Septembre 29, 2017. Dealing with the During. Getting to the start line et un BONUS 50 mile ultra-marathon packing list en français.

La vie est belle –

Bonjour mes amis!

Aujourd’hui c’est mon anniversaire!  J’ai 52! Cinquante-deux!  Sérieusement, c’est ok.  Maintenant, je suis jeune…demain, je ne sais pas.

J’aime l’automne, c’est joli.  Et vous, aimez-vous l’automne?  

L’hiver est horrible pour moi. C’est joli aussi et j’aime la neige! Mais, en hiver il fait froid.  Alors, je besoin de prépare et acheter un nouveau manteau.

 Toutefois, je vais courir.  


During – 

Preparing for the Fall and I don’t mean l’automne.

When I fall, it normally takes months for me to snap out of it.

The snap really isn’t a snap; it’s a slow, gradual recover.  But during – I spin.

Each September the fall finds me and as the days shorten and darken, I tumble down deeper and deeper only to emerge when the birds return to sing.

I’m thankful for the sun that warms the glass of the window where I sit and stare and spin.

The fall always comes as does the snap – it’s the during I fear.


Dealing with the during, I remind myself:

  • La vie est belle / Life is beautiful
  • Rassure-toi / Everything will be okay
  • Ne t’en fais pas / Don’t let it get to you
  • T’inquiète pas / Don’t worry



Getting to the start line –

Comment vont les genoux? / How are the knees holding up?  Pas mal / not bad, they’re holding up.

But, is it because I’m holding back?

To get myself to the start line of the 50 miler, I’ve decided to forgo the longer runs on the training schedule, which calls for me to do two 25 mile runs before race day.

Fearing the high mileage will do more harm than good, I’ve chosen to skip the longer runs and work on overall body strength and the middle distance runs (10 – 15 milers).

My hope is that I’ll have saved my knees (mostly the right knee) for race day and that the knees will hold up on race day or at least through mile 40 – I’ll crawl the last 10 miles if I have to.

“If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin.


“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  Winston Churchill.

Bonus – a look into my race day running bag – 

Les biscuits / Cookies

La valise / Suitcase

L’eau / Water

Les chaussures / Shoes

Les chaussettes / Socks

Plus de cookies / More Cookies

La casquette (unsure on the article la or le) / Cap

La veste / Coat

Les serviettes  / Towels

Crème solaire  / Sunscreen

Beaucoup de Cookies / A lot of cookies

Au revoir et bonne journée!


P.S.  Joyeux anniversaire à moi!

Author: suzlearnsfrench

My name is Suz and I'm addicted to France and all things French. I can't speak French, but I'm working on it. I've been working on it for 33 years. I'm married to a man who is half French and our running joke is "my next husband will be full French." However, I'm never giving this one up.

12 thoughts on “Septembre 29, 2017. Dealing with the During. Getting to the start line et un BONUS 50 mile ultra-marathon packing list en français.”

  1. Happy Birthday indeed. You have five long years before you are as decrepit as I turned earlier this month. And on that momentous day I decided it was better to multiply the digits to get a very digestible 35. I can live with that – I too feel young. I am certain you know far better than I the best way to prepare YOUR body. You are a marathon vet – this is shy of two of those. You know what to do and you must guard those pesky knees. My only little point of French this week is that we could say t’inquiète and not even bother with the pas if you want to be truly authentic. Keep it coming … I feel part of your journey in some half-baked way 🙂

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    1. Merci ! I look forward to your help. I try to use just the words I know. And I only know the present tense LOL. I looked those 3 phrases up. So I really appreciate the help. I just love learning French – it’s just so hard when you speak English everyday and everywhere. So the time I spend on the blog really helps. Oh and these knees…I’ll get to the start – not sure what the day will hold but it is what is is. All good!

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      1. After the 50 miler I’ll give you a couple of tips that helped me greatly when I landed like a gormless gangly alien who thought she could speak reasonable French and found out she was entirely clueless!!!

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  2. Hard to believe that November is coming up very fast for your 50 miler Suz. Very wise of you to forgo the longer runs with your knee concerns.

    The most I ever did before my 50 miler was a 50k (30 miles) 10 weeks earlier and in between a couple of half marathon distances and a fair bit of hill training.

    You are going to do just great. 🙂

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  3. On the upside of all the hard work running, you seem to get to eat as many cookies as you want! (me, -sigh- I just want to do that without the running bit). I suppose wheelchair riding doesn’t burn the same amount. Bummer.

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