For this City Run I headed back to France for the second time in as many months. Following on my from City Runs: Paris, on this occasion I visited Nice. The Côte D'Azur is famous for many gorgeous beaches and seaside Cities and towns as well as gorgeous blue seas. Nice ticked all three of those boxes. Nice was an extraordinary place for a City Run and there's certainly an abundance of interesting routes you could include on your City Run, so I'll give you my best recommendations from waterfalls, castles and gorgeous parks in the heart of the city.
For those of you who are new to my “City Runs” series, I visit different cities at home and abroad, giving some recommendations for the best places to run and keep fit. Hopefully this will inspire you to get you outside and give you a great active experience in that city, should you ever choose to visit.
I have chosen the easier run to recommend for you guys, however I would recommend you read/try the alternative run from later in this blog post which is A LOT harder, but in my opinion so worth doing.
In order to get an inclusive view of the city as a whole, I started my run in the streets of Nice close to where I was staying. With softly coloured Mediterranean architecture everywhere and fountains around the City (and an abundance of cute dogs - WIN), it's a lovely place to start and jog through at your own pace. The Rue de France has wide streets to avoid too many obstacles (slowly paced tourists) and leads into Old town as well as alongside the next part of the run.
After running along the Rue de France, one street away is the Promenade des Anglais, the main street/walkway that runs alongside the beautiful coastline literally from the airport to the centre of Nice. If you really wanted to you could just run alongside the beach for as long as you wanted and it would still be gorgeous, but I want to give you a bit more variation. So run along the promenade for a few minutes and cut back into the City through Nice's rustic Old town (I'll let you off if you stop for an ice cream in the sweltering heat).
The next stage of the run you need to do last because there's a possibility you could get very wet! After coming out of the Old Town, you'll find yourself in a long, narrow park called the Promenade du Paillon which is very pretty, but the best part about it is that there are hundreds of water features that you can walk/run through and after this run in the heat, this would be the perfect way to cool down and to finish the run!
I feel like this is going to be the gem of this blog post. Now, I had absolutely no idea that there was both a castle with a waterfall, yes a waterfall at the top of Nice perched on the side of a cliff. So if you think you've got what it takes, I'd challenge you to run up the steps of Castle Hill. You'll get the best views of the whole of the bay as well as getting the refreshing spray of a waterfall once you reach the top as your reward. It's just a few minutes walk from Old Town so it's not even out of your way. I can't recommend doing this highly enough, even if you walk it it'll still give you a bit of exercise and you can rest at the cafe at the top.
What To Wear
After a change for my last run, I went back to wearing my laceless Adidas Ultraboost's for this one with them doing a fantastic job yet again of combining style and unrivalled comfort. They made their debut for my very first City Runs post City Runs: London and they're still going strong.
I also wore a retro-style Adidas originals tee that reminds me of a 90's football top, as well as the plain black New Look shorts that I featured in my Price Point blog post.
If you want to get any of the items I wore in this City Run then here are the links and now may be the perfect time with Adidas doing a huge sale which I know includes the ultraboosts I'm wearing:
- Adidas Laceless ultraboost
- Adidas retro tee
- New Look running shorts
How easy would it be for me to just say listen to the new Drake album... but due to the great weather I wanted to listen to some songs with a summer vibe. I managed to find a great summer playlist on Spotify so here's the link to go and check that out: Summer Playlist
Spotify – All my song recommendations can be streamed using Spotify and downloaded to use offline if you don’t want to use your data. Spotify is my go to music service even if they're going to start treating me like an adult and charging full price now I'm not a student. Petty if you ask me.
Apple health – tracking distance and steps, Apple gives you your days adventures compiled into an easy to understand visual display allowing you to track your progress from run to run.
Google Maps – With Google maps I found it so easy to get around the city. I don’t need to give you a big explanation on it as I’m sure you know how it works. If you don’t have it, get it. I always find it smoother and easier to use that Apple’s own Maps app
If you are in Nice or anywhere warm for that matter and you are going to go for a City run or go and out do some exercise, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Stay Hydrated! - make sure you take a bottle of drink out with you or some money to be able to buy one while you're out. In Nice there are a lot of public fountains so take advantage of it.
2. Take regular breaks - your body is probably not going to be used to running continuously in scorching heat so take 5 mins to rest and have some of your drink, give your body some recovery time and then set off again.
3. Try and run in the shade - Don't be too stuck on the idea of running in the sun to try and top up your tan at the same time, even in the shade it'll still be swelteringly hot. Those few degrees less and being out of direct sunlight might just help you avoid sun stroke.
4. Listen to your body (most important) - It's all well me saying all this but you know your limits better than I do. If you feel too hot, stop. If you feel fine, keep going. It's not rocket science.
I hope you enjoyed this City Runs post! It would be great to hear some feedback from people as this is my fifth City Runs now so if you have any ideas on places you'd like to see or topics in the blog you'd like me to cover please let me know!