Weekly wrap : ALL the FITNESS

We are slowly settling back into a routine. Five days of school. Five day work week. I actually really thrive on routine, and even if I loved the summer, I do so much better with structure. The routine has allowed me to better anticipate my runs, as well as the full body workouts that are paired with my carb cycling.

As a result, the week was FULL of fitness related activities :

  • Monday at the gym : 20 minutes of intervals on the elliptical + 6K (40 minutes) on the treadmill
  • Tuesday at home and outside : Full body workout (10 ‘ warm up + 30′ squats + 30’ run with intervals). The weather was gorgeous, even if the sun is rising later and setting earlier.


  • Wednesday : OFF
  • Thursday outside : Intervals. I felt speedy !
  • Friday : Off because my weekend was going to be crazy
  • Saturday : 8 x 1 mile repeats were on my training plan. However, my GPS watch REFUSED. FLAT OUT REFUSED to pick up a signal Saturday morning. Luckily I know my route well enough to have a mile measured out. But that would have meant running 8 times back and forth over the same stretch of road. Boring. So I estimated the distance of another portion of the road based on my time. So I ran back and forth over these portions. Eight times. If you include warm up, cool down, and walk in between = 18 – 20 KM estimated. I felt really good about it because I hit all my repeats very close to my 10:15 objective (or under) and my last one was 9:45. It was absolutely perfect running weather.


I had to stay focused mentally because I was so xx!!$!! about my watch, but I got it done. I then went to the gym and did some heavy lifting for my upper body. Then came home and planked.


  • Sunday : 6,6km La Parisienne race + 3,5 K walk. Recap to follow this week !



That was over 27 miles of running, spread over 5 days. That is a heck of a lot of running for me, but I am feeling strong, fast and no niggles to report.

And that’s a wrap.

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

Tell me one thing about your week ! Do you like to get back into a routine after summer ? 


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Comments: 22

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 11, 2016 at 7:18 pm Reply

    That’s a lot of running for one week! You look very happy there. I also thrive on routine so this week is a lot better for me too. Have a great day
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 11, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

      I didn’t realize I ran that much until I looked back at my week. Its a bit too much…

    • Karen - Fit in France September 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Yes, I am so happy fall is here !

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home September 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm Reply

    No niggles is a win! My GPS watch is crapping out on me too. I’m looking at new ones.
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  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy September 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm Reply

    I have had to run back and forth along 2 miles in the winter when there is nowhere else cleared — yup, boring! And 8 x 1 mile repeats! Wow. I hate mile repeats.

    I love that photo of you, like I said earlier! Great week.
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  4. Sonia September 12, 2016 at 4:18 am Reply

    Bummer about the watch! I hope it’s not bonking out for good. You I love routine as well. Great week of running. Looking forward to hearing about your race.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Sonia. It was a good week, I like adding some variety.

  5. Marcia September 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Great week Karen! Feeling strong and speedy at this point in your training is an excellent sign you’ll be ready for NYCM. GU absolutely works for me. In training I’ll take one every 45 minutes. When I race I’ll take one 10 minutes before I go off then one every 45 minutes thereafter.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm Reply

      Thanks Marcia.
      I will need to check out GU…. so many people seem to like it.

  6. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets September 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Sounds like a great week! I love running intervals because it’s when I finally feel fast, lol. Those mile repeats looked tough – great job!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply

      I really like mile repeats, and intervals. Both add variety.

  7. Teresa September 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply

    That is some serious intervals there lady! I honestly don’t think I could do 1 mile repeats…but then again, I’m just struggling mentally right now. Hoping when the summer heat and humidity finally decides to move out, I’ll feel better. Love your 5k pic..running around the Eiffel Tower…how cool is that!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply

      Thank you ! Indeed, so much easier to run as soon as the heat breaks.

  8. Chaitali September 12, 2016 at 6:54 pm Reply

    I hate it when technology refuses to cooperate. But it sounds like you came up with a great alternative! Way to go on all those miles this week.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 12, 2016 at 8:26 pm Reply

      Thank you. My watch had been working great for so long, hoping it is a fluke.

  9. Karen September 12, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply

    ha! You look great in your race pic 🙂 Love the excitement.
    Great job on the miles!! I feel the same way about the mileage, it feels like a lot for me, glad it is working for you.
    Tech fails are the worst! Luckily you know your routes.
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  10. HoHo Runs September 13, 2016 at 2:45 am Reply

    It was a great week for you! I like structure and routine as well. Although my youngest (and only child at home) is back in school, it still feels like we are in summer mode. And we are if it’s based on weather!! I think it’s because there is just 3 here. It’s hard to cook for 3 plus he is often gone for other activities. It’s just weird. It sounds like you are having a strong training cycle. No niggles is the BEST thing of all. Thanks for linking, Karen!

  11. Darlene September 13, 2016 at 3:30 am Reply

    Great week! You are so dedicated to your drills. You are gong to rock your marathon.
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  12. Runawaybridalplanner September 13, 2016 at 6:08 am Reply

    Love that view from the race, you don’t see that everyday. Looking forward to hearing more about it.
    Great workout week too!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 17, 2016 at 6:38 am Reply

      Thanks, it was a good week. I am feeling strong because I have added in a lot of variety.

  13. Tricia Vaughn September 15, 2016 at 11:26 pm Reply

    I too am a creature of habit and I love my routines and really despise when something throws me off key, so I can appreciate this greatly Karen!
    Great job on figuring out your distances when your watch was on the fluke! I so hate when that happens!
    Super week for you and I love the smile and your looking mighty strong there lady!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 17, 2016 at 6:28 am Reply

      Thanks Tricia. I am going to measure a mile this weekend on what I estimated last week, but seeing how consistent my times were, I am sure I am not off my too much.

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