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