Saturday, February 23, 2008

Back From Paris

Wow! What an amazing trip! 48 hours ago I was running along the Seine in shorts and a t-shirt, and today I was back to battling the snow and ice. When we pulled into Logan, Kallie's comment was, "I feel as if we've landed in Antartica!" Thank goodness we were on an international flight and able to actually land yesterday.

We stayed at the Hotel du Louvre which was in the heart of the city - a great central location to all the tourist hot spots. The highlight of the trip, according to the girls, was the performance of Le Roi Lion ("Lion King"). We already knew the basic story so we could follow along despite our limited understanding of the french language. The dancing, music, and costumes designs were spectacular. Plus, the young man that played the adult Simba was a major hunk! The girls, at this point in their lives, were less interested in the "wining and dining". It was fairly important that we (the moms) allow some down time for them in the late afternoon where they typically zoned out in front of the television trying to find anything in English or familiar movies/shows dubbed in french. We discovered a very entertaining and clever sitcom on BBC with Judith Dench called As Times Go By, and they loved watching the Simpsons and Jurassic Park in french (what cultured teenagers!). At least this allowed time for moms to explore some of the local cafes.I can't really say the last 5 days were great training days, however it certainly rated high on the fun scale. I managed to to fit in a few runs which basically consisted of an out and back course from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower as well as tossing in a few loops around the Jardin de Tuilleries (which was right across the street from our hotel). So now it's time to jump back into serious training. After all, in about 4 weeks it's time to start tapering - need to fit in at least 2 or 3 20 mile runs by the end of March. Because of the jet lag I was thrilled that the group run this morning was cancelled due to the bad weather. I'm also digging Tyler for organizing another run on Sunday starting at 11:00 (as opposed to the regular 8:30 start) and ending at Buff's Pub where we can refuel on chicken wings and cold adult beverages. Parisien food was amazing, but wings and beers sounds pretty dang good too!

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