Ok, it’s been a couple of weeks since Paris and I’m now getting the time to catch up on my blogs on what was an incredible weekend.
After some crazy travel headaches last year where our airline decided to hold a strike on the day we were due to fly out and a rushed visit to registration and expo, we took an earlier flight to give us more time. We arrived at the expo in good time so we could relax and enjoy everything that was going on.
I love going to marathon expos as that’s where I find the excitement builds, any nerves disappear and I get the feeling of wanting to run there and then. You are always met with a great welcome at these events:
Once through the main door, it’s off to pick up the race number and the essential bits and pieces for race day. The process was much simpler this year with the t-shirt collection for the Breakfast Run in the same area (last year, the stand was located near the exit). There were also some good photo opportunities along the way.
After a quick look around and some souvenir shopping by Allison, we headed off to our hotel, some late food then off to bed for the early rise in the morning for the Breakfast Run. This has to be one of the most fun events I’ve ever done. It’s a 5k where everyone dresses up in the colours of their country and generally jog round the course taking lots of photos. The route goes from the marathon finish line in Avenue Foch to the Eiffel Tower so no excuses for not taking photos! The atmosphere is pretty special as everyone is there to have fun and enjoy the experience before the big day.
We met so many people from Scotland there from the people running to the couple who offered to take our photo in front of the Eiffel Tower to the guy who came up to us at the finish, told us while he was from England, he was born in the borders and asked to have his photo taken with us while proudly wearing his kilt. We also met up with Garry and his wife, a friend from home who was across for the marathon and had come down to watch.
If you ever plan to run the Paris Marathon, I would highly recommend taking part in the Breakfast Run on the Saturday. At the very least, it’s a great chance to stretch the legs out after all the travel to get to Paris but the main thing for me is being part of an international community coming together to run when there is no competition. You will meet plenty people from all parts of the world and it is such a fun and amazing experience to be part of. It is very seldom that a 5k run has almost the same level of appeal as the main event marathon