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Paris Marathon: Mile 22

March 29, 2010
Mile 22 of the Paris Marathon 2010

Leaving the traffic behind, it's time to enter the final stages of the race

The gentle downhill to the finish line continues as you enter the gardens. For the first time since the start of the race, you’ll be entering a area that cars can’t normally go through. (Although you’re unlikely to notice, since the roads of Paris will have been closed off for the race so far.) The course cuts back on itself over this mile and the next in order to make up the marathon distance.

Mile 22 of the Paris Marathon 2010

The end of the road for the Googlemobile, but not quite for you...

Flat, smooth roads and the continuing downhill should help you along. It’s not far until the finish now, although these miles are likely to be quiet with relatively few spectators – you’re out of the centre of the city, and anyone wanting a view will probably have gathered towards the end.

Keep focused at this point, and try not to obsess over how much of the race is left. Just keep an even pace, and keep on going.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wazza permalink
    March 30, 2010 11:06 am

    Hi Lewis this will probably be my last chance to post a comment as we are leaving on Friday with a stop over in Kuala Lumpur then going to Paris Monday 5th. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your blog especially the posts on the various mile sections. Good luck with the run. Looking at your training results I am positive you will run very well, maybe a low 3 hours ??.

    My plans for a little dress rehearsal on the weekend were thrown into disarray by a couple of family issues but I’ve run quite well up to 30 kms sometimes tired from previous sessions and in quite hot and humid conditions. I’ve also run a couple of shorter races up to expectations – a flat 8 kms at 4.28/ km and a hilly 14.x kms at 4.43/ kms. I’m just trying to get into the groove of running at the right pace 5.15? and will have a good think about my nutrition leading up to the race. I’m staying near the Eiffel Tower so hopefully will be able to familiarise myself with the last few miles.

    Once again well done on the blog and training.

    • March 30, 2010 11:57 am

      Hi Warren,

      Thanks for your comment, and I hope the travel plans go well. All the hard work is done now, really, so it’s time to get some rest and carbs and save it up for race day. I hope your run goes well, and that you enjoy your time in Paris – and the extended holiday afterwards!

      After such a long time building up to the marathon, I’m really looking forward to running it now. I’m sure the atmosphere will be great, and it’ll be quite a novel way to see the sights! Good luck with your nutrition plan and remaining training, and thanks for your support through this journey!

      Lewis

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