Sunday, November 18, 2018

Capitol 10 (WW # 172)



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Rain, rain, rain.  And more heavy rain.  That was my weekday.  Finally, I was able to get out Thursday morning for a run in the still overcast gloom.  Planning to run a 10 mile race on Saturday, I kept this 5 miler on the easier side.  Although there wasn't much running during the work week, I managed to fit in two pre-hab routines. 

Saturday dawned a crisp, beautiful fall day.  I'll take all that pesky weekday rain to have a glorious fall weekend any time.  The Capitol 10 Miler started at 7:30 and my car reported 37 degrees when I got out just 15 minutes prior to the start.  With no wind, it was perfect running weather.




This race is becoming more popular each year.  I was happy to see a sizeable crowd gathered at the start.  What I had forgotten is they use gun time (where everyone receives the same start time) and ignorantly lined up toward the back.  When the race started, I just followed the walking runners meandering up to the start line and unknowingly wasted precious "official race time".

My obligatory proof the course was hilly...
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Anyway, I knew the course was hilly.  Anything run in our downtown area is.  Managing the hills became my focus.  I felt strong tackling the rollers through mile 8 but began to lose steam after that; most likely because the last few miles are mostly up.  I walked through the water stop in mile 9 and once more on a steep incline in mile 10.  Overall, I was pleased with my 9:46 pace (not official, per Garmin).  As I mentioned last week, this is where I am right now.  I have no grandiose, unrealistic expectations as I simply haven't put in the work for faster paces.  I hope our house-on-the-market craziness will soon settle down and I can put more focus on training. 

It was good to catch up with  Happy Running Sole!

I have no complaints.  It was a beautiful day to be outside.  I feel like I at least put a good training run in the bank for my first half marathon of our racing season occurring in a few weeks.  Although they served grilled polish sausage dogs, pumpkin  muffins, and tropical smoothies -- and yes I sampled all -- I still treated myself with a Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha on the way home. Some traditions will never change.

I polished off the weekend with Sunday's 6.3 mile easy, low heart rate run which totals up to 21.4 for the week.  I know it isn't ideal to stack all the miles within a few days for this aging runner, but sometimes you don't have any other choice.

And that's a wrap!

Do you have a post race tradition?

Is your racing gearing up or down?


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fall Weekend (WW # 171)



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I'm back!  Thanks again to Marcia for filling in for me last week.

Monday 5.8 mile progressive evening run was odd.  Not only did I see the first Christmas tree of the season, I had an unsettling encounter.  I was spooked by two young males in my neighborhood park where I had opted to run my last mile.  It had gotten dark and they were standing at the bench, waiting on me, where I had stashed my water and phone.  At the time, I thought they were holding my phone.  Even if they weren't, they were still blocking me from retrieving my items.  A few horrible scenarios flashed in front of my eyes so I didn't get any closer and fled back to my house after getting their car's tag number; all the while loudly pretending to make a call for help on my Garmin watch.   In hindsight, I'm sure that was pretty comical.  PoPo went back and retrieved my phone.  After speaking to the young men, he concluded they were innocent.  I'm still not so sure...  Better safe than sorry.


I'm not sure what was scarier ... the park encounter
or realizing Christmas is only 7 weeks away.

So, now I have two items on my Christmas list:  a Koala Clip for my phone and a Garmin watch that really makes phone calls.   Ha ha -- I'm not sure the 1970's Batman and Robin technology is quite there yet.  Oh and one more item.  Pepper Spray.  Or maybe I should just teach Rocky our 85 pound mean-looking (yet big ol' softie) guard dog to run with me.  I digress...

My second run of the week was blissfully uneventful.   Well...other than the fact is was warm and humid.  I ran a slow and steady 5.7 miles before work Thursday.  It was a very rainy week and started misting before I finished.   It left me hoping for dry and cool conditions for a weekend long run.

Of the 20 plus paintings on display,
this one was my favorite.

The weekend turned out to be one one of those picture perfect, chilly fall weekends.  We finally turned on the heat in our house.  Saturday was spent out of town most of the day to attend an art show in a gallery where my father in law was being featured.  The trip included a delicious meal at a quaint restaurant on the town square in Pine Mountain.  The remainder of the day was spent watching college football.  Roll Tide.




I started Sunday's long run with no real plan other than to hit somewhere between 10-12 miles.  After 2 warm-up miles, I was able to run 10 steady-paced miles averaging 9:48.  I'd rather they be faster but it's the reality of where I am right now.  I'm OK with that.

As seen on my run...

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!



Have you experienced an unsettling encounter on a run?

Did your football team win?

Do you have special plans for Veterans Day?


And that's a wrap!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Just Breathing (WW # 170)



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Hello, everyone!  I'm taking a bit of a breather this week.  My dear friend Marcia from Marcia's Healthy Slice was kind enough to take the reins and guest host for me.  [Thank you, sister!]  Make sure to stop by to see how she'll be conquering two very impressive World Marathon Majors in the near future.  As always, we appreciate you linking with us right here on the Weekly Wrap.  See you next week!



 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Spooky (WW # 169)




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I always appreciate a good sunrise.  It's my reward for getting up to run before work. But Thursday's was downright SPOOKY.    When the sky began to lighten, I was near our house and sprinted up the long big hill to my phone before the vibrant colors went away.  I knew they'd only last a few moments.  All of the mailboxes along the street were glowing orange.  The light felt so eerie.  And then it was gone...

After having a great 5.5 mile run on Tuesday morning [no picture -- yet it still happened] I was really disappointed in how bad this short run felt.  I wondered if I was getting sick.  My heart rate was through the roof and I developed an acute headache with earaches.  I quit around 3.1 miles.  But, the sunrise was definitely worthwhile.


Luckily, I developed no other symptoms.  But Saturday's to-do list had me too busy to participate in any of the local races or fit in a training run. Although very exciting, I admit selling our home of nearly 20 years is more stressful than I could have imagined.  I don't remember our last move being like this.  Realizing part of it is due to my quest for perfection, I'm trying to let some things go.  I'm also trying to stay focused on the end prize. Anyway, it wasn't until Sunday morning that I could fit in a long run.   

Sunday's run started on the nippy side, which made it pleasant.  The goal was to run steady, whatever that pace was.  I felt really strong through mile 8, so I pushed a little harder for the last few and wrapped it up at 11.5 miles.   Later, I made a big ol' pot of Mexican Chili shamelessly served with Fritos Scoops, shredded cheese and globs of sour cream.  The college kids should stop by for a bowl on the way back to their respective campuses, which will warm my heart more than any chili could.

Instead of the half marathon I was contemplating in mid November, I may participate in the local 10 miler.  I'm sure I could finish a half, but know I wouldn't be pleased with my pace.  Suffering from lack of motivation, I certainly haven't been running as much as I should and would rather put in a few more weeks of work.  I fear a bad half marathon experience could put the proverbial nail in my can't-find-my-mojo coffin.  Plus, it's hard to make race travel plans with a yet unscheduled move looming.

And that's a wrap!


That's enough about me.  Tell me something good from your week!

Anything SPOOKY happen to you lately?


Sunday, October 21, 2018

But I Don't Want To (WW # 168)





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My co-host Wendy is currently enjoying a much deserved break.  No doubt she'll have some fun things to share once she returns from her trip.  This week, I'm honored to have Kimberly from Kooky Runner stepping in as guest co-host.  I had the privilege of meeting this inspirational dynamo in Chicago this past summer.  Please make sure to stop by her blog and make her feel welcomed.



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I don't want to run.

There.  I said it.  In black and white, no less..

It's scary because it's the one thing I've identified most with for over ten years now.   HoHo RUNS.  I've been fighting this feeling for months thinking once the weather cooled I would feel different.  We've also been going through the stressful process of selling our home of nearly 20 years in order to purchase another on the lake, which is still not finalized...but we're closer.  It's left me exhausted, both physically and mentally.  Maybe once my life is settled, I'll feel the urge to run again?

The most obvious answer is that I need a break.  Yet, I took a break all summer.  Some weeks not running, some weeks clocking minimal miles - just enough so that I wouldn't be starting from zero if and when my mojo returned.  Another thought is that I should sign up for a race-cation in a really cool location.  Perhaps that would supply my lacking motivation?

Hello, HoHo?  We're waiting ...

I force myself to run.

My runs aren't terrible and I end up feeling grateful that I got out the door.  So I put my big girl panties on and make myself go.  If for nothing else...for the health benefits.  But I'm not getting the same satisfaction or sense of accomplishment that I once did.  I ran 5.1 miles on Tuesday morning in such warm and foggy conditions, that I passed on every opportunity to run until Sunday which thankfully dawned crisp and cool.  I had a well-paced, steady 10 mile run and returned feeling encouraged.  But this is typical.  The weekend feeling doesn't last throughout the week.  But you never know, maybe this time it will.

This being said, take all of it with a grain of salt [preferably on the rim of a margarita glass], I'm just as likely to say how much I adore running three days from now.  And if I do, that's fantastic!.  And if I don't, that's OK too.  It's just how I feel right now. and it felt wrong to type up a forced, sugar-coated, running-is-so-awesome post.  I hope I haven't come across as melancholy.  I don't want anyone feeling sorry for me because I am not sad.  I'm actually in a happy place and excited about moving to our new home.  I simply don't miss the running and racing right now.   If I did, I'd be out there doing it more. [Um...Duh|

So now, my big scary animal is out of the closet. 


And that's a wrap!



Do you ever go through periods where you force yourself to run?

Any tips for finding motivation?