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Free Running Tour of Paris
It’s the first day of summer, apparently.
Could’ve fooled us!
So, the weather wasn’t ideal – a bit drizzly, a little bit grey – but that didn’t stop a fairly decent crew of runners (all things considered) from showing up for the Let’s Run Paris Monday night run. The spring/summer route, of course.
Tonight was my first night running as a pacer for the group, and I’ve got to admit, I felt a little bit like I was taking a driving test…
I passed with flying colors though, coming in at little quicker than the required six minutes per kilometer pace. No one got lost. No one died.
I’m looking forward to helping out with the pacing more in the future.
The only thing that could have improved the run is a little bit of sunshine! Hopefully more of that soon!
Well, that was longer than expected…
Today’s run was an unexpected fitness test. It started out like any of the running tours, with Sudha – an expat from India – getting in touch and meeting up in the middle of Pont Neuf. We took off towards the Notre Dame Cathedral, and while passing the Palais de la Cité, we heard someone calling out “Luke!? Luke!?” whilst riding in the opposite direction on a Velib bicycle.
A very lucky break for Sylvain – a Parisian Frenchman – and, it would turn out, a lucky break Sudha and I as well; being Parisian, Sylvain was a wealth of interesting information, and, being a keen runner, he just wanted to come along for the Saturday morning jog.
Arriving, eventually, at the Eiffel Tower, Sudha wanted to go and check out the André Citroën Park, which I’d never been to, and was, apparently, not too far further down the Seine. I was keen to see something new, and Sylvain, despite being a park he often run’s at, was keen to just keep running.
Turns out that “not far” was actually about 2.5 km away.
Heading there and back, and adding to that a lap around the park and the run back to the Ile de la Cite and, in the end, the tour ended up being just short of a half-marathon at 20 km, almost exactly.
A much longer run than normal, but no complaints! The beautiful park run was well worth the extra distance. It’s always great fun to discover new places to run in Paris, not to mention being wowed by the fact that the drinking water fountains in André Citroën Park flow with soda water.
So, I don’t think that this extra “add-on” to the running tour will be a permanent thing, but it will certainly be available on request for those with the legs to get there!
The rain of an extended (seemed like forever) winter has finally left Paris for a balmy spring.
Given what Paris has had to endure of late, conditions finally seemed perfect for a run!
Michelle joined the running tour today, and she made for great company. I’ve always held that runners are good people, and Michelle fits the bill!
A bubbly San Franciscan, Michelle moved to Paris a few weeks ago and is here for “hopefully forever”. She’s a long time runner and – being new to the city – was hoping to find a new run that got away from the usual run around the river Seine and into the heart of the (sometimes confusing) Parisian arrondissements. A new running route and learning a thing or two about her new hometown of Paris was on the running agenda.
I hope the tour didn’t disappoint!
Starting from Pont Neuf on the Île de la Cité, we saw Notre-Dame Cathedral, Rive Gauche and the Latin Quarter, La Sorbonne, Le Panthéon, Luxembourg Gardens, Le Sénat, Church of Saint-Sulpice, Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre III, Petit and Grand Palais., Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde, Tuileries Gardens, La Madeleine, l’Assemblée Nationale and the Louvre.
A great running tour on a great day for it with excellent company.
I might have even picked up a bit of a tan…
It’s exciting to find other like-minded runners who are as excited about the new “free running tour of Paris” concept as I am. Hopefully there are many more runners where that came from!
To quote Michelle, she “LOVED the run”. Capitals and everything.
We’ve waited for more than two months for you, but after a few false starts you’re finally here! Hopefully to stay.
Welcome back, Spring!
After a rough few weeks of un-seasonal constant rain and greyness, we finally got a run in today without catching a single drop of rain. Not even a threat of it.
There was even blue sky. What luxury!
Some might say that it was even hot. The sweat and red faces could leave no doubt – it was a warm one, and balmy.
Lots of new faces around the group which was great to see, and the usual suspects were all there as well, of course.
As always, a great run with great company.
The “spring route” could finally have conditions to match it’s name.
The group took in the sights and hills of the Père Lachaise Cemetery and the always wonderful yet often challenging Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
The heat and hills made it tougher than what we’ve been used to of late, but there were still sprinters ready to lay it out on the final dash to Nation.
Already looking forward to next week’s run!
If you’re an expat and you’re interested in joining a running group in Paris then Let’s Run Paris is ideal. The runners are a broad mix from all corners of the world who are all there for their love of a great run with good people. Check out their Facebook or Meetup pages to get involved!
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