Let’s Run Paris!
Our introduction to running in Paris came by joining this Meet Up Group
As it turns-out, their night runs don’t always square with our Paris-Clock, where we rise and hurry to be one of the first-to-be -in-the-door at museums every morning. By the end of the day, we’ve braved enough of the cold, raced about the city and are not inclined to ride the Metro to meet the group. We do enjoy their periodic invitations and run Paris vicariously through Let’s Run Paris!
So we stage our own runs. When in Versailles we are up before dawn when The Gardens open and make a loop on a path around the canal. You will be aghast just to be in this historic space, usually teaming with tourists, and to have it all to yourself. A simple pleasure.
On New Years Day, the day of our departure, we also schedule a run before dawn. At this hour you don’t know if the people you see are coming or going. One year we ran along the Seine to the experience the Eiffel Tower when practically no one is there. Another year our hotel in La Defense provided a card with jogging route across the Seine, onto an island then through a large green area. An orienteering adventure in the dark, where we eventually had to ask some of the last NYE revelers for directions. An invigorating start to the new year.
Running in Paris: Don’t Trip Over the Cobblestones: Tom Sims (Global Athelete – New York Times)
Paris at the Speed of Sneakers: Vivian Song (Explorer – New York Times)
Paris Running Routes (MapMyRoute)