Posts Tagged ‘10km’

Don’t Blame Me, I’m Just an Australian!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

So I did it! I managed to talk my way into the 10km run this morning. Why I did this, I’m not sure, considering I almost died as a result. But when asked for my medical certificate I pulled a “I don’t have one because I’m Australian!” line and it worked! I had to write a note (in French) declaring that I was taking all responsibility for my health. So when I almost collapsed from heat exhaustion at the 4km mark of the run, I actually stopped because otherwise I’d have to sue myself.

Anyway, GO ME! I did it! I ran the 10km (well… I walked maybe 100 of those metres in total) and I crossed the finish line and the best thing of all… I wasn’t last! I wasn’t first either, but I also wasn’t a guy with ripped leg muscles who just sprinted the entire race. Nor was I wearing short lycra shorts. Some clear disadvantages there, I think you’ll agree. I came 350th (a nice round number) out of 600 competitors which I am quite pleased with. My time – 55 minutes and 57 seconds. I had Tom standing by the side of the road with a camera and a water bottle so there’ll be photos of me with a red face pulled into all sorts of “Oww! I want to stop!” contortions. But I have to say I am very proud of myself for doing it. Not only that, I managed to complete it in under one hour and I wasn’t last. And I have fulfilled one of my goals of running in fun run and I did it in Paris! Awesome.

Strangely enough, one of the biggest difficulties was the heat – it was really warm! So far I have only ever run in temperatures below 20 degrees (once or twice it was -2) in Paris so running in the warmth was a bit of a shock to the system. My body doesn’t like me much at the moment but in half an hour I’m meeting Rom, Coup and Amanda (visiting from Perth) for ice cream. I think that will make everything better. Then we’re going to go and check out the noises coming from the canal – it is Les Voix sur les Berges which I think is a choir competition on the canal. Could be interesting, could be terrible. We shall see. Until then, here’s a photo of me having just won the Paris Marathon.

The finish line

VICTORY!

Danger Run

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

About a week ago, I signed up for a 10km fun run that starts and finishes on the other side of the canal from me. It is currently 9am on the morning of the run and I have just discovered that I need a doctor’s certificate in order to participate. In France, you can smoke and drink as much as you want but you can’t even contemplate doing any sort of sporting activity without consulting your doctor to see if you might die from it. I had stupidly not read the fine print on the email I was sent and this morning have discovered the truth, after leaving a party early last night and avoiding not drinking too much etc etc. Plus I was all excited as I have never done a fun run before and 10km is a nice challenge for me. I’m going to try and get in anyway but it is highly likely I’ll be refused. I guess if they refuse me then I’ll just do my own 10km run and it’ll be a much nicer course than the one they have set out. So NER to them, stupid French.