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Morning all, coming to this late but good to hear lots of people excited to be going.
This will be my second Paris marathon and my fifth overall, it’s my favourite perhaps because I got a PB there in, I think, 2011. All of you will enjoy it - this year due to illness and life getting in the way of training I’ll be happy to finish rather than reach a set time.
It’s a great race at which to be a spectator, although this time my supporters will have a three year old in tow which might make things trickier. My advice would be to stay around the Place de Bastille, where your supporters can see you around 3 miles and 14 miles and have a coffee in between (those distances are approximate, I’ve not seen the course map yet). This is also a good spot to ask them to hand over a bottles of sports drink, as from memory the rehydration options are pretty poor - something too late, near the 20 mile mark? Maybe that’s changed in the past few years. My preference was also to wear a gel belt and use one every forty minutes / four miles, depending on pace. SIS gels work for me. An Australian behind me exclaimed to her friend “Jesus, look at that guy’s gels”. Well, PB folks, no wall for me!
People asked about tracking. In the past I've used the Glimpse app that sends your mobile phone's location on a regular basis; I see that some Garmin watches can now send a live location through the Connect app, which could be worth trying.
The last part is downhill and that’s brilliant; the hill before it is fine if you’re ready for it. The tunnel is grim. The woods are great. Remember the roads are not as formally closed at in e.g. London, if you’re lucky you’ll repeat my experience of seeing three people trying to carry a sofa across the street near the start…
You’re going to love it, if not at the time, then afterwards! You’ll also discover on the Monday morning that there are a lot of steps on the Metro and not many escalators. Choose your luggage carefully.
I was thinking of trying to cycle the route before the day itself. Is this possible? I may use a velib.
I asked at reception they said it was impossible for anyone to sign the form. I decided to make an appointment with my GP she checked my records, asked a few questions, was happy. She produced a stamp, signed and stamped. Zero charge.
Well done Dom! Hope that you're holding up well after the run and have some time to explore the city.
The route has changed from last year.