Sunday, October 14, 2018

Whew! (WW # 167)

Our beautiful Panama City Beach view

First, thanks to all of you who reached out concerned about our little beach house.  It made it through yet another hurricane; our sixth rodeo.  It's been my home away from home since I was a young girl and Wednesday was ... rough.  This storm was stronger than any other and it looked as if we'd take a direct hit.  I kept thinking of the wonderful memories my family has made there.  The thought my kids wouldn't be able to continue that with their kids kinda tore me up all day.  We didn't get word until Thursday that the house came through just fine.  Whew!  Unfortunately, the communities to our east weren't as lucky.  It is very sad.

Any time I'm there, I enjoy running the streets of our Vintage Florida coastal community; both beachfront and inland.  I usually break my own don't-get-injured rule and run every day.  I've been very honored to have other runners join me there for races.
 
Returning to the house after beach shenanigans.
Marcia, Judy, Karen, Mary Beth, Wendy, Darlene, Me, Tricia
Enjoy the afternoon sun in front of the house.
Tricia, Karen, Me, Teresa


On to my wrap...

Tuesday morning's pre hurricane run was as warm and humid as you can imagine.  The only saving grace was the wind had already picked up in advance of Michael's approaching panhandle landfall 165 miles to our  south.  I ran 7.2 miles.

And sweat all the sweat...

I intended to run again Thursday morning, but the post hurricane weather was still extremely sticky so I waited.  By afternoon, it had shifted east and the humidity was lower.  I enjoyed a dark, evening run of 5.6 miles and even though it was still quite warm was able to pick up my pace a bit.  Whew!

Mailbox greetings!  No, that's not rain.  Pure sweat!

Friday, on a whim -- and mostly likely because Fall had finally shown up that morning -- I signed up for a local 5k on Saturday.  I knew it would force me to run faster than I would just out on a training run.  I've used the 5k Speed Work formula for many years and it works well for me.  And, after a summer of lackluster running, I needed something to kick me in the pants so to speak.



Well, kick me in the pants it did.  The first 5k of the season is always a wake-up call.  There is much work to be done but I still enjoyed the beautiful fall morning.  We started and ended on the 50 yard line of a private university's football field.  I wasn't a fan on the gravel road sections, but overall it was a very nice event.  That is an age group award around my neck, but the race was not well attended.  I think there may have only been three people in my age group. 

I ran 5.8 miles Sunday morning just for the pure enjoyment of the weather. That puts my total for the week at 21.8 miles, the most I've done in months.  Whew!

And that's a wrap!


Do you know anyone affected by Hurricane Michael?

Are the 5k races in full swing in your area?

What is your next race?


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53 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that your beach house is ok! Congrats on a big volume training week! The fall weather always makes me want to run more too - although not so much that I'll hop into 5ks. They're my weakest distance, although I suppose that means I should run them more often.

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    1. I've never been a high volume runner, usually maxing out at about 40 if marathon training. But, I do feel more like myself when I run 20-25 miles a week.

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  2. Phew! I was so worried about your little beach house and I'm thrilled to hear it came through okay. Amazing really. That was one helluva storm. Congrats on the 5k and AG award! Great kickoff to the racing season for you!

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    1. I think I clocked my personal worst finish time for a 5k. But, I've got to get back out there anyway. It helps.

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  3. Glad to see you back on the road. That's a holotta more miles than I ran this week.

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    1. We all need some down time. I think I took that a bit too serious lately though.

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  4. Nice one, good week, well done! We got affected by Storm Calum, getting "evacuated" off the Isles of Scilly a day early. Oh well!

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    1. Oh no. It's too bad your time there was cut short. Better safe than sorry though. I'll never ride out a storm like some people do -- if I can help it.

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  5. I'm glad your place is OK - the devastation is mind boggling! Yay for fall weather.

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    1. It is sad and scary to see the destruction just a few miles from where our house is located. It was just plain luck that we were spared.

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  6. So glad to hear your place is OK. Can't imagine how scary that must have been. Glad you & Deb Runs fared OK in the recent storms.
    Congtats on the AG. Love your 5K outfit and the Run/Miles shirts. So much fun

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    1. Wednesday was very scary and we were very lucky. Those Run All The Miles tanks are fun. Really, the possibilities are endless.

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  7. I am SOOOO glad to hear your beach house weather the storm. Although Michael missed Winston-Salem (where we were), there was lots of heavy rainfall right before we arrived there Thursday afternoon. Numerous downed trees and loss of power in places...our race was almost called off...key word : Almost ;-) Glad you stayed safe ;-)

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    1. I meant to say "weathered the storm" (lack of sleep on my part LOL...)

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    2. I wondered if your race might me called off. So glad it wasn't. Looks like Michael moved on through in a hurry.

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  8. I am so glad to hear that your house is ok. So sad to see all the destruction down there. It is fun to jump into a 5k sometimes and yes fun speedwork

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    1. I'll need to work on that 5k pace. It's been almost a year since I ran one!

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  9. I'm so glad your house is ok! It sounds like that was a terrible storm. Looks like you had a strong week of running!

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    1. I'm slowly increasing my mileage. I'm still uncertain as to my racing plans though.

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  10. Thankfully I do not know anyone effected by Michael. At least not someone close. I haven't seen anything from Jodi but I think she lives further away?

    5k is definitely in full swing. Maybe next year I won't be training for something and can do the 5k of the race I did sat rather than the 10k (which has the hills). It's a mostly downhill course for the 5k & it's a pretty setting.

    You have to be in it to win it so I say good job on your AG award!

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    1. The first rule of getting an AG award is to show up. LOL. At least I know where my pace stands after my off season.

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  11. Awesome job on your runs this week and congrats on your AG award!

    I'm so glad that your beach house survived Michael. The destruction I've seen on the news hurts my heart :( Keeping everyone down there in my prayers.

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    1. We were very lucky to stay on Michael's "good" side.

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  12. So glad to hear that your beach house is OK. That must have been nerve wracking! I feel so bad for all the residents of the panhandle!

    An AG award is an AG award. Way to go! Congrats!!!

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    1. My heart goes out to everyone affected my Michael.

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  13. I'm glad to hear that your beach house is okay. Hurricane Michael was still ferocious even when it hit Virginia. We lost five people in flash flooding and I believe one person may still be missing.

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. P.S. Congrats on your age group win!

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  14. I'm so glad your beach house is ok! Scary times for sure. It breaks my heart to see much damage. I can't even imagine! Congrats on you age group win! I haven't raced a 5k in years...I'm kind of afraid of the burn! Lol!

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    1. 5ks certainly do hurt the worst! I prefer longer races where I'm forced run more conservatively.

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  15. Glad to hear your beach house is ok! My aunts live in Pensacola but they were out of town when it hit so they weren't there for it. It's sad to see Mexico Beach post hurricane though. It was decimated.

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    1. My heart goes out to all the residents of Mexico Beach. It is so sad.

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  16. So glad to hear your house is OK. And congrats on your AG! I have a 5k next month, and it's not going to be speedy.

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    1. I may do another one soon, just for practice. And, I don't expect it to be speedy either.

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  17. I am so glad to hear that the sweet little house on the beach which so graciously housed us last year withstood the hurricane! I can only imagine the angst you must've felt during the storm... so many memories! xoxo

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    1. I wonder if PCB will still hold their race in December. The marathon course comes very close to the areas damaged in that city.

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  18. Glad your house is ok - it sounds like the storm was so bad in some places! My next race may be the first one I can find after I'm cleared to run again. I was bummed I had to miss out on one today.

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    1. I hope you are cleared soon. I know it must be frustrating to be dealing with an injury.

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  19. So glad to hear you all made it through the storm safely! It really did a lot of damage here in central NC as well! We got lucky and only lost a few small twigs and branches, but a lot of huge old trees came down and took out power to a lot of folks. Still, we were more fortunate than those close to the landfall.

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    1. Those big trees can do a lot of damage when they come down. I think that is what did the most damage in Panama City.

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  20. I'm glad the hurricane didn't affect you too badly. And congrats on the 5k! I agree, the first one each season is a wake up call but then it can be fun to chip away at it. I'm hoping to do a Turkey trot in November.

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    1. I plan to do another soon for speed work. Any improvement I can get will be OK with me.

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  21. I'm so glad to hear that your house where you are and your beach house came through Michael unscathed. We have friends in the Pensacola area and I was watching with fear for them. The damage that Mexico Beach took is just incredible and so very sad.

    Congrats on the 5k! There was a local 5k here on Saturday that I ran last year but this year .... I was off doing other things. :D

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    1. I actually prefer the half distance over a 5k. But, they are good for speed work and aren't so hard on the ol' body. I need to do them more often.

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  22. Great to hear that you avoided the damage. Looking at the news footage is just heartbreaking.

    Congrats on your 5K!

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    1. Watching the news coverage as it is happening is so deceptive. The anchor people are standing in one mostly sheltered spot and you get a false sense that there is no real damage. And then you see the aftermath...

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  23. So thankful your beach house is okay...how scary!

    Congrats on your 5k! 5k's are so hard :)

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    1. 5ks are the hardest distance for me. I'd much rather run a half marathon.

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  24. I wish we had more 5Ks here than we do. When we were in Charlotte, there were so many more races than there are here. It's frustrating because I also like to be on the 5Ks as speedwork plan, but it's harder to do that here.

    I'm glad your beach house made it through the hurricane. We got a tropical storm here from it and my niece came to stay with us for the week since she had to evacuate her college campus in the Panhandle. The devastation from Michael is so sad.

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    1. I hope there was no damage to her college campus. Thankfully, we stayed on Michael's "good" side.

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  25. I'm glad to hear your place is okay! Hurricanes are so sad and scary. Congrats on the 5K! I think I need to find some soon to run and test my speed. 5Ks are brutally honest about where fitness is!

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    1. They are very honest about your fitness level. At least I know where I stand and can build from there.

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  26. Wow, that is a good week mileage-wise! And congrats on the AG!! So happy to hear you guys are alright with the storm.

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    1. It was a scary 24 hours before we got the info that everything was OK at the beach. But, the damage is so sad.

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