Paris Marathon 2018: Well, I am now a marathon... - Couch to 5K

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Paris Marathon 2018

Chradams
ChradamsGraduate

Well, I am now a marathon finisher. I completed the Paris Marathon on Sunday and, as I am sure all finishers know, I feel incredibly proud of myself.

42,195km is a long way but the atmosphere and crowds help you along immensely and you certainly feel sympathy for the wounded on the side of the road.

The most difficult part was training over the winter and fighting through the ‘Beast from the East’, only to turn up in Paris to a beautiful day hitting 22 degrees, I have never drunk so much water during a run and I certainly enjoyed the large cold beer I forced down at the end.

For me everything seemed to be nicely organised and I didn’t experience any problems with the collection of the bib, travel, left luggage, food/drinks, route marking etc. All in all a really (un)pleasant day!

My immediate reaction was never, never, ever again but I already find myself thinking, what if 'next time'… - I must stop this insidious, creeping, masochistic need!

Well done to all finishers and best of luck for London on the 22 April.

To all C25K runners, staring or copmpleting your journey - you can do it! You don't need to run marathons - I now will enjoy a nice five km or maybe a 10 if I feel energetic, it is enough to get out there whatever you shape/size/ability and just enjoy doing yourself some good!

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

That's 26 milestones!!!

Congratulations!.

Chradams
ChradamsGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks a lot!

Well done you- amazing 🍾

Chradams
ChradamsGraduate in reply to Lillybeth30mins

Thanks, and yes, the champagne flowed!

Well done. One day..... Maybe 🤣😉 10k first lol

Chradams
ChradamsGraduate in reply to Clairecandothis

Go for it, you have nothing to lose!

Jullaly
JullalyGraduate

Congratulations, you inspiration and I love your last comment too about whatever your shape size and ability, just get out there. Thanks to people just like you that’s exactly what I am doing and why I am doing it so from people like me a massive thank you. Very well done x

Chradams
ChradamsGraduate in reply to Jullaly

Great, keep enjoying the journey.

Amazing stuff. You are a superstar, I can’t imagine doing the big M ever

Chradams
ChradamsGraduate in reply to Jancanrun

Never say never, just never again 😂! Or maybe ........

Amazing!! A marathon finisher is a very elite group - less than 1% of the population!

Chradams
ChradamsGraduate in reply to Amandana

Thanks, I now feel even more special 👌🏼

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