FINAL PHOTOS… After, going through my photos this weekend, I had to post these final shots of my fall travels.
I am starting to organise my spring travel schedule- it is going to be a busy one. Look forward to more adventures starting in January with Thailand.
PARIS STREET FOOD… Not to confuse you, I am in Istanbul.
Last Paris post, at least until my next visit. Post 10-mile run, Reia and I headed for some shopping in the Marais neighborhood. Loads of cute shops and open on Sunday, which is fantastic.
We saw several passersby with delicious looking falafel sandwiches. In a previous visit to Paris, Ben and I had seen people strolling and munching, but we did not find the place serving the tasty-looking sandwiches. I did find the place on this trip- L’As du Fallafel, located in a once vibrant Jewish neighbourhood on the Rue de Rosiers. They pile crispy falafel balls, hummus, crunchy slaw, roasted eggplant, pickles, yogurt sauce and more pickles!
These pita-pockets were followed by the best flat white in Paris, but I do not know the name of the coffee shop, but I know it was on the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois. It was tiny with just one barista and a selection of coffee beans. If you find it, send me the exact address.
MORE PARIS… Here are a few more shots of Paris. If Ben and I had to move back to France, I could live in Paris.
Plus, I recently learned, my mom has a love affair with this city, which I never knew. My mom is excellent at keeping secrets! I hope she will meet me in Paris in March. Then we can retrace the steps of how her love began.
RUNNING… If you have never been running in Paris, you should go. It is a great way to see the city, more and more French people are hitting the pavement (or so it seemed).
Reia and I went for two runs over the weekend, an easy 5-miler on Saturday and then a sight-scenic 10 mile jaunt on Sunday. After being running partners for 9 months (then we moved to Edinburgh), we have a fantastic rhythm and can solve our mini-problems and those of the world in our heart-pumping miles together.
Reia will not be able to join me for the Paris half-marathon in March, but I think I am still going to compete. Where are your favorite places to run?
NIGHT WALKING… After arriving from London to Paris last Friday, I thought I was pretty beat, but meeting up with my pal and former running buddy in Paris, I had a burst of energy. Reia is just that fun! It could also have been the pre-dinner snack of edamame.
After dinner Reia suggested we head out for a midnight walk in our Parisian neighbourhood. We were in the ninth arrondissement, so close to the lovely Sacre Couer in its calcite glory.
Paris has such a different look and feel at night, it was so great to be back and Reia knows the city so well. Thanks Reia.
Day Before Race:
So maybe we should have said no to the champagne and undoubtedly the glass of wine while carbo loading and Swann et Vincent was not going to help, but how could we resist? After all these months of not being able to whoop-it-up, it was a fun finish to a Saturday.
5km: Not even, I turned to Reia and said ” I don’t really feel like doing this.” We are moving at a good clip. We are amongst 28,500 runners, I think this is the biggest race I have done.
12km: We call the hotel to ensure we can really check out after the race, we had received mixed messages. We are not French, showers are very important. Pace still good.
14km: Feeling good, reassured we can shower after the race. Notre Dame and the Hotel de Ville are lovely.
17km: There were a lot of spectators cheering- Reia and I are cruising.
19km: Back into the Bois de Vincennes. A little less speed, but the end is near. We are being cheered in by the early finishers doing their cool down runs. We hate them.
20.09km: Finish- well worth it for finishers medal, the biodegradable poncho, technical t-shirt and the best oranges ever from the post race table.
Back to Timhotel on the packed metro line 1, a leisurely lunch and then back to Edinburgh. Reia relaxed a few hours before heading back to Grenoble.
We are still debating if we will make this an annual event. I vote YES!
Tomorrow I am off again. This time for funs! I will meet my pal Reia in Paris where we will run the half marathon on Sunday. Reia was my fantastic running buddy in Grenoble, we would run together at least three mornings a week and usually a weekend day. Such great chats during our miles together, hopes and dreams.
(The Paris Half Marathon Course)
I have strong doubts this weekend will be my shining-star athletic moment, I put in some good treadmill runs during my recent trips, so I should be able to make it. Being France and being ultra competitive, we have to finish in 2.5 hours, this is an excellent goal, I do not want to be escorted off the course, by a Frenchman with a ‘coup corne’.
I am back on Edinburgh Sunday night.
Off to pack. Look for photos next week of the race and the weekend.
My Grenoble running buddy Reia and I registered for the Paris Half Marathon on March 4, 2012! Whoop-whoop! There is no turning back, I have booked my ticket and everything. We are up for the challenge of long distance training from a long distance.
I have tried to find a motivating training program, something betweenRunner’s World, Get You Round where day one is a 15 minutes of jogging and the Sweat Shop:We Know Running’s schedule that begins with a morning run of 40 minutes followed by an evening work out 4 x 6 minutes at Threshold with 1 minute jog recovery, I do not know what threshold is.
Do any of you have any suggestions for a great half-marathon training program?
This will be my first long distance ‘race’ in 6 years. The last considerable distance event I did was the Dublin Marathon in 2005, it rained almost the entire race, to stay ‘dry’ I ran in a garbage bag for about 15 miles. I was ready to give up, but I really wanted the t-shirt, I don’t really remember what it looked like, but I am sure it was 100% cotton and worth it.
Since then Ben and I have done several short charity runs in Grenoble and were persuaded to run for Grenoble Ecole de Management last year in a profile-raising event. I did my first (mini)triathlon with my tri-buddy, Sarah in September 2010, so I have remained competitive!
I want to challenge myself, maybe even try for a personal best. I think my best half marathon time was 1:47, I was 20. Fifteen years later will I be able to compete with my younger me?
TRAVEL MONDAY… Following my post from Friday, here some of my favorite photos of the City of Light from this weekend. I was pleased to see I had not forgotten as much French as I had thought. Genial!
I am off to Paris this weekend for a recruitment event. I am anxious to see how much French I have forgotten in the four and a half months we have lived in Edinburgh. I need to pop in and meet the British Council-Paris. When I emailed them about why I wanted to visit, they sent me an email back about how I could apply for a job, not a good sign for their pro-U.K. education stance. I think I might have enough time to be able to hop a metrovelo and whiz around the city to some of my favorite places. Probably a visit to Merci in Faubourg-St.Antoine to drool over all their unique gift items and maybe grab a chocloat-chaud in their used-book lined cafe. Then crossing La Seine to visit Jardins de Luxembourg and read some magazines- I am a bit behind on my Vanity Fair- October issue. I will wind my way back through the narrow sens-unique streets of the Marais. I am staying at the Hotel Palyme, across from the Gare de Lyon (it is a clean and comfortable hotel, great neighborhood and near metro line 1, it is also very reasonably priced). If the body is willing, I will go for a run, recreating parts of our running in Paris video. Then dinner at the best restaurant in Paris, Swann et Vincent. The trip will be short, but the enthusiasm will be high! Photos to follow.
The images are from a very cool blog New York versus Paris: A Tally of Two Cities (so punny)!