Weekly wrap : rain, kids & crepes

Another week gone by but no complaints here ! The days are getting longer, the kids are on vacation soon, and life is good. Here are some highlights from the week :

Marathon training

  • Today marks the end of week 19. The race is in 7 weeks. I had 3 weekends in a row of very long runs, so this weekend only 6 miles were on the plan. Next weekend I have 26 miles on my plan. I know it sounds like a lot, it is marathon distance, but that is part of the Jeff Galloway philosophy. Read all about my long runs and his philosophy here.
  • The weather was really crappy this week, it rained on and off pretty much all week. Since I am not a fan of the treadmill, I went out on one of my lunch breaks under threatening skies. Well, I got caught in a downpour towards the end. I HATE running in the rain. I had a really bad experience of a race in the rain, wind and cold. But I figured I should work on my mental toughness in case the marathon happens to be in these conditions. My pants were weighted down with water, I had rain on my glasses and my sneakers were going squish squash with every step. Please pray that I do not have rain on April 3rd.

My shoes and socks needed some TLC to dry out and keep their shape.



  • I did a marathon pace run on Thursday and had to stop a couple times and stretch out my right hamstring. I found a short post that was the perfect height for my stretch. I think I generally need to stretch more.



Family & friends

  • I was proud of my children this week. It was Mardi Gras on Tuesday and they could dress up at school. They were so resourceful in putting together their costumes. Can you guess who this is :


  • My second daughter had a gymnastics meet on Saturday. Their team came in second out of 6. She was happy with her performance, which was a great boost of self confidence for a young woman ! (that is her on the beam on the left)


  • On Friday, my husband & I went away overnight with our friends. With the windy weather from the beginning of the week, we went to check on our summer home. We have some trees with BIG branches and have had some bad surprises in the past with fallen trees or fallen cables. All was well and it was fun to spend some time with friends.


  • Yeah, I ate way too much this week. It was “La Chandeleur” (I am sorry I don’t know the details…. a religious feast where the tradition is now to eat crepes). So, we made crepes.

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  • I also went out to eat, twice. This dish was amazing. It was monkfish stuffed with smoked salmon, a carrot puree with vanilla, and a small pepper stuffed with minced mushrooms. Yes, I ate all the food!


  • I also tried a recipe from Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner. You make a sweet potato and cheddar cheese crust, then fill it with salsa, cheese, beans and egg. She makes muffins, but I made it into a quiche. It was very yummy even though I overcooked it a bit.




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: 34

  1. Runaway Bridal Planner February 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Kuddos to you for getting out in the rain and running. Your right though, even miserable it’s going to help build mental toughness for any weather come race day in 7 weeks!
    The quiche looks fabulous!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 8:55 am Reply

      I have been so lucky with the weather that I am scared ALL the bad weather we have not had in months will arrive on race day. Boo.

  2. Karen February 15, 2016 at 4:00 am Reply

    Congrats to your daughter 🙂 Gymnastics takes a lot of hard work. I always wanted to be able to do it, but never had the skill for it when I was younger.
    I sure hope you don’t have a rainy race day but you never know, right. I will think all the good thoughts for you…
    Good luck on that 26!
    I am reading a book right now my Doc recommended and after that the Galloway book is next. I am not sure if I will be able to handle distance for awhile, but I will use this method to try.

    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply

      I don’t think my body would be able to stand the mileage without the run/walk method. I will be interested to hear your thoughts !

  3. Shannon @GirlsGotSole February 15, 2016 at 4:29 am Reply

    I also use the Galloway method and have gone up to 26 miles for marathon training (29 for NYC last year). I think 20 miles is too little, and definitely is a good idea for first-timers to do 26 miles in training. His training plan is good.
    As far as running in the rain goes, I’m also not the biggest fan, at least not when it’s a downpour. I did a 25.5mi run last January for marathon #4 and it rained pretty consistantly the entire run. Myself and my group were drenched from head to toe. So yeah, it is a good idea to run in it if it’s the day you are supposed to do a long run (unless it’s lightning out).

    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply

      Thanks for your perspective on Galloway. I haven’t found too many people who use it, so you have reassured me. I am just trying to trust the plan ! It shouldn’t rain this weekend, so keeping my fingers crossed. Hate the rain 🙁

  4. Kelli February 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Your food pictures are amazing!! It all looks fabulous. Congrats to your daughter on the gymnastics meet. So great to have kids in sports that build their self-confidence. And I agree, very resourceful for your son. I have a feeling that is a star wars character but I’m not up on Star Wars so I won’t embarrass myself by trying to guess. Hard to believe you are so far into marathon training. It seems like just yesterday I was watching your journey begin!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm Reply

      Hi Kelli its Rae from Starwars… she’s a girl. I have 2 daughters 🙂 The other one dressed up as Annabelle, the horror film character. A powerful woman from Starwars is much better !

      • Kelli February 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm Reply

        Oh my!! I am so sorry…shows how wide awake I was yesterday morning, i totally know you have daughters. But I am ignorant of Star Wars regardless of coffee intake 😉 Good costume!

        • Karen - Fit in France February 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm Reply

          No worries ! I didn’t tell her 🙂

  5. Christy February 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm Reply

    I don’t normally like quiche, but that looks fantastic! Great job to your daughter and her gymnastics team on their meet. I also hate running in the rain, unless it is warm out and the rain isn’t a heavy one, then I love it. 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm Reply

      I make a ton of quiche.. its one of those things you can throw in just about any left overs.
      Warm rain would be OK, but things are damp here so immediately I get cold.

  6. HoHo Runs February 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Rain is tough but also a very real possibility on race day (although I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!!). Kudos for getting out there in it! It’s a great mental exercise, if nothing else. Congrats to your daughter and her gymnastics team. Your food this week looks amazing. I need to try the sweet potato recipe you got from Deborah. Good luck on the 26 miles this weekend. It does sound like a lot, but you are ready! You are getting so close to your race. Thanks for linking with us Karen.

    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm Reply

      Deborah always has such great recipes. No one is a vegetarian in my house but often, I prefer a venetarian meal. I have made several of her recipes and am not disappointed.
      I am ready for my marathon ! Getting a bit impatient in fact….

  7. Darlene February 15, 2016 at 3:59 pm Reply

    I’m not a fan of running in the rain. Kudos to you for getting it done.

    I love crepes!! But they’re only really good in France.

    26 miles??!! Wow. If I trained for marathon, I think I’d only run 20 as my longest. You are tough!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm Reply

      The secret to good crepes is flatoring them slightly with a tad bit of alcohol, or heavy cream…. (instead of just milk). But i just make them out of a box. My husband always gets upset because he prefers to make them from stratch but then you need to let them sit. And I don’t have the patience.

  8. Cassi February 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm Reply

    I didn’t know the French dressed up for Mardi Gras! Never mentioned in class before.

    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

      Only the kids in school dress up, but most schools do it if there is not vacation that week.

  9. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy February 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm Reply

    I think with all that running, we can get away with eating a little bit more food. I think even I could get away with eating more if I was eating that much!

    I love crepes, and make them occasionally, but they’re so labor intensive! It’s been a while, now you’ve got me wanting to make some . . .
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm Reply

      I am a bit obsessed with not wanting to gain weight during marathon training… but at the same time I know I need to fuel my body correctly. I am always walking a fine line !

      • Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy February 16, 2016 at 2:18 am Reply

        I can definitely understand that — I walk that same line just training for halfs!

        A couple of years ago I was running double the weekly mileage I run now. For the first time in my life, I could almost eat anything I wanted! But eventually I ended up injured. 🙁
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        • Karen - Fit in France February 16, 2016 at 9:41 am Reply

          Yes, it is a fine line !

  10. Lara @ Uptite Mamas February 16, 2016 at 2:03 am Reply

    Nice job with the marathon training! So exciting!! Proud of you. And running in the rain is brutal. Great job pushing through!!! I definitely learned that I need to stretch so much more than I ever did in the past to keep away the physical therapy…
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 16, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply

      You’ll see… the need for stretching increases with age. 🙁 And thanks, I am proud of myself too !

  11. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home February 16, 2016 at 2:26 am Reply

    I don’t have any issues with running in rain unless it’s cold. I ran a 10 miler in 40 degrees and rain and wind about 5 years ago. I figure, after than, i can do anything. Right?
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 16, 2016 at 9:39 am Reply

      Boy do I hate those conditions.

  12. Diane February 17, 2016 at 12:10 am Reply

    Oh I love the days when my youngest daughter was a competitive gymnast. All those young girls are just so amazing. So much strength and discipline. Although I remember there’s plenty of breath holding while they’re flipping around on the beam!
    Good idea to tough it out in the rain, you never know. I will cross my fingers for you though that you have a nice dry race day.
    That smoked salmon dish looks amazing! I bet it was delicious!
    Happy Marathon Training Karen!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 17, 2016 at 6:58 am Reply

      You are so right, lots of breath holding ! I love to see the girls progress over the year, such a confidence builder.

  13. Kim Hatting February 17, 2016 at 3:16 am Reply

    I can handle rain (if it’s not an all-out down pour) AND if it’s not cold. I ran Grandma’s Marathon (Duluth MN) back in June…and we had major rain before the race, and “light” rain for the first two hours. UGH. Totally not ideal marathon race day conditions…but I was there, and I was not DNS’ing…..so I went with it. And it wasn’t too bad 😉 Then, there’s that ultra that I did a month later…and that had a couple hours of rain as well. 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 17, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply

      Wow, good for you. I run because I like it and in those conditions ? I do not like it.
      I did a 20 K in the cold, wind & rain and HATED every minute of it.

  14. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com February 17, 2016 at 4:34 am Reply

    Now that is dedication!!! I must admit if it’s raining I’ll think of every excuse not to get outdoors!! And sounds like you had such a fun weekend and weekend! Those crepes look amazing and so does the quiche! I studied French for several years and this makes me want to take my own trip out there!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 17, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply

      Crepes and quiche are typical French meals. I posted the simplest quiche recipe ever if you look under food. Can not go wrong ! And there is so much to see and do in France !

  15. Mary Beth Jackson February 19, 2016 at 9:56 pm Reply

    kudos to getting those training miles in! My hubby loves crepes so he would have loved that holiday celebration! That fish dish looks delish! Congrats to your daughter- it is quite the confidence booster- woo hoo! TGIF!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 20, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply

      Confidence is so important for you women. If there is one thing I would like them to grow up with, its self confidence.

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