Weekly wrap : Food, family & fitness

I am writing this in the airport, on my way to sunny Fort Lauderdale. I have been travelling this past week for work as I had 2 conferences to attend, one in Mexico City followed by one in Florida. So here is a quick look at this busy week :


My  Friday five post post was all about the amazing Mexican food. I loved every minute of it. Quesadillas, tortillas, guacamole…. I tried everything. I think it was probably a few too many carbs, but I might never get back so I wanted to try everything.



In between my 2 conferences I stopped in Orlando to see my parents. While it was only 2 days, I got to relax and eat real food. As much as I loved the food in Mexico, I was ready for a home cooked meal.


I got to relax, read, nap, play cards and visit. A perfect 2 day “vacation”.




At my conference there was a great gym, so I worked out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I took advantage of the treadmill to keep my marathon training on par, and used the weights and machines several times.


My marathon is in 3 week and I had one last long run on my plan. The Galloway Run/Walk plan calls for going to 26 miles (or beyond). I had done this three weeks ago and it really wiped me out. This weekend’s plan called for similar distance, but I decided to scale back. I had to run in the Florida heat, running on a Mexican food diet, jetlagged, and… my right knee has been bothering me a wee bit.

So I decided to cut things short. I did 20 miles / 32 km. The stars were not aligned for me to do more. So after doing the first hour with my dad, I spent the rest of Saturday morning running in and out of Floridian housing developments to get my mileage in. It was hot and humid. I had to change my clothes mid run, my sunscreen was streaking with the sweat and I couldn’t get enough water. I must have drunk at least 2 gallons on Saturday.


Three more weeks until the big race ! I am getting nervous !

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 ? Have you ever had to adjust your training plan three weeks prior to a big race ?


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Comments: 24

  1. Marcia March 14, 2016 at 12:49 am Reply

    Looks like a fun and delicious week! I think the proverbial hay is in the barn! Wow that’s a fantastic hotel gym!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 14, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply

      I have done speed training and endurance training, but it will all have to come together the big day. I am actually kind of scared !

  2. Darlene March 14, 2016 at 1:24 am Reply

    Running in the Florida h eat and humidity tough. You will be more successful in Paris. You are ready!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 14, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply

      God I hope so ! After 6 months of training, I hope it is all going to come together….

  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply

    You look so cute with your parents & how amazing that your Dad runs with you!

    I am very glad that you listened to your body & did the shorter run. Believe me, you’re ready. But what’s going on with the knee?

    Our race yesterday at almost perfect weather, but I still felt dehydrated by the end, relying on just the water stops and was soooo thirsty all day. And that wasn’t even 9 miles!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 14, 2016 at 10:14 pm Reply

      My dad walks fast and I was doing a run/walk around him. Both my parents are in excellent physical condition.
      I have a minor niggle in my knee, ever since I did my 26+ miles a couple weeks ago. I also rotated my sneakers and have been running on the treadmill, so all of that might be aggrivating it.
      It is not any major pain (yet), just annoying.
      I hear you with the dehydration. … hope all is fine now.

  4. Chaitali March 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply

    That’s great that you got to stop and see your parents between the two conferences! And it makes sense to adjust your training plan. It sounds like it was a tough 20 miles. I had to do that with my last long run for training this past cycle since my foot was hurting. I cut it off at 5 instead of doing 10.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm Reply

      Sometimes, listening to your body has to take precedent over a plan.

  5. Meagan March 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Great job keeping your training up to speed with all of that traveling and pushing through that long run. Florida heat is no joke! I am familiar with the Galloway method, but I had no idea the training plan called for you go to 26 miles or longer prior to race day. Wow!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply

      Yes, it does ! But the heat was just too overwhelming… so I figured 20 miles is good enough !

  6. Debbie @ Deb Runs March 15, 2016 at 4:31 am Reply

    At least you got 20 miles in while traveling. Good for you! I love that your dad accompanied you for some of your miles! So wonderful!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 15, 2016 at 4:35 am Reply

      Yes, I am very lucky my parents are so healthy and active !

    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:56 am Reply

      My dad is so fit ! I want to be just like him when I grow up. 🙂

  7. Kimberly Hatting March 15, 2016 at 4:37 am Reply

    Have I told you how excited I am for you??? You did 20 miles, and 26 recently, you’re probably as ready as you’ll ever be 😉 You have trained well, now comes the part where you get to “trust in the training” and taper. There is nothing to be gained by over-doing it, especially if you need some rest (hello? all that traveling in strange time zones is exhausting)You totally got this!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:56 am Reply

      Thanks Kim, you are so kind ! I do trust the training, but I HOPE it all comes together like it is supposed to.

  8. Diane March 15, 2016 at 7:19 am Reply

    Wow, that’s pretty sweaty to have to change your clothes mid-run although you DID run 20 miles. Good for you! I think that was the toughest part for me when I’ve run in Florida…not being used to the humidity is killer! Happy training – 3 weeks!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:54 am Reply

      I love the heat & humidity while on the beach. For 20 miles ? No fun !

  9. Christine @ Two Runners Travel March 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Marathon training in Florida? Ugh that sounds rough! Good for you for getting in that really long run while you were there. You have trained really well and through lots of adversity so you are ready! 🙂
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  10. karen March 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm Reply

    Your parents are so cute 🙂 nap, eat , and run sound wonderful. Don’t be nervous you are well prepared!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm Reply

      My parents are cute. Any they are in GREAt physical and mental condition. I want to be like them when I grow up.

  11. HoHo Runs March 16, 2016 at 1:35 am Reply

    How wonderful you were able to visit your parents in between conferences. I completely understand how you felt on that FL run. I did my marathon training last summer in the heat and would have to jump in the pool afterwards. I think 20 miles is more than enough. You’ve put the big mileage in and are ready! Where is your knee pain? Front, side, back? Thanks for linking with us Karen. You’ve been a great supporter.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:49 am Reply

      I don’t know how you run so much through the heat and humidity. I admire you. I was drenched, dragging and dehydrated !
      My small knee niggle is on the lower right part of my right knee cap. I can not say I have pain but it is an annoying little thing that seems to be taunting me. I think I could probably fix it with adjusting my orthodics but I will wait until AFTER the race.

  12. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin March 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Karen, I think you made a great decision to scale back! You have done your training an with just 3 weeks out I think you’ll be happy you did just this!!! So glad you had a good time traveling and seeing your parents is always good!
    I hope your knee will be fine! Woo wee getting excited to see the countdown to your race day!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm Reply

      I feel good about the decision I made. One last hard run this weekend (mile repeats) then its taper time….

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