Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hello, November (WW # 66)

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9 WEEKS and COUNTING

My Week At A Glance:

M   Rest
T    Ran 6 Miles Easy
W   Ran 5 Miles Progressive
      (10:24/9:56/9:37/9:22/8:50)
T    Rest
F    Ran 5 (w/u + 6 x 800's 8:24 avg)
S    Ran 14 Slow Miles
S    Cycled  24 Miles (14.0 mph 132 HR)

Total Ran = 30
Total Cycled = 24


I closed out the month of October with lower mileage due to my taper to and recovery from the Chicago Marathon.  However, I'm happily back in regular training mode now for the Disney Marathon in January.  There's also a half marathon (or two) before then.  I plan to incorporate more interval training this time.  Honestly, I prefer tempo runs but I feel that pushing outside of my comfort zone will be necessary.  With the time change, I hope I'll be able to see my watch.  I think I might push a little harder if I could.  It's too disruptive to constantly push the light button!  I'm always surprised to see how close my splits are at the end though.



Saturday's long run was pretty warm, partly because I waited until after 9 to get out the door.  I found several more pieces of dropped Halloween candy to add to my collection.  Sadly, most of them had already met their fate at the hands of someone's candy crushing tires.  We still have no fall color and with our ongoing drought, I'm not sure we'll get our typical peak around Thanksgiving.  



After watching the NYC marathon coverage Sunday morning {what an impressive first marathon for third place winner Molly Huddle!}, I rode my bike for 24 miles.  I did find just a wee bit of color on the trail I use to cut through the woods to reach favorite cycling route.  





Did you watch the NYC marathon or track any of your running friends?

So many people were racing this weekend.  I can't wait to hear all about it!


And that's a wrap!

    

78 comments:

  1. The fall colors have been amazing here. I don't ever remember a fall like this.

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    1. Just keeping posting those gorgeous pictures so I can live vicariously through you!

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  2. Your leaves look like ours. It's so hot that they are just brown. There's hardly any color. Congrats on a great week of training!

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    1. We may eventually get a little color, but it is not looking promising right now.

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  3. Living in the Southern Hemisphere, we're in the middle of spring right now and heading for summer, so lots and lots of beautiful spring blossoms out while running! Love it!

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    1. Oh, running is the spring is such a treat. Enjoy those flowers!

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  4. I drove through the Shenandoah Valley yesterday and the color was pretty nice, but not as fantastic as I've seen in other years.

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    1. Every year, I think we won't get color and then we do. So maybe I'm just trying to rush it. We seriously need some rain though.

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  5. I think I prefer intervals to tempo runs! Tempo runs take me a lot of concentration to keep to pace but with intervals I only have to concentrate for short bursts.

    The leaves are really crisp and autumnal here, and a lot of them seem to have fallen all at once so there are just heaps of them everywhere.

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    1. I'm probably not pushing my pace on the tempo runs as fast as I should!

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  6. We have actually had alot of really bright fall colors this year. And it's been warmer than usual!

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    1. I'll have to live vicariously through you. Be sure to post a lot of pictures!

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  7. I did my 20-miler this morning, and that baby totally wiped me out (before, during, and after), so I didn't even think to watch the NYC marathon. I couldn't get the app to work (tech moron that I am), so I was totally out the loop on everything. That said, we have awesome color happening in Iowa right now!

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    1. Those 20s are something else! I kept stopping to check the app while I was cycling. You can actually see the runners moving on a map, which I know is estimated -- but still pretty cool.

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  8. We were out & about in the theater district during the marathon -- until dinner, when we began to see the zombies/finishers, you'd never even know something was going on!

    I did check IG every time I got the chance. :)

    I much prefer intervals to tempos, but I do my tempos for the same reason you do your intervals.

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    1. When I ran my first marathon in Disney, in the day or two following -- the racers were easy to pick out by their shuffles! And I was definitely one of them!

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  9. The fall colors started popping this week. I'll take intervals over a tempo run any day!

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    1. Ha! Everyone is picking the intervals. I know you get a recovery period but they are very painful during. At least they are short, I guess.

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  10. I think I may have seen a few fall colors on our trail run? It could have been just a nice shade of brown before the leaves fell off. We haven't even had any storms to blow the dead leaves off. It's so dang dry here, I walked around the perimeter of the lake mostly on sand and not even damp lake bed. It was quite odd I almost thought I was trespassing as normally you only get to the places I went via boat!
    Wow Disney will be here so dang soon! Is there any way to slow it down and I don't mean during the work day! :(

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    1. We have mostly just varying shades of brown. Can you remember a drought like this before? Heck, with our humidity and proximity to the Gulf -- rain is usually pretty common. It makes me wonder what kind of Winter we will get.

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  11. I feel like the fall colors here are not as vibrant as usual - maybe it's been too warm?! I'll definitely take intervals over a tempo run any day!

    Thanks for the link-up!

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    1. Everybody is picking intervals! Maybe I should do a longer recovery period between mine?

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  12. No races for me this weekend but I did enjoy a fall run and the fastest postpartum run for me this year! And I loved watching the NYC Marathon. Wow, what a year!

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    1. It is so impressive that on your FIRST attempt at the marathon distance, you can place THIRD. Who does that? She is inspiring! I wish she had gotten more TV coverage.

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  13. I did not see the race but just happen to turn on my computer about 2 minutes before the 1st place winner crossed the finish line. I was very impressed with Molly with it being her first marathon and finishing in 3rd place.

    I'd rather do interval training than tempo runs. Although I had a good experience this summer running them, I am at the track and have been enjoying my speedwork.

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    1. I have never run on an official track! I'm lazy about driving somewhere to run. I will run down to the neighborhood park and use that flat loop for my speed work though.

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  14. I had a blast watching the marathon after my run this morning! So exciting to see Molly Huddle finish so well! For speed training, I find the intervals more enjoyable than tempo runs, but the tempo runs are probably better in training effect. I alternated between the two during my marathon training cycle this year.

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    1. I will likely alternate between those two as well. I may run a few 5ks that I'll use as tempo runs during some weeks.

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  15. I didn't get a chance to watch the NYC marathon. It's not fun to work Sundays. Nice week of workouts! I think it's cool you're doing the Disney Marathon in January. I want to do that one someday.

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    1. I set it to record and watch later, but then sat down a minute to watch and couldn't get back up. I think any you'd enjoy any of the Disney races. I know your kids would be excited!

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  16. Our fall color already peaked and is on the way out. I didn't watch the NYC marathon, I would have loved too though, always so inspiring! I wish there were more half marathons closer to me this time of year, I would run them. so now I wait until March.

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    1. I'm still waiting on some color. We go for such a long period of time without any races during warm weather. From now through spring, we are in full racing mode around here.

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  17. That's an impressive amount of miles for October considering you were still resting after Chicago! Looks like you had an awesome week!

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    1. Thanks. I think I'm just used to that number being so much higher for the last few months.

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  18. It looks like you had a great week! I have the race DVRed and will watch parts of it, I've always watched a bit of it. I had a lot of friends run it and finish so I'm glad about that. I hope they all enjoy NYC, I am a little jealous myself. We don't get Fall colors on the coast but I am glad we had Fall temperatures, at least. Looks like you had a great week of training and a fun bike ride on the trail.

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    1. After watching the race, it really made me want to run it. Although, it would be strange to have such a late start time. The odds of getting in through their lottery are pretty low, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to try.

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  19. I was on the treadmill this weekend because we've started getting rain. it does mean it's been gloomy, but it was a light gloomy driving in today. Yay sort of sunlight!

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    1. I think we are closing in on two months without rain without any in the immediate forecast. I've never seen it like this! We typically get all the gulf coast moisture.

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  20. 98 miles doesn't seem like low mileage to me.

    I was in NYC and tracked some friends all day. I saw the women finisher and the cyclists.

    I had to leave too early to see my friends :(

    I definitely will plan it differently next year.

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    1. Watching it definitely made me want to run it. Although, after Chicago I said I wouldn't run one with that many people again. Famous last words.

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  21. I tracked a few friends yesterday but didn't watch the coverage, I was too busy sleeping! Sounds like a great week post Chicago.

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    1. I thought their tracking app was pretty neat with the map showing the estimated location of your runners. It reminded me of an old video game as they moved along the map.

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  22. a solid week of training post marathon! Glad you could be back on the bike and get in some miles that way. I watched the NYC marathon and was so happy that Huddle made a podium finish on her very first marathon!!!
    hope you have a great week ahead!

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    1. Huddle was so impressive. We know how they are fighting how every breath and every step but gosh, don't they make it look so easy?

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  23. Great job with your week, it never ends does it? I like intervals even though I struggle with hitting those paces!

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    1. No, it doesn't end. I seem to just move right on to something else. I don't usually give myself a target interval pace. I just run as fast as I can and see what the result is. LOL.

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  24. I did NOT watch the NYC marathon, but did hear all about Molly & watched some highlights afterwards. HOT DAMN. First marathon!? With a seriously impressive time!?

    The leaves here have definitely peaked. There are some trees that are still hanging on. But we had a few windy days & rain storms last week that knocked a bunch of the remaining leaves down. It was a sad day.

    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. It's hard to believe Huddle had not raced at that distance. It is sad when the leaves all fall off. I'm afraid ours are going to fall without ever turning colors.

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  25. I got home from my Sunday run just in time to catch the leaders of the women's race finishing the NYC marathon. Molly really looked strong and seemed to have a great race. The leaves here seem to be peaking in color now so hopefully you guys get more color soon :)

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    1. I'm a little surprised there wasn't more TV coverage of Molly. The winner was so far out in front, there was no question she would win. But that's all they were showing. It would have been nice to see who was fighting it out behind her.

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  26. Sounds like a great week of training!! Wow, I can't believe how dry it's been over there. Hoping you get cooler weather soon!

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    1. We still have no rain in the forecast. It's very unusual and scary.

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  27. I can definitely tell that I haven't done any interval or speed training in a while in my slower than usual paces. Even though they aren't part of the beginner marathon plan I'm following, I'm tempted to work some in just to get back in the habit of it. Good week of training!

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    1. I felt my speed really suffered the first time I did marathon training. Then, with my fracture -- it got much slower. I'm trying to get that back now. I'm not going to lie, it's hard!!

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  28. I really admire that you have picked up your running so quickly after your marathon! it's such an inspiration! I was exhausted from my marathon for a long time.

    oh no! Crushed candy! not cool.

    I didn't watch the NYC marathon, but saw lots of pictures in social media, it looked pretty amazing!

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    1. I was really beat up after my first marathon, coming off a stress fracture with little training. It's so sad to see perfectly good chocolate go to waste from being crushed by tires! LOL.

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  29. I don't look at my watch in the dark either lol too much going on with my handheld and my light lol I am excited you are going back to Disney!!

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    1. I'll try to check my watch if I get a nice bright street light, but some of those are actually out in the park where I do my intervals. And they are only along one side of the loop anyway. I'm excited about Disney. Hopefully it won't be as muggy as it was last year.

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  30. Hmmmm, I too have to cut through the woods from my neighborhood to get to decent cycling roads. (yet another similarity) However, my woods has a bumpy winding trail covered with roots and rocks which make it difficult on a road bike. I usually end up walking mine through...I'm a wimp! I watched some of the NYC marathon and definitely got the big apple bug! I'm ready for another visit to the city that never sleeps!

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    1. That picture is misleading! I put my bike on my shoulder to make the trek on the steepest part of the trail and walk it on the rest. I certainly can't ride through there. I'd love to run NYC, especially after watching it this year.

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  31. So excited for you to run Disney!!! You are having the most amazing year in running!

    LOL at the "candy crushing tires" description because that is exactly how I would have described it, too. The horrors of that candy going to waste, eh?!?!?!

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    1. I know -- perfectly good chocolate wasted at the hands of some evil tire crushers.

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  32. Molly Huddle totally rocked it!!! And I am SO excited to hear about your Disney experience this January! Can I sneak with in your luggage and run, too?! ;) Disney Marathon is a bucket-lister!

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    1. Disney was my first half (and my second) and my first marathon. It never disappoints. I guess that it why I keep going back for more.

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  33. Our leaves are so gorgeous right now!! Great week! I hope to do Disney one day!

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    1. I'm so envious of everyone's fall pictures. Keep posting them so I'll have something to look at.

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  34. There were a ton of races this past weekend! Amazing! You had a great October and I am excited to be a part of a great December!!!

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    1. I hope our southern December weather cooperates for our northern friends. As you know, the weather is a crap shoot at that time of year on the coast. I've run that particular race in varying conditions.

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  35. I wish we had fall colors here in Florida! That was one thing I really loved about driving to South Carolina at the end of October- it was a gorgeous drive!

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    1. I need an excuse to drive north just to see a little color. Maybe I'll see some when we go home for Thanksgiving.

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  36. Not to encourage spending if you don't really need it, but the new Garmins are much better with lighting! I pretty much have my Garmin light button on during all my runs in the pre-dawn hours now, and I never have a problem reading the screens. Yeah, my marathon Sunday was probably completely the opposite of the NYC marathon! There were 88 finishers in mine, so I basically had my own support crew at the aid stations. :)

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    1. I've got a new Garmin watch but if it allows you to keep the light on, I'm certainly unaware of it. I'll have to check into that. At least you didn't have to worry about too many people and crowding!

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  37. No fall colors here either... but they aren't expected. Great week of training! I bet you are looking forward to it getting light earlier this week.

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    1. Yes, it was nice to actually see the sunrise again this week!

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  38. I had a bunch of friends running NYC this year, and I loved following their progress. I was at Savannah for the RnR Half Marathon (and 5K and 1 Miler), so I was pretty distracted by that.

    Great week!

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    1. I'd like to run Savannah. I think they have a spring half marathon too. The route has got to be pretty flat.

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  39. Wow, already training again for your next marathon ? time flies !
    Did you also enter the Chicago lottery for next year ?
    NYC was amazing. Loved.every.second.

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    1. I have no plans to enter the Chicago lottery for next year. It's tempting to enter NYC although I realize the odds are very low. I need to get this other marathon completed before making any real plans though.

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