How to keep healthy in Paris – Part 1
Where to Run
So you’ve just arrived in Paris! Perhaps you’re on vacation or have recently moved here and are now wondering what the options are when it comes to keeping fit in Paris? You’re not alone. I talk to many people who arrive in Paris and are confused about where to train here in this European metropolis. What I’ll do is list the main locations and their pros and cons in a series of blog posts, Part 1 is about places to run in and around Paris.
Things are changing in Paris all the time and I must admit that it’s becoming a fitter city as a result. When I first moved to Paris 14 years ago there were far fewer options than there are today. One of the biggest and best improvements to the city is the Berges de Seine. This used to be a through the road that dropped down by the river on the left bank by MusÃ©e d’Orsay which has now been permanently pedestrianized. This can be a great place to run or at least incorporate it into your run if you like to run a little further. Unfortunately, it can get a little busy as Parisians vie for outdoor space in a crowded urban jungle. You can also find an array of pull-up bars etc to keep the rest of your body amused while you rest your weary legs. I love the fact that this area is littered with drinking water fountains so I need not bring a bottle out with me and I can stay clutter-free.
For longer, quieter runs without the intrusion of traffic lights, cars, and the general population, Your Personal Trainer Paris likes to head up the canal de L’Ourcq for a long slow run without any interruption to my flow. It’s long very, very long indeed 108.1kms (67 miles) to be exact…. and perfect for when you want to just turn off and zone out to your favorite play list or audiobook.
There are also many Paris Parks which are all good to run in for different reasons which I have stated in an earlier blog post http://www.yptparis.com/the-top-8-parisian-parks-to-run-in/. My personal favorite though is Parc des Buttes Chaumont. This beautiful green space has over 5kms of trails, hills, twists, and turns that make up this urban runners paradise.
The last area I will mention today is Montmartre. This is a large hill based on the right bank in
Paris’s 18th district. It has some great lung-bursting climbs and more stairs than you can shake a stick at. These stairs are often used by ultra-marathon/fell runners based in Paris for some mid-week training. Tip: Beware of the tourists!!! Go early.
Should you require more detail or if you wish me to expand on any specific point, please feel free to leave a comment. Indeed if you feel I’ve left something important out, please do not hesitate to bring this point to my attention and Your Personal Trainer Paris will be sure to share it with the world. Thanks again for taking the time to read my post and remember, Don’t fear moving slowly, fear standing still!