Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas (WW # 73)


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2 WEEKS and COUNTING

My Week At A Glance:

M    Rest
T     Ran 5 Easy
W   Ran 8 (1w/u + 7 @ 9:24) 
T     Rest
F     Ran 5 Easy
S     Ran 12 (1 w/u 11 @ 9:52)
S     Rest

Total = 30 Miles






This week was a mad flurry of last minute shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, sitting in ridiculous traffic, and family events (oh--and working all week in crisis mode too!).  My runs felt really great and were much needed stress relievers. 

The holidays have definitely been a welcomed distraction from over-thinking my upcoming marathon. There's been no time to second guess my training plan, stress over the random aches and pains, or worry about the humid weather that's sure to ensue.

My last double digit run of this training cycle and year!


Just recently, I posted a quick summary of my quite different and surprising year here: Looking Back at 2016  and displayed a few of the medals here:  Decorations from 2016.  I won't rehash it all on the Weekly Wrap but hope you'll pop over and check those out.


I hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend with family and friends.




64 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas, Holly! I hope you had a lovely time with your family. It's funny to think of a running coach second-guessing her training - you know you're are ready!

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    1. Ha! I did things a little differently this training cycle. I'm anxious if it make any difference. I'm my own guinea pig!

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  2. Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family had a wonderful day and now you can relax a little. Can't wait to read about your marathon or follow along on your weekend getaway on IG!

    Thank you for the linkup!

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    1. The holidays were very nice! I certainly hope there'll be good marathon news to report this time around.

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  3. Still so jealous of your upcoming marathon - it is going to be magical! You're in such great shape and can't wait to hear all about it! Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting as always!

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    1. Race days always seems to bring a few surprises. I hope I'm trained well enough to face whatever the day may bring and just enjoy myself.

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  4. You are so ready! Wish I was running it with you.

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    1. That would be so much fun. Chasing you would probably earn me a shiny new PR!!

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  5. You're going to do great in your marathon!

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  6. Merry Christas Holly!!

    Yup...sounds like my week too...

    I hope your aches and pains go away so you can have full mental focus for your race!!

    Enjoy your week.

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    1. I always get little strange aches and pains before a race. They definitely mess with my head.

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  7. Merry Christmas! I'm sure the holidays were a great distraction from the upcoming marathon= hopefully now you are feeling ready for it!

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    1. Between the holidays and problems at work, I haven't really thought much about that race at all. It's probably a good thing.

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  8. You already know this but-trust in your training! You are going to do awesome!!

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    1. I've definitely put in the miles. Now, it's time to see what happens!

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    1. I hope I'm ready. My goal is to enjoy the experience no matter what.

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  10. Hope you had a great Christmas and you are so ready for this!

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    1. I had a very nice Christmas with our families, thank you. I'm looking forward to running my third marathon.

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  11. The countdown is on and you ARE ready!

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    1. I've been so busy I haven't started the silly counting down I usually do. I'm sure they are coming though!

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  12. I spy with my little eye...a festive leopard Santa hat!!!! LOVE that jump pic! ;-)

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    1. My MIL gave me that leopard Santa hat years ago. She said it looked like me! It was too warm to run in it, so I just did a celebratory jump with it on my head.

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  13. I am enjoying the long weekend, bandages and all! I thought about you with those wrapped knees- we match! Can't slow us down though! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you with some cooler temps for your marathon! Thanks for being a ho-hostess wrap link up! Love it!

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    1. Thankfully, it didn't bother me to run with busted knees. It did hurt to have the bed sheet touching them though! Mine were so bruised. It just makes us tougher, yes?

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  14. You had a great week of training for the holidays and way to get in some quantity and quality on 4 days of running this week. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend and the rest of your holiday season is great!

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    1. It's been a great training cycle but I am looking forward to a little downtime after this race.

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  15. Great job sticking to your training plan during the holidays! Time to taper. :)

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    1. Ah yes, taper time. I admit I'm not very good at it!

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  16. Merry Christmas! Strong week -- and I totally understand about not having time to stop and think this week. ;) Have a great upcoming week!

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    1. Being busy with the holidays has helped (somewhat) in not stressing over this race. I'm just now getting a little antsy about it.

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  17. Hope you had a wonderful weekend with family and you can relax a bit now !

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    1. The next week will be filled with doing as little as possible. LOL.

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  18. Christmas has definitely been a good distraction from marathon worries. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    1. Can you believe it's almost here? It sure did get here quickly with all the holiday distraction going on.

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  19. Merry Christmas! Congrats on finishing your last double-digit run. It's all downhill from here until race day!

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    1. If only the race was downhill! Now THAT I can do! LOL.

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  20. I really love your "mailbox" pics ...they make me smile! Congratulations on taper town, I know you are really excited about Disney! Merry Christmas lady!

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    1. I have fun with my silly mailbox pictures! The neighbors must think I'm insane.

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  21. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Holly! Yay for your last double digit run! You are going to do great in your marathon!!

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes. I hope so.

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  22. Good luck with your marathon! I'm going to pop over to your medals post. Every January our running club has a late Christmas party and we all wear our medals from the previous year. It's so fun to see all the different kinds.

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    1. Wearing the medals to a party sounds like a lot of fun! Great idea.

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  23. Great training week and getting in the miles despite the holiday season mayhem! Enjoy your taper before Disney! Ill be cheering you on the virtual sidelines!!!!!!!

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    1. I'm trying to enjoy the taper but honestly find it a little hard. I do hope to do as little as possible in the final week.

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  24. I love the jumping picture taken from you mailbox! You know you had really great form :)
    I'm still jealous I'm not getting to be with you this year in Disney but just like in Chicago, I'll be there in spirit! :)

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    1. I look like a Christmas starfish. Bahahaha. I'm going to miss you at Disney. When are you going to run that next marathon?

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  25. Merry Christmas! It looks like you had a wonderful week! Tapering can be tough, but you re going to be awesome in Disney! Happy New Year and go get it!

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    1. Disney will be awesome no matter what happens. How can you not love it? I look forward to enjoying the parks too.

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  26. Merry Christmas! I hear you on the crazy whirlwind week. Somehow I got really behind on my holiday activities this year and ended up cramming them into a few days before Christmas. Good luck with Disney and have a happy new year!

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    1. Every year I say I'm going to start earlier and be more organized. It hasn't happened yet. I think part of me does better in crunch mode anyway.

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  27. I hope you had a great Christmas! And I can't wait to see how the marathon goes, I know you're going to do great!

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    1. Crossing the finish line will definitely be a win in my book.

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  28. I've been away from blogging too long. I did not realize you have a marathon coming up. No doubt you'll do great your such an incredible athlete!!!
    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! !

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    1. What a sweet thing to say! I just plan to enjoy it. If I can't do that, then I don't need to be running them. LOL.

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  29. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas! Good luck on your marathon! Enjoy your taper!

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  30. Holly, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas -- and can relax a little bit now. Although sometimes being really busy does help you not to sweat the small stuff. :)

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    1. I need a lot of rest between now and race day. I may just have to leave those decorations up until I get home from the race. Climbing around in the attic is not what I need to be doing. LOL.

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  31. Yay for your last double digit run of the training cycle!!

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    1. It really does give you such satisfaction! I MADE IT. LOL.

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