Running through Paris

I am training for the NYC marathon and had a long run on my plan this past weekend. I like to get it done on Saturday if possible, so I have the weekend to recover. The weatherman was announcing rain coming in about noon, so I knew I would have to be up and out of here early if I didn’t want to get caught in it. I was up at 6 a.m. and had breakfast immediately. I always eat before a long run, and give my body some time to digest and get things moving before heading out. I had prepared everything the night before, so I was out of the house around 7:30 a.m., just when the sun was coming up.

I had 22 miles to do. I hadn’t mapped out my route but the last few long runs have been in my usual stomping grounds so I was craving some variety and looking for something to mentally break up the distance. Paris gets busy around 10 a.m. so I figured I had a couple quiet hours before it was taken over by tourists, traffic and pedestrians. I live on the east side, so I decided to start at a very eastern point and run a strait line due west. This would take me past most of the monuments.

So I made my way to Nation (my easterly point) and ran towards the Bastille. These starting miles are hard because of this :

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I must have run by 20 bakeries. They all tempted taunted me with the smell of freshly baked croissants and crusty French bread. The eastern side of the city is very residential and of course it was breakfast time.

I came to the Marais district after about 4 miles, and you can see how few people are out at 9 a.m. The French are not early risers.


I was so happy to stumble upon this, public toilets :


Finding (functioning) toilets is one of the hardest things about long runs through the city. I often stop at a cafe or at my hair dresser’s but since he doesn’t open until noon, I need another solution for morning runs.

I ran down the Rue de Rivoli, which is known for major shopping. It is bustling as of 10 a.m. so I was happy to zip down that street before the stores opened. I then came to the Louvre, and people were already standing in line, and taking selfies.


I turned to run through the Tuileries gardens, and was blessed with the most beautiful view. The sun was shining on the top of the obelisk in Place de la Concorde, and on the Arc de Triomphe in the background. So I ran through the gardens under the glorious sun.


I made my way to the Champs Elysees. Again, no people ! Well, except for 1) all the Asian tourists, many of whom were in the middle of the avenue taking selfies, and 2) the people standing in line for Louis Vuitton.

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I then made my way to the Eiffel Tower. This view never gets old. Ever.



I crossed the river and made my way along the river walk. Not too many people out along the water except the runners. One HAD to stop and step in front of my camera as I was getting ready to take a picture.


Outside restaurants and cafes were setting up, and I think there was some kind of event because there were several arty exhibits. Tree stumps and rocks ?


I kept going then stopped at Notre Dame. By this time there were many people out and the streets were getting crowded.




I started to head home. It was slow going because a lot of it is on cobble stone. I came across the Parisian firefighters doing some drills.



I then made my way back to finish the last 4 miles near where I live.

I loved the variety of the sights, and it really broke my long run into manageable portions. I also discovered a couple new areas of the city, and… since I hadn’t run here in 6 months, I also discovered a ton of construction and refurbishing.

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run.



Do you like changing up your routes and adding variety or do you prefer to run the same routes ?

Do you like running through the city ?


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Comments: 24

  1. Tina@GottaRunNow October 4, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply

    I hope to run 22 this week, too. I’d love it if I could run through Paris. What a fun post to read!
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  2. patty October 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Oh man, this looks amazing- that’s it. I need to go to Paris!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply

      It is wonderful.

  3. Marcia October 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm Reply

    What a great way to see Paris! I usually stay in the Marais district when I visit. Now tell me, where do you reload your drink? Or can you carry enough for 22 miles?
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply

      I have figured out where all the water fountains are so easily fill my handheld bottle 🙂

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner October 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply

    running by all those bakeries is quite a lot of motivation! Love all your pictures.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:36 pm Reply

      All the bakeries are SO TEMPTING. Every single one of them.

  5. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets October 4, 2016 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Oh this makes me want to go back to Paris soon! It had to be nice to run without the busy crowds. The bakeries would have been sooo tempting! Glad you had a nice, long run!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

      So nice running without any people. It is rare !

  6. Karen October 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Thank you for the beautiful tour 🙂 very lovely things to take in on a long run!
    In the winter when I can run after work the smells of dinner cooking always kills me lol The bakery would have been hard to pass lol
    I love how quiet it is in the mornings, that is nice you can get around without the crowds.
    My runs are pretty boring, same houses, same trees lol

    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:34 pm Reply

      Ah yes, the smell of dinner would do me in !

  7. Sonia October 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm Reply

    Love seeing the sights! I need to visit Paris again soon!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm Reply

      I was lucky to have such a nice day.

  8. Darlene October 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

    Thanks for the pictures and I felt like I was there. There’s nothing even close here.

    I do like to change up my long run routes.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm Reply

      Thanks Darlene !

  9. Teresa October 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Oh my! You are bringing back wonderful memories of our Honeymoon in Paris! We stayed at the St. James Albany on Rue de Rivoli! A lovely hotel with the largest selection of croissants for breakfast I’d ever seen! I’m so envious that you get to run around these sights anytime you wish. One day, we will travel back …maybe for an anniversay!

  10. Elizabeth October 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Thanks for the sharing these photos. I’d love to run through Paris – looks gorgeous. I like the idea of running through a city, but you’re right: you have to get out early before the crowds!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm Reply

      I wouldn’t like city running every day, but feel lucky to have the option.

  11. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness October 5, 2016 at 3:26 am Reply

    I am so jealous of your lovely run!
    I normally run the same routes but it does feel invigorating when I start to run new route!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply

      I need variety, which is why I rarely plan my run before hand and just go with the flow.

  12. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy October 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Oh girl, your run looks unbelievable!!! WOW! To run by the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower??? Amazing! Those french bakeries would call my name too!!! I also love that the French don’t get up early. I think us Americans could learn a little from them. Everyone here seems to be chronically stressed and sleep deprived!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 5, 2016 at 8:16 pm Reply

      Thanks Melanie, it is pretty amazing to run by those monuments. I have found a solution to sleep deprivation… I go to be 60 to 90 minutes earlier. I feel so much better.

  13. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 6, 2016 at 4:21 am Reply

    I can’t believe you get to run there! I’d love that!
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  14. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 8, 2016 at 1:28 am Reply

    This post brings back memories! How I wish I’d been a runner when I visited. But I’m sure I would have stopped for some bread — c’mon, 22 miles deserves bread! Or a croissant. Better yet a chocolate croissant.

    Great job!
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