Marathon training : weeks 3 & 4


We have been having fantastic fall weather, it has been so cooperative for my first month of marathon training. Thank you mother nature ! This is what today’s run looked like, with 65 degree weather :


Training Week 3 (Staycation week)

  • Monday : 53 minutes @ 8,7 km/h (7 km)
  • Tuesday : off
  • Wednesday : off
  • Thursday : 48 minutes @   (7,4 km)
  • Friday : 60 minutes of laps (1 500 meters)
  • Saturday : 20 minutes of upper body weights & major stretching
  • SundayVincennes Half Marathon used as a training run

Total time : 4 hours 20 minutes

Total mileage : 35,5 km


Training week 4 : Back to work & a normal routine

A half marathon was NOT on my training plan, so I took it a little slower this week

  • Monday : off (full day of travel)
  • Tuesday : 46 minutes @ 7,9 km/h  (6 km)
  • Wednesday : off
  • Thursday :  60 minutes @ 8,3 km/h  (8,2 km)
  • Friday : off
  • Saturday : MAS (Maximum Aerobic Speed) test
  • Sunday : 8 Hill repeats. 1hour 20 minutes (10,1 km). I did this run out in the country side, near the golf course where my husband was playing. Gorgeous views !





Total time : 3,5 hours

Total mileage :27,1 km


Fueling / nutrition

I am finding this to be one of the hardest parts. But I am working on it.


I felt really really good about these past 2 weeks. While I am struggling a bit to hit the speeds on my training plan, I have been very faithful with the frequency and distance called for. I would have liked to get some more cross training in.

Seeing the race recaps about Chicago, the Marine Corps Marathon and NYC Marathon have added to my excitement !

Some random thoughts

  • I really need to get the nutrition thing mastered. 
  • One month already ?


Other than that, I broke down and got this :


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



How was your week ? Do you have a fitbit ? Do you like it ?

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Comments: 15

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner November 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm Reply

    What kind of nutrition challenges are you having? Those trees look so beautiful!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 2, 2015 at 7:57 am Reply

      Our foliage is not that great, but I happen to run this weekend where it was. I didn’t know we could have foliage that nice in France. I am from New England so I just love fall colors.
      For nutrition, its a bunch of several things. I struggle with not overeating but trying to be in tune with my hunger and what my body is really craving. I don’t want to gain weight in this adventure. But also proper nutrition. Exactly what I should be eating, especially since I try to avoid pasta / gluten. I have turned to sweet potatoes… and might turn in to a sweet potato by the time this is finished.

  2. Mary Beth Jackson November 2, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply

    Your pictures are beautiful! Yes, I have a fitbit, just upgraded to the fibit charge HR and I love it! Have a great week!
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  3. Kelli November 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I recently got a fitbit. I am really liking the RHR and sleep tracking. The steps are interesting, although my cycling and swimming don’t get counted by the device so it isn’t a true measure of how active I am. (I know they can be manually added, but I already do that in Training Peaks). Not sure what the MAS test looked like but any of those tests sounds scary to me!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm Reply

      MAS test was interesting, new post coming ! With my fitbit I haven’t figured out the sleep thing, how to turn it on and off…… Its only been 3 days.

  4. HoHo Runs November 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Our weather has not been the best. But I admit that actually makes me happy since I can’t go for a run right now. Save the glorious weather for when I am healthy Mother Nature! LOL. Why do you think you are struggling with nutrition? I’m guessing you are doing better than most. I’ve seen your food pictures. Or, do you mean during a run? I’d love to be your Fitbit friend. I’m listed as I appreciate you linking with us. Enjoy your week, Karen!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 2, 2015 at 8:26 pm Reply

      I still need to experiment with nutrition, mainly after runs – afraid of overeating and gaining weight. During a run I have been alternating apricots and cliff bar. So far, so good.I need to understand the fitbit possibilities but will link up eventually.

  5. Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin November 2, 2015 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Yay you got a fitbit! I’d love for you to add me How did you feel after your half you used as your training run? I did one this weekend and actually was happy with not pushing myself and felt great the next day. I think that is the key to not being so sore. Just staying at my pace. I’m still trying to figure out fueling. I ate a small breakfast before my run and took 1 GU and had one Honey stinger Waffle during my half. It seemed to do fine, but I’ll need more for more miles. We’ll get it all figured out. Thanks for linking this week! Have a great one!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm Reply

      I felt GREAT after my half marathon. No pain. Not overly fatigued. Didn’t even need to take a nap. No soreness the next day. I did take it really slow, but seriously, I felt fine. I alternated Cliff bar and dried apricots, worked great. My nutrition questions are more during the week, after runs, etc. I will link up once I get my fitbit figured out.

  6. Debra November 3, 2015 at 1:05 am Reply

    I haven’t gotten a Fitbit yet. I’d be curious to track my sleep patterns. I’m doing a half later this month as a training run. Great job on your training so far!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 3, 2015 at 6:51 am Reply

      Thanks Debra !Are you planning on running the half or racing it ? It made a big difference. I ran it at an easy pace and was not tired afterwards, at all.

  7. karen November 3, 2015 at 3:07 am Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I have enjoyed the Fall weather, I wish it was a little lesss humid here in the mornings, but it beats summer! The colors are the best 🙂
    I use a pre- made protein shake, before work. After a run I have one and go to work , sometimes I need a snack, I try to keep it small. I understand not wanting to gain, I battle the weight all the time, my thyroid is slow, so it does not come off easy. I also will make a protein shake when I have time and just add fruit. The protein choices help me stay steady. I have found I am not to much hungrier as long as I get enough water in me after longer runs. All that said, when I tried to marathon train last year, the scale showed more weight, but my jeans were looser so it was in my legs (muscle). You will be able to tell! Hopefully, you can get a food routine you enjoy going 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 3, 2015 at 6:50 am Reply

      Thanks for sharing. Something for me to think about.

  8. Jennifer November 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Five more months for you 🙂 Hope you are liking your FB – mine is linked to
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm Reply

      Yes, I am liking my FB for the moment. Glad to see your recap post !

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