Week 15 – The Day I subscribed for a 10km race

A hot wave surprised all Parisians last week-end and those who had not planned any escape to the fresher countryside met in the many parks of the French capital.

I had nothing planned originally but in the end did not have any time to get bored. Because Thursday was a national holiday I went out for a late picnic on Wednesday evening to celebrate the short work week.

While we were drinking wine and eating salami and cheese with some French baguette (what a cliché) I randomly proposed to my best friend to go for a run on the next day. I honestly do not know where the idea came from. Not only I am not a runner but I am also very bad at it. I get bored very quickly, I have no breath and I cannot concentrate on anything else than my pain while I am running.

But because I have been going out a lot and enjoying the good life lately I might have forgotten to exercise and I can feel a lot of energy that does not get used enough. So I was more than excited to meet my friend the next morning at 2pm (it was a holiday after all!) at the Bois de Boulogne, the second-largest park in Paris on the eastern side of the city. As a comparison it covers an area about two and a half times the area of Central Park in New York.

It is a nice place to run first because you do not have to run in circles and because of the nature: within the boundaries of the Bois de Boulogne are an English landscape garden with several lakes and a cascade; two smaller botanical and landscape gardens, a zoo and amusement park, a complex of greenhouses holding a hundred thousand plants; two tracks for horse racing, a tennis stadium where the French Open tennis tournament is held each year, and many other attractions.

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The sun was high and burning when we started to run but we were so happy that the heat did not matter to us.

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Because my friend started to run regularly more than a year ago and has already raced 2 semi-marathons, I was counting on him to train me and give me some tips.

We began with a 5 minutes run to test my resistance, and I was so surprised to feel fine that we kept going and did 4 x 10 minutes of running with 5 minutes pauses between each session. Overall we ran for 40 minutes and with the walking in between we covered a distance of 10km.

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18720904_10154645152604157_1158453084_oFor those who run it might seem nothing but for my first run in 7 years I was pleased to see that I am actually in a good shape and most importantly that, although I have not been able to go to the gym very often lately, my body recovers quickly.

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After the effort, the comfort! we got a fresh juice from a little Organic shop and “tried” to get some sun tan…which for some mysterious reason is not happening for me, although I have been 10 days in Brazil and running in the sun as much as I can.

Anyways, after this pleasant experience the decision was made: I will be running a 10km race in September, my friend and I are subscribing as a team and training all summer so that it will just be a fun thing to do together and not a scary moment I will dread. I could have trained for a semi-marathon (21km) but let’s not forget that until yesterday I hated running, so it is enough for now, and if this goes well the semi might be the next challenge.

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