Damn terrorists



This past week was surreal in Paris, since the terrorist attacks a week ago. Luckily my close friends and family were not harmed, but everyone know someone who….

I am amazed at how fast the investigation went and how the authorities managed to understand what and how the terrorists did things, how they tracked down their associates. It seriously went at lightening speed.

It will of course take time for life to get back to normal (if that is possible, I like to think it is) but I hated the ambiance in Paris these past few days. People are on edge.

  • In public transportation people were looking at each other suspiciously.
  • People were scared to take public transportation so they took their cars which meant horrendous traffic jams / pollution.
  • People avoided the shopping areas, so the small businesses really suffered.
  • Bomb scares.
  • People took part in hate crimes out of pure ignorance.

…and sporting events / races were cancelled. While this of course is a very very minor thing compared to what happened, I hate that the terrorists can affect our daily life like this. There was a big 20K last Sunday, cancelled. I had a big race tomorrow, that I have been looking forward to for months, (and was lucky to have gotten a spot!), the Four Castles Race. Cancelled.

No one on Instagram is talking about their weekend races, or showing their race clothes laid out, their race bibs, their medals.




I hope life will get back to some sort of normalcy soon. And in the meantime, I will keep on running, living, loving just like I did before the attacks.


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Comments: 4

  1. Heather Albert November 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm Reply

    My heart goes out for you and all of Paris. Brings back memories of 911…I was in shock for a long time. Time will heal…but never completely. Xo

    • Karen - Fit in France November 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm Reply

      Thanks Heather. I hate this paranoia state that has descended upon the city. Life shouldn’t be like that.

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner November 21, 2015 at 3:43 pm Reply

    I’ve been thinking of you often and this is how we felt on 9/11. All of the fear has spread here in the DC area. It’s not a fun way to exist is it. Go out there today and run your run even if your race is cancelled. hugs xoxo
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 22, 2015 at 7:54 am Reply

      thanks Deborah for the great advice. That is exactly what I did : went out, ran hard, because I could. There were probably runners among those victims that will never run again, so I ran. And was blessed with glorious sunshine for those few miles. I am not very religious but I felt those 2 hours of sun on Saturday morning were a sign !

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