May Runfessions

I linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for May Runfessions and since the Friday Five theme is of my choice this week, I also am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run.













I runfess…I have had almost 2 months off from a training plan and I am about ready to start up again. But, I have enjoyed not having the structure, and being able to do what I want.

I runfess… I feel the need for speed. I will never win any age group award, but I think I can run faster. I am going to use the  Galloway training method again for my second marathon, but I want to focus my week day runs on running faster.

I runfess…. I have a small injury. Because I have been doing what I want, I did speed training one day, hill repeats the next, and yoga with lots of downward dogs the third and pulled something in my lower calf / soleus muscle / tendon. And it has started to radiate up the back of my leg. I haven’t seen a doctor, I am just trying to take it easy but that is so hard for me. Especially with the nice weather and daylight, I want to be up and out before 7 a.m. It is throwing off my gait, so my knee hurts. Ugh. I have been trying to stretch but it doesn’t seem to help.


I runfess… I have been tracking what I am eating. I was so worried about gaining weight in between cycles. So far, so good, no weight gain.

I runfess… I have been faithfully planking thanks to these inspiring women (Marcia, Kim, Wendy) but boy do I suck at taking pictures.

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What would you like to runfess this month ?

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Comments: 22

  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of WIne May 28, 2016 at 11:23 am Reply

    I hope your leg feels better! As hard as it is to take time off, this is probably the best time to rest up while you’re not training. Nice job with the planks!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:15 am Reply

      I wanted to start training this coming week but I am going to have to give things a rest. But rest is so hard for me.

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Oh no! I hope whatever is going on in your leg calms down!

    I love your planks! This has been a ton of fun. Only a few more days left in the challenge.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply

      I am going to continue my planking as I got to the game late, great excuse.
      I need to rest my leg but I am so bad at sitting still. Like really bad.

  3. Kimberly Hatting May 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Boo to the calf problem ;-( But, YAY to the planking! WE need to find another challenge to have some fun with for June……or we could just keep the planking as a constant thing (?). Your Brooks are so pretty! I don’t know if I’ve asked you about them…model?

    Confession, my right heel has been a little not-so-cooperative lately. It feels fine while running (mid-foot strike), but walking around is not so enjoyable. I’m stretching, taping, wearing the padded inserts & PF compression sleeve…and slightly scaling back the wear and tear…but…really????? Right now? at the start of summer???
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply

      Hi Kim. I am going to continue planking a bit. I have been trying to add time every day. Push ups would be another great challenge. Sexy summer arms anyone ?
      I hear you about these niggles before summer. Really ??!!!

  4. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy May 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Anything that changes your gait is definitely no bueno — everyone seems to be struggling lately & I’m sorry you are too. Hopefully it will go away soon.

    I AM tracking, but have gained a couple of pounds. I pretty much knew I would, but it’s been frustrating being in a lot of situations lately where there truly were no healthy choices. I hope to be able to buckle down in June!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:10 am Reply

      I am going to buckle down in June too, between travel and a wedding this past week, I overindulged.

  5. Emily @ Out and About May 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm Reply

    I wish you a speedy recovery! It’s the worst to have to take things easy when the weather is beautiful outside. I am amazed at all of you awesome ladies completing the plank challenge – super inspirational! Agreed, it’s so hard to take good photos during planks, I don’t know how folks do it. Good for you for tracking your eating, it really does help keep us accountable!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:07 am Reply

      I find it is easier to do a challenge when there are other inspirational ladies pushing it. What I have liked about tracking my food is that it is always a great reminder on how big our portion sizes usually are but don’t need be !

  6. Marcia May 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm Reply

    Yay to the plankathon! It’s been so much fun I’ll be sad when May ends.
    All good, healing thoughts going to your leg issue. Praying its all resolved before you ramp up for NYCM. Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:06 am Reply

      Even if I joined the game late, the planking was fun.

  7. Coco May 29, 2016 at 2:30 am Reply

    Good for you for tracking your food! Sometimes when we strain a muscle I think just letting it rest can be the best course of action. I hope it feels better soon.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:04 am Reply

      I think rest is probably the most important thing but it is so hard for me to do.

  8. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy May 29, 2016 at 2:52 am Reply

    I’m sorry about your injury Karen! I starting to feel an issue in my foot and I’m hoping it goes away!!! Boo to injuries. I need to start planking more! Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 29, 2016 at 10:04 am Reply

      I think I just need to give my leg a bit of a rest. And planking has been fun !

  9. HoHo Runs May 30, 2016 at 2:11 am Reply

    I’ll runfess that when I plank and hit a PR — then I’ll take the picture after I’m done. If I don’t hit a PR, I don’t take a picture. Those planking ladies have really upped the game haven’t they? I hope your injury resolves itself quickly. I’ve had a few little niggles recently as well. We don’t have time for that!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm Reply

      Good idea ! While planking I have been adding 5 or 10 seconds every day and doing it at least twice. Yes, serious plunkers out there. I love planking but have never pushed myself much so its been fun.

  10. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets May 31, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply

    I’m sorry to hear about your calf. Hopefully it’ll get better soon with some rest. As for the planking, great job! I would love to join in but I am terrible at taking photos while I’m working out so I stay away from posting poses.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 31, 2016 at 10:37 pm Reply

      The planking challenge was fun but I stayed conservative with the photos. Many others did crazy (fun) things, but I am afraid my phone will fall. LOL

  11. Elizabeth May 31, 2016 at 11:03 pm Reply

    I need to follow your lead and track my food and add some planks when my downtime between training cycles starts! I tried a plank challenge once and getting photos was impossible. My dog always gets in my face, too. 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

      The plank photos have been fun, and planking has definitely tightened my core.

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