Food & fitness (vacation edition week 1)

I am joining Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their first Weekly Wrap up link up. Be sure to check them out !


Wow, vacation week one gone by already. We spent last weekend in Paris then left Monday for the South Eastern part of France, Basque country. We were quite busy and did something each day , but I managed to get in a lot of exercise. Luckily because we ate out way too much for my taste.


Sunday : 15 km long run in my usually stomping grounds



Tuesday : 6,5 km around a cousin’s home near Agen. Lots of hills. Broke in my second pair of running shoes.

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Wednesday : 6,5 km in the small coastal town where we were staying



Friday : 12 km run along the coast in St. Jean de Luz. I ran further but since my watch died as I was heading home, not sure what final distance was. #runnerproblems



I felt really good about getting in four runs. I am hoping it offset some of the (over)eating I did. Here is just some of what I ate.

For an appetizer, my husband’s cousin is cutting a ham that he had prepared with special spices :


Tapas in St. Sebatian, Spain.



Basque cake (regional specialty) :



Veal axoa (pronounced a-o-sho-a), which is minced veal cooked with peppers and local spices :



Monk fish :



We arrived in Arcachon yesterday (about 45 minutes south of Bordeaux) where we will be spending the next 2 weeks, relaxing, visiting with family, running ! and eating a home made meals, as we have rented a house and are no longer in a hotel.


Did you have a good weekend ? What is on your running agenda ?


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Comments: 16

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home August 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Looks lovely! My husband would love to eat all the food there!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 11, 2015 at 8:24 am Reply

      Yes, lots of regional specialities worth trying…

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner August 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Looks like a beautiful place to run! Kids look like they are having fun too. I am taking it easy this week before my race next weekend.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 11, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply

      You must be excited for your race ! I have indulged way too much, but that is part of vacation…seeing lots of friends and family.

  3. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin August 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Karen I have enjoyed your pictures on Instagram all week. You sure have some beautiful places you have run and I’m not sure I could run as much being on vacation so a big pat on the back for that! I am going to have to go look up what Tapas are but it looks like they are really enjoying them! Enjoy the rest of your vacation an I’ll be looking for more pictures! I did have a great week an will cut back on my miles some this week to get in a 11 miler come week after next. Thank you so much for participating in our first link up.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 11, 2015 at 8:18 am Reply

      Tapas is a Spanish dish, where you pick and choose several small things to eat. Its fun because you can taste a lot of different things. You just need to go to the counter, inside the bar / restaurant and pick what you want. They put it on your tab. Fun way to enjoy Spanish food and you decide what and how much you want to eat.

      Thanks for the link up !

  4. HoHo Runs August 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm Reply

    What lovely places you are running! I tend to run more on vacation just to counter all the seafood I usually eat. Vacations can get a little hectic in my world and that early morning run helps me stay calm. Your food pics are making me hungry! I would love a piece of basque cake right now with my coffee. Thanks so much Karen for linking with us today. It is truly appreciated.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 11, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply

      Completely agree…I need to run more on vacation too ! Too many before dinner drinks and restaurants….
      Thanks for the link up.

  5. Karen August 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm Reply

    I love to run on vacation, I just love the freedom of being able to feel like you aren’t rushed from one thing to the next! Your running views are magnificent 🙂
    Enjoy all the yummy food 🙂
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 11, 2015 at 8:12 am Reply

      Yes, running on vacation is the best !

  6. Alanna @ Madeleines & Marathons August 11, 2015 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Those look like beautiful places to run! I love running on vacation too. It’s a fun way to experience new places. I don’t think that I’ve ever heard of basque cake, but now I want to try it!

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 12, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply

      The coast and coastal trails are one of my favorite places to run. I find it almost therapeutic with the water crashing and wind…

  7. Mary Beth Jackson August 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm Reply

    looks great ! and all the food! WOW! Those little cakes -yum 🙂 What a way to work in some workouts and miles into the vacation- great job! Enjoy your adventure!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 13, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply

      Thank you !

  8. Emily @ Out and About August 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Gorgeous pictures!!! I would be so inspired to run with scenery like that!!! The food looks incredibly delicious, too – especially the Basque cakes. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my computer screen. 😉
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 13, 2015 at 8:20 am Reply

      So many regional specialties to discover… and so little time.

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