In between training cycles

I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for this week’s Friday Five, which is favorites.


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I completed my first marathon in April, and I will be starting to train for my second one come June. So that has given me almost 2 months off between training cycles, which I am enjoying immensely. I trained for my first marathon with a 6 month Jeff Galloway plan so I was ready for some down time.

Here are my five favorite things I am loving about being in between training cycles :

  1. Being less obsessed with food ! I was hungry all the time, thinking about how to fuel, planning my meals depending on what I had on the schedule, having to anticipate everything. While I still eat clean, I am a little more relaxed about things.


2. Adding variety to my fitness routine. I have really been craving yoga, the pool, weights, and doing tabata workouts or just running for the fun of it. Anything but following a training plan.


3. Leisurely morning routines. I prefer running in the morning and I was extremely disciplined about getting up, putting on my running clothes and going out the door. Now I don’t have to get up, I can linger in bed a bit, enjoy breakfast and coffee ! a little longer.

4. Not having to run in the rain. I hate running in the rain. My drowned rat look :

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5. Planning the next big thing. It has been fun thinking about some races I have planned for June, but it has been especially exciting thinking about training for my next marathon. I still have time to really button down my training plan. I am not feeling any pressure yet, but within a week or 2 I will be mentally ready.

What do you like about being between training cycles ?


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  1. Pam and Christine May 19, 2016 at 9:50 pm Reply

    I really enjoy breaks between training cycles when my coach tries to do some different things with my training plan. Today, I had a speed workout at the track, followed by our 9 hole golf group and then some boating. Like you, not obsessing over food and the weekend long training run is good for my psyche. I love running, but breaks are very worthwhile.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 20, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply

      I couldn’t have said it better. Agree 100% !

  2. lacey@fairytalesandfitness May 20, 2016 at 4:31 am Reply

    I am currently not training for any upcoming races and it has been nice. I recently just took up hot yoga and I love it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply

      I think taking a break allows me to appreciate the training and the race more.
      I have never tried hot yoga… though I do love yoga in general.

  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy May 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

    #2 & 3 for sure. Except I’m not sure yet whether or not I’m in between — we have some deciding to do and my husband isn’t big on decisions, but since it involves him . . .

    Unfortunately, I’m the opposite about food. Even training for a half, I get to eat more, and I like that. When I’m not, I have to reign things in & that’s a hard transition for me — I’m still always hungry!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 20, 2016 at 6:13 pm Reply

      I have such a hard time with the fueling … I am so paranoid about gaining weight because at my age I know it will be so difficult to take off.

      • Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy May 21, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply

        You look great & anyone who can lose weight training for a marathon has things well under control in my books.

        Don’t forget I’m 10 yrs older than — you CAN lose weight at any age, but yes, it does get harder.
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  4. I love to mix up my workouts and add more non running activities when I am not training for something.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm Reply

      You are lucky that you have so many options where you live. Where I live we have limited classes unless you want to pay a fortune. And it is far from where I live !

  5. Chaitali May 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm Reply

    I’m between training cycles now too and enjoying the variety of trying different types of work outs and also being less regimented. I’ve begun thinking about my training plan for my Fall Half and I can tell that the break will allow my to be excited about training when I start again too 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 20, 2016 at 6:10 pm Reply

      I hear you. I was sooo happy to take a break !

  6. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass May 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I love my ability to add in more cross-training during my down time. I also love being able to skip a run, or sub in some other form of workout if the weather sucks or I’m not in the mood. I worry much less about pace & distance as well, so it’s a nice mental break from running. And makes me crave it, so I start my next training cycle ready to go.

    • Karen - Fit in France May 21, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

      Agree 100%

  7. Runaway Bridal Planner May 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm Reply

    Cross training can be fun between training schedules I agree! Years back when I used to run marathons more frequent I loved the down time when I could get out and do more hiking, I never do much of it close to races, so that was my favorite thing to do!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 21, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply

      I would like to hike but my family hates it. 🙁

  8. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy May 20, 2016 at 10:51 pm Reply

    Ha ha, love this post! Sometimes I actually love following a strict plan, but then I always love taking a break and taking things down a notch too! Love your drowned rat look, lol!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 21, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply

      I hear you about needing to take a break. Burn out and bore out can get the best of me.

  9. Coco May 21, 2016 at 12:03 am Reply

    LOL on not having to run in the rain – I’m with you on that one. Are you going to try a different style of training plan?
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 21, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply

      I think I am going to stick with Galloway, especially for the long runs, but work on building more speed in, and longer “running” portions of run/walk.

  10. Kimberly Hatting May 21, 2016 at 12:57 am Reply

    All of the above…..I have a hard time following a plan to a T. I don’t think I’m a rebel, but I do know life happens and things need to have some flexibility. Is that a plank I saw up there? 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 21, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply

      Yes, I was planking this week. You, Marcia and Wendy inspired me !

  11. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 21, 2016 at 2:42 am Reply

    All of the above! Hey, I think Kim just said that! I’m so looking forward to just running this weekend. My week was pretty stressful and it’s nice not to be training for anything.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 21, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply

      I was actually motivated to do a race this weekend, but it looks like rain. So maybe not. We’ll see the weather tomorrow !

  12. Marcia May 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm Reply

    The break between training cycles (especially marathon ones) is like a huge sigh of relief to me. Glad you are enjoying it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 22, 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

      I have been loving the variety and freedom.

  13. Sherry May 22, 2016 at 12:18 am Reply

    Great list! Haha love the rain look pic. It is so nice to not have to wake up early to get in a scheduled run or workout when I’m not training for anything.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 22, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      I hate running in the rain and I am usually good at avoiding it. But not always.

  14. Tina@GottaRunNow May 22, 2016 at 3:26 am Reply

    Time for cross-training is a plus!
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  15. Elizabeth May 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm Reply

    I’m looking forward to this stage in a few weeks!! 🙂 I’ve kind of started it since I’m in taper. It’s been nice to finish books, tidy up, and have time to make food!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

      I was scared about it because I had really thrived on the structure that training had on my live, but ended up loving the down time.

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