OK, time for Running Rodent's Post of Doom:
Obviously everyone on this
thread is going to have a fantastic race, smash their PB and generally
charge over the finish line in a blaze of glory. But things do happen,
and now is a good time to put your contingency planning in place.
Carry your EHIC card with you on race day. You're entitled to the same
medical treatment as the locals, but you have to be able to prove it, or
you'll be billed and have to pay it back. This applies to any medical
tests you have as well as treatment, even if you turn out to be fine.
Carry a spare metro ticket and some cash in case you have to bale out
and find your own way back to the finish/hotel. If you don't use the
cash you can spend it on one of the evil smelling sausages from the vans
after the finish while you wait for your supporters, although I
wouldn't recommend it. Wrap your metro ticket in something waterproof or
it'll get sweaty and won't work.
3.Write your emergency contact
details on the back of your number. You don't want to be sitting in a
medical tent feeling a bit green and trying to remember your nearest and
dearest's mobile number, in French.
4. If you have supporters in
Paris arrange exactly where you're going to meet at the finish. Pick a
landmark, shopfront or particular bench the day before. Don't just say
'the exit to the finish' as there are several and it's a bit chaotic.
Have a fallback option if it all goes pear shaped and you lose
communication with your supporters. Don't rely on being able to reach
them by phone. Phones die, and get lost, or you might just not be able
to get a signal. Agree something like 'if we haven't found each other
by 3/4/5 o'clock make your way back to the hotel/a particular cafe/bar'.
Once you've got that all sorted, you can relax knowing you have a Plan, and enjoy the race.
To which I'd also add if you're flying into Paris don't put your race day kit in the hold.