A day in the life

When I started thinking about my weekly wrap post, my week was very typical, and absolutely nothing special happened. So I thought I would instead write about my typical work day. Indeed, I got a lot of positive feedback on my French or American ? food post, so I thought a peak into my daily life might interest readers also.


6:30 a.m. alarm goes off and I immediately get up. If I am running, I will get dressed, warm up, maybe have some coffee and be out of the door by 7. (6:30 is early by French standards, as school doesn’t start for children until 8 or 9, and most people get into the office around 9 or 9:30).

I walk 10 minutes to my running route, and for safety reasons, I have a mile portion of the road where I run back & forth on. I never go into the park on week day mornings, there are not enough people.


Sometimes I share the path with bikers, but those who bike to work don’t usually leave until later, so I have the path pretty much all to myself.


On the days that I don’t run, I usually work on my blog for an hour.

8:15 a.m. back home. Stretch. Plank. Breakfast. Check email to make sure there are no emergencies.

8:40 a.m. shower and dress

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. I leave for work. I drive, and don’t live that far, but time depends on traffic. I usually get in by 9:30. I stop at the cafeteria and pick up a cup of coffee. Because I work internationally, I don’t have fixed office hours. If I have to take a call at 7 a.m., I do. If I have a call at 10 p.m. I do. My work just needs to get done.

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Work ! As I work internationally, with the time differences, I spend the mornings talking to people in Asia, and Europe.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. lunch. We have a cafeteria in our building, so everyone eats there. No one brings their lunch. There are lot of healthy options, with 4 or 5 stands to chose from. We then have coffee. If my kids are home for school vacation, I might drive home and eat with them, taking a longer lunch.

1:30 p.m. -…. when ever. Depending on the amount of work I have, I will leave the office anywhere from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I work a lot with the US, and working late allows me to connect for a few hours with the Americans.

I arrive home between 7 and 8 p.m. and immediately think about dinner. My husband has been getting home between 8:30 and 9 p.m. and my kids have activities many nights, and are not home until 8:30 p.m. Most of my cooking is done on the weekends, so we usually have leftovers.

8:30 to 9 p.m. Eat dinner as a family. It is nice enough at the moment for us to eat dinner outside on the balcony. It is light out until at least 10 p.m. and the sun sets on this part of our apartment, so we always have light.

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9 – 11 p.m. Work on blog. Talk with kids & husband. Watch tv. Read. Check work email to make sure there are no emergencies in the US.

11:00 p.m. Try to be in bed !

This varies of course on the days I travel for work, or the days I work from home, which is one to 2 days a week on average.  This past week was 100% typical of my work week : Monday I was in Switzerland, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I was in the office, Friday I worked from home.

With regards to this week’s fitness, the good news is that my pesky leg pain is nothing serious. I had an ultrasound one day and there was no damage or trauma. I am seeing the sports doctor Tuesday, to be sure all is ok, but I was able to run / walk 2 days this week. In order to be really nice with my leg, I ran on trails today. It was nice and cool and the soft trails were just what my legs needed.



I have also been planking and doing my pushups regularly, but not 100 every day. I try to do them during commercials but then I get talking to my kids or husband and forget.


And that’s a wrap !

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

Tell me one random thing about your week ! If you work, what time do you have to be into the office ?


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Comments: 52

  1. Karen June 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing! It’s interesting to hear about someone else’s daily routine and particularly life in France. It’s great that your leg issue is resolving.

    • Karen - Fit in France June 12, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply

      Yes, I am happy my leg issue is not a big thing.

  2. Elaine June 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Love reading about and seeing the pictures of daily life in a different place. It looks so lovely there!

    • Karen - Fit in France June 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply

      Thank you. It is !

  3. It’s nice that you have time to workout before work and it’s not too early. I am unbelievably impressed that you can shower and change in 20 min!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm Reply

      I have short hair so it takes 2 minutes max to dry. And I shower quickly !

  4. Lora @ Crazy Running Girl June 12, 2016 at 8:31 pm Reply

    Working internationally has to be an awesome experience! I love that you spend time working on your blog in the morning if you don’t run, that’s a good habit!

    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Yes, anything for some “me” time. I have a hard time just getting up and getting ready for work.

  5. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy June 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Glad to hear the leg isn’t serious!

    You have such beautiful places to run; it’s too bad that there aren’t always enough people around. One of my favorite paths is like that; I’ll only go there on the weekends when there’s always people around.

    My husband works with people in Europe and Asia . . . he’s had to get up at 3:30 am sometimes for conference calls . . .
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm Reply

      I have never had to do 3:30 a.m. before ! That’s crazy. But then again, Europe is in the middle of the Americas and Asia so things are much easier.

  6. Darlene June 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Love hearing about your day. That is so late to eat dinner. I would have a hard time falling asleep.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply

      I definitely sleep better if dinner is relatively light !

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home June 12, 2016 at 10:46 pm Reply

    You stay up so late compared to me! My work start time varies–some days I start at 8, others at 10, or 1–but I always am up about 5:30 to do some work on the blog before I have to get my son ready for school. Now that school is out for the summer, I get a little more leisure time in the morning.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply

      Don’t you just love that leisure time in the morning ?
      I didn’t realize you started at different hours. Do you have to work late some nights ?

  8. Kelli June 13, 2016 at 1:57 am Reply

    Very interesting how the work hours are different. I guess time zones in a Global company drive that. I tend to be an 8-4:30 person, although I have a terrible commute and if I’m not out of the office before 4:30 I might as well stay til 6.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:39 pm Reply

      I am lucky that my commute is not that bad. I can always take public transportation if there is a big issue.

  9. Coco June 13, 2016 at 4:15 am Reply

    I do love hearing about your day! I can’t imagine eating dinner that late as a family. I often don’t eat until 7:30 or 8, but my husband likes to eat by 7. I have a similar round-the-clock work schedule that you do. I’ve got European clients in the morning and Australian clients in the evening!

    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Australia is the one country I don’t do much with.

  10. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness June 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply

    I love posts like this. Thanks for sharing. Glad the leg issue is healing!

    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm Reply

      Me too ! Leg felt fine today after my 8 miles yesterday.

  11. Chaitali June 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Very cool peak into your day! Dinner out on the balcony sounds so nice 🙂 And glad to hear that there is nothing serious about the leg!
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  12. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass June 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm Reply

    This is so interesting. Some days I wish I didn’t have to be in the office until 9/930, but then I wonder if I would miss the amount of hours I have after work before bed.

    I work 830 – 5. No exceptions, unless a DR appt or something makes me late. The regularity is nice, but sometimes, when the weather is great, I wish I could be done by 330 or 4, but I work with so many time zones in the States it’s just not possible.

    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply

      I need variety so I like that my work hours change every day, and when I get up I never know what my day is going to be like.

  13. Diane June 13, 2016 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Your job sounds interesting and I’ve always thought it’d be cool to know how to speak a few languages. It’s great that even with your long work days you manage your runs well. Your park and trails are so pretty. Glad your leg is ok. I never thought of getting an ultrasound and now I am curious as to when to get an ultrasound as opposed to an MRI. I’ve had some weird thing with my leg for like a year but have only had an x-ray which didn’t show anything. Interesting. It was fun looking into a day in the life. Have a great week Karen!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply

      I thought the ultrasound was a bit odd too… it is the exact same machine used for pregnant women. I feel kind of stupid going to the sports doctor tomorrow because things are better but it will give me peace of mind.

  14. Tina@GottaRunNow June 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Fun post to read! I especially liked seeing where you run and seeing how different our schedules are. It would be a big adjustment for me to try staying awake until 11!
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  15. Pam and Christine June 13, 2016 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Most people really appreciate working out before work. So glad to hear your leg is okay and you are back to hitting the pavement. I need to keep a chart for crunches and planks, maybe that would work on keeping me on task every day. I’m always impressed by athletes who can stay focused on the little things
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm Reply

      If I don’t do it before work, it usually doesn’t get done… my motivation move dives at the end of the day ! Except for planks and pushups which I can do in the evening, I break it up.

  16. Elizabeth June 13, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply

    I like day in the life posts. I work a little less and still find it tough to get in workouts some times. I think keeping it in the morning really helps…no excuses after work! I don’t want to wake up early, but if I have everything laid out I don’t think about why I shouldn’t get out of bed. I’m usually much happier (and more productive) throughout the rest of the day, too!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm Reply

      I lay everything out the night before and try not to think about it too much in the morning. Just get up, put on my clothes immediately… and once they are on, my motivation is turned on like a light switch.

  17. Ana June 13, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Oh my god! that is one busy day! I’m glad the pain in your leg was nothing major, I hope you feel better soon!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm Reply

      We will see what the dr says, but the pain has at least gone away. Yeah.

  18. Tamieka Thomasson June 13, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply

    That was neat!

    I start my day at 5 or %:30 to get my workout in befroe the family wakes up and before the day starts.

    I get to work between 9:30 and 9:45 and depending on the kid’s activities I leave between 4:45 and 5:45.

    Glad the pain in your leg has diminished. Good luck with the Dr visit on Tuesday.

    • Karen - Fit in France June 13, 2016 at 10:30 pm Reply

      Me too, glad the pain is gone !

  19. Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin June 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm Reply

    I should do this but I don’t think my day would be as interesting as yours.
    Isn’t it a shame we can’t just go out and run anywhere anytime we like that we have to worry about our safety? Just think of the possibilities around us if this wasn’t a factor.
    I’ve said it before if the sun didn’t go down until 10PM I’d never get in bed before midnight ever! I’d say my normal is up between 6-6:30, work by 8:30 (even though it’s an 8-5 job) off at 5 maybe sometimes later. Bed anything before 10:30 is great but it’s usually more like 11pm.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 14, 2016 at 7:09 am Reply

      I love day in the life posts but had never done one. You should do one ! I thought mine was boring too but lots of people found it interesting.

  20. Lisa @ Running Out Of WIne June 14, 2016 at 1:40 am Reply

    Nice job with the planks and push-ups! Its interesting to hear about your schedule. It must be tough trying to coordinate your work with the US time zones!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 14, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply

      I usually start getting email about 2p.m. my time (6 hour time difference) which give me a good 5 hours to work with the US.

  21. Kaleigh June 14, 2016 at 3:10 am Reply

    This is super interesting! Thanks for this, I never would have thought 7am is super early, I feel like here in Atlanta, it’s pretty normal for people to be out on the road (causing traffic).

    • Karen - Fit in France June 14, 2016 at 7:06 am Reply

      Things don’t get moving here until around 8 a.m. or so. Unless you live really far from your job, but generally speaking, everything revolves around school times, and the average start time is 8:30.

  22. Kimberly Hatting June 14, 2016 at 5:38 am Reply

    Your schedule would work great for me! I typically get to work by 8:00AM (or more like 8:05 because I never seem to hit the traffic lights right), I’m usually up and out of bed by 5:45 and in bed around 11-11:30PM. A random thing about my week? Last week was pretty boring because I stayed off my feet as much as possible….nothing glamorous, boring shoes (with plenty of arch support)…I miss my sparkly & colorful sandals ;-(
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 14, 2016 at 7:02 am Reply

      What a long day you have.
      But yes, your schedule would work well for me too. 5:45 is a bit early. Anytime after 6 is fine but 5:45 ? That is an indecent hour here in France !

  23. Karen June 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

    All the red on your path is delightful!! I love it 🙂
    You eat dinner after I am in bed! LOL
    I have to be at work at 7 a.m. so I have a dark wake up call and my hubby works even earlier, so he typically is in bed by 8 p.m.
    I try to be in bed no later than 10, but usually around 9. I have a very hard time falling asleep! The past few weeks I tried staying up later to see if I would fall asleep faster and nope…
    I carry pepper spray when I do dark morning runs, but right now it is light even when start running at 5:00 a.m. so I leave it at home.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply

      Wow, that’s early ! French people are NOT early risers at all and most of us are often not even home by 8. LOL !
      I am way too afraid to run by myself if there is no one around. Even with pepper spray.

  24. HoHo Runs June 15, 2016 at 12:02 am Reply

    Very interesting! I’m usually in the office by 7:30 and up by 5:30 on the days I run. I rarely stay past 5:00. My brain doesn’t function after that time. We eat early and I’m in the bed early. I hope you’ll get some answers for your pesky leg pain so you’ll know how to rehab it. Those wildflowers are so pretty along the running path. Thanks for linking with us Karen.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 16, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

      Everything is pushed back in France a couple hours compared to the US. Our news starts at 8 p.m. for example.

  25. Debra @HappyRunningSole June 16, 2016 at 2:58 am Reply

    Enjoyed getting a peek into your daily routine. During the school year, I have to be at school by 7:20. Summer school doesn’t start until 8:00. I get up anywhere from 4:30-5:30 depending on how far I plan to run before work. I am not motivated to run afterwards. Glad your leg pain is improving. Those trails look like a nice place to run.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm Reply

      OMG, 4:30 is early ! I am hardly ever motivated to run in the evening…

  26. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com June 16, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    I would love if my workday started at 9 or 9:30. Haha Sounds like you have the perfect routine!

    • Karen - Fit in France June 16, 2016 at 9:32 pm Reply

      Definitely works for me. I get so much done in the morning before going to work.

  27. Meagan June 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply

    This was really neat to read! I always love ‘day in the life’ posts. Yours is especially interesting since you live in France and you work internationally. What a life! I also thought it was really interesting that it’s the norm for school and work to start a bit later in France. I start my workday at 7:30 AM and when I was in high school we started school at 7:20 AM. But that meant we were out of school at 2 PM and had lots of time left in the day, which I loved!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 18, 2016 at 6:56 am Reply

      Yes, everything is pushed back by an hour or so here. The news comes on at 8.

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