La Parisienne 2015 Race Recap

Last Sunday was La Parisienne, an all women 6,7 km race in Paris, around the Eiffel Tower. I have done this race for the past 5 years with my colleagues, my company sponsoring us.

I laid out my things the night before. We had gotten a bright yellow tshirt to wear, but I was actually more worried about being cold & wet. It literally poured all day Saturday. Not a nice, misty rain, but a cats & dogs kind of rain. I must have checked the weather at least 10 times… keeping my fingers crossed that the rain predicted for Sunday morning about 11 a.m. would actually go away. So I also planned a change of clothes, socks, sweatshirt… just in case.

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We went out Saturday evening and I was very reasonable on the food & drink because with an 8:30 a.m. meeting time with my colleagues, I would have to get up about 6 and be out of the house by 7:15 a.m. So up at 6 I was, ate, did my warm up and was out the door on time.

Getting to the race is almost as fun as running it. I love getting on the metro on a Sunday morning of La Parisienne because it is 95% women in their running clothes, all going to the same spot.

I got to the meeting point early, in time to have a coffee and use the rest rooms of a café, before heading over. If you are ever in Paris, go to Trocadero early on Sunday morning, and you will see photo shoots. I don”t think it is a real bride & groom, I think they are posing for a magazine.

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It was not raining, but it was threatening to. You could hardly see the top of the Eiffel tower. A very bad sign for the weather to come.

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So with my colleagues we went to line up early. We like to be in the first waves, else you can literally wait hours with 40 000 runners. And I wanted to beat the rain ! The race is sponsored by Reebok, so you have someone leading the warm up :

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And you have the Paris mayor talk about how wonderful the race is.

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By the time we were off we had had a couple sprinkles, but no rain. The race is itself was pretty uneventful. Last year I had gotten stuck at the back of the wave and had to weave for at least 2 km. For some reason, there seemed to be fewer people per wave. I felt great, I was running strong, no pain, despite rain for about one km in the middle of the race, which explains my drowned rate look.

So I finished uneventfully… except I did beat last year’s time by about 1 minute 20 seconds. Not sure if I was running faster, or if it was because there were fewer people. So I will go with the first option.
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You can see how muddy it was as we walked to pick up our medals !

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The race goes through 2 or 3 tunnels and the race organizers usually turn the tunnels into a night club atmosphere with blaring music & a DJ.  One of the tunnels this year was being filled by a fog machine, and there was a fog horn, like you were running near the coast. I much prefer that over the blaring music.

I felt lucky that I didn’t have to run in the rain because by the time I got home, it was pouring !

My next race is in a week, for the iconic Paris – Versailles.

Are you racing this weekend ? Do you mind running in the rain ?

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Comments: 7

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner September 18, 2015 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Wow that race is huge! How awesome to have a women only race so large! You have a busy race schedule these days
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  2. Jennifer September 20, 2015 at 4:21 am Reply

    oh my gosh that mud! glad it rained much harder after you returned home. congrats on the course PR.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration September 20, 2015 at 7:12 am Reply

      Thank you !

  3. Coco September 21, 2015 at 3:17 am Reply

    Wow, what a big race! I don’t mind drizzle, but a heavy rain would have me thinking about a DNS.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration September 21, 2015 at 7:42 am Reply

      I have backed out of minor races in the past due to heavy rain…. but would have been hard to do when I have many colleagues waiting for me ! I have a race next weekend and it looks like perfect weather !

  4. Kate Mckenzie November 2, 2015 at 10:59 am Reply

    Am thinking of doing this in 2016 as part of my recovery from the Stroke I had this Septem…….looks great.

    • Karen - Fit in France November 2, 2015 at 8:29 pm Reply

      It i s a really great race, atmosphere, all women who are very supportive. I would definitely recommend it as something to look forward to. It was my first race ever.

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