That was fun. I think.
AGMA’s not sure that I’ve ever thought of a marathon as fun, but this was probably as close to being fun as one can get.
No – it was definately fun!
To relieve the burning question you all have – I did finish. Barely.
But let’s start from the beginning….
We arrived in Pauillac on September 7. Pauillac is in the Haut-Medoc region of Bourdeux. The wine in this area is spectacular. But since AGMA was going to attempt to run/walk 26.2 miles (42KM) in two days, I needed some restraint.
I was semi-successful.
It was difficult. There was/is wine everywhere. Everywhere. Good wine for very little $$. Great wine for very little $$.
There was wine at the little Expo.
Every marathon has an expo the day before (or sometimes two days) the run. The runners pick up their running “bibs” (with their number on them and timing chips on back) and get a goodie bag (ususally). There are also booths and displays from vendors trying to sell you running “stuff”.
This one had wine. Lots of it.
Then there was the pasta “dinner” the night before the marathon at Chateau Livran. For 1500 close friends. That started – started mind you – at 8:30 P.M.
It was beyond description so I’ll just post a few pictures.
OMG – the French sure know how to have a pasta dinner!
AGMA tried to be restrained. I only sampled each wine and probably had 2 glasses total. Others were not quite so restrained.
Ah, to be young again.
I felt it was a poor decision for others to dance when they were going to run a marathon the next day. Tut, tut…
That is until the band played Pharrell’s song, Happy. And Earth, Wind and Fire’s song September.
Yup. AGMA joined in the party.
Hubs and I tore ourselves away from the party and headed back to Pauillac at 10:15 P.M. This was BEFORE they served dessert. At that point, we’d been served 4 bottles of wine between 4 of us. Who know how much was served after we left…
Every party needs a pooper right? An AGMA pooper.
Thankfully, the marathon didn’t start until 9:30 A.M. And AGMA was stealth in planning this trip – we were in an AirB&B in Pauillac, about a 10 minute walk to the start of the run. And the finish.
So I got a good night’s sleep.
I’m not going to go into details about the run. AGMA will just say it with pictures….
There was a naked guy who had nothing but his bib in front of his twig and berries who threw up at one of the wine stops. That picture might be TMI…
So AGMA finished. I got the medal. I got the backpack. I got the bottle of wine.
Official time…slow. Let’s just say I beat the sweepers, but I’m pretty sure they slowed down along the way.
This was a good thing since I was over 6 hours and 30 minutes…
I’m sore. And still tired.
But boy, was it fun!