Just how I like my weekend

My week was completely uneventful, but the weekend was just how I like them.

Friday night we went out for dinner for my daughter’s birthday. It was a few days ago, but with the wedding last weekend the birthday took a back seat.

I did my long run on Saturday morning, through the streets of Paris. I started early and avoided most of the crowds. It also turned out much sunnier than expected. In short,  a glorious run (check back on Tuesday for a post with details & more Paris pictures).


After I came home and ate ALL THE FOOD, I ended up having an afternoon to myself. Both kids and my husband were out so I spent 2 hours doing housework. We were planning on having friends over for drinks so the house had to be picked up. I was on a roll. Amazing how much you can get done with no interruptions.

We had friends over for drinks…


…then walked to a near by restaurant. It had been quite a while since we had seen each other so it was great catching up, even if two of the wives finally couldn’t make it.


I always sleep poorly after my long runs, so while I went to bed late, I was up by 6 a.m. At least it allowed me to do some cooking and blogging. It was great catching up with so many people over the virtual coffee date.

While I did travel one day this week, I still managed to get in 5 days of fitness.

  • Monday : 7,5 K running with sprints.
  • Tuesday : Squats + Jillian Michaels 6 pack video (I LOVE this 35 minute video)
  • Wednesday : Off (international travel)
  • Thursday : 8K running.
  • Friday : Off. I usually take the day off before my long run.
  • Saturday : 22 miles / 35+ km.
  • Sunday : Upper body weights at the gym + ab work and stretching. My tired legs needed it !

Fall is definitely here. This weekend there were tons of geese on the pond near where I run. I have never seen so many, I am assuming they are migrating.


….and my running route is literally a mine field. Not only do I have to tread lightly and be careful not to twist my ankle, but there are so many chestnuts that fall off the tree, you have to be very careful not to get hit. Several have fallen right in front of me, or behind me.



I spent Sunday afternoon doing college things with my daughter, then started Orange is the New Black. I know, I am very behind the times !  And that is a wrap !

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

Tell me one thing about your week! Do you watch Orange is the new black ?  Any big plans this week ?


Comments: 38

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner October 2, 2016 at 10:03 pm Reply

    It is amazing how much you can done when no one else is around 🙂
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  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 3, 2016 at 1:28 am Reply

    This week is going to be busy, busy, busy. So much to do, so little time. I’m kind of amazed you had energy to do housework after your long run though!

    When I’m meeting with my group, I often have trouble sleeping (and Friday night was no different). But I did sleep really well last night, even sleeping in just a tad this morning. This was the last group run — I see a lot of solo long runs in my future!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 8:26 am Reply

      Have a good week and hope you can rest a bit. I find one or 2 bad nights of sleep can turn into a pattern…. but with cooler temps and darker mornings I am sleeping so much better. Except AFTER my long run.

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 3, 2016 at 1:45 am Reply

    That view would never get old!

    I slipped on a wooden bridge today. We have had so much rain and everything is slimy. Luckily I recovered quickly and didn’t hurt anything!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 8:25 am Reply

      Aie. Leaves + wood + rain is a very bad combination indeed.

  4. Darlene October 3, 2016 at 3:44 am Reply

    Love your Paris pics. I am so jealous. Keep posting them , It makes me nostalgic.

    I guess everyone has trouble sleeping before a long run. For me , it’s before a race since I seem to have one every week.

    Are you counting down yet?
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 8:24 am Reply

      My sleeping trouble is AFTER my run. Before I don’t have too many issues, I am usually quite excited. One more very long run before my marathon, in 2 weeks time…then the marathon, then I am looking forward to a break.

      Check back Tuesday, lots of great Paris pictures on the blog!

  5. Kristen October 3, 2016 at 8:05 am Reply

    Your running routes look beautiful! Good luck with the falling chestnuts!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 8:23 am Reply

      Thank you. It must be peak season because I almost got hit by falling chestnuts 4 times !

  6. Marcia October 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Wow gorgeous weather in Paris! We are so grey and rainy here. I too am all wound up even at bedtime after a long run. What is up with that?
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      Sorry about the rain. Hope this coming weekend is better for the marathon.

  7. Coco October 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I love your Paris pics! You are so good at entertaining – your setting looks so lovely. We don’t have chestnuts but our patio is a minefield of acorns.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      In France you definitely learn to entertain. Eating / food is such an important part of the culture, so having a nice setting goes hand in hand with that.

  8. Kimberly Hatting October 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Your pics are so beautiful!!! I have not watched Orange is the New Black, but the daughters have. I’m late to that party as well. Our front yard and driveway is like a mine field with acorns….totally a mess!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply

      Yup, acorns are just as bad as chestnuts !

  9. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets October 3, 2016 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I look forward to seeing the Paris pics! I’d really love to go back for a longer visit. I was dodging some minefields on my run over the weekend…I was more nervous about slipping on wet leaves!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm Reply

      Wet leaves, acorns and chestnuts seem to be the norm this weekend.

  10. Chaitali October 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply

    That run around Paris sounds great, I look forward to seeing more photos 🙂 And those chestnuts sound dangerous. I haven’t seen Orange is the new Black yet but I keep hearing great things about it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm Reply

      Yes, so many great sites to see in Paris, and if you run early morning, it is actually quite runner friendly I find

  11. Michelle October 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Oh what a lovely place to run! Paris is on my bucket list!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm Reply

      Yes, I consider myself very lucky.

  12. Elizabeth October 3, 2016 at 10:51 pm Reply

    What a glorious weekend! I know you’ve lived in France for quite a while, but does it still amaze you that you live near such amazing landmarks?

    Oh, and I’ve watched the first two seasons of Orange is the New Black and part of season 3. I need to get caught up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:34 am Reply

      Yes, it still amazes me to live in such a great place. I LOVE IT.

  13. HoHo Runs October 3, 2016 at 11:56 pm Reply

    I don’t have chestnuts but I have to be extra careful to watch out for magnolia tree cones and green early-fallen pecans. Both of those will turn your ankle in a heart beat. They just don’t give. It sounds like the perfect weekend. Congrats on that 22 mile run. Will you run another super long run? It sounds like you are ready for your marathon! It won’t be long. Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:34 am Reply

      Yes, I have one more long run before NYC + some mile repeats one weekend (12) so while next weekend is quite calm, I have 2 big running weekends after that. 22 miles in 4 hours and 45 minutes, running very slowly… I figure I just need to pick up the pace a bit to be under 5 hours which is my goal. My knee didn’t hurt while running, though it was quite stiff Sunday.

  14. Pam October 4, 2016 at 1:31 am Reply

    This is the time of year to watch out for things falling, and stuff already on the pavement. I have noticed a lot of loose stuff, and since I ordinarily go out before the sun is up, it can be difficult to see. Your views for that Saturday run were incredible. You will definitely be ready for NYC in a month.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:32 am Reply

      Running in the dark definitely makes the chestnut / acorn / wet leave situation complicated !

  15. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness October 4, 2016 at 3:01 am Reply

    I literally have had such busy weekends since school started. I am so ready for a calm one with no plans but that wont be for a while yet.

    You have to most gorgeous views on your runs!

    Dodging Walnuts and chestnuts seemed to be the theme of my runs this weekend. Those little chestnuts can be dangerous when they are falling on your head!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:29 am Reply

      I have to tip toe through many chestnut patches… so dangerous ! Many people have also mentioned acorns. While we don’t have many of those here, it would also be just as dangerous. Ahh… fall running.

  16. Runaway Bridal Planner October 4, 2016 at 4:52 am Reply

    I’m just as behind in the times, I’ve only seen one episode of Orange is the New Black, I just never had time for more:)
    Such beautiful scenery for your run!
    Have a great week Karen!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 7:15 am Reply

      I am definitely not complaining about the scenery. You also have great views where you live, even if so different than Paris.

  17. Kelli Wright October 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply

    It is definitely amazing how much gets done when uninterrupted. I know what you mean about the ankle roll hazards. We have all kinds of weird trees that drop circular objects that I’m afraid of stepping on. Also weird about the poor sleep after long runs. I’ve had the same after marathons and long endurance rides, too.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

      I would think that acorns and chestnuts would be very dangerous for bikers too.

  18. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style October 5, 2016 at 6:46 pm Reply

    So true about fall making the ground a landmine! The leaves are just starting to fall here and already hiding rocks, nuts, and other things. Even without twisting my ankle, it hurts to step on them. Our geese are here year-round. I know many people see them as a nuisance (I don’t mind them) and wish they’d migrate somewhere else!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply

      Instead of running I am often tiptoe-ing… looks kind of funny.

  19. Tricia Vaughn October 5, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply

    I had one of those uninterrupted days last Saturday. The hubs had to work an I had the campsite all to my self! It was wonderful! I freaking love OITNB!!! We finished this last season in only a few days! That is something for me cause I don’t watch a lot of tv on a regular basis. I binge watch usually. Thanks Karen for all your help and info this past weekend too! I appreciate it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 8, 2016 at 9:17 am Reply

      You are welcome!

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