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For my second half-marathon Alex and I headed to Paris. Home of Notre Dame, the wonderful Shakespeare and Company bookshop and the best Quiche I’ve had in a very long time. Though it was officially the beginning of Spring, you’d think it was still Winter, what with the one degree celsius temperature which almost froze my bare hands right off during the race. What kept me going over those 21 kilometres, besides the cheering crowds, various marching bands and sugar cubes in my pocket was my trusty ipod shuffle. Song of the race must go to Animal Collective, whose My Girls kicked in at the 19 kilometre mark just when I needed some musical moral support. On a high from the race we showered and headed to bohemian Monmartre for a late afternoon feed and celebratory beers. This was followed by champagne and a small mountain of french cheese backed by an impeccable techno soundtrack at the apartment. Props to Alice and Etienne for their true “francais” hospitality.

Animal Collective – My Girls

It was a beautiful blue sky autumn morning in Hyde Park. Time for my first half marathon. Along with 12,000 others I anxiously awaited the start. After a quick warm up and a last minute dash to the bushes for a final pit stop we were off. I felt almost like cattle herded into a long line slowly heading towards the start. Pod on, I jogged away confidently, three months of solid training under my belt, running out of the park, past Buckingham Palace and towards Big Ben. Crossing Westminster Bridge I almost felt like stopping and taking a photo, golden light over the Thames. I ran at a steady pace replaying in my mind words of advice from friends not to try and compete with those around you. With so many other runners it was at times quite crowded on the track but everyone was in good cheer and respectful of other runners. As each mile came and went I checked my stopwatch sticking to my plan of 8 minutes to the mile. Finally after 12 miles exhaustion kicked in. Finish line in sight I pressed on until 200 metres from the end adrenalin took over, Trans Am came on the Pod and I made a mad dash for the line! A memorable day and I hope the first of many half marathons to come.

Conspiracy Of The Gods by Trans Am