Marathon training : week 2. It sucked.



The week was a complete opposite of my first official week of training. Things in my professional life were crazy : 2.5 days of non stop meetings, 6 restaurant meals, one big party, one big work crisis, too few hours of sleep… all this by Thursday evening. Needless to say, by Friday I was dragging.

Sluggish. Tired. No energy. Bonking. That is what Friday, Saturday and Sunday were all about. But I wanted to be sure to get my running in, top priority. So I did but it wasn’t too great.


  • Monday : 45 minutes @ 8,5 kph (6 km). It was a gorgeous evening. I am not big on running in the dusk, but with the warm weather, there were quite a few people out.
  • Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday : Off. Conference (early mornings & late nights)
  • Friday : 45 minutes at @ 8,9 kph (6,7 km). This is slower than what was on my plan.
  • Saturday : I want to try to schedule my long runs Saturday so that I can go to the pool on Sundays for recovery laps. I was SO excited for this run. With my week, I was dying to run, be outside, get fresh air. I did 13 km at a very slow pace. I am doing the run/walk method by Jeff Galloway and once warmed up, I usually do a 4 minute run and 1 minute walk. Well, I walked a lot more frequently, I was so tired. My gait was off, as was my digestive track… I was bloat and hungry at the same time… just a crappy run.
  • Sunday : off. It is very rare that I don’t go to the pool or lift weights but I felt my body needed the rest.

Seen on Saturday’s run :

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Total time :3 hours 15 minutes

Total mileage : 26 km (16 miles)


Fueling / nutrition

Work weeks like this one throw off my digestive system. So, this weekend I was craving home made meals. Beef stew, quiche, feta/olive/tomato loaf.

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I know there will be good weeks and bad weeks. My professional life is important to me, I have to travel and have to attend all day meetings and conferences. So I am not beating myself up over the crappy runs. That’s life and it will happen. I can better anticipate meals and snacks though, bringing my own healthy options and I will…because Friday and Saturday were really really crappy runs and it is because my body was poorly fueled and not rested. Lesson learned !

This coming week will be better. I am on vacation and most of it will be a staycation. Looking forward to catching up on my rest and taking advantage of the fall weather.

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 !



Hope you had a better week !

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Comments: 14

  1. Darlene October 18, 2015 at 8:11 pm Reply

    we all have those weeks/runs. You will get it back.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement…. I just hope I don’t have too many of those week. Blah.

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm Reply

    Better to get it over with early in your training! Onward and upward!

    Have a great week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm Reply

      Good point! Live & learn !

  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 19, 2015 at 11:32 am Reply

    I always bring food with when I travel! Always. Especially breakfast . . . breakfast out is hard to do healthy.

    You got it done – that’s the important part! And slow runs shouldn’t be fast, hence the “slow”.

    Here’s to a better week this week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm Reply

      I usually stay in hotels that have good breakfasts.. scrambled eggs, yogurt, fruit, some kind of protein. Its the rest of the meals that are tough for me.

  4. HoHo Runs October 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Karen, I think a crappy week really makes you appreciate the good ones. And you will have a plenty of those! I get tired of eating out, but unfortunately have to do it way to often for convenience sake. I hope you enjoy your staycation and some great training too! I appreciate you linking up with us!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm Reply

      I plan on fully enjoying my staycation, thank you !

  5. Kelli October 20, 2015 at 2:23 am Reply

    All those food pictures look amazing! Interesting that you are doing 4:1 intervals. That’s what my coach has me doing now for the initial volume build in my running. It is definitely hard to balance work, training, nutrition and sleep on those busy work weeks. I’m glad my current role has less travel, but I did have to have Jason adjust my training plan this week due to a work dinner I was told I had to attend on Tuesday night. Ugh, but I guess we have to be flexible sometimes.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Yes, I definitely need to be flexible but at least I can plan ahead. I hardly have last minute things that come up.

  6. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin October 20, 2015 at 4:31 am Reply

    You have just the right attitude! Some runs will be that way. You did very well to juggle all you were thrown this week! A lot better than I would!!! Holly is right the bad runs make you appreciate the good ones so much more! Sometimes it’s that mental challenge of just getting it done. After I have had a lot of eat out dinners I want homecooked and simple like I will crave PB&J sandwich after having a lot of heavy foods. Crazy I know. We’re marching through another week of marathon training and one more week closer, eeeek! I hope you have a great week! Mines started off very busy.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm Reply

      Thanks Tricia ! Hope your training is going well !

  7. Debra October 23, 2015 at 4:44 am Reply

    “Accept the days when running seems impossible, embrace the days when running seems effortless.” I love that quote! We all have good runs and bad runs, but the bad runs make us stronger and make us appreciate the good runs. It’s early in your training and you had a very busy week. You will continue to improve. I look forward to following your training!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 23, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply

      Thank you Debra for the wonderful quote & the encouragement.

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