Friday Five : Share the running love with colleagues

How was your week ? We have another three day weekend here in France, so my four day work week went by really fast ! I am linking up again with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for this week’s Friday Five, Sharing the love. Be sure to check them out !



I had to think about the topic because 95% of the time I am a solo runner, but there was something that quickly came to mind, which is a race I do every year in September with my colleagues, La Parisienne. 2015 will be the 19th year of this all women race which has become increasingly popular, with this year’s edition hosting over 40 000 runners. The distance of 6,7km is accessible to almost anyone AND you run around the Eiffel Tower and along the Seine. Looking in front of me and behind me :

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Our company provides a running coach starting in March, we meet really early before the race and always go out afterwards for a celebratory drink, joined by our significant others who have come to cheer us on. In the past few years there have been 50 of us running.

Sharing running love with fellow co-workers had its advantages.:

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1. You meet people you normally do not interact with on a daily basis in your job.

2. You see people in a different light, and everyone has their own running challenges, stories and experiences…. which are often the same as yours

3. Everyone is equal on the running field. No hierarchy or  org charts exist when you are running.

4. It makes work relationships more personal. Once you have stood in line for porta potties with someone for half an hour, it changes the dynamic.

5.You get to do things together you normally wouldn’t… like discover Paris at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning… which includes the Paris metro, but also the moment that many photographers take pictures of models on the Trocadero esplanade with the Eiffel Tower in the background… because usually there are few people around at that time. Too bad for the model of this wedding dress, impossible for a shot sans people.

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Here is the race recap from 2014, next edition September 13, 2015.

I always look forward to this race and encourage you to find colleagues to run with. You won’t regret it !

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Comments: 13

  1. Karien @ Running the Race May 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Wow, that sounds fantastic! I wish my company would do something like that!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration May 9, 2015 at 5:05 pm Reply

      You should suggest it, or try to get your own group together.

  2. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading May 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm Reply

    These pictures are so wonderful, Karen! I love that you mention waiting in line with someone at the porta potties – ha! This is SOOO true! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration May 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Tara ! Looking forward to the weekend link up.

  3. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork May 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Sounds like such a great race and fabulous atmosphere! What’s the occasion for the three day weekend this time?
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    • Karen - French Inspiration May 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm Reply

      May 8th was the end of the war here in France. WW2. Nice to have a long weekend, but seriously, we have too many.

  4. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC May 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm Reply

    love this! i’ve run a couple races w/a coworker and it was awesome. we even did a 20 mile run together – best 20 miler i’ve ever run! 🙂
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    • Karen - French Inspiration May 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm Reply

      Sounds like fun ! the challenge, like with any group, is finding someone who runs the same pace.

  5. Britt@MyOwnBalance May 9, 2015 at 12:13 am Reply

    I love that you are getting fit with your co-workers! They started doing a huge fitness initiative at my work but it was right before I went out on maternity leave so I didn’t get to participate. I would have loved to!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration May 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm Reply

      Its really fun and definitely adds variety.

  6. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Awesome that your workplace hosts a running group! I work for a large healthcare group in the Chicago area, and they have opportunities to run races as a group. I won a free entry to the Chicago marathon last year through them, and they had training, a race tent, lots of perks. I won’t be doing it with them this year, and I’m a little sad about that!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration May 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm Reply

      Race entries for a marathon, great idea ! Will suggest it, as for the time being it is only for once race.

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