I have a secret & pre marathon runfessions

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


I am not very good at keeping secrets. Especially when it is happy news. But, I runfess, I have been keeping something very big from you all for the past couple weeks.


Yes, you read that correctly, I was accepted into the NYC marathon. I can not remember the last time I was this excited / nervous / happy /emotional /scared / overwhelmed. (And if you are wondering, I got in through the lottery for those living abroad).

Yeah, I was blown over by the news.

I didn’t announce it to the world because I needed time to digest, think things through, or even not think things through as I didn’t want my mind muddled. I didn’t want to lose focus on the Paris marathon because I really need to concentrate on this last home stretch before April 3rd. But some friends & family started putting the pressure on about hotels selling out, plane ticket prices, etc. So, I had to make travel plans, anticipate vacation, find affordable accommodations … so life has been a little overwhelming. Tapering for Paris and planning for NY ? A bit much !


Even if of course I wanted to get in (else why would I have paid 11 dollars to participate in the lottery), I never thought I would get in. I haven’t even run one marathon, why would I even think about doing a second one ? and NY at that ?

Of course I am over the top excited about this once in a lifetime experience but it has been a little too much for me to handle so I have really pushed it into a corner of my brain, and I will dig it out AFTER April 3rd. (and yes, of course I am going to do it !)


Now that that is out there in the world of social media, onto thoughts leading up to the big day (D – 9 days now).

I runfess…. I am actually GLAD it is taper time. AND I am looking forward to some downtime after the race. As much as I love running, I feel I am reaching a level of saturation. Its ALL I think about.

I runfess…my social life has taken a small big hit. I am looking forward to spending time with friends, having a nice glass of wine or staying up late without obsessing about how it is going to affect my next run.

I runfess…I have lost a little bit of my muffin top. I have no idea if I have lost any weight, because I don’t weigh myself anymore, but a tiny bit of muffin top has gone away. Yeah.

I runfess… my whole 2016 race schedule has been thrown to the wind now that I have a second marathon on my agenda this year. I had a nice destination race on the calendar for May but all the travel is taking a toll on my personal finances. So we will see. Seriously, I might have to miss this :


I runfess… I have already started stalking the weather for April 3rd. Initially announcing some sprinkles, it now looks pretty sunny. Just. NO.RAIN.PLEASE.WEATHER GODS. 18 degrees Celcius is 70 degrees Farenheit. A bit too warm, but better than rain !


I runfess… if there is one thing I am really nervous about before my race, it is getting sick. I know that is probably extremely irrational but I am never sick. And so many people I know have been sick this year…. I am just praying it stays away for another 10 days !

And finally, when it comes to the Race Shirt conundrum on Tuesday’s on the Run this week with Marcia, Erika and Patty,  I runfess… although I had signed up, I could not run the Paris half marathon March 6th because I was traveling for work. I was very tempted to go pick up the race packet, including the shirt, which were handed out before the race. I figured if I forked over 50 bucks for a race, I deserved the swag. Finally, I didn’t do it. But I seriously thought about it.

What would you like to runfess this month ? Do you think I am crazy to run 2 marathons in a year ?

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Comments: 40

  1. Marcia March 25, 2016 at 11:50 am Reply

    WOW!!!! NYCM is huge! Of course you MUST run it! What a fabulous opportunity. I know a few people who got in on the first try. Amazing. I waited the 3 years and thankfully I was an auto entry the 4th. It’s hard to not go get the shirt when I DNS. Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Oh, I am definitely doing it…. no doubt about that. Just a bit scared and overwhelmed !

  2. Coco March 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

    So fun on NYCM! I would have picked up that race packet and the shirt — to remember the training and DNS. So excited for you for next weekend!

    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm Reply

      I think the tshirt was pretty cool because Fitbit was the sponsor so the logo was actually one I liked ! Oh well.

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home March 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm Reply

    That is so awesome about NYCM! I would totally do it if I got in. Actually, I almost signed up for the lottery. Then my foot started acting up and reality set in. so exciting!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm Reply

      Definitely going to do it, everything is reserved ! Hope your foot is better….
      And big sur will be a great experience.

  4. Elizabeth March 25, 2016 at 3:10 pm Reply

    Congrats on getting into NYC! Two exciting marathons in one year. Stay healthy this next week and keep enjoying your taper. 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Thank you !!!! I am enjoying the taper. 🙂

  5. Pam March 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm Reply

    So excited you were accepted into the NYC Marathon. I had no idea that I would absolutely love that race, but I did. You will have an amazing time and I look forward to readin all about it. Congrats. By the way, I also stalk the weather before a big race, but it’s too soon for me to start stalking London for April 24th !

    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply

      Indeed, April 24th is still kind of far away. I started stalking 2 weeks out.:) I am excited about the NY experience, I am sure it is like no other.

  6. Kelli March 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm Reply

    I am excited that Paris marathon is so close – you’ve made it through the hard part! Fingers crossed no sickness. You’ve been traveling a bit and that is usually when it gets me. And so cool about NY. I live so close to NY – I’d try to find a way to meet you depending on your travel plans!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm Reply

      I have some trips to the US coming up, will let you know when and would love to meet if you are around & not too far.

  7. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin March 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm Reply

    Yay! I’m so excited for you Karen! You are right it is a once in a lifetime experience! So glad you got in and your training has been awesome, you won’t have any problems doing this one too! You just wait! Enjoy your taper!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm Reply

      I am feeling pretty confident. I will have 6 or 8 weeks of “rest” or at least “down time” before starting another training cycle. I definitely need the down time.

  8. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother March 25, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Yay NYC so exciting!! Your marathon is the same day as my cherry blossom 10 miler next week. You are so ready!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:03 pm Reply

      Good luck with your race too Deborah. So happy to see you running this year, injury free. You seem to be loving it !

  9. Kimberly Hatting March 25, 2016 at 7:25 pm Reply

    NYC!!!!! Congrats!! I think you definitely should go for it…the races are 6 months apart, so you have plenty of time to recover before gradually starting a new 26.2 cycle. I’m toying about putting in my name for the Marine Corps Marathon lottery…I have a few days to decide. It’s a race on my bucket list, so I know I want to do it someday, just not sure if 2016 is the year (?)

    • Karen - Fit in France March 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm Reply

      Thanks Kim. I AM doing it. Plane tickets bought and hotel reserved ! EXCITED ! For NY we had to pay to participate in the lottery but could back out right before the drawing if we wanted… because if you are accepted they immediately debited the registration fee. It might give you some more time to think about it…

  10. Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run March 25, 2016 at 9:15 pm Reply

    I’m so excited Paris is here for you next week AND New York! Very excited for you 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 26, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

      Thanks Jennifer. Good luck on your race too !

  11. Darlene March 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Ok, I am more than excited for you. I am from NY.

    Let’s keep in touch.

    I plan to be there the Friday and Saturday before the marathon. Hopefully, we can meet up somewhere – at your hotel or at the expo.

    What hotel are you staying at?
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 26, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

      Darlene, I am sure we could meet up at the expo. Indeed, let’s keep in touch.

  12. Jenn @ Run With Sole March 26, 2016 at 1:05 am Reply

    You will LOVE NYC Marathon. It is amazing and even if you don’t go into thinking of it as a race but more of an experience, you will not be disappointed. It is my favorite. Granted, I’ve not run the Paris Marathon and that would be the race of a lifetime for me (any European race would be for me). But you will love it.

    As for your race next week, you will ROCK it!! You’ve trained, you’ve put in the physical and mental time. Trust that. Relax this week, don’t stress over things you can’t control and roll with the punches as best as you can. You’re going to have a great time! I can’t wait to see pics!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 26, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply

      Thanks Jenn. I have seen this whole Paris marathon adventure as an experience, which has taken off so much pressure. I see NY as they same thing. I am in my mid forties, so its not like I am going to win anyway ! LOL so I am DEFINITELY ENJOYING the ride !

  13. Megan @ Meg Go Run March 26, 2016 at 3:28 am Reply

    Congratulations on getting into NYC! That’s going to be a once in a lifetime experience!

    I wear a shirt for a race I never ran! My friends who were running picked up my packet so I got the shirt. I wear it because it is a very nice thick short sleeve.

    Where is that picture from with the beautiful bridge and mountainside?

    • Karen - Fit in France March 26, 2016 at 7:49 am Reply

      If the shirt were good quality I would wear it too.
      The picture is from the Millau bridge in the south of France. A 25K race in May. There is also a 100K race in the fall…. it overlooks the entire region. Supposed to be gorgeous but its a bit far from where I live.

  14. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy March 26, 2016 at 7:28 am Reply

    Oh, that is soooo great you’re going to do the NYC Marathon! What an incredible experience! If i ever run a marathon, I would looooove to do that one!! I’m so excited for you about the Paris marathon too. Amazing! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 26, 2016 at 7:48 am Reply

      Thanks Melanie ! Only 8 more days… getting a bit nervous.

  15. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets March 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply

    That’s awesome that you made the lottery for the NYC Marathon, congrats! I’m sure it’ll be an awesome experience. I’m heading into taper territory too and feel the same – it’s needed! Can’t wait to hear about the marathon!
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  16. Tamieka March 27, 2016 at 1:53 am Reply

    How exciting about NY!! Vrazy…yes but we runners are crazy thay way-lol!! You go this!!!!

    Yeah muffin top disappearence…don’t question it…celebrate…lol!!

    Ooh that pic looks beautiful…I hope you get to go.

    I am sure we will chat before next weekend but if not….Good Luck next weekend!! You got this!!! Enjoy and enjoy that celebratory glass of wine or 2!

  17. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Congrats on getting into NYC! I think having the next marathon already scheduled is a great idea — most people do get the blues after a marathon, but having the next one to train for always helps. It’s why I like to be signed up for the next half before I finish whichever one I am training for.

    I am crossing my fingers that maybe I could get to NYC to see you — that would be so awesome! Maybe a girls trip with Darlene if she isn’t signed up to run something! Because the crowds would probably drive my husband nuts.

    Great job on losing some muffin top — usually it’s the other way around with marathon training! I’d dearly love to lose mine.

    If it’s going to be 70, personally, I’d enjoy some rain. Not a downpour, but I enjoy a run in some gentle rain when it’s hot.

    Heck, I refused to even say hello to my sister this weekend because she has a horrible, horrible, case of the flu. And my half is 6 weeks away! I totally understand.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm Reply

      Hey, if you want to come down to NY and maybe go to the expo, it would be a great way to meet !

      I am really happy to have lost some muffin top … eating has been one of the most challenging things in training. Too much ? Not enough ? Cut out the alcohol and sweets ? …. more protein ? more carbs ? For all the marathon racing out there, I haven’t found a ton of information on fueling and nutrition….

  18. Debbie @ Deb Runs March 28, 2016 at 4:13 am Reply

    Congrats on getting into the NYC Marathon! I really regret not running it back in my marathon running days.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply

      NYCM definitely fits the bill for my purpose of running… for the experience. But Paris AND NY in one year overwhelms me a bit.

  19. HoHo Runs March 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm Reply

    Amazing news about NYC! I think 7 months will be plenty of time for you to fully recover and complete another training cycle! I wouldn’t worry about that part.

    I’m very excited for you this weekend! Enjoy your last taper week.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:28 am Reply

      Thanks Holly. I am excited but looking forward to a month or 2 off before starting another training cyle. I probably shouldn’t say off, but looking forward to a bit of downtime.

  20. Sonia March 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply

    Wow! That’s exciting!! I got in as well. Maybe we can meet?! That would be fun.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:30 am Reply

      Congrats on getting in, I had indeed seen the information on your blog I think. What training plan are you going to use ? When are you going to start training ?

  21. Lisa @ Lisa Runs for Cupcakes March 29, 2016 at 3:31 am Reply

    WOA! What a secret!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply


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