Running in Avignon

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I realize I look a little crazed…

Since we arrived last Wednesday here in Avignon, France, I’ve run 21.61 miles, my highest mileage week so far while traveling. I feel like I’m finally getting into a good groove, running every other day. Like I mentioned in my Running Abroad post, I take precautions when I go out for a run, and only now have begun to listen to music if I’ve run the route before and felt safe and secure. I couldn’t find much information about where to run in Avignon online, so I just started exploring. I would start my runs in the afternoon, which I now know was a mistake. There were so many people everywhere, I was the only one running, people like to walk at a slow pace here, and there was a lot of dodging pedestrians and cars. I finally got up this morning to get out the door early. It was a whole different story. I saw multiple people running (always a welcome sight), there were families walking on the path that I had found previously that seemed deserted, and just the decrease in the amount of people out was a huge relief. I did seven miles, and ran the last mile at 8:30, which I was pretty proud of. It was just one of those runs that feels really, REALLY good. As opposed to the one on Monday that I cut short because I just wasn’t feeling it.

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I start running from our apartment and then right outside the walls of Avignon, to a bridge that crosses the Rhone River. Here there’s a path that follows the river, and eventually leads to a nice bike path.

Tip to anyone running in Avignon: don’t run directly next to the wall because you will be dodging dog poo the entire time and it smells like urine (and I passed two men peeing on it).

These are a few pictures I snapped during a few of my runs:

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There’s that bridge again.

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Running under the bridge.

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The walls that surround Avignon.

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Tomorrow we get back on the train and head to Narbonne, where our housesitting guests will pick us up and take us to a small wine village nearby. I’m pretty excited!

10 comments

  1. Gorgeous yet again hun! I should start practicing running without music now so I’ll survive next fall haha, although I think the novelty of running somewhere new will help with that, too 😛

    1. oh yes, it helps a TON. I was not looking forward to running without music after not having done it in years, but it actually hasn’t been that bad. It’s been fun to just look around and hear people speak different languages and stuff. It also really makes me appreciate the music more when I do listen to it!

  2. You are taking me back to my childhood, Lily. We used to go on holidays in the Provence, and drove through Avignon on the way there. I remember the famous partial bridge very well! I find it great that you are able to keep on running while you are out and about – keep up the awesome work!

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