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Suomi Je Suis’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 07 Apr 2009

Location: Paris, France

MapMarathon no.2 is complete. I finished in 4:30, 20 minutes quicker than last time, which is odd because i seemed to have cramp most of the time, and was forced to walk a lot. The time is not particularly good, but if i was running marathons for good times i would've started about 15 years ago and drank considerably less beer in between. Bloody good laugh all round. We squeezed in 3 trips to the bar (2 before and 1 after the marathon) and saw a lot of the city, so it went well on all fronts. One of the boys had a friend there who took us to all the good bars and sights, and i also ran into an old friend from France at the expo before the race. This was lucky considering he wasn't even in the race and he was only there for a meeting. Apparently a French paper printed a special issue with all the marathon rankings, so he is sending me one in the post.


The French got almost everything right with the organisation, except they didn't give us any food containing much salt during the race, which meant that many of us ended up with cramp. In my case, i got it in both legs, which explains why i was walking fairly often. Other than that the atmosphere was brilliant. They even gave out cheese and wine at 38km, and cider at 40km. Neither of them helped me run faster but it was a nice touch that cheered me up for at least 10-12 seconds. Sadly another man close to me seemed to have been over zealous with the wine, and it reappeared just seconds after he crossed the finish line. I did the right thing and laughed/watched where i was walking.

As we went as a group of 4 and we all finished in under 5 hours, we did what all professionals do after a race: ate burgers and drank beer (I believe it's mentioned in Paula's book). None of us can walk properly now, and we only arrived home at 3am today (by which time i had a mysterious cut on my hand), but we are already planning the next trip....maybe Buenos Aires, Argentina.

None of us have been there and it makes sense to get some exercise if we're going all that way.