You finished 2nd in the women’s category of the 2012 edition. What advice would you give to people who are going to take part in the 2019 edition?
They are going to enjoy a great experience, I think the course is really nice. Finishing at the first floor of the Eiffel Tower is amazing. Races with less elevation are also challenging because you must know how to always regain some speed. You’re always pulling on the same muscles, it’s tiring!
What does this race inspire you? What are its specificities?
It’s great to be able to run in Paris and go through places you didn’t know. It’s another way of discovering the city. The course is quite crowded. And it’s a fast race, you need to be able to run fast.
What advice would you give to someone taking part in their first trail?
Be prepared to run for a long time. Don’t neglect physical preparation because it’s always the same muscles that do the work, so you need to be prepared. And it’s good to remember where the refreshment points are.
What are the common mistakes that need avoiding?
Going too fast at the beginning thinking it will be an easy race. Watch out for the weather, it can be hot or cold.
What prevented you from winning the race?
I was feeling very well physically, but I was too eager to win and I rushed things. I made a few rookie mistakes. After that race, I started working on my mental focus and it paid off later on.
We are one month away from the event. What type of exercises do runners need to focus on at practice?
The key element: a very light week and a half before the race. Run a lot less, go for quick runs with some straight lines. You need to be rested and ready to run on D-day. Before that, you need to keep increasing the load, the intensity, the power, the length etc. Don’t forget muscular strengthening and core stabilization. And to avoid hurting yourself, don’t neglect stretching, compression and maybe recovery massages if you can, or even cryotherapy.
Let’s talk equipment. How do you choose your sports bra? What are the most important criteria?
My bras provide excellent holding. They are efficient, light and comfortable. When I’m at practice, I use Top Strap X back or Top Strap Original. During the race I wear X back because it’s lighter.
You wear compression sleeves during the race and recovery socks after. How does it help you?
Sleeves help hold my thighs firmly during the race. Constant movement for hours always causes micro-traumas. But compression sleeves help reduce it a lot. I wear recovery socks almost every time after practice. It’s highly effective to get rid of tiredness. It’s like your legs are brand new when you start the next session.