Sunday, November 20, 2016

Burning Turkey (WW # 68)

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7 WEEKS and COUNTING

My Week At A Glance:

M   Rest
T    Ran 6 Easy
W   Ran 4 Progressive
       [9:45/9:21/9:07/8:46]
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?




86 comments:

  1. Tricia and Mary Beth are both proof of why having a coach is such a good idea! I think having someone look at what you are doing, objectively, can really be a game changer! I can't believe how much my running improved once I started working with Becky.

    Congrats on that AG award! Man, you are killing it!

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    1. Yes, it helps to have someone push you out of your comfortable box. The extra layer of accountability helps too. I probably need a coach myself. I could never place in a big city race. It is what it is... But, at least I'm having fun.

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  2. I think Tricia was the lucky one! You obviously did a great job coaching her (not that she didn't have to dig deep, of course).

    Mostly I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving being over! Sad, but true. I'm not sure there's any one thing I'm really looking forward to. I plan to run a turkey trot, but it depends a bit on the weather, although right now it looks like it will be chilly, but dry until later in the day.

    I just hope Bandit behaves himself . . .

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    1. Tricia really worked hard and I appreciated her attitude and willingness to do so. I'm relieved I don't have to host Thanksgiving. I just couldn't handle it this year. I will do everything I can to help my MIL prepare and clean up!

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  3. Congrats on the win! And I love the new shoes. I'm a fan of Mizunos and I love the pink!

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    1. Mizunos have worked very well for me. Although it's not my all time favorite color, it had been a while since I'd had pink. I really wish they'd do a true red in my style.

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  4. Cheers to the 5k slayer! You more than earned that pie. I was thrilled to see Tricia spank that hard course. Kudos to both of you!

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    1. Well, as I feared -- I suffered through every step of that 5k. LOL. They will never feel easy to me. I made sure to eat a piece of that pie while it was still warm. Best thing ever. Or at least until the next dessert I stick in there.

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  5. Congrats on your AG! And sounds like you provided some awesome coaching - congrats to both you and Tricia!!

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    1. The AG award was definitely a surprise. I've not done well at this particular race in the past.

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  6. Awesome on the 5k! And congrats on your coaching of Tricia, too! It's so rewarding to see a client do well!

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    1. It was fun to test out my skills with such an accommodating client. She fully embraced the process and it turned out well for both of us!

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  7. Congrats on winning your AG! You are awesome! And love those pink Mizunos - are they the waveriders? Never enough pumpkin pie!

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    1. No, they are Wave Inspires. But last year's model. Version 12. I always try to buy the previous year. These were half price!

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  8. Congrats on winning in your AG!!! Oh, and I am glad you got your package. I was a little worried about the waffle but hopefully you're still able to enjoy it.

    Which shoe are those?

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    1. The waffle arrived intact! I look forward to trying all the goodies in the package. The shoes are last year's Inspires. Version 12. I try to buy the previous model so I can save on the price tag.

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    2. I have the Sayonara and Wave Rider and they're both the previous version . Got them on sale too!

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    3. These were half price! SCORE.

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  9. Wow thats awesome for Tricia, Im heading over to her blog next! It shows that you are a great coach and that she worked hard! Congrats on the age award!!

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    1. She was so very hard. And talked about accountability. She sent me her Garmin link on EVERY run so I could see exactly how she performed in every aspect. No secrets!

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  10. Congrats on your 5K and woohoo on your successful coaching for Tricia. She really did nail the training! I am looking forward to my mom's cornbread stuffing!

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    1. In the south, we call it "dressing" (and we don't put it inside the bird). And yes, I'm looking forward to my MIL's dressing. That and her sweet potato casserole!

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  11. The super moon was amazing! So bright! That pumpkin pie looks spectacular. We join friends for Thanksgiving since we have no family locally. I am looking forward to spending time with them. As our kids have gotten older they have ventured into different hobbies and we are all busy running in different directions most weekends. Enjoy your Thanksgiving week Holly!

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    1. My parents are both gone, but my MIL still enjoys cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. I just show up with deviled eggs and a dessert. Pretty easy. But I am on the clean up crew. She still makes her grown grandkids write letters to Santa. It's fun.

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  12. It seems like you just owned Chicago and now you're back to 16 milers! Love those bright pink shoes - hope they made your feet happy and you certainly deserved some pumpkin pie after that. And based on Tricia's post, sounds like you did a great job coaching :) Well done!

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    1. I think Chicago might have owned me -- with that ridiculous fall. I just want to run an very uneventful, well executed marathon. LOL. Is that too much to ask? (Like that's going to ever happen!) I admit I'm at the tired and cranky stage. Hopefully Thanksgiving will be the perfect remedy.

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  13. I'm running a 4 miler on Thanksgiving. We've tried out a few different ones over the year and this one gives away wine! After the race we're driving 2 hours to see my husband's family. I'm looking forward to mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. I'm pretty boring! ;) Congratulations on your speedy 5k and another AG win!

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    1. What? Gives away wine? Well of course that's the one I'd pick. Ohhhh.... green bean casserole. Love it. But it's a Christmas tradition for us.

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  14. Congratulations Coach HO on your speedy 5k and your success with Tricia! She speaks very highly of you as a coach...well, in all aspects, not just a coach! :) I'll be attempting an 8k on Thanksgiving Day. We'll see how this ankle feels as I haven't run in two weeks! It may be slow, but it should allow me to splurge on a little extra dressing! :) Once I get this ankle healed and cleared to get back to "full time running"...I think I may hire you to coach me!! You rock!

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    1. I just explained up there ^^^ that we call it dressing in the south. Love me some dressing! I hope your ankle does well and you can get back to a regular schedule of running. I'm always up for a new client ;) Hope you are settling in nicely in your new place.

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  15. Congrats on the AG place! and fabulous that Tricia thrived with your coaching skills :) That is a win win!
    Super moon was a fantastic sight :)
    I really missed my morning work outs. I hope I can get a routine going soon. I can't believe you didn't feel like you had run a race after Chicago, I struggled this week and of course ending up sick didn't help.

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    1. Now, I admit I feel like I've run Chicago!! LOL. I'm at the tired and cranky stage of marathon training. I hope I can hold out. I don't look for great results at my next half marathon either. I hope you feel better soon!

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  16. Congrats to you on your 5K and placing in your age group! That's a pretty sweet medal as well. And hooray for Tricia for being your coaching guinea pig and doing well too. It's always a good time for pumpkin pie and any dessert that's warm from the oven. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. I thought they did very well with those age group medals. I've never won a turkey before! Tricia was so nice to be my guinea pig. She ran her weekly intervals like a champ. Shhh...don't tell her I don't enjoy them at all.

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  17. Congrats on your age group win! My turkey trot in on Thursday morning and I'll be running it in an Indian costume. I suppose I should try running in it before Thursday - ha!

    Thanks for the link up!

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    1. Kudos to you! I've never run in a costume. I think 5k would be the best distance for that. Some people run half or full marathons in very elaborate costumes. I couldn't.

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  18. Ahhhhhhh, I love receiving a running package! So exciting!

    Congrats on your age group win - so speedy!

    Love your new shoes too :) .

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    1. This particular package was really nice because it was full of items I've never used before. It's a great way to try products.

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  19. You did awesome on your 5k! Congrats on 1st in AG!! Oh, that pumpkin pie looks delish! I can't wait to have some on Thanksgiving! Fantastic job coaching Tricia!

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    1. Thanks. They still hurt like heck, though. LOL.

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  20. Congrats on your race. And when I see that you are still running long distances like 16 miles, all power to you woman ! I know you have another marathon coming up, but going from one into another calls for some major high 5s ! Enjoy your holiday week. Thanksgiving is an American holiday so France doesn't celebrate but we are invited to a friend's for Thanksgiving dinner. It is not really the same though.

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    1. There will be major downtime after this next marathon. I'm feeling all tired and cranky-pants now. I hope you will enjoy a traditional holiday meal.

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  21. It was too cloudy here to see the supermoon, so no brightly moon lit runs for me.

    Congratulations on coaching Tricia to a PB, what an achievement.

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    1. It was too cloudy the following morning to see the super moon so I was very grateful for that one run.

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  22. I like it down and dirty! LOL! congrats on that turkey burner! You are always amazing! My turkey trot is on Thanksgiving and Madison is looking to be around 33 degrees! WHAT???? Congrats on coaching your first student! Tricia is flying! Can't wait to see you both! Have a great week and eat ALL the pie!

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    1. Sometimes I feel like a broken record. So I thought I'd do the picture version this week. That's pretty darned chilly for a FL girl. I know you know we've got a ballgame to keep tabs on next weekend. You and Tricia both are flying!

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  23. I love progression runs! And great pic of your Turkey Burner medal! Have a great week :)

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    1. I saw a beautiful yellow tree as I was leaving the race. Naturally I had to stop the car for a pic.

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  24. Yay for a great week !! I am doing a Turkey Trot 5 miler on Thanksgiving and it will be my longest race post-baby. And actually my first real post-baby race. Yikes! And I love Thanksgiving - I look forward to the stuffing. Yum!

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    1. How exciting to be running your longest post-baby race! Down South, we do "dressing" not stuffing. It is not cooked inside the turkey. (Inquiring minds might want to know. LOL.)

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  25. Great job on your 5k. I looked for a turkey trot here, but I wasn't happy with the selection. Since Friendsgiving isn't until the afternoon, I have plenty of time to get a run done on my own. I hope the weather's nice on Thursday.

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    1. I would prefer our Turkey Burner actually be on Thanksgiving. But maybe since it's a huge food drive, they want to collect that prior to the holiday?

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  26. Congrats on your giveaway win and your 5k race. It's amazing that you can train long and still have speed. What is your secret? Maybe I need a coach.

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    1. I've had the same thought. Maybe I need a coach too. Someone to push me out of my comfort zone. But, I don't like being told what to do. There's that...

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  27. I will be spending Thanksgiving with my family (first time in two years!) and I'm looking forward to all of the home cooking! I don't think I'm doing a turkey trot this year - at least not an organized one, I'll be doing one on my own!
    Congrats on the age group win - that's amazing!

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    1. Oh how I miss my Mother's home cooking. But, my mother in law does a mighty find job with Thanksgiving too.

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  28. I've wanted to run a Turkey Trot for years, and decided that THIS was gonna be the year. And then I thought about it, and Thanksgiving for me is the one day each year I commit to NOT running. I sleep in. I eat too much. I roll around uncomfortably and then take a nap. What am I gonna get up early in the cold and RUN!? Who am I? ;) I must stick with tradition, so no Turkey Trot for me, again!

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    1. Well, since our Turkey Burner was before Thanksgiving -- I guess you could say it was the best of both worlds.

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  29. Sounds like a great week! Congrats on your 5K and age group win! Yay for coaching Tricia to a wonderful PR! I am looking forward to pumpkin pie this week! :)

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    1. I always eat the pumpkin pie early and then concentrate on sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving. It's just like dessert!

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  30. omg that pie look amazing! also love the race bling!

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    1. I thought the medal was really cute! I've never won a turkey one before.

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  31. Congratulations on your AG award and another awesome 5K!!

    I am running a turkey trot on Thanksgiving day, there is no better way to start the holiday, right?

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    1. Thank you! I just wished it was held on Thanksgiving Day!

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  32. Thanks to YOU! I am feeling super pumped about how much my running has improved! Sure I did the workouts but I would have never done them on my own! Congratulations to you as well, we both did this!!! Awesome on your fastest 5k of the year! I'm just in awe of you to be able to run distance the way you do and still kill a 5k! Happy Turkey Day to you! See ya soon!

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    1. I enjoyed it. And I confess I had a few laughs are our miscommunication of the training plan a few times. But, it always worked out so well -- you'd just crush it anyway.

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  33. You weren't lucky to win first in your age group--you earned it! This has been such a great year for you--one success after another, including a new one of coaching! Congratulations!

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    1. After a couple of "off" years, I do feel like my speed is returning somewhat. Coaching Tricia was fun. Thankfully, I had a very willing participant.

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  34. Congrats on your first place!! That is awesome! I love your running shoes. The brighter the better! I am baking pies on Wednesday and will not be able to wait till Thursday to dig in. I need some running coaching! Tricia did awesome!!

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    1. I like the bright shoes too, although they don't always match my running clothes. {Let it go...} I think it helps to have someone push you out of your comfort zone.

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  35. Oh, wow! What an awesome week for you! I love everything about this!

    The shoes are amazing. I love that color!

    I will be doing a 6K turkey trot on Thursday, and then will be pretty prepared for some stuffing, gravy and cranberries. And wine! And apple pie! Oooh, I can't wait!

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    1. The shoes are definitely bright! But, I just can't go wrong with Mizuno Inspires! I wished our Turkey Burner had been on Thanksgiving. Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping...need I say more?

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  36. You and Tricia are definitely a great partnership! You're both having a great fall.

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    1. Thanks! I haven't seen her in a while so I'm excited we'll be together in a few days.

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  37. ooooh...are those the Wave Inspire 12's? They are SOOOOO pretty! How do they compare to the 10's and 11's? Turkey Day....local turkey trot that a couple friends and myself have organized for the past five years ;-) I'm in big-time recovery mode, don't know if I'll be running the Trot or not, but I will be there (even if I have to walk it)!

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    1. These are the 12s, which I LOVE and they feel just like the 11s to me. I didn't like the 10s AT ALL and still think they were a contributing factor to my stress fracture. I won't go to the 13s until they go on sale.

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  38. Wow congratulations for finishing first in your group. Thanks for hosting this link up. I always look forward to it.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. There is a wonderful group of ladies who link here, including yourself!

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  39. What an awesome training week HoHo! 33 miles in total even though you recently ran the Chicago Marathon! No slowing down for you! Congrats on that amazing 5k - what a great pace!
    Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Week HoHo!

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    1. Thanks! I admit I'm feeling the mileage a little bit. LOL. I foresee a lot of rest after this next marathon.

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  40. Congrats on the age group win at the Turkey Trot! And that pie looks so delicious :)

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    1. Thanks. So many people finished ahead of me so it was a surprise to finish first in my age group. I guess they were all younger.

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  41. Congratulations!! You have really been killing it on your runs and races lately. I'll have to check out Tricia's page to get the full deets on her race :)

    I'd love to do a turkey trot, but I just don't want to push myself since Sunday's marathon. We're hosting Thanksgiving at home with both our families...fun!

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    1. Kudos for you to host Thanksgiving. My MIL still enjoys hosting and cooking the main dishes. I just show up with deviled eggs and a dessert. But, I do the cleaning up!

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  42. Great job on your 5K and congrats, Coach! :)

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    1. Thanks, fellow coach. I needed to practice on someone! Tricia was willing...

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