10 reasons to go for a Sunday early morning run in Paris

Reason 1: The early bird/runner gets to view Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro sans tourists…

Reason 2: Ditto for the Louvre…

Reason 3: Just you, the love-locks on Pont des Arts and the serene river Seine…

Reason 4: Car-free Sundays on roads by the river Seine

Reason 5: Having the park (Jardin des Plantes) all to myself…

Reason 6: Getting to enjoy a splendid view of the Notre Dame…

Reason 7: I get to be reminded of just how beautiful Paris is…

Reason 8: Musée d’Orsay, ’nuff said…

Reason 9: No worries about finding a green chair to sit on at the Jardin des Tuileries…

Reason 10: It’s barely 11am and I’m done with my 26km run. The reward is having the  Eiffel Tower before my eyes…🙂 🙂 🙂

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If Iron Nun Can Do It, So Can You

“First, you have to have the desire. Then, once you have the desire, you can become a little bit more daring, and with daring you get determination. And with determination comes the dedication, and then the actual doing. Those are the five Ds.”

The person who said this has competed in more than 340 triathlons, including over 46 Ironman triathlons and countless other races.  What makes up an Ironman triathlon? Swim 3.86 km (2.4 miles), cycle 180 km (112 miles) and then run a full marathon (42.2km or 26.2 miles). No mean feat! Well, guess what? The lady who’s achieved the above is also 82 years old and recently finished the Ironman Canada triathlon in August 2012 with a timing of 16h:32m, setting the world record as the oldest woman to complete an Ironman Triathlon. She’s Sister Madonna Buder, a nun who lives in Washington and has earned the moniker of the “Iron Nun” for her amazing feats.

I think I can safely say that Sister Madonna Buder’s achievements puts many of us who are younger than her by 10, 20, 40 or even 60 years to shame.  She’s my daily inspiration and make that an upsized daily inspiration! To those who think that they are too old or their bodies too weak to exercise or go the distance, throw caution to the wind and give your bodies a shot at what it’s capable of doing.

Put on your shoes and go run now! 😉

The Stars of Roland Garros – The 2012 French Open

Who will walk away victorious this weekend? World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or World No. 2 Rafael Nadal? Russian superstar Maria Sharapova or underdog Italian Sara Errani (Sara who?)? We are both rooting for Djokovic but are torn between Sharapova and Errani… An exciting weekend it’ll be!!!

Apart from the tennis players, I think the other group of ‘stars’ of the French Open are those boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen working in the background to ensure that fans around the world are able to enjoy the tennis matches, be it from Roland Garros or from the comfort of their living rooms.

Here’s this other group of stars of Roland Garros – The 2012 French Open.

No ticket, no entry…

The quintessential fans…patient fans…

Usherers ensure that the players are not disturbed by late-comers…

Introducing the umpire…

The line umpires…

Keeping the clay court in good shape throughout the match…

While the television presenter and his crew record their programme…

The boy who can add “Umbrella carrier” in his resume…

I now have a new-found respect for tennis ball boys and girls. They run around a lot around the court during the match…

Papaaa..papaaa..paparazzi…

These sales assistants will convince you that a €72 euro French Open beach towel is actually a bargain…

Of course the real tennis stars can teach us a thing or two about tennis…

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Theodore Roosevelt