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Week in Review: 7.22 to 7.28

This week the hubs, Lillian and I travelled to Thones, France for a family vacation. The small French village is located in the center of the alps; it is about 45 outside of Geneva, Switzerland and 15 minutes from Annecy.

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View from Sunday’s run.

While the roads are chock full of cyclists  ready for a challenge (the tour de France often goes through this regions), I have only seen one other runner- and I’m pretty sure he was a thief running from le police! The roads are definitely the steepest I’ve ever ran, but the views are also the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

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A sign for the hundreds of cyclists and crazy redheaded runner (me) who decided to go up the 10% grade incline. Whoa! (never again my friends, never again)

In order to completely take in my surroundings I bid adieu to my iPod for the week and ran unplugged. Sounds of cow bells in the distance, cyclists looking up to chirp “Bon Jour”, and water rushing through the gorge below are some of the constant sounds of silence in this region.

Picture of the Week

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The best part of running in France aside from getting to stare at many cyclists’ bums? The jaw-dropping view!

 

Monday:          45 min lift
Tuesday:         Run 4.65 mi 40 min, 8:36 pace); 60 min spin
Wednesday:  Run 7.5 mi (60 min, 8:07 pace)
Thursday:      OFF (Flight to France)
Friday:            Run 5.5 (54, 9:48 pace) *950 ft elevation gain- 700 ft gained in final 1.5 miles!
Saturday:       Run 7.3 (62 min, 8:33 pace)
Sunday:          Run 7.3 (61 min, 8:25 pace)

Total Miles:   32.25

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 *clockwise above: upper left- pushups on a water fountain in Annecy; dried meats at local market; Welcome to La Clusaz sign; upper right- Saturday’s run 7.3 in 8:33 600 ft elevation gain; bottom right- Lilly and I eating ice cream; more dried sausages; La Clusaz; bottom left- sleeping babe; fresh cherries at farmer’s market

 

Quote of the Week

Me: I’m frustrated- I haven’t ran a 9:48 pace in a while.
Hubs: YOU RAN UP AN ALP! Cut yourself some slack!
Me: Fair enough.

* Stay tuned for more pics in upcoming posts!

 

Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever run? Please share! 🙂

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