Quality over quantity

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run where today’s topic is fall racing schedule.


I have two, yes, only two races on my fall schedule as of today. And I am not planning on adding any more in the near future.

Sept. 11 :  La Parisienne 

This will be the 5th or 6th year that I run La Parisienne, an iconic race launched in Paris 20 years ago. It is 100% women and really kicked off the running bug here in France. I do it with my colleagues and there are about 50 of us. Some are seasoned runners, some walk the race, some are running for the first time, some sprint for the entire 6,7K. We always meet really early, walk to the race start, wait together and meet up after the race with our significant others for a cold beverage. It is just generally a good time.

However, if I were on my own, I would not sign up. My company covers 80% of the steep registration fee (50 Euros). That is an outrageous price, most races this distance are about 15 Euros. I would never in my life pay that amount because it all goes to the organizers. Some of it goes to cancer research but very very little. This really bothers me. I almost didn’t sign up this year, but I decided to run because 1) doing it with colleagues is fun and 2) the race route has changed and it is going down the Champs Elysees for the first time.



November 6 : the NYC Marathon

I am going with my husband and will see several bloggers (Judy and Darlene) as well as some friends and family. We have planned several days of sightseeing after the race, he & I haven’t been to NYC together since our honeymoon 20 years ago. In preparation I am reading ”A race like no other” by Liz Robbins. Loving it.



And that is it. Marathon training is pretty much dominating my fall, so no other races will be had.

There was one race I wanted to do in September, the first ever Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. Unfortunately, I am out of town that weekend. Next year ! There are many iconic races here in September & October, probably two of the busiest racing months in France, but my focus will be on marathon training.

My schedule does seem kind of empty but it works. I prefer to see it as quality over quantity ?

How many races on your schedule this fall ? Do you prefer to run them all or only pick a couple ?


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Comments: 28

  1. Sonia August 30, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply

    La Parissienne looks like a lot of fun especially with a nice group of people. We should plan to meet at NYC before the race. I’m glad you’ll get time to sightsee. I haven’t heard of that book, I’ll have to check it out.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply

      The book is really really good.

  2. Stacey August 30, 2016 at 11:41 am Reply

    Each year I’ve been decreasing the amount of races I do in one season–believe it or not 6 for me this fall is a big reduction. I find that doing more training helps me improve my running form/speed. Good luck with your races this fall!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

      Six is still a lot. Good for you !

  3. Marcia August 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply

    That Paris race does sound fun as a run with friends and I do like the course. NYCM of course, is iconic. Looks like a great fall plan to me!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

      I needed to keep it limited. My daughter is going to college next year so we have other priorities that need to be tended too !

  4. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy August 30, 2016 at 12:49 pm Reply

    La Parisienne looks lovely! I can understand not wanting to line the race’s pockets, but racing with friends is always fun!

    I tend to race more in the fall, as I prefer the “cooler” temps, but I also tend to wait on signing up because life with elderly parents & animals is unpredictable.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply

      You are lucky you can wait until the last minute to sign up. You have so many races to choose from.

  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner August 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm Reply

    Races here in the states are so much more expensive! I imagine bc of all the insurance required here. Quality or quantity is a smart plan!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply

      I am always surprised by the cost of US races. Its crazy.

  6. Heather August 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm Reply

    I feel the same about my fall race calendar. Seems a little boring, but since I’m also training for a marathon (MCM) that’s all I can handle right now. Good luck with your races!!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:54 am Reply

      I had signed up for a ton of races while training for my first marathon, thinking they would be training runs, but it just threw my schedule and training off. So this time around, training comes before other races.

  7. Darlene August 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm Reply

    I agree those are amazing races!!!

    Can’t wait to see you again on Nov 4 or 5th!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:54 am Reply

      Yes, we need to coordinate.

  8. Chaitali August 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply

    NYC Marathon will be so exciting! I look forward to hearing about it 🙂 My line up for the Fall includes a 10k, a 10 miler, and then 2 half marathons. I may throw in a local holiday 5k since it’s always fun and it’s pretty flat.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:49 am Reply

      Sounds like a good plan.

  9. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness August 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm Reply

    NYC marathon is a huge one! If I were doing that I wouldn’t want much more on my schedule anyway!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:48 am Reply

      It is definitely enough.

  10. Kelli Wright August 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply

    So cool that you’re doing NYC! Let me know your travel plans…I can get up to NY pretty easily on the NJ transit train, would be so fun to meet in person!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:47 am Reply

      I will IM you.

  11. LaChicaRuns August 31, 2016 at 2:29 am Reply

    We have a women-only half marathon about an hour from where I live (in Michigan) and it was so much fun. I didn’t think I would like it, but the vibe was energetic, the course support was amazing and the bling was pretty sweet, too (a charm instead of a medal; I wear it all the time).
    Hope you have a great time at your fall races!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:47 am Reply

      I find all women races more supportive and less competitive. At least this one is, maybe it is the shorter distance ?

  12. Patty August 31, 2016 at 4:21 am Reply

    Next year- Disneyland Paris will be yours!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply

      You bet ! Hoping it gets good reviews….

  13. Erika @ MCM Mama Runs August 31, 2016 at 4:44 am Reply

    NYC is a pretty big deal, so I’d totally have that as a focus race. The Disneyland Paris race would be super cool to do too.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 31, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply

      I am glad my schedule is not over loaded. And I am keeping an eye on the date to sign up for the next Disney race in 2017.

  14. Coco September 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply

    I feel the same way you do about race prices, but seeing that course map makes me want to whip out my credit card. It’s been too long since I’ve been to Paris!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm Reply

      I am really excited about the race route even if I am a tad bit nervous about terrorism….

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