I spent last week vacationing in France. The purpose was two-fold: to accompany my friend Lisa in visiting her old friends who lived in the Bordeaux region and to run a race in Paris. Yes, both were accomplished,
Last week –
- Monday – Though probably jet-lagged, I had decided that although Karen was no longer able to race with me, I wanted to meet up with her and possibly run with her. She chose Bois de Vincennes which was only a few metro stops from my hotel. The run was leisurely and it was great to see her again.
Later that day, Lisa & I took the train to Bordeaux where Chantal met us and we rented a car and drove to her home in Sanguinet.
- Tuesday – My first day in Sanguinet. So of course I had to go for a run. The house where I am staying is a mile from a huge lake. I ran there with no problem. But got lost on the way home. Good thing I speak French fluently and I was able to get directions back home.
We spent the rest of the driving around and getting lost but I did get to see the Atlantic and walk around the town of Biscarrosse. On the way home, we stopped so I could climb the famous Dunes of Pyla. It was one of my favorite activities of the trip.
- Wednesday- I ran again to the lake and did not get lost this time but ran along a different trail and fell. No injury so all was good.
Today we drove to Arcachon and then took a boat to Cap Ferret. We had oysters (the specialty there) and took a boat tour around the Cap and a train ride to the ocean and back.
- Thursday – One last run in Sanguinet. Instead of my lake run, I just ran around the neighborhoods. No falls and no getting lost. 😀
Today was a rainy day so we took a train to the city of Bordeaux and took a few bus tours of city and a wine tasting boat ride on the Garonne river. Such a beautiful place.
- Friday – Rest day. We drove to Bordeaux to return our rental car. After one last wander around the city and a lunch with Chantal, we took the train back to Paris.
We stayed in the same hotel as our first night of the trip. As soon as we checked in, I headed out on the metro to get my race packet. It was a perfect time to visit the expo since it was near closing and not too crowded.
- Saturday – Another rest day. Instead I put in over 12 miles walking. I took a long walk on the above ground walkway where runners go. In the afternoon, we took a BatoBus on the Seine river. This ride allows you to get in and off the boat so we did at the Jardin des Plantes and Tuileries.
- Sunday – Race Day. I finished the 20km de Paris on a very warm sunny day. It was much harder than I expected but I loved the race. I am happy that I was able to take it slow and enjoy the whole experience.
We celebrated with dinner and walk around the Latin Quarter.
This Coming Week –
- Monday – 4 miles (in Paris)
- Tuesday – rest day, fly to JFK, train home
- Wednesday – 3 miles
- Thursday – 4 miles
- Friday – rest day, mah jongg
- Saturday – 10 miles, Ellms Family farm with mentee & sons
- Sunday – rest day, bridal shower for future daughter-in-law (in MA)
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Happy Running! How is your running going? What’s new with you? Any big races on the horizon? Please share.
Now THAT is one heck of a Weekly Wrap! It looks like you took every advantage to see and do and run and eat and drink – and that sounds pretty much like the perfect trip to me.
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it was wonderful.
Just WOW. What an awesome trip. I think running a race is an excellent way to see the city sights too. I’m glad you were able to hook up with Karen. I’ve coached her (and she seems so lovely) and hope to get to meet her one day. Thanks for linking!
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She is great. I hope you get to meet her too. And I hope to run with you again!!!