Weekly wrap : 6 weeks to go !


This weekend concluded 20 weeks of marathon training. If you are new to my blog I am using the Jeff Galloway 6 month training plan, using the run / walk method. It calls for :

During the week

  • A 45-55 minute run at 1 minute less / mile than marathon pace
  • A 30 minute run (optional)
  • A 45-55 minute run with 1 to 3 miles at marathon pace
  • Cross training

Every third weekend now alternates between :

  • The “easy” long run (easy means you go slow to build for endurance, not for speed)
  • Mile repeats
  • A 10 K with a mile time trial

All of this means very high mileage over the next 6 weeks. I travelled 2 days this week so I had to organize my time, and run Monday & Wednesday. I wanted to do my long run on Saturday but it was raining, so Sunday it would be. 41K / 25,5 miles. I used a 3 minute run : 1 minute walk for the majority of the time.


It was very hard. With my travel I probably didn’t get the rest or nutrition I needed. I headed to the Eiffel Tower but it was laborious.


I was struggling at 15 km. I had no energy, I was dreading the kilometers that were still yet to come, I was preoccupied with not being able to find water, or a restroom, and my knee was kind of stiff, my feet sore. I figured if I had another 25K to go, I needed to give my knee a break and run on dirt / trails rather than pavement, and move closer to where I know there is a water fountain.

So I went to run in the Tuileries garden for 5 or 6 km. It was just what I needed, giving my knees the break they were begging me for.


Even if it was quite windy, the weather was in the low fifties. The sun even came out for a few minutes.


I slowly ran back to the Vincennes forest, where I like finishing in my usual stomping grounds because I can manage the mileage. The last 4 miles or so I switched to a 2:1 ratio. I really struggled mentally, I was not loving it as much as I had liked my previous long runs. I left the house at 9 a.m. and was home a bit before 3 p.m. That is a heck of a long time on my feet.

Then I came home and ate ALL THE FOOD.

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That concluded 59 K of running this week.

Otherwise, the week was comprised of :

Gorgeous blue skies and sun one day


Frost and freezing temps the next :


A slightly frozen river and snow in Hamburg, Germany :


Summer vacation planning :




I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to head on over and offer some positive support to the participating bloggers ! There are more and more people every week with fun, new blogs to discover.


How was your week ?

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Comments: 25

  1. Kaleigh February 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm Reply

    What a great view on your run! I was in Paris this past July and it was beautiful! I can’t believe you went that far on a run! I would have eaten nonstop once I got back home!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply

      I find I am usually a bottomless pit in the days that follow a long run. Glad you liked Paris ! So much to see and do.

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner February 21, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply

    That is a very long time on your feet! Congrats I think you are more than ready for your race
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

      It is a darn long time on my feet, I confirm !

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home February 21, 2016 at 10:04 pm Reply

    Lots of miles/kms this week! I’m sure you are ready to be done. Only 3 weeks until your taper! Are you excited? Or just tired?
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply

      Very good question Wendy. I am not overly tired as long as I get my rest, but anytime something throws off my schedule, like travel, it really affects me. I am still excited, and now starting to get really nervous. i hope everything comes together the big day like it is supposed to.

  4. Karen February 22, 2016 at 3:14 am Reply

    You have really done phenomenal with all the training, you were bound to hit one that gave you a challenge. You pushed through! SO well done, that is a long time to be out.
    It seems everywhere is having the strange weather swings. I can’t wait for your race!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply

      Thanks Karen. I am actually getting quite nervous. While I don’t want to put a time pressure on myself, I find I am so slow!

  5. Kelli February 22, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Some great photos, Karen!! I love the Eiffel tower and the frost photo. And looks like Hamburg is quite a bit colder than the week I was there. I totally know what you mean about just not feeling it after travel. I had expected to settle right back into my routine after getting home but it took a solid 5 days. Hope you have a good week this week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm Reply

      Now I need to recover not only from travel but from my long run yesterday… once I recover I am off traveling for almost 2 weeks. Not great timing with the marathon, but I had no choice.

  6. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy February 22, 2016 at 1:50 pm Reply

    We had one trip to Greece & it was glorious! Even at the end of Sept. I’ve only ever been to Europe in October, basically (whenever my husband had to go to work) and you have no idea how I’d like to be there in the spring!

    I actually think it can be good to have a bad training run (even if it doesn’t feel good). Most of my bad races have been when training has gone really well (although not always, of course) and most of my best races have been when I really struggled.

    And you didn’t quit! That’s winning.

    Plus I love the photo of your hair blowing in the wind.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm Reply

      Thanks Judy. I am sure I will be fine, but afterwards when I thought of it, I need to take at least an hour off my time. I should be able to, as long as I run a little faster. I ran really slow on purpose.
      I liked the picture of the windy hair shot too 🙂

  7. Kim Hatting February 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply

    woot woot!!!! The end is in sight…can you see it? This has been so exciting following your journey 😉 As I’ve said many times, your pics of Paris are so neat…the Eifflel Tower would be a fun little landmark to pass on a run 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm Reply

      Thanks Kim. Yes, only 6 weeks away. I think I will be just fine, I am surprised how well my legs feel today, but still…. I am getting a tad bit nervous !

  8. Darlene February 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply

    I can’t imagine running that far.

    Tu es prete!!!!

    I went to Greece years ago and it was awesome.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm Reply

      Yes, we are excited for Greece, even if it is going to be really hot and I am not sure I will be able to run !

  9. HoHo Runs February 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm Reply

    That is quite a long time on your feet. But, you’ll remember this long run during your marathon. It will help you finish strong! You are getting so close now. I wouldn’t be nervous though. You have done the training! It will all pay off. Then you’ll be ready to do it again! Thanks for linking with us Karen.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

      We’ll see in 6 weeks if I will be ready to do it again ! I am feeling much better today than I expected. But still !

  10. Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run February 22, 2016 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Sounds like you have a nice vacation coming up! I would love to go back to Greece (more of the islands vs. Athens). Congrats on getting your 41K, when I saw your IG post I cheered for you! This run will help you finish strong in April!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 23, 2016 at 8:05 am Reply

      Thank you Jennifer ! Your comment made my day !

  11. Christine @ Two Runners Travel February 22, 2016 at 9:40 pm Reply

    Oh how I love the Tuileries! What a wonderful place to run! Sometimes those long runs just plain old suck. Good for you for sticking with it! I think those runs are the ones that make you really strong and ready for race day since you’ve dealt with and overcome adversity in the past.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 23, 2016 at 8:06 am Reply

      It.was.hard. And when I downloaded the information to my computer from my watch, I realized it had lost the satellite for about a mile ! Which means I actually did go marathon distance. Crazy.

  12. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin February 22, 2016 at 10:48 pm Reply

    I sure thought I commented on this yesterday but I sure don’t see it, lol. I know how you feel after your very long run and I know you are glad to have it behind you. 20 miles was my longest so I know you’ll be very prepared in your marathon. What are your thoughts on it today with only a few weeks to go? Do you feel like you are ready? I wasn’t even sure I was when I finished training but turned out I was and my endurance held fine if my knee had allowed me to run the whole thing. But it’s water under the bridge now. Not much longer at all lady! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 23, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply

      Hi Tricia ! I do feel I am ready. I am surprised how good I feel after my long runs, and I am hitting all my paces for my mile repeats. So, just hoping it all comes together on the big day.

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