Bastille Day Weekend

Hello Monday ! How was your weekend ? I am linking up with Tara at Running n Reading  for the Weekend update. Be sure to check her and the other bloggers out, lots going on during summer weekends.


In France we have a four day weekend because Bastille Day is tomorrow, July 14th. So my husband and I went away to our country home. Although the weekend is not yet finished, the first 2 days were quite low key.

Some relaxing & reading :



Some strolling :


And some running (of course !).


There is a vacation village about 20 minutes from our home.

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There is a 9 hole golf course and my husband wanted to hit some balls, so I decided to go with him.


I figured there were trails where I could run either at the golf course itself, or because it is a vacation spot, there had to be other trails in & around the “village”. Well, I was not disappointed. We got there about 10:30 and my husband said let’s meet back in 2 hours… OK ! Perfect time for a nice long, slow run. There were miles and miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. There was a 4 mile trail that cut directly through the woods into the town that was paved…

…. But also lots of trails through the woods, all in great condition. I only came across one muddy puddle I had to jump over.

The rest was in excellent condition, flat, it was shady, and very few people out. The weather was so fantastic that I wanted to take advantage of it and run without music. I always run with music, but being in a forest on a lovely summer day … the conditions were just begging to be absorbed and appreciated. So no music what so ever, and I loved it. I had absolutely no knee pain, very little fatigue, no drop in energy… almost perfect run. Except for one minor glitch…

I wasn’t paying attention at one point, looking into the forest and stepped on a rock. My ankle twisted and I was really scared. Holy crap ! I thought… a twisted ankle ? I felt it rotate. After 10 seconds of panic (OMG am I injured ?!) it felt fine, and there was no swelling nor pain, so I just kept running. Phew. Note  to self : always keep your eyes on the road in front of you !

I ended up running / walking for 2 hours.

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I spent the rest of the day gardening, napping and reading my new Running Attitude Magazine from cover to cover.

How was your weekend ? Did you get a long run in ?


Couldn’t have spent a better 2 days !

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Comments: 10

  1. Kelli July 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Sounds like a fun time. Glad your ankle was okay…that is scary those moments when you’re assessing if anything serious is wrong. I just fell down my steps this morning, not even sure how, my foot just slipped on the carpet. Just have some rugburn and a bruise on my forearm, though. Have a good week!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm Reply

      Glad you are ok…. accidents can happen so quickly. I am happy to report I am fine.

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm Reply

    And here I thought you were going to golf with your husband! I’ve done that before, got in a run while my husband or boys were doing something else. Great job!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm Reply

      It was definitely a great way to explore a new area.

  3. Bastille day sounds like so much fun! My best friend is in Paris right now she rented a villa in the Latin quarter. Do you live near there? Maybe she would run with you?
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  4. Smitha @ FauxRunner ... No More July 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm Reply

    My first time at your blog, don’t know how I’ve never read before! Adding you to my bloglovin’ list!
    I was registered for the Paris marathon last year and had to give it a miss because I couldn’t travel 🙁
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope you come back !

  5. HoHo Runs July 14, 2015 at 2:28 am Reply

    I’m so glad your ankle is OK. It looks like a lovely place for a run. I’ve never heard of the magazine Running Attitude!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm Reply

      Running Attitude is my favorite French magazine… a bit more technical than Runner’s World.

  6. M @readeatwriterun July 15, 2015 at 12:29 am Reply

    Sounds like a nice weekend.

    So are the running magazines in France similar to the ones in the US in topics covered? (is it just a French edition of RW?)

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