Weekly wrap : its officially over

Although my big race was 3 weeks ago, yesterday marked the end of my marathon training plan. It included a 3 week recovery plan, which is now done. Finished. Fini.

This is what my usually training stomping grounds looked like in October :


And this was the same scene from the last day of training :


Fewer leaves on the ground and buds on the trees but just as green. Kind of bittersweet that it is officially over, but happy at the same time for a break !


Otherwise, I had a good week, both with my fitness and in my personal life :

Monday : 50 minute run / walk in the evening. It is light out until 9 p.m. so I can easily run outside after work – in daylight.

Tuesday : SMALL WORLD !

I traveled to Berlin for work. I was in a restaurant at lunch time and ran into my brother in law’s best friend, whom I know. He lives in France, my BIL in Africa. He had just seen my BIL 2 days prior, at a wedding in  Poland (are you following ?). My BIL had flown back to Africa, and his friend was driving from Poland back to France, and stopped in Berlin for 2 days.

And we ran into each other in a restaurant. CRAZY.


Wednesday : Upper body strength training at the gym.

Thursday : 50 minute early morning run

Friday : No fitness. I was kind of definitely dragging, still catching up on my rest from travel. So I spent the evening on the couch, planning our next vacation and reserving tickets to sights we want to visit. We are going to Rome the first week in May and apparently you need to reserve for the Vatican and the Borghese villa.

Saturday : 15 mile run in the morning, the last run on my plan. I had the choice for any distance between 12 and 20 miles. 15 miles was all I had in me.

I came across a race in the Vincennes forest, and thought this was a great idea… the route was marked with balloons.  :


Stopped and took a picture in front of the Vincennes castle.


That afternoon I prepared some appetizers as we were having friends over for dinner :


Set a very spring-like dinner table :


And caught up with these guys over dinner, who had also run the Paris Marathon :


It was fun talking about the race and comparing our experiences. My girlfriend had run it last year but it was the first year for her husband, so he & I had lots to talk about as ”first timers”.

Sunday : after some upper body work at the gym, we spent the afternoon on the golf course with the same friends. The guys played while we tagged along. Luckily it was only 9 holes because it was darn.COLD.



Phew. Busy week.

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 hosts and the participating bloggers !

How was your week ? Ever have a ”small world” moment ?


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Comments: 28

  1. I always get into kind of a funk the weeks following a big race but looks like you are recovering well. Have a great week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 25, 2016 at 4:55 am Reply

      Me too. Which is why I am glad I have another big goal or else I would be really depressed. Have a great week !

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy April 25, 2016 at 1:58 am Reply

    Wow, that is a small world! I’ve had many such moments, although maybe not so dramatic, but none comes to mind at the moment (so to speak).

    Ha! “15 miles was all I had in me”. Which is 2 more miles that I’ve EVER DONE. You marathoners slay me, you really do.

    Light til 9pm? Not here, not yet. Is France not on daylight savings? Or Europe in general not on it? We don’t get that til the height of summer! Which seems so very far away right now . . . it was a pretty day today, but chilly again. 🙁
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 25, 2016 at 4:54 am Reply

      In the summer it is light here until 10:30 p.m. and in the winter it is dark at 4 p.m. We do have daylight savings but there is a much bigger difference in the number of daylight hours. I think it has to do with how far you are from the equator !

      If you can do 13 you can do 15 ! 🙂

      Have a great week !

  3. Coco April 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Wow, 15 miles is a lot for a recovery run! Last week must have been the week for random meetup – Courtney and I were both in Chicago and ran into each other in the morning! Your dinner settings always are so gorgeous! P.S. I came across a replay of Paris last night – so cool to watch!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply

      So funning to run into each other in Chicago, very small world.
      Dinner parties are always a big deal here. It is definitely a very French thing.

  4. Kimberly Hatting April 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Small world indeed. We were in California over New Years for the Rose Bowl, and I was amazed at all the “locals” we bumped into while there. Granted, we all were there for the same reason, but Pasadena is a big place LOL
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply

      Definitely crazy meeting people you know elsewhere. I feel something is always weird about it….

  5. Shawna April 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm Reply

    wow to all your mileage! i haven’t heard of a plan extending past the marathon, and amazing job with a 15 mile recovery run. so fun that you get to travel to other countries for work — that’s such a great aspect about Europe, that so many countries are in such close proximity. i want to go everywhere! 🙂

  6. Chaitali April 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm Reply

    That does sound like a busy week! That’s impressive that you did 15 miles as one of your recover runs 🙂 The dinner party appetizers and table look so pretty, and very fun that you had an opportunity to talk over the race with other people that did it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm Reply

      Talking running never gets old. Even my husband gets excited about it now !

  7. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style April 25, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

    I love your plates and your table settings! Enjoy your break now that your training is officially over!

  8. Sharon April 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Congrats on the end of your marathon training plan! Great job! What a week for you and how cool to see your BIL’s best friend when traveling! So fun to hang out with friends and talk running! Enjoy your week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm Reply

      It was a good week and I loved comparing notes about the race. It got me so excited that it made me want to sign up again next year. Well not quite. LOL

  9. HoHo Runs April 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply

    I’m sitting here thinking any run between 12 and 20 miles is CRAZY for marathon recovery, unless you have another race on the horizon. Anyway — kudos for choosing to run 15 miles! That’s truly awesome, actually. I’m always in awe of your pretty dinner parties. My events are usually outside and definitely on paper plates! LOL. I hope you have a great vacation. If you are like me, you enjoy the planning almost as much as the trip! Thanks for linking with us Karen.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply

      I am definitely looking forward to vacation. I have 2 days of travel this week… looking forward to traveling for fun. And only one or 2 runs a week, its kind of nice.
      No paper plates in France…. while they exist, we always eat on plates. And sitting down.

  10. Michelle April 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm Reply

    It sure IS a small world. I had my moment a couple years ago, while inspecting a lab about an hour from where I live, in Chicago. While at the summation, I look over and see a guy I was stationed with in the Air Force nearly 20 years ago. He and I were both stationed in southern IL, and somehow managed to move to the Chicagoland area! Crazy small world indeed!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm Reply

      That is crazy. Twenty years is a long time. Not sure I would have recognized him !

  11. Ana April 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Those appetizers look delicious!

    Congratulations on officially finishing your training! A marathon is such an amazing accomplishment!

    My sister always has those “small world moments”, she always knows somebody anywhere she goes!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm Reply

      Those small world moments are crazy. Congrats on your race, going to go read your blog !

  12. Karen April 26, 2016 at 2:52 am Reply

    That is funny, you ran into someone you knew in another country lol
    15 miles is a really long last run! You are ready for a half marathon and anything else you want to do! I use to get such post race blues, it is good to have something to focus on, it is nice you had a recovery plan.
    I am chuckling at you all bundled up on the golf course! It is so warm here lol
    Love your castle pic 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm Reply

      OMG it was cold on the golf course. Such nice weather a couple weeks ago and now, cold again. Supposed to be 35 tomorrow morning.

  13. Elizabeth April 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Sounds like a good week. It’s nice to catch up on life things when training slows down a bit. Vincennes looks so beautiful. I love the race balloons! Have another great week 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm Reply

      Thank you. The balloons were a gray idea I thought.

  14. Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin April 27, 2016 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Wow 12-20 miles was on your recovery plan? That is something! How are you feeling? Everything back to normal, course besides the busy week. Wait, isn’t that the new normal now?? It is for me. I love the beautifully set dinner table.
    Ohhh a vacation in Rome! Very cool. My MIL visited this past fall and they had a wonderful time! Thanks Karen for linking up with us each week.

    • Karen - Fit in France April 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm Reply

      Yes, busy weeks are the new normal.
      I am SO EXCITED for Rome !
      I am feeling pretty good, although tired. But I think that is all the travel I have had for work. I am traveling every single week for 6 or 7 weeks in a row.

  15. Mary Beth Jackson April 28, 2016 at 11:55 am Reply

    WOW! 15 miles is part of recovery week? yikes! 🙂 🙂 does sound like you had a super fun week filed with exercise and friends! What a beautiful table setting and your appetizers – YUM! So what’s next for the summer? REST?
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm Reply

      A little bit of time off, then I am starting to train for NYC !

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