Home Sweet Home

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.with-jean-statue-lib

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 : 20161109_100159As well as many objects from that tragic day : 20161109_104042I 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.

20161111_093411I 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.20161112_140811

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 !

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

Is the weather still nice in your neck of the woods ? Ever visited the WTC memorial ?


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Comments: 28

  1. Marcia November 13, 2016 at 11:32 pm Reply

    Was your meeting with Jen unplanned? That is amazing! Sounds like you had a great tour of NYC and how nice to go home!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply

      Jen lives in my town so we correspond but hadn’t planned to meet up. There is one great running route though so not surprised we saw each other.

  2. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style November 14, 2016 at 12:43 am Reply

    Just read your recap! So happy for you! Awesome that you got to enjoy the week after, too!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm Reply

      Thanks Jennifer. It was a great week.

  3. Kimberly Hatting November 14, 2016 at 1:04 am Reply

    Gosh, our weather has been crazy great! I have been so lucky this fall with my training…near-perfect weather for every long training run. I want to see the WTC memorial someday, but I am emotional….I am in tears just looking at your pics.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm Reply

      Hope you get to see the memorial one day. Truly amazing.

  4. Sarah @ BucketListTummy November 14, 2016 at 1:07 am Reply

    Ah I’m so jealous of NYC. Congrats for finishing! It’s on my bucket list of races. It’s also awesome that you stuck around to explore and learn about some of the history. I’m from New England and haven’t been up to Maine since i was little! (Crazy!) But next year I have a goal to make it out to Acadia National Park. Is that near you?

    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm Reply

      Acadia is further North up the coast but definitely worth the drive. It is beautiful.

  5. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness November 14, 2016 at 1:50 am Reply

    Sounds like you had a great time sight seeing NYC after the marathon. I flew back from Disney on Monday and had a layover in LGA and I saw a few runners wearing their medals. Makes me want to run that race!I
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm Reply

      It was a fabulous experience, but I know we lucked out with the weather.

  6. Sana November 14, 2016 at 2:01 am Reply

    Looks like a lovely time in NY! Enjoy the time with your mother in Maine!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm Reply

      Thank you, I fully enjoyed it.

  7. Coco November 14, 2016 at 2:22 am Reply

    Wow, you did a lot of walking after the marathon, but being in NYC tends to make that happen. So glad you got to do all that sightseeing, and then visit your parents. I hope you get to enjoy a bit of fall in Paris!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply

      It was rainy & gray in Paris while I was in the US but fall is definitely here. Dark. Damp. Boo.

  8. HoHo Runs November 14, 2016 at 2:22 am Reply

    It’s great you were able to spend extra time in NYC and visit your parents in Maine. I haven’t been to NYC since the WTC memorial was finished. I can imagine it is a very emotional experience. I’d also wear that medal around, probably for days on end! Your pictures from Maine are very lovely! Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply

      I highly recommend the memorial. Just get there early.

  9. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home November 14, 2016 at 2:34 am Reply

    I bet your parents were thrilled to see you and how nice to visit Maine in the fall! You must be exhausted!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply

      I am actually feeling pretty good as I slept 8 or 9 hours every night. So the trip was manageable. Hoping tomorrow is OK…. that is when my jet lag usually kicks in.

  10. Kelli November 14, 2016 at 3:52 am Reply

    Congrats again on the marathon. Looks like you had a great time in NYC. I haven’t been there recently, although it is only an hour on the train. Perhaps I will try to get up there again soon. Welcome back to reality! Have a good week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm Reply

      You should go…. so much to see & do. I tried to do things I had never done before. I just love NYC.

  11. Sonia November 14, 2016 at 5:15 am Reply

    Fun visit to NYC. The fall colors look gorgeous. Hope you had a nice visit.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm Reply

      Loved it !

  12. Elizabeth November 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm Reply

    I’m so glad you got to visit Maine in the fall. It looks gorgeous. Sounds like a great week: marathon celebrating, touring NYC, nice runs… basically perfect!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:05 pm Reply

      It was a perfect week. Thanks.

  13. Darlene November 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

    So glad you were able to spend time with your family. So lucky that the weather cooperated. It looks so beautiful there.

    Isn’t the Brooklyn bridge impressive??

    Hope to see you again someday.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm Reply

      The bridge was a lot longer than I expected, but there were so many people and we even saw a bike accident because people kept stepping into the bike lane.

  14. Tricia Vaughn November 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I am so very glad you enjoyed and got to experience NYC in it fullest! Seeing family too. I laughed at the 80’s rock station you got to listen too! I take it they don’t play a lot of classic rock in Paris huh? It’s my favorite!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm Reply

      Loved listening to Casey Casum. A blast from the past !

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