Paris Marathon Weekend

What a fantastic weekend ! Firstly, spring has sprung. The cherry blossoms in my street are in bloom :

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And we had great weather, probably a bit too hot, for the Paris Marathon which was Sunday morning. Over 41 000 participated, and there were over 40 000 finishers, a record. I loved reading the tweets and seeing the pictures of the experience on social media. Check out #parismarathon.

Congrats to both Stephanie blogging at Food and fitness 4 real and Sue from This mama runs for cupcakes, who both ran it. Stephanie even stopped by for a quick hug and water at km 18 !

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I spent 90 minutes cheering on the participants.  With the nice weather there were a lot of people out cheering on the participants, over 135 nationalities were running. I saw people from France (duh), Italy, Spain, Japan, China, the US, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Korea, Philippines, Argentina, the UK…. Congrats to all !

Otherwise, I spent Saturday morning at the Paris Running Expo and had a GREAT time. I had Asics electronically measure my gait and do a ” Foot ID”, I sat in on a live radio show where they interviewed someone from the marathon organizational committee, Asics Marketing Director, analysts, I visited several booths from brands you don’t easily find in France, and even learned that Run Disney is organizing their first race in September 2016.

The whole marathon atmosphere made me seriously consider doing it next year ! We’ll see….


The rest of the weekend was spent cooking, but I did get in a nice walk with my hubby along the river next to our place :

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I have a very busy week. We have an exchange student from Spain here for a week, then I have friends for the US coming for a week.

How was your weekend ? Do you like watching a race ?


Comments: 10

  1. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC April 14, 2015 at 1:43 am Reply

    oooh, contemplating the marathon — love it! sounds like a great weekend. i love spectating races!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 14, 2015 at 7:49 am Reply

      That atmosphere was great.

  2. Juliana @ 4 Well Rules April 14, 2015 at 1:46 am Reply

    this weekend sounds amazing! I am so looking forward to rundisney in Disneyland Paris!

    • Karen - French Inspiration April 14, 2015 at 7:46 am Reply

      Have to wait almost 18 months but if you sign up on the web site, they will put you on the mailing list and send you all the information.

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 14, 2015 at 2:40 am Reply

    You are so lucky to be there…even as a spectator!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 14, 2015 at 7:46 am Reply

      It was so much fun. Maybe because of the great weather but the atmosphere was really great.

  4. Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy April 15, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply

    Those cherry blossoms are gorgeous!

    That race looks amazing! I can’t imagine running OR watching a race in Paris! Wow. I love watching races too. I can’t wait for the Boston Marathon!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 15, 2015 at 10:19 pm Reply

      I’m with you ! Good luck to all the Boston runners this weekend.

  5. MCM Mama Runs April 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm Reply

    So cool that you spectated the marathon! Sounded like Sue had a fabulous time while she was there! What a lovely place to live.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm Reply

      It was a good race weekend, although a bit hot !

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