Back in the saddle

Vacation finished last Monday, and even if school for the girls doesn’t start until Sept. 1st, things are slowly getting back to a sense of normal. Work was a bit slow, so it allowed me to do a lot of cooking and focus on getting back into some kind of fitness routine.

Here is how the week went down :


  • Monday : 6,5 km with some speed work. I can already tell that the days are getting shorter.


  • Tuesday : 6 km 
  • Wednesday : One hour full body workout @ home
  • Thursday : Off
  • Friday : 20 minute lower body workout and planking, and then the cat wanted to join in


  • Saturday : Off
  • Sunday : 25km run /walk. It was perfect weather and I was happy to be back in my usual stomping ground. My run was supposed to be longer but my NYC marathon training plan is a bit off because of my vacation. I didn’t want to over do.


Indeed, my achilles was a little finicky all week, with the speed work + squats. It doesn’t hurt but just doesn’t feel 100% great. I went out to run and saw this guy who was dressed like it was winter (and its 60 degrees WTH ?). When I looked at him he was wearing compression sleeves and I was like holy crap, why didnt I think of that ? A little compression would probably help my achilles stay tight while running. So I turned around and went home to slip on my compression socks. Win.

I went really slow on my run and iced my lower leg several times Sunday. I was pretty happy with the idea I found, using the ice bag that we use to keep wine cool. I just slid it over my foot and it molded great to my lower leg. Feels pretty good, but we will see Monday !




I was happy to load up on unprocessed, whole foods :


Omelet with spinach and roasted pepper


Eggs, onions, spinach & quinoa


Roasted tomatos / zucchini / eggplant, rice, fish


I spent some time getting the house back in order, doing windows, washing curtains and decluttering. I am traveling this week for work, so I like to leave things in tip top shape for my husband when I go.

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 thing about your week ! Any favorite recipes or meals to share ? 



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Comments: 26

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother August 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Definitely good to listen to your body and pull back. Those Achilles can be annoying for sure. Have a great week
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm Reply

      Feeling good so far, but I want to do a short run tonight, so we’ll see !

  2. Darlene August 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm Reply

    Hope your achlles behaves.

    You reminding me to do some housework ..nah!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

      It is feeling pretty good today. Fingers crossed.

  3. Coco August 22, 2016 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Great idea on the ice packs! I like to get the house in shape before a trip, but it’s so I have an organized house to return to!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm Reply

      No matter how great a shape my house is in when I leave, it rarely is when I get back.
      It will be picked up but I am not sure my husband and kids know how to turn on the vacuum cleaner.

  4. Marcia August 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply

    The wine cooler is perfect! I just don’t get people that overdress. I’d die. I feel like Ireland definitely threw a kink in my training plan, even though I ran plenty there. Maybe its more mental.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm Reply

      Maybe it is more mental, but the change in routine always throws me off….

  5. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy August 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply

    My house is a wreck . . . trying to find the time & energy to do housework (due to Bandit) has been hard. And it’s amazing all the crap dogs drag in.

    Here’s hoping the achilles continues to improve. I taped my leg for the first time since my last half for the same reason — not really bothering me, but not quite right after that major bump in activity after being sick.

    Better safe than sorry.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm Reply

      Yes, better safe than sorry.
      I am a bit obsessive about a clean house… I actually like doing my Windows and vacuum at least 3 to 4 times a week.

  6. HoHo Runs August 22, 2016 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Great idea in using the wine cooler on your leg! I hope your Achilles continues to improve. Your cooking looks very healthy and delicious. That is one thing I’ve really gotten away from and need to get back into the swing of. I do have chicken in the crock pot today. (Win!) And well, we don’t want to talk about how my house needs a thorough cleaning. Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm Reply

      Today my Achilles is feeling pretty good. I wish I was better at crock pot meals…. but I suck.

  7. Chaitali August 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Good idea to use the wine bag to ice your leg! I hope the icing and compression help out. I love the photo of the cat deciding to get in on the working out 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm Reply

      It was too funny. As soon as I got off the towel he started rolling around on it.

  8. lacey@fairytalesandfitness August 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm Reply

    What a great idea icing your leg w a wine bag. Serves two purposes now. I never have run w compression socks only for recovery. But I am glad that seemed to help you.
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  9. Karen Bayne August 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply

    That icing is a great idea! the bag fits so nicely on your leg 🙂 25 km was a great way to jump back into training. That cat is so funny! SO much personality.
    I always love to see your pretty running paths and area.
    I pass a lady sometimes in the morning and she always looks like she is dressed so hot to me LOL I always think the same thing.
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  10. Kimberly Hatting August 22, 2016 at 8:49 pm Reply

    The ice cooler thing is a pure genius! My week was Ok, though there were a few missed runs (but I was able to do other things). Life happens 😉
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  11. Michelle August 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Hope your Achilles feels better soon!! Great job getting it done this week. I have quite a few recipes on the recipe tab on my blog. I’d love to hear if you try one of them! Have a great week traveling!
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  12. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home August 22, 2016 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Oh, multipurposing that wine wrap is just genius! Seriously tho, I hope your achilles calms down. That is not something you want to mess with!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 27, 2016 at 8:55 pm Reply

      Seems to be calming down. Fingers crossed.

  13. Michelle @ Running with Attitude August 23, 2016 at 4:04 am Reply

    The wine cooler idea is so clever! I really hope your Achilles calms down!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 27, 2016 at 8:54 pm Reply

      Me too. Its ok at the moment.

  14. Tricia Vaughn August 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    I often forget about compression socks and sleeves in the warmer months and I really shouldn’t, they help way more than they are hot!
    Great week Karen! Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 27, 2016 at 8:54 pm Reply

      Wearing them in the heat would be so hot, not sure if I am up to that

  15. Sonia August 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Ingenious idea about the wine cooler wrap! But I’m sorry that the Achilles is bothering you. Getting back to training after vacation is tough! Reality! But it’s nice that you’re gradually easing back into it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm Reply

      Achilles is feeling better ! So far so good.

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