Runfessions : Marathon training

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for the first Runfession of 2016 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 am in the middle of training for my first marathon using a 6 month Jeff Galloway plan. So here are five runfessions mid way through.


I runfess….

  1. I like only running 3 times a week. I would be afraid of injury and burnout was I running much more often. During the week where my long run is not so long, I might add in a 4th run. But 5 or 6 runs a weeks ? No way, not for me.
  2. I am secretly afraid of injury. In the past I have had knee & hip problems and shin splints but I feel I am training smart and have had no issues. None. Zip. Zero. I hate to keep saying it though because I am afraid I am going to jinx myself and my training.
  3. I am already thinking about a fall marathon, even if I haven’t completed my first one yet.
  4. This is the first time in my life I have seriously followed a training plan, though I have been running and racing for over 10 years. I am loving the discipline and structure and it takes the work out of thinking about when I need to run and what I need to do. I am surprised I like it so much.
  5. I have been loving re-discovering Paris. I have been doing my long runs through the city, as psychological preparation for the marathon (and to combat boredom) and fully enjoying every minute. I do have to start and stop more often because of people and traffic, but I am not minding. I now know where the public water fountains are, how to get to the Eiffel Tower and back on foot, and which streets are insanely crowded on Saturdays.

What would you like to runfess this month ?

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Comments: 43

  1. Coco January 29, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    Running through Paris would motivate me for sure! I think you are smart about #1 because over-training injuries are real.
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm Reply

      I definitely want to avoid burn out !

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run January 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm Reply

    I am afraid of injury as well! I feel like I need to be very cautious and do everything “right.”

    • Karen - Fit in France January 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Running fast is what aggravates my injuries, so I have accepted that running slow will keep me running for longer.

  3. Marcia January 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm Reply

    I love seeing your Paris shots on IG! I am a 3 runs/week girl myself. Quality over quantity works for me. So glad you found what your body likes! Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply

      I want to keep on running forever ! I am impressed by people who do run freaks or who run 6 days a week. Hats off to them because there is no way my body would hold up.

  4. Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom January 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

    What a beautiful location to train! Love the pictures!! Continued good luck on your training!

    I runfess…it is the end off January and I think I have only run 3 times 🙁

    • Karen - Fit in France January 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm Reply

      Hey, its the winter… I doubt I would run this much if I were not training.

  5. Kelli January 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm Reply

    That’s awesome that you have the opportunity to rediscover Paris! Such beautiful sights. It makes the runs more like an adventure, I would expect!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply

      Keeps my mind occupied and makes the time go by fast.

  6. Darlene January 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Running through Paris – a dream.

    I did that with halfs, I registered for more and more.

    I follow a loose plan just making sure I do all the long runs. I would be stricter if I were training for a marathon.

    You’re doing great!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:58 am Reply

      Thanks !

  7. Mar @ Mar on the Run January 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm Reply

    I can only imagine how motivating it is to run through and re-discover Paris! I too only like running 3x a week. I just enjoy too many other activities to not.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:42 am Reply

      There are indeed so many other great things to discover, yoga and swimming are a great compliment to running.

  8. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner January 29, 2016 at 5:05 pm Reply

    WE are all afraid or injury! I always think I feel something and worry it’s another injury. Runners!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply

      And as I get older, I feel I need to be even more careful.

  9. Emily Swanson January 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm Reply

    I only like running 3 times a week too! 🙂
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  10. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness January 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Running by the Eiffel tower would be amazing! Lucky you.
    I cut my running days WAY back during my second marathon training cycle than I did for the first one and I think it helped prevent injury this time around.

  11. HoHo Runs January 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm Reply

    I think we are all afraid of injury. But as someone who has unfortunately faced those fears a few times, you get over it. You thankfully heal and move on. Occasionally, they occur for no reason at all — no matter how careful we are. It would be incredible to have your views during a run! WOW.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply

      You are right Holly… that injury that comes out of the blue happens. 🙁 Hope your foot is felling better.

  12. courtney @ eat pray run dc January 29, 2016 at 9:16 pm Reply

    I’m so glad your plan is working great for you. As you know, I run 6x a week and never thought I could run that much but I’m discovering I love it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply

      Courtney you impress me ! I could never run that (then again, I am probably 10 or 15 years older than you are !)

  13. Pam and Christine January 29, 2016 at 10:08 pm Reply

    Wow, the beauty of Paris would be fabulous for getting through long runs. I also am a 3 day per week runner and despite that, I have had some injuries. But only one because of running and that was because I did not race smart during my marathon earlier this month.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply

      Oh, I hope you are feeling better and hope it is not too serious.

  14. Debbie @ Deb Runs January 30, 2016 at 12:44 am Reply

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the marathon excitement, so I can understand that you’re already dreaming ahead to a fall race. I always loved the structure of my marathon training schedules, too.

    Have a great weekend, Karen!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:02 am Reply

      Thanks Deb !
      It is exciting, I just don’t want to do too much too fast (because of the injuring thing 🙂 )

  15. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets January 30, 2016 at 2:02 am Reply

    I need to add the Paris Marathon to my bucket list! Glad your training is going well. I love the structure of training and don’t do well without it – I tend to lack discipline! I feel you about being worried about getting injured, but it sounds like you’re doing the right things!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:00 am Reply

      I am seeing my training plan also as an experiment… we’ll see my verdict at the end of 6 months.

  16. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 30, 2016 at 2:04 am Reply

    I am not secretly afraid of injury–I’m very publicly afraid of injury!!!

    And I’m so jealous of your Paris runs. Seriously.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply

      Seems like everyone is afraid of injury. I guess it teaches us to respect our bodies and ourself.

  17. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin January 30, 2016 at 3:43 am Reply

    Keep those beautiful pictures coming and I’m so very glad it is going so well for you! Ha I did see the part about already thinking about another one! And why not? I like the part about a training schedule and this was the first one I’ve really stuck too as well. It sure took out the guess work and the talking yourself out of runs or certain distances. I just didn’t think about it, I just did it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 6:59 am Reply

      Yes, Tricia.. we’ll see about a fall marathon. I am definitely thinking about different options.

  18. Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself January 30, 2016 at 7:05 am Reply

    I am super jealous of you getting to run through Paris! I too am scared of injury. I had my first one last summer and since then I worry about it constantly.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 6:58 am Reply

      Prevention, prevention, prevention. Sometimes its tiring and I question if it really works, but deep down, I know it does ! Stretching, foam rolling and listening to my body work for me.

  19. Kim Hatting January 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm Reply

    You have all of us in envy….running/training in PARIS????? (#jealous) I also run only 3 (sometimes 4) days a week. Suits me (and my body) perfectly fine, thank you very much 😉 I have mixed feelings on training schedules….I respect the schedule makes the training a no-brainer, and the schedule has the runner doing things they HAVE to do to train properly (yadda yadda yadda), but I don’t like the “structure” of it LOL I’m not a rebel, by any means, but I do have a long history of questioning protocol…and I like the challenge of tweaking/modifying stuff….. and still having successful results 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 6:57 am Reply

      Not sure I could do with the structure of a plan full time, but for training, its working for me

  20. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy January 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Who wouldn’t love running through Paris? I’m sad I wasn’t a runner when I visited there.

    I like running 3 x week, too. Except for myself, I also need a certain amount of mileage a week, though, and that sometimes makes 3 x week hard to get that mileage in.

    Anyone who’s dealt with injuries is always afraid of re-injury — you are not alone! Even when things are going well!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 6:56 am Reply

      I agree, sometimes with 3 runs the mileage is harder to get in.

  21. Michelle January 31, 2016 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Running through Paris….sigh….I only run 3 x per week as well, although use Hal Higdon’s long run progression, I just cut out the mid week long run and replace it with something else. Has gotten me through 3 marathons! Best wishes on your full!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 6:55 am Reply

      I know a lot of people have good luck with his plans, but its too much running for me. Glad to hear it works for you !

  22. karen February 1, 2016 at 4:47 am Reply

    I was so fearful of injury after my stress fracture, I truly thought I would never ever land in that injured position again…but here I am worse off. I am so glad to hear that you have had zero issues 🙂 That is what we all hope for! If I can make it back, I keep thinking I need to try the Galloway plan for long runs, it seems my body does not appreciate long runs.
    I like the less is more approach 🙂 3 is sure happier than none!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 1, 2016 at 6:54 am Reply

      So sorry your foot is injured. Sending positive vibes your way ! And I had a half this weekend, I ran most of it. My performance was the same as my last half with the Galloway method, AND with Galloway I finished in much better condition !

  23. Karen February 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Thanks Karen 🙂 It is so interesting it works about the same time wise 🙂
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