Sunday, September 27, 2015

Weekly Wrap #8



Welcome to the Weekly Wrap!

This weekly linkup is hosted by yours truly and my good friend Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.  The purpose is to connect with and support other active women.  We want to hear about your weekly adventures.  You are encouraged to include anything you did to be active or anything you considered fun.  Please tell us how you amazing women accomplish it all.  You can summarize your whole week or just a small portion of it.  It's up to you!  See rules here.



Let me quickly remind everyone that you are not required to recap your entire week here on the Weekly Wrap.  Some of us do, as we recap our training.  However, it's entirely up to you whether you do the whole week, the weekend, or just one day...as long as it's something active.  A RACE RECAP (love those!), an active vacation, or your normal fitness routines are all excellent links.  We are not picky!

The Fall Into Fitness Giveaway that I co-hosted with Runaway Bridal Planner ended Sunday at midnight.  Laura R. won the funky arm sleeves I gave away from Gypsy Runner.  Congratulations to Laura!  I truly appreciate all who participated in the hop and those who entered the giveaways. 




Monday is always a rest day and then I granted myself another one on Tuesday.  I was stressing over the fact maybe I shouldn't have run two over-20 milers in this training cycle. 
I decided to be sensible and give my body a little break.  I'm not sure it worked (more on that later).  It wasn't until Wednesday that I went for a run.  It was a very sluggish 5 miles.

I had much more energy on Thursday.  It was a very warm morning but I ran 5 miles @ 9:22 pace, which isn't too bad for me...considering.  When I arrived back at the mailbox and thought to look inside, I found my new Fitbit bling.


Happy Fall, Y'all!
Friday was another rest day.  I had planned to make up Tuesday's missed run on Saturday but instead had the opportunity to go to the lake one last time.  Well, OK!  That's a no-brainer.  I figured an hour or so cross training on a ski sounded like a better idea.

The water and air both were about 78 degrees.  That's cool.  After my last ski run, I shook uncontrollably for probably 30 minutes...with a jacket on.  Sadly, I'm calling it a wrap on the skiing for this year.  I've used a wet suit in the past, which has long since dry rotted.  I never thought it helped much anyway.  We celebrated on the way home at our favorite oyster bar...one last time.  




I captured the most amazing images of the sky reflected in the lake with my GoPro on this trip.  I apologize for the video length.  GoPro Studios is enough to make you want to pull your hair out.  I hope you'll take a peek anyway.  And of course, there is southern narration.  Did you know "boat" is a two syllable word?  I have to say, this has been the best summer of skiing in a long time.  The conditions were ideal most every weekend.

See how small a GoPro is?  And it's still in its waterproof case, making it seem bigger.


Sunday I planned to run 12-13 miles but the foot that's been niggling for a while decided not to cooperate.  Prudently (I hope), I stopped at mile 11.  My left foot is just not right.  {Ha ha, get it?  My left foot is not right!}.  Of course, this put me into a tailspin.  A big thanks to Tricia and my sister for talking me down off that ledge.  Admittedly, I still spent Sunday afternoon throwing myself an extravagant pity party and imagining the worst possible scenarios.  I am praying with two more taper weeks, it will be OK by race day.   

It's down to the counting.  I'm Chicago bound in 14 loads of laundry, 10 sleeps, 9 work days, 8 cooked meals, 6 runs (very possibly less), 3 grocery store visits, 1 college football game, 1 box of hair color and 0 other housework.  I hope someone other than me does the silly countdown too?

And that's a wrap!


Tell me something good about your week!

Please, wrap it up with us! 


61 comments:


  1. It's so chilly on the lake this time of year. This is when my husband likes to go fishing, and I freeze until we get on a spot. Just as I start to warm up, he's ready to move on to the next spot. I'm not coordinated enough for water skiing. Y'all amaze me! Hope your foot feels better. It was smart that you cut your run short. Anything extra now could potentially hurt not help you on race day. Trust your training. You're going to be awesome! Nice countdown!

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    1. My husband doesn't fish as much as he used to. He did for a little while this weekend which allowed me to rest between ski runs. Have you seen people wake surfing? That amazes me and it's seems so close to the boat motor.

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  2. Looks like a fun time water skiing! Too bad it's gotten cold to bring it to an end! Cool Fitbit bling! I'm down to counting too, marathon next Sunday.

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    1. Part of me is sad that summer is over. I hope your marathon is a wonderful experience!

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  3. Oooo, hope your foot feels better. You have put so much into your training.

    We are having gorgeous summer weather here too and I am taking every advantage of it !

    Love your countdown. I would add how many sleepless night deciding what to wear / bring/pack. That always gets me... Have a great week !

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    1. This training cycle was very tough in the heat & humidity. I'm definitely having sleepless nights right now worrying about my foot!

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  4. I love the Go pro video :) You look like a pro out there! I love how you make skiing look so easy and I know it is not! When hubby and I were in TN we continually giggled at all the two syllable words were were not used to...
    At this point resting and very easy run attempts are a good idea and hopefully your foot will calm down. You still have time to rest it up, I have my fingers crossed for you.
    My link number 6, I did from my phone but it loads the mobile version, I couldn't delete it, if you would delete it that would be great :) Challenged blogger buddy here...

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    1. Well, after 40 years the skiing had better look easy. LOL. It's all about having trusty equipment. A good boat and driver helps too. I've always secretly wanted to train properly and compete on a slalom course but never felt good enough. Hey, I can enter and WIN my age group when I'm 90, right?

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  5. Ciao! I love your new Fitbit bling! I am so mad that my Fitbit did not work right in Italy and in fact it is still not working right- UGG! I hope this foot this shakes out, only one of us should have to deal with our feet and I think I took one for the team already! :) Love the countdown, so much fun ahead for you!

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    1. It makes no sense that your Fitbit is still not working right. Weird. It doesn't look like this foot thing is going to work out in my favor. I've just got to deal with it and move on.

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  6. Sounds like you had a smart week of training! All the hard work is done, so I'm sure it's better to rest that foot than to push it! I hope it stops causing you trouble so you can stop worrying about it:)

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    1. I very much want to stop worrying about my foot.

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  7. You make that look so effortless (even though we don't see you).

    You have done the hard work, and now is the time to be cautious. Most likely it's nothing. Except I'm right there with you, unfortunately -- I had such awesome runs saturday & everything felt fine. Until I turned onto my side to sleep that night - and BAM! Excruciating pain in my inner thigh. Seriously out of the blue.

    It subsided after what seemed like forever, but it still felt like something that was about to pull, so I taped it up yesterday and am hoping for the best. Because I will be so pissed if I'm injured for my race and I did nothing to cause it!

    Ok, my pity party is over. You can bet I'll be throwing that out on the blog, too. Here's hoping we're both just fine for our races.

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    1. I've tried filming from the boat so you can see me, but it's too far away. I look like a little Lego figure going side to side. Believe me, I'm tired of throwing the pity party. It's exhausting.

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  8. Sounds like a good week! I hope your left foot feels back to normal soon! Looks like such a fun time water skiing! Have a great week!

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    1. Honestly, if I lived on the lake and could water ski year round, I may never have tried running. Ha.

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  9. So exciting to be so close to Chicago. I amazing how fast September came to its end. Yesterday was the Berlin marathon so I need to read up on the results and what happened.

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    1. September did go by fast. Part of me is sad to see summer end.

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  10. Right there with you on the foot thing...I've been working hard to keep my PF down to a dull roar. I hope it behaves for the next 2 weeks!

    We need to plan our meet up!

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    1. I was hoping I could make it through this foot thing for two more weeks, but it's not looking very good. You will rock Chicago!

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  11. My left foot just isn't right, either (hahaha). I hope the niggles go away with taper. Waterskiing looks like such a blast. It is kind of sad to be getting to the end of water season...I did my last tri of the season this weekend. Now my swimming will be in a pool until next April or so.

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    1. How I wish my left foot was right! I've never swam much indoors. In fact, I don't think I have since I took swimming in college..light years ago. Part of me is very sad to see summer come to an end. I really need to fix up my bike so I can enjoy the fall weather.

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  12. I bet your foot will feel better by the race! Just keep listening to your body!

    Boo to the last ski adventure of the year! But it's great to hear it was one of the best years for skiing! :)

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    1. Some years you get rainy weekends or too much wind. This year was ideal. Part of me is sad to let it go.

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  13. I get your joke, hahahah. I love the fitbit bling. I was freezing just imagining being in that water..I was just talking about water skiing last night and how much I loved it. Have a great day
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    1. Do you still water ski? It is so rare to find someone who does. Most people wake board or the latest thing is wake surfing. Skiing is a little bit old school, like me. Ha Ha.

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  14. It's getting close. My right foot isn't right but it is what it is.

    So sad that summer has ended. Done swimming and we are wearing sweatshirts on the lake.

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    1. My left foot still isn't right. Boo. Part of me is sad to see summer end. We wore jackets in the boat and still froze while riding. So, yeah it's over.

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  15. I love that you counted loads of laundry (and have more laundry than sleeps to go!). I hope your foot is feeling better soon!

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    1. I live in that laundry room. My dogs even know to come check for me in there.

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  16. LOVE your countdown and good luck in Chicago. It is on my running bucket list!

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    1. Thanks! I'll need all the luck I can get. My bucket is overflowing with races and things I want to do. I need to work on emptying it.

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  17. Sorry to hear about your foot troubles, hope it goes away quickly and doesn't turn into anything serious!!! You've got that marathon coming up soon!
    Love the GoPro clip, I so beautiful! You live near some gorgeous country that is for sure! I really need to get a GoPro, they are awesome!!!
    If I get time today I will be back to link up, I can't believe I forgot about it when I wrote the post yesterday! I need to add the attribution and your image logo thing first, and then I will be back:)

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    1. My husband gave me the GoPro a few years ago. I had to just make myself start using it. I haven't edited enough clips to be good with the software either. I feel a little funny with it strapped on my head but then you kinda forget it's there...as evidenced by my blooper clip a few week ago.

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  18. I count down everything too - don't worry :)

    Oh good - I thought it was a full week wrap up - I'll keep joining in with my weekend wrap ups then :)

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    1. I don't know why I do the countdown for everything. It's silly. Yes, we'd love for you to link with us.

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  19. That GoPro video is awesome!! I hope your foot feels better!!!

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  20. great go pro video! Love those. And your countdown is hilarious..I have to start counting things like that ;)

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    1. Thanks! The countdown is just silly distraction, but it helps.

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  21. That is some very cool video and you are one excellent water skiier! Too bad you have to wrap it up for the season. 78 degrees sounds warm to me but what do I know? Niggles go away!

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    1. Oh, thanks. You are too kind. I am sad to see it end. This niggle is not going away. It's a bummer.

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  22. Yey! Chicago is going to be awesome, a bit jealous actually! Love the skiing video! I'm getting ready to take my GoPro to Ragnar this weekend. Hoping to get some fun footage!

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    1. It's a great idea to take your GoPro to Ragnar! Make sure you post some footage.

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  23. Hey guess what I finally ordered me a fitbit charm! I cant wait until it comes in and I hope it will make my fitbit look normal again! Remember I wore it in the sauna when we had spa day??? How stupid was that? I love the ski video! I so want a GoPro! I want to take it to Disney with me on the rides! I think it would be so cool! I'm so very excited it's our biggest link up ever! 2 months into it! I think we need to come up with a giveaway after so long! That would be cool! :)

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    1. I think the charm will cover your Fitbit boo boo nicely. GoPros are fun. I just wish the software were a bit easier. It could be the old laptop I use at home. I feel very silly with it on my head, but forget it's there after a while...as evidenced by my blooper video a few weeks ago. HA. I really enjoy reading the different link-ups on our WW! It's a great group of diverse women.

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  24. Ok, I LOL at "My left foot is just not right." Ha! It will be fine come race day. That's what taper is for--to repair & get refreshed.

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    1. I hope there is enough taper time to make my left foot right. It's currently a huge worry.

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  25. I get really cold after my winter runs - I need a hot shower, hot coffee, and fuzzy layers to recover - but that's not what water skiing should be like! I hope your left foot isn't getting left behind anymore. (trying to come up with another pun ....)

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    1. Ah, that's a good one! I'm going to miss skiing.

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  26. Your countdown to Chicago is hilarious. I do count down the days, but have never thought in terms of laundry etc! I can't wait to follow you next weekend when you run Chicago. It is on my list for 2016! Taking extra rest days has been something I have done this training cycle and I hope it helps when I toe the line next month in NYC.

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    1. I'll be following your NYC race! I've always wanted to race there.

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  27. Woo hoo on your countdown!!! I absolutely do the same thing when it comes to laundry loads, etc. I've also had similar thoughts about various body parts not feeling right during taper or pre-race. Not to worry - you will be fine come race-day! Enjoy this time to refresh and heal up all those niggling spots!!!

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    1. I've always counted down the silly stuff. It seems to help the time pass. I appreciate the good thoughts.

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  28. I am so behind on blog reading and just now realized that you are injured. I am so very sorry and wish you a speedy recovery. Injuries stink and having been through one this summer, I know how tough it is for runners to miss their activity.

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    1. Thanks! It's hard to work on something for so long and then have the rug pulled out from under you.

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  29. I'm catching up on the blog now (still ways to go hehe) I just got my brother's GoPro and it has been fun playing with it. I haven't opened the editing studio yet..yikes may take me awhile to master.

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  30. Maybe you can give me some pointers! It's gotten a little easier each time, but I certainly haven't mastered it. My old laptop probably doesn't help either.

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