The zombies made me do it

This past week was surreal here in Paris because of last week’s attack. However, I am choosing to focus on the positive because I don’t want to get sucked into paranoia nor become a bit obsessive and media binge on everything that is going on. Enough said about those Damn Terrorists and thanks again to all of you who reached out with kind words and thoughts.

So, taking everything else into account, this week was typical, not too much excitement. I had no travel, so it was great to be home and have dinner as a family every evening  be able to watch the Walking Dead. I was not very productive because of the zombies ! As soon as we were done dinner, we would watch 2 or 3 episodes. I enjoyed every minute of it !


I did mange to get a lot of variety in my workouts (thanks to #holidaysweat challenge for the additional motivation). I had run quite a bit the week before and was feeling it. So I felt I needed a break in my marathon training.

  • Monday : Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred + some planking
  • Tuesday : 75minute of yoga and MAJOR foam rolling on my lower legs (my shins have been a bit tight)
  • Wednesday : 50 minutes of running at 9 kpm
  • Thursday : 60 minutes of swimming hard laps in the evening
  • Friday : I was dead ! The hard laps killed me. And it was pouring rain and I had no motivation to run on the treadmill.
  • Saturday : 8km @ 10,3 kph (which is quite fast for me). I had been feeling down a bit because of “the week”, so ran really hard because I can. I am sure there were victims of the attached who can no longer run. So this was my way of saying screw you to the terrorists. The sun came out only for those 2 hours during the morning run.


  • Sunday : slower run on my training plan. 8,5 km during 70 minutes. It was really cold, around 40 degrees, which was 20 degrees colder than the rest of the week. I dressed for it, and was happy for long pants, my neck warmer / hat + gloves.


It was cool but absolutely gorgeous once I started running.


So, a great week of workouts.

Otherwise, besides watching the Walking Dead, I saw quite a few people this weekend. Friday night I had an American friend over and we spent a lot of time discussing American politics.

Sunday we were invited to my sister in law’s for lunch. I made a great guacamole.


We had a nice drink before lunch ….


…and my daughters got to visit with their cousin. Three beauties !


I did spent some time reading my new book, something I bought while in the US :



It has a lot of information about the anatomy of running, but also explains exercises for a dynamic warm up and post run stretches.



This coming week we are invited to our American friend’s house for Thanksgiving on Thursday evening (remember, Thanksgiving is a US holiday, so France doesn’t celebrate it). I always look forward to it because he makes dishes that you never see in France ! Pecan pie, gravy, sweet potato casserole, turkey !, stuffing, cranberry sauce…. and he is from the South so biscuits and cornbread is on the menu also.

I am linking up again with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to check them out and be sure to check out the other bloggers. So much fun catching up every week.



What are you doing for Thanksgiving ? When I have finished the Walking Dead, what series would you recommend ?

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Comments: 13

  1. Kelli November 23, 2015 at 11:45 am Reply

    My sister does that also – a Thanksgiving celebration with her friends in Italy. She does it the Saturday after US Thanksgiving and cooks the traditional meal. Sounds like you had a good running week. I haven’t watched walking dead – may need to add to my list of shows to binge watch as it gets colder outside.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Saturday works for some families here too… but its just not the same !

  2. HoHo Runs November 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I would have done the same thing for my Saturday run. These people don’t deserve any of our attention and certainly not our fear — that means they win. Your pictures are always so pretty. I’m hoping to have a cold run one morning this week. Fingers crossed. Your daughters and their cousin are very lovely. Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with friends and those biscuits. I appreciate you linking up with us!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply

      I will enjoy those biscuits ! We never had those at my house growing up (New England) but my friend makes them and my daughters go I think just to eat a biscuit !

  3. Amy November 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Everybody seems to have strength training on the mind. I know I do. My heart was breaking with the news this week. I honored my memories of my year in France by drowning my sadness in French wine. When I lived in France there were nuts putting bombs on the train tracks. It was frightening but I watched – lived through it – as the nuts were tracked down and eliminated and life continued throughout. It gave me a perspective on the strength and power of the French people. My memory of hosting an ex-pat Thanksgiving while a student in France is one of my favorite memories. Just finding a turkey was an adventure – not to mention I’d never cooked a turkey before.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 23, 2015 at 9:12 pm Reply

      You are so right ! turkeys are really hard to find, even today, and need to be special ordered at the butcher.

  4. Debra @HappyRunningSole November 24, 2015 at 1:13 am Reply

    Looks like you had a great week of training! I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with friends. We’re staying in town and going to my parents’ house for lunch on Thanksgiving day.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 24, 2015 at 7:09 am Reply

      Have a wonderful day with your family.

  5. Mary Beth Jackson November 24, 2015 at 2:21 am Reply

    I am glad you are doing well! Sounds like you had a great week! The sweat pink holiday challenge is a lot of fun and great prizes! I get a 4 day weekend so I am looking forward to a little wind down time! Enjoy!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 24, 2015 at 7:09 am Reply

      Yes ! to a four day weekend. Enjoy !

  6. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin November 24, 2015 at 4:48 am Reply

    Glad to hear that your doing well. Your weather sounds like ours. It was in the upper 20’s last night burr I’m getting my 18 miles done Thursday. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 24, 2015 at 7:06 am Reply

      18 miles is a good excuse to eat guilt free Thursday ! I have 13 on my plan for Saturday.

  7. karen November 25, 2015 at 3:56 pm Reply

    I have such a hard time wrapping my mind around folks who just want to cause pain continually. So glad your family is well.
    You did have a great week, swimming that long would kill me lol The one and only time I was in a pool was while I recovered from a stress fracture and I think it really helped tone me all over. Swimming is such a great work out 🙂
    I could eat guacamole till it comes out my ears.
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