Since when have you been preparing for this race?
My registration for the Paris marathon dates from September 2019. In view of the health context, the race initially scheduled for April 2020 has been canceled and postponed several times. Nevertheless, I had decided to save my bib last June. I actually started the preparation in early August, on a ten week schedule. My preparation was not optimal because of persistent discomfort in the Achilles tendon. Fortunately, the bike training allowed me to do the land base.
What was your goal?
Distance was unknown to me, so far my longest competitive race has been a half marathon. That is 21,100 km. For this first marathon, my goal was to do less than 2:45 [il a finalement bouclé la course en 2 h 38’ 04, NDLR].
Difficulty closing the distance?
I started to really undergo the muscular race in the quadriceps from the 35th kilometer. Precisely at the entrance to the Bois de Boulogne, with certain cobblestone passages. The mind took over in the last seven kilometers. I managed to limit the breakage. My pace was steady up to the 35th kilometer; 3’40 to 3’45 per kilometer. In the last seven kilometers, I lost 10 to 15 seconds per kilometer.
The crossing of Paris is also a discovery of the emblematic monuments of the capital. Which one do you remember?
Indeed, the route of the Paris marathon is dotted with monuments. But it was the crossing at the Eiffel Tower that struck me the most. We were at the 30th kilometer level. The atmosphere was amazing.
Supporters accompanied you?
My brother-in-law and a colleague, both runners, as well as my wife Aurélie, were present. Aurélie accompanied me and encouraged me on the route by taking the metro lines that ran alongside the circuit. My supporters were following the race through the race app.
I planned ten days of complete blackout. At the end of the second week, I will resume with sports carried, cycling or swimming, if the desire is present. To resume jogging, I will wait until the third week.