It was surprisingly sunny, but still cold, as I made my way to Olymipades to Judit and Bethany’s apartment. Judit and I decided to run to Pantheon as it’s a nice distance with some pretty sights on the way 🙂 We had to do a bit of tourist dodging and squeezing past teenagers as we made our way through the Latin Quarter but it was a nice, easy run.
love this street art!
Where – From Olympiades to Pantheon
Spotted – people everywhere, it was super busy. A few armed guards around
Distance – 4.42 miles/ 7.1km
Time – 49 minutes because we stopped a few times
Motivation – it was sunny!
Playlist – This r&b mix, I’m one of those people that always youtubes different running mixes but hate all the dancey David Guetta/Example/Black Eyed Peas ones.
Frankie and I ran 11.5 miles, I’m so proud of us! Ah, so I’m running a half marathon in March (in Paris) and Frankie is doing a full marathon in April (in London) so we both needed to train. I finally decided against going to the march of solidarity in Paris yesterday; I think it’s great if you went and also fine if you didn’t. It’s all personal opinion and it’s definitely not ok to question people’s reasons for not going on Twitter or Facebook! (yeah I’ve seen people do it… weird). And I’m pretty sure it didn’t happen for you to just go and treat it like a great instagram opportunity.
Anyway, I totally underestimated how many people would turn up and occupy the trains and metros. If you were there you’ll know just how indescribably busy it was. It was impossible to even get on the platform at some stations, and I wasn’t even going to Republique! I squeezed my way around Paris, stopping off quickly in Belleville to get croissant bought for me from an awkward admirer (how very French), and reached Frankie’s.
Where – to a beautiful viewpoint in Pyrenees, around park Parc De Buttes Chaumont then along the Seine
Spotted – Little dogs galore. Crazy silver Imax cinema that looks like a spaceship.
Distance – 11.5 miles/18.5km
Time – 2hours 3mins
Motivation – too many short runs
Playlist – Meiple – Robin Thicke ft Jay-Z (I feel like I shouldn’t like this song, mainly because of Robin Thicke’s creepiness but Jay-Z’s parts are very french, woo), Little Mix, Kyo, James Bay, Izzy Bizu, Stromae (you can’t be in France and not listen to Stromae basically.)
Today is a rest day!
As far as Mondays go, yesterday was pretty good; didn’t have much to get done and kids were almost on their best behaviour. My lack of sleep all night meant random sketching in the morning followed by a few episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians. I’m really feeling for Khloe atm as Lamar is generally being an idiot (never deserved KoKo in the first place!!!).
With school pick ups, tennis, bath and dinner done I decided a run was essential. Its about 5 degrees here right now and I wasn’t appropriately dressed but what you guna do maaaate!?! I went to the river, turned right and headed towards La Defense which is in the business area. The streets were pretty dead and by time I reached the ‘grand arch’ I was equally dead. It was worth going the extra distance though because there was a Christmas market and more Christmas lights than most touristy places in Paris. Very tacky but pretty at the same time. I took some shameless selfies and made the wise but lazy decision to get the metro home. I changed lines at the Champs Elysée, took in the fab lit up view and got back on the metro. A few minutes earlier though I’d seen a homeless guy on my platform (very common view in Paris unfortunately) and gave him the €5 note from my pocket. Is it bad that I then slightly regretted it because I got a sudden craving for a nutella crepe (I was standing next to the stall).
Good, cold, long run only slightly tainted by the lack of nutella snacks…
Story of my life.
Where – along the river to La Defense & metro
Spotted – Drunk idiot demanding women to move away from him and screaming at everyone on the metro (top class twat). The thickest (and can I say deepest?) moustache eva evaaaa.
Distance – 8.3km
Time – longer than necessary
Motivation – wanted to get home and be tired, not awake until 3am
Playlist – Lots of acoustic Robyn, SBTRKT, Lowkey, Akala etc etc
(Sorry for the grainy photo overload)