Summer has finally arrived

I am writing this while sitting on my balcony, in shorts and barefoot, surrounded by bright pink geraniums, a great summer breeze, hot temps and blue sky. Finally. The whole week was like this and I got to wear white skirts, strappy sandals, sunglasses. I am soaking up every minute.


This week was another jam packed week, just how I like them.

Monday kicked off week 2 of marathon training. So I was up and out very early to get my run in. I worked from home that day and was craving veggies. I have been trying to cut back a bit on meat also, so I roasted some peppers and some chick peas, covered in a bit of olive oil, cumin and curry.


Tuesday was uneventful besides the fact I woke up with a sore throat. Too much travel ? Over tired ? Not sure, but I am never sick, so it is a sign that I need to slow down. But slow down is not in my vocabulary. Wednesday I got up early and ran again. I am trying to build variety and speed into my Galloway plan, so I did a Fartlek workout . Once home, I planked a bit and was photobombed by my curious cat. He just wants attention.


Wednesday evening my husband had reserved a restaurant for the 2 of us. When I arrived I was surprised to see my daughters :


… and he surprised me with a gorgeous Tiffany ring for our 20th wedding anniversary. It was very emotional and all four of us cried when he gave me the ring. It was a complete surprise.

On Thursday, I was off again…. to Germany. And it so happened that Germany was playing France in the semi finals of the European Soccer tournament. So I had to route for Germany….

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… luckily France ended up winning. Friday was more work and travel back to France. The travel, sitting, restaurants, change of diet… meant come Friday I was tired, lethargic (and my sore throat had turned into a full blown head cold). I was so ready to exercise Saturday morning, for my last run on week 2’s training plan. It called for 8 km but I so needed to run after the week I had had, that I ran for 12 km, including hill repeats at the end. It was absolutely gorgeous out and I even got in some planking. #plankingandsmilingwithsunglasses



I then had to rush home and get ready because we had a wedding that afternoon and it was a two hour drive.

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I was wiped at the end of the evening. We stayed over, and drove back to Paris this morning. So Sunday is pretty low key. Reading, relaxing, napping, blogging (with some laundry thrown in)….before tonight’s final game of the #Euro2016 soccer tournament (France versus Portugal).

I apologize if I haven’t been a very good blogger recently, not reading or commenting as much as I would like but things are going to calm down a bit now, so I will be back to a more normal routine.

And that’s a wrap !

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

How is your summer going ? 


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Comments: 28

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy July 10, 2016 at 8:31 pm Reply

    Make sure to rest so that cold doesn’t turn into anything else!

    My summer was going pretty well, right until Thursday. 🙁

    Glad you’re finally getting some summer weather. We’re bracing for a little too much summer weather heading our way!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm Reply

      Sorry about Bandit 🙁
      I am feeling better… it is just so crazy because I am never ill. And in the summer ? Not even heard of….

  2. Happy anniversary! what a nice surprise from your husband and he even got the girls in on it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm Reply

      The guy was so excited and so emotional.. but then again, 20 years is a lot.

  3. Kimberly Hatting July 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm Reply

    That’s so awesome your husband surprised you with dinner, the daughters AND the ring. I’d be a blubbery mess, too. Keep on planking, girlfriend 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 11, 2016 at 8:52 pm Reply

      It was a great surprise. And yes, I will keep on planking !

  4. Chaitali July 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Aww… that sounds like such a sweet anniversary surprise! And the location for your Saturday run looks beautiful.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm Reply

      It was a great surprise. And I do have wonderful places to run, 5 minutes from where I live.

  5. Michelle July 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Happy Anniversary!!! And the views from your balcony are gorgeous.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm Reply

      I love my balcony too 🙂

  6. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness July 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Happy anniversary! Sorry to hear you were a bit under the weather.

    What is the climate usually like in France? Does it usually start to get warm/hot before July?

    • Karen - Fit in France July 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm Reply

      Thank you.
      Its usually warm starting in May ! So things are 2 months late. It is in the high 70s or low 80s, but no humidity. We had gray skies for 2 months. Boo.

  7. Ana July 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm Reply

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!

    Those veggies looked delicious!! Now I have to give them a try for dinner sometime!

    I hope you are feeling better!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm Reply

      Thank you. And yes, feeling better now after a week.

  8. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply

    I LOVE that your husband surprised you for your anniversary. How wonderful! And glad that summer has finally arrived.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 12, 2016 at 7:33 am Reply

      Agree with you on both accounts !

  9. Susie @ Suzlyfe July 11, 2016 at 10:57 pm Reply

    I would love to be in your carry on suitcase for one of your trips. Just magical. I think that you should teach your cat to help you with your planks by getting on your back and adding weight 😀

    • Karen - Fit in France July 12, 2016 at 7:32 am Reply

      I am very lucky I get to travel for work, I love it.

  10. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy July 12, 2016 at 12:40 am Reply

    Wow, wow, wow, what a sweet hubby you have!!! What a special way to celebrate your 20th! Your family is beautiful! That first picture you shared looks and seems like absolute perfection. Love it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 12, 2016 at 7:32 am Reply

      My husband is thoughtful but this was beyond his usual thoughtfulness. 🙂

  11. Coco July 12, 2016 at 1:17 am Reply

    Where’s a picture of the ring??? 😀
    You had quite a busy week. I hope your cold is better!

  12. HoHo Runs July 12, 2016 at 3:04 am Reply

    What a lovely anniversary surprise! Congrats on 20 years. Your geraniums are so pretty. I’m glad your summer weather has finally arrived. I haven’t had as much time for blogging recently either. I think the summer months are more difficult. Your cat doesn’t even look real in that picture. Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France July 12, 2016 at 7:30 am Reply

      My geraniums always look great because every time I water them I add a tiny bit of fertilizer.
      Summer arrived, now just hoping it stays….

  13. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style July 12, 2016 at 3:24 am Reply

    Ha! Love the kitty photobomb! Happy 20th anniversary! What a wonderful surprise!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 12, 2016 at 7:30 am Reply

      I am assuming the cat felt dominant standing over me while I was on the floor.

  14. Rachel @ July 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm Reply

    I hope your head cold is at bay and you are well rested after that eventful week. Have a great one!
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  15. Debbie @ Deb Runs July 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Happy anniversary! What a fun surprise your husband pulled off for you celebration. My husband and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary on August 1.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Wow, 35 years is a lot ! Congrats. Our wedding anniversary is August 3rd but we celebrated a bit early.

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