Weekly wrap : the final countdown


Seven more days ! Thank you so much for continuing to read my blog because I am sure you are probably fed up because the marathon is pretty much all I post about lately ! This post is no different.

I had my final longish run this past Saturday, 12K. I live near the middle part of the marathon so came across the above sign, as well as several kilometer markers along my run :


I had been wondering if it would be marked in miles and kilometers, but I only came across kilometer markers…. at least that helps me clarify my mindset. I have been moving from miles to km to miles…. my training book is miles, but I have always trained with km, so my mind gets muddled, constantly switching between the 2.

There were not too many people out when I started, and it was actually kind of nice having a “shorter” run. I was home by 10 a.m. and felt I had the rest of the day !


I also received last week the (final ??) email with all the details about the race. Asics which is one of the big sponsors does free pace bracelets, so I had one made that I will pick up at the expo. They even made me my own personal map !


If you notice, I put in a time of 4:45. I would say that is my A goal, to finish under 4:45. My B goal is to finish in under 5 hours, and my C goal is to finish. Period ! Building this helped me on Saturday where I tested out my planned time, to see if I could do my 10K within an hour and 7 minutes. I was pretty darn close !

I have also spent the last week stalking the weather. I haven’t thought too much about my race outfit yet, waiting to see how things evolve. Rain showers were initially announced but it now looks to be a little nicer.

I have also been getting really excited about the race expo (Salon du Running).  I went to the 2015 Expo and loved it ! This week I am meeting a friend there Thursday evening to pick up our race packets. I will go back on Saturday to meet up with a women who is also running the marathon for the first time and we have become “virtual friends” on Instagram.

So I checked out all the details :


All that running stuff under one roof. Yes, I am excited.

I still  have 3 short runs on my agenda this week, and I will be tweaking my hydration and nutrition, planning my race outfit and trying to sleep as much as I can.

Other than that, I haven’t had much time for anything else. We have a 3 day weekend here for Easter, though my daughter had a gym competition today. On Easter ? Kind of crazy in a Catholic dominated country….



If you missed it, head over to my Runfessions post from Tuesday… I had been keeping a secret from my readers.

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 ? Did you do any racing ? Any last minute pieces of advice you’d give me ?


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Comments: 42

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm Reply

    No, I love reading about all your training! KM would totally confuse me, I remember running on a TM in Europe and being totally befuddled by what my pace ought to be. When I did Montreal, I’m pretty sure there was both, but that was RnR.

    Since you’re run/walking, take some photos! I find it’s relatively easy to take photos, even on a 30 sec walk break.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 7:34 am Reply

      I agree with you Judy, I will definitely take photos. On my walk breaks I have learned to take photos but also eat / refuel very quickly.

  2. Elizabeth March 28, 2016 at 2:27 am Reply

    I’m excited to read even more about your marathon! Race recap, expo info, whatever. Have a great week and good luck at the race!! You’ve got this! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement ! I am sure this week will be overloaded with running posts because it is all.I.think.about at the moment.

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home March 28, 2016 at 2:47 am Reply

    I would never get tired of your training posts! Heck, you read mine! That’s how we learn and support each other.

    Last minute advice? I’ll tell you what my friend Sandy told me before my first marathon. She’s an Ironman, so I think she knows her stuff: Go with what the day brings you.

    Just let it happen. Have fun. Take it all in. You get to run a marathon. In Paris! So excited for you!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      Thanks Wendy. I think the advice is great. I was even thinking about running without a watch … to take some of the pressure off. But I don’t think my type A personality would allow for that, because I also want it to be uploaded into my Nike stats !

  4. Debbie @ Deb Runs March 28, 2016 at 4:10 am Reply

    When my friend ran Paris a few years ago, she said some of the mile markers were in both miles and km. Her marathon foggy brain got confused toward the end and she misread one of the signs and thought she was closer to the finish than she really was. Living in France, I bet you have a far better grasp on kilometers than we do!

    Good luck and have fun running Paris! You’ve got this!

    Heading over to your runfessions. You’ve got my curiosity up! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply

      I have spent so much time calculating and recalculating all my paces, speeds, etc. from miles to km that I should be OK. But then again, as of only a week ago, I realized I was running 15 seconds faster than my projected pace. So I guess I don’t have all the calculations down pat. LOL

  5. Christine @ Two Runners Travel March 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Yay Karen! I’m so excited for you. I’ve heard the Paris marathon is really fantastic. I love those last few runs when you find time in your schedule again and get to just relax a bit. In terms of advice, try to relax and be confident. You had a great training cycle and I like to think of the race as the victory lap.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply

      Yes, great way to think of it Christine. Anyway, I’m as ready as I will ever be…..

  6. Kimberly Hatting March 28, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I’m SOOOO excited for you!!! I think this your first 26.2 (not sure what the Kilometer count is for that….My advice is to enjoy the experience. You only get one chance to run your first marathon, focus on all the energy from the crowd and marvel at what your body is capable of doing 😉 You have no control over the race day conditions (other runners, weather, terrain, etc.), but you do have 100% control of your mental game. I’ll be anxiously awaiting to hear how it goes 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply

      That is definitely great advice. I did think of not using my watch to take some of the pressure off, but since I trained for 6 months with it, I think that would be a little too risky. You wait, it will be just my luck that it doesn’t pick up the GPS signal that day. LOL

  7. lacey@fairytalesandfitness March 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm Reply

    I bet that was fun watching your daughter’s meet. I was in gymnastics when I was younger but we never done the uneven bars. You will do great during your race. You put In all the hard training!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm Reply

      I love watching gymnastics. It isn’t too competitive, and there is a good team spirit… so there isn’t too much pressure. She enjoys it.
      Yes, I feel ready physically. We’ll see !

  8. Chaitali March 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm Reply

    I’m so excited that it’s finally marathon week for you! Best of luck 🙂 I’ve never done a full marathon so I look forward to hearing about your experience.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

      Thank you. The whole thing is a bit overwhelming but I feel as prepare as I ever will… exciting too !

  9. Stephanie Suire March 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm Reply

    First, CONGRATS on the NYC Marathon! NYC and Paris were my choices for running a marathon, so I am so excited you get to run both in the same year! Second, last year when I ran Paris it was marked in both miles and kilometers. The mile markers are set up as flags, usually on the right side of the road where you will be running. One week to go, GOOD LUCK and have a great time during your first marathon.

    • Karen - Fit in France March 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

      THANK YOU Stephanie. I am over the top excited although getting a bit nervous ! and its in large part your doing 🙂

  10. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin March 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply

    Ha I have to say when you have posted your training distance in KM I had to try and figure out how much you actually ran in miles. It is all about what your use too though! I’m so excited to have made it this far with you I feel like I’ve been with you the entire way in the marathon training an boy it has been a long time. I know I felt that way with mine too but it is right around the corner for you!!
    So cool you get to meet up with a virtual instagramer and you’ll both be doing the marathon! Good luck this week!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:29 am Reply

      Thanks Tricia. I loved following your training in parallel to mine. And yes, it was a LONG time, I can not believe now it is in less than a week. Crazy.

  11. Sonia March 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Reply

    Enjoy your last week of taper! It’s an exciting time. You only have one first marathon (that’s what I told myself) so I made sure I enjoyed the experience. Take it all in, try to remember the race, funny signs to pass the miles, try to find a similar paced runner to “latch” onto once in a while if you feel yourself dragging. Don’t try anything new on or right before race day. Trust your training! When you cross that finish line, it’s an unimaginable feeling! The KM and mile thing would drive me bonkers. Here having split times in KM is enough to confuse me! Good luck on your race! Can’t wait to hear all about it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:33 am Reply

      This is great advice. The first part of the race is downhill and many people go out way too fast so I will need to be careful. It is all about the experience. And I fully agree about trying or doing nothing new right before or on day race !

  12. Runaway Bridal Planner March 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm Reply

    First, I am glad you post about your marathon training! I wouldn’t get sick of that kind of talk ever:)
    What pretty trails you get to run on, love the lake or pond trail view photo!
    Most races here (well at least all the larger marathons I have ever run) do both the miles and the KM, I like it because I feel like if I left the country I could actually know what someone was talking about it they told me driving directions like 15k and turn left, LOL
    Good luck in your upcoming race, I am excited for you and looking forward to hearing how it goes!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply

      I live right near a forest that has tons of paths and lakes, that is where most of my pictures come from. I think there will be mile markers too but only on the side, not painted on the ground. After France, the US and the UK are the most represented countries so it HAS to be in miles too.

  13. Lisa @ Running Out Of WIne March 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm Reply

    I’m so excited for you! I love reading about other runners’ training. Its pretty cool that the race map shows you where you should be by time! I would also get really confused switching between miles and km. Good luck in your race!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

      I wish the Galloway book existed in km…. it has been a pain switching constantly.

  14. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner March 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm Reply

    Your race is the same day as my cherry blossom 10 miler. I have not even really talked about it bc I was so nervous! Good luck to both of us
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      Have a wonderful race Deborah !

  15. meljo @ ayearinrunningshoes March 29, 2016 at 1:00 am Reply

    I am so excited to hear about your marathon experience!! Just relax and enjoy it!! The best advice I received before running my first marathon: run the race YOU trained for… bad grammar, but the message is true — it is easy to get caught up in the adrenaline of the runners around you and abandon your plan! If you can avoid that, you’ll be golden!! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:40 am Reply

      Great advice. Indeed lots of people go out too fast because the start is a gradual downhill.

  16. Coco March 29, 2016 at 3:08 am Reply

    Oh, it’s getting real! You are so ready! You got this. 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply

      Thank you !

  17. Stacey March 29, 2016 at 11:39 am Reply

    Good luck and have a great time running Paris!!! I really enjoy reading about runners’ training, the good, bad and ugly-all of it 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 8:02 pm Reply

      Thank you !

  18. Meagan March 30, 2016 at 12:47 am Reply

    Oh I totally get not being able to talk about anything else. I’m running my first ultra in two weeks and I feel like my blog has become completely boring because it’s basically all I talk about right now.

    I hope you have a fabulous time at your race!! I had never considered it before, but it would really throw me off to run an international race that was only marked in kilometers. That also got me thinking about how it’s funny that here in the US we run 5K, 10K, etc. races but still mark the miles instead of the kilometers.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Meagan and good luck on your race too. I am looking forward to taking a (short) break, but I have so many things I want to blog about on the topic of the marathon, I need to organize my thoughts.

      I ran a 10K in the US and you are right, it was marked in miles and it threw me off. LOL

      I think it will be in miles and km here because there are so many runners from the US and the UK.

  19. HoHo Runs March 30, 2016 at 1:29 am Reply

    Enjoy! That’s it. You’ve completed an incredible journey to get to this point. You will never have another first marathon. So, HAVE FUN. Soak up every second — and don’t worry about pace. It will be what it will be. It is very cool Asics did a map for you. And holy cow at the vendors at the expo! That will be an all day event. Good luck, Karen. Your southern friend from across the pond will be cheering loudly for you! Thanks for linking.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply

      I think you are right Holly… there will never be another “first” marathon. I am not too worried about my time, I am planning on soaking it all up. I think my husband is more worried… he is probably embarrassed to tell my time to his colleagues. LOL ! Only 4 more days….

  20. Mary Beth Jackson March 30, 2016 at 3:35 am Reply

    Almost time! Super exciting!!!! I love the idea of the free pace bands and maps but I am an Asics girl so that is coo! I wish you luck! Be speedy and just have a great time!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm Reply

      Thanks MB. Asics always do some great things. Last year I did a foot ID with them and loved it.

  21. Sharon March 30, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply

    So excited for you! You will do great! Looking forward to hearing all about it. And congrats on getting into the NYC marathon as well! Both are on my bucket list! Have a great time this weekend!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply

      Thanks Sharon. Only a couple more days ! Seems weird, MONTHS of preparation for 4 to 5 hours of running !

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