Last year, you proved that you are a polyvalent runner who can take part in various races such as the CCC, the Boulogne-Billancourt half-marathon... What motivated you to take part in the EcoTrail Paris this year?
I like to vary my challenges, so I take part in trail races whenever I can. The EcoTrail Paris is a great compromise to begin the season in my opinion. The elevation is not too high, and the running time is enough for this period of the year. Where I come from (South-West of France), it is hard to run on high elevation courses in the winter. So rather than starting a race with high elevation unprepared, I prefer to go for quality training and run a full race in Paris.
According to you, what are the main difficulties on this kind of course?
You never really have time to take a breath on courses like that. You are always alternating between short ascents and accelerations on flat sections. But the biggest difficulty will always be the race management on this kind of event.
Do you know the other professional athletes? Who will be your "rival"?
Honestly... I don't. I expect to find very good runners on the starting line. It won't be long before the best contestants stand out, because a 45km trail goes by quickly!
What will be your equipment for the race? Which shoes are you going to run with?
Depending on the weather, I might be wearing warm clothing or just shorts and a t-shirt. I will be carrying a bag for my stuff, and I am still hesitating between the New Balance 1400 or 1500 for the shoes... I have not decided yet. The next training sessions will help me make my choice.
Do you have advice to share for other runners who will take part in the race?
Use the two remaining weeks for speed and resilience practice. It's the best way to keep a good pace on D-Day. Remember to manage your effort during the race. Two years ago, I started the race at a pretty quick pace and the last section between the Parc Saint-Cloud and the Quais de Seine seemed like it would never end!