April Runfessions

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for April Runfessions and since the Friday Five theme is of my choice this week, I also am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run.













Three weeks post marathon, here’s complete running randomness that has been on my mind…

I runfess…I have no motivation what.so.ever to start a new training cyle. I am surprised how much 6+ months of training is mentally draining (review of the Galloway training method). If I use another 6 month plan, my training for NYC marathon would start beginning of May. I don’t think I am 100% ready to start that soon.

I runfess...I am afraid if I don’t keep up my 3 – 4 runs a week that I am going to gain weight. Especially since I overate this week, I craved sweet foods and went out to eat way too many times.

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I runfess…I felt pretty damn good and proud when I wore my Paris Marathon tshirt recently. But I have only worn it once and really want to wear it again. I haven’t worn my medal much but I look at it often.


I runfess…on a run recently I had to stop in the bushes. And I peed on my shoe before I knew what was going on.

I runfess…. there is one thing I really didn’t like about the marathon : seeing people in bad physical condition at the end of the marathon. Vomiting, defecating, passed out, bleeding from chafing. Yes, you read that correctly. Maybe because it is a big race, maybe because it was really hot but ugh. Just ugh.


and I runfess… I am really looking forward to 5 days vacation next week where I will probably do NO RUNNING !

What do you runfess this month ?

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Comments: 34

  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of WIne April 29, 2016 at 11:29 am Reply

    I think its totally normal to have less motivation and need a break from running after a race! I also love wearing my race shirt, especially if it was a good race (and a shirt that fits well). I may wear the medal the day of the race, but then it gets thrown in the corner of my office until I will (one day) organize them and put them on display!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply

      For once, my shirt fits really really well 🙂

  2. Coco April 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Your body needs a break after that much training – and I bet your mind does too! You should wear your shirt proudly whenever you can! Ugh on the finish-line ickiness. I guess they took the motto “leave everything on the course” a bit too far.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply

      Yeah, I think the heat really really bothered a lot of people. Everyone I talked to was disappointed with their time. The heat made the race HARD.

  3. Pam and Christine April 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Not wanting to train is completely normal so don’t worry much about your lack of interest in a training plan. You will get that desire soon enough and be searching for your next big race? I’m on hiatus from running now too, and today will go on a nice long bike ride with friends. Its funny, but right after a marathon I just want to eat as much junk food as possible and of course imbibe in a few adult beverages. I also hate to see all the people in distress during a marathon. Sadly a young male runner died during the London Marathon last Sunday.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply

      Oh, so sad to hear about the young man in London. And yes, sweets and adult beverages have been at the top of my list. Going to go read your recap right now !

  4. HoHo Runs April 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply

    I don’t wear my marathon shirt much for fear of wearing it out! Thankfully, I didn’t see any of the vomiting, etc. in my race. Maybe because there were only 20,000 people? 😉 I was probably in too much pain to notice. Enjoy your vacation. You don’t have to run. That’s the beauty of it. It will still be there when you get back.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply

      20 000 people is a lot, but maybe in a Disney race things are a bit more controlled ? surveyed ? it was just so hot in Paris…

  5. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy April 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I’ll do my runfessions tomorrow. Oh wow, I may have to rethink my thoughts on EVER doing a marathon — I guess I never really thought about that.

    I am actually down to my lowest weight since going back to regular meetings at WW 8 years ago. No doubt I will gain next week, as I hopefully add back in more activity (I’ve been sick), because I usually gain after a decent loss like this week. I seriously just want to lose 2 more lbs — literally! So I hear you on running/eating.

    I almost always run on vacation, though — I really enjoy that!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply

      Yeah, the end of the marathon was pretty brutal. Probably not like that in the smaller races. At least I would hope not. Congrats on your weight being down, how are you feeling about it ?

      • Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy April 29, 2016 at 11:47 pm Reply

        I’m happy, of course, but I still want to lose those 2 lbs. so I could gain 2-3 on a vacation & not have to worry about it — except, of course, to take it back off.

        I’m pretty good at maintaining, but those last couple of lbs are tough!
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        • Karen - Fit in France April 30, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply

          I hear you and fully agree.

  6. Marcia April 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Embrace your break from training and don’t feel one bit guilty. I hear you though on weight gain. It happens so fast. My firt marathon (Chi 07) was cancelled due to heat when I was at mile 22. People were collapsing all around me. It was very disturbing to say the least. So much carnage. Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply

      Not feeling guilty at all. I am hoping a short break will give my knees a well deserved rest.

  7. Kimberly Hatting April 29, 2016 at 2:01 pm Reply

    I think it’s normal to be less than motivated to run (or at the very least, train) following the big commitment of a marathon. Maybe just do a few short runs as you feel like it (?). A lot of people like the security and “structure” of a training plan, but I do not. I”m not a type-A personality (unless I”m in denial?), but I like to be in charge and it would drive me crazy to have something dictate my actions. A lot of 26.2 training plans encompass four months…maybe you could take your “old” plan and modify it so it’s not an entire six months?
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:41 pm Reply

      It is what I had in mind, adapting it to a 4 month plan. I am in good enough condition to be able to do that. I am afraid I will completely fail without a plan !

  8. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness April 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Wear that marathon shirt with pride girl!
    I didn’t want to run at all after my marathon and all the training. I just wanted to take a really long nap. It’s been almost 4 months since my last marathon and I’m STILL tired..lol

    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

      I hope my motivation comes back a bit sooner……

  9. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets April 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm Reply

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation! When I travel, I try to take the opportunity to run, but if I don’t, no need feeling bad about it!

    I can’t imagine training 6 months for a race, even a marathon…maybe a 4 month plan would do the trick this time around?

    Congrats again on completing the Paris marathon!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:38 pm Reply

      I think you are right, I am in good enough condition to be able to fully start at 4 months. I will probably start a little before, but 6 months ? nope.
      Thank you, I am looking forward to my vacation.

  10. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC April 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone poop at the end of a marathon and I hope I never do. Have a great vacay!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply

      Me niether. I felt really bad for the person. 🙁

  11. Holly @ Pink-Runner.com April 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Try some cross-training! Maybe something new will make you feel better about taking time off training for a race 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

      Fully agree. I have been doing upper body work.

  12. John @ run. geek. run(disney) April 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply

    I have been really unmotivated for a while, but working to get myself back going again. I need to get on track so when I start my training plan for the Dopey Challenge, I’m past that initial motivation hurdle at least.

    • Karen - Fit in France April 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

      I think I just need a break for a couple weeks, then I will be good to go. Good luck on the Dopey challenge !

  13. meljo @ ayearinrunningshoes April 29, 2016 at 10:58 pm Reply

    I think every long distance runner must have a peed on themselves story, and if they don’t, they will! 🙂 I was out for a long run once, really needed to go to the bathroom, and discovered all of the bathrooms on my route had been locked for the winter… fortunately it was pouring down rain because I literally wet my pants… it makes me laugh to remember it!

    Have a great vacation!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 30, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply

      Why do they lock the bathrooms in the winter ? I have found bushes along my route that I regularly use… because the bathrooms are locked !

  14. Darlene April 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm Reply

    I hear you. I love desserts. 6 months is a long time but for the 2nd one, do you think you need to train as long?
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 30, 2016 at 8:40 am Reply

      No, I won’t train as long. I feel I am in good condition and all of my base mileage is there.

  15. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 30, 2016 at 2:04 am Reply

    I feel you on the training thing. After doing 2 marathons in 6 months I am SO glad to be done with training for a race. I’m pooped. I’ve never felt like this before. I’m looking forward to just running to run.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 30, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply

      That is why I am not signing up for Paris in 2017. I think 2 in a row are going to do me in !

  16. Ana May 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Did you clean your shoes? I used to be grossed out by stuff like that, but with hiking, I’ve had to go in the woods lots of times.

    I have to admit that this entire week I’ve been eating “Like I ran a Marathon”! and barely stop and consider what I’m about to put in my mouth… I’m giving myself until tomorrow. That dessert looks delicious!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 7, 2016 at 8:12 am Reply

      No, didn’t clean the shoes. Cleaned the socks of course but I figured the shoes were quite dirty anyway…

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