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Runner’s from all over are coming along for the tour. Today we had a runners from Germany, Scotland, China and, of course, Australia!
Clemens from trail-magazin.de arrived on Pont Neuf with a very fancy camera in his hand – about the size of a brick. I couldn’t believe he was going to run with it, but he assured me that he’d already been all over Paris with it – taking photo’s on the run. He tells me that he only really starts to “feel the pinch” on the other side of thirty kilometers…
To look at him though it wouldn’t surprise you one bit. Evidently a serious runner!
Clemens is in Paris for the week, taking photo’s for the magazine on the run, and then back to Berlin.
Fiona’s been in Paris since forever and is one of the founders of the Let’s Run Paris group, she’s keen to get some kilometers under the belt for her upcoming marathon in the French Pyrenees. Sounds full on!!
Hot on Fiona’s heels was Linda from China, who’s been living in Paris for the last four years.
Honestly, I’m feeling a little outranked…
Anyway, after finding a local cafe to stash Linda’s kit (for the price of a quick espresso). The four of us were on our way.
Linda was expecting just a run around Paris, not the running commentary to go with it. With expectations like that, how can I go wrong?
Starting from Pont Neuf on the Île de la Cité, we saw Le Palais-Royal and Conciergerie, stretched at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, then moving on to Rive Gauche and the Latin Quarter, La Sorbonne, the imposing Panthéon, Luxembourg Gardens (which has become a bit of a hive of pokemon people…) then Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre III with views of the Eiffel Tower, Le Petit and Grand Palais’., the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Élysée Palace, La Madeleine, Place de la Concorde, l’Assemblée Nationale, the Tuileries Gardens and, finally, the Louvre and Pont des Arts.
Clemens was handling running/camera-work with aplomb. Often running ahead of the group to get photo’s for his magazine, which I’ll be looking forward to reading!
Hopefully some of his photo’s will be gracing the RunParis.fr website soon!
As always, it’s great fun meeting like-minded runners and to show good people around this beautiful city on a beautiful sunny summer’s day!
Friday’s Free Running Tour of Paris!
For today’s run we had two runners visiting Paris from Germany for the weekend – it was a bit scary, and a bit fantastic.
After introductions on Île de la Cité, I asked them how they found RunParis.fr. Apparently, the website is now ranking second in google searches for “sightjogging” in Paris. Which is wonderful, surprising, and terrifying all at the same time.
I still don’t believe it. At all.
Anyway, these two had jumped off the bus at 6am this morning after a mostly sleepless overnight bus ride from Germany.
Massive effort to get out for a jog!
The sleep deprivation and exhaustion did nothing to stop their enthusiasm though. There were tonnes of laughs as we ran all the great sights of Paris in ideal conditions for running.
Starting from Pont Neuf on the Île de la Cité, we ran past the Conciergerie and stopped for a quick stretch at the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral, then moving on to Rive Gauche and the Latin Quarter, La Sorbonne, and the magnificent Panthéon. All downhill from here through the Luxembourg Gardens and Le Sénat, Church of Saint-Sulpice, and then on to Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre III, Le Petit and Grand Palais’.. Things got a little busy through the Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde with the perparation for the Tour de France coming up. From there it was through the Tuileries Gardens and, finally, the Louvre and Pont des Arts.
Great company and a good laugh. I’m looking forward to meeting more runners like this!
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Another great run with the Let’s Run Paris group!
The spring/summer route takes in the sights and hills of the Père Lachaise Cemetery and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Some excellent training for the hills and a good overall distance at a touch under 11km.
Wasn’t too happy to find that I’d paused the Garmin mid run and hadn’t set it off again, so the run stats and map are cut in half. Still training myself to run with technology again and not just by “feel”. I’ll get the hang of it eventually!!
As always, some great company on the run and some new (old) faces back in the group. Always nice to meet new runners and have a chat about Paris and running and politics and the Brexit and everything!
After last weeks monster half marathon run this weeks was much shorter. A baby run even. Starting on the Île de la Cité, we still managed to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palais de la Cité, Sainte-Chapelle, Rive Gauche and the Latin Quarter, La Sorbonne, Le Panthéon, Luxembourg Gardens, Le Sénat, the Church of Saint-Sulpice and got a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
It was a short and sweet run with good conditions for running.
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