Five September Runfessions

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for 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.













I runfess… everyone is blogging about fall race schedules and I have no interest what so ever in signing up. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. I can not explain it. Of course there is the NYC marathon coming up, but besides that I haven’t signed up for anything. I love running. I NEED running. But racing ? Nope.

Well, there was just one little fall race that really interested me…

I runfess …that while I had a wonderful weekend with family for my niece’s wedding,  I would have loved to participate in the first Disneyland Paris half marathon this past Sunday (photo credit from their site).


I runfess….I am a little nervous about NYC. I have only been running 3 days a week, and doing 2 days of full body training. While training for Paris, I also ran only 3 days a week for the most part, but I followed the plan (I am using Jeff Galloway) to a T. This time around I have been switching weekends (long run, mile repeats, easy run) around, adding sprints, doing hills some days. While it is about the experience and finish line, I am hoping my training will be good enough.


I runfess….I am really looking forward to life AFTER the marathon and NOT getting up and running at zero dark thirty. With the shorter days, it is now dark until almost 8. I trained in the dark and cold last winter, and am really happy that these dark morning runs are almost over.

And finally, I runfess that after a recent post on photography by Wendy, I started experimenting. While I really like some of the photos I have edited for Instagram :


I have gotten some really crappy photo shots in my experimenting. Who wants to look at the size of my thigh ? Yup, the close up is not flattering. And my fanny pack is sitting right there in the center of the photo. Duh.


And in the one below, I wanted a different angle but 1) you can see the recyclable bins on my balcony in the background (and the computer, and the phone,…) and 2) you can see up my sagging shorts (luckily there is a pair of fitted shorts underneath, but still). Thumbs down !



What would you like to runfess this month ? Do you ever get sick of racing ?

Please stop by tomorrow for October’s coffee date with Deborah and Coco.


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Comments: 28

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy September 30, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply

    I don’t race a lot, but fall is my favorite season to race. And I’ve got halfs in Oct, Dec, March & a few other smaller races sprinkled in. All those halfs were in warm places & I suck at warm races plus I WILL be training through winter. What was I thinking?

    I think you’re going to do well in NY. It should be a LOT cooler than your first (although you never know).

    I have to say, from what I’ve read, DisneyParis actually sounds like fun. Now wouldn’t it be cool for Darlene & I to come run it with you some year? Talk about a racecation (for me & Darlene!).
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply

      Wow, that is a lot of racing. I go through spurts where I love racing, then don’t want to do it again for a long time. Hoping my racing interest is ignited come spring. And yes ! Come to Paris to run. I would definitely race with you if you did.

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home September 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm Reply

    I love that you are experimenting with your pictures! The things you point out are not things I would even notice! To me it’s all about making it interesting, which you are doing. Love it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm Reply

      Many thanks. You inspired me with your IG post.

  3. Coco September 30, 2016 at 1:09 pm Reply

    I’m meh on racing all the time – except for my usual favorites. LOL on the photos. I spend so much time trying to get good shots, I often give up! See you tomorrow for coffee!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm Reply

      I am not even motivated by my regular races. I am sure come spring I will be…

  4. Marcia September 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply

    I think training cycles just wear on you. Especially in a 2 marathon year like you have. By the time the mornings get dark, I’m so glad to be done with getting up that early to run. It is exhausting, for me anyway. You WILL be ready for NYCM. The bridges in the back half began to wear on me, but even with a 25+ mph headwind the whole way, I really enjoyed the race. Maybe I blocked out the agony. Haha! Just don’t go out too fast. The crowds have a way of doing that.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:12 pm Reply

      I am sure I will enjoy the race and I am not worried about my time. Just hoping it is not going to rain…

  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 30, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    You are focused on NYC and it’s totally ok not to be racing before that. Having said that, i am really looking forward to a few 10k’s this fall. See you at the coffee date!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Glad to know you have several races coming up, which suggests no injuries. Yeah !

  6. Pam September 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I am also someone who does not race a ton anymore, but I did have two races close together with DL Paris and the Chicago Marathon. NYC is such a wonderful marathon, I know you will love every minute. Please email me if you have any questions
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm Reply

      Good luck in Chicago. Indeed, you had 2 big races in a short period of time.

  7. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness September 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm Reply

    I couldn’t wait for marathon training to be over too so I could get my life back to normal. Ironically I think i’ve forgot what “normal” is since I always seem to have a race on my schedule.

    I would be bummed too if I were that close to a disney race and could not participate. Maybe next year!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:09 pm Reply

      Running is part of ”normal”, but long runs of 3 + hours will not be ! 🙂 I still have 2 long runs before the marathon…

  8. Darlene September 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

    I love to race. It keeps me running.

    I think you will do great in NYC.

    I’d love to come to Paris and race. But I’d prefer to run around Versailles and the monuments in Paris than Disney. To me Disney races since overpriced. I haven’t even done any in the US.

    I hope you come back to NYC and run another race sometime.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Fully get your point about Versailles instead of Disney. The price of the race was much more reasonable, pretty much in line with race prices here in France.

  9. Sean September 30, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply

    I completely agree with the feeling of relief after a training cycle is done. Now to figure out what to do with those four extra hours on Saturdays when I would normally be doing a long run!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Ha ! Good point. As for me, it will be some other kind of fitness.

  10. Michelle @ Running with Attitude September 30, 2016 at 8:34 pm Reply

    I pretty much waited all year to race so I’m enjoying being in the middle of racing season now (in fact I just signed up for another 5K last night). I think you’re going to do great in NYC!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 1, 2016 at 6:22 am Reply

      Enjoy your season ! I hope you have great fall weather….

  11. Kimberly Hatting October 1, 2016 at 12:43 am Reply

    I do not get sick of “racing,” but I do get sick of that feeling of needing to better my finish time. I have come to the realization that I am more of a runner who does races than an actual “racer.” I love being on a race course, but I do not like the pressure of hitting all of the splits, and monitoring my pace, etc. It gets too scientific and this artsy-fartsy gal is not into science LOL I realize a lot of people thrive on the competitive aspect of racing, but I’m not one of them…and I”m OK with that 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 1, 2016 at 6:20 am Reply

      I am not a competitive racer either. Which is really funny because I am so ambitious in my work life (although now that has calmed down a bit), but was never that ambitious on the race course. I think because I am not a natural athlete, I knew I would never be top of the pack.

  12. courtney @ eat pray run dc October 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Love your photo fails – they are funny and kind of cute 🙂 NYC will be awesome – you’ll have a blast!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm Reply

      Thanks, I am positive it will be great. Just praying for no rain !

  13. HoHo Runs October 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Ha! My phone is full of bad shots. They’ll make for an interesting post in the future. I think running 3 days a week is plenty. Right now, I don’t feel the need to race since I have such a BIG race looming. When that’s over I’ll probably do all the local stuff. I miss getting to see all my running friends.

    • Karen - Fit in France October 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm Reply

      I think three days of running is plenty too. Its not like I am going to win an AG award or anything. 4 or more days just doesn’t agree with my body.

  14. Ana October 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm Reply

    I am sure you will rock NYC Marathon! But I hope you enjoy your sleep after that! the change of seasons and the darkness stresses me out.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply

      I am looking forward to a change in routine after NYC, especially going into the winter months

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