Sunday, November 27, 2016

We Have Color! (WW # 69)

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6 WEEKS and COUNTING

My Week At A Glance:

M   Rest
T    Ran 6 @ MGP
W   Rest
T    Ran 16 Slow
F    Ran 5 Easy
S    Ran 5 Progressive
       [10:12 9:31 9:05 8:55 8:22]  
S    Ran 4 Easy

Total = 36




I was very excited to be named an ambassador for Legend Compression Wear.  I was really feeling the mileage this week and wore these calf sleeves several times for recovery purposes.  I'm already in love with this pretty turquoise pair.  They aren't too tight, which is an aggravating issue with the others I have. In fact -- when I take the others off, the name brand stays imprinted in my calf for hours...  Anyway, I'm sure you'll want to check out their holiday deals.




After last Sunday's 16 miler, I decided to do another on Thursday.  Uh-huh, just 4 days later.  I didn't want to wait until the weekend.  I have a half marathon coming up and decided I'd like a few extra days of cutting back.  By running long again Thanksgiving morning, I'd get 9 days before the half.   After that calorie burn, I feasted on everything and more at dinner that evening.    My MIL makes the best sweet potato casserole with crunchy pecan topping.   {Sigh}

My favorite neighborhood tree!

I runfessed Friday about always having a bad finish line picture and supplied the latest evidence from my recent Soldier Half Marathon.  But, something told me to go back and check again.  And, voila!  I found an acceptable race photo taken out on the course.  A rarity.  I typically don't even notice the photographers and usually look toothless and in need of dental intervention.  

Say cheese.... and don't forget your Jazz Hands.

Terrified to take my eyes off the Chicago pavement.  And see?  Toothless!

I felt tired enough to skip the local 5k I was planning to run Saturday as speed work.  I did go out later in the day for a productive 5 mile progression run.   At long last, we finally have our Fall color.  I couldn't resist running 5 times this week just to enjoy it.  Please forgive me for the extra pictures.  It's supposed to storm this week {YAY rain--finally!} and I know the leaves will be gone within days.







Next weekend I'll be on the coast along with several ladies that link right here every week.  We are running the Panama City Beach Half Marathon.  I'd like to have a respectable race, hence the reason I chose a 9 day recovery and scheduled a cut-back week on my marathon training plan.   My performance will be heavily dependent on the weather, specifically the humidity. The last time I ran this half, I could not see the ocean due to thick fog.  So, we will see!  Stay tuned.  I'm sure it will be fun to read the different perspectives from this event. 

And that's a wrap!


Did you run on Thanksgiving Day?

What was the best thing you ate this week?

Do you still have Fall color in your area?



80 comments:

  1. 16 miles twice within 5 days?! That's amazing! I ran 16 miles on Thanksgiving a few years ago when I was training for a race...the perfect way to get your appetite going before the big meal! Glad you found some good race pics. And the scenery on your runs looks beautiful!

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    1. The 16 miles did help alleviate the Thanksgiving Dinner guilt. Sadly, I think the color will be gone by the end of the week.

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  2. I can't wait to hear what all goes down in Florida next weekend ;-) I'll be with you in spirit ;-) My favorite Thanksgiving food is leftover turkey (dark meat!) on bread with gravy. Oh my gosh....heaven!

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    1. I am the only one in the family that likes the dark meat! My MIL forgot to carve any for me. FL should be fun. Maybe I can get an even bigger group together next year.

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  3. Oh, yes, I'm hoping to beat the Florida humidity. That monkey has been on my back for several halfs now--Florida humbles me every time! But more than that, I'm so looking forward to seeing you! <3

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    1. My performance at this race has varied greatly and honestly has never been a really great one. I hope the moisture content will be kind to us. Oh, and let the laughing commence...

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  4. I never even knew about sweet potato casserole until I started spending Thanksgiving with my husband's family. My MIL makes it too!

    I was So loving the changing of the leaves here. It happened a little bit later than usual but my November we were in full bloom. I did wonder if leaves changed color in Florida and if they fell off the trees! Good luck with your half in 9 days!

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    1. The topping on that casserole is like crunchy pecan candy. (My Mother just always put marshmallows on top.) I'm lucky enough to visit the FL coast often, but I actually live north -- just far enough to get all the seasons.

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  5. The leaves are pretty much gone in these parts, I had snow on Thanksgiving (but Darlene didn't, damn it).

    I definitely want to see the ocean! I've only run a couple of halfs near the ocean so far, and running by the ocean is one of my favorite things to do. And it's really unfortunately that I live hours from any ocean. :(

    If I see the photographers, I take great photos. If I don't, let's just say I seem to spend a lot of races pursing/grimacing my lips!

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    1. The water at the beach is the most beautiful green color...hence the name Emerald Coast. I've traveled to several tropical destinations and nothing compares to "our" beaches.

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  6. You are so not alone with those toothless race pics! WTH is up with that?? I may be rocking the cowbell on Saturday but I'm still very much looking forward to a wonderful weekend! I couldn't say it on my own blog but I'll do it here. My MIL's Thanksgiving fare is sorely lacking. No sweet potatoes, no pumpkin or apple anything. She makes most of it ahead in NC, freezes it and drags it over on the plane. Being a control freak has its drawbacks. :p

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    1. I can't imagine not having pumpkin or sweet potato. But, you do see a lot of different food traditions for Thanksgiving. I hope you are making a speedy recovery and will not be rocking the cowbell.

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  7. Nice job on two 16 mile runs just a few days apart! It's nice that you're enjoying some fall color. Ours has long past - now everything's looking very brown and blah. Have a great week and thanks for the link-up!

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    1. I'm not a fan of that brown and blah but it will be here soon too. I think that's why I enjoy a winter trip to Disney. No brown and blah there.

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  8. 2 16 milers...you go girl!!!

    Love the jazz hands!!! great picture!!!

    I did a track workout on Turkey Day.

    Look of those beautiful colors on those trees.

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    1. I'm not sure why I think I need the Jazz Hands, but I take a lot of pictures like that. I think any workout on Turkey Day helps with the usual guilt from overeating. LOL.

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  9. I can totally understanding wanting to be out more to enjoy the fall colors. Good job planning your week to get your training in but also be well rested for your next race. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. Thanks. I hope I can repeat the half I ran a couple of weeks ago. I've got to remember to go out slow!!

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  10. My MIL ordered dinner from the grocery store and it was severely lacking. It's all about the people, right? Not the food.

    I did trot - a 10k and 5k because that's how I roll. You get it, I know.

    If I see the photographer I can ham it up but if I don't, well they are pretty awful.

    See you soon!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see the ocean in December!!! Sunshine, please!

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    1. Yeah, I'm working on that sunshine part. A couple of days look promising so far. It may be a little nippy though.

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  11. I ran the day before Thanksgiving so I could take it slow Thanksgiving morning. I've done one turkey trot, but I do like to sleep in and be lazy a little bit on Thanksgiving. I don't have to go to work, and with a later meal, I don't have to scramble to get things done.

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    1. Since we were eating an evening meal, I was able to sleep late and get the run in too. So, the timing worked out well.

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  12. Your girls trip and race sounds like such a blast! Hope you have a fabulous time

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    1. Thanks. There's no telling what we'll be up to.

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  13. i love running on Thanksgiving! and please pass some of that sweet potato casserole will you? The sky is blue and the palm trees are green- I have color! :) See you soon sweet lady!

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  14. You certainly do have lovely fall colors! And that is a great race photo! I ran 8 miles on Thanksgiving, but I'm sure I ate as much pie as you did. ;-)

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    1. Most of my pie was eaten the weekend before, but I did eat one small piece of lemon pie on Thanksgiving.

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  15. I am injured and did not run on Thanksgiving. It was hard not to with all the pictures from Turkey Trots and of course, all the food lying around. But it was my scheduled day off and I respected that.

    Unfortunately we don't have fall color here in Charleston, but we went to visit Clay's grandparents and saw lots of it up there! That's the fun part about traveling up there.

    Looks like you had a great week of training and good luck with your half!

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    1. With all of our pine trees, we don't get an extreme amount of color. It's always fun to drive further north.

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  16. I did run on Thanksgiving - it was my first race post-baby and it felt great to get out there finally! It was a 5 miler and I did about 8:40min/miles, which I was pretty pleased about. Sadly, the fall colors are already gone in Cleveland now - it's too cold. What a fun race photo!! Your trip sounds like a great time.

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    1. That's a great pace for a 5 miler, whether you've had a baby or not!

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  17. I ran on Thanksgiving, but it was kind of a mess due to a parking situation. We rushed out of there afterwards, too. Not sure if we'll do the same event next year. But at least the weather was nice. Our fall color is fading, but it's holding on. Good luck at your race! I'm starting to get the racing itch when I see the schedule of others, so I think it's time to amp up my milage. Have a great week!

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    1. I'm not sure the racing itch ever really goes away. LOL. Racing seasons is just getting into full swing here.

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  18. Okay you so do not look toothless in that picture. Not as happy as jazz hands, but definitely not toothless! Those trees are so beautiful! I don't think ours here have been quite as pretty as normal because of the drought, but it's still been nice! Two 16 mile runs ... you're my hero!

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    1. That isn't my worst toothless example...trust me. I'm definitely feeling those 16 miles runs now.

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  19. I love that race picture of you - jazz hands and all!

    Yes, I raced on Thanksgiving morning - in a Indian costume no less. It was so much fun! I kept hearing parents tell their little children to look at the Indian lady.

    Our leaves are pretty much all gone... :-(

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. When I actually DO see a photog, it's like I don't know what to do with my hands! I can't say the Jazz Hand look is the best. I've tried the Thumbs Up too. Your costume was great!

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  20. I've never heard of Legend compression but I'm a fan of compression sleeves. Congrats on the ambassadorship! That's a great pic from your recent half! Good luck on your half next weekend! Looking forward to hearing about it! Oh, and I did run on Thanksgiving. Had to prep for the all the food I was going to eat. :)

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    1. Honestly, I had never heard of Legend either. I do love the comfort of these sleeves!

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  21. The color is beautifully stunning! Our color has been gone for what seems like months. One windy day took care of that. I make a sweet potato casserole with pecan topping also..its so divine, and more like dessert really. I haven't tried Legend compression, but will have to look into their deals today!

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    1. I like to eat the Sweet Potato casserole twice...once with the meal and once as dessert. The Legend sleeves are super comfy.

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  22. Oh Emm Gee to those colors! Beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks!. They are still hanging on this week.

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  23. Jazz hands are adorable :) That is a great pic. I am usually making faces that look like i am in pain lol Your color is looking good! We are starting to go bare now...
    Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is what I ate until yesterday lol I am the only that likes it. I suspect that is what is making me gain, I love it but i'm glad it isall gone now.

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    1. I could do a whole post on horrible pictures (and should!). My MIL tried to send food home with us. We refused. So, we were quickly back to un-holiday food. Thankfully.

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  24. I haven't ran in over a week and am ok with it, LOL. Great job on your double 16's! Best thing I ate was my bacon wrapped turkey, YUM!

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    1. I don't think I've ever had bacon wrapped turkey. It sounds delicious!

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  25. The fall color is beautiful! We don't get a whole lot of that in Charleston. Just a few trees here and there. I do miss colorful falls! My Thanksgiving race was a flop - I had asthma issues and B was supposed to do the kids' race afterwards, but fell and smacked his forehead, so we just called it a day. Maybe next year will be better.

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    1. But you have those wonderful palm trees for compensation! Oh, my. I hope your little one is OK!

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  26. I am with you, I don't take the best finishing photos. I usually look like I am in so much pain, and always have a weird expression on my face. Our town has a turkey trot so I ran it and actually came close to a PR

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    1. I usually look like I'm in pain because I am. LOL. That's great to run the turkey trot and almost PR. I hope you'll do a recap.

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  27. My race photos are always a joke. I look like I am in tons of pain, and usually look like I'm walking, NOT running. I really need to work on that! Like maybe I should try smiling. ;)

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    1. I'm always happy when I get a pic where both feet are off the ground at the same time. It's like -- evidence!

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  28. The 9 day cut back is really smart... good luck at the half! I'm amazed your trees are still so colorful. I love this time of year!

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    1. I have to admit the two 16 milers within 4 days did tire me out. I'm glad I got the second one out of the way though.

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  29. Beautiful colors on those trees~!! After having 7 years of Friendsgivings, I finally got a family Thanksgiving and pulled out all my traditional recipes... I'd have to say the wild rice dressing was my favorite... followed by the mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. We ran in a local Thanksgiving day race, it was a lot of fun.

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    1. Wild rice dressing sounds very interesting. My MIL likes to cook the traditional meal with cornbread dressing. But, I can't complain It's all delicious.

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  30. All the leaves are off our trees now. It really looks like winter, and is starting to feel like it. I am jealous you all get to meet next weekend. Have a fantastic time !

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    1. I'm not ready for the gray days of Winter just yet. I'm big on color (as you can probably tell from my running clothes. Ha ha.

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  31. You do not look toothless! you look strong and focused!

    Congratulations on the ambassadorship! That is one awesome medal rack you have!

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    1. I really LOVE these sleeves. Thanks -- those are my half marathon medals.

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  32. Way to go on your 16 miles 4 days after the other 16 miler! You did awesome on your progression run too! Love the jazz hands pic! :) Enjoy your half marathon next weekend and have fun with the ladies!!

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    1. Just like I can't talk or sing without my hands, I apparently can't smile without the either. HA!!

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  33. I love your jazz hands picture and you SO do not look toothless! If anything, you have totally enviable cheekbones - is it weird I notice that?! I am the queen of awkward race pictures so I hear where you are coming from.

    Congrats on your new ambassadorship and WOW for an awesome medal collection in the background of your picture! It's awesome.

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    1. So funny you mention my cheekbones. They cast SUCH a shadow in that pic I worried people would think they were bruised. Thanks -- those are all of my half marathon medals! I'm not finished with my collection either (wink).

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  34. congrats on the double 16 milers in a week! LOVE the jazz hands and colorful fall pictures! I traveled back home to TN for thanksgiving and the fall colors were so beautiful!I have never taken a good race picture. I always look like I'm tucking my chin in like a turtle. even when I try to smile I just look goofy.
    oh well!
    oh congrats on the being an ambassador for legend compression wear. I'm headed over there now to check it out!!

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    1. I bet those TN colors were incredible. In years past, we went on several trips to the Smoky Mountains in the fall. I really need to practice my race picture post.

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  35. You are cracking me up about your race pics! I hate any and all of my race pics because despite the fact that I feel like I'm running as fast as I can...I always end up looking like I'm walking! Ugh.. Thanksgiving food??? I ate so many cheesy casseroles, I could just die of cheese overload! Congrats on your new ambasadorship...I'll have to check these out! Good luck next weekend, can't wait to read all about it! You girls are going to have so much fun...I'm jealous!

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    1. I swear I have pics where my mouth is completely wide open -- and there are no teeth in there! I just love those pictures where they capture both feet off the grounds. It's like evidence!!!

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  36. Fall color is always a great lure to get me out on the road. Glad you get to enjoy yours a bit before the storm hits!

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    1. It's sad the color is only around for such a short time. I wish we could get is for three months. That would be awesome!

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  37. That race pic is great! Sounds like you had a wonderful week of training. Your fall colors are beautiful. Our leaves are long gone. Whomp whomp.

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    1. I do not look forward to those bare, gray winter days. I need color in my life...as evidenced by my clothing choices.

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  38. It is a double edge sword, one minute I am so glad I'm not training for a marathon but then I get to thinking I so wish I was...
    I would totally do the back to back long runs to rest up and enjoy the weekend. I was very glad I decided to race on Thanksgiving. I think I'll look for a race every year, getting bling is much better than running around a subdivision!

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    1. You'll know when the time is right to train for another marathon. It would be fun to do one together! I wish our turkey trot was on Thanksgiving morning.

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  39. Have a wonderful weekend in Florida!!! Big hugs to you and all the other bloggers that will be there!!! LOL at the toothlessness, race photographers really do seem to know how to catch us at our most awkward moments, right? Those foliage pictures are STUNNING. Congratulations on your ambassadorship!!!

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    1. Those photogs have a knack for pressing that button as the exact wrong time. I bet they have great stories to tell though. We must look pretty foolish to them with our quirky poses!

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    1. Definitely. I wish we could it enjoy them longer.

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