Scenes from my runs

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 today’s topic is Scenes from my run. I am lucky to have so many great running spots.



90% of my runs take place in the Vincennes Forest/Park which is on the edge of the South Eastern part of Paris. It is a 5 minute walk from my house. There are miles and miles of routes, through woods, around ponds with some roads here and there.




During the week, I run before work, in a well lit, public area at the edge of the Vincennes forest. I share the bike path with those communting to work at 8 a.m.

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I am busy training for my marathon, and to make my long runs less boring, I run through the city of Paris. I have run by all the major monuments several times.

Notre Dame

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I have a summer/weekend home, and so running through the French country side can be the backdrop of my weekend runs. Very agricultural !



And while I am on vacation, running along the coast is my place of choice. I love the water.

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And this is where I run when I travel :


But I definitely prefer the outdoors !

Are you a city person ? Or do you prefer the ocean ? Countryside ?

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Comments: 36

  1. Kristie Macris February 9, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply

    I’m for sure a city girl, but I loved running Bois de Boulogne in Paris, kind of best of two worlds. All of your sevens look amazing except maybe that hotel treadmill. 😊

    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Bois de Boulogne works too !

  2. LaChicaRuns February 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Wowza. Lovely. Really.

    I’m adding Paris to my ever-growing list of places where I want to run someday.

    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

      It really does have a lot of interesting places and so much variety !

  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy February 9, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Definitely ocean. Which is sad, since I’ve never lived anywhere near it.

    You have no idea how lucky you are to have such lovely trails just a 5 minute walk away! The closest park to me is a 10 minute drive (if the traffic isn’t bad). And most other trails are more like a 20 or 30 minute drive.

    My own neighborhood isn’t terribly exciting and I have circumnavigated it countless times between running and walking the dogs.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm Reply

      When I decided to live in this town, I wasn’t a runner so the park/woods (because it really is woods) didn’t mean anything to me. Now ? I wouldn’t be able to live without it. I love the ocean but don’t live by it either. Maybe one day !

  4. Michelle February 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Wow! I’m very jealous of your beautiful running routes. They all look amazing!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 9:32 pm Reply

      I am lucky they are not too over crowded. It gets crazy Sunday afternoons but since I run in the morning I don’t usually have too many people to weave around.

  5. lacey@fairytalesandfitness February 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

    You have some beautiful placed to run. I don’t think running would ever be boring on the routes you do. Especially near the effiel tower. ..How cool!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply

      Yes, it is cool, I am very luck.

  6. Marcia February 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Gorgeous surroundings Karen! Here in Chicago the Lakefront Path is beautiful but it often gets sooooo crowded with walkers/bikers that running becomes a pain if you don’t get out early enough. Since I live nowhere near it, most of my runs are in a pretty quiet suburban setting. Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply

      I would love to run by the Chicago lake front. It has been probably 10 years since I have been there, but my company does have a big office downtown, so I hope to make it back ! Both times I was there it was the dead of winter.

  7. Tamieka February 9, 2016 at 6:54 pm Reply

    I almost didn’t want to read your post becasue I knew I would be jealous of your pictures-ha!!!

    Great pictures.

    I would love to run by the sea and the country side!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 9:28 pm Reply

      Yes, I am very lucky to have such great place to run. France has so much to see !

  8. Sonia February 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Breathtaking! I love Paris and hope to make it there again, but I never ran through the city when I was there. Paris marathon sounds dreamy!! Good luck with your training. I prefer ocean or countryside to city (the stresses of traffic if there isn’t a path or a park can be frustrating), but if it was Paris, I would definitely say city!!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 9, 2016 at 9:28 pm Reply

      City is nice once in a while, but I am lucky to have several choices. Exhaust fumes and crowds would not be fun if that was all that was possible.

  9. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home February 10, 2016 at 12:08 am Reply

    What a pretty place to run. Of course, it’s Paris! I hope you never take that view of the Eiffel tower for granted!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 10, 2016 at 6:53 am Reply

      Hi Wendy. I don’t take the view of the Eiffel Tower for granted… and believe me, it NEVER gets old.

  10. Erika @ MCM Mama Runs February 10, 2016 at 2:25 am Reply

    See, if I had that kind of scenery to run around, I wouldn’t have to post photos of hot men. ;o) Beautiful routes!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 10, 2016 at 6:54 am Reply

      LOVED your photos. I often run at the same time as the Paris fireman… which is also great scenery even if they are 20 years younger than I am !

  11. Debbie @ Deb Runs February 10, 2016 at 3:04 am Reply

    Ah, you have beautiful places to run. I will pick running outdoors over the treadmill every time unless our trail is icy or the snow is too deep.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 10, 2016 at 6:55 am Reply

      Yeah, ice and snow would push me indoors too.

  12. Runaway Bridal Planner February 10, 2016 at 3:41 am Reply

    Such beautiful places you have to run in!
    I’m jealous of the weather, it nearly looks like summer there, nice!
    I will always pick outdoors instead of indoors. It takes an awful lot to force me indoors. Usually heavy winds are pretty much the only thing, LOL
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 10, 2016 at 6:57 am Reply

      We have been having unseasonably warm weather since October (until this week where I did get poured on in the rain). It has been fabulous.

  13. Gill Light February 10, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply

    You’re very lucky – such gorgeous places to run!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 11, 2016 at 7:10 am Reply

      Thank you. I do feel grateful.

  14. HoHo Runs February 11, 2016 at 1:21 am Reply

    Beautiful scenery! I live in suburbia and we have a family coastal home. I like the beach runs, but it can be very warm and humid. I’m curious, what surface are you running on when you do your typical runs in Vincennes Forest/Park? It doesn’t look like pavement — and that would be great for your body!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 11, 2016 at 7:09 am Reply

      You are right Holly, most of what I run on is trail like / packed dirt. There are roads also and I do make an effort to run on pavement because most races are on pavement, but I prefer trail like if possible. Definitely easier on my knees.

  15. Sharon February 11, 2016 at 2:02 am Reply

    I enjoy running on trails! The Vincennes Forest/Park looks like a great place to run! I would love to run in Paris some day!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 11, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply

      Its nice and there are a lot of running spots.

  16. Tina@GottaRunNow February 11, 2016 at 11:13 pm Reply

    I would have said I enjoyed the mountains the most, but after running on the California coast recently – I can’t decide which I like most!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 12, 2016 at 6:45 am Reply

      I am sure it was fabulous !

  17. Sarah February 12, 2016 at 2:25 am Reply

    Oh wow. Maybe I would learn to love running if I had backdrops like that! I’m a country runner because, well, I live in the middle of nowhere! I think it would be fun to have more stuff to look at!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 12, 2016 at 6:46 am Reply

      It definitely makes runs go faster when I have something to look at… I like the people & stimulation around me.

  18. Dee @ The Hesitant Runner February 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply

    I am so envious of your running routes! Views like that make me want to move to Paris! We don’t have much water where I live, so I love travelling to seaside races.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 18, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply

      Running by the ocean is something I look forward to every summer. Love it!

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