Sunday, August 13, 2017

Odds and Ends (WW # 106)

We appreciate your support of the Weekly Wrap.  Our Guest Host Series continues for a few more weeks.  Thanks to all of you for making it a success.  This week's guest host is the lovely and inspirational Michelle @ Running With Attitude.  Be sure to visit Michelle and leave a comment.  Please do not just drop a post and run.  The sole purpose of this linkup is to support active women.  Our next guest hosts will be Madhuri @ Ponder 'N' Wonder on August 20th and Teresa @ Finding Fabulous at Fifty on August 27th.


If you read last week's Weekly Wrap, you know that Wendy came to visit.  In addition to our crazy water skiing antics, we also ran the Shake and Bake 5k.  Initially, I wasn't going to do a recap because....well, my performance sucked.  I didn't want to sound whiny.  But, that isn't fair to the race itself. 

You never know who the mailbox cam will capture!

The Shake and Bake 5k is a small race with a hometown feel.  I've run it twice before and did quite well both times.  Located in the shaded, hilly, quaint planned community of Mt. Laurel {note the word mountain in the name} it is the prettiest neighborhood route you'll ever experience.  I remembered their nice T-shirts -- in fact I still sleep in one -- and great post race fare.  When looking for a race, although small, I knew Wendy would enjoy this one.  Please read her excellent recap HERE.  Spoiler alert:  she smoked it.

The softest T-shirt you can imagine!
What went wrong?  It was hot but we did not have our usual excessive humidity; there was no visible muck in the air.  I could  say it wasn't my day and leave it at that -- but that is not quite accurate.  I have no legitimate excuses.  I simply failed to respect the distance and follow my normal routine.   Sparing you all my stupid decisions, I'll just mention the worst one -- drinking coffee while driving to the race, which I know from experience is a HUGE mistake.  {Yep, I had the side stitch from hell over that cup.}  No lie, I thought I was going to toss my cookies when I came across the finish line.  I had to sit in the grass for a few minutes and collect myself. 

When you boil it down,  I got what I put in ... my worst 5k time since my very first one!  Shame on me for not controlling the things I could.  I threw myself a wee pity party. By the time I had eaten the post race watermelon and a buttermilk popsicle from Steel City Pops, I felt much better.   [By the way, we both decided that popsicle was the best thing we'd ever eaten.]  After the stop at Peach Park on the way home for peach cobbler, I had decided it was good (yet humbling) lesson learned. 

Moving on...   Although I wasn't proud of my own performance last weekend, I am incredibly proud of this lady right here!

Congratulations, Karen!

Some of you may know Karen from Fit in France.  She has taken a step away from blogging but you can follow her on I/G @ fit_in_france.  I am privileged to be coaching Karen for her upcoming Disneyland Paris Challenge.  Because she was also registered to run the Beach to Beacon 10k, that's what we concentrated on first.  She tackled her speed intervals like a boss!  I'm so pleased to report she ran an excellent (yet hilly!) race with a finish time of 56:20.  I could not have asked for anything more.  I'm incredibly proud of the hard work she's put in over the last months.  It definitely paid off on race day. 

Saturday's "short" and hot ride of 21.6 miles

I ran a couple of times this week, but nothing over 5 miles.  With a few half marathons on the fall calendar, the real work will start soon enough.  Wanting to increase my cycling mileage for a fall Century Ride, I planned to ride 50 miles on Sunday.  I didn't make it.  I cried uncle at 33.  It was disgustingly hot and there was no shade on this route...except in the gazebo.  My total cycling mileage for the week was 79.7 collected from three rides.   I'm OK with that.  

Taking a shady break on Sunday's hotter ride.

We are celebrating the Weekly Wrap's second anniversary all month long.  Make sure you visit Tricia to enter this week's giveaway!  Next week you can find another giveaway right here.  Congratulations to last week's winner:
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And that's a wrap!

Are you training for a fall race?  If so, which one?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Visit and Giveaway (WW # 105)

We appreciate your support of the Weekly Wrap.  Our Guest Host Series continues strong.  Thanks to all of you for making it a success.  This week's guest host is the lovely and talented Heather @ 3 Black Cat Co.  Be sure to visit Heather and leave a comment.  Please do not just drop a post and run.  The sole purpose of this linkup is to support active women.  Our next guest hosts will be Michelle @ Running With Attitude on August 13th and Madhuri @ Ponder 'N' Wonder on August 20th.

To learn more about the Weekly Wrap or being a Guest Host please click HERE.


I had a visitor this week!  Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home came to play.  Our mission?  To water ski, and then water ski some more.  We had to be creative due to the iffy weather forecast, but we succeeded.  You know we had to throw in a steamy southern 5k for good measure.   How could we not?  It will take me some time to recap what all went down.  But for now, here are a few highlights.


Our first trip to the lake was in the wee morning hours of Friday.  That early wake up call was tough but absolutely worth the smooth lake conditions.  Sadly, we could not see the sunrise.  Wendy got up like a pro on her first attempt.  [Boom!] I was very impressed!  After seeing she had mad skills, I suggested we ski together -- in tandem.  This was something she had never done -- but always up for a challenge, she agreed immediately.

Smooth as glass!

#oldwomenstillslalom (but I'm not saying you're old, Wendy!)

The tandem skiing produced a lot of comments and suggestions from friends and family and it quickly morphed into what we did the next day...complete with 50's era flowered bathing caps and patriotic flags. We had a very enthusiastic audience of complete strangers riding by in a passing pontoon boat (who actually stopped to watch our amazing production).  This naturally added fuel to our fire. We laughed so much over this short video. 

It's fun to be silly, right?


To celebrate our Weekly Wrap's second anniversary, we are giving away prizes all month long!  The newly formed Runner Girl Gang celebrates the love, passion and friendship that is brought about by our shared love of running.  So, it's very appropriate to give away a Runner Girl Gang duffel bag (with other surprise goodies inside).

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What's the last thing you did that was complete silliness, but so much fun?

Who or what is part of your Runner Girl Gang?

And that's a wrap!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Coffee Talk (August)

Thank you, Wendy!

Welcome to Coffee Talk!

We've ushered in a new month and it's time for our monthly coffee date.  I'm excited to say I'm having an actual coffee date with one of our own.  Wendy from Taking The Long Way Home is visiting and we are sipping and swinging on my back porch.  

I haven't had the chance to thank her for my We Are Here Starbucks mug.  After finding out I did not get a Wisconsin mug at the airport after we ran the Door County half marathon, she sweetly had one sent to me.   I will always think of our weekend adventures when I use it. 

Over Coffee...

I'd admit I'm looking forward to getting my running mileage up and training for my next half marathon.  While the lower mileage and summer break was intentional -- and quite honestly it's been so hot and humid here that the running hasn't been the most enjoyable experience -- I do miss training.  Now that it is August, we should start having cooler mornings within 6 weeks or so.  It's something to look forward to.

Over Coffee...

Although my running mileage has been low, my cycling mileage is increasing nicely in preparation for a fall Century Ride.   I'm confident I can go the distance, but the time it requires is mind boggling.  First of all, I'm not a fast rider.  By the time you stop at a few (OK, all) rest stops, it will be an all day event.  It will be nice to have Teresa @ Finding Fabulous at Fifty pedaling beside me. We played around with the idea of only doing a Metric Century Ride but both realized it would be more satisfying to do the full 100+ miles.  Ha Ha -- someone as nutty as me!

There's a little my neighborhood...

Over Coffee...

If you are reading this Saturday morning, weather permitting Wendy and I are running a very steamy 5k.  The name should be a clue -- Shake and Bake.  I have run this race before and even placed in my age group.  I love the fact they give out gift certificates to the farmer's market located on the quaint town square where the race is held.  I don't think it will be me, but maybe my cohort will bring home the bacon (and squash and zucchini and tomatoes and peaches and honey and...).

Over Coffee...

I'd admit how disappointed I was with our weather when Wendy arrived Thursday.  After all, the plan was to water ski...and then water ski some more.  Sadly we didn't make it to the lake Thursday afternoon, but made up for it in the wee morning hours of Friday.  Don't we look as if we came straight from the Cypress Gardens Ski Show?  All we need are the retro flowered bathing caps.  

Over Coffee...

Yes, finally!  School starts next Thursday.  (What the what?  Who decides it should be a Thursday?)  Routine.  Normalcy.  Last child.  Senior year.  The official empty nest countdown has begun. 

What would you tell me over coffee?

I'm linking with the lovely Ultimate Coffee Date hostesses Coco and Deborah!
Be sure to stop in for coffee on Saturday and chat with everyone.

I'm also joining on the Friday Five 2.0 linkup
Stop by and see what everyone is talking about.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sea to Shining Sea (WW # 104)

We appreciate your support of the Weekly Wrap.  Our Guest Host Series continues strong.  Thanks to all of you for making it a success.  This week's guest host is the lovely and inspirational Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner.  Be sure to visit Deborah and leave a comment.  Please do not just drop a post and run.  The sole purpose of this linkup is to support active women.  Our next guest hosts will be  Heather @ 3 Black Cat Co. on August 6th and Michelle @ Running With Attitude on August 13th.

To learn more about the Weekly Wrap or being a Guest Host please click HERE.


First of all, Tricia and I are beyond excited to be celebrating our 2nd anniversary.  Can you believe it?  The Weekly Wrap is turning two and we plan to party throughout the month of August.  Make sure you come back, interact with other linkers, link up yourself, and enter to win some very cool items.   The more you interact and link, the better your chances are to win.

Happy Anniversary, Tricia!

Secondly, I'm having a visitor next week so please check in and see who came to visit and what shenanigans we got ourselves into!

Thirdly, my sister is currently visiting and I'm spending the weekend having a little extra fun.  Instead of my usual weekly recap, which is honestly not very interesting right now, I'm dedicating this post in support of Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner

Some of you may know Kristy, especially from her Grow Your Blog or Giveaway hops.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Utah Valley Half Marathon.  She's run an impressive number of marathons in her quest to run in all 50 states.  She recently completed the Grand Canyon Rim To Rim To Rim challenge.  To say she is a busy gal is an understatement!  On top of all this, Kristy returned to college to obtain her Recreational Management degree.   Very appropriately, she chose to create a virtual race for her thesis project.  


Have you entered a Virtual Race before? 

Registrations for the Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Races are open and if you register today, you can use discount code FUNRUN and save 15% off the registration price. HINT: If you are willing to share you signed up on Facebook during registration you can save an additional 10% on top of that.

Do you know what a Virtual Race is?

Runners, walkers or even hikers sign up for any distance they want to work towards as part of a goal. The best part of virtual races you pick your own course and distance and you get to go at it at ANY pace you prefer. Maybe you shoot for a PR or a slow enjoyable pace you enjoy, it's completely up to you! For your efforts and completion and just like a regular road race, you will be provided with a race t-shirt and beautiful unique finishers medallion to show off your accomplishment to your family and friends.

Love great race bling?

Sea to shining Sea has a beautiful unique finishers medallion you can earn here is a glimpse of the design. (Note: the actual medal will be a nice quality heavier nickel metal about 3 inches wide with a navy blue splash of color.)

With Virtual Races YOUR possibilities are endless.

Why enter this virtual race?

* Use it as a training run for a fall race you are gearing towards.

* To motivate you to stay active or to become active.

* Compete against yourself.

* Compete in your own way with no restrictions, run during the time of day and day of the week that works best for your schedule.

* It supports American small businesses, medal creation, and t-shirt screen printing all done by American based companies.  In addition, the event project itself is for a college thesis project so you'll be helping a runner get her Recreational Management degree!

* To earn a new medallion to add to your race accomplishment displays.

Want more competition?

There are group discounts upon registration. Get your family, friends, or your co-workers together for a fun challenging way to stay active and earn a fun medallion award.

Want to give it a try? You can REGISTER HERE today before registration prices increase.

Have you run a Virtual Race before?
Does this look like one you'd participate in?

If you could run anywhere, where would it be?

See you next week...and that's a wrap!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Runfessions (July)

July is almost over?  Geez!  How can that be?  As another month comes to a close, it's that time again.  It's time for a healthy dose of runfessions.  Let's get started. 

I runfess...

I'm a bit annoying when I water ski.  I'll  beg  demand politely ask someone in the boat to take pictures for me.  I'm old, you know and ... I feel I need evidence.  Anyhoo, on this Monday morning (and I further runfess I was very late to work...shhhh...) it was just PoPo and me.  I was disappointed we had missed the official sunrise but I made my usual request anyway.  He rolled his eyes to which I replied, "But, you never know what you might get".  As I started to ski, he stood up and turned around (letting the boat drive itself) and took quite a few pictures.   BAM!

Original Picture -- No Filter

I runfess...

On the subject of being old,  I stopped at Publix to do my grocery shopping last Wednesday -- completely forgetting it was Wednesday and thus >>> the dreaded senior discount day.  My ego and I have been avoiding Wednesdays at Publix since our mid 40s.  {Heavy Sigh}   Well, at least I received a $9.84 credit toward my bill. 

I runfess...

I've completely forgotten my manners!  Marcia sweetly gave me this SPARKlet by Momentum when we were at the Utah Valley Half Marathon.  I'm not sure I gave her a proper thanks at the time (Thanks, Marcia!).  I wore Beast Mode on race day and channeled that extra motivation.  I love that you can put these anywhere at all.  In fact, Sanity (my bike) is now sporting Beast Mode.  She is, after all, training for her first Century Ride. 

I runfess...

Speaking of Sanity, I received new Garneau cycling shoes and Shimano clipless pedals for Christmas {thanks, Santa}.  I finally installed the new pedals on my bike this month.  I'm embarrassed to say I was terrified.  OK, OK at first I did have a great excuse -- a recently broken foot.  And then it healed.  And yet there they were, still sitting in their boxes.  I put my big girl panties on and got over myself.   

The big girl panties were a perfect fit!

I runfess...

I vowed I would not whine about running in our southern heat and nasty humidity in this post ...
                        I so did it!

What would you like to runfess?

I'm linking with my friend Marcia today from Marcia's Healthy Slice.
Please stop by and join in with your own Runfessions!

I'm also joining on the Friday Five 2.0 linkup
Stop by and see what everyone is talking about.