Paris On Purpose – Being A Tourist

First Post: Eiffel Tower at night

Second Post: Palace of Versailles

I came up with the perfect walking route through Paris to see most of the major sites and I want to share it with you incase you are heading there soon!

Start at the Eiffel Tower.

Climb to the top.

Cross the river. Climb up a lot of steps where the Palais de Tokyo is on your right. Walk up Avenue d’lena until you come to the Arc de Triomphe.

Walk down the Champs Elysees.

Walk through the Jardin des Tuileries and hope there are actual tulips there.

Go to the Louvre.

After the Louvre walk along the river to see Notre Dame.

Then loop around to visit the Pompidou Museum.

That’s only the first day.  I’ve got another great route for the second day.

Total miles walked: 4.36 miles.  Way to go!!

Monday Funday

Neither of us had class today so we decided to go ice skating at Somerset House. The rink is sponsored by Tiffany & Co and open until January 23rd.

See the building in the back of the boxes?  That is scaffolding.  I have seen this a lot in Europe.  The scaffolding is made to look like the facade of the building and that way you can’t see the workers and won’t lose the effect of the beautiful building. Now that I pointed it out to you can you see the color difference in the first photo.  Pretty genius to me.

Jon talked a big game before we got on the ice since he played hockey for a while.

He lived up to the hype and was a pro on the ice.

Back to reality tomorrow.  First day of semester 2 = BOOOOOOOOOO!

Wrong Mailing Address

Got this in the mail yesterday.  Even though it was addressed to me I think they made a mistake.

After Adoption 5K Race

Here we are before the race.  We got there pretty early so we were trying to stay warm by jumping up and down and walking around.

Waiting for the race to start.  This was so different than NYC races.  There was no announcements. I had no idea that the race started because there wasn’t a gun or anything.  We all had to go through this tiny starting gate to activate our chips.  Our chips were around our ankles and we had to hand then in right after we crossed the finish line.

Setting my Garmin in case their chip system wasn’t accurate.

And we’re OFF! Marie sped ahead (she was running the 10K while Lauren and I ran the 5K) but Lauren and I paced each other for most of the race until I had to stop to tie my shoe. The race was in Hyde park but they didn’t close off any of the paths.  We were running around strollers, dogs, and kids.  It was quite annoying but the race wasn’t that big (maybe 250 people) so it wasn’t the end of the world.

Jon, my amazing photographer and cheerleader for the day, was right before the finish line so he got great pics!  As you can see my face is bright red.  I was really pushing myself.  At one point I looked down at my watch and saw that I was running at a 7:40 mile/min pace and I had to look at it again to believe it.  That is exactly why I love running in races.  The crowd gets you pumped up, you feel good, you are excited to run your heart out so you always run faster than you think you will.

And I finished….but not in 1st place.  I came in 7th out of the women running the 5k!!  I also PRed (personal record) or as the British say PBed (Personal Best) with a time of 25:40.  WOOOO HOOOOO!

If you look at the distance this time is for 3.21 miles.  A 5k is 3.1 so I looked at my time right as I crossed the 5k marker to get my real time.

We all PRed!  Lauren even came in 3rd place for the women doing the 5k.  This was her first race so we were soooo excited for her!  She better come back to London to run more races soon.

This is the first race I’ve done where I got a medal.  I love it!!  I want more. haha.  If I collect enough I might have to buy a medal rack.  I’ve already picked one out that I like.

Here is the path we ran.  It was beautiful and as you can see from the photos it was also very SUNNY!

The goody bag (which is a recyclable bag) had a t-shirt, vitamin water, some nut bars and pamphlets about After Adoption. Pretty good for a £12 race fee.

These next photos need some explanation.  We saw a woman in a devil costume pulling tires out of her car and we couldn’t stop staring.  We finally went down to ask her about her tire trail she had made.  She calls herself Tyre Girl and you can follow her adventures here. She runs all different races with tires attached to her. She has run marathons with tires dragging behind her.  It is insane!  For this particular race she had 36kg behind her and she weighed 57kg.

Marie couldn’t resist! She said it was so heavy.

We think it took her about an hour and a half to finish the 5k which is pretty impressive.  We saw her around the 3k mark and cheered her on!

This was my first international race and I can’t wait to sign up for more!


After a week in London and a weekend with the besties in Margate I am off to Aruba with Jon’s family.


Just got back from a run.  Need to shower, do laundry and pack!

Jumping The Gun

I recently ran the CPC Run for Central Park 4 mile race on July 17th and loved every second of it.  It was a hot day and I wish it started earlier than 9am but even with those factors I did much better than I thought.  I secretly gave myself a goal of 43:00 minutes and was so surprised when I looked at my Garmin as I was approaching the finish line to see that I was under 40:00 minutes!

Here are my stats:

Mile 1 – 9:03

Mile 2 – 8:45

Mile 3 – 10:32 <—-necessary walking break in 95 degree heat

Mile 4 – 9:48

453 ft – 44 seconds

Total Garmin Distance: 4.09

Total Garmin Time: 38:53

I don’t have any weekends left to do any races in NY/NJ so I have been looking at London races which gets me REALLY excited.  I have found 3 races that I could participate in. I’m not sure if I’m jumping the gun, should plan that far ahead or even consider these before I move there.

Oct 3, 2010

The Epsom Dash 5k run –

Oct 24, 2010

After Adoption Hyde Park 5k or 10k –

Nov 13, 2010

The Movember 10k Run Greenwich Park –

What do you think? Should I sign up now or wait and which ones should I do??

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