week twenty one – 44.6
2019 to date: 1,020 KM
TLDR: I didn’t read anything. I found some race photos from the 3Laenderlauf Half Marathon in Basel, Switzerland, and passed 1,000 KM so far in 2019 whilst running around Paris.
I thought that there was a chance that I would sit in a café sipping espresso or on the bank of the Seine with a bottle of Badoit and a baguette reading a book but non! We did stuff instead. After the 3Laenderlauf half marathon on Sunday I took Monday off, then one last run in Basel, Switzerland on Tuesday before getting onto a train for Paris. After arriving photographs from the Basel race appeared on its website.
Our first day in Paris I didn’t run. I intended to, but got up in the morning and hadn’t planned a route and the got frustrated trying to plan where to go in a completely new city. I thought that I’d run the approx. kilometre south of our flat in Belleville on the north edge of the 20th Arrondissement to Père Lachaise Cemetery an run through there, but no running allowed in the cemetery. Day two I took a 20 minute metro ride down the 11 Line to Hôtel de Ville and ran around Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité and then along the Seine and up Canal Saint-Martin back to home.
I liked the Seine and the Canal but not having to take a metro, or the traffic, or the number of people on the narrow sidewalks. For day two I decided to give the Canal another look, but taking it further north and coming back through a park that has a lot of activity on Strava Global Heatmap. Along the way I passed 1,000 so far in 2019.
The Canal was fine but the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont was excellent. I decided to go back the next day, and I’ve been back every day since. I went once around clockwise, then once counter, and have gone counter since. The outside loop is 2,320 metres. There’s a bit of a climb coming south-west and a nice downhill in the north-east, for 34 (or 39 depending on Strava’s / Garmin’s mood) metres elevation difference in the loop. It is so much fun.
I like Paris a lot but I’ve fallen in love with running loops of Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. My plan was to run the banks of the Seine one last time before we leave but I have a feeling that instead I’ll be chasing Strava segment PRs on Grand tour Buttes sens inverse aiguilles entrée Sud.