Gotta love 4 day weekends

Not only was it a short work week because of Bastille Day on the 14th, but I did not have to travel for work. This meant I had time for a ton of fitness & running and fully took advantage of a four day weekend. It was a good week.

Fitness / marathon training

It was week 3 of NYC marathon training, where I am again using the Jeff Galloway run / walk program (I have cut the 6 month plan short to a 4 month plan) and modifying it slightly to add in more speed work and hill repeats. I had 4 good runs :

  • Monday : one hour run, 9K
  • Tuesday : lunchtime weight work out at the gym + planking + pushups
  • Wednesday : 35 minute run / 5K
  • Thursday : Speedwork, with 7,5K total
  • Friday : off
  • Saturday : long run with 3:1 run/walk intervals : 24 K (15 miles), 3 hours
  • Sunday : 4 mile walk + 40 minutes at the gym for upper body, planking, push ups & stretching

It was a total of 45K, over 28 miles, which is a lot for me. I have no more lower leg pain, though my right knee is protesting on & off. I need to have my orthodics redone but wanted to wait until after the summer. Some scenes from the week….

Diamond pushups to work the triceps :


Starting my morning runs before 7 a.m. This school is my starting point, my GPS usually picks up the signal easily :


Perfect conditions for my long run Saturday with overcast skies and no humidity (then again, there is never humidity in Paris…) :



Because I was home for the 4 day weekend, I did some cooking, and was craving salads, fruits and veggies because the weather has been so nice. What ever is in the fridge, I throw into a plate :





Life outside of running and eating

On Bastille Day there is a huge military parade down the Champs Elysees with a small airshow. Our apartment is in the axis of where the planes finish, so we get to see some of the action :

I am getting pretty darn excited about our upcoming vacation and have spent some time planning what we are going to do  :

In addition, I sanded & stained all the railings on our decks and windows, did a ton of cleaning, had ice cream with my daughter, went to friend’s for dinner, finished 2 books. Major productivity !

Besides that I spent a lot of time in front of the tv watching the news. Of course the terrorist attack in Nice put a major hamper on the weekend. Will the madness ever stop ? Prayers going out to the friends & family of the 84 who perished, which includes 10 children and adolescents. 🙁 I was there in January and this spot will never be the same :


Sorry to close this off on a sour note, but keeping it real.

And that’s a wrap.

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

How is your summer going ?  Do you prefer to relax on a four day weekend or do you go, go, go ?


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Comments: 34

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy July 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm Reply

    I have to chuckle that your long run this week was as many miles as I ran my entire week! But there’s the difference between marathon & half marathon training.

    No humidity . . . maybe I should move to France after all! It makes such a difference! Although my next half is in AZ, so it won’t be humid. Just hot no doubt.

    I like a mixture of relaxing and doing stuff. I’m rarely go go go (you & Darlene are so alike in so many ways), but I also feel tired if I’m not moving in some way). Unfortunately right now Bandit is putting a real crimp in my lifestyle, but at least he’s slowly acclimating to his crate and I feel like I can get out a few times next week. I hope so, anyway! This dog has n idea how lucky he was to land with us!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm Reply

      The dog is lucky to have you !
      I have had a lot of mileage but it won’t go too much higher than that. I ran 4 times and that is pretty much my (physical) limit.

  2. Marcia July 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Hooray for 15 miles already! I wasn’t sure I could complete 13 this weekend after keeping my mileage low for so long. I like your approach to food. Our weekends have been pretty busy and I like it that way.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply

      I did 15 but it was slow going. but I don’t care. As I get older I like the endurance even if I will never win a race.

  3. Kimberly Hatting July 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Your training is solid!! We had a brief period of “dry” heat, but the humidity sprang back yesterday. Thankfully, the weather for my ultra overnighter was perfect…I’m not used to Momma N being so kind on race day 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm Reply

      So glad the weather worked out for you for your race. So much funner in decent conditions.

  4. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm Reply

    No humidity in Paris? How nice is that? It’s like a steam bath out there this morning–just gross. I guess not running right now is a hidden blessing.

    I’m with you–enough of the madness. Not to mention all the mass shootings we are having here in the US. The world has gone crazy.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm Reply

      I grew up in Maine in the humidity, so I appreciate the lack of it here. Definitely.
      Yes, the world has gone crazy. 🙁

  5. Chaitali July 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm Reply

    The terrorist attach was awful 🙁 I am sure it must be that much more worrying being a place you have been before. But aside from that, it sounds like your week went well! I look forward to hearing about crete, that sounds like it would be a great vacation.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm Reply

      Unfortunately the attacks are much too frequent. Just when you think its over, BAM. The randomness of it is the hardest part….

  6. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style July 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Exciting that you’re training for the NYC Marathon! I’m not sure I’d want to run it myself since I don’t like big races, but I’m still enamored by it after reading the book about it, A Race Like No Other.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm Reply

      I just bought the book but haven’t read it yet. And I love big races, exactly my style !

  7. Ana July 18, 2016 at 6:04 pm Reply

    15 miles! wow! that’s awesome!

    all your food looks so delicious! it’s making me hungry!

    The terrorist attacks were awful!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

      I just cook a ton of food on the weekend then mix and match all week. Very easy !

  8. Karen Bayne July 18, 2016 at 7:11 pm Reply

    The attacks are awful 🙁 It is a shame to take something beautiful and have it run out like that.
    I love to be productive when I have 4 days, but I rarely am LOL I just can’t seem to get on a roll with cleaning the way I need to. You did a lot!
    Great job on your mileage and all your strength work. I like tricep push-ups, but they feel tough, no?
    You are eating like a champ 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

      I am so type A…. just can not sit still.

  9. Michelle July 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Sending prayers your way, all these attacks just have to stop. Great job last week.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 19, 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

      I hate to think this or even write it but I feel the attacks are becoming the new normal. This time around though people are really really pissed ! as the government. They are getting a huge amount of slack.

  10. HoHo Runs July 18, 2016 at 11:01 pm Reply

    It looks like your NYC training is going great! You were very busy and productive this weekend. I tend to go, go, go until I’m so exhausted that I crash for a day. I’m definitely jealous of your no humidity weather. I love planning trips. Sometimes, I think that’s the best part. That is a beautiful picture of Nice. 🙁 Thanks for linking, Karen.

    • Karen - Fit in France July 19, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply

      Go go go until crashing usually happens to me too now that I think of it. And yes, planning is sometimes the funnest part 🙂

  11. Tricia Vaughn July 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Never humidity in Paris? Wow! I honestly don’t know what that feels like.
    I thought of you when I saw the news coming from Nice. I wish the madness would stop,
    To answer your question, course I know you know this but it’s all or nothing for me! GO GO GO! Thanks Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France July 19, 2016 at 7:34 am Reply

      If you had answered my question otherwise I would have never believed you. LOL 🙂 You are one busy lady !

  12. Christine July 19, 2016 at 3:44 am Reply

    Great job last week – 15 miles is awesome! Agreed. These attacks need to stop. It’s so sad and depressing.

    • Karen - Fit in France July 19, 2016 at 7:33 am Reply

      Thank you ! I am feeling pretty good. Unfortunately I don’t see the attacks stopping anytime soon…

  13. Coco July 19, 2016 at 4:33 am Reply

    Your training is going so well! The attack in Nice was so tragic. To me it seems like a lesson that we can never be 100% safe. 🙁

    • Karen - Fit in France July 19, 2016 at 7:32 am Reply

      I think you are right, we will never be 100% safe anymore…between mass shootings and terrorist attacks, the world has gone mad.

  14. Rachel @ July 19, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply

    Wow…that is a lot of miles for one week. Great job girly!
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  15. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets July 19, 2016 at 7:26 pm Reply

    I agree, the recent attacks around the world have been so sobering…I’m glad that you were safe. I had a 4 day weekend since I had a family reunion in Atlanta, it turned out to be a great time. Great job with your training!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 21, 2016 at 7:49 am Reply

      I LOVE family reunions. Especially if they go on for 4 days !

  16. Michelle @ Running with Attitude July 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply

    I honestly don’t know what to make of what’s going on in the world these days – it’s all such madness!

    Looks like you had a great week of training. I’m so impressed that you’re already doing a 15 mile long run!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 21, 2016 at 7:47 am Reply

      Luckily its not 15 miles every week. I have lower mileage this week then up to 17 the following week.

  17. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy July 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Your training looks awesome! Diamond push ups are so hard too!!
    All of your food looked so yummy! I’m actually a fan of hotdogs. Hee hee. I’m hungry now. 🙂
    That terror attack in Nice was just terrible. I really don’t know when the madness will end. Soooo tragic. 🙁
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  18. Darlene July 19, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply

    15 miles – wow. That was my entire week.

    You are going to rock this marathon!!!

    Me! Never stay still. I went away with my friends for the weekend and then yesterday went to NYC.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 21, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply

      Hope you had fun in the city. Can’t wait to go back.

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