Five post marathon runfessions

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions. It is that time of the month to get everything off your chest.


This coming Sunday will be 3 weeks since I have run the New York marathon.

I runfess….

I am still on my marathon high. It was such a once in a lifetime experience. I broke down and bought ONE photo. I would have liked more but the full package was close to 90 dollars. I paid close to 30 for ONE photo, but it was so worth it.


I runfess that I feel I still have bragging rights. I have proudly worn my NYC race Tshirt….


….and may have even brought my medal to work to show my colleagues.

I runfess I am very up in the air about a next big race. I am happy to have no training plan but am itching for a goal. I should say I  NEED a goal. I don’t function well without one. I feel loss and like I am floating. But I runfess I am feeling frustrated. There aren’t any races that really strike my fancy in the spring. The Paris half marathon is the weekend I will be away at my global conference, beginning of March. And most of the iconic Parisian races are in the fall. For the moment there are 2 half marathons on my radar, but neither are in / around Paris.

Annecy Lake half on  April 30. This is a huge lake in the Alps and the half marathon runs along the water for most of it. It is a 6+ hour drive from where I live so I would have to make a weekend out of it. Working on my husband who thought he would get out of coming with me to race weekends in 2017. Ha.



The other option I am looking at is a half marathon around Azay le Rideau. It is in the Loire Valley and would be much closer. But I have wanted to go to Annecy for years. Decisions, decisions !


I runfess… I do not like running 5Ks, but have signed up for one, in my home town in February. It was either that or the 15K. The 15K is two loops, which I am not particularly a fan of. So I 5K it will be.

I runfess that I have not thought about signing up for another marathon. In the future ? Maybe but for the moment, no interest.

And because it is Friday, and I have five runfessions, I am excited to join Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!


Have you ever brought a race medal to work ?

How long after a big race or accomplishment, do you think you have bragging rights ?

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Comments: 35

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home November 25, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply

    I brought my Big Sur medal to work–it is a work of art! I still get all warm and fuzzy when I think about any of my marathons, but especially Big Sur! That was a race of a lifetime for me. I bought all the pictures, but it was a digital package, so it was about $60 for all the downloads.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:12 am Reply

      No regrets for the 60 dollars ? I guess it depends on the quality of the photos too….

  2. Kimberly Hatting November 25, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply

    I have only bought one race pic, ever. It was from my first-ever big race, back in May of 2008. Little did I know the “downward” spiral I was entering with “big” races LOL Although my recent marathon had a lot of frustration for me, I do love doing them. However, I respect the distance and know to do them in moderation (the 13.1 however is another story…). 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:11 am Reply

      I think 2017 will be the year of the halves…. or do we say Halfs ?

  3. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness November 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Brag away!
    I have a shadow box of my first big race challenge (the disney princess half marathon, 10K, and glass slipper challenge medals) hanging up at work. The first day of school the kids always ask if I was in the

    I felt much like you after I completed my first marathon except I knew right away that I wanted to do it again the following year!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:11 am Reply

      I have done 2 in one year, now I need a break. I am so glad not to have to train and run at zero dark thirty…..

  4. HoHo Runs November 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    That is a fantastic race photo. Mine are usually not very good so I’m not tempted very often. As good an experience as you had at NYC, I’m guessing at some point you may want to do another?? Both of those half marathons looks very scenic. Good luck at choosing between them.

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:10 am Reply

      I think 2017 will be a year of halfs. We will see down the road if I feel like doing another full. Will be interested to hear your experience with 3 in one year !

  5. Coco November 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Both of those half locations look amazing! You earned those bragging rights, plus that shirt looks great!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:10 am Reply

      You could try on the shirt before hand to be sure you get your size. Greatly appreciated ! And the color is great.

  6. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner November 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm Reply

    That was a great marathon photo! You earned the photo for sure. Have a great weekend
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:09 am Reply

      Got a busy weekend ahead, hope to find time to run on Sunday. I haven’t run once this week. Eek.

  7. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy November 25, 2016 at 7:29 pm Reply

    That lake looks amazing. Mr. Judy has a love/hate relationship about the races, LOL!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply

      My husband did an amazing job of supporting me in the past 2 marathons but I know he doesn’t like it. He only does it because he loves me.

  8. Marcia November 26, 2016 at 1:34 am Reply

    I’m glad you’re still riding that high. Own it girl! NYCM is epic. The scenery from those other races looks amazing. I’d be all over it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply

      Come and run one with me one day !

  9. Rachel November 26, 2016 at 2:31 am Reply

    Absolutely with the runner’s high!! I totally feel you on that one. 🙂

    Those views are AMAZING!!!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:07 am Reply

      Yes, I think the lake race would be incredible but apparently there can be a ton of wind.

  10. Lindsay Loves Running November 26, 2016 at 3:09 am Reply

    Congrats on NYC! I was there too and wasn’t it epic?? Your race pic is great, but I was completely floored when I saw the photo prices. I built and sent a little collage to my dad (we ran the race together), but haven’t purchased anything for me. The dollars are just too steep and I’m having trouble gauging exactly how good they are with the Marathonfoto logos all over them!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:07 am Reply

      I was very happy with the quality of the one photo I purchased. Would have liked some others but price was way too steep.

  11. Sean November 26, 2016 at 3:12 am Reply

    Keep wearing that NYC shirt with pride – you earned it! And sharing with others the fruits of months of training and hard work may just motivate others to try.

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:06 am Reply

      I would like to think I will motivate someone some day to run & take care of themselves….

  12. Jenn November 26, 2016 at 3:28 am Reply

    I have brought a medal to work, but I work in a running store, so it’s a little different and probably not as unexpected LOL.

    I think you have bragging rights forever. At least, that’s what I tell myself after I ran my one (and probably only) marathon.

    I don’t know how you’re going to decide on a race in France. They both look amazing!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:05 am Reply

      I might end up doing both races… we’ll see !

  13. Tamieka November 26, 2016 at 3:32 am Reply

    Girl brag and enjoy your marathon high!!!! Well deserved! Congrats again!

    Oh my those half options are beautiful!!!

    The 5k is a hard race butI think I am liking them more and more.

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:05 am Reply

      I don’t usually do well at a 5K because my body takes forever to warm up. I do better with longer distances / endurance. We’ll see !

  14. Karen November 26, 2016 at 4:39 am Reply

    I say talk about the marathon all you want!
    That lake looks pretty amazing 🙂 I’d go run!
    It is a bummer a package for photos wasn’t offered for NY. I was able to buy a $50 package so I did before the race. I figured even if my pics were bad I would want some.
    It is crazy how $$ but I do love your race pic!! It is a great one 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France November 26, 2016 at 8:04 am Reply

      I would have liked to buy several but it way way too expensive.

  15. Darlene November 28, 2016 at 1:27 am Reply

    Love that race pic!! If I ran a marathon, I’d wear my medal for a long time.

    Both places for a race look beautiful. I would choose Annecy. I went there years ago and it was BEAUTIFUL!!! The Alps, the lake…ahh!!

    My hubby is not a fan of waiting for me to finish races.
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  16. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets November 28, 2016 at 4:21 am Reply

    Enjoy the marathon high! Both of those race options look amazing! I’m still deciding if I want to do another marathon…but for now I’m just enjoying the downtime!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm Reply

      You deserve the downtime, enjoy.

  17. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply

    I want to run both of those races, it would be so hard to choose! So gorgeous!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 28, 2016 at 7:07 pm Reply

      Yes, I am lucky there are some very scenic races in France.

  18. Elizabeth November 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm Reply

    I hate looped courses, so I would do the 5K too. Annecy Lake looks amazing! I hope your husband wants to make a trip out of it. 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 28, 2016 at 7:07 pm Reply

      Me too. Which is why I am starting to work on him now. 🙂

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