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It started at the Arch de Triumph. Exceptionally well organized. Few lines to drop off our bags, as we all settled into our categories which were sectioned off with chain linked fences. I was in the 3:45-4hr category and tried to enter the 4:30+ area. "<i>Non non non, monsier! Vous estes la...</i>" pointing to the right cage down the road.<br><br>
Porto-johns inside the cage were handy! Contrary to myth- no one was smoking inside the cages. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Phew!<br><br>
AND we were off! we raced down the streets with gorgeous buildings. We glided past ancient famous buildings. As we passed one very interesting and cool building- we saw a bunch of men in security uniforms hanging out the windows cheering us on. Then I saw the entrance to the court yard... The Louvre.<br><br>
It wasn't far after that we hit our first water stand. Martin was correct- Oranges and sugar cubes! They also had fresh figs and bananas in addition to water. I found a couple of sugar cubes, an orange and a bottle of water hit the spot for me.<br><br>
As it was still before 9 on Sunday, the crowds were sparse, but we did get a couple of people out. We had a number of bands playing for us at regular intervals which boosted everyone's spirits and I settled into a nice 9 minute mile pace.<br><br>
Then we hit the park...<br><br>
The first park from KM 10-18 was huge! It gave us some nice shade. We ran through it and I caught up with some very nice Canadians who were here on their birthdays.<br><br>
After we emerged from the park and ran through the streets again through the city, past some rough neighborhoods, and suddenly found ourselves on the Sienne river, which took us past the biggest more glorious looking cathedral I've ever seen on the opposite bank.<br><br>
The Notre Dame. Also- we spent a good 3 minutes running past another glorious building which took around 3 minutes to clear... Then we went into a tunnel which felt like a good 1 - 2 km. Couldn't 't have been less than that. No joke- it was dark inside- no start light or end light- just the lights of the tunnel and thousands of runners in there with you.<br><br>
We eventually emerged from the tunnel and were unhappy to lose our shade... and kept running...<br><br>
and we soon passed the Eifel Tower. I've seen pictures of it- but it never does it justice! It was <span style="text-decoration:underline;">spectacular</span>!!!<br><br>
Running running running... Ok- more old buildings... are we done yet?<br><br>
The last park! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"> running running running. By now people were dropping like flies. Seriously <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> it was heartbreaking knowing we were 3 miles from the end and people had fallen and couldn't get up.<br><br>
Now came the interesting refreshments... The advertisements for the Marathon Du Vannes for example- they didn't give us water- they gave us cake, sausage, interesting sandwiches and red wine.<br><br><img alt="neutral.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/neutral.gif"> Shut up, Horrible Peanut- you're shitting me.<br><br>
I shit you not!<br><br>
run- run- hop- run- run- run- run- run... Is that the finish line?????<br>
run run run run run <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"> HORRRAAAAYYYY!!! *collapse*
 

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YAY!!!! That's so awesome!!! I'm completely jealous!!!<br><br><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif"><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif">
 

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Thanks...<br><br>
My original goal was 1) to get a sub 4 hour time and 2) See Paris. Once I started, and got about 13 miles in, the heat got to me and my goals changed to it switched to 1) See Paris and 2) <i>Finish</i>. I didn't not just get a PB, I shant on my old PB and missed it by 30 mins.<br><br><img alt="icon_scratch.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_scratch.gif"> Is this a success or a failure? Or just a horrible marathon? <img alt="icon_bounce.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_bounce.gif">
 

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Well, if you aren't hurting too much, you might want to visit some of those places you ran by!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/46/110716342_8664c106d9.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/42/110716340_441bad6df9.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/38/110716341_89e11a974c.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/42/107049282_9b8d9c9155.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Your race wasn't horrible, nor was your report. You did good, and you managed to triumph over the weather! Great job, great report.
 

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HP - speaking as someone who has yet to run a marathon, I think what you accomplished was a HUGE success.<br><br>
...and seeing Paris for the first time must have been just glourious. Your report reminded me of some good times I spent there - thank you.
 

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Now thats a report, I should have taken some influences: Hills hills more hills views etc. We collapsed. Excellent <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Sounds like you had a good race and enjoyed it.<br><br>
Well done! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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WOW!! What a great race report. Awesome!! That is heartbreaking to see people drop so close to the finish!
 

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DUDE!<br><br>
HP - IMHO there was nothing horrible about your marathon! You ENJOYED it -- and we have to do that in this sport to stay with it...or at least I do!
 

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<img alt="love5.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/love5.gif"> thanks guys.<br><br><br>
I took some time out on Friday after my flight in to go and tour the Popidou Centre. It was really amazing <img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif">
 

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Sounds like yo had a blast..it would have been more interesting if they actually had the course running through The Louvre. <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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when I saw the title of the thread, I was going to offer to give you some jewish momma sugar-lovin'....but then I remembered, "HELL, IT'S MIKEY"<br><br>
You're so silly.<br><br><br><i><span style="color:#FF0000;">Le WHEEEEEEEEE!<br>
Glad you had a le blast!</span></i>
 

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Actually- the tunnel was the easiest part of the last 10 miles. It was shade, it was cool. It was great!<br><br><br>
I had a lot of trouble keeping hydrated even when I wasn't running. I went into the marathon dehydrated, so I ended up drinking 2 bottles at each water stand- one on the spot and one to carry with me.<br><br><br><br>
~~~~WARNING POOP TALK AHEAD~~~~~~~<br><br>
I also felt a little WTPJ-ish on the way... I had a BM at the hotel after breakfast- but then I needed another one at the course before the race... and <i>then</i> I had to stop at mile 15 (through the rough neighborhood before the Seine River) for another one- and even then, at mile 22 or so- I had to fart and thought I shant myself a little, but luckily... didn't!
 

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You know me too well- I bounce back from everything. <img alt="icon_bounce.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_bounce.gif">
 

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Yay! Nice race and nice report. You did good Mike. It's definitely not easy to run in that kind of heat, and you did it for 26.2 straight. Nice job! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Hey, that's a fun report to read. Thanks!
 

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Congrats HP, now you get to rest rest rest. It sounds like you made the best of it.<br>
One woman at Boston dropped w/ like 50 ft to go, they had to block off the middle of the road right before the finish. So, I guess I'd rather drop at the 3 mile to go mark.
 
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