Earlier this month I travelled to Paris - the land of 'love' as some would like to call it for a half marathon with my running crew - RunDemCrew. Don't let the name throw you off, it's not a group of hoodlums thinking of their next bank job... Nope it's a collective group of creative individuals who meet up every Tuesday evening for a run and just to hang out. I've been with RDC for three years and I love it. It gets quite intimidating because there are some pretty fast runners (elites) and I use to think why can't I run as fast as them but truth is I'm not a fast runner and I don't even want to be, I just like running and I've met some pretty amazing people along the way. Charlie Dark who is the captain organises these events called Bridge The Gap where other running crews from around the globe all meet up in one country to do a half or a full marathon and then party all night long!
This is my second half and I always say I won't do anymore and will just stick to 10ks but who knows...
I've been to Paris before for my 25th Birthday and I really loved it so it was nice to go back and not feel like a complete tourist. For my bday as I only spent one day I didn't get to do much so spending a weekend there this time was fab.
After settling down in our airbnb apartment we set off to the Lourve museum then took a short walk to the love bridge (Pont de l'Archevêché). The majority of the bridge has been boarded up now because the locks are weighing down the bridge *sad face*. Lucky I placed my lock on my first visit. Later in the evening we went to the beautiful Centre Pompidou to see the Jeff Koon exhibition. One word - Bliss!
We meet up with Run Dem Crew et al crews for brunch on a bridge. Sadly we got lost and got there late :-(. It was a fairly warm afternoon so I just enjoyed the moment and took pictures. Later on we went to Angelina which serves the best hot chocolate which is literally just melted chocolate and cream - yum! I had pasta and a desert from the display which was literally so beautiful you couldn't resist. After dinner we went to Colette which is apparently a pretty cool shop in Pareeee! It reminded me of a mini Liberty I must say.
Day 3 & 4
Race day! Was definitely a life experience, running in Paris was fun. HARD! But fun. If anyone tells you it's a walk in the park to run 13.1 miles they're lying. I thought I had trained enough but by 10 miles I started to shut down. Luckily I saw Laura 1 third of the lovely Food & Lyrca who literally got me to finish line. If you're in to kicks, fitness and all things uber cool follow them on instagram and their blog too. Laura really made me realise that it's not a competition with the fast guys it's about actually enjoying the bloody race. Big up Laura always!
After the race I headed home for a nap then went SHOPPING! Yes I was tired but I love a good ole shopping trip! I went to Kilo Shop not far from where we were staying and literally a few minutes walk from Centre Pompidou. If you like a bit of vintage shopping make sure you visit Kilo. I bagged myself two pairs of jeans for less than £20 and what's pretty cool about this shop you have to weigh your clothes in a basket which then determines the cost. Uber cool right!
Monday was home time *sad face* but I made sure I was a typical tourist for a day and visited a few places. I went to see the Eiffel Tower then jumped on a bicycle to Champs Élysées to Laudree for macaroons. You can't go to paris and not visit Laudree!