It has officially started


Today closes week 1 of NYC marathon training. After some pesky lower leg issues, I forced myself to rest and take things easy. While I did start running again, it was only once a week. So I am trying to ease back into more frequent running, and up my mileage.

For my first marathon I used the Jeff Galloway method, and yes, I am going to use the same method this time around, but try to work a bit more on my speed. Now that I know what to expect and my confidence levels are higher, I will challenge myself a bit more.

So I ran 3 times this week : twice in the morning and I had a 13 mile / 21K run on the plan Saturday. Yes, I know people say already ?! Well, I am picking up the plan four months before the marathon, though it is a six month plan. And it is a run / walk method that works on endurance. So my 13 miles were 3 minutes of running and one minute of walking.

On Saturday morning I was up and out early, and ran a bit through the city and woods. I even had a bit of sun as I ran around the Bastille :


..and through a city park.


Then in the woods, I came across this, and asked my viewers on Instagram if they thought it was an alligator or dragon…


Dragon !


At the end of my run I added in 4 hill repeats. Paris was relatively flat, but I think NY and the bridges are a bit harder. So I want to train myself to push through hills towards the end of the run. It was a great run, and I think the forced rest really did me good.

We then went to the country side for Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The lawn looked great (we have someone who mows it) and I got a gorgeous shot looking out over the fields.

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Unfortunately the sun didn’t last long and on Sunday we had friends over and had to eat inside. Seriously ? Its July ! 60 is great for running, but not for eating outside. Boo to Mother Nature.



And I want to finish with this, I caught my cat yawning next to the orchids, but it looks like he wants to eat them. I found it too funny.


Otherwise, we watched a couple soccer games with the quarter finals of the Euro. France has now made it to the semi finals. The game is Thursday evening, against Germany. I will be in Germany with my colleagues that evening… will be an interesting night !

 And that’s a wrap !

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

What are you doing for the forth of July ? 


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Comments: 18

  1. meljo July 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm Reply

    YAY for week one in the books! I’m glad your leg issues have subsided, at least enough to get your training underway! I just finished week one of training for the Marine Corps Marathon… feel good to have started!!
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  2. Michelle July 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Great job on your first week! I love the kitty pic, LOL!!!
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  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm Reply

    I could use a little help with my orchid…yours looks amazingly healthy!

    Great job on week one!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 4, 2016 at 8:02 pm Reply

      That’s because it is new. 🙂

  4. Sherry July 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Haha, great cat pic! Sounds like a great start to marathon training!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 4, 2016 at 8:03 pm Reply

      Yes, I am happy with the start.

  5. HoHo Runs July 5, 2016 at 1:28 am Reply

    Yay for week one! I started today (with a rest day – ha ha). I’m just doing 14 weeks. I’m really nervous about training in this heat. Luckily, Chicago is a flat course so I’m not doing any hills except the ones I already have to do in my neighborhood. It is hard to fathom it is 60 degrees anywhere. I’m glad you got to enjoy your country home over the weekend. Thanks for linking, Karen. Good luck with week 2 for you and 1 for me!

    • Karen - Fit in France July 5, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

      Good luck running in the heat. I admire you. If there is one thing I do not miss about the US, it is the humidity !

  6. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets July 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm Reply

    NYC training has begun, how exciting! It looks like you’ve got your plan in order and ready to go. Sometimes rest really is all we need, glad your lower leg issues are now at bay.

    Oh and the picture of your cat is so funny! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 6, 2016 at 7:18 pm Reply

      Yes, things are good at the moment.

  7. Mary Beth Jackson July 5, 2016 at 8:44 pm Reply

    congrats on getting week one done! I was thinking, dang. 13 mile run on week one? Now I know why I don’t want to marathon train- LOL! Good luck! Love the pictures!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply

      Yes, Galloway has long distances early on but they are run/walk, so completely mangagable.

  8. Kimberly Hatting July 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm Reply

    You are smart to train with hill repeats. I think they help overall with one’s running, whether there’s a race with hills or not. Our weather got a bit on the cool side also…strange for 4th of July! I actually wore a long-sleeved sweater (navy blue…to match my tape LOL…witha red cami) and I was comfortable 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 6, 2016 at 7:14 pm Reply

      I need some variety to make this training cycle a little different than the last one or I will get bored fast ! And I love hills so it should do the job.

  9. Elizabeth July 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm Reply

    Your photos are so nice this week! Lovely views in the city and country. I haven’t had many solo runs during this training cycle due to races and group runs and I’m starting to miss my alone time and more scenic routes.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 6, 2016 at 7:13 pm Reply

      I couldn’t figure out if people were just taking a walk break or if they were walking the whole distance….

  10. Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin July 7, 2016 at 5:53 pm Reply

    You may use the same plan but yes you have some experience under your belt and that helps so much. I haven’t decided on another marathon yet but when I do I’ll go into it with more confidence! Yea for a great first week for you!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Second week down, but more challenging because of work & travel…

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