My year in running

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run, where this week’s topic is the year in bling or pictures.


2016 ? Best.running.year.ever. Great races, no injury & running friends. 

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. 


Races. I ran six races. While for many of you runners that is not a lot, considering all the travel I do for work, and the fact that two of these were marathons, I am darn proud. I trained faithfully and nailed a 15 minute PR on my second marathon.

Nice half marathon in January :


Paris Marathon in April :20160403_153556

Versailles 15K in June :


LGBT Pride run in NYC in June :


La Parisienne in September :


NYC Marathon in November :medal-cantral-park


Injury free. I was very careful about prevention & recovery and my podiatrist was one of my best friends all year.20161015_133506

Runner friends. Met some great running bloggers, Judy, Darlene & Jen.



Ran with my colleagues too.


If I look at the running goals I had set for the year, they were to run one race per month and run my first marathon.  I quickly found that the race per month was too much. Either it didn’t fit into my travel schedule, or my training plan, so I didn’t put the pressure on myself to achieve this. The second goal was surpassed, so I think it made up for not fully achieving my first goal.

And in 2017 ? Definitely shorter distances. I am currently signed up for 2 races in February and am thinking about several in April & May. The Disneyland Paris half marathon in September is also on my list.

Otherwise, if you haven’t read my blog recently, I am planning a (temporary ??) blog break starting on January 1st. That will be my 3 year blogversary. I  need to prepare my daughter going off to college, plus I have a lot of work travel, so a break it will be, ….and the motivation is currently wagging. I will still be active on Instagram, so please keep in touch. And I will be blogging between now and January 1st, so please check back !

Did you achieve your 2016 goals ?

What is the one accomplishment you are most pleased about ?


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Comments: 31

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home December 20, 2016 at 11:56 am Reply

    What a great year you’ve had and I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. January is my blog 3rd anniversary too–but I’m not going anywhere. I’m embarking on a new journey, a new challenge, my diagnosis, and I’ve got a marathon to train for! I hope you stick around.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm Reply

      I am not going anywhere, just taking a break and I will continue to read your blog. Love it ! And you will rock marathon training I’m sure.
      Have a great Holiday.

  2. patty December 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm Reply

    You had a fantastic 2016! Looking forward to what 2017 brings for you.

    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm Reply

      Thank you Patty, it was a good year.

  3. Susie @ SuzLyfe December 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply

    For all of us running in the states, I think your round up takes the cake! It has been lovely getting to know you this year!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm Reply

      Thanks Susie. I am not going anywhere, just stepping back for a while….

  4. Marcia December 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Your posts are the ones that make me kick myself for not racing while I lived in Europe. Sigh. Although 15-18 years ago, I wonder how much racing there even was?? I totally understand your blog break and will look forward to your Instagram posts! xoxo
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm Reply

      I am sure there were so few races 15 years ago, so don’t have any regrets. Running has only really taken off over the past couple of years.

  5. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness December 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Congrats on all your races. And completing them all injury free is something to be proud of.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply

      As I get older I am a bit more paranoid about injury so I play it very safe.

  6. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner December 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Disney Paris sounds like a blast! I will miss your updates and look forward to connecting with you on IG. Happy HOlidays!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply

      Thanks Deborah, you too.

  7. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy December 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    I think you do plenty of racing — 2 marathons in one year is a LOT. I actually think you’re very wise to take recovery so seriously & think too many people don’t.

    I am pretty darn proud of my half PR. I have worked for years to get that!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm Reply

      You should be proud of that PR, it is always a great accomplishment. I hope to work on a couple myself this coming year….

  8. Hanna @ minimal marathoner December 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Enjoy your blog break! I have taken several myself and each one was a great idea. I plan to scale back a LOT on my blogging come January. Sounds like a lot of people are craving some down time :).

    6 races is plenty in my book! Especially with two marathons – the marathon is my favorite distance but I can’t do more than one in a year, so kudos to you! Congrats on your PR!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:28 am Reply

      Maybe if I scale back it will give me some time to think about what I want to do with the blog. We’ll see !

  9. Stacey December 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm Reply

    What a great year!! I’m right there with you on doing fewer races-gives me more time to actually train for races! Enjoy your blog break 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:27 am Reply

      Thanks, I am looking forward to a break. Not sure how long it will be.

  10. Tamieka December 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Great year of running!!

    I love that you were able to travel not just for work but for running as well!!

    So nice that you meet a few blogger friends.

    My most proud accomplishment of 2016-doing my 1st triathlon!

    Happy Holidays and enjoy your blog break…I will keep up with you in IG!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:27 am Reply

      First triathlon is a big deal. Congrats !

  11. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets December 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply

    Congrats on your race, I really enjoyed reading about all of your races, especially the NYC Marathon! I’m pleased to have become a marathoner this year, and next year Im’ not sure what my big goal is but I just want to keep running as long as I can 🙂

    I’ll definitely miss your posts after the new year, but best wishes!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply

      Thank you. I enjoyed following your marathon training too.

  12. Clarinda December 21, 2016 at 12:31 am Reply

    Two marathons in one year is definitely makes up for not running a race a month.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply

      It was indeed a good trade off

  13. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style December 21, 2016 at 2:21 am Reply

    I so love these year-in-review posts. It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture when we’re in the thick of training, but putting it in this perspective really highlights the accomplishments, and for you it’s been many. Congratulations on a great year! Two marathons and all those races (I agree that that’s a lot!) is something to be proud of!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:25 am Reply

      I love reading the year reviews too. So many people had good years in 2016, less injury I think.

  14. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy December 21, 2016 at 8:16 am Reply

    I think 6 races is awesome, especially since you ran TWO marathons! I also think it’s amazing you’ve done it all injury free. That’s incredible!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:25 am Reply

      Six is all I could fit in without going crazy. Glad your husband is feeling better.

  15. Jenn December 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Great work! Love seeing all those pics with the Eiffel Tower, and I bet racing at Versailles was indescribable!

    Having an injury early in 2016 meant that I really had to readjust my goals but I still had fun.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 23, 2016 at 7:24 am Reply

      I know I am very lucky to be able to run in this incredible city.

  16. HoHo Runs January 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm Reply

    2016 was a wonderful year you had Karen! I will miss your blog and hope your break is temporary.

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