Marathon training : week 1

My first official week of marathon training has just finished. I know every week won’t be like this, but I am very happy with how this first week went.




  • Monday : rest day
  • Tuesday : treadmill run at lunch : 7 km @ 8,7 kph & 75 minutes of yoga in the evening
  • Wednesday : rest day, because I am following my training plan faithfully for the moment. I could have cross trained but 2 sessions yesterday were enough. In addition, my hamstrings were REALLY tight, due to the yoga poses.
  • Thursday : 5,5 km at 9,6 kph on the treadmill. Felt great.
  • Friday : 7 km early morning outside run at 9,4 kph. The weather was gorgeous and I could have kept running but this little voice kept me grounded “you don’t need to do more than what the plan calls for”. It was a beautiful day.


  • Saturday : 30 minutes upper body workout at the gym, abs & lots of stretching
  • Sunday : 10K race Nogent Baltard. I had hill repeats on my training plan and the race ended up being major hills. It was a complete coincidence but hey, it worked out perfectly.



  • Total time running : 3 hours
  • Total kilometers / miles : 29,5 km (18 miles)


Fueling / nutrition

I felt motivated to eat very well. After my 16K on September 27, I was a bottomless pit. This week was much different. I was so motivated, and happy, to start “official” training that all I wanted to do was fuel my body with good food. Butternut squash was on the top of this week’s menu, and some veggie lasagne for Saturday evening.





With all my running this week, I fully enjoyed my Sunday indulgence :



The photo doesn’t do it justice… apricot / creme brûlée mousse, chocolate mousse and pistachio. So yummy !



  • Motivated, happy, excited. My family is at a good place, work was interesting (despite the Friday thing) and not overly stressful, I slept well… couldn’t have asked for better conditions. …until Friday when I had a minor car glitch (preoccupied with the work thing, gggrrrr) and completely ripped off my right side mirror backing into my garage. I tried to put it aside over the weekend.

Some random marathon and running thoughts

  • I have been running pain free for the last few weeks. That is such a great feeling. No niggles, nothing. Let’s hope it continues.
  • Wow, there are a TON of chestnuts, I have to be really really careful not to twist my ankle.
  • There are a lot of people out on their bikes going to work, I need to be sure that I do not sway and risk getting hit, that would suck (I did get hit by a bike once and it was not fun)




This coming week I have a conference, so week 2 will be completely different than week 1 ! I have four days where I will need to work from very early to very late…. it is rare but it happens to be this week. So, I can not plan as I usually would.

I am linking up with Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap up link up. Be sure to check them out and share the blogger love with all the other fun ladies doing the link up !




Congrats to those who ran races today…the Chicago Marathon, Army 10 miler, the Paris 20K just to name a few ! Did you race this weekend ? Are you enjoying the great fall weather ?


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Comments: 16

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 12, 2015 at 1:32 pm Reply

    You’re off to a great start! Good thing your conference comes early in your training cycle. Sorry about the mirror – bummer!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Thank you !

  2. Mary Beth Jackson October 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm Reply

    I love the first week of a new plan, so much excitement! Now that dessert looks delish!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Yes, it is exciting. Hope I am this motivated for the next few months !

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner October 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Glad to hear your first week went well. You seem very excited and that’s great!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Yes, thank you !

  4. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 12, 2015 at 5:53 pm Reply

    Great job on your first week of training. Just remember to trust the process!

    I love that finish line picture of you.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm Reply

      Thanks Wendy. It was extremely useful for me to follow your training, thanks for sharing. Very inspiring !

  5. Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin October 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm Reply

    And your off! You had a super first week! I’m so glad it started off well for you! I”m sure you will do just fine in figuring out how to get in your runs this busy week for you. My mouth is just watering over your dessert, I can’t even imagine how that would taste! Thanks for linking up with us, always appreciate you! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm Reply

      Thanks for the link up !

  6. Kelli October 13, 2015 at 2:27 am Reply

    Sounds like your training plan is off to a great start. Good luck getting through the conference week. I hate those…makes it so hard to train and get enough sleep. I usually end up getting sick. Your food photos look fantastic! Making me hungry!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 13, 2015 at 6:58 am Reply

      Thank you ! I ran Monday and probably won’t again until Friday….

  7. HoHo Runs October 13, 2015 at 3:27 am Reply

    A great first week Karen! Listen to that voice. It was hard for me not to overdo in the beginning of my plan as I was coming off of a bunch of half marathons and higher mileage. The pecans around here will start falling before they are ready in their green husks. You can twist your ankle on them if you are not careful. Those and the magnolia tree cones are dangerous for me. Good luck! I’m excited to follow your journey. Thanks with linking with us today!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 13, 2015 at 6:58 am Reply

      If I were running around pecans, I would probably stop, pick them all up and eat them !
      Hope you are feeling better.

  8. Debra October 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Great job on your first week of training! I look forward to following your journey to 26.2!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm Reply

      Thank you !

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