Fit in France update

Good morning readers ! I woke up this morning, wanting to blog, so I thought I would provide a short update on what has been going on in my corner of the world. I haven’t blogged since January 1st, and this post doesn’t necessarily mean I will be back, but this is my blog and I can do what I want. So here are the highlights.

Fitness & running

I am not training for any races at the moment. After 2 marathons in 2016 I felt I really needed a break. I was feeling burnt out, so I have spent most of the winter months lifting weights or swimming, and running only once or twice a week. I think the break and weights helped my running because I did 2 races in February (a 5K and a 10K) and came very close to PR-ing both of them.

I am getting antsy though about finding a race. I am stalking the Disneyland Paris website to be able to sign up for the 10K and half marathon in September. For the moment you can only buy a weekend package. Since I live 30 minutes away, I will pass on the package. I have also taken up golf with my husband.

Family

My daughter is a senior and I have been spending lots of time with her on her college things. She is going to study computer animation and was accepted into the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota Florida, which was her dream school. However, the cost is prohibitive, even with a decent scholarship. This has been one of the hardest things over the past few months to manage. I don’t think I would be helping her get ahead in life if she comes out of school with $200,000  in debt, especially when we have great schools in France for the same subject. Her talent continues to amaze me.

My second daughter and husband are both well. My second daughter is highly involved in theater, and I have spent a lot of time with my husband on short weekends away. We usually go away in January for a short ski weekend, which we didn’t do in 2016 because of marathon training. So  we went this year, and it was great, despite it being 15 below (Farenheit!)

Work

The first half of the year is when I travel most for work….conferences, trainings & meetings with clients to kick off the year. I just returned from almost 3 weeks in Asia (Japan & China). This included 3 weekends where I got to play tourist. If you have never been, go. I hadn’t been in over 2 years and the changes that took place during that time period just blew my mind. Seriously, we should all be learning Chinese. At least the next generation should be.

The Great wall :

I even got to see the Tokyo Marathon while in Japan.

And this cracked me up…. I went running and there is a list of “running rules” and they even tell you that you need to run counter clockwise around the park.

My blogging break

Taking a break from blogging has definitely freed up a lot of time. Not only have I spent more time with my husband and children, but it has freed up “mental availability” to do other things. Of course I miss connecting with the people, you my readers and other bloggers. I also suffered from a bit of FOMO, but I learned to live with it. I just can not do everything and family and work are coming first at the moment.

 

What have you been up to over the past 3 months ?

Ever been to Japan or China ?

What would you do with all your free time if you took a blogging break ?

 

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

 

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Comments: 8

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Since I don’t work, blogging is actually good for me. I think! I’m not quite sure how people who do work do it, but kudos to them.

    I’ve never been to Asia, but my husband has (although not China). I once almost went with him to Japan, but when the opportunity came to go to Kauia instead, I chose that. It’s our happy place. 🙂

    Skiing in -15? And you think we’re nuts for running in the cold?

    I’ve been busy training for next week’s half and cleaning out my parents’ house and that about sums up my life at present.
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  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner March 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

    So great to hear from you! Sounds like all is good for you. Loved seeing all of your photos on IG from Japan
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  3. Darlene March 20, 2017 at 1:07 am Reply

    Welcome back. I’ve missed your blog. Glad to follow you on IG. I was hoping that your daughter would go to Sarasota. That way we could see you more often in the US. Oh well.

    Not much is new here. Work work work. Running in the cold and snow. The highlight, just ran a half marathon in Fla. Am training for another in NYC.
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  4. Elaine March 20, 2017 at 1:28 am Reply

    So glad to read your update!
    Reading about life in France is a little vicarious adventure for so many of us reading your blog.

  5. Coco March 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Oh, wow, on Ringling. So is your daughter not going? I’m sure you’re right that she’ll be just as well off in France — and maybe more likely to stay there after graduation? (that’s a momma thought, there). Loved seeing your pics from China. As you know, my first trip to Asia is in a few weeks, but I won’t have any tourist time I’m glad to see you pop in. Maybe you’ll be in the mood for monthly update.

  6. Christy March 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

    I haven’t been to Japan or China but would like to someday. I took quite a break from blogging last year and enjoyed the break but then I begin to miss it. Sad how expensive college is, I have two kids also and it’s 9 years away but will be here so fast!

  7. Kimberly Hatting March 20, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Yay!!!!! SO happy to see you back in print (so to speak LOL). Blogging does take a lot of time. I marvel at those who are able to post daily because that ain’t me! Just keeping up on all the reading and “return reads” to other blogs is where the time goes. I have never been to China or Japan…but both look so enticing! I’d love to see the Great Wall!

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets March 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

    It’s so nice to hear from you, I’ve missed your posts! Glad to hear things are going well with you and your family. I think taking a blogging break is necessary every once in a while…I’ve been thinking about dialing things back on my end because it just takes up SO much time!

    I’d love to see the Great Wall. I’ve never been to Asia, so I need to add some places to my bucket list! I went on a couple of vacations – Disney Princess Weekend and New Orleans right after Mardi Gras. I had a great time!
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