Paris Marathon Training Log: Long Run, January 21 2018

I saw the best and worst of Miami on today’s run. I guess that’s what I like about being a runner—it allows me to get to know cities more intimately, including my own. For example, I learned there’s a really cute pitbull that can drink water by himself from the beachwalk water fountains. In less cute news, I learned we have a lot of pet owners who don’t pick up after their dogs including one guy whose dog left a present in the middle of the South Pointe Pier. Yuck!

I have never been to Paris and am excited to explore it for the very first time through the unique lens of the Paris Marathon. (If I have to run 26.2 miles, it might as well be past the historical landmarks and glamorous arrondissements of the City of Lights, non?) The route starts and ends near the Arc de Triomphe, passing by the Place de la Concorde, Place de la Bastille, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower. I will basically be taking a tour of Paris’s “must see” attractions but at a 9:40 min/mi pace and accompanied by 55,000+ strangers from France and abroad.

While I’m jonesing for Paris, today’s run was all about the Miami half-marathon that I’m running next Sunday. My back-to-back ski trips put my training on an untimely pause so today’s 8-miler was an important last push to get my head and body right for the race. Surprisingly, despite the nearly two-week hiatus, I felt good. I managed a near-perfect “predator run,” averaging less than 9 min/mi on miles 7 and 8.

Leading up to next week’s race, I am going to take it easy. That said, I’m hoping to get in three easy runs—a sprint workout on Tuesday, a slow and steady 6-miler on Thursday and a warm-up 5K on Saturday—before the big day. The wind has been killing me the last few long runs so I’m also hoping to get in a “no wind” dance before Sunday. Stay tuned.

Margarita-Wells-Paris-Marathon-Training-Log-Long-Run-January-21-2018-Garmin-Connect

Gear: Brooks Glycerin 15 running shoes, Garmin Forerunner 920XT watch, Amphipod running belt (similar here), Beats Studio 2 wireless headphones

Playlist: My “Night Skiing” playlist on Spotify (I added a handful of new songs, including Tongues by Joywave which I used to get me out the door.)

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