Racing, friends & Mother’s Day

Its June ! How did that happen ?

It was another great and busy weekend. Sunday evening at 8:45 p.m. is the only time I sit all weekend. Chicago Fire Department is on tv (I LOVE that show), and I prepare this post for the weekend linkup with Tara at Running n Reading. Be sure to check her and other bloggers out. A peak into the last 2 days :

Friday evening I went to my aqua gym class.  I hadn’t been in a while and the season is ending in a couple weeks. I was happy to see my fun group of ladies.

Saturday morning was spent at the hardware store. Recently I painted my bathroom and now I need to pick out tile. I am also having the kid’s bathroom retiled…. but gosh, I thought picking out paint was hard. Tile is worse. It all looks the same.



That afternoon I had a 10K race, La Marollaise (race recap). It was a small race, about 30 miles south of Paris and 90% of it was through the woods. We had perfect weather, although a bit hot that time of day and I felt slightly dehydrated. As the race was through the woods, the organizing committee had spray painted any rocks, roots or other items protruding from the ground so that runners would see them and wouldn’t trip. Isn’t that a great idea ?

I wasn’t sure if my GPS was off or if the race distance was off but I finished 9,67 km in 56′ 48”. I wanted to finish in under one hour, so I was satisfied with my performance.

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I do not know how I placed as the results are not yet posted, but you can tell by my smile that I was really happy with my performance.

We were having friends over that night but driving (back) into Paris on a Saturday evening means major traffic. It took me twice the time to get home. I am so lucky to have this guy …

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…he prepared everything for our dinner party and the house was picked up ! Luckily because I got home 15 minutes before our guests arrived. They brought me this fabulous bouquet.

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Sunday morning I got up, cleaned the kitchen ! then went to the gym to lift weights and stretch, since I hadn’t done so properly after my race Saturday. It was Mother’s Day in France. My girls got me this runner’s journal (which I am so excited to use on my journey to Paris Marathon 2016) and chocolates.

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I then spent several hours swapping winter clothes for summer clothes and doing some major cleaning, trying to get things picked up. The week had been crazy and since we had been away last weekend, suitcases were still hanging around, laundry needed to be done and the fridge needed to be filled.

How was your weekend ? Did you race ?

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Comments: 21

  1. Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy June 1, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! We were picking out tile for a bathroom this weekend too, lol. It was harder than I thought!

    That 10k sounded like fun and I LOVE that they painted the rocks. That’s great! I also love that picture of you at the race! You look beautiful and so fit! I also LOVE that bouquet….absolutely gorgeous!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm Reply

      Thanks Melanie for the compliment. My daughter just kept taking pictures and several came out really great. I was laughing because she wouldn’t stop snapping pictures.

  2. Mary Beth Jackson June 1, 2015 at 11:43 am Reply

    Congrats on a great race! and the flowers! WOW! WE were away last weekend too so it was definitely a weekend to catch up on household chores! We start our summer run series here in Florida next weekend 🙂 Have a great week!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm Reply

      hope you got lots done to take advantage of the summer run series. Isn’t it hot and humid to run in the summer in Florida ?

  3. M @readeatwriterun June 1, 2015 at 11:59 am Reply

    Congratulations on the race! Was it all on grass or just the finish? An afternoon race would be so different. Late morning for Boston was quite challenging.

    Lovely flowers, and you’re making such progress on your redecorating.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Only the finish was on grass. The rest is through the woods, but it had started off on the athletic field. Luckily it wasn’t all on grass.. it wasn’t very stable.

  4. Lara @ Uptite Mamas June 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Ughhh! I still have to swap out my clothes. Right now I have both seasons mixed together and no room for them! Those flowers look beautiful and so bright! Congratulations on your race! That’s fantastic!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm Reply

      We start having summer like weather here and I had no summery tops so I HAD to dig out my summer stuff…even though I have been wearing sandals the past month. I go directly from boots to sandals but don’t worry about my wardrobe. LOL

  5. Kelli June 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm Reply

    Sounds like a great weekend! I know what you mean about picking out tile (and everything else). I had a bad case of decision fatigue with my bathroom remodel and am glad it is finally over! Love those flowers – some of them look like peonies – reminds me of the bushes at my mom’s house.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply

      Yes, they are peonies. They smell incredible !

  6. Painting your own bathroom impressive! You look so happy running. I always look like I am going to die
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm Reply

      I actually really like painting and did the entire apartment myself, with the help of my mother & kids ! I was laughing as my daughter took the pictures. She just kept snapping away and I was telling her to stop and she wouldn’t. I am actually pleased she didn’t, as several of the pictures came out great. Which I think is rare for me.

  7. HoHo Runs June 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Congrats on a great race. I’ve done a trail race before where they painted the worst rocks and roots with orange spray paint. I really appreciated it too! Those are beautiful flowers! And yes, all the tile looks the same. How did you pick? Also, Happy Mother’s Day!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm Reply

      Didn’t decide on anything just yet… but getting close !

  8. Erika @ MCM Mama Runs June 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Sounds like a lovely weekend! When we had our bathroom retiled, I had the guy at the store pick out all the tiles for me and it turned out lovely LOL. Then I had my contractor pick out the paint color. Yeah, I’m really bad at decorating.

    Nice job on the race!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 8:17 pm Reply

      I am so bad at decorating too. My mother usually helps pick things out for me but she is not in France for a while yet and I want the project to be done !

  9. Bradley on the Run June 1, 2015 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Great post! Congrats on the race! We’ve been thinking about re-tiling the bathroom (and maybe the kitchen…), but it’s a big job. And a tough one, like you say! What colour to choose?? Didn’t race this weekend, but did the previous (Ottawa, Ontario) and next week (a one-miler!).

    Great to connect through Tara’s Weekend Update!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm Reply

      Thanks for commenting ! Good luck on your upcoming race.

  10. Jennifer June 2, 2015 at 3:27 am Reply

    Gorgeous flowers! What a wonderful girl to document your marathon training 🙂 Chocolates are always good.
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  11. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading June 5, 2015 at 6:11 pm Reply

    Aww, what a great weekend, Karen! I have the very same training journal and I absolutely love it; your daughters did a great job!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm Reply

      Thanks. I am very excited about it.

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