Weekly wrap #17 : Thanksgiving week

And just like that, November has come and gone. The end of November is actually one of my favorite times of the year because it means that in 3 weeks the days will start getting longer. I am sensitive to the light and hate short days.

We always celebrate Thanksgiving with my American friend Mark, who insists on doing absolutely everything. We don’t have the day off here so we celebrate it in the evening. It is not exactly the same atmosphere as what I grew up with (no football playing, not during the day, none of that frigid Maine weather) but it is wonderful nonetheless.

It is actually very difficult to get a turkey in France so Mark has to order it from a butcher, who cooks it. But all of the other fixings are typically “Thanksgiving” : stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, homemade cranberry sauce… things which are not typical for France. How about Thanksgiving prep in a one bedroom Parisian apartment :

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Besides Thanksgiving the week was pretty low key. It was week 8 of marathon training. So far, so good.

  • Monday : 50 minutes of strong laps in the pool (at lunch time) + 10 minutes of ab work + 20 minutes of upper body weights (in the evening). I was spent !
  • Tuesday : 8 K / 50 minute early morning run. My only frustration was my GPS watch not working. Since the Paris attacks it has had a hard time picking up the satellites. Not sure if there is some relation or not, but it has been finicky. I was thinking maybe the satellites were moved to survey terrorist activity ? Or maybe I am just being crazy ???
  • Wednesday : Rest needed
  • Thursday : 9K, one hour run @ 9 kph. I thought I was running fast but my average speed would not increase. Guess I had lead in my shoes !
  • Friday : off
  • Saturday : Long run. I had 13 miles / 21K on my training plan.
  • Sunday : 30 minutes of upper body weights

My long run Saturday was really great. Once again, GORGEOUS weather. I tried to explore the Vincennes forest to spice things up and came across this :


It is one of the Olympic and professional sports training centers. There were all kinds of photos along the fence. They were cheering for me ! (hey, got to occupy my mind somehow)

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But I steered clear of all the geese. They kind of freak me out.


On Sunday, we had family over for lunch. Appetizer :


And this finally came out. It is the list of all the races in France in 2016. Now I can seriously think about my racing schedule.



It was a good week. Next week will be busy with some travel, so not sure how my training is going to go. Adjust and adapt.

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.



How was your week ?

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Comments: 20

  1. Karen November 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm Reply

    How nice to have a friend that loves prep work!
    I don’t think you are being crazy about the satellites….either they are being disabled to make communication harder or they are monitoring differently.
    Good weather for a long run is always motivating! We have some stubborn geese here too, they scare me lol
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2015 at 7:15 pm Reply

      I thought I was a bit paranoid about the satellites, but maybe not !

  2. Diane November 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm Reply

    I would definitely steer clear of those geese. The ones we have at our regional park here are so aggressive and so tall. Great job on your marathon training. That’s exciting that you have the big goal to look forward and work toward. Happy Training and have a great week!!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm Reply

      I have not seen the geese be aggressive but there were so many. Freaked me out.

  3. Debbie @ Deb Runs November 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm Reply

    I love that the Olympic athletes cheered for you as you ran! 😉 I’m with you on the geese having a bad attitude; I’ve had them chase me as I’ve run by. Although, the swans look beautiful, I understand they can be pretty nasty, too. Yes?

    Glad that you had a nice Thanksgiving. I’m sure it would be very different to celebrate an American holiday abroad.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 1, 2015 at 9:57 pm Reply

      I haven’t had problems with geese yet, and hoping to keep it that way !

  4. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy November 30, 2015 at 9:51 pm Reply

    I don’t think I have ever been out of the country for Thanksgiving. I have traveled, but even that has been rare. I never thought about turkeys being hard to get in France!

    Sounds like a great week.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 1, 2015 at 9:57 pm Reply

      No ground turkey either !

  5. Kim Hatting November 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Thanksgiving is one of those holidays we Americans totally take for granted. I would really be amiss to not have my turkey! I’m excited to hear how your Paris marathon training goes 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm Reply

      Thanks Kim. Very difficult to find turkey here.

  6. HoHo Runs November 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm Reply

    You are doing great with your marathon training, Karen! I would steer clear of the geese too. You never know. It is wonderful to enjoy Thanksgiving and have someone else do the cooking! My MIL still hosts and cooks all the main food. The DILs have to fill in a little, but that part is easy. I do think your satellites are probably being used differently in some way. I appreciate you linking with us! Have a wonderful week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 1, 2015 at 9:53 pm Reply

      I love chipping in but having someone else do the majority of the work suits me fine.

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home December 1, 2015 at 2:03 am Reply

    I was wondering if you do Thanksgiving, being an expat in France! Is it hard to find turkey? I see so many international patients in my clinic that it was fun last week to find out what everyone does to celebrate. Interestingly, many of my patients don’t celebrate at all…
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm Reply

      People in the US who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, that’s odd ! It is such an American tradition.

  8. Debra @HappyRunningSole December 1, 2015 at 4:41 am Reply

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving! You’re doing a great job with your training! Good luck adjusting your schedule while traveling next week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm Reply

      Thank you, I am happy with my training indeed. Its not just fitting in the exercise, but its the eating when traveling that I don’t like. Throws my whole system off.

  9. Mary Beth Jackson December 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm Reply

    I wondered what you all did for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving weekend without football would be strange. How nice of your friend to do dinner! Great training week by the way! Safe travels.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm Reply

      Thank you. We love Thanksgiving here but it is just not that same atmosphere as the US.

  10. Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin December 3, 2015 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Karen I have enjoyed keeping up with you and your family so much since you are in France. It is truly neat to see the differences. I just took it for granted it was a USA holiday and how hard it would be to find like a turkey there. So glad you did and your meals sounds not much different than ours. OMG at the food though. While our kitchen at the in-laws was a bit bigger it still felt small when you had 6-8 women in there lol. I’m still paying catch up from my trip. Great job on your 13 mile run, I’ve got another half this Saturday then I’ll be looking for my last long run before my marathon. Schedule says 20 but I may try and get 22 under my belt, who knows. Thanks for linking have a great week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm Reply

      You are nearing the end of training, how exciting ! I am really happy with my current plan. Slow and steady.

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