I needed some down time


I was physically and mentally tired this past week. It is a combination of several factors… not only do shorter days put a hamper on my mood, but I have been marathon training since July. I had a 22 miler through Paris last weekend, and my knee & Achilles needed to recover. I added variety into my fitness routine since mid August which makes 5 days of running / fitness per week for the past past 2 months.

This week, my body asked for a break.  So I listened to it. While I did run on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, I didn’t plank. I didn’t go to the gym. I didn’t cook much. I didn’t blog much. I hardly took any pictures.

I saw friends. I spent time with my girls. I slept late. I watched some TV (OITNB, Westworld). I did administrative things. I did fall cleaning. I rotated out my summer clothes. I talked to family. I took advantage of the gorgeous fall weather.

On Friday & Saturday, my husband and I went to our house in the country side. We went out to eat. We went to the local market. We took a walk. We talked about our NYC trip.


The garlic (top center) is as big as the peppers !


Part of our two mile walk near our country home


Squash, squash, squash !

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The slower pace change of pace was highly beneficial. By Sunday, I was ready to run. And I was rewarded with a perfect one. Perfect weather. No pain.  My GPS watch couldn’t find the signal (again !) so I just ran and basked in the pure joy of putting one foot in front of the other. No paces to hit. No dictated run/walk interval. No mileage goal.

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So the week, ended on a perfect note.

Exactly what my body needed.


And that is a wrap !

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

A big shout out to our host, Holly, for running the Chicago marathon today  !

Ever need some down time ?  Does the fall make you want to sleep in ?




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Comments: 33

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 10, 2016 at 2:49 am Reply

    Smart lady, listening to your body! I could learn a thing or 2 about that!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm Reply

      I usually push through but the week was hard mentally also, so I just went with it.

  2. Darlene October 10, 2016 at 3:22 am Reply

    Yes, it sounds like a rest what just what you needed.

    So what do you and the hubby have planned for NYC?

    Can’t wait to see you.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm Reply

      We should be free Saturday afternoon. Will IG you.

  3. Coco October 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply

    What a lovely place! I saw your post about your GPS, but maybe it’s a satellite issue at that location — unless you have the same issues in the city. I think taking a bit of a break is key to avoiding injury and burn-out. The dark mornings have me down but I’m loving the cooler weather.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 9:05 pm Reply

      It might be a satellite issue but it is more and more frequent. Someone told me to reboot it and see what happens.

  4. Christy October 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Good for you for listening to your body. I agree it is so important to give it some down time. Love the fresh veggies, they look so yum!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

      So lucky to have such great produce here in France. I love fall.

  5. Kimberly Hatting October 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm Reply

    I love those runs where there is no agenda…just the joy (as you said) of putting one foot in front of the other. You are so smart to listen to your body!!!!! I’m pretty good about that most of the time, but there are times when I ignore weird “twinges” and fatigue. Hard to believe our marathons are getting so close!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm Reply

      Yes, our marathons will be here and over before we know it. What is your next big race ?

  6. Teresa October 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Wow, the scenery surrounding your country home looks amazing and I can see why you went there to recharge! And those fresh veggies look beautiful! Sounds like you had a wonderfully restful week to welcome Fall while still getting a lot done. Thats a win/win!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm Reply

      Yes, I am lucky to be able to go to the countryside. Its lovely. (although I am a city girl at heart)

  7. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets October 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm Reply

    That was a smart move listening to your body and enjoying some down time. Those mushrooms are incredible! I heard about Westworld but haven’t seen it yet. Glad you were rewarded with a great long run! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm Reply

      Yes, huge mushrooms. Very rare variety you can only find for a couple weeks. So good !

  8. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 10, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Fall makes it hard to motivate out the door in the morning, but the afternoons are so lovely!

    Good for you for listening to your body. It’s so important!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm Reply

      I waited until at least the sun was up…. else it would have been COLD.

  9. Sonia October 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Good for you!!! Sometimes, rest is far better than piling on the miles! What a nice week.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm Reply

      Thank you. I needed it.

  10. Chaitali October 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply

    It sounds like the week was exactly what you needed! And that you were rewarded with a perfect run on Sunday 🙂 I keep hearing about Westworld but haven’t watched it yet.
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  11. Marcia October 11, 2016 at 1:34 am Reply

    Sounds absolutely perfect to me. Glad you listened to your body and you are feeling recharged!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm Reply

      I am but this week has been tough ! Still feel the need to recharge…

  12. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness October 11, 2016 at 3:30 am Reply

    Those veggies are huge! I never see that size at the farmer’s market I go to. Glad you got some rest. You must have needed it. I always feel refreshed after taking a few days off from running too.

    • Karen - Fit in France October 13, 2016 at 6:08 pm Reply

      Yes, I needed it. Still feel like I do.

  13. Nicola @ Running Happy October 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Definitely a good move listening to your body and resting. It can be hard to do but so beneficial.

    I love the photos of all your veggies!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 13, 2016 at 6:08 pm Reply

      Thanks, such great produce here in France.

  14. Karen October 12, 2016 at 1:06 am Reply

    You have a beautiful to recharge- the country side looks lovely!
    I am feeling very tired too. It is a lot to train for this long! I am starting to feel some little aches and feel like I could use a few extra days. I am glad your rest recharged you 🙂 This is supposed to fun after all.

    • Karen - Fit in France October 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm Reply

      Hope you got to take some down time. You have been training hard too. You need rest too!

  15. Tricia Vaughn October 13, 2016 at 5:27 pm Reply

    You know Karen so many of us don’t listen to our bodies, it is the hardest thing to do. And we all know we should. I am glad you did just that and see it paid off for you. We do need rest just as much as a good run!
    I am taking my rest days very serious or at least trying too!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm Reply

      Good for you ! I find I need more rest days as I get older… or maybe because I am working out now 5 days a week.

  16. Michelle @ Running with Attitude October 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm Reply

    Good for you for listening to your body and giving yourself what you needed! Sounds like a great week to me!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply

      It was. I also caught up on my rest.

  17. HoHo Runs October 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Your down time sounds heavenly! It helps to have a little reboot now and again. I’ve enjoyed a few post marathon runs now where there was no agenda. No specific goal. Just a nice leisurely run. I love all the fall veggies. Thanks for linking, Karen. I know you will do so well in NYC!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm Reply

      Thank you Holly. Three weeks to go !

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