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Running Boot Camp Through Paris

I love staying active while I’m on vacation – not only because it makes me feel great, but also because it’s a fun way to see the city! My friend Kris (who I was staying with in Paris) and I got up for two morning runs while I was there – first up was a run along the Promenade Planteé, which is a cool lifted walkway/trail through the city. It’s really nice because you miss the stoplights!

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Kris said that she’s been talking to her running friends about wanting to incorporate some strength moves into their runs, so I decided to lead her in a fun running boot camp so she could share the moves with her buddies next time they run together!

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I used the benches and stairs we found along the run and put together a mix of moves. Urban adventure! We did dips on benches:

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Sprinted some stairs:

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Rocked out some walking lunges:

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Did squats into bench jumps:

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Worked on our boat pose:

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Did all sorts of pushups:

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Activated our glutes with some leg lifts:

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Pretended to be superman to work our lower backs:

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And did some core work in the form of planks with alternating knee to elbow touches (so hard):

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We also hit up some of the exercise stations along the trail.

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Such an awesome workout! We probably covered about a 5k running-wise, but with all the boot camp stops were out for quite awhile. Both of us were definitely sore the next day! By the way, fun fact: this trail has not only a normal water fountain but also a carbonated water fountain. Only in Europe. ;)

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We did another running boot camp in a beautiful park near Kris’s place in the 12th arrondissement later on in the trip – it’s called Bois de Vincennes and is worth checking out if you can! Gorgeous lake and nice trails, and off the beaten path, too.

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AND, there were peacocks. We came around a corner and BAM: there was a peacock, fully showing off all his gorgeous feathers. How cool! I’d never seen that in person before!

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I was pumped, as you can see. ;)

Coming up next week in the Europe adventure recap series, stay tuned for a post about the two cool day trips we did from Paris: to Giverny (Monet’s garden!) and the Loire Valley (castles + wine tasting)! Plus, a recap from my Paris Running Tour: 11 miles of history, sightseeing, and awesomeness.

Comments

  1. 1

    Great workout!!! She’ll have loads of ideas for her friends when she’s out with them next!!!

  2. 2

    Awesome! :) It was so much fun!! I ran Promenade Plantee with my girls yesterday and tonight actually and showed them the secret spot for bootcamp next time!

  3. 4

    Running in Paris would be fun and that looks like a great workout!

  4. 5

    I love how you added lots of fitness to your vacation! I hope to do that when I’m able to travel. I can’t wait to hear about your trip to Giverny – I’m such an art nerd!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Had no idea there was a raised walkway like that in Paris. Very nice!

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    Faye Holloway says:

    I love your shirt and shorts – where did you get them?!

  7. 9

    looks like you had a great time and a great workout.

  8. 10

    Looks like an AWESOME and more importantly, fun work out :)

  9. 11

    Love the sparkling water fountain!
    I thought about doing a running tour while I was in Paris, but since I traveled with my Grandmother and didn’t want to do it alone I opted out. I agree that running/walking is he best way to explore a new city so I did plenty of that on my own outside of Paris. Looks like a great trail you did!

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