Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ho Lotta Fun (WW # 70)

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My Week At A Glance:

M   Rest
T    Ran 6  (Rain)
W   Rest  
T    Travel
F    Beach Bumming
S    Ran 13 (PCB Half Marathon)
S    Ran 4 Easy

Total = 23

Does it get any better?

As this goes live, I'm still enjoying a long weekend on the beautiful emerald coast with several running friends and fellow blogger buddies.  You'll have to be patience for the details.   Suffice it to say:  we had a blast, Florida gulf coach beaches never disappoint, and there were a few incredible PRs at the Panama City Beach half marathon.

I am soooooo proud of this lady (and all of our runners!)

Just one attempt...seriously!

Have you ever visited the Florida panhandle?  Which city?

Where is your favorite beach?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

We Have Color! (WW # 69)

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My Week At A Glance:

M   Rest
T    Ran 6 @ MGP
W   Rest
T    Ran 16 Slow
F    Ran 5 Easy
S    Ran 5 Progressive
       [10:12 9:31 9:05 8:55 8:22]  
S    Ran 4 Easy

Total = 36

I was very excited to be named an ambassador for Legend Compression Wear.  I was really feeling the mileage this week and wore these calf sleeves several times for recovery purposes.  I'm already in love with this pretty turquoise pair.  They aren't too tight, which is an aggravating issue with the others I have. In fact -- when I take the others off, the name brand stays imprinted in my calf for hours...  Anyway, I'm sure you'll want to check out their holiday deals.

After last Sunday's 16 miler, I decided to do another on Thursday.  Uh-huh, just 4 days later.  I didn't want to wait until the weekend.  I have a half marathon coming up and decided I'd like a few extra days of cutting back.  By running long again Thanksgiving morning, I'd get 9 days before the half.   After that calorie burn, I feasted on everything and more at dinner that evening.    My MIL makes the best sweet potato casserole with crunchy pecan topping.   {Sigh}

My favorite neighborhood tree!

I runfessed Friday about always having a bad finish line picture and supplied the latest evidence from my recent Soldier Half Marathon.  But, something told me to go back and check again.  And, voila!  I found an acceptable race photo taken out on the course.  A rarity.  I typically don't even notice the photographers and usually look toothless and in need of dental intervention.  

Say cheese.... and don't forget your Jazz Hands.

Terrified to take my eyes off the Chicago pavement.  And see?  Toothless!

I felt tired enough to skip the local 5k I was planning to run Saturday as speed work.  I did go out later in the day for a productive 5 mile progression run.   At long last, we finally have our Fall color.  I couldn't resist running 5 times this week just to enjoy it.  Please forgive me for the extra pictures.  It's supposed to storm this week {YAY rain--finally!} and I know the leaves will be gone within days.

Next weekend I'll be on the coast along with several ladies that link right here every week.  We are running the Panama City Beach Half Marathon.  I'd like to have a respectable race, hence the reason I chose a 9 day recovery and scheduled a cut-back week on my marathon training plan.   My performance will be heavily dependent on the weather, specifically the humidity. The last time I ran this half, I could not see the ocean due to thick fog.  So, we will see!  Stay tuned.  I'm sure it will be fun to read the different perspectives from this event. 

And that's a wrap!

Did you run on Thanksgiving Day?

What was the best thing you ate this week?

Do you still have Fall color in your area?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Runfessions (November)

As November soon comes screeching to a halt,
it's time for a monthly dose of runfessions.

I runfess...

I simply can't do a runfession post without the obligatory cookie shot.  Isn't he festive?  Just please don't ask me how I know that his scarf comes in multiple colors.

I runfess...

I did it again.  I stuck a razor sharp GU pack in my bra.  When will I ever learn?   The wounds are quite extensive!  Maybe I could get rich by creating a super soft, comfy cottony [yet moisture-wicking] GU sleeve?  

I runfess...

Here it is -- more evidence that I take the worst finish line pictures.  What was I doing?  I'd like to boast and say trying not to puke from kicking it hard down the Avenue of Flags.  That sounds so much better than the truth.  But I runfess, I'm pretty certain I was trying to soak up the snot.  Be forewarned:  Do not high five my gloved hands at a cold weather race.    {See the offending GU pack?}

I runfess...

Starbucks {aka Six-Bucks}.
Too often.
Too many holiday flavors.
Too yummy.
Too convenient.
Too expensive.
Enough said.

Yes, I've decorated...
Yes, I've drank too much Starbucks...

I runfess...

I'm all about saving the bird, taking back Thanksgiving, not shopping on The Day (or Black Friday for that matter).  But -- when I looked at what was on my calendar  (plus travel coupled with peak marathon training) I realized I would have little free time to decorate after Thanksgiving.  I caved.  I decorated a couple of weeks.  And I further runfess...that opened the floodgates to Christmas music and hokey Hallmark Channel movies.   Forgive me Thomas Turkey, for I have sinned.

Tell me, what do you need to runfess?

I'm linking up with the lovely Marcia today from Marcia's Healthy Slice.
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I'm also joining on the new Friday Five 2.0 linkup
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Burning Turkey (WW # 68)

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My Week At A Glance:

M   Rest
T    Ran 6 Easy
W   Ran 4 Progressive
T    Rest
F    Ran 4 Easy
S    Ran 3 (5k Turkey Burner @ 8:32)
S    Ran 16 Slow

Total = 33

I enjoyed a Super Moon six miler Tuesday morning:

Wednesday morning I ran four progressive miles in dense fog:

A lovely package of goodies arrived for winning Zenaida's birthday giveaway!

I enjoyed a few easy miles in the park on Friday morning:

I used Saturday's Turkey Burner 5k as my weekly speed session.
It was great to catch up with running buddies -- like Beth!

I was lucky enough to win first in my age group and
happy to improve a bit for my fastest pace this year:

Sunday's 16 miler was run in a bright new pair of shoes: 

I saw no reason to wait until Thursday for pumpkin pie!
There's nothing better fresh and warm from the oven.

Quickly, let me say a heartfelt thank you to my co-host Tricia who graciously allowed me to practice my RRCA Coaching skills on her over the last few months.  She gracefully tackled and overachieved everything I threw at her.  She handled interval training like a boss!  I couldn't be more proud of her performance at yesterday's half marathon.  She took a whopping 10 minutes off her previous time on that course -- in high winds -- and ran the last mile as her fastest.  Oh, did I mention the course had over 650 feet of elevation gain?  Congratulations to you, Tricia!

And that's a wrap (the down and dirty, quick and easy, picture version)!

How will you spend Thanksgiving?
What Thanksgiving dish are you looking forward to most?
Did you (or will you) run a Turkey Trot / Burner?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hullabaloo For You?

I've been singing Bare Necessities from Jungle Book since seeing this week's Wednesday Word. [Perhaps because of the character Baloo?]   Anyhoo... I'm probably the most un-hullabaloo-esque person you'll ever meet.  Got drama?  I don't want any!  Don't throw a kink into my perfectly tranquil life {...bahahaha...}.  My family will tell you I do not get dramatic, even when there is plenty of reason to do so.  I'm the calm in the storm.  It's my job to be the voice of reason amid the chaos.  I actually think this might irritate everyone slightly.  😉

When it comes to racing, I don't need the hullabaloo there either.  One of my favorite half marathons is held inside Callaway Gardens in the dead of winter.  Icy ponds.  Frosty breath.  Rolling hills.  Ribbons of curving pavement.  Not one spectator.  No after party.  {I surely wouldn't consider a Duplex Cookie and Gatorade mixed and served from old-school coolers anywhere close to a party.} No hype here -- just beautiful forested running.

Yes, hullabaloo sometimes has it's place.  I recently ran the Chicago Marathon.   With 1.2 million spectators along the route, the energy was electric.  At times, the noise was deafening.  While it's fun to experience that, it's definitely not a requirement.  I do not need the song and dance.  After all, I'll be performing my own when it's over. 

I guess Disney's over-the-topness would definitely be considered hullabaloo.  That's the next marathon I'll be experiencing (again).  I absolutely will enjoy every second of it too.  It's goose bump inducing to run down Main Street amidst all the fanfare.   But once it's over, I'll be craving my peaceful, quiet pre-dawn runs.   Seeking the calm after the storm.

Some Hullabaloo For You?

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