Home sweet home

After 10 days of business travel over the past 2 weeks, I am finally home. It was a long trip, I slept in 6 different beds over 9 nights ! So I was thrilled to be in my own bed again.

My marathon has a 3 week recovery plan, so I got in a ton of walking and run/walking this week :

  • Monday : 6 K run/walk on the treadmill in the morning, and because I was bored in the evening, went and did another 6 K run / walk
  • Tuesday : 6 K walk
  • Wednesday : 5,5 K run/walk
  • Thursday : travel back to France
  • Friday : 6,5 K minute run/walk (OMG everything is so green !)
  • Saturday : 30 minutes upper body weights + 15 minute ab work at the gym, 2,5 K walk
  • Sunday : 12 K run/walk

With so much exercise and the time difference, I slept a ton this weekend. Otherwise, here are some photos from my week….

Making homemade pizza with my brother in Baltimore :

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My home away from home :


I am gone 10 days, come back and everything is bright green :


Took a quick drive to the countryside on Saturday to make sure our house was in order :


Finally got to wear my finisher t shirt on Sunday…


…and talked my husband into a one mile run :


Made one of my girls’ favorite dishes, Asian salmon :


I have also spent some time thinking about adjusting my 2016 goals and my race schedule. I have a destination race scheduled for May 22, but have made no plans yet to go. At the moment, I don’t want to think much about traveling. While I love it, I am a bit traveled out.

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to head on over and offer some positive support to the hosts and the participating bloggers !

How was your week ? Is everything bright green in your neck of the woods ?


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Comments: 36

  1. Karen April 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Green and blooming 🙂
    Your house is too cute, I love it!
    10 days is a long time to be gone, I usually get homesick in a week. You did awesome getting your workouts while you were on the road.
    I would wear that shirt every chance i got!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

      Yes, I am going to wear my shirt regularly. I felt so proud.

  2. Tina@GottaRunNow April 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Your country house – idyllic! After seeing your post, I wanted to eat our leftover pizza for dinner, but then I saw the zucchini. I didn’t have a lot of vegetables yesterday or today – mostly protein and other carbohydrates because of the 25K race I ran so zucchini it will be!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply

      Congrats on the 25K. I would have had a slice of pizza with zucchini on the side. We rarely eat pizza, but my brother’s home made was the best, they have a pizza stone. I probably at 4 or 5 pieces, which I never do !

      • Tina@GottaRunNow April 18, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

        Fridays are pizza night at my house and that’s what I ate. I like to top zucchini with tomato sauce and cheese. Pizza and zucchini – such a good combination!
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  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 17, 2016 at 11:43 pm Reply

    I”m so fortunate that I don’t have to travel for my job. I love to travel and I want to keep it all about fun!

    Your country house is so cute! Do you have some fun running routes when you are there?
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply

      Yes, there are some BEAUTIFUL places to run in the country, and especially lots of hills…which we don’t have much of in Paris.

  4. Sherry April 18, 2016 at 3:42 am Reply

    Sounds like a nice recovery week! Yum…love pizza! Your house is cute! Very cool you and your husband run together!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply

      I wish my husband would run more ! I am trying to get him to do a 5K but he is holding back….

  5. Kelli April 18, 2016 at 10:59 am Reply

    It has greened up here, too. We finally had a warm weekend after all that coldness. I’m impressed with you staying on track with fitness and blogging while on the road. I have been struggling. And I’m off on another trip bright and early this AM. Have a great week, Karen!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Thanks Kelli. I am glad to be home now, and nothing big on the agenda for a while.

  6. lacey@fairytalesandfitness April 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Homemade pizzas are delicious! I never make them though. I usually just get pizza hut. Sounds like you are recovery well. I get burnout too traveling alot! Sometimes it is just nice to enjoy being home after being away for awhile.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 8:40 pm Reply

      My brother has a pizza stone and it makes amazing pizza !

  7. Pam and Christine April 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Your house is absolutely darling. It is just what I have in my mind for the French countryside. How fun to visit your brother and make homemade pizza. It sounds like your recovery is going well and you have a good plan in place.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply

      Recovery is going well, though taking off for 10 days immediately after a marathon probably wasn’t the best idea. I am dragging now that I am back home.

  8. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy April 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Your country home looks divine (and that pizza does, too)!

    I’d definitely be traveled out if I were you. Traveling is tiring, especially international travel.

    Right now I’m trying to figure out how to prep for 2 trips (one including my half) in 2 weeks next month and not feel exhausted!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm Reply

      I try not to overthink things… and pack half as much as I think I will need !
      Thank you, my country home is cute on the outside, I love it. Luckily we have someone who mows the lawn else it would be a jungle !

  9. Michelle April 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm Reply

    I love your house!!! That pizza looks amazing! Is 8 am too early for pizza? HEHEHE!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm Reply

      As much as I love pizza, we don’t do it much, as I tend to steer away from gluten, but boy, was it amazing. Made with a pizza stone… to die for !

  10. Meagan April 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply

    It always feels so good to be back in your own bed after a lot of travel. That pizza looks so good! Now I need to make homemade pizza sometime this week for dinner.

    I always feel like all of the green comes out overnight once spring hits. You go to bed and wake up the next morning and poof! Everything is in bloom and super green. That house is SO cute! Is it for vacations, or do y’all spend whole seasons there?
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm Reply

      We use our house for weekends away mainly, we don’t go for longer periods of time. There is no internet access so my teenagers go stir crazy really.fast. LOL

  11. Ana April 18, 2016 at 9:32 pm Reply

    That pizza looks so delicious!! I hope you had a great trip in Baltimore!

    Traveling is very tiring, but being away can be so much fun!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply

      I love to travel but it is always wonderful to come home.

  12. Sharon April 19, 2016 at 7:58 am Reply

    Your country house is so cute! Yay for getting your finisher shirt! I love traveling but after a while it gets to a point where you can wait to sleep in your own bed. Enjoy your week!
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  13. Elizabeth April 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

    I used to travel a lot for work. It took it’s toll and I wasn’t even leaving the country! (And usually we got direct flights.) I like hotels and travel, but sometimes it’s nice to be back home. My work trips were so packed with meetings I never got to do anything touristy. That may make it better. Anywho, glad you’re back home! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply

      I can build touristy things in if I want, and usually do on longer trips because they are places I often will not go again… but usually I am just so motivated to get home. My husband and girls miss me as much as I miss them.

  14. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin April 19, 2016 at 10:51 pm Reply

    Yes bright green with weeds that is! Looks like grass cutting season is here! So glad your back safe Karen. Sounds like you kept up with your recovery running while at the hotels too! I guess traveling for work is different than for fun. One reason I like traveling in my RV so much is I get to sleep in my own bed no matter where it’s parked.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:09 am Reply

      Yes, the RV is your own bed, it is like you take your home with you. I completely understand why you would love it.
      Yes, grass cutting season has arrived !

  15. HoHo Runs April 20, 2016 at 3:38 am Reply

    I know you are glad to be home. I find traveling exhausting, even though it’s for fun and rarely for work anymore (thankfully). I’m pretty tired just from our 3 days at the coast, and I consider that my second home. Oh yeah, I ran a half in the wind — maybe that has something to do with it. LOL. I love your country cottage. It looks peaceful. You’ve done great with your recovery. When will you begin your training for NYC? Will you use the same plan? Thanks for linking with us Karen!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:06 am Reply

      You are lucky to have so many races in your area and to be able to do them with Tricia / friends. I wouldn’t have the energy to drive that far on weekends. For my destination race in May I would need to fly then drive 100 miles… I think it is too much with everything going on.

      I haven’t decided yet about my training plan. I think I am going to work on speed for a couple months, then probably use the same training plan for NY. It protected my knees and kept me injury free, which is one of my primary motivations for choosing a plan.

  16. Kimberly Hatting April 20, 2016 at 5:08 am Reply

    I like that my husband does races with me sometimes, but he doesn’t train very much (and walks like an arthritic penguin for a few days afterwards). That said, if/when we do run together, it’s like a constant game of leap frog…I think I have a pretty consistent pace (since I run so much more than he does), but he slows way down, then speeds up and passes me. Yes, I’m high-maintenance LOL
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply

      I wish my husband would run more often with me. I would like him to do a 5K but he doesn’t seem too motivated. If only he could get to that runner’s high….

  17. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner April 21, 2016 at 12:33 am Reply

    That’s a lot of travel especially after your marathon! Welcome home
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply

      Thanks, glad to be home !

  18. runawaybridalplanner April 21, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Sorry I am a little behind this week on blogging:)
    First, love that house that is the cutest cottage love it!
    Between your race and then the traveling, you must be exhausted.
    I have to say, I am drooling over that pizza, OMG that looks amazing! I’ts been so long since I’ve had a yummy cheesy slice of pizza!

    • Karen - Fit in France April 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply

      Yes, I have been exhausted. Still more travel over the next 2 weeks then I hope things calm down a bit.

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