That day I spent in Paris

What a dream come true! I crossed a HUGE item off my bucket list! Although, one day in Paris is not even close to being enough!

There is so much to do and see in that city, I wouldn’t even know where to start when I go back.

During my stay in London, we decided to take the train (through the Chunnel) to see Paris for one day.

We woke up super early that morning, to get on the first train out of London, so we could have the most possible time in Paris. Sleepily, we walked across the street to the train station, went through security and boarded the train to promptly fall back asleep.

I am not going to lie, my very first impression of Paris wasn’t positive! When we first got out of the train station, we were accosted by beggars asking us if we spoke english and if we could donate to whatever charity they had on their paper, claiming it was a petition at first…only to find out they wanted you to sign and write the amount you’re donating. Doubtful that it’s going to a real charity, but very clever!

Then one of the first neighborhoods we walked through after breakfast wasn’t that impressive and there was “naughty” shops all over. It is the city of Love, I supposed! ;0

But I found a cute dog to play fetch with on beautiful church steps and we had breakfast at a cute little cafe while we looked at a map to figure out where we needed to go. Once we made it to all of our stops, my impression of Paris changed quickly!

First Stop: Notre Dame Cathedral 

(Side note: I just re-watched the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Disney movie, and I pointed at the screen and yelled, “I’ve been there! I’ve been there!”)

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Amazing architecture and sculptures!

Amazing architecture and sculptures!

Inside! It's HUGE!

Inside! It’s HUGE!

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Second Stop: The Louvre

We didn’t go into the Louvre, but we did want to see the outside. There just wasn’t enough time to go in…and we knew we would want to see EVERYTHING and not leave! Ideally, I would want to get a COUPLE days inside the Louvre, ya know, next time I’m in Paris. ūüėČ

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Third Stop: THE EIFFEL TOWER!!!!!

WOAH! I’ve always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower! I couldn’t actually believe it when I was standing in front of it. We took the tram-car up it of course, but only to the mid-level. With a storm potentially approaching, they closed the top for a moment. By the time we got through the line and to the mid-level, it was re-opened but we decided that we didn’t have enough time to wait in another line to get all the way to the top.

First sighting!

First sighting!

I came around a corner and BOOM! Eiffel tower!

I came around a corner and BOOM! Eiffel tower!

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Underneath the tower selfie

Underneath the tower selfie

And the view were incredible!

And the views were incredible!

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My current Facebook cover photo.

My current Facebook cover photo.

My Dad "walking the tight rope." Part of the floor is see through..a little creepy for me!

My Dad “walking the tight rope.” Part of the floor is see-through…a little creepy for me!

Forth Stop: The Arc de Triomphe  

Please don’t mind how SLEEPY I look in the rest of these pictures! I was getting pretty worn out! We made our way to the Arc but opted to not go to the top. It’s a pretty cool¬†building/structure if I do say so myself! What was also super cool (yet crazy and scary) was the HUGE round-a-bout surrounding the Arc! It was as wide as about 10 car widths, no lane lines, no signs, no traffic lights… nothing and people would just drive into, around and exit! No way, no how, would I ever drive in this city! We walked through the tunnel under the super round-a-bout and come up inside the circle where the Arc stood.

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On the underside of the Arc.

On the underside of the Arc.

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Walking in between each stop:

We literally walked all of that city! I don’t even want to know how many miles we covered! (Note to self: wear my GPS watch next time I am traveling. But I did try to recreate our path on google maps…it said about 10 miles!) In between each stop, we walked along the path that follows the Seine River. I loved that area! There was lots of active people running, doing boot camps, and fun things to look at along the way and things “play on” (which may or may not have been for little kids). Here’s some other things we saw walking from place to place:

Cool buildings..

Cool buildings..

other arches...

Other arches…

weird graffiti, er... "Art"

weird graffiti, er… “Art”

Lots of locks on bridges...

Lots of locks on bridges…

Lots of pretty bridges...

Lots of pretty bridges…

Pretty gardens and parks

Pretty gardens and parks

Buildings with walls made out of plants

Buildings with walls made out of plants

And fun things to play on!

And fun things to play on! (That’s my tattoo sticking out, NOT my underwear).

Fifth, un-planned stop: Moulin Rouge 

We walked down a little part of the Champes-Elysees street (a huge shopping area) as we started heading¬†toward the train station. We didn’t last long on that street due to there being a TON of people. While searching for food and after looking at a map to figure out which direction we needed to go, my Dad said we had one more stop and it was mostly on the way. We walked a few more blocks and va-la! The Moulin Rouge!

OH wow! I look EXHAUSTED!

OH wow! I look EXHAUSTED!

And that was a wrap! From the Moulin Rouge, we walked to the train station. With a little bit of time to spare, we finally found some crepes to eat (not that they aren’t EVERYWHERE, but by the time we were looking for them, we couldn’t find them ANYWHERE!), a french beer to drink and got back on the train and promptly fell asleep, again.

Greetings from OREGON! And other updates!

Yikes, it’s been awhile. Again. What can I say? Other than, “I’ve been busy!” It’s true, of course. But I know everyone is busy with different things. So my other excuse for not blogging is: I am on the computer all day at work and don’t want to be on it when I’m home. So there. I’ll just catch you up on my life. My last updates post was in mid May followed by the Bolder Boulder Post Race Recap! After the Bolder Boulder… 1. I ran the Beer Relay in Lyons, CO. SOOOO SOOO SOOOOOOO much fun!!! Highly recommend it! 11389990_10206468676693312_4354079847329693639_n June: 2. Went on a random adventure to Buena Vista with a new boy. ūüėČ Hiked, got beer and and visited the hot springs! 20150612_142230 3. I hosted another one of my Brew Tour runs. (In case you don’t know: I work for a running company, 3W Races, in Colorado. I mostly do marketing, production and run club promotions but I also helped make the 3W Run Club – the Brew Tour and am a mini race director one time per month, run club style, meeting at a different brewery each month!) 20150707_181355 4. I did Ragnar Trail – Snowmass. It was fun-ish. It rained the whole time on us. race_900_photo_19781070 5. I started climbing A LOT more! IMG_8282 6. Went to a TON of run clubs in June (and July) to promote 3W Races. 7. Worked the Skirt Sports 13er. 8. Had a fun date-adventure up in Fort Collins. I had to go to a run club, so I brought a special someone to join me and we explored a brewery up there! 9. Ran the Father’s Day Classic. Placed 2nd in my age group. 18442509564_e49deace35_o 10. Went on another date-adventure to Colorado Springs for a run club and decided to hike the Manitou Incline with said special someone. 20150622_145353 11. Saw Joan Jett in concert!!!!! It was… AWESOME!!! 11168864_10206689004691193_6053794539637138268_n July: 12. Worked the Longmont Half on the 4th of July. 13. Got out of town and went camping. Watched fireworks in a small town in Colorado.

Yes, that's my dog!

Yes, that’s my dog!

14. Hosted another Brew Run 20150721_182304 15. Did my first multi-pitched climb with my first rappel! SCARY! 11737808_10102306204764153_6127050431583264416_n 16. Hiked Hanging Lake with my Mom.

That's my mommy!

That’s my Mommy!

17. Hiked Golden Gate Park while the special boy and his friend climbed. 20150712_131320_Pano 18. High school reunion. Meh. 19. My second multi-pitch climb, this time with a super scary traverse and a free-hanging rappel. SCARY but fun.

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Yep! Climbed that!

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In general, I have been working 40+ hours per week between 3W Races and my Personal Training/Group Fitness job at the rec. I have been hiking and climbing a lot and I have still been running 3-4 times per week. I am not specifically training and have been going more by feel. If I feel like a run, I’ll go. If I don’t, I don’t run…… And I have been spending a lot of time with this boy…. he makes me smile and takes me on all those crazy climbing adventures! ….wait for it…. AND right NOW I’m in OREGON!! Doing some hiking, running, and site seeing! It’s been fun so far!

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Portland

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Multnomah Falls

Yep! I finally get a vacation! (First one in about two years!) For the first few days, I am with the cross country team I helped coach last year (Arvada High) and once they head back, I will be running a race (a half!) to knock off a new state and hanging out with my step sister! WHEW! And that’s what’s been going on!

My First Post…and so it begins!

I have been telling people for months that I’m going to start a blog. I figured the more people I told, the more I had to get it started so that I didn’t look like a failure. I got the idea in my head because someone close to me writes their own blog and it just seemed like a fun hobby to start. ¬†I am not the best writer in the world, but creating a blog went well with an idea I had years ago – running a race in every state. These combined ideas were something that had meaning to me. ¬†It joined some of my favorite things…running and traveling…and talking…I do a lot of that! I thought of running a race in every state awhile back but didn’t really think it was doable. ¬†Now, as I’m turning 25 soon, I think I can make this idea doable and I’m going to! I’m starting in April, my birthday month, with my home state to kick it off. I will be, of course, posting about the races themselves, but I also would like to share my thoughts on all things running, fitness, and maybe a little bit about traveling. ¬†Please let me know what you think and hopefully you’ll stay with me through my ¬†project!

I have goals in mind, places to see, and races to do!

Ready…set…go! ¬†I am officially a blogger!

Start when the gun fires!