Weekly wrap : the stars aligned on Friday

Can you believe it is almost March ? I love that spring will be here in 3 weeks, even though we have had great weather this winter. I love long days and the sun is up now on my morning runs.


This past week had some ups and downs for me, luckily it started off with the downs and got better by the time Friday rolled around.


Without going in to any of the details, I went through phases of sadness, frustration, disappointment, boredom, anger, fear. Little things bothered me, that should have been sources of joy :

  • I wanted a new dress …but spent over 30 minutes in my usual store to come out empty handed. Nothing fit right.
  • I got my haircut …except my stylist changed the cut a bit and I don’t like it.
  • I had a important conversation with someone …but it didn’t really go as planned.
  • The week should have been calm at work …but several things happened which frustrated, disappointed and angered me.

I think it was a combination of hormones + feeling tired, physically and emotionally, from my long run last Sunday + my emotional week which lead to me eating ALL THE FOOD. Which of course didn’t help my energy or mood.


With my marathon training, I did a 25 mile run/walk last Sunday. Boy, did I feel it on Monday & Tuesday. I had stretched and foam rolled like crazy, and lived in my compression socks, so my muscles were fine. Nothing really hurt specifically but I could tell my body had gone through a major event. I had one or 2 knee niggles, I was stiff, sleeping poorly (I ALWAYS sleep poorly after long runs) and felt physically battered.

This situation started playing with my mind. Then I downloaded my long run to my computer and realized that I had lost the GPS signal for a while and based on the time estimate, I did OVER 26,5 miles. No wonder I felt battered. But my physical condition continued to play mind games.

I had a run on my plan Tuesday and Thursday… the Tuesday run was tough, I did more walking than running but at least I was out. Thursday was a little faster. Both days I did 6 km. But doubts kept creeping in…

  • I have one more really long run before the marathon, will I be able to do it ?
  • What if I am injured ? What if I over did it ?
  • Will I ever be able to do the marathon in under 5 hours ?
  • Why am I doing this ?

I was scared I wouldn’t be able to complete the marathon and doubts plagued me all week. Like this small rain cloud hovering, waiting to pour.

Then this came in the mail on Friday :


Sue from This mama runs for cupcakes was giving away a momentum jewelry bracelet and she chose me !  I was so happy to receive it. It gave me the boost of confidence I needed to get out of my funk, go do my mile repeats which were on my plan Saturday. 10 x 1 mile repeats at marathon pace with a 5 minute walk in between each. Luckily I have some distances measured where I usually run because my gps watch REFUSED to pick up the signal. I think it is seeking revenge because I was mean to it in my February Runfessions post just this week ! I did around 13 miles total. With negative splits. And it felt good.

When I got back from my run Saturday, this was in the mail  :


Gymboss timer

I have spent my whole training looking at my watch to check the time of my run / walk intervals. This will allow me to program my intervals and it will beep or vibrate. Lunch was also ready.

Appetizer : mango, avocado, grapefruit & crab meat :


Main dish : Cod with roasted carrots and broccoli :


I finished off the mango for dessert, one of my favorite fruits.

Yeah, Saturday finished on a great note.

It is school vacation here so I am off for a couple days to the country side, to spend time with my family, in front of the fire, without much internet access !

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: 35

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner February 29, 2016 at 11:55 pm Reply

    I feel like that sometimes in the winter I think it’s the shorter days and less light. I love the momentum bracelets enjoy yours!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 7:11 am Reply

      I agree Deborah, its a middle of the winter thing.

  2. meljo @ ayearinrunningshoes March 1, 2016 at 1:23 am Reply

    Enjoy your days in the countryside! I miss getting a February break… we used to take full advantage of “ski week” and headed to the Alps! It was a mess of people for sure, but we used to love that no one got up for lift opening like Americans! By the time the Europeans made it to the lifts, we were ready for brunch! 🙂

    Love your bracelet, and YAY! for negative splits!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 7:09 am Reply

      LOL ! you are so right about the lines at the ski resorts. I didn’t go this year, being in the middle of marathon training, I was too afraid to break something.

  3. Karen March 1, 2016 at 3:00 am Reply

    Wow!! What a week. I have so many thoughts…your long run is amazing and you earned the right to be very tired. I am impressed you recovered and got your repeats done. I am going to read the Galloway book after I am done my current reading material, but the amounts of long runs in the plan kind of scare me. You have done so well with this training and you know for sure you can cover the distance, so I would modify the plan if you feel it is best for you.
    I love that got the bracelet! what a great little pick me up 🙂
    I also love the timer! I have found that to be so useful 🙂 You can get such a good rhythm going. It was a little tricky to program, but it works like a charm. I clip it to my sports bra right in the middle and sometimes on my belt. I hope you enjoy it.
    That is crazy your watch is having such a time connecting.
    Yes, I believe that you can sub 5!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 7:08 am Reply

      Thanks Karen for the encouragement. The long runs in the plan build so slowly, and its also every other, or every third weekend, so I really didn’t find it cumbersome. The aftermath of last week’s was the only one that played with my mind ! I tried the timer out yesterday, and yes, it was a bit complicated to program (with crappy instructions) but I did like it. I felt I was getting a stiff neck looking at my watch constantly.

  4. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home March 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Glad your week ended on a positive note! I love those Momentum bracelets, and this current campaign is awesome. I have 3 bracelets to give away–stay tuned to see who gets them!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

      I was so happy about my bracelet because you can not get them here ….I am sure you will make someone just as happy !

  5. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply

    That is one thing I don’t like about the Galloway plans — I don’t think it’s a good idea to go right up to race length. It’s so hard on your body, AND your immune system. Many say it’s a confidence booster, but obviously for you it wasn’t.

    My advice would be to shorten that last long run, but of course, I’m not a coach. Just my $.02.

    Here’s to a much better week this week and I KNOW you can do it! Obviously — you’ve already done it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm Reply

      I am definitely thinking of cutting my last long run a bit short. Especially since I will be traveling and it makes the logistics quite complicated. Finding a place to do 28 miles is not easy. I am thinking I will cut it to 20 – 23 range. We’ll see ! I am amazed though how I bounced back. Those first few days were hard but a week later I am fine.

      • Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm Reply

        Sounds like you’re good at listening to your body, so I think you’ll know what to do. I definitely think you’ll be ready & prepared!
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        • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply

          I sure hope so !

  6. Kelli March 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm Reply

    I hope you have a better week this week. Sounds like the week I had about two weeks ago. Ugh. But the daylight on on the morning runs is nice. I find it so much easier to get up and moving with earlier light.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm Reply

      Agree ! Definitely makes things easier.

  7. Runaway Bridal Planner March 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm Reply

    Sorry you aren’t loving your new hair cut, hope it grows to how you like it soon!
    I’ve had days’ like that in the fitting room too, it’s no fun when you need or want to buy something and just nothing looks right when your trying them on.
    I’d say you’re definitely due for a much better week this week!!!
    Love that first picture, so beautiful:)
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 9:00 am Reply

      I am slowly getting used to the cut but it is a bit of a change.
      I still want a new dress but hate shopping so much… I am dreading going back to try on things in another store. Ugh.

  8. Mary Beth Jackson March 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm Reply

    That was so nice of Sue! WOW! Isn’t it nice when a small thing can turn the week around?! Keep your chin up- I hope this week is smooth sailing!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply

      Agree that such a small thing can turn situations from crap to great.

  9. Sherry March 2, 2016 at 6:24 am Reply

    Sounds like a rough week. Wow! Way to go over 25 miles last Sunday! I think you’ll do fine on your marathon! Those bracelets are nice! Hope you have a great week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply

      My weekend was great thanks, but I am starting to get a tad bit nervous about the race !

  10. Lisa @ Running Out Of WIne March 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm Reply

    Thats awesome that you won the bracelet from Sue! Sorry you had kind of a rough week, but glad it ended on a good note!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply

      Thanks Lisa. All weeks can not be great.

  11. Marcia March 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I think, being at the point of marathon training that you are, everything is coming to a crescendo, which makes you tired, stressed, all of it. Glad you’re spending some down time in the countryside. This will all come together. No doubts. You’ve totally got this!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:56 am Reply

      Thanks Marcia for the encouragement, and I think you are right about the timing.

  12. HoHo Runs March 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Karen, you are doing great. You are tired and irritable because you are training for a MARATHON and have been for MONTHS. You had a great mail week. Sue picked a perfect bracelet for you. Enjoy a few days of relaxation! And then go back to training and kill that last long run. You Got This! Thanks for linking up with us!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:02 pm Reply

      Thanks Holly. I was finding the time long, now I can’t believe it is only 4 weeks away. Ugh. Now I am getting nervous !

  13. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin March 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply

    The woo’s of marathon training. We truly don’t realize what a toll it takes on the body until days even weeks later. I can relate to this where it’s the straw that broke the camels back. Everything can go downhill so fast and then your left thinking what was that? But I’ll say everything can just as fast be all fine. Hang in there lady, you did awesome on your very very longer than planned run. It is behind you an it’s another notch in the ol’ belt and another stop closer to your goal!
    I would have to have the interval timer, I could not look at my watch that much!! What a cute bracelet you got! I love it! Thanks so much Karen for linking! Thinking about you this week and hopefully it will be better!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm Reply

      Thanks Tricia. The weekend got better and this week was good too, with a lot less mileage. I am glad because my body needed the break ! I have started using the timer and can not believe I spent 5 months looking at my watch ! The timer is a life saver.

  14. Elizabeth March 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I understand the frustration of everything kind of snowballing… not finding the dress, the haircut, the chat, and then extra miles in a run. I think your bracelet arrived at the perfect time! I hope this week is better and the sun is shining. Have a good one. 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 4, 2016 at 6:46 am Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth. The sun didn’t shine too much, but the week was better !

  15. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes March 4, 2016 at 2:52 am Reply

    Yay!! So happy that you got the bracelet and that it helped turn your week around. I feel like i have weeks like that all of the time! I hope spring gets there soon!! XOXO

    • Karen - Fit in France March 4, 2016 at 6:46 am Reply

      I hope spring gets here soon too… lots of wind, rain & cold weather here this week.

    • Karen - Fit in France March 4, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply

      Thanks Sue ! Hope your studying is going well.

  16. Wendy @ Wholistic Woman March 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Isn’t it crazy how we get in our own way? Glad you were able to end the week on a high note!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 4, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply

      Love that phrase ! Yes you are right 🙂
      The week did end on a high note and when it rains, I think I just need to let it rain. It will stop at some point.

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