Les Foulees du 12 : 10K race recap

Happy Monday everyone ! How was your weekend ? Here is a quick recap of my 10K race yesterday,  Les Foulees du 12eme.

I had travelled all week, and although I had exercised, the traveling threw my whole system off. So I was tired and lethargic and not really feeling myself. But since I had missed a race 2 weeks ago because I was ill, I was really looking forward to this one.

This is a small race, about 1000 people, in the Vincennes forest. I have done it several times in the past and like it because it is a 10 minute walk from where I live and on roads I usually run. Only 30% of the participants were women, which surprised me because often in France it is closer to 50%. Bib pick up was Saturday but since I have a personal time chip/permanent bib by Topchrono, (a company that does the official timing for many of the races here in France) you don’t need to go pick up your bib, unless you want the swag. Huge advantage !

The race started at 9:30 a.m. so I left the house at about 8:50…. probably a bit too early, as I hung around warming up for at least 30 minutes.

There were a couple changes this year : they changed the route which I found much easier / faster, and they added pacers.



I hadn’t thought too much about my time, but definitely wanted to keep it under an hour. I saw this and figured why not ? I could try to keep pace with him  :



So I stood between him and the one hour group, with the purple balloons behind me.



The race started perfectly on time and I was off. I am always afraid of starting out too fast. When I do I immediately get a side stitch or my (right) shin tightens up fast.  As much as I tried to keep up with the 55 minute pace group, they were just moving too fast for me.

Here is my pace and like I often do,  I had some negative splits towards the end  :

  • Km1 : 5’44”,
  • Km2 : 5’37”
  • Km3 : 5’48”
  • Km4 : 6’00” (legs still needed warming up)
  • Km5 : 5’32”
  • Km 6 : 5’54″(walked a bit while stopping for water)
  • Km 7 5’35”
  • Km8 : 5’49”
  • Km9 5’32”
  • Km10 : 5’29”

The race is a lot through paths and wooded area and finishes in a stadium :


I ended up with an official time of 57 minutes. I finished 665 out of 806 (men and woman).  I was very happy with my time, and thought I had a PR until I looked back and saw in 2012 I had run the race in 55 minutes. Oh well ! Adding 2 minutes to my time 3 years later, I’ll take it.

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I like this race and definitely preferred this year’s route. Perfect weather, great race, what more could a girl want for a Sunday ?


I am linking up with Tara at Running n Reading for the weekend update. Be sure to check her and the other bloggers out !


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Comments: 7

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother June 22, 2015 at 10:51 pm Reply

    I love doing smaller local races too! sounds like you put great effort into it and that’s what counts nice job!
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  2. Jennifer June 23, 2015 at 1:58 am Reply

    nice job! glad you had a great race experience.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm Reply

      Thanks ! It was a good race.

  3. Britt@MyOwnBalance June 24, 2015 at 1:28 am Reply

    That is pretty awesome that you can leave your house at 8:50 for a 9am race and just chill for 30 minutes!

    Great work in the race!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 24, 2015 at 6:58 am Reply

      I am lucky because there are several races in the forest near where I live, so this happens several times a year.

  4. HoHo Runs June 24, 2015 at 2:41 am Reply

    There aren’t any local races right now around here. It’s just too hot! So I’m extremely jealous of your fantastic race and your weather. 1000 is a perfect size. Great job!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 24, 2015 at 6:57 am Reply

      Definitely one great thing about Europe is low humidity. The number of races slows down in the summer but you can still find them, and some trail races.

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