Last virtual coffee date !

Dear readers, my blog has been on a vacation for the past 8 months while I have decided what to do about it. After much thought, I am going to be taking it off line this month (yes all good things need to come to an end), so I figured it was only fitting to catch up with everyone before I step out of the blogging world.

So catching up with DeborahCoco and the rest of you for a virtual coffee date seemed fitting. So grab a chair and let’s catch up.



If we were having coffee, I would ask you if your kids are back to school and what their plans are. My eldest is going into the arts and starts college mid September.  The second one is a junior in high school. I am so proud of the young ladies that they have become. They are dynamic, interesting, fun, grounded and both have big life goals. It is so much fun watching them grow up.

Over coffee I would want to hear about your summer. Did you travel ? Any home projects ? I had 3 weeks vacation that we took in the States, and stayed with my parents in Maine. We hadn’t been to Maine in the summer for 4 years. I saw so much of my family, my brother & SIL came, and met with friends whom I hadn’t physically seen in years. We also went to the beach, the coast, went boating, and generally touristy things. It was all about quality time with family. PERFECT.

Camden, Maine

Boating on the lake

Boating in perfect Maine weather

Lobster !


Over coffee we would probably chat about running & fitness. My running mojo disappeared at the beginning of this year after having run 2 marathons in 2016. It took about 6 months for it to come back. And at the moment, it is back in full swing. I have been working with Holly at Hohoruns since June, training for the Beach to Beacon 10K in August (nailed it ) and I have a 10K and half marathon in the same weekend at Disneyland Paris end of September. This is the first time ever I have worked with a running coach and it has been an amazing experience. Holly perfectly understood my objectives, is extremely reactive and encouraging, and while the plan is tough, it is not overly tough so I have never once been discouraged. I am in a really good place at the moment, and thus have signed up for 2 more races in October and one in November.

During my running hiatus, I did a lot more weight lifting, HIIT and general strength training. The variety did my mind and body good.

Over coffee, I would admit that my running hiatus also allowed me a much more active social life. I made an effort this year to catch up with many more friends.

If we were having coffee, I would also have to admit that I have also taken up a new hobby, golf. My husband has been taking lessons for 3 years and has been on my case about learning with him. As our kids will be leaving home over the next few years, I figured it was a great hobby to do together. So, I have been taking lessons since March, and am really really enjoying myself. In France we can play almost all year round. I have really enjoyed learning something new.


All in all, it has been a good year. Work is good. My health and my family’s health is good. I have done some traveling both for work and personal reasons. My kids are at a really good place.

So while I will take my blog off line during September, I am still active on Instagram. Hope you all have a great fall ! Tell me how your year has been !

Comments: 14

  1. Coco September 2, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply

    I’m so glad you decided to join us for coffee one last time! It sounds like you’ve put your time off from blogging and cut back from running to good use! Your reason for taking up golfing sounds just like my reason for getting into cycling — I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! I’ll try to keep up with you on IG and FB.

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy September 2, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Aww, sad to see your blog go offline but I understand. It’s a lot of work — not sure I’d do it either if I were working!

    Summer was both quiet & busy. Packed all our vacations into the first half of the year & they were awesome! No big plans for this weekend. Run 10 today & breakfast with the girls after.

    Glad Holly is working so well for you & that your ME (in more ways than one) time was so great. Miss ya!
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  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply

    It has been amazingly wonderful and hard to watch the kids grow up and go off on their own. Sorry to see you go off line but hope we can stay in touch via IG. Thanks for having one last coffee date with us!
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  4. HoHo Runs September 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm Reply

    It’s been MY PLEASURE working with you, Karen! I’m a little sad to see your race coming up so soon. 🙁 I’m glad you were able to visit your family in Maine this year. Your pictures look lovely — I’ve always wanted to visit that area. My youngest is a senior (sniff, sniff). We will soon be empty nesters, but it has been amazing watching our sons grow into such fine young men.

  5. Michelle @ Running with Attitude September 2, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply

    Sounds like your time off from running was just what you needed! So great that Holly is coaching you! Sorry you’re going off line – I’ll be looking for you on IG 🙂

  6. Barrie September 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm Reply

    So fun with all the changes you have ahead- best of luck with non-blogging & golf!

  7. Kimberly Hatting September 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

    Oh, boo to you leaving us here in the blogosphere ;-( I’m glad I’ll still be seeing you on Instagram, though 😉 Our youngest is a senior this year…and we’re embarking on that empty-nester reality as well. Booo to that! (geesh, I”m really being a downer LOL). Glad the golfing has been a good fit for you. I’ve tried golfing, and I desperately need real lessons…not just the impatient husband waiting for me to 4-putt a 3-par hole. (yes, I’m THAT bad!)

  8. Clarinda September 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

    Sounds like you’ve been having a great year! Hope it continues to go well. 🙂 Good luck at your upcoming races.
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  9. Teresa September 3, 2017 at 1:51 am Reply

    I sure hate to see you go offline completely Karen, but I do understand. Enjoy these fleeting days with the kids because as you know, they go by all too fast! My middle one has stated his sophomore year of college and my baby is a junior in HS. Where has the time gone!

    Love hearing what a great experience you’re having with Holly! The hubs and I have just started working with her for my first marathon and his second. Wish me luck!

    We just got back from our summer vacation in Hawaii and it was fabulous! Glad you had a relaxing and fun vacation here in the states with your family ….memories to cherish forever.

    Wishing you much happiness and I look forward to keeping up with you on IG!

  10. Kim Madore Johnson September 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I am going to miss you; I was disappointed when you took your break as I looked forward to reading your blog and following you every day. Enjoy your time. xoxo

  11. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets September 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply

    I’m glad you’ve provided one more update before you take the blog down. I’ve always enjoyed your posts and I’ll definitely continue to follow you on IG – congrats on your 10K!

    Summer was really nice, we had some fun working on projects on the house and did get a couple of weekends out of town to relax. Your time in Maine sounds great, I’d love to go up there for a visit again, especially in the summer!
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  12. Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself September 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply

    I am sorry to see you go! But I do agree that all good things to have to come to an end. I have wondered when that will be for me. I think the time is getting closer!

    I love golfing! It’s so hard to find time to get out and do it! I would love to go more often!
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  13. dixya @food, pleasure, and health September 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm Reply

    seems like you had a wonderful vacation!

  14. Elaine September 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog and am sorry to see you end it. Thanks for this final post. Very kind of you to let us know rather than just disappearing. All the best to you and your family!

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