This Fall I’ll be Running Through Paris, London and Portland!


I have been literally buzzing with happiness since yesterday afternoon when Adam and I got all booked up for our fall vacation to London …. AND PARIS!

London Photo: | Paris Photo: Eating Covent Garden

London Photo: | Paris Photo: Eating Covent Garden

After a recommendation from one of my clients last Friday we have decided to stop in Paris for two nights and then take the Eurostar over to London for the rest of our trip.

Did you know it only costs $70 to take the Eurostar from Paris to London and the trip is only 2 hours and 15 minutes?! So cool!

This is our first trip to Europe together (my first trip to Europe EVER), and will be the perfect way to celebrate both Adam’s 30th birthday and our 10 year anniversary. We’ve been planning the trip since January and now that we have our plane tickets it feels REAL!

The craziest part? We return home from London on Monday night and then Friday of that week we fly out to Portland so I can run 26.2 miles with a bunch of awesome people!!!



To help deal with some of the jet lag I’ve got Tuesday off of work so that I can hopefully sleep all day and get back on track. Thank goodness I’ll be in the taper that week! : )

By the way, if you are still looking for a fall marathon I would highly suggest Portland! In addition to all the normal stuff, they give all finisher’s a tree seedling so you can plant a tree in commemoration of your race which I think is the coolest thing ever. (Hurry because it’s almost booked up!)

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I can’t wait for Portland… and for Paris and London!

Where did you do your first marathon (or half or 5K)? 

Have you ever been to Paris and/or London? If so, please give me a tip for the trip! 



  1. June 20, 2014 / 9:35 am

    Wow that is AWESOME! I understand, once you book a trip, it seems real. 🙂 I have never been to Europe either, but if I could go, Paris and London would prob be my two choices to get started. That’s really cheap for the Eurostar, seems like a no brainer! Have you ever been to Portland or the NW in general?

    • June 20, 2014 / 11:41 am

      I’ve never been to Portland but I have been to Seattle! I saw your comment about possibly going to Seattle instead of Florida this summer. As much as I love Florida my trip to Seattle was one of my best trips ever. It’s probably because mountains are so different for me, but I had a blast hiking in the nice cool weather! Plus I thought it was a nice cultural trip … didn’t seem too touristy like it can be here in FL.

      • June 21, 2014 / 12:42 am

        That is all good to know. 🙂 I was researching Seattle yesterday. I don’t even know why… I like to torture myself, I guess.

  2. June 20, 2014 / 9:43 am

    London and Paris is amazing. You two are going to have the best trip ever. That is a great way to celebrate a birthday and your anniversary. Even better is you head straight to your marathon after.

    No firsts marathon, but it’s on the books for February. Never been to London or Paris. I feel myself welling up inside lol.

    • June 20, 2014 / 11:43 am

      Haha, okay so I think we should make plans to run the London marathon one day!!!

      It’s crazy that I’m going to jump straight back on a plane to the marathon, but I’m really excited about that whole 2 week period!!!!

    • cheryl
      June 20, 2014 / 2:21 pm

      That trip sounds amazing. I watch the Tour de France every year, and have always said that I want to run on the Champs Elysees . The marathon excitement will be a great extension of the excitement of your trip! Run for us all on your trip!

      • June 20, 2014 / 9:15 pm

        I will! I am going to take so many pictures you’re going to feel like you were there too 🙂

  3. June 20, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    Oh, you’re going to have soooo much fun. I really love London and France (I haven’t been to Paris specifically). The museums are freaking amazing, and just walking around and people-watching, just spending time outdoors…I think Matt and I spent our time in London just sitting in the various gardens and Trafalgar Square writing/drawing/eating and people-watching!

    I love that in Europe, a 2 hour flight gets you to another country, whereas in the US, a 2 hour flight barely gets you to another state!

    • June 20, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      The ease of travel between countries is so cool. I wish we had more vacation time from work so that we could stay longer and visit a couple of other places.

      I cannot wait! I may or may not have looked up races during the week that we’ll be in London. There is a 10K that is on a Saturday that intrigues me … but I read the reviews and it says it’s full of lots of serious, fast runners which has me a bit nervous. I don’t want to show up and be the slow American turtle!

  4. June 20, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    SO exciting!!! That’s amazing news!!! Can’t wait to read ALL about your Paris and London trip Kristina. If it’s sunny day and you have time – take a train or DLR (light railway with no driver) to Greenwich, SE London (my old stomping ground! Where I grew up) – there’s lots of cool little pubs/restaurants and a beautiful park and the observatory (it’s where GMT is from so you can stand across a line and your left foot will be in the East and your right foot in the West), oh and it’s on the river too – you can do a Thames river cruise to/from there too!
    Paris I’ve been too but it was sooo long ago. I would suggest the Louvre but from what I remember there are always huge crowds and queues to get in.

    That is SO cool re: the seedling for the tree! Wish I would make it to Portland later in the year. I’m thinking of doing the Yunnan Marathon (Southern China) around then though… Watch this space. 🙂

    SO excited for you Kristina!! x

    • June 20, 2014 / 9:12 pm

      As it gets closer to the trip I am going to start asking you for a ton of recommendations 🙂 I really want to do a proper british tea and need to know the perfect place to go 🙂 The observatory sounds right up my alley, definitely will need to try and fit it in, as does the cruise of the Thames! That might be a perfect day trip!

      I’ve heard that the Louvre is filled with tourists but a total must-do, just like the Eiffel Tower.

      Ohh I hope you do sign up for a fall marathon. It will be so fun if half the bloggers I “hang out with” are training at the same time 🙂

      • June 21, 2014 / 5:48 am

        Definitely ask me for any recommendations or queries as you get closer to your trip Kristina! Jus thope my memory serves me right re: good old London. 🙂

        I will let you know re: the marathon! Would love to, would feel a bit lost without something to train towards hey, and YES, we can all be training together! 🙂

        • June 21, 2014 / 5:49 am

          *Just hope*, not jus thope, d’oh… You know what I mean, I hope. Stupid typos – I do this all too often! 😛

  5. June 20, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    So excited for you! What a great trip you have planned 🙂 I have never traveled hardly anywhere,except Montana. I have gone to Chicago, Vegas, and Colorado and I would really love to go back. I have been to Oregon once for a wedding, I drove from Montana to Oregon and I loved it. In general I love the north west 🙂 That’s so cool you get a tree seedling at the race!

    • June 20, 2014 / 9:17 pm

      I love Chicago and Vegas! Going to Colorado was on my list for this year, but unfortunately we had to cut it so that we could extend our time in Europe. I really hope we can get there next year!

      I bet the road trip from Montana to Oregon was really pretty!

  6. June 20, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    So exciting about your trip to London and Paris – I hope y’all have an incredible time!!!
    I have never run an actual marathon – I’ve trained for several and ended up with a stress fracture every time – I might just sign up and run one without training!!!

    • June 20, 2014 / 8:13 pm

      Kim!!! You’ve run ultra distances so really you *have* run a marathon AND THEN SOME!

  7. June 20, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    Kristina!!! I cannot believe you are doing a trip like that right before flying the other direction all the way to Portland! I’m jealous, sure, but amazed that you are going to take it all on. I have to ask… you live in Florida and chose the Portland Marathon as your first, all the way across country… why? Do you know where you are staying? We must connect at some point – even if it is at the expo!

  8. June 20, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    OMG. OMG. OMG.

    i’m having some major trip envy over here. mr. dawn and i have started thinking about how he’s never been to europe and how i would LOVE to run a marathon abroad. we have almost settled on the london one and i LOVE the idea of taking a quick trip to Paris while we’re over there. day made 🙂

    it’s a good thing you’ll be deep into your taper when the trip happens. by then, you’ve done all the hard work and you’ll just have to make sure you take care of your feet/legs while you’re over there. oh…and the jet lag. make sure you take compression socks for the flights.

    i’m just so excited!!!

    • June 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

      THAT IS AWESOME! Running the London Marathon would be sooo cool. It’s definitely on my bucket list!

      Isn’t it so perfect that Paris is just a hop, skip and a jump away from London? I never really thought about it until a week or so ago! I can’t wait!

      Hmmm you’re right, I will definitely need to bring compression socks for the flights… and just for wearing around and looking cool, hah.

  9. June 21, 2014 / 10:12 am

    This is awesome! So glad you were able to fit Paris in there. It will be so worth it. Um, how are you going to get a tree seedling across the country? And you live in an apartment, right? I guess the finishers medal will be good enough!

    • June 21, 2014 / 10:27 am

      Hmm you don’t think they will let me bring the tree seedling on the plane?! I didn’t even think of that!

      I was going to plant it at my parents house 🙂 I WISH I could plant it here, but they might notice an extra tree hanging around, haha