Two-fer: Milan and Paris

Still revering from my post marathon in Rome, with small aches and pains, I came back to Luxembourg for a couple days of work. I made a small attempt at a 5km run but had some persisting right quad and left heel pain so took a couple more days off from running. Which was a good thing as I had a busy weekend heading back to Italy, but this time Milan and then end the weekend in Paris to watch Julien run in the Paris Marathon.

The Milan trip was purely for pleasure. I had bought a ticket for my 82nd show of seeing Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds back in October. They were returning to Europe after a 10 year hiatus. This trip was planned even before I knew I was running in Rome. I was so looking forward to this, almost as a reward following my race, some R&R with wine, limoncello, music and touring a new city.

Milan is a small but lively city. I stayed at a small B&B Bicocca located a mile from the theater Dave was playing at and a quick metro ride to the center of the city. Being back in Italy meant amazing food…again! I arrived Thursday evening and after checking into the hotel I made my way towards a pizzeria a few minutes walk away. That night I went to bed fairly early falling asleep to Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. The next day was the show and I couldn’t sleep in due to all my excitement. I got up early and ran to the center of the city (5km away). The early bird does catch the worm because I got the Piazza Duomo, where the Cathedral and Galleria are, pretty much to myself besides a few other runners and some photographers catching the sunrise. 

Duomo cathedral

Duomo cathedral

Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo

Sunrise over Duomo

Sunrise over Duomo

Running in Duomo

Running in Duomo

More Pizza

More Pizza


From there I walked through the shopping centers and made my way towards Castle Sforza that led to a beautiful park.

Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione

Castle Sforza

Castle Sforza

Castle Sforza

Castle Sforza

Castle Sforza

Castle Sforza


After walking through, I made my way another 2km towards Cimitero Monumentale Di Milano. This cemetery is famous for its outlandish sculptures. It was peaceful and quiet when I first arrived when it opened at 8am and was happy to not have missed this Garden of Remembrance.

Monumental Cemetery

Monumental Cemetery


I saw most of Milan before 10am! I was able to get back to the hotel and nap and shower and then head out for lunch. I went back towards Piazza Duomo and found the 7th floor of la Rinascente, a designer department store next to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. I had an outdoor view of the Cathedral while I snacked on Mozzarella, Italian ham, and sipping of Aperol Spritz.

Obica Mozzarella Bar

Obica Mozzarella Bar


I still had time before the Dave and Tim show, so I read that one must take the tour on the roof of the Cathedral. I paid 9€ and chose to take the stair and got a panoramic view of Milan.

On top of Duomo

On top of Duomo


After seeing most of the city, I was ready for the concert! I had found an Italian fan based group that was having a pre-show meet up and then met a few other Americans traveling and touring the Europe shows. The night was magical and I got a set list and guitar pick from Tim 😍

Dave and Tim

Dave and Tim


After a memorable few days in Milan, I jet setted to Paris. We had little time for touring, and I jokingly say I’m not a tourist anymore, but I am still!! The main reason was to watch Julien run the marathon. I mentioned in an earlier blog his goal was to achieve a sub-4hr run. Well, I’m proud to announce all his hard work paid off! He finished in 3:40:59. I’m so happy for him!!

Paris Marathon

Paris Marathon



Now it’s time to take a break and replenish my energy (and bank account) to get ready for my next race, ING night half marathon in Luxembourg. 

Looking ahead to 2017


It’s officially the middle of October and I was anxiously awaiting my lottery results for the 2017 London Marathon, in which I entered in May. Results are in and, sadly, I didn’t get in. So, my next best option is to search and explore other (less in demand) races, and there are hundreds here in Europe! Time to make a racecation.


I’m pretty open to where the race will take me but I’m looking at a few priorities.

  1. A place I’ve not been to yet – if I’m going to torture myself, I’d like to do it on new territory.
  2. Price (entry & travel) – for the first time in my adult life I’m broke. But my health and sanity are a top priority for me, so instead of establishing a savings for maybe something big in the future, I’m going to work and live pay check to pay check and do the things I desire right now.
  3. A spring marathon – you’ve heard me say it before but I prefer winter training over summer training, however, I have my eyes set on today’s entry into the Berlin Marathon lottery for September 2017, as well.
  4. Ease of registration – for this spring race, I’m not wanting to register and hope I get in. I’d like to just sign up and know I’m doing it (and I just mentioned how I’m goal setting for Berlin in September anyway, so one time a year of hoping, waiting and doing is all you’ll get out of me).

While searching the Internet, I found this site to get a glimpse of all European marathon choices. I’ve narrowed my spring marathon (April) to these top 3 choices…

  1. Maratona di Roma – Rome, Italy
  2. 261 Women’s Marathon – Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  3. Alexander the Great International Marathon – Thessaloniki, Greece

Rome:

Spain:

Greece:
I need your guys help! Where should go for my 2017 spring Marathon? I’m leaning towards one more than the others. I’ll give you a hint…Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds are playing 3 shows in Italy the week after one of the marathons……….