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A week in Paris: reflecting on the 26.2 and letting chocolate back in my life

Monday, 14 April 2014

It’s been 8 days since I ran my second marathon. As much as it was such a tough run I’m amazed that I did not feel sore at all afterwards. Yesterday I went for a short 6.5km run and whereas the legs felt a little stiff to begin with, they loosened up after a few km and felt good.

In a way I still feel like I totally blew Paris. That I could have / should have run faster. But my rational brain tells me I cannot compare running a marathon in 10°C to running a marathon in 20°C. So I will not moan on and on about this and will move on :)

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We spent the next 4 days after the marathon exploring Paris. The kids and my mother had never been there so there was plenty to see.

The city is not extremely child friendly – the playgrounds seem to be only in the touristy areas and none in the suburbs at all. But in the end we found plenty to do and made good use of the metro.

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We had some great weather and the kids even put up with a few hours in the Louvre. Their favourite activity however was walking through the catacombs under the city. I was totally creeped out :|

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The locals were very friendly and often offered directions, candy for the kids or just stopped us for a chat. I did not feel awkward at all that I don’t speak French. It’s the first time I’ve felt that way while in Paris, maybe because the metro system is finally starting to make sense and I’m starting to feel just more comfortable with that city in general.

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I ate all the things that week that do not agree with my skin nor my digestion. After a week of pre-marathon strict diet of mainly sweet potatoes and plain rice, I totally went overboard. Weirdly I wasn’t extremely bloated by the end of the holidays, just about 4 months pregnant looking instead of the 6 that can sometimes happen :|

I’ve decided that even though it’s great for me to be free from dairy, gluten and sugar, I’m letting chocolate back in my life. Life is just a little bit better when chocolate is in it.

Now off to get ready for my first Crossfit session in 2 weeks. I cannot WAIT, I’ve started to dream about it which usually indicates I’m going through a serious withdrawal and need my fix asap.

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  • Sarah Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at 14:48

    Great pics!! I love the view down the steps in Montmatre … well done on climbing those on tired marathon legs!!

  • Stephanie M Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 10:37

    Congrats on Paris, looks like you had a fab time. I had my first run back yesterday it felt soo good, being on holiday definitely made me have a good rest and crave a run and yoga when I got back. Hope your first cross fit back is fab!

    • MrsB Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 17:21

      I ran 30km today as I have my next marathon in 3 weeks. I have no idea how much to run if there are only 4 weeks between marathons but I figure this was my ‘last long run’ :)

  • kathleen Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 15:54

    Well done on Paris! It looks like you found a way to combine kids holidays with a race, I’m yet to achieve this. Don;t stress about your time, you ran and prepared sensibly. If anything you are consistent! Have a great time back at CrossFit x

    • MrsB Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 17:26

      It’s fortunate that the Paris marathon falls to the start of the school holidays. Last year we spent the week after the marathon in Barcelona :)