Leaden legs & 3 highlights


It was a good week for workouts despite leaden legs. I ran 3 days this week and had 2 days of full body workouts.  The biggest run of the week was Sunday, where I had mile repeats on the plan. I am going to be away next weekend for a wedding, so I have had to switch some weekends around. Last week I did 8 x 1 mile repeats and nailed them all. This weekend I had 10 x 1 miles repeats and only one came in on time, and one came close. The objective was to run them in 10:15 and most came in between 10:25 and 10:50. I felt I was running really fast, but just could not hit the time. My legs felt so heavy. Oh well, that happens.

Here are some pictures from my run, knowing I run by these places all the time, but I thought it might be more interesting than my typical lake picture :


The Paris zoo is about 2 miles from my house :


The Vincennes castle is about 3 miles from my house :


And these rowboats are about a mile from my house. If you want a major upper body workout you can rent one, but hurry up, they will be putting them away for the season soon :


When I looked back at this week’s pictures, I noticed that I wore the same shirt all week (though rest assured, it was laundered). It is one of my favorite long sleeve shirts. Fall is in the air !

Highlight #1 : The best.discovery.ever of the week, is the revamping of the walkways in my park. They are widening them, leveling them and resurfacing them. Before it was rocky, uneven and relatively narrow.


Highlight #2 : I changed my orthodics. It had been almost 18 months and with all the running I have done, it was time for an update. I ran with them 3 times and 1) I have absolutely no knee pain and 2) I have absolutely no shin pain. I have one (minor) niggle so I will go back and have him tweak. I also had the podiatrist give me a foot and lower leg massage. He worked out some killer knots in my shins. #painfulbutworthit

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Seriously, my podiatrist is the best.

Highlight #3 : My hubby and I had a date night. With the craziness of back to school and back to work, we haven’t had much time to connect. So yummy :

Avocado and crab with a citrus fruit sauce :


Grilled salmon and green beens (cooked in a ton of butter) with red pepper sauce :


I hadn’t had alcohol in 5 weeks due to my carb cycling program, but I allowed myself 2 glasses on my date. #noguilt #worthit

If you missed it, check out my La Parisienne recap :

Race recap

And that is a wrap !

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

Tell me one thing about your week! Do you wear the same clothes over and over ?  Do you wear orthodics ?




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Comments: 31

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home September 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm Reply

    Hopefully your legs will loosen up! My hubs and I have gone on a few date nights lately and it’s been so nice! He has worked so much this summer and we really haven’t connected much. It’s something I’d like to continue.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply

      We are lucky to have restaurants we can walk too, or within 5 minutes of driving, so it makes date night easy.

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 19, 2016 at 12:32 am Reply

    I have had so many days where my legs feel heavy. Sometimes there is no explaining it. Date night is nice. We have not had one in a while!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm Reply

      Yes, sometimes there is no explanation…. that’s life.

  3. Darlene September 19, 2016 at 1:39 am Reply

    That dinner looks yummy. You deserve the wine! Looks like your training is going well. Are you counting down yet?
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

      7 more weeks !

  4. Coco September 19, 2016 at 3:49 am Reply

    Yay for the new orthotics! And the massage! LOL on the same shirt. I only do laundry once a week but often wear the same workout gear each week.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

      Yes, I too wear things over and over. I don’t know why I buy so many running clothes if I don’t wear them….

  5. Karen September 19, 2016 at 4:25 am Reply

    That has been all my runs lately! I feel like I am pushing it but nope. You really weren’t far off at all. A massage always feel so good!
    I am sweating just looking at your long sleeves lol I am curious to see if my new orthotic feel different, they shouldn’t but I wore the others out lol
    Your pathways look great! and the castle is amazing!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm Reply

      My doctor re-does my orthodics each time, as he experiments with the materials. I have run 4 times with my new ones, and so far so good ! Hope yours turn out well too.

  6. Marcia September 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Yay for date night! These past two weekends, the kids have been out doing their own activities so the Caveman and I enjoyed rare alone time. I hope that becomes a trend. Wow long sleeves? Still way too hot here, but the nights are cooling off nicely.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm Reply

      It was a bit warm for the long sleeves, but I have such a hard time judging the temps and weather. Yes, the kids are getting older, which means more date nights. Yeah !

  7. Kimberly Hatting September 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm Reply

    I love all your pics of your running routes…the path looks awesome! I had to laugh at your comment about all the butter with the plate of green beans because that’s the only way I”ll eat them (totally NOT my favorite veggie). And I know the feeling of accidentally wearing the same top more than once (and getting busted by having pics while wearing it). #oops
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:42 pm Reply

      If I like something I tend to wear it over & over. ALL my summer shots have this bright orange tank. But I bought it on a whim on sale, and loved it. Wore it all summer!

  8. Michelle September 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm Reply

    Date nights are the best!!!! My week was jam packed (so much so I didn’t get a chance to blog about it yet) and we spent the day in the city for my daughter’s birthday. I don’t wear orthotics, but do wear the same running clothes over and over. LOL! I probably should invest in some new gear.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm Reply

      A day in the city is always fun ! And investing in new running clothes is always worth it, but I find I end up wearing the same things over & over….

  9. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets September 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply

    it’s always cool to see where other people go on their runs. I’d love to live near a castle- how beautiful! Your dinner looks amazing…it’s nice when you can be in the moment and enjoy time with your significant other. Sometimes life gets so busy!

    Hope the new orthotics work out! I wish I had a podiatrist…sounds like you have a great one!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm Reply

      I do have a great podiatrist, I consider myself lucky.

  10. Chaitali September 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm Reply

    That’s so cool that the zoo and castle are that close to your house! I’ve never tried running in orthotics before and just got some to try. I’m hoping it helps some of the foot pain I’ve been having. And it sounds like you guys had a great date night!
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  11. Sonia September 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm Reply

    The castle is gorgeous! That running shirt looks so comfy, I don’t blame you for wearing it so often. I haven’t tried orthotics, but if my foot pain gets worse, I’ll have to try them out. Good job on your workouts! 10 1 mile repeats are really hard!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 20, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

      Orthodics have been a life saver… allowing me to run pain free

  12. Christine September 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Ugh. Mile repeats are the bane of my running existence. Good job getting yours done even on heavy legs. Those are hard workouts!

    Such pretty pictures and places to run!

  13. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy September 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply

    I don’t wear orthotics & I like variety. 🙂

    I had salmon this weekend too, and I am VERY familiar with the feeling of thinking you’re running hard, only to miss your pace goals, but like you said, it happens and doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

    Cooler temps — last week, anyway — I’d have to say that was the hgihlight.
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  14. HoHo Runs September 20, 2016 at 2:58 am Reply

    We had a date night too and went for Thai. It’s getting a little easier with an “almost” empty nest. I always enjoy your pictures. The one with the rowboats is my favorite. It’s hard to fathom you are running in sleeves. I’m just curious, what is the recovery time between your mile repeats? Anyway, I think heavy legs is just part of it as our bodies make adjustments. Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 20, 2016 at 8:00 am Reply

      I love Thai food but my husband doesn’t do well with spicy.
      I have a 4 minute walk break between each repeat.

  15. lacey@fairytalesandfitness September 20, 2016 at 5:50 am Reply

    That avocado and crab appetizer looks awesome! Congrats on going five wks without any alcohol. You deserve those two glass.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 20, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply

      I don’t drink much but France being the country of wine, you notice how much there is of it when you are not drinking LOL

  16. Elizabeth September 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm Reply

    Mile repeats are so tough for me! I wish I had an easy mile loop nearby. I have to weave around my neighborhood and somehow not being able to zone out makes repeats so tough for me. Great job getting it done! I try to think of heavy legs as a sign training’s working 😉
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  17. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style September 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm Reply

    What beautiful places near you for running!
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