Strike, don’t strut: ELLE runs the Paris Half at PFW

Just think of it as a 13.1 mile catwalk

It’s one of the most important weeks in the fashion diary, with editors flying in from around the world to line the front rows at Givenchy, Dior and Chanel. And since navigating the notoriously chaotic Paris traffic, racing from show to show, and jostling for backstage exclusives wasn’t hectic enough, Team ELLE has tossed in a half marathon to keep us limber. We’re trading heels for high-tech trainers, petit fours for Powerade, and taking the bare face beauty trend to the extreme. Through the City of Light from the Château de Vincennes into Opèra, past Notre Dame and back along the famous Rue du Faubourg St-Antoine, we’ll be strutting— make that striking— our stuff for 13 miles. Puts a new twist on ‘runway’, n’est-ce pas?

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The Details

What: Semi-marathon de Paris (Paris Half Marathon)

When: Sunday, March 2, 2014

Where: Paris

Distance: 13.1 miles

Fit Factor: 3/5

Why We’re Running: We’re ready to step up our running with greater distances and serious races. What better place to start than the spiritual home of fashion, during PFW? If all goes horribly wrong, we take comfort in knowing Café de Flore is just around the corner (and Dior around the corner from that)

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Race Mantra: There will be wine.

Run it: General ballot and registration is now closed, however you can still secure a place by running for charity

Watch it: This race welcomes spectators. Line the route and give us a cheer by checking the route map

Follow it: We'll be tweeting from the race @ELLEUKrunning #SemiParis, as well as keeping a diary of our training progress.

Find out more: Visit www.semideparis.com for information about this and other events

Want to get started? Follow the Running Club's 0-5k plan

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