Paris Marathon: Friday April 3, 2009
Today I feel like I am a runner again. Not because I went for a run but because I went to the Marathon Expo and picked up my race number. Surrounded by other runners I stopped being a Flaneur and my thoughts turned to the race.
I have been wandering the streets of Paris waiting for this gorgeous city to work its magic and for the melancholy cloud that has been following me around to lift. It is working, it is impossible not to be seduced by the magic of Paris in spring.
The omens are good. The colour of Paris in the spring of 2009 is purple. Shop windows carry displays of the most amazing hues along the violet spectrum. The most beautiful clothing – why is it that clothes at home are not so visually appealing. There could be a thesis in this.
By coincidence the colour of the corral I will be starting in also purple and the colour of the 3:45 finishing pacers is also purple. But then as I was approaching the entry to the Expo pavilion a volunteer handed me a brochure advertising a DVD called Les Chiens dans ma Vie – The Dogs in My Life.
Now if that is not an omen I don’t know what is. So there it is my secret marathon goal revealed. It feels like it was meant to be- I feel like I owe it to my training buddy -but time will tell.