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Paris Marathon Race Report / Bio Skin Blog

Paris Marathon Race Report

blog_story_image_paris-marathonBioSkin sponsored athlete Jason Holt of Utah successfully ran in the 2015 Paris marathon. Jason is former Utah State University athlete and a member of the Ogden Crew running group.

"I ran in the Phoenix Marathon at the end of February. I knew that I was not going to get in the best training for 6 weeks going into the Paris Marathon. I had a few easy weeks then jumped from 70 miles a week to 90 miles a week. I knew that it would either help or hurt me as you should only increase mileage no more than 20 percent each week. I hurt my knee that high week and it was sore for a few weeks. I had to do less mileage after my injury than planned.  I got a massage right before my trip hoping it would relieve some pain and it did a little but the pain went completely away 2 days before the actual marathon. I was relieved as it would have been horrible to run through pain for that long.

I woke up in the morning and walked down to the subway and rode it to the starting line which was by the Arc de triumph. I got there pretty early as I am always nervous something will go wrong. I talked to a few French runners while I was stretching and warming up, they were nice to talk to. I dropped off my clothes and headed to the start line. As I got closer I was blown away there were already so many people lined up and the race did not start for another 30 min or so. Then again I should not have been surprised there were over 50,000 people registered to run this huge race.

I started up at the front and from the start of the race the elite runners took off wicked fast. The race was very well organized and I enjoyed the race experience. The first few miles felt great and pretty easy for the most part, I started out around 5:20 or so and went to 5:25’s. I got caught by the Elite women about mile 8. At that point I had a choice to make. I could either continue going my pace and keep running around 5:25’s or try and stay with the elite ladies. I decided I knew I was not going to run a PR so I just wanted to have fun, so I decided to go with the ladies. It was cool being with them as the camera guy was following them. I could only stay with them until mile 12 or so then I got dropped. It was super fun and I really enjoyed it. I felt fairly good up until about 17 then I started to feel fatigued and my legs started to get really heavy and I could not keep up my pace.

I continued to fade more and more. I enjoyed the race, I looked around during the race and felt blessed to even be there running. I won this trip to run the Paris Marathon. If I did not win it I would never have come as it was a super expensive trip to get to Paris as well as running the Marathon. It was the race of a lifetime. I wore Skechers shoes in the race as well as BioSkin Calf Skins. The shoes worked great they were the Go Meb speed 3’s. The BioSkin calf sleeves worked great as well. I feel blessed and it is an honor to run for both of those great companies.

While on our Paris trip we were able to visit many amazing sites and eat a variety of different foods. We stayed in France for 4 days, London for a day, and Berlin, Germany for two days. In France we visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Love lock bridge and a few others. In London we saw the London bridge, Tower bridge, the Eye, Big Ben, Parliament and others. In Germany we went to a Holocaust Memorial, saw different cathedrals, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag dome and others.

It was a trip of a lifetime.  I knew that recovery was going to be rough as it always is after a marathon. The days after the marathon we continued to walk all day every day as we had many things we wanted to see and get done. I wore my BioSkin Calf sleeves every day after and it made my legs feel much better and it helped speed up the recovery. So much that I was able to run an 800 meter track race 6 days later. I fully recovered 5 days after and I ran a 1:54 in the 800 meters on the 6th day."