Sunday, September 18, 2016

Where's My Bubble? (WW # 59)


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M  -  Ran 9 Miles Slow
T   -  Ran 6 Miles -- Intervals (1 w/u + 6 x 800's)
W  -  Rest Day (Strength)
T   -  Ran 9 Miles (1 w/u + 8 @ 9:34)
F   -  Cycled 16 Miles
S   -  Ran 21 Miles
S   -  Cycled 23 Miles


Total Ran = 45
Total Cycled =39


Monday is usually a rest day but since I skipped my previous Sunday's long run, I felt I needed a medium-ish run to compensate.  I was tired and I struggled.  Tuesday's interval training was a surprise, just like the last one.  I can't see my watch in the dark (and don't want to constantly push the light button anyway) so I'm unaware of my pace until I'm done.  I was surprised to see the splits were all between 4:06 and 4:12.  It was very warm and muggy that morning and I was pleased.

It's still pretty dark in the park after I'm finished.

I wanted Thursday's run to be at steady marathon goal pace.  I got it done but my body is telling me that pace is going to be hard to sustain for the marathon distance -- at least in this unrelenting summer weather.  Chicago, will you be cool?


I'm sporting a tank from Sarah Marie Design Studio on Friday's ride.

My last planned 20+ miler made me a little nervous all week.  I was dreading the heat and humidity poop-fest that I was certain would ensue.  It was warm and muggy, but with plenty of cloud cover and a nice steady breeze -- it was quite tolerable.  I was able to run strong, although slow.  I played the keep-my-HR-low game for 17 miles and then ran the last 4 at a faster pace.  I was overcome by emotion at the end.  Total.Blubbery.Mess. 


I'm still nervous because I'm approaching the time when I developed the stress fracture during last year's Chicago training.  It happened a few days after the last long run -- during taper.   I'm acutely aware that getting through the last long run doesn't necessarily mean I'll line up at this race.  Part of me wants to lay in bed for the next 20 days.  Where is my protective padded hover bubble?

Saturday afternoon was spent cheering our football team to a nail-biting narrow victory (Roll Tide) and capped off with dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant.  I indulged in my favorite: Red Curry Chicken atop a mountain of steamed rice.  Sunday I intended to rest but just had to get outside for a little while and went for a spin.


http://www.pcbmarathon.com/
Take a look at this wonderful race!

I'll be running the Panama City Beach Half Marathon on December 3rd (renamed from the old Run For The Redfish).  I've run this half more times than any other.  I twisted the arms until they cried "uncle", begged,  gently persuaded a few other Weekly Wrap ladies to join me.  It would be wonderful to see even more of you there!  How about it?  If you want to run a small town half (or full) in a beautiful coastal Florida Panhandle town...and connect with some of the ladies who link right here...come on down (over, up or across -- as the case may be)!


And that's a wrap!


There were a ton of races this weekend!  Tell me about it!

Do you like Thai food?


84 comments:

  1. Ah great job on your 800 m splits! And your 20 miler! I did 18 this weekend (my longest run ever!) and it was tough, but luckily like you, there was cloud cover and got it done before the humidity and heat set in.

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    1. I am so glad I went ahead and ran Saturday because Sunday morning's humidity was indescribably awful after it stormed through the night. Congrats on your longest run ever!

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  2. Ok, fingers crossed for an uneventful taper! And I cannot wait for PCB! Now that it's set, I'm so excited!

    PS PM me with your plans for Chicago. I'd love to get together with you.

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    1. Logic tells me surely nothing would happen this time around...right? I hope PCB will be humidity-friendly. I've run it in varying conditions.

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  3. Congrats on your 20 miler!! Yes, Chicago will be cooler in temperature. I am hoping for it too. And I LOVE, LOVE that tank.

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    1. I read Chicago might get up to the 70s during the day. That's what I've STARTED every run in this summer and the long ones ended sometimes at over 90. I'm good with 70s! Isn't that tank cute?

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  4. Good job getting your 20 done and good luck with the taper! This humidity needs to stop. It's getting really, really tough to get out there and slog through it. I can't imagine 20 miles in this nonsense. You'll do great in Chicago because it will be so much cooler than what you've been used to running in!

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    1. I'm certainly wishing for cooler weather but I'll just have to deal with whatever comes my way. I can't stress over what I can't control. The humidity has me at my breaking point, which I've said now for weeks...

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  5. ooooh....a 13.1 in Florida? In December? The temptation is overwhelming...but that's just a few weeks after Route 66...not sure if I'll be up for much travel. #wompwomp Congrats on that stellar 21-miler!!!

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    1. Running the half at Route 66 and then this race within a short window of time is how I earned my way into Half Fanatics! One half was a snow-threatening 28 windy degrees with icy patches on the road and the other a sunny 72. It was surreal.

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  6. I always think about how previous injuries occurred and worry that something similar will happen. Hopefully the taper goes smoothly this time around! I can't believe its been a year since you hurt your foot. Congrats on finishing that 21 miler!

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    1. It's hard to believe a year has passed. You know, I did that to myself. I can't blame it on an accident or anything in particular. Although I did blame my shoes for a while). But, it was just me and the running. So I think that's why I'm very nervous.

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  7. I love Thai food!!!!! I have yet to find a place here. I hope that your taper will be uneventful this time around!!! I can totally empathize about the heat! I'm wondering whether NYC will be tolerable!

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    1. We have two Thai places we like but our favorite is just down the street. They know us by name and what we order by heart. Surely by November the weather will have moderated for NYC?

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  8. Great job this week. I hope you are able to get through the rest of your training cycle with no injuries. I know that feeling all too well when everything is going fine and then right before the marathon, Bam!!!!

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    1. It really upset me last year because I had trained all summer in the heat and then *POOF* nothing to show for it. All gone. I seriously don't think I can't handle that again.

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  9. Well done on your 21 miles! Let's hope Chicago will be cool and not muggy.

    How far will you run for your final long run?

    If I was a little bit closer I'd definitely be running the half in December, it'd be great to meet everyone.

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    1. That was my last LONG run. I will continue to run "normal" during this week and let true tapering start with the weekend's long run of only 12.

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  10. That tank top is the best! Great job on your long run and all your other workouts... Chicago will be here before you know it. I think most people training for it had "peak week" this week as well or either next week, depending on their taper/training schedule. And congrats to BAMA on the hard-fought win... isn't football the best way to recover from a run?!?!

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    1. Football is the best way to recover! Recliner, big screen, food, beverages, snuggling with dogs. It's definitely a WIN and better too when your team WINS.

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  11. All the hard work is done, lay low now :) Hopefully taper will be much quieter this time around! I SO hope you have a decent race day. You have earned it my friend. Your speed work is looking great.
    Your tank is so cute :)
    No Thai for me lol

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    1. You know those little twinges that come before race day? LOL. I have to remember I still have a neuroma in my foot -- oh yeah, so don't freak out. What was that my doc said? "You can't hurt IT, it will only hurt you!"

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  12. You got this one! I can feel it!

    So excited for Dec 3!

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    1. Thank you friend...I am hoping. I am ordering up some humidity free weather for that December race.

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  13. Yay!!! for 21 miles! It'll all be good and I'm predicting Chicago will be a perfectly cool running temp! PCB half could be a possibility for me but right now I'm looking at one in your neck of the woods for my October race....Capital City 10 miler? Have you done that one? Thai food...we have a couple of restaurants here but haven't tried them yet. I need guidance on what to order!

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    1. That is a newer race. 3rd year maybe? I missed it running a half the 1st year and then last year with my foot. Our downtown is hilly. If I come out of Chicago feeling OK I was thinking about running it -- but obviously the decision would be last minute. For Thai, I love red curry chicken. You can tell them how spice (or not) you want it.

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  14. Awesome job on that long run! YES, it will definitely be cooler on race day, and your marathon pace will feel much better! And try to push that anxiety out because you are not going to get injured! Look how strong you are and all the work you're putting in. You're strong and will be healthy at the start line! And oh...I would love to do a race with y'all!

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad there are wonderful ladies like you who know how to say just the right things. I'd love to meet you. Come on down!

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  15. I was thinking about you and taper time during my long run today. The hay is in the barn so yes, just roll up in that bubble wrap please. I ordered cool weather here in Chi for you. let's hope mom Nature comes through. My flight to PCB is booked! :D

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    1. I'm going to hold you to that cool weather! I'm so glad you could join us in PCB. It's going to be a blast. I'll do my best with ordering up low humidity too.

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  16. Oh, fingers crossed for an uneventful taper and cool weather in Chicago - it was gorgeous during my run there on Friday. :-)

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    1. I saw your pictures. I can't wait to experience the city for myself. It looks beautiful.

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  17. Oh how I LOVE Thai food!!! When I lived in Chicago, I lived half a block from this wonderful Thai place, but haven't been able to replicate it here in Nashville ... and I'm not much of a cook! I cannot believe you were able to jump like that after 21 miles - you are in such great shape for Chicago and I am so excited to read your triumphant recap!

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    1. I tried kicking up my heels -- and absolutely could NOT after running that far. For some reason, the jump was easier. Crazy. Ooohh...if I could only make red curry gravy. OMG.

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  18. Congrats on those 800s and a strong 21 miler! Hopefully the weather will cool down by Chicago - and then marathon pace will feel so much easier!

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    1. That's what I'm hoping, but truly I can't count on it. If Chicago is warm? I'm more than prepared!!

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  19. You're doing great on your training! I can't believe Chicago is getting so close! I'm hoping the weather cools down!! I had some delicious Chicken Pad Thai the other day. :)

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    1. One of my kids loves Chicken Pad Thai! We go to this place so much, we have our own table. LOL.

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  20. I LOVE Thai food.
    There is no reason history needs to repeat itself, so stay focused on the positive. No stress fracture !!
    I would love to run with you all... how much fun would that be. Work will bring me to the US that time of year, but not Florida...

    I ran mile repeats this weekend, but still have 2 very long runs on my schedule for October before my marathon. 7 more weeks....

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    1. You are going to be in the US? It would be great if you could work a FL stop into your trip! I'd love to meet and run with you.

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  21. Congrats on the 800s! And I love your shirt - so cute!!

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    1. I should have incorporated more intervals into this training cycle. It's one my regrets. It just felt too hot.

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  22. Sending you healthy taper vibes!! I also found out that I had a stress fracture during taper one year- 3 days before my marathon!! You have rocked the training- you can do it!

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    1. Oh wow, that's even worse than me. You know what a terrible pill it is to swallow. I tried to get the podiatrist to numb up my foot! He guaranteed I would shatter bones and need surgery afterwards, although he said he would do it. That scared some sense into me.

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  23. Great job Holly with all those miles! I don't know how you do it! I am so tired of all this heat! I think it is starting to weigh me down- I just need a glimpse of fall- ugh..... Stay healthy, you are race ready!!!!

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    1. I finally see a glimpse on the horizon MB! I may shed a few tears that day. Just sayin'.

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  24. I mentioned the weather too. I'm so ready for fall, but it's not coming. We got a hint of it last weekend with rainy weather, but the furnace came back :-/

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    1. I'm eating the pumpkin spice everything, I hung out my favorite fall flags, but Fall is just not here yet. Soon?

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  25. Great job!!! I LOVE Thai food! Chicago is typically cool for the marathon, but ya never know what you'll get. I remember when my sister ran it in 2010 it was pretty hot. I ran it in 2012 and we had pretty good weather!

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    1. I figure if Chicago is warm this year, I'm prepared. Right? Let's not think about the other unfavorable possibilities...

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  26. Great job with your training and wow, 21 miles! Glad you had a solid run! I hope Chicago is cool for you...seems like this humidity will never end! I ran the RNR 5K and half in Philly this weekend, the half was sooo humid, ugh!

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    1. I can definitely say I'm prepared for a humid race. Let's hope I don't have to run one. LOL.

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  27. 20 miles is amazing!! Great job on completing them!! I always got very emotional with anything over 18 miles. I miss those long runs!

    Yums!! chicken curry !!

    That sounds like an amazing half marathon! I wish I could go!

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    1. When I look back at a long run like that, I'm always shocked at how long I was out there running. It never feels like I was out there for that much time.

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  28. Yay for tolerable weather during the 21 miles! It's funny but that seems to be the best we can ask for during the Summer. Fingers crossed that Chicago Marathon day is tolerable weather too :)

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    1. Yes, I'll take tolerable! But if it's hot and humid? I'm prepared!

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  29. Fingers crossed for you for a successful taper with no injuries and good weather in Chicago. Love to see you're getting lots of use out of the bicycle!

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    1. Kelli, good to hear from you. I love my bike! She's helped me tackle 4 sprint triathlons. If I could only swim...

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  30. You know I actually looked into running the half in Panama City with you guys when I first heard the rumbles of plans being made, but we've got some other fall trips planned so I decided to pass. I have major FOMO, but perhaps we can meet at another time! :-)

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I'd love to meet you Deb! Gosh, I wish I had known you were interested in PCB.

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  31. Great job on your 21 miler!! I'm really hoping that the weather is cooler on race day! Love the Sarah Marie Design studio tank! I've been eyeing them and hoping there will be some sort of discount code at some point. Yay for taper time!

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    1. I know she is busy creating new designs right now. Be sure to keep checking. We made it to taper. Woo Hoo!!

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  32. A bunch of Weekly Wrappers running the same race would be so much fun! I wish that joining was a possibility 'cause Florida in December sounds great! But, alas, I've been out of vacation days for months now! Haha, that's what I get for traveling.

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    1. I hate that you are out of vacation. I'd love to meet you. Maybe I should plan a Weekly Wrap convention? Oh my!

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  33. You milage is so impressive! I had a race this weekend and it went way better than I expected. I planned to run by feel and it led to a fun race with a good time... that doesn't happen often, so I'm going to bask in the post-race satisfaction a bit longer! ;) Have a great week!

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    1. I would absolutely bask in that satisfaction! I hope I'll be doing the same very soon.

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  34. Great job on your long run this week! The weather has been SOOO annoying this summer, but I know some cooler weather has to be right around the corner!

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  35. congrats on the 21 miler! I did 11 over the weekend in 80 degree temps and it was not fun. I couldn't imagine adding 10 miles to that-youre a beast!!
    I really hope the weather on race day is much cooler. I also hope you arrive to the start line feeling refreshed, ready to run and injury free!!!

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    1. I just have to run slow when it's hot. It messes with your pace after so many months -- and with your head.

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  36. So glad your 21 miler went so well!! Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather gods cooperate. Enjoy your taper!

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    1. I'm crossing all my cross-ables. I hope the taper doesn't make me crazy!

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  37. So glad you got your long run done and the weather somewhat cooperated! I'll send good thoughts your way that you stay injury free. I would love to come run the half with all of you, that sounds like so much fun! But, that's a little too far for me. :(

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    1. A nice breeze, or lack of one, can make or break a hot & humid summer run. The clouds help too.

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  38. yay for your long run! even though you will probably start getting the niggles (nervous wiggles) keep calm and you will do great in chicago!

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    1. Oh yeah, I've been having niggles for sure. I'm trying to ignore them.

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  39. Congratulations on pushing through another solid training week despite all the weather challenges! Yay for finishing the 21-miler and wekcome to your taper! It will be much smoother this time, I just know it.

    Ahhhhh, Panama City in December! So tempting...!!!

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    1. Come on down Emily. It would be wonderful to meet you. It can get pretty warm during the day still in December. It's nice.

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  40. What an awesome training log HoHo! I think you are so well prepared for your upcoming marathon! Huge Congrats on 21 Miles during such a humid month! The race shirt is great btw!

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  41. Your trainings been going awesome! I don't think you have anything to worry about, just don't try anything new during taper, ease back on the cross training, keep the running up well minus now that your done with your longest runs:) and you'll be lining up at that start line in a few weeks healthy and ready to tackle an awesome race!!
    Hope you get great weather too!!! On the plus side you've already been training through heat and humidity and Chicago won't be any worse so if it happens you've already got the mind control part in your favor:)

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    1. Yeah, I'm well prepared for a hot and humid race. I just hope I don't have to run one. I'm sure you know how hard it is to ease back when you've been pushing for so long!

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  42. I will cross all of my crossables and hope that you get cool Chicago weather and a safe taper! You're such a rockstar for training like this in your heat!

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    1. Oh, thanks. It was truly just a matter of not having any other choice. I can't run on the TM due to an old Achilles injury. I did what I had to do!

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  43. Enjoy your taper! It is so hard not to get paranoid about getting sick or injured, I know I stressed about it, especially everytime the kids coughed or sniffled around me.
    The tank is great, what runner doesn't want that?!

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    1. OMG. The germs! I get so paranoid in public. It'll be a miracle if my hands aren't scrubbed raw and red.

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