Sunday, August 20, 2017

It's in the Bag (WW # 107)





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I don't have much to say.  I'm not really back in running training mode just yet so I'll keep this short.  We are, however, back in triple heat indexes.  No big surprise.  We headed to the lake Saturday morning with out of town guests and stayed all day in that heat.  Everyone had a blast skiing and tubing.  In fact, their 7 year old daughter is fearless and was a boss on the tube -- all by herself!  We also got the adults up on skis. Whoop!


Just a little jumping action...

To say I was toast Sunday morning was putting it mildly.  {Pass the jelly, please}  I scrapped my planned 50 mile bike ride. I.just.couldn't.  The thought of the excessive heat rising from the pavement (like last weekend) just did not appeal.


Got to love all the data...

I put on  my thinking cap and...voila!  Two fans, an outdoor view, some rocking tunes, shade and plenty of Gatorade did the trick for cranking out 30 miles on the MAG trainer in 97 degree heat.  That put my cycling mileage at 55 for the week.  I tried my new CycleOps wheel riser too.   It's a definite keeper.
 



Our celebration of the Weekly Wrap's second anniversary continues all month.  Sarah Marie has been very gracious to supply another Runner Girl Gang bag for me to give away to a lucky winner. This bag will include a few extra Sarah Marie Design Studio items and other surprises too.


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And that's a wrap!

Tell me a highlight from your week!

Do you carry a bag?  What is something odd you haul around?



83 comments:

  1. I'd use it to visit my runner girl gang! Fill it with fun things.

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    1. I used mine on the trip to run the Utah Valley Half Marathon as my extra carry on item. It worked like a charm! It will be headed to Vegas as well.

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  2. The heat can take a hiatus, thats for sure! I'm over it too (and the humidity). I love how you improvised for your 30 mile bike ride!

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway! That Runner Girl Gang bag would be perfect for holding all my gym essentials!

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    1. It is the perfect size for a gym bag! It's not too big to fit in a gym locker.

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  3. I do carry a purse, but it has successfully been scaled down from the "diaper-bag-sized" lug of years past. I purposely keep my bags small (nowadays) so I can do the cross-body thing with them and not have to slump my body to maintain balance. it's not really unique, but I do have 4 (or 5?) lipsticks in the tiny bag...#priorities ;-)

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    1. I still carry a small purse but I've considered stopping as it has so little in it -- and purse snatching seems to be on the rise around here, Lip gloss, wallet, car keys. That's it!

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  4. This was my last week of school so I had to set it up while enjoying my last week too. :-)

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    1. I hope you have a wonderful school year!

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  5. Great way to beat the heat on your bike! I am so over the summer heat already

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    1. We are nowhere close to getting a break on the heat. But, I know the mornings will start having lower dew points in a few weeks. It's the little things that make me happy!

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  6. It sounds like good weather to be on or in the water! Love your bike set up! I don't think I have the discipline to put in that many miles on the trainer. I would use the bag for my running gear when I run from work!

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    1. I can do the trainer as long as I'm distracted. It's also the only way I can work on speed. But, I'm not sure if I can go more than 30. But I said that about 20 miles too.

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  7. You're pretty genius giving yourself a good view for your ride on your bike trainer, but I think I would have been a wimp and opted for staying in the AC. ;-)

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. It's hard for me to stay inside on such a pretty day (even though it is so HOT!). Using the trainer outside seemed to be the right compromise.

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  8. That triple digit heat was gracing me as well, I never got on my bike all week- I chickened out. I like your trainer idea!
    Sounds like great water therapy happening at your house :)

    I haul a big beach towel in my car because I don't want to sit on the seats sweaty after the gym lol
    Thanks for helping me to stretch my comfort zone this week!

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    1. I keep a beach towel in my trunk for that nasty excessive sweat. I'm glad your first week of training went well. I believe there are great things ahead for you!

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  9. Triple digit heat index!? No thanks lol. I would have been indoors working out.
    I don't like to haul around a lot with me - just the essentials. My phone, credit card and chap stick are all I really need!

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    1. You sound like me. Phone, wallet, lip gloss, car keys. I do like a bag for road trips or (of course) running day trips.

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  10. I'm so over the summer... it feels like it is just heating up for us though. I carry a totebag for my lunch everyday... my food for the day never seems to fit in a regular lunch bag - ha!

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    1. Yeah, I feel like we are just getting to the peak of summer. Unfortunately, it will be a while. Excellent idea with the food. I seem to take a lot with me too!

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  11. That sounds like a great way to get in your workout! I could see how riding outside in the triple digit heat would not be appealing at all.

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    1. Road cycling is definitely cooler than running, but at this temperature neither is very enjoyable.

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  12. I always carry a bag. Usually it's full of stuff for everyone else!

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    1. When my kids were younger, I nicknamed myself "the carrier". I know you can relate.

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  13. I have a bag everywhere I go and it always has snacks in it! :-)

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    1. Oh yes! A great use for the bag, indeed.

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  14. Wow I can't even believe that you planned 50 miles! I'm sure even the 30 miles on the trainer wasn't fun!
    I do have a little tote I keep running supplies in!

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    1. I'm planning to do a century ride soon (100 miles). So yeah, I should have gone the distance. I bailed last weekend too, due to the heat.

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  15. It has heated up this week, and I struggled on my run Thursday compared to Monday. I felt stronger on Monday, and it could just be the weather. It was cooler and cloudy Monday compared to no clouds and all-out sun on Thursday.

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    1. If I'm cycling, I've gotten to where I look forward to an overcast day so I don't have to be out in the harsh sun for so long! Cloud cover makes a huge difference.

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  16. I am so over the summer - the fall cannot get here fast enough for me. Great job getting those miles in on your trainer!

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    1. I stayed in the pool for a long while after my ride and it sadly wasn't very refreshing -- the water is over 90 degrees. UGH!

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  17. Nice work getting those biking miles in 97 degree heat on your trainer! So cool that you water ski every weekend too! Sounds like so much fun!

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    1. I won't miss the heat, but I will miss water skiing when the weather gets too cool.

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  18. Sounds like a fun way to entertain guests - water skiing and tubing! Way to get your bike ride done on the trainer! The bag would be great for a carry-on for traveling to races! :)

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    1. That's exactly how I've used my bag! It is the perfect size.

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  19. That bag would be a great gym bag! And I can't even fathom triple digit heat index. Ahhh!!

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    1. I don't want to HAVE to fathom triple digit heat indexes. LOL.

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  20. What a fun giveaway! I love summer but the humidity is getting up there again.

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    1. August is always our worst month. And, it's keeping true to form.

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  21. Phew, great job on those 30 miles...you improvised with a great alternative to cycling 50! What a great giveaway! I'd definitely use the dufflebag for travel, I've been needing something a bit smaller.

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    1. I like the size of this bag because it's not too big. It went with me to the Utah Valley Half Marathon.

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  22. LOL! Love that photo of you on the jet-ski! BLISS!! A big highlight actually happened this morning - I qualified as a life coach after months of training. So I am ecstatic about that and taking time off from work to read all my favourite blogs!

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    1. I love any time I can spend on a ski. It's wonderful you've qualified as a Life Coach! Congratulations.

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  23. That bag looks perfect for a day at the pool, or a quick day trip!

    I am so impressed that you did ANYTHING in 97 degree heat! Way to go!

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    1. The fans helped. And the thought I could jump in the pool when it was over. LOL.

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  24. Smart idea for the Sunday cycling! That bag is really cute, I've been thinking of getting a new gym bag.

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    1. I think it's the perfect size for the gym. It will fit into a narrow locker easily.

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  25. I too am over this heat and humidity. I love summer, but keeping up with marathon training and compensating for the heat and humidity is so challenging and tiring. I'm very much looking forward to fall running, especially lower humidity.

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    1. I applaud you for training for a marathon this summer! I hope you get some nice weather for running before your race.

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  26. I carry a purse...I've been meaning to try an Apera bag because they have ALL THE POCKETS and can put whatever you want in them! Also...two weeks until I'm the host...holy crap lol that went by fast! Can't wait! It's also getting so close to Chicago...

    But on another note, I don't blame you for not wanting to train in these triple digit heat indexes. We are getting them too and I'm dying out there. I can't wait until I can take a break from the constant training and not have to worry about going outside unless I want to haha!

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    1. I still carry a purse...with very little in it. I don't know why I'm still carrying it! It's very impressive for you to be training for a marathon in your FL heat!

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  27. Great thinking with your trainer, sometimes you have to be creative with the heat! I carry a backpack nearly every day that includes a change of clothes & shoes (gym clothes or work clothes, depending on when my workout is), my lunch bag, and then all of my regular essentials. The oddest thing I carry around is probably my deodorant - just because I am constantly in different places: office, locker room, home; and I really like this scent, so I like to be able to use it everywhere.

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    1. I think I'm going to start leaving a bag of essentials in my car so I can always be ready. I have deodorant stored in my office desk!

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  28. Thankfully our weather hasn't been nearly that hot this summer, but running is still tough! I'm looking forward to fall and kids getting into a routine again... but we have two weeks left to enjoy summer!

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    1. I love the routine that back-to-school brings!

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  29. You'd laugh if you saw the bag I use. The strap is in 2 pieces but it has memories...

    I ran in 70s yesterday and was sweating. I don't think I could run where you live.

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    1. Apparently, I can't run in it either! LOL. I've never "acclimated".

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  30. Ahh running after coffee? I can't do that either. I also cannot run in the heat. I raan today and it was mid seventies and I was dying! Although I think I prefer this to winter and sub 20s.

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    1. I like our mild winters where it rarely gets below upper 20s. But I get really wimpy if you add wind to that.

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  31. I didn't have a lot of excitement this week but I was glad to be able to get in both week runs and I got in my long run after getting up at the crack of dawn! You really can't wait too long after sunrise if your planning on a run. I slept til 7:30 Sunday and well you know I went to work. But at least I got it finished and it shouldn't take up another Saturday for a few weeks! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Lately, I've been relishing sleeping in. I've never really done that either. That is going to have to change soon.

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  32. I love that you took your trainer outside with two fans! I have a fan in front of my treadmill and love using it when I need to (which has been a few months!).

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    1. I just couldn't stomach an indoor trainer ride. I'm solar powered, after all. The fans were a HUGE help.

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  33. I love that bag! I'd use it for my Renegade road trips; my runner girl gang would love it, too!

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    1. I think it is perfect for road trips!

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  34. I give you a lot of kudos for cycling outside in triple digit heat (or close to it) no matter how you get it done!

    I carry a small pocket book (except sometimes when I'm out & about in the summer in my skirtsports). There's usually an (unused, of course), poop bag. Generally about as weird as it gets.

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    1. I think you win the prize for oddest item in your bag! LOL

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  35. I carry around my backpack these days complete with computer, headphones and all the chargers I need all day. And candy. I almost always have candy in my bag

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    1. Chargers! We can't do without those these days. I have them stuck everywhere.

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  36. Very creative! There is NO WAY I would run in that heat. I see people out running in the hottest, sunniest part of the day here and realize that if I had to run in that, I wouldn't be a runner. Love that you got your biking miles in in the shade with a view! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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    1. I saw people running in the afternoon heat just this week (it was in the mid 90s before the humidity factor). I don't know how they do it!

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  37. 50 miles on the road sounds brutal! I don't blame you for sticking with the stationary bike!!

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    1. After a couple of hours last weekend with the heat blasting up from the pavement, I just couldn't do it.

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  38. That was really smart idea to skip your bike ride and do it semi-indoors. The weather has been brutal off late. That is such a fun giveaway. As always, thanks for hosting WW series this week too and allowing me to guest host. It was so much fun!!

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  39. Hi absolutely love your blog posts. It has been so disgustingly hot and that was a great idea for the bike trainer. I have a tri bag that I use but I have a separate bag that I carry all my fuel and water bottles for that is t necessarily for that purpose so the runner gang bag would be perfect for that purpose

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  40. I'm glad you had a great week! I'm with you on the heat, so over it. I too have done some indoor workouts lately. I have also cut some runs short. Anything is better than nothing, right? 50 miles is a very long bike ride in the heat, and at least indoors, you are safe from the elements and also possible crazy drivers.

    I love that bag and would use it to go to the gym, since I'm spending more time there on the treadmill with this heat.

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  41. I'm moving and purged a bunch of stuff so I could use a new bag!

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  42. Probably the weirdest thing I have to haul around now is bear spray.

    Impressive bike mileage! I never bike anymore. I need to dust that sucker off and get moving! ;)

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  43. That bag is just the cutest! It'll be my official race bag for the season. Also, the bike view is awesome!!!!!

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  44. love this! id used the duffel for race/gym stuff ;)

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  45. I will (hopefully) be running the Chicago Marathon this year! I'm currently dealing with an injury, but the flights are booked so I'm going to Chicago either way! This looks like the perfect size for a carry on :)

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  46. I would store an emergency pair of running shoes and clothes in this bag and keep it in the car! You never know when the chance for a spontaneous run can arise - and I would hate to miss it :) Super cute bag!

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