by Valerie J April. 20, 2017 143 views

4/9/17 Today was the day of the Paris marathon. In preparation for my half, we were supposed to run 9.3 miles. Last week during my 10 mile run, I pulled both my IT bands and I was a little worried about pushing myself while in the city of walking everywhere. We ran 5.5, so still a solid showing.

We woke up early today to catch the Paris Marathon. Mile 2 was right by Notre Dame, so we were able to catch the elites as they ran past. It was so much fun to cheer them on! After cheering for about an hour we started our own run. We ran along the course for a bit (the back half so we wouldn't run into any runners) and around the Champ de Mars (by the Eiffle Tower). After running around the park we took this wonderful picture from across the bridge (by Trocodero). We ran to the finish line and watched the elites cross. We walked around, looking for the after party (I wanted to buy a t-shirt) only to discoverer there was no party!! All party like activities and purchases are all barricaded in, only for runners. I was a little disappointed. I guess we should have gone to the expo, but I didn't think of that till now. 

We went back to the room and got cleaned up. We went to mass at Notre Dame (pretty cool!). We had lunch in the park behind the cathedral. It was a gorgeous day and everyone was out. After, we took the metro to the Louvre (no line at all!) We hit up all the majors- Winged Victory, Venus and Mona. After, we went to the Rodin museum and Les Invalides. By this time we were exhausted so we went home and relaxed till dinner.

We went to Jim Haynes for dinner- if you haven't heard of him, you've gotta check him out. For 30ish euros, you get a 3 course meal, all the wine/beer you'd like and great conversation with people from all over the world. We had a nice chat with a Swedish couple and some other Americans who had just moved to Paris (I'm very jealous). 

We stopped at a bar on the way home and played some darts. We found a kébab place (an homage to my time in Grenoble) and had a late night snack. Yum. 

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