money for a fantastic charity that is so well supported already but needs constant funding to keep going. Please give generously to this worthy cause.
Get Kids Going! helps disabled children take part in sport by providing specialist sports wheelchairs, sports grants and year round support. They can then compete in marathons, triathlons, tennis, athletics, skiing, rugby, basketball etc. With your help, many could become Paralympic champions and world record holders.