Sunday, April 2, 2017

Back to Work (WW # 87)

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RECAP:

Mon  Ran 2 Miles
Tues  Ran 4 Miles
Wed  Cycled 15 Miles
Thu   Strength
Fri     Ran 5 Miles
Sat    Rest
Sun    Ran 10 Miles

Total Cycled = 15
Total Ran = 21


After spending three days trying to get home from Colorado (including being stranded on the interstate by a snow storm) we finally made it home late Sunday night.  I was itching for a run after sitting, and in my mind "resting", for so long.  Monday morning's run felt horrible and I bailed after two miles.  I tried it again the next day and it felt better, but my foot was sore the next day.  Although I've been told the soreness is normal, I was very discouraged as I had run an eight miler the previous week with no soreness at all.

Hey-ay!      I just ran 5 miles!

What's a gal to do?  Just keep plugging away.  After a cross training day of cycling and then a cardio rest day with strength exercises only, I tried running again Friday morning.  This time my sunrise five miler felt great.  I was able to run progressively faster each mile and I had no soreness afterward.

Friday was our youngest son's 17th birthday.  We all met for dinner at Firebird's.  He requested a homemade Red Velvet Cake and I obliged.  Sorry no picture, but it was delicious...if I say so myself.

I'll admit to be a little blue about missing Saturday's half marathon in a neighboring town.  But, getting to watch my grandson hit two homers (one was a grand slam!) and two triples in his baseball game lifted my spirits immensely.  Plus, it was a gorgeous sunny day to be outside.  I did a little yard work in the afternoon and we capped off the day at our favorite Mexican restaurant.



After using March as a rebuilding month, it was time to get back to work.  I have the hilly Door County Half in May with my dear friend Wendy and the downhill Utah Valley Half in June with several blogger friends who link right here.  [There's still time to join in on the fun.  Use my discount code hoho15 to receive 15% off.]  I suspect both of those races will be a HoLottaFun.  Anyway, I felt I needed to return to double digits.  I slept late and didn't hit the pavement until 8:30 which made for a very warm run, especially toward the end.   I was slow and my heart rate was higher than I wanted, but it felt good to get back to work. 

I included hills during this 10 miler.     Look at the green trees!

Next weekend I'll be at the beach where I'm running a 10k with my sister.  The 10k has always been my least favorite distance.  I can never pace them properly.  But who knows, maybe this scenic race at St. Andrews State Park will change my mind!  I'm certainly open to the possibility. 


 And that's a wrap!


A lot of ladies were racing this weekend!  Did you?

What are you training for right now?

Did you have fantastic weekend weather?

 


81 comments:

  1. I don't mind 10ks, since my "normal" runs are 6 miles anyways. I run them at all different paces. I think it's kind of fun to push those a bit!

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    1. I typically run 5 to 6 too for a daily run when healthy. I will attempt to gain a new perspective for the 10k. Stay tuned...

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  2. No races for me, but I did get in a good weekend run and some other fitness. I had a flashback when I read your stuck on the highway story to my own college Spring Break return trip stopped in Georgia because of a blizzard. We actually spent the night in our car on the I75 with hundreds of others!

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    1. That's what I thought was going to happen to us. But they eventually got an exit ramp cleared so we could get off. It didn't really help with our journey since other roads were closed as well.

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  3. It does feel good to be in official "training mode" again doesn't it? I run 10ks kind of comfy hard for the first 5k then throw down the gauntlet for the last 3.

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    1. Yes, having something to train for is so much better. I think this course may be a double loop. That would be a very good strategy!

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  4. I am always itching for a run after sitting for a long time but it usually feels awkward! Nice job getting back to the double digits!

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    1. My hips were just too cranky after sitting for three days. Thanks, the ten miler was very tough but also felt good. It was weird like that.

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  5. Holy cow! Three days stranded on the way back home from CO! That had to have been awful. A true test of you patience for sure! And... wow - how did I not now you had grandkids? Is that even possible? Aren't you like 39????

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    1. Sorry, that did sound confusing (I changed it). We were stranded just one day but it turned our two day travel time into three days. Yes, I am 39!! Funny story -- my younger kids thought I was 29 like forever because that's what I jokingly said when anyone asked.

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  6. I'm amazed at how quickly you are building those miles back! But, I understand the "blues" when everyone else is out running half's and you're just not there yet ...I really wanted to run the Statue 2 Statue 15k in Birmingham yesterday, but just didn't feel I was ready for it yet. Maybe next year.

    Actually, I've about decided that the 10k has become my favorite distance! Thinking about focusing on it for a while...who knows, maybe I can get a PR by the end of the year!

    Good luck and have fun on that half with Wendy!

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    1. I think all those crazy cycling miles were good for something after all. It made the return to running longer distances a little quicker. I've never run the Statue 2 Statue, probably because it coincides with a favorite half marathon. I'm going to attempt an attitude adjustment about the 10k. Stay tuned!

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  7. I'm not a fan of 10Ks - somehow my brain wants to be done after five miles in a race. I'll be doing one in a few weeks, eek! Hope your beach race goes well. :)

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    1. I've always thought 10ks hurt like a 5k and last twice as long. I definitely need an attitude adjustment. My sister wanted to run that distance so I agreed. I need a good tempo run anyway.

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  8. I have to agree that the 10K is my least favorite distance, too. I feel like I should be able to hold my 5K pace since it's a "shorter" race, but that just isn't going to happen! I did have pretty good success pacing myself at a 10K in February...

    I'm so bummed for you guys for running into such nasty weather on your way home from Colorado. I don't think I would have had such a good attitude.

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    1. P.S. Thanks for the linkup!

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    2. Bingo. I try to race them like a 5k too. After all, it's not half -- right? Stuff like the interstate delay happens to us all the time. Our luck, or lack thereof, is a running joke around our house. But, it'll be another crazy memory we'll never forget. LOL.

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  9. Congrats on the record number of link ups last week! This is my favorite weekly link up because I've been able to interact with so many awesome bloggers!

    I'm glad that your foot was feeling better by the end of the week. I hope you have a great race this weekend - good luck! :)

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    1. I'm so glad you are part of the WW and have been able to find some great connections. That's what it's all about! The foot is making progress, for sure. It's not always sore after a run and that's a GREAT thing.

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  10. I've always struggled with the 10k, too! I think it's kind of common for runners to hate on that distance.

    Glad that your foot is starting to feel better and that you were able to get in a double digit run this week. Whoo hoo!!

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    1. Hopefully I will be smarter with my pacing. But, at least I'll get to enjoy the race with my sister!

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  11. Happy Birthday to your son. Red velvet is one of my favorites. This weekend it stormed in our area so it made for a cooler weekend.

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    1. We had a lot of cake leftover, unfortunately. I've been tempted for days. I'm not ready for the hot weather that will soon be here and stay around for six months.

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  12. It sounds like it was a week of ups and downs, with the downs being the crappy runs on Mon/Tues and missing that half. But, I think you made the smart decision to adjust your training, and 10 miles is still an awesome long run so soon after an injury. You're right about the pain and soreness still lingering for awhile because I'm having those issues too with my tendonitis. Sometimes you plug along and sometimes you just swap out a run for rest or cross training, but that's life. In time, the body heals!

    Happy Birthday to your son! And red velvet cake sounds absolutely delicious right now :)

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    1. Ha. That's always my mantra when injured "Bodies Heal". I am so pleased I had no soreness after my 10 miler too. I'm calling that progress, even though I know I'll still have days ahead when things aren't so great.

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  13. I thought I left a comment, maybe I forgot to hit "publish?" Oh well....I cannot imagine spending all that time in the snow storm! What a nightmare! I love your peek-a-boo pics from the mailbox ;-)

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    1. After accepting the fact we would be there a while, we actually handled it pretty well. We were warm, dry, and had food and water. It could have been worse. Oh, we also had cell service and stayed entertained.

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  14. Great week building up mileage. I feel that way about 10k too. Didn't race this week, but I have a 25k trail run next Saturday.

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    1. I'm glad I finally reached the double digit stage. I haven't done a trail run in years. Sounds fun.

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  15. I did happen to race this weekend! Shamrock Shuffle is the big running season opener here in Chicago, and it was a blast! Hoping to post my recap about it later this week!

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    1. I saw where you had a great race! I'm looking forward to racing that 10k just to get back in the game.

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  16. Yikes, sorry to hear you got stranded on the interstate! Great your run went well on Friday! Happy Birthday to your youngest son! My marathon is just around the corner.

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    1. I'm so glad my runs improved as the week went on. I can't believe it's almost time for your next marathon. Where has the time gone?

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  17. My dad's birthday is tomorrow and he has also requested a red velvet birthday cake! :-) I am not surprised you reached a record number of link-ups - this is such a great forum. I just love it. Good luck with the 10k over the weekend xx

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    1. I love any cake that is topped with cream cheese frosting! We are honored to have you linking with us. I hope you are finding some great connections and support!

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  18. How did you not go crazy being stranded on the interstate? I would have wanted to ditch the car and started walking! I'm so glad your foot is feeling better! Mine is improving day by day...now if it would speed up just a little bit quicker!

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    1. We were in the middle of nowhere and the visibility was zero. Not to mention the wind was brutal. Nobody got out of their cars the whole time! I'm glad your foot is improving!

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  19. I missed one of my favorite local races yesterday due to family obligations. :( ans while the weather majorly sucked Friday & wasn't great sat either, it was so beautiful yesterday. At least I got to run. :)

    I actually am planning on a half at the end of the month. You must be rubbing off!

    Yeah for a great run for you! And no, skiing is not slacking.

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    1. How fun you've added another half marathon. That does sound very familiar!

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  20. Sounds like a great time of fun with family

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    1. And, you can't have too many of those!

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  21. Congrats on the record number!!! You are so right in that the more you interact the more people interact with you. You can send any left over red velvet cake to me :) We had did have fantastic weekend weather, but it's already getting to that point that it's going to be too hott! It was 73 this morning at 5am-ugh

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    1. I've been tempted with that leftover cake since Friday. At last, it is all gone. I don't envy your summer running (or mine).

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  22. Poor you being stuck for so long on the interstate. I'm not surprised you were itching for a run on Monday!

    I'm getting back to proper training this week. I've just booked myself on a 7k run in May. I've never done that distance in a race before.

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    1. I've never raced a 7k before either. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen one.

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  23. Sounds like a great time skiing and that's exercise.

    I DNSed in my race yesterday but the weather was great and I ran 10 miles.

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    1. Skiing is definitely exercises. It uses different leg muscles than running does, for sure! My quads would burn!

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  24. Eek, 3 days to get home from Colorado?!? It sounds like that run was MUCH needed!

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    1. Mentally, I needed that run but my creaky three-days-in-a-car body was not having it.

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  25. 10K is my least favorite distance for sure. Long enough that my 5K pace is out of the question. Short enough I should be able to run faster than a HM, but I have no idea what a good pace for me is! Plus there aren't a ton around here, or at least I haven't found them. So it's not a distance I race often.

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    1. I've raced very few. I think I'll tackle it like a half marathon. If I have any gas left towards the end, I can always turn it up.

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  26. Snow in CO, and a fire in Atlanta. It doesn't really sound like a great travel weekend. Glad you're home and did fun things this weekend. The 10k is actually my favorite distance, and training went well in March. Knock on wood it continues.

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    1. We have so few of them around here, I think I'm just not comfortable with that distance. I hope to change that.

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  27. Good luck to you on your 10K! I love that distance!

    Missing half marathons is hard, but life usually makes up for it! like you seeing your grandson play B-Ball!!

    Thank you for hosting the link up!

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    1. I'm going to tackle the 10k like a half...then I'll enjoy it. LOL. I'm not going to lie, I got all misty-eyed at the ballgame.

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  28. Love your shorts in the last pic! Sounds like you're motivated to get back to more running--nothing like races on the calendar to fuel that motivation! I clicked on the link to the Utah Valley HM. Oh, I would LOVE to do it. I love how beautiful Utah is, and this looks like a great course. If my one trip I have planned in June falls through, I might have to look into it!

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    1. I hated those shorts after I first bought them! But, they've grown on me now. I am really looking forward to Utah's downhill course. Maybe this race will work out for you after all! Let me know!!

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  29. Oh, I bet that grand slam was quite thrilling - I can hear the cheering now! I hope your feet give you reason to cheer this week!

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    1. My feet haven't been sore this week. And, I'm very grateful!

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  30. I was in Kansas City for a conference and the weather was a bit dreary, so I'm glad to be back home to some sunnier weather! I'm sorry to hear about your soreness, I know that can be so frustrating. I have a 10K this weekend and I'm a little nervous...pacing is tricky! I really wish I could go to Utah but I opted against it...I'm going to have to make the next #HoLottaFun weekend!

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    1. I plan to tackle my upcoming 10k as I would a half, especially since I'm not trained to race that distance. I'm sure I'll enjoy the scenery at least.

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  31. Nice job getting back to double digits! I have a tough time with 10s too - I always run the first 5K too fast and then crash at the end. I'm so bummed I couldn't swing Utah - we'll be knee-deep in lacrosse tournaments. You all are going to have a blast!

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    1. Yeah, I expect I should run a 5k pace in a 10k. It never works. My plan is to start slowly and build up speed. We'll see how that works out.

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  32. Ugh! Getting stuck in weather is absolutely no fun! I would have been out of my mind! However, you have been plugging away like a boss! I'm sorry about the foot pain :(

    I was also looking into Utah, but I just have too much going on. Boo. It would have been really fun, but it will be there another year.

    I did the Ready. Set. Glow 5K with my son on Friday. We were supposed to run another 5K on Sunday but ended up bailing - it was just another early morning and after some issues going on here, I honestly didn't want to get out of bed. That's ok - the Publix Savannah Women's Half is Saturday and I am so excited for that!

    Red Velvet cake is my fave!

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    1. I wish the Publix Savannah race had worked out for me. It coincided with a beach trip I needed to make. At least I'll get a race out of that it. Good luck!

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  33. I can't believe you got stranded on the interstate!! That's crazy! I'm glad you made it home and that your foot is feeling better. Great job running double digits!

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    1. I can now checking being stuck in a snowstorm on the interstate off of my bucket list! LOL.

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  34. No races this weekend, but I will probably run a 5K next weekend...it would be my first one in 3 years or so!

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    1. I have a hate/hate relationship with those! I run them because they are over quickly -- but they hurt. ALOT. LOL.

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  35. Sounds like you have some fun races coming up in the next couple of months! Have fun at the beach next week with your sister and good luck in your 10K!

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    1. Thanks. I'll need all the luck I can get. At least I can spend time with my sister. Right?

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  36. I find 10Ks really hard to pace too! It sounds like you're going to have a great spring/summer of racing. Here's hoping you get great spring weather!

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    1. I look forward to the spring races since I missed the majority of the winter. That was a big bummer.

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  37. I am so excited you are coming to Utah- yes, it will be a Holottafun! The 10K sounds nice, I think they are a lot of fun to run- enough miles to order pancakes for breakfast and not feel to guilty about it! Have a great time with your sister and welcome back to the grind :-)

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    1. Pancakes. Brilliant! I've changed my perspective.

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  38. Hey! Make sure you stretch your calf muscles well as it takes soo much pressure off your feet!

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  39. I'm glad you were able to get a good run in later in the week! 10Ks are always weird for me, too, although I think I ran my best executed race ever (back in 2013) at a 10K on the beach. But to me, they are more hard to pace. Good luck on your upcoming 10K at the beach!

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  40. Great job on your mileage and yay for no foot soreness! Happy late birthday to your son! Red velvet cake is one of my favorites too. Oh how I wish I could run with y'all in Utah! I hope you have another great week!

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  41. I always have a tough time pacing a 10K as well...I never seem to nail the right time to really push.
    You have lots of Spring fun planned! You will be ready :) I think Utah is going to be really amazing.
    It is nice the Grandkids are inheriting the active gene! I am sure that is fun to watch.

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  42. I couldn't imagine being stranded on the interstate longer than like 10 minutes! Glad you survived it all! Happy belated bday to your youngest and I bet your grandsons ball game had to be so much fun to watch!! You've got some fun races planned in the spring that I'm sure will be more than a holottafun 🙂

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  43. Big races coming up for you, Holly! I'm glad your foot soreness is easing up and am SO glad you made it through the snow storm safely. Snow storms just freak me out... not a fan. Watching your grandsons play ball had to be the best! We are just in the teeny ball (pre T-ball!) season of life and I absolutely love watching :)

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