Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever taken part in. That’s why it appealed to me so much. It’s certainly not for the serious marathon runner. With 22 wine stops and so much food that you could consume more calories than you burn off, you have to ignore the Garmin and just go with the flow. This is the marathon where you go to have a good time, not get a good time. Oh, and fancy dress is compulsory. This year’s theme was music, so naturally I dressed as my hero Angus Young from AC/DC 🙂

Running the Marathon du Medoc start line

Running the Marathon du Medoc start line

The carnival atmosphere at the start line sets the tone for a completely bonkers event that’s basically one big running party!

Running the Marathon du Medoc start lineRunning the Marathon du Medoc start line

In hindsight, I wish I’d have started necking the wine earlier because I think it helped to numb the pain!

Setting off from the small town of Pauillac near Bordeaux, the course weaves through vineyards and the courtyards of beautiful chataeux where you can sample some of the wine they produce. My plan was to stick to water until 35km because I don’t drink often so I get tipsy easily. Plus, I have a kidney condition that means I have to stay well hydrated, so running and boozing is not advisable. Typically my back ache and bunions decided to flare up that day making every step very painful. In hindsight, I wish I’d have started necking the wine earlier because I think it helped to numb the pain!

Running the Marathon du Medoc vineyard

Running the Marathon du Medoc wine station

One of my favourites was Jesus wearing a big cross on his back…maybe he turned all the water into wine.

The array of costumes was truly astounding, and not confined to musical themes: I saw a man wearing a pole with Marge Simpson on the top of it and all the other Simpsons hanging off horizontal bars attached to it. There was a Baywatch squad including one member being eaten by a shark, several bananas and a woman wearing a huge Eiffel Tower. As to be expected, there were numerous David Bowies, Kiss, Abba, Village People and a few other people dressed as Angus. One of my favourites though was Jesus wearing a big cross on his back…maybe he turned all the water into wine.

Running the Marathon du Medoc wine station

Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc

We had all weathers that day, from blazing sun and blue sky to dark clouds and torrential rain. At one point I was so wet I couldn’t even unlock my iPhone to take some video! I was certainly glad of that baseball cap to keep the rain off my face!

Running the Marathon du MedocI had been due to run with a friend and her boyfriend but they pulled out a few days beforehand. Although I was disappointed for them not to be able to take part, I have always run alone so I wasn’t put off doing it on my own. I knew that one of my colleagues was running with some friends and we’d met up the day before at the expo. They crossed the start line before me (I was delayed in the queue for the toilet as usual!) so they were about five minutes ahead of me.

Towards the end of the course the food stops get really interesting with oysters, steak, corn on the cob, cheese and ice creams on offer.

Because I passed on the wine until the later stages I managed to catch them up…they’d stopped at every wine station! Towards the end of the course the food stops get really interesting with oysters, steak, corn on the cob, cheese and ice creams on offer. I’m vegetarian so I skipped the oysters and steak (38km into a marathon probably isn’t the best time to try oysters for the first time anyway!). We finished the race together in just under six hours with a final downpour just before we crossed the line.

Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du MedocRunning the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc 2017 medal

Running the Marathon du Medoc

The winners were weighed after the race (you can just see the scales on the stage behind me) and won their weight in wine! Despite the pain and getting soaked it was definitely the most fun I’ve had on a marathon, and this was my sixth. Would I do it again? Well, immediately afterwards I was adamant this would be my last, but I’ve said that after the last five. A week later I’m itching to get out for a run, and who knows, there may be a seventh 😉

Who would you dress up as? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

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Chinti and Parker striped  sweater

After running the marathon I was quite tempted to just crash out on the bed and stay there…tackling the five flights of stairs up to our apartment almost finished me off…Parisians don’t seem to care too much for lifts! But let’s face it, you can’t come to Paris and waste an evening sleeping when there’s so much to explore, so me and my blisters went out for a very leisurely stroll through the streets of Montmartre, trying to keep up with my husband and daughter (who always has far too much energy) and found a charming little restaurant to refuel and indulge in a much needed post marathon meal. On the way we snapped an outfit pic…well it’d be daft not too in Paris!

I like to keep my outfits simple and classic when in Paris so I chose a navy and neutral theme when packing for my trip.

I like to keep my outfits simple and classic when in Paris so I chose a navy and neutral theme when packing for my trip. I get so much wear out of my old Zara jacket, it’s one of the hardest working pieces in my wardrobe. Underneath I wore a Chinti and Parker sweater which I bought in the Outnet’s sale a few months ago, it was an absolute bargain and is fantastic quality.

Chinti and Parker striped sweaterSweater: Chinti and Parker, trousers: Asos, shoes: Marks & Spencer, satchel: Juno.

 

I don’t usually post food photos but this tarte tartin really was as delicious as it looks…after a lunch consisting of an energy gel and a couple of orange segments I was ready for an indulgent treat! There’s certainly no guilt after running 26.2 miles!

Tarte tartin

Tomorrow’s post is all about a boat trip on the Seine and wandering around the streets of Montmarte!

 

Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day!

 

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