Sand Through My Toes

My big adventure in the sand

To be in Paris……

Although I can’t recall exactly when the Paris 1/2 Marathon first weekend in March tradition began for my friends and I in Europe, it sure does elicit wonderful memories! Not quite Paris  The first weekend in March has been a time to leave school right at the end of the duty day, head to the airport to hop on a cheap 99 Euro flight straight to Charles de Gaul, navigate our way through the subway system, and pop up right at our hotel when we exit the station!  Tasty meal that evening at the restaurant caddy corner to our hotel and a few beverages to boot and then call it a night.
The excitement of Saturday as we all headed to the Parc de Flor to pick up our race number and souvenir t-shirt (who cares that one year I wanted to take the “scenic route” along the waters edge that doesn’t quite make it to the gathering point for runners) which should roughly take 15 minutes to get there, yet ended up on quite the scenic route through the wooded area by Grandma’s house and 45 mins. later, we arrive — thirsty and cursing my name b/c we will be running part of the same route tomorrow!!  Photo ops, fun, and then it’s off to  sightsee, sit at a cafe and enjoy two glasses of wine, and head home!  Sunday morning, up and adam, quick breakfast at the hotel, down to the subway to join all the other 20,000 anxious runners, and forge your way to the starting point.  The starting gun is shot, and we stand there — yes, stand there, why you ask?  Well, we aren’t running to place in the top 3, so we are in the “pink section” indicating that we’ll finish between 2:15 and 2:30 mark :-)…  about 4 mins. later, the crowds begin to move forward and we are off……not quite to the start line yet, but to jog to the start line to make sure we hear “beep” as our feet cross the checkpoint!   

Lauf Kelly Lauf....I am not sure how many participants there are this year but I wish you all the best of luck and hope that the weather is like our first year running!  Sunshine and just about 60 degrees!  In your honor, I wore my old Paris shirt and ran a 10K instead of the entire 1/2 Marathon!  Can’t wait to hear about the weekend — sure you all had a fantastic time!!  

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6 thoughts on “To be in Paris……

  1. Laura V. on said:

    Love it! Great reminder of the Paris run. And just might motivate me to actually run again one day. Haven’t done it since arriving in this country – pollution is my main excuse. I did do a Jillian Michaels workout today though (followed by spaghetti dinner – LOL!) Miss ya 😉 …Oh, and HAPPY BDAY MONTH!!!!

  2. Penelope on said:

    They took the train this year. Crazy. The flight was much simpler and you get free snacks.

  3. Penelope on said:

    so how many times did you need to run in circles around the complex to make it to a half marathon. Scenery is not as good either or the celebration drinks I bet.

  4. Carolyn Dolit on said:

    Girlll your ears must have been ringing because every sentence out my mouth was Well Kelly and I… I sure missed you this year big time. I didn’t even both to run this time!@ But had a wonderful weekend in paris but it was freezing on Saturday. Got to see a few teachers when we were down at Bastille watching the race (saw Pat Best- she was running even though totally ill bless her).Any way you look to be in great shape. You’ll be my motivator for next year.Can’t wait until you are back!!C

  5. Miss Jade on said:

    Dang girl, you have to be missing trees. Now that is a memory I would miss. hope all is great. I e mailed you hope you got it. love ya little one.

  6. Pat Best on said:

    We missed you this year to be sure! I ran with bronchitis and 50,000 of my closest friends in FREEZING temperatures, but I did manage to eat a Nutella crepe and a croissant your honor!!!

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