Sunday, December 18, 2016

There It Is (WW # 72)

   
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3 WEEKS and COUNTING

My Week At A Glance:

M   Rest
T     Ran 6 Easy
W   Ran 5 Easy
T     Ran 9 (1w/u + 8 @ 9:25 MRP) 
F     Rest
S     Ran 21
S     Ran 6 Recovery (HR=137)

Total = 47 Miles






And WHOOT...There It Is (are you singing the song too?).  This was my last high mileage week before the Disney Marathon.  Since I added an extra day of running into my weekly schedule this go 'round, I'm really looking forward to taper.  I say that now, but also know I'll be all cranky-pants after a few days.  The holidays will be a nice and stressful welcomed distraction though.  Then it's off to the Mouse's House.





Thursday's run started with an incredible full moon....




and ended with an spectacular sunrise.




My last long run (21 miles) of this training cycle deserved a celebratory jump.  I even impressed myself with the air I got on this one. 




I spent most of the weekend trying to get organized for Christmas.  There was candy making, grocery shopping, cleaning, gift wrapping, and finally a little shopping simply had to be done in an actual store. Yes, I was tortured for over 90 minutes -- complete with crying children and outrageous tantrums {mine, naturally 😉}.  Oh how I love my on-line shopping!   

A sampling of the candy we made (a food photographer I am not)...



It was a very productive week both from a marathon training and holiday preparedness standpoint.  But I admit powering through with copious amounts of coffee!  And non-stop holiday music.  And food.  And...


That's a wrap!


How is your holiday preparedness?

Do you have a cookie, candy making, or other food tradition?


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  1. I have done some holiday baking and candy-making...and my big family gathering got cancelled for today (Sunday) due to the sub ZERO weather (and negative-30 windchill....yes, it can get that cold!). So....I still have more stuff to make, but it's gonna go to lots of neighbors, friends, and co-workers ;-)

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    1. Oh, no! Will the family gathering be rescheduled? I'm shivering thinking about your weather. I plan to send whatever candy and other sweets are left back to college with the middle kid. I'm sure he and his roommates will get it done!

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  2. That a #holottaair! As you know I'm working on my jumping, so I know a little bit about it....:p

    You have had really great training, and the heat you've experienced lately will serve you well if it is warm at Disney. When I was there 6 years ago, it was perfect. 55-60? Sending those vibes for you. <3

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    1. Funny how that HO word just fits with anything... I feel like I've had a good training cycle. I did opt for more running days this time. My Disney halves were all in great weather. Last year's marathon was NOT (but I didn't care - I was so happy to be on my feet). Send all the good weather vibes my way, please.

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  3. I am impressed by your baking skills. I do not have the patience AND I end up eating most of it.... so I just don't make it.
    You are so ready for your marathon ! enjoy the holidays.... your race will be here in no time.

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    1. I pick the really easy recipes! And, one of my kids likes to help. I do pretty good through the holidays not eating too many sweets. It's when it's all over that I get into trouble.

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  4. Nailed it! Doesn't it feel so good to have those big weeks of training behind you?

    I love the candy! We always decorate gingerbread people... we did it a week early this year, as this weekend was all around a dress rehearsal and holiday show that my daughter was in.

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    1. Yes! I was really worried about the final hard push of a week. But, it went just fine. This December will be my highest mileage month ever, I believe. Yummy - I love gingerbread!

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  5. Congrats on making it to the taper! This is a good week for a break from the high mileage. Your candy looks great!

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    1. I'm looking forward to this taper more than any other. If I can just not get those crazy thoughts now!

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  6. Glad you had a productive week! Those candies look good to me :) Congrats on your last 21 miler. It must be really cool to start a run with the moon and end with a sunrise.

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    1. I was doubly rewarded for my efforts on that day! It makes that super early wake up time all worthwhile.

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  7. I went Christmas shopping with my dad today. I ended up getting gifts for my brother and mom and boyfriend. So now I just have to finish up my dad (obviously couldn't while I was with him haha) and my other brother (who is super hard to shop for and for whom I have no idea what to buy). All that aside, make sure to stop by the Fit2Run booth when you go to the Disney marathon and ask for me! I'll be working the expo!

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    1. Yes, I definitely will stop by. I probably won't go until Saturday afternoon. I made the mistake of going Saturday morning last year. OH MY -- it was a madhouse and I stupidly forgot my driver's license and had to go back later in the afternoon. It was so dead when I went back and I thought "I need to remember this for next year!"

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  8. Yay for making it to taper town! And perfect timing with Christmas coming. Hope the holiday proves to be a nice distraction :) Thanks for the link-up!

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    1. I'm hoping the festivities and my sister's visit will help me not to overthink every.little.thing! I need all the distractions I can get.

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  9. Also did a lot of cookie baking today! Congrats on your training you are almost there

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    1. I usually don't bake cookies -- because I love them so. I can eat one piece of candy and stop. I can't do that with cookies. So, the candy making is very strategic on my part! LOL.

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  10. I really don't know how you basically run a marathon over the weekend AND shop & make candy! Instead of jumping I'd be crawling.

    I used to start baking cookies in the summer . . . but I came to realize it's not a good idea for me. And most people I know don't really want more stuff. We do do latkes, but sometimes store bought -- it's a labor intensive process. To make them from scratch, that is.

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    1. Now that you mention it...I'm not sure how I did that either! Out of pure necessity I guess? Seriously, although I'm tired my body has held up pretty good this training cycle. I do want to take a nice recovery period though.

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  11. Finding time and energy to run 21 miles this time of year is impressive. You lead by example on setting your priorities. You've earned your time at Disney! And you candy looks great!

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    1. I've run early January races (first halves and now fulls) for 6 years running (pun intended). The training definitely helps me takes the stress out of holiday stress. I wouldn't want to do it any other way.

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  12. Thursday's run look amazing with the full moon and that amazing sunrise! Good luck with your taper. :)

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    1. I was rewarded double that morning. It sure did make that unpleasant wake up time all worthwhile. I felt like it was all for me too. Nobody else was out and about!

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  13. Yay for nonstop coffee and holiday music! !That's the only way to get over this week. You can do it - congrats on getting in such a long run!!!

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    1. I'm afraid there will be more days of too much coffee this week. I'm one of those who could listen to holiday music all year long so that part is always fun.

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  14. Yeah Disney!!

    Beautiful moon and sunrise!

    Way to get some air after 20 miles...wowsers!!

    I refuse to go in a store...absolutely refuse. All online shopping for me this year..I just can't with the stores and malls!

    Nice treats!

    We usually make cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. I got a Gingerbread cookie mix that I think we will do this year..we will see.

    Have a great week Holly!

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    1. I wish I hadn't gone into the one store I did. It sucked away any Christmas spirit I might have had. I'm always amazed by the beauty of nature. It never gets old.

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  15. It worked out that your taper fits right in to the holiday season. Now relax and enjoy the time with family. You don't have to stress about getting any of your runs in now. The marathon will be here before you know it.

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    1. With the holiday rush, I'll blink and it will be time to line up at Disney. I hope the weather will cooperate this year. Regardless, I will have fun.

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  16. Great high milage week! Wahoo! I used to make tons of cookies for everyone when I was poor college student, but I don't anymore. I kind of miss it. Almost all of the presents are here and wrapped, just waiting for a few stragglers from Amazon. ;) Have a great week!

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    1. My favorite thing to eat is frosted Christmas cookies -- that is why I make candy instead. It's all by design so I won't eat too many sweets.

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  17. I feel like you ran even more weekly miles this training cycle???
    You really did amazing! Hopefully these next few weeks will go fast for you, I know you are ready to get this race done :)

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    1. I definitely have run more in this last month of training, but I'm not sure as a whole if I did. I'm so ready to soak up another Disney experience.

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  18. One of the wonderful benefits of being a runner is what we get to witness while out on our runs! Your pictures of the moon and sunrise are both beautiful.

    Thank you for the linkup!

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    1. Those sunrises, sunsets and full moons -- they just never get old.

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  19. Sounds like a great training week! Nice job on 21 miles! Great air on your jumping pic! So cool you're going to Disneyworld! Oh, those candies look good! I don't have a tradition of baking the same thing. I usually bake cookies though.

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    1. We choose from several different candies we've made in the past and always choose the ones that are pretty simple to make.

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  20. You sure are Disney ready! I love Christmas candy! Have I made any? uhhhhh, nope! I would love to do a little baking this week- maybe I can squeeze that in! Enjoy your week!

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    1. I hope I can rest now and have a good marathon. I wish I could depend on that central FL weather being perfect but I'll enjoy myself whatever it ends up to be.

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  21. You are ready!! Woo Hoo! I mean you just ran a full marathon this weekend and that's not counting the baking.

    Can't wait for your big day!

    No baking this year - just #holottaeating



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    1. Well yeah, I'll be doing that eating thing too. I hope I'm not carrying around an extra five at the marathon!

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  22. Totally agree with you that the moon and angle of the sun have been amazing lately. So beautiful! I'm not going to say anything more about your training cycle (epic) in order to not jinx anything. Just breathe and let it unfold. I used to bake for the holidays like it was my job alas that would be stepping on MIL's toes so there will be nothing dragged down to FL this year. The spotlight is all hers. She needs it.

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    1. We both know that we can't control what happens on race day. Hopefully I'll be prepared to handle whatever it may be. I will not stress over the things I can't control (I'm repeating often!).

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  23. Moon pictures never come out as awesome as they look in real life! I never have enough energy after a long run to jump that high, haha. Congrats on the official taper time! You're treats look so yummy!!!

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    1. You are right about the moon! I'm always disappointed with the photo.

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  24. Now that all of my gifts are wrapped and cookies are made I'm all ready for Christmas! Time to start focusing on half marathon training now :)

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    1. The half is my favorite distance and I look forward to running several of those this winter and spring.

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  25. Congrats on getting through your peak week! Now we just get to enjoy our nerves and the holidays for a few weeks until race day. :)

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    1. So far so good on the nerves. I'm sure they'll fire up as we get closer to the day and the weather forecast becomes more accurate. LOL.

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  26. That sunrise was amazing! Congrats on making it through your peak week! I'm not at all prepared for the holidays. I imagine I will be making a last minute Target run later this week!!!!!

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    1. I had a few of those last minutes runs myself. It all worked out OK though.

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  27. I've done all of my shopping online the past couple years. Online also means they take care of shipping, and I don't have to stand in line at UPS, FedEx, or the Post Office.

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    1. It really is the way to go for me. I sadly had one item for everyone that didn't get delivered in time though.

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  28. Enjoy your taper! I'm not even close to being prepared for Christmas... zero gifts bought. I did manage to make a batch of candy!

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    1. I think this taper has given me license to eat too much Christmas candy. I need to get a grip.

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  29. That moon was amazing last week! and congrats on your last long run!! I know how awesome that feels. Online shopping is the way to go, I only did a little in a store..as little as possible.

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    1. I resorted to the retail stores for a few items when I realized the shipping was getting too risky. Next year, I'm going to start earlier. (I say that every year.)

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  30. The candy looks delicious!! Congratulations on the completion of another marathon training cycle! what an amazing year!

    My holiday preparedness is at 98% right now. I have to make cookies to bring to my family.

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    1. I'm happy to have made it through another training cycle. I definitely plan a little rest after this race.

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  31. Way to go on your 21 miler! Love the jumping pic! Enjoy the taper! The candy you made looks yummy! :)

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    1. I can't believe I only jumped three times! I ended up going with the first picture anyway. I could have saved my energy. LOL.

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  32. Woohoo for your last long run/high mileage week of your training! Relax and enjoy the holidays and the taper. I'm a bit behind in my holiday prep but this week since I'm only working Monday and Tuesday, I'll be busy making cookies, crafting, wrapping presents, and maybe making a gingerbread house.

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    1. I took one day off mid-week and that really helped to finalize everything. I haven't made a gingerbread house in a while. Sounds fun!

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  33. LOVE that jump! Good luck with the taper!

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    1. I'll need all the help with taper I can get. The holiday distraction should help.

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  34. Nice week--look at that mileage and post-long-run jump! Congrats on a successful training cycle. I predict this is going to be an awesome marathon for you! And yeah, I can't imagine getting through the holidays without online shopping!

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    1. My only fear is a hot and humid weather forecast. But, I can't control that so I'll have to just let it go...

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  35. I know your feeling awesome with that last long run behind you!!

    I just have stocking stuffers to buy and I'm finished!!

    I hope to join your weekly wrap sometime soon!!

    Jodi

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    1. I find shopping for stocking stuffers is harder than buying presents, probably because I usually leave it for last and I'm over it! I look forward to you joining us here on the WW!

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  36. Yay! You're almost there! Good luck on your taper. Great pic of you jumping. And, your candy looks delicious. I love those pretzels.

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    1. I was a little disappointed with the pretzel candy. The chocolate turned a funny color once it cooled off and they didn't stick to the pretzels after a few days.

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  37. Nice week, lady. Can't wait to read your race recap. 🙃

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    1. Let's hope it doesn't include a fall or injury of any kind!

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  38. I'm so excited for your race, you have been killing it in your training and I can't wait to see how it goes in Disney!

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    1. I do enjoy running at Disney, so no matter what -- it will be fun.

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  39. Great solid week of training!!!
    You are going to have a GREAT time at Disney! Can you sneak me in your luggage please? Lol!
    Looking forward to the race recap. You got this!lve the sunrise pic btw.
    My cookie making starts Tomorow.... I would take pictures but I make no bake cookies so they look like cow poop. Which doesn't make for pretty pics,....

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    1. One of the candies was named "doo doo" by my kids when they were young. Got to love those little boys!

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  40. Way to go on your 21 miler!! I cannot wait to read about your marathon. I definitely do not miss or want to train for another marathon anytime soon.

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    1. It will be a while before I jump back into marathon training too!

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