Last long run & it was a good one !

The week was very busy. At work. Fitness wise. With family. And it ended with a very long run.

In short :

  • Monday : 8K run with 25 x 20 second sprints
  • Tuesday : One hour of cardio at the gym with 25 x 20 second sprints on the bike
  • Wednesday : 30 minute chest & back workout
  • Thursday : 8K lunchtime run
  • Friday : Off
  • Saturday : 40,2K / 25 mile run (using 3:1 run:walk ratio)
  • Sunday : 30 minute shoulder / tricep / bicep workout at the gym + 45 minute walk

My long run :

Saturday’s run was the last long one on my training plan. I was up and out by 8 a.m., as soon as it was relatively light out. My daughter took the picture as she was heading out with “Go mom ! I know you can do 25 miles !”


Where to run and how far ? I had not completely decided. I had done my previous long outing through Paris and a second urban run through the city & traffic did not appeal to me, so I decided to stay closer to home, where 90% would be run in the Vincennes forest.

My Galloway plan calls for running the marathon distance or further. My last long run had been 22 miles. I set that as my minimum and 25 as my maximum. I didn’t know how my legs / knees / Achilles would feel, as I have new orthodics. And I felt 25 was more than enough.

Keeping boredom at bay...I had looked for a half marathon this weekend to add variety and break it up, but there was nothing close to where I live. Running 25 miles in the same area can get b.o.r.i.n.g, so I would do a loop, anywhere from 3 to 4 miles, in one direction, then do it backwards. I would then find another loop and repeat. I came across some really interesting things, as least they kept me entertained for 5+ hours !

Paris firemen. They always run in Vincennes forest on Saturday morning, so I chase them a little bit. Look at those muscles !


A race ! What !? I was sure there wasn’t a race this weekend, so was bummed when I saw this.


But I kept running and quickly understood that it was an obstacle course. I passed 6 or 7 different torture devices obstacles. Definitely NOT my thing.


Then I came across this hoop game. I had seen it before and when I talked about it with my kids, we were convinced it was some version of disc golf. This time I stopped to watch and the players were running around with this thing between their legs. I couldn’t figure out what it was, it kind of looked like a horse whip but bigger. I was intrigued.  The people looked really funny passing a ball around while trying to run with this stick wedged in their crotch.


I finally figured it out. They are playing Quiddich. WTH ?

Otherwise, I came across :

  • an old colleague,
  • peacocks, geese, swans,
  • prostitutes looking to turn a trick (three of them were lined up on one stretch I ran down and back on, and one car drove by several times slowing down in front of them. I finally figured it out. LOL. Kept me entertained),
  • a photo shoot for a wedding,
  • video / film / advertising being made,
  • I stopped to talk to a man with a basset hound (I grew up with bassets, love them)
  • a boy whose bike had toppled over and he was picking up all the chestnuts that had rolled out of his basked. Close to 100 chestnuts. I held his bike so it wouldn’t topple again.

As with all of my long runs, I break them down. I broke this one down into 10K portions. I still struggle from about km 18 to 25 and I had cramps in my right buttock and lower right leg for at least half the time. I stopped several times to stretch. Once I hit 30 I was feeling better, the sun had come out, my music was blasting. I was confident I could hit 35 and when I hit 35 I was feeling really good actually. My cramping was now gone, I had no knee pain what so ever. I was thinking of exactly what I would report to my podiatrist because I owed him a call. I felt so good, the last mile was one of my fastest. By that time I was ecstatic and feeling very confident… I wanted to tell my podiatrist I loved him for fixing my knee & Achilles niggles.

I finished the run by trying to take photos with me doing a happy jump. Well, I do not recommend jumping after 25 miles. And I was completely off with the timer on my phone. This is the closest I got :


Then, I was on my way home and who do I run into ? My podiatrist !


It was a great run, and besides feeling like I was in a train wreck being a bit stiff  today, I feel fine. I slept poorly after my long run, as I always do, but no big deal !

Three weeks and counting !

And that is a wrap !

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

How was your week ?

What do you do to occupy your time on a long run ? or bike ride ?


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Comments: 40

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner October 17, 2016 at 1:00 am Reply

    You are so ready! I am really excited for you
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Thanks Deborah.

  2. Karen October 17, 2016 at 3:08 am Reply

    Your podiatrist is handsome:) You are so right, 25 miles is plenty! You are more than ready 🙂 You look fabulous. You will be in tip top shape for NYC. I do not have a route planned for my 20 yet…nervous. My routes are houses lol pretty boring.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Yes, he is pretty good looking. 🙂 You will do great on your long run. Just break it down in smaller portions.

  3. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy October 17, 2016 at 7:10 am Reply

    Woman, you are a machine! I am beyond impressed! You will rock your marathon!! It looked like a great run and I think the Paris firemen would be a great distraction, lol!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Ah, thanks Melanie. Usually there are about 15 firemen…. definitely keeps me entertained.

  4. Sonia October 17, 2016 at 11:25 am Reply

    Wow! Great job on the 25 miler! You did a great job of occupying yourself. I have to have a plan set for route and mileage otherwise I will stop. Yes quidditch is very popular though it seems silly doesn’t it?
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Maybe quidditch just hasn’t come to France yet. First time I had seen / even heard of it here.

  5. Kimberly G October 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Congrats on that awesome 25 miler! I totally understand what you mean about getting bored while running in your neighborhood. That’s exactly how I feel about my town so I try to add races to my long runs when possible.

    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:47 pm Reply

      I wanted a race but there wasn’t one !

  6. Darlene October 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Wow! 25 mile training run!!! I cringe when I have to run 12.

    Good thing you had a lot of distracters.

    You will kill NYC!

    The countdown is on!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm Reply

      Yes, less than 3 weeks !

  7. Kimberly Hatting October 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm Reply

    LOVE all the pics and commentary of your run! Usually, if I’m really tired, I have a hard time actually sleeping. And the sore muscles are throbbing and restless. NOT last night LOL I”m so excited for your marathon!!! I wish lived closer and I’d come to cheer you on 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm Reply

      Aw, wish you lived closer too. I will never make it to Iowa… maybe one day in Chicago ! I am excited for you & your race too.

  8. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Way to head into a race–there’s nothing better than killing your final long run! You are so ready and I can’t wait for you to run NYC!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm Reply

      It was a huge confidence booster. I have been so nervous about my knees but I had no problem what so ever.

  9. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply

    Your podiatrist is very easy on the eyes. 🙂

    My long runs are usually a lot more boring! Glad you had so much entertainment on yours. That is a LOT of miles — time to rest that body up for NY now!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm Reply

      I would like to rest but the next 3 weeks are so busy for me at work… including travel. Not sure I will be very rested for the race.

      • Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 17, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply

        We did a lot in sedona — can’t say I was super rested! But not work, obviously. And of course the previous weeks were not at all restful! Good luck.
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        • Karen - Fit in France October 18, 2016 at 7:44 am Reply

          Your mind had a rest from its usual daily activities, that also counts.

  10. Teresa October 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm Reply

    I really should try the Galloway method….it may allow me to run longer with less injuries. Do you always use this method? Pros and cons? By the way, you see much more interesting things while running than I ever do!😆

    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:43 pm Reply

      I have used Galloway for over a year. Allowed me to run my first marathon and finish it feeling great. I am in my mid forties and my knees can not support all the running, so the walk breaks give me a great opportunity to recuperate, the muscles and joints get to rest a bit. Once you get over the fact that you are walking and you don’t HAVE to run, it gets easier. I NEVER would have been able to complete a marathon without it. Check out his book the Run / walk method.

  11. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets October 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Wow, congrats on 25 miles!! I should do like you and keep a list of all the things I see while out on these long runs! We actually have a Harry Potter Festival this weekend and I’m pretty sure they’ll have a big Quidditch game on Saturday. Still deciding if I’ll check it out, lol!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply

      I happened to see so many different things Saturday, I couldn’t help NOT making a list. I needed to occupy my time !

  12. Michelle October 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

    You are going to rock this race! Great job this week, and that pic of you chasing the firemen just made me giggle out loud. hehehehe!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply

      Thanks ! I see the firemen often, I just need to be discreet in how I take their picture 🙂

  13. Chaitali October 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm Reply

    It does sound like a great long run with lots of interesting things to see! I’ve heard of people playing quidditch but never seen it in real life 🙂 Interesting comment about new orthotics. I’ve been having knee pain and thinking back, I think it coincides to when I got the new custom insoles for my shoes. Can they cause knee pain? Was I supposed to break them in slowly? Thanks if you have any insight into this!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm Reply

      OMG, orthodics changed my life. Very tiny adjustments can have a huge influence on your knees / hips. I had mine adjusted several times until the pain went away. I am no doctor but it is worth having a discussion with the podiatrist !

  14. Elizabeth October 17, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply

    I love this run recap, so many fun things along the way. I had to laugh about the prostitutes and the boy with the chestnuts — they both sound like they’re from a movie. The nearby college plays Quidditch at the park by my house. I haven’t stopped to watch, but they look funny when I drive by. What a coincidence that you saw your podiatrist! Have a great week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 18, 2016 at 7:43 am Reply

      Everything definitely kept my mind occupied. It was fun despite the cramping, but it eventually went away.

  15. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness October 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm Reply

    Great week of training! Congrats on your last long run! Sounds like there was a lot to see during your 25 miles. You are ready!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 18, 2016 at 7:42 am Reply

      I feel ready, mentally & physically. 🙂

  16. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style October 18, 2016 at 2:12 am Reply

    You could write a book about everything you saw on that long run! Awesome job!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 18, 2016 at 7:41 am Reply

      I could. It was so much fun.

  17. Sharon October 18, 2016 at 4:21 am Reply

    Great job on your 25 mile training run! You saw lots on your run! Interesting distractions definitely make the run funner! I’m excited for you and NYC!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 18, 2016 at 7:41 am Reply

      Thank you ! Just praying I have great weather Nov. 6

  18. Tricia Vaughn October 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Ha you do see some very interesting things on your run! Great job lady you are so ready!!! Have you made plans for blogger meet ups in NYC?
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 22, 2016 at 8:18 am Reply

      A few blogger meet ups but I also need time to see family and visit NY with my hubby !

  19. HoHo Runs October 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm Reply

    You’d think we’d fall asleep quickly and sleep so deeply after those long runs! Nope. It took me so many takes to get my jumping pic after my last long run! And my head was cut off even then. LOL. People really play quidditch? Technically, they should be flying on brooms? You’ve had a great training cycle and I know you’ll have a great race! Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 22, 2016 at 8:15 am Reply

      Those jumping pictures are so hard to get LOL. And I actually don’t like to jump much because I find it puts such huge pressure on my knees. Yes, I feel pretty good about NY.

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