Paris Marathon minus 6 months

In preparation for Paris Marathon 2016 I have been recapping what I have been doing each month to anticipate and experiment, or highlight things I have bought or learned. This will be my first marathon so it is not only about the race, but about the entire experience.

If you missed my first recaps, you can find them here :

Marathon minus 7 months

Marathon minus 8,5 months

Marathon minus 9,5 months

Marathon minus 10,5 months


September was a bit crazy with the back to school activities and getting back into a routine after 2 chaotic months. Here are the highlights :


1. I have been running more regularly, slowly upping frequency & mileage. We have had gorgeous fall weather, so I have been taking advantage of it :



2. I adjusted my orthodics. All summer my right shin muscle would tighten every time I ran. So my podiatrist made a slight adjustment and its 95% better. With that modification the other muscles / tendons / ligaments need an adjustment period. So it took about 3 weeks for everything to feel right again. And no more shin muscle tightness. Thank you Dr. Reboul!

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3. I had two racesLa Parisienne 6,7 K with my colleagues, and Paris Versailles 16k. I improved my time in La Parisienne by one minute 20 seconds over last year. For Paris Versailles, it was the first time I was racing it, so I just  enjoyed it. I was scared of pushing myself too much before marathon training officially starts.

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4. I bought some new running clothes. A new bra, which I am seriously loving, and some Athleta gear (pants, jacket & long sleeve shirt) while I was in the US. Fun pants for fall running.






5. I  signed up for several races as part of my training plan, to build experience and make long runs more interesting. The Paris Half Marathon on March 6, the Four Castles race in November (I was seriously lucky to get it, it sold out in a few hours), and a race end of May 2016 on the Millau Viaduct, so I will have something to look forward to after the marathon. (photo credits from the race registration websites).








6. Runner problems ! My toe nail fell off back in the spring after my half marathon. Well, there has got to be a problem with my socks (too tight ?) or shoes (though I bought a half size bigger) because it gets really sore on long runs, despite the fact I try to prevent this from happening :



I think it is going to fall off again, a bit traumatized after the hills of Paris Versailles this past weekend.

7. I still have some questions about marathon trainingI dedicated a blog post to my outstanding questions. I would love your input !

So, my training plan officially starts October 5th ! Very excited !

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Comments: 7

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner October 1, 2015 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Ah the dreaded toe nails falling off! Mine is halfway back after 5 months. Looks like training is going well!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration October 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm Reply

      So far so good, but things officially start next week, so I’ll let you know in a month !

  2. Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy October 2, 2015 at 7:34 am Reply

    I love love love your race picture from your Paris Versailles race! So cool! I also completely relate to the whole black toenail thing. In fact, I was just researching all about it on the internet today. My toenails have finally grown back since my Half in May, but now that I’m ramping up my running again, they are starting to hurt and I know the process will start again. Uggh. I’m going to start tying my shoes tighter and may try a different way to lace my shoes that I saw on the internet. I hope it works!!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration October 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm Reply

      Thanks, I loved that picture too. I am wondering if my SOCKS are too tight because I don’t think my shoes are, I already went up half a size. Grrrrr.

  3. Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs October 3, 2015 at 5:59 am Reply

    I’m so glad you stopped by my blog today! I look forward to following your training. I’ve run the Paris Marathon twice, last time in 2001, and I would love to do it again someday (hopefully before I’m 90 🙂 ).

    On the toenail thing, it looks like your second toe is about the same length as your big toe. That will probably always be a problem for you and lead to black toenail (mine is the same). The shoe a half size bigger will hopefully help.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration October 3, 2015 at 7:56 am Reply

      Thanks Debbie for commenting and for the toughest on my toe. I think I broke it a few years back and the toenail grew back crooked, and ever since then I have had issues.

    • Karen - French Inspiration October 3, 2015 at 7:57 am Reply

      …and why not come back to Paris in 2016 ? Its the 40th anniversary of the Paris Marathon… going to be spectacular !

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