Sunday, April 30, 2017

See Ya April (WW # 91)

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RECAP:

Strength
T   Ran 4 Miles (Progressive)
Cycled 20 Miles 
T   Strength
F   Ran 5 Miles
S   Ran 8 Miles
S   Ran 3.5 Miles

Total Ran = 20.5 Miles
Total Cycled = 20 Miles 

I feel pretty good about my final week of effort before the Door County Half Marathon.  Recently returning to running after injury, I've been in a rebuilding stage.  I think my endurance is there.  My speed?  It needs more work.   Or perhaps just more time.   And perfect weather.  An easy course would be nice too.  Well...it needs a lot.


Tuesday's Mail Box Greetings

I got a decent cross training session on the bike trainer while watching Survivor Wednesday evening. {Up until now I've been cycling watching Sun Records.  Anybody else addicted?}  I'm really loving the comfort of the new Blink 3.0 I received as part of my ambassadorship with Heart Zones.  If you are a chest strap wearer, you would adore the Blink.  It is worn on your forearm and you will not even know it is there. My stats for this easy 20 mile ride:  Time: 66:52  Speed: 17.9  Blink HR: 134  Garmin HR: 136.  A solid effort in my BLUE zone. 

https://heartzones.com/heart-rate-training/zoning/
If you are confused about heart rate training check out this link.
Heart Zones does a great job of explaining the different zones.

 I also found a nifty calculator for determining my specific zones. 

Taking advantage of the shade in the park!

I had to rearrange my morning runs due to mid week storms.   Friday morning's run was a steamy, swampy mess.  I took it slow (seriously -- no other choice) and got it done.  Regarding heart rate training, these conditions make it extremely challenging stay in my YELLOW zone and out of the RED.  Blink: 156  Garmin: 158.  Sadly, my weekend runs were a repeat of the same stickiness.   So yeah, no last ditch effort to work on speed.  I did choose my hilliest route on Saturday which is a challenge in itself.  With the humidity?  Ugh.  Just stick a fork in me...


A beautiful April sunset from the Florida panhandle!

As April comes to a close, I'm as ready as I can be for my upcoming half marathon.  I hear from my friend Wendy this will be a hilly course.  However, the weather is shaping up to be a sunny, clear, and breathable mid 40's.  Regardless, I look forward to visiting the scenic Door County peninsula in Wisconsin and banging out half # 45 with my #holotta partner in crime.

And that's a wrap!


There was so many races this weekend!  Did you race?

What are you currently training for?

Do you know your Heart Zones?

69 comments:

  1. You know what I"m excited about? Seeing you!!!

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    1. That's going to be the best part. You'll have to keep reminding me we have a race on Saturday!

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  2. The cooler, less humid weather will be a welcome treat for you! Good luck and have fun!!!

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    1. Oops! Where are my manners? Thank you for the linkup!

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    2. I hope that weather works in my favor, at least a little. I appreciate your continued support of the Weekly Wrap!

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  3. I have not done the heart zone thing. Good luck running in WI this weekend. So I think I finally got the "mailbox" thing...haha. Do you put your phone inside the mailbox?

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    1. Yes! I've always stored everything I needed for a run inside the mailbox as I do loops from my house. And, it's where I always end my run. So the mailbox selfie has become my thing. LOL.

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  4. I really should look into HRM training....I do most of my workouts based on effort (in the heat, humidity, rain, snow, etc.), it would be interesting to see just how much effort is happening. Good luck on your 13.1! As I told you, I'm doing another 13.1 next Sunday, so I'll be with you in spirit ;-)

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    1. More than anything else, the HR monitoring really helps me keep my easy runs easy. Without it, I tend to constantly speed up and run harder defeating the purpose of an easy run.

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  5. I really have been paying a lot more attention to my heart rate training. I actually thought Iit was wrong recently because it was staying around the mid 130's but I assessed how I felt on the run and felt great! Have a ton of fun in door county!

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    1. Wow. I would have a very difficult time keeping my HR that low. But, I'm old. LOL. Cooler temps help though.

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  6. You've done great coming back from your injury while preparing for the half! I find the HR stuff really interesting but I still don't fully understand it. Thanks for sharing those links, I will have to check them out!

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    1. There is a lot of varying info out there about HR training. But, I think Heart Zones does a great job of explain it in understandable terms.

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  7. OMG I'm so happy to be free of my chest strap HRM! Love the Heart Zones armband! You're going to have so much fun (and enjoy the cool weather) in Door County! Nice April miles!

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    1. Truly, I forget it is even there until I get ready to get in the shower! Have you used it for swimming yet? We can use it for swimming, right?

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  8. The weather has definitely been a little crazy this week. I had to move my 7 miler to the treadmill on Tuesday. And we both experienced the crazy humidity and heat this weekend! I hope that you have great running weather for your race next weekend!

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    1. We are getting ready for a round of storms right now. I how that will take the moisture out of the air. It has been extreme! I'd like to run a 5k soon, but I just can't do it in that muck.

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  9. Congrats on a great April!I definitely want to learn more about heart rate training and will be checking out those links. Thanks for the link-up!

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    1. The Heart Zone information is pretty easy to understand and I just thought that calculator was cool!

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  10. I did not race this weekend - but yes, there were so many races going on! The main reason I didn't was because I was busy at my sister-in-law's wedding and all the associated festivities! I'm training for a half marathon - it's in two weeks! Yipes!

    Congrats on what seems like a great month. Hopefully the weather gets back to normal and not as hot/humid - or stormy - I'm awful at running in the heat! Good luck with your race!!

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    1. You'd think since I live in the south I'd me good at running in the heat and humidity. I'm horrible at it!

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  11. Thanks for the link cause I don't know my zones!

    Right now a hilly half without mud sounds pretty good to me. ;) I'm sure you're going to have a blast with Wendy!

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    1. That calculator actually came up with different numbers that what I was using for my zones. I think I've been too hard on myself.

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  12. Ah, you are going to have so much fun, no matter the weather! I don't have enough patience for HR training. I just want to run! :-)

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    1. I would think you'd love all the HR info. Isn't that what OT is all about?

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  13. Yes I think I know my zones. I wore a chest strap for awhile but it drove me nuts. I need to find something else that works better! Hope you have a great race this weekend with Wendy! I will be at Magnolia Meltdown in Ridgeland Saturday! Can't wait!

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    1. Chest straps are pretty uncomfortable, although I eventually got used to my old one. This forearm monitor is amazing comfy! I've looked at that race. The date has just never worked out.

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  14. My watch does track heart rate but I do not really pay too much attention to it and I have never tried HR training. Interesting!

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    1. For me, monitoring my HR is a great way to ensure that an easy run is truly easy and stays that way. I tend to speed up and run harder as I get into a run.

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  15. I'm such a newby / wannabe cyclist that I'm so basics it's almost embarrassing to share! However, my husband is the cyclist in our family so he's hooking me up with the right gear. I just need to learn how to use the gadgets properly. Any tips for wannabe cyclists who are using cycling for half marathon training as cross training?

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    1. I think ycling is wonderful cross training for a half marathon! I've only "seriously" (and NOT that seriously) cycled for about 2 years. I'm still learning too. My HR tends to be low on the bike so it's helpful to use a monitor to make sure mine stays high enough for a quality workout.

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  16. I need to get into HR training for cycling and swimming for sure! I overexert myself nearly every time. I can't believe April is over already! It's crazy how fast it's going!

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    1. I plan to try this HR monitor while swimming. I've got to find the right app for that. I'm pretty sure my HR would be in the RED zone!

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  17. I'm right there with you with rebuilding! My endurance is improving, but my speed is lacking and the weather is just...ick! I really need to get a heart rate monitor. My Garmin broke so I'm thinking my next purchase will be one that includes HR.

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    1. I was happy to catch a little break in the weather this week. Twenty degrees cooler makes a huge difference!

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  18. 40s sound great for a half marathon. I hope that forecast stays. I did not race this weekend, and made it through a snow storm on Saturday. The roads were fine, but frankly I didn't want to go out in that stuff.

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    1. That's my ideal temperature for a race. However, now it looks like there will be a very strong wind. It's always something...

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  19. Love your mailbox greetings! Great job last week even with your steamy weather! Good luck to you and Wendy on your race! Looking forward to reading about it!

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    1. I'm sure we will have fun regardless of the weather and hilly race course. This really will be more of a training run for me.

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  20. One things for certain about your race with Wendy...you'll have a good time! Enjoy the cool temps!

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    1. I have no doubt about that. I hope the cooler weather makes for a better finish time.

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  21. Ah running in the 40s, that's my favorite running temperature! That should help as you tackle the hills.

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    1. That's my favorite temp too. I'll need all the help I can get with those hills.

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  22. I think you are ready for that Half Marathon. You have done so well to keep up your fitness as you recover from injury. Whatever happens, you must feel so proud of yourself x

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    1. My goal is simply to finish strong. There's plenty of time to work on speed and many races yet to run!

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  23. Thank you for sharing the Heart Zones calculator-makes it so easy! Good luck at the Door County half :)

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    1. I thought that was a helpful calculator. There is a lot of confusing info out there regarding HR training.

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  24. I am with you with rebuilding. My mileage is up pretty good, but I'm lacking speed AND endurance still! I am planning to add in some workouts this week now that I have a solid base. Injuries are crazy things but I'm glad you will be able to run the half marathon even if it's not a PR or crazy good time. Sometimes just getting out there is a victory because it takes a lot of guts to race after an injury.

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    1. There definitely some mental struggle that goes on when racing after an injury. It's a little difficult to set everything aside and just run hard. There's always that worry... It does fade, eventually.

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  25. My apple watch track my heart rate but I have no idea what I should be doing so I ignore it.

    I bet you have a great race this weekend. And running with Wendy...you will have a blast

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    1. I can't believe you don't ever use that HR data from your Apple watch! I'm addicted to the numbers. I'm looking forward to seeing Wendy. No telling what we'll be up to!

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  26. I've never done heart rate training, mostly because I don't really want to add any more gadgets to my lineup right now, and I'm not sure I would like wearing the monitor. But I KNOW it's a useful tool, so maybe some day!

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  27. Have an awesome Half marathon with Wendy! I'll keep a look out for pictures on Instagram this weekend!

    I'm training for a half marathon in 2 weeks in Delaware, and just hoping the weather will stay cool.

    Thank you for hosting!

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  28. Sounds like a great week! I hope you have fun with the half marathon this week :)

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  29. Good luck in WI this weekend! I'm hoping the weather will be delightful for you.

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  30. I did race this week and finally PR'd in the half marathon! :)

    Have a great time in WI! Hope the weather forecast doesn't change and you have perfect weather for your half! Have fun with Wendy!!

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  31. Great job running 100 miles for the month! I'm sure you'll do great at your upcoming half! I'm still training for the Buffalo Half Marathon and just grateful that it's a few weeks away!

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  32. Oh my gosh that weather is going to feel fabulous for your half! I hope you and Wendy have a blast! Great job on getting all those miles in! You know I am all about the HR- your new gizmo sounds interesting!

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  33. The humidity has simply been unbearable the last few days ....although this morning felt great!! Good luck on your half this weekend and more than anything ...just have fun with Wendy! PS..I need to check out this Blink. :)

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  34. I did not race this weekend, but did enjoy a 7 mile trail run with a friend! This Saturday I've got a 5k that I've never done before. The course is supposed to be nice and flat, perfect for getting a PR!

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  35. At least Door County race should be cooler! And less humid. :) Have fun!

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  36. You and Wendy will have such fun! Hopefully it's more spring and less winter by the time it's race time. Great week of training, Holly!

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  37. Ugh- I feel ya on the heat and humidity... makes doing anything outside so much less enjoyable!

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  38. Have fun running your 45th half marathon! Wait, 45? I'm impressed!

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  39. I hear ya with this heat and humidity rolling in (early this year it seems!) I'm glad it will be cooler temps for your race this weekend. hopefully that will help some, even on a hilly course! i hope you have a great weekend and a good race this weekend! whoo hoo on #45!!!!!!!

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  40. Good luck in your half marathon and congrats on #45, Holly! The heat and humidity are a killer. I certainly don't have much of a tolerance for it! We finally hit the mid-60's here again after the snow melted and the humidity is hardly noticeable. Weather is so flaky... sometimes it's great, sometimes I want to hide :)

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  41. Sounds like you'll have great conditions for your race! I bet you do great in those cool conditions. This week I had my first run in extreme humidity and WOW, did my HR take a hit! Is it because we are working that much harder in humidity? Good luck and have fun this weekend!

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  42. Good luck in your race! Sounds like you're ready! I'm dreading the humidity. We've started having some, but it'll be here in the next few weeks and will stay till fall! I love my Fitbit heart rate monitor. I love being able to check it as I'm running and know where I'm at!

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