Virtual coffee date : January 2016

Welcome 2016 !! As always, I am happy to catch up with DeborahCoco and Lynda and the rest of you for this month’s virtual coffee date. So grab a chair and let’s catch up !



If we were having coffee I would want to know if you survived the holidays ? It is always a crazy time. I made a point not to over schedule, over promise or over do, so as of January 2nd, I am feeling pretty good, both physically and mentally, ready to go into the new year. If you are interested in French holiday traditions, check out my post here.


If we were having coffee, I would want to know what goals you have set for yourself this year ? My 2016 goals revolve around running and my health, but I also want to travel to two new cities and save & plan for a big vacation.

Over coffee I am sure we would talk about running. How was your 2015, fitness wise ? I ran the most I ever have, 1 156 km (718 miles). I admire those who do triathlons and who ran over 1 000 miles, I don’t know if my body could handle all that exercise.

I am in the middle of training for the Paris Marathon and my mileage is slowly increasing. I have been running faithfully a minimum of 3 times a week since October 1st, with the distance of my weekend runs getting longer, every other week. I am using the Galloway run /walk method, which is kind to my knees, and the very gradual increase in mileage is definitely working for me. Last weekend I did 17 miles through the streets of Paris. 20 miles on the plan next Saturday.
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The only difficult part was the cobblestones :



Over coffee, I would tell you that my mom is here for 12 days and we have been having a really great time. I was so happy she could come and spend some of the holidays with us. Of course we never sit still, so we have organized 4 closets, rearranged my buffet / dishes, cleaned my balconies, did a puzzle, played cards, took down the Christmas decorations, walked, visited with friends & family, went to Normandy for a day… I hope when I am her age I have the same energy level. She is amazing.



Finally, yesterday was my two year blogversary ! Thank you for reading, following and commenting, I greatly appreciate the support, positive energy and sense of community.

So all in all, it was a good month. Over coffee, what would you want to chat about ?

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Comments: 26

  1. Renee @ Bendiful Blog January 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Your Paris pictures are beautiful! Good Luck in the Marathon! Happy 2016!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm Reply

      Thank you, I was so lucky to have such a beautiful day.

  2. Coco January 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Your run through Paris is gorgeous!

    Oh, gosh, I tackled our linen closet yesterday, but I really need to tackle our chest of table linens — it’s overstuffed with ones we hardly use!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm Reply

      Just went through one more cupboard. When my mom is on a roll, nothing stops her… but I love it. Makes me feel lighter and more energetic. Feng shui ? maybe…

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother January 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Good for you with the scheduling. I completely over scheduled myself before I left and was a crazy mess! That lesson is never learned for me. Have a wonderful time with your mom! Thanks for stopping by for coffee!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm Reply

      When I over schedule, I try to enjoy the aftermath and not having to do a thing. Rest up !

  4. Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry January 2, 2016 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Congrats on the blogversary my friend. One of these days, the hubby and I will make it over the France. Running that would be dream, an absolute dream. Enjoy your visit with you mom, what a fun time with her. 🙂 Happy New Year
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm Reply

      Thanks Lynda ! So much to see & do here, despite the awful attacks this year. But things are back to normal you would hardly know anything happened. Have a wonderful year !

  5. Lindsey January 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm Reply

    I also survived the holidays – for us, it was mostly traveling, a little relaxing, and then driving home. I also posted about my resolutions – mostly health, running/fitness, and family related 🙂 I was able to run 1750 miles last year and have the goal to run 2016 miles this year. I am training for my first marathon in the spring! Happy new year!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm Reply

      That’s a ton of miles, congrats ! Which marathon are you training for ? Which plan are you using ?

  6. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin January 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

    I so enjoyed your French traditions post too! It was really neat and you were the talk at our dinner table when I shared what your family does. I’m only days away from my marathon I can’t believe I’ve made it. You are doing very well in your training and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you get to the end!!! Enjoy your day my friend!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm Reply

      So exciting that your marathon is so soon ! Please post lots of pictures and let us know how it goes. You will rock it, you have also trained so well & faithfully.
      I am flattered that you talked about my French life ! any questions let me know!

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Paris will be a breeze for already know the city! That’s how I feel about Chicago. It’s nice to run a challenging race in a place you call home.
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 8:57 pm Reply

      Home court advantage. You are right, the familiarity should definitely help.

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets January 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm Reply

    Congrats on your blogiversary! Sounds like your training is going well…I still regret not being able to go on any runs when I visited Paris a couple of years ago, need to go back! Enjoy your time with your mom!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm Reply

      I loved running in Paris, but would not do it often. Running IN Paris is not that runner friendly, unless you run along the river. We are lucky to have some major wooded areas in and around Paris which is where I usually run.

  9. Darlene January 2, 2016 at 8:09 pm Reply

    Love your Paris pics – keep em coming.

    I ran 969 miles – the most for me ever.

    Your mom sounds great – you are very lucky.

    You will rock your marathon – I know it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 2, 2016 at 8:53 pm Reply

      Wow, you had a great year ! I am impressed by how many races you did, such a huge accomplishment.

  10. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy January 3, 2016 at 5:06 am Reply

    LOVE THIS! I’m seriously so jealous that your training runs are all around Paris. So neat! Love your pictures. 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply

      Thanks Melanie ! I am lucky indeed.

  11. Mary Beth Jackson January 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Congrats on year 2! I always love your pictures! Those cobblestone roads are no joke! Tough to run on! Looks like a great visit with your mom too- so many adventures! Cheers to a great 2016 and many miles under our feet!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply

      Many thanks !

  12. HoHo Runs January 3, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I so enjoy reading about your life in Paris! You are doing so well with your marathon training. I’m excited for your 20 mile run. You’ll do great. I’m not much on setting goals. My plan is to get through this marathon, rest, and make a few plans then. I would like to run in a few new states (or countries!). Happy New Year!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 4, 2016 at 6:47 pm Reply

      Good luck this Sunday, I will be thinking of you.
      I am surprised how well I am liking having a training plan to follow. I plan and schedule so much at work, that my exercise is usually more winging it, but I am truly enjoying the structure.

  13. Karen January 4, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply

    I am going to try the Galloway method for some long runs and try to save my legs. I am fearful of getting injured again. My run yesterday went really well 🙂 Happy Blogiversary!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 4, 2016 at 6:40 pm Reply

      I am really pleased with the training method. Let me know and I will send you some information if you want.

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