2015 running : numbers, favorites & firsts

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy SliceMCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run where today’s topic is 2015 Running highlights. So here is my year in numbers, favorites and firsts !


My year in five numbers :

  • 8 Races. That is 6 more than 2014. Check out recaps here.
  • 1 PR : the Fontainebleau Half Marathon, my first half, so the time counts as a PR, right ?
  • 0 injuries. I spent time with the podiatrist adjusting my orthodics and they have done wonders for my knees and hips. My right shin periodically tightens, but even if this can be bothersome, I do not consider it an injury.
  • 4 new pairs of sneakers. And three since May, just because I love the color, make & model !


  • Over 1000 km (600 miles) run. I have never run so much, so this is a very big accomplishment ! Mileage has definitely gone up because of marathon training.
    • Jan to April : I averaged 40 to 50 km per month , and it has been increasing ever since
    • May : 92 km
    • June :  75 km
    • July : 117 km
    • August :137 km
    • September : 105 km
    • October : 125 km
    • November :144 km
    • December : month is not finished !

Five favorites of the year :

  • Favorite race picture. I love this memory, it was worth every penny !


  • My favorite running purchase is a tie between my Athleta windbreaker and this sports bra.






  • Favorite place I ran : South Western part of France during summer vacation.

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  • Favorite race supporter : my daughter who came to 2 of my races

Five firsts of the year : first time ever …

  • That my husband came to a race to cheer me on. This is going up in 2016, he is already planning to come to at least 2 races.
  • To follow a training plan (for my half marathon). I had never ever followed a plan before.
  • To run a half marathon, the  Fontainebleau Half Marathon

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  • To run with a group. I did it twice but am definitely more of a cat runner, preferring to run solo
  • To run a race in a different country, the  the LLBean 4th of July 10K  in my home state of Maine



I feel really really great (and lucky) about my year in running and I think it is because of 3 reasons :

  1. I set goals (specific, time sensitive, attainable goals) and made them a priority. .
  2. I respected & listened to my body. I was big on prevention. I accept that I am getting older so I did not spend the year chasing time goals, but enjoyed the ride run.
  3. I had the “mental availability” to make running a priority, the timing with my personal life fit.

I want to thank the blogger community, all those fitness fanatics and runners, friends & family for supporting me this year. It was a good year and I am looking forward to 2016 !

Tell me a first or a favorite of your year in running !

Comments: 14

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home December 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm Reply

    I didn’t realize that this was your first half marathon! Wow! Looking forward to seeing you run the Paris marathon in 2016!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm Reply

      Yes, it was a big year of firsts ! I am really excited for 2016 🙂

  2. Darlene December 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Congrats on running your first half and now you are training for a full. You rock! I have run 16 halfs but have no plans for a full.

    I ran my FIRST marathon relay and it was fun and I had a half marathon PR.

    Bonnes fetes!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 24, 2015 at 7:44 am Reply

      I think a marathon relay would be fun to do also.

  3. Kelli December 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Great year! Glad to hear you stayed injury-free. That is definitely a bonus! And very nice that your husband will be spectating more in 2016. My husband came to 2 events with me last year – it was nice to have that support.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 24, 2015 at 7:43 am Reply

      Yes, he finally came, and he has to come next year 1) to my marathon and 2) I have planned a race weekend away for the 2 of us, so he has no choice ! LOL

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother December 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Love this you ran so many miles this year and finished on a high note for sure. Yeah for no injuries!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 24, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply

      Thanks Deborah !

  5. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin December 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm Reply

    You have come a long way in only a year! I too can’t wait to see you through 2016 and do your first marathon! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 24, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply

      Thanks, I am excited !

  6. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy December 24, 2015 at 2:40 am Reply

    I love this post! Your pictures are all gorgeous and I love that you ran 8 races, SOOOO many miles and had no injuries! What a great running year!!!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 24, 2015 at 7:40 am Reply

      Thank you !

  7. Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run December 30, 2015 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Congrats on a wonderful year! I know 2016 will be just as great or better 🙂 So excited for you come April!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 31, 2015 at 8:14 am Reply

      Thank you Jennifer ! I am excited !

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