Friday Five : Blogs to read if you are doing a marathon

Yeah for Friday ! It was a busy week here in France. Some American friends have been staying with us since Tuesday and  boy did we have a good time. Our crazy group on the Bateaux Mouches :

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But that’s for another blog post ! This week’s Friday Five theme is ” Blogs to read”. You can check out my first blogs I love post with some of my favorite bloggers. This time I have chosen to adapt slightly, to Blogs to read if you are preparing for a marathon. Indeed, I have signed up for my first marathon so I have been scouring the internet for advice, race recaps, equipment suggestions, because I am a newbie.

Here are the 5 blogs that I am reading at the moment :

1. Amanda at Run to the Finish. I find her running tips, book reviews and race reviews particularly helpful.

2. Jen at Running with the Girls. She is actually living in my hometown in Maine, which is a complete coincidence. She runs A LOT, and on the same trails and in the same gym I did / do when I go back to Maine. She just did the Boston Marathon and it was fun to read how she prepared.

3. Deb Runs. There is always something to learn.

4 and 5. Sue at This mama runs for cupcakes and Stephanie at Food and fitness 4 real, two American bloggers who both ran the 2015 Paris Marathon. Following their training and experience was inspiring but I think the one thing that cinched it for me was when Stephanie stopped to see me at km 18. I told her I would be there with water if needed, and she took the time to stop & take a picture. She looked like she was enjoying it, had hardly broken a sweat and her energy was contagious. Here are their race recaps :

Stephanie’s Paris Marathon

Sue’s Paris Marathon

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Yes, I am a bit obsessed at the moment ! Looking forward to reading the Boston Marathon recaps over the weekend.

Be sure to check out the link up hosts and the blogs they are loving at the moment: Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run.



What blogs or blog posts would you suggest if training for a marathon ?

Have a great weekend !


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Comments: 10

  1. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes April 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Thank you so much!! I’m so bummed I didn’t get to see you out there. I looked but never found you 🙁

    • Karen - French Inspiration April 25, 2015 at 7:56 am Reply

      Maybe next time ! There were so many people …..

  2. Debbie @ Deb Runs April 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Awww, thank you so much for the shout-out! When is your marathon? Don’t know if you’ve checked out my Coaching tab, but I think you’ll find some useful tips there. Let me know if you have any questions along the way.

    Have a great weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 25, 2015 at 7:55 am Reply

      Thanks, read a lot already and will go back again ! Excited for this adventure.

  3. Jen@milesandblessings April 25, 2015 at 2:06 am Reply

    These are all great blogs :)!!!!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 25, 2015 at 7:55 am Reply

      Yes, but so hard to pick just 5 !So many great blogs out there.

  4. lacey@fairytalesandfitness April 25, 2015 at 2:49 am Reply

    I have heard of a few of these blogs. I’ve read Sue’s recap of the race. Sounds like a wonderful experience.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 25, 2015 at 7:54 am Reply

      I would think that a big destination race like that is a wonderful experience ! It looked like she had a great time.

  5. Runwright April 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply

    I also follow Hungry Runner Girl. She just did the Boston marathon, she writes an article for a running magazine and posts a lot about the daily training etc. she was one of the first runners I followed.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration April 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm Reply

      thanks ! Will check it out !

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