Here's What You Look Like Before And After Running A Marathon

On Sunday 8 April, amateur and professional runners alike took to the streets of Paris with one aim in mind: to complete the 26 miles of the city's annual marathon. Safely setting up camp at the start and finish line, photographer Flavien Prioreau was ready to capture the athletes before and after completing the mammoth task.

Visibly tense at the start and a little sweaty and battered by the end, it's a real pleasure to see the sports men and women's mixture of relief and pride once it's all over. On the other hand, some look as though they've just taken a jog around the block – which is pretty damn incredible. Check out the runners' stories below.  

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Camille, 25 years old, France, communications officer

  • 4th marathon.
  • Ideal time: 3 hours 40 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: A bit of training and a lot of mental effort.
  • Final time: 3 hours 50 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Philippe, 53 years old, France, IT project manager

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: 4 hours 15 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: A lot of preparation and a bit of concentration.
  • Final time : 5 hours 45 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Melisande, 27 years old, France, engineer

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: between 4 and 5 hours.
  • What keeps them going: Encouragement and the marathon's positive atmosphere.
  • Final time: 4 hours 58 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Martial, 26 years old, France, quantitive analyst

  • Ideal time: A little over 4 hours.
  • What keeps them going: Concentration and the fact he has a plane to catch later...
  • Final time: 5 hours 17 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Jean-Pierre, 70 years old, France, retired

  • 80th marathon (in 8 years).
  • Ideal time: Between 4 hours and 4 hours 45 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: The pleasure!
  • Final time: 4 hours 48 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Romain, 27 years old, France, works for a sports crowdfunding platform

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: Less than 4 hours.
  • What keeps them going: Not going too fast (and wanting to lost weight).
  • Final time: 3 hours 53 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Julie, 31 years old, France, sales manager at Louis Vuitton

  • 1st marathon.
  • Final time: 3 hours 45 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: Concentration.
  • Final time: 3 hours 46 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Amadeo, 24 years old, Belgium, language student

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: 3 hours 45 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: The physical challenge
  • Final time: 4 hours 24 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Nordine, 42 years old, France, SNCF agent

  • 2nd marathon.
  • Ideal time: 3 hours 45 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: Running for a good cause.
  • Final time: 3 hours 56 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Tiffany, 29 years old, France, management controller

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: 3 hours 50 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: The challenge, bypassing limits.
  • Final time : 3 hours 53 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Lorraine, 25 years old, France, buyer

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: 5 hours.
  • What keeps them going: Running very slowly.
  • Final time: 5 hours and 2 seconds.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Morten, 47 years old, Denmark, advertising agent

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: less than 6 hours.
  • What keeps them going: Midlife crisis.
  • Final time: 5 hours 45 minutes. 

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Chloe, 20 years old, UK, medical student

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: Doesn't care, as long as she finishes without walking. 
  • What keeps them going: Her family and running for a good cause.
  • Final time: 5 hours 46 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Fatmah, 25 years old, France, computing engineer

  • Ideal time: 4 hours 30 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: The challenge, wanting to succeed.
  • Final time: 5 hours 36 minutes.

(Photo: Flavien Prioreau)

Jaïr, 20 years old, France, sports instructor in training

  • 1st marathon.
  • Ideal time: 4 hours 30 minutes.
  • What keeps them going: Concentration and three months of training.
  • Final time : 5 hours 02 minutes.

Thanks to Zoé Kovacs and Flavien Prioreau. You can find more of Flavien's work at his official site.

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