2016 Paris Marathon minus 7 months

In preparation for Paris Marathon 2016 (although yes, I do realize it is in April of next year), I am documenting what I am doing each month to anticipate and experiment, or highlight things I have bought or learned. This will be my first marathon so it is not only about the race, but about the entire experience.

If you missed my first 3 recaps, you can find them here :

Marathon minus 8,5 months

Marathon minus 9,5 months

Marathon minus 10,5 months


These past 6 weeks can be summarized by a few highlights :

1. I upped the frequency of running, and mileage. My weeks ranged from 25 to 45 km. I was on vacation, so had the time and opportunity to run often. I had some great sights over this past summer :

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2. I went back to the podiatrist to have my orthodics adjusted. With the increased mileage and frequency (and not enough stretching ?) I was having some minor issues with my right shin muscle. It would immediately tighten when I started to run, and would not loosen up for 20 to 30 minutes. I should get my orthodics back in a couple days and I am hoping the issue will be solved.

3. I have been reading up on fueling. I know this is extremely important and it is not one of the topics I know much about. I bought the book Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald, written for endurance athletes. I think I will have to tweak my diet once training starts, and especially up the carbs.

4. I decided to lose a few pounds before training starts in October with some minor tweaks to my diet and exercise regimen between now and then.

5. I got a “medical” pedicure. I had the podiatrist work on my feet (different from a pedicurist who makes them beautiful with polish, etc)…. corns, risk of ingrown toenails, etc.  She said my feet were in great shape the only thing I needed to do was hydrate. She said I could avoid most blisters if I hydrated every night and before going out on my runs. She says hydrate all over, except between my toes. It was a great experience. Need to take care of those feet !


6. Signed up for 2 more fall races. I now have 2 in September and 2 in October.

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7. Decided to sign up for yoga in the fall. I used to do yoga several years ago, but got burned out. I think it will be a great compliment to my training.


So that’s it. Training officially starts in a month ! Thanks for reading and following.

Any advice for preparing my first marathon ?

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Comments: 6

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home August 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm Reply

    It’s a good thing that you’re going to start back with yoga. I find that yoga really is the yin to running’s yang!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm Reply

      Thanks, I am excited to get back !

  2. Debbie @ Deb Runs August 30, 2015 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Planning out the details this far in advance helps not to miss anything. It’s great that you’re thinking about nutrition, stretching, etc. now. Best wishes as the months pass. Your race will be here before you know it!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 31, 2015 at 7:42 am Reply

      It will go by fast which is why I want to enjoy the ride along the way.

  3. Chaitali August 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm Reply

    I like this information on how you’re preparing for your first marathon! I’ve done a couple halves but not the full. That’s good news about yoga, it seems to really help me with the running.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 31, 2015 at 9:27 pm Reply

      Several people have mentioned how yoga is very complimentary to running. I am excited to go back.

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