After my race last week (recap here) we spent a few days in NYC sightseeing with my husband, at which time he flew back to France and I came to Maine to spend some time with my parents whom I had not seen since March.
I did get in a lot of fitness, despite the marathon on Sunday :
- Monday : 10 miles of walking around NYC (I was quite stiff but this got the blood flowing to the muscles)
- Tuesday : 8 miles of walking around NYC
- Wednesday : 4 miles of walking around NYC
- Thursday : Uppe rbody workout @ home with weights + body weight
- Friday : Lower body workout @ home with weights + body weight, 90 minutes raking and hauling leaves
- Sautrday : 4 mile run
- Sunday : Intervals
A few highlights from my time in NYC :
We went out to see the Statue of Liberty and tour Ellis Island.
I wore my medal, proudly, all day. It was a great conversation starter as there were a ton of marathoners out sightseeing also.
We visited the WTC memorial. This was amazing, it was so well done. There are the foundations of the old towers, parts of the metal structure, and it gives the history about the building of the towers and of the tragic events. A timeline traces what happened 9/11, in the sky and on the ground. There is also a very insightful video about the geopolitics which lead up to the attack. I recommend getting there as early as possible, and DO NOT rent the audi tour.
The exhibit has the metal structures highlighted on this : As well as many objects from that tragic day : I found there was a great balance of history, tribute to the victims and tribute to the firefighters, policeman and other rescue workers. I am not a very emotional person and I cried several times.
Otherwise, my husband and I also walked across the Brooklyn bridge, did some shopping and visted Central Park.
On Wednesday I made my way to my parent’s in Maine, where I was blessed with fall weather and some foliage that is hanging on.
I worked in the woods with my mom one day. She doesn’t like leaf blowers, so we cleared the woods manually.
There is a rail trail in their town, which is perfect for running, along the river and away from traffic. I fully took advantage of this Saturday and Sunday, when I felt it was OK to run a bit.
On Sunday I ran into (pun intended) Jen @ Running With the Girls who is from my home town. She ran NYC last Sunday too, so we stopped and chatted.
I hadn’t been back to my hometown in the fall for many many years. While Maine is a lot colder than Paris, I loved being there. I saw a ton of family, spent quality time with my parents, relaxed and even listened to a rock station that way playing the top 40s from the 1980s. A major blast from the past !
And now ? Back to real life !
That is a wrap !
Is the weather still nice in your neck of the woods ? Ever visited the WTC memorial ?