Paris in Springtime

On 14th February 2013 by Rachael Woolston

Paris Marathon (6)

Three and a half weeks ago, I ran the Mumbai Marathon and it’s time now to start concentrating on my training again.

Next up? The Marathon de Paris (an appropriate post on Valentine’s Day, I feel) on April 7th.

There were very few runners in my last two marathons (Lake Garda and India) and so I’m looking forward to the crazy party that is the Paris marathon, with 42,000 runners registered from 112 countries around the world.

And having loved the final push that the crowds in Mumbai provided, I’m hoping the 20,000 plus supporters that come out to cheer the runners on in the French capital will add wings to my feet

I’ll need it as my training is suffering after a recurrence of an ITB issue, and tight hip flexors.

It is an age old problem for runners training for marathons. What to do when you are injured and you can’t put in the distance?

I’m focusing on MTB, long hikes, Pilates and lots of recovery work including yoga, myofascial release with The Grid, along with dry needle therapy (more on this in a few weeks).

But you know what is really getting me through all the niggles? The fact that I’m getting to run through Paris, with a route that passes some of the most iconic sights in the world.

Ah, and did I mention the cafes, cocktail bars and jazz clubs I’ve got lined up to try out too? After all, you can’t just visit a city and stick to horrible old pasta parties.

The Marathon de Paris has sold out but SportsTours International have guaranteed race entry and accommodation packages starting from £339.


2 Responses to “Paris in Springtime”

  • J

    Hey Rachael!

    I’m living in France and want to run my first marathon. However, Paris is up to 110 euros just to sign up, and I’m sure accommodation will be quite pricy as well. Any tips for other excellent European marathons that are perhaps more within my budget (would be able to do like a 70-euro sign-up in a city where I could find a cheap hostel)? Preference for non-loop courses – re-tread takes a toll on my willpower.

    Thanks! Cool blog.


  • Rachael

    Hi J, there are so many marathons in France, is it particularly paris that you want to do?