I just returned from a quick trip to Paris where I completed by 4th Paris Marathon (7th marathon total). It was great fun — both the trip itself and the run, and now I am looking forward to not traveling, not doing long runs, and staying put….. at least for the next couple of months (I have already planned my next two marathons…). Here are pictures of the weekend! (And what day is it today?)
We landed at 2 pm on Saturday, 16 hours before race time. So the only thing we could do that day was go to the Expo to pick up our bibs and get settled for the race next morning. YUP. The race at 8:20 am the next morning! Here is our feast pre-race.
I went out with my friend, Laura. She is a better runner than I am (way better), and I didn’t know if we were going to run together or not, but we both last minute decided that we were going to have a “fun run” and not pay attention to splits or times, and just run for the sake of running and the love of the sport. We ran the whole time together, and our time was a 3:36 (8:06 minute per mile pace). Not the best time, and not the worst. But as far as I am concerned, it was a great outcome for a fun long run.
Walking home post race. One of the reasons why I love the Paris marathon (because it is certainly not the fans, as there are none), it is that it is easy to get to and from.
My meal several hours post marathon. Best burger I have ever eaten. Hands down. (More on our restaurant choices in an upcoming blog).
After our big lunch, we walked more (an additional 10 miles!) and also rested. As seen above by Ken. Heaven, truly, heaven. A beautiful park, nice weather, and nowhere to go and nothing to do! Freedom!
No matter how many times I go to Paris, the views always take my breath away.
Lilacs are hands down my favorite flower. HANDS DOWN. The smell, the color, everything!
Not the best image, but I just love these flower boxes. Classic Parisian.
Store window. Look at the flowers!!!!
Playground outside of Notre Dame — Paris is really the most child friendly city I have ever visited! (This made me remember the great times I had in Paris with Cruzzie in June 2016).
Notre Dame on a dramatic day, adding to the drama of the building itself.
Look at the symmetry of the bottoms of these trees. So precise and so cool.
Oh Paris, je t’aime.
Cherry blossoms — the city felt fully in bloom.
I can’t resist another picture.
The Seine in all its glory.
Thank you, Paris.
Along the Seine. Love, love.
Thank y0u, Paris Marathon for bringing me to Paris once again! As we all know, I will be back! Hope you are having a great week, everyone.