Weekly Wrap

I am joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. The Weekly Wrap is a blog link-up where bloggers share their active lifestyle and other exciting things weekly.  For more information, see the rules here.

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Half-Marathon Training, Week 4

Monday:  The day after the time change, ugh.  I was supposed to cross train, but I’m having a hard time coming around to this part of my training.  The Motivator guarantees it’ll make me stronger and a better runner, but, the day after the time change and a long run?!  I opted out and took a rest day.  🙂

Tuesday:  This was my slow, easy, 3.1-mile run coming off of the 8 miles from Sunday.  I lost GPS signal, and it was bitterly cold.  I know I’ve said it’s not supposed to snow here this year, but boy it felt like it was gearing up to do just that!  My time was okay, not great, and my Nike+ App had an “I felt so-so” face on it, so I’m thinking I was still feeling the effects of the time change.

Wednesday:  I did another 3 miles, aiming for race pace (should’ve been 4).  I was a little bit slower than race pace, BUT, still I was tired.  I’m beginning to think I’m not a fan of this daylight savings thing.  It’s daft.

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Thursday:  Yay!  Another cross train day!!  I took a nap!!

Friday:  I was finally starting to feel my normal self again, and I had my hill training planned for today.  I was praying for rain!  <sigh> I didn’t get the rain I wanted, so I sucked it up and went to meet my nemesis.  I warmed up for just over a mile first thing, reached the base of MoFo Hill, looked up, and had a panic attack.  Okay, not really… I gave it my all.  I really did. I was feeling my normal energy, but MoFo got me after 1-1/2 times.  I consider it a success because Jamesy usually only does it 4 or 5 times, so 1-1/2 times is not too shabby… well, at least for me. Anyway, I’ll enjoy watching myself improve.  Hopefully, hehe.

Saturday:  An official rest day!!  Oh hallelujah!!  Jamesy and I had a new board game we played… Kingdom Builder.  Loved it!  The child downloaded the new Call of Duty on his X-box on Thursday night, so he was nowhere to be seen all weekend long.  No worries though… I threw him scraps of food here and there when he requested it.

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Fall! My favorite time of year!

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Sunday:  Long run day.  I had 11 miles scheduled.  I was good and ready, despite the rain.  I started with the hilly 3-mile loop around my house so I could stop back home for a quick “aid station,” then hit the trail for an 8-mile out and back.  One of the things I’m working on this training cycle is getting stronger when I hit the big mileage (in case you’re wondering why I’m only in week 4 and at 11 miles already).  I knew I was going to get fatigued near mile 6, so that wasn’t any surprise. But I did cut the run short a mile because it was raining, so I only accomplished 10, and the last 4 miles were tough going.  As well, my ankle joint seized up, a new one for me, and that made the last 2 miles kind of painful.  Gotta tell you though, there is no better feeling than getting in a hot shower after being so cold and wet for so long.  The ankle is fine… I just needed to “pop” it to get it feeling normal again which I wasn’t able to do out on the trail. Finished the night off with a fabulous shrimp and rice dinner, courtesy of my wonderful husband because, after all, he only ran 15 miles.  😉

Did anyone else experience any lethargy while running the previous week courtesy of the evil time change?

33 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap

  1. 50in50marathonquest

    Great summary, loved the log for Thursday though I don’t recall you mentioning that at the time 🙂 love the pics from yesterday, they really sum up the conditions but it’s still better than running in 80 degree heat! You had a super week of training!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hahahaha! Oh, oops, did I fail to mention that part? Hehe! Thanks honey, but it sure didn’t feel like a super week, :). Yes, I’d much rather have yesterday’s weather as opposed to the 80 degrees. Much better!!

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      1. 50in50marathonquest

        Just remember how much farther along you are in your plan though to where you would normally be as it indicates just how much progress you are making, even with unauthorized naps 😄

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  2. amandaturner612

    I definitely felt the time change, and not in a good way. For me, I think it’s the fact that I have to basically fly home from work the minute I’m allowed to leave, sprint into the house, throw some tights on, sprint out the door, and STILL struggle to get home before dark… ugh!

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  3. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin.com

    So glad you joined us for Weekly Wrap! I admit I’m still cringing at “popping” your ankle, but you seem to have done it before. Wow! I am seriously jealous your husband runs too, I’m so working on getting mine back out there. I”m not giving up yet! I do like the time change for my morning runs anyway. At least I don’t have to wear a headlamp! The afternoon, not so much! Thanks for linking with us!!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you Tricia!! My husband is the one who started the running thing, and now I just go along for the ride, hehe. We’re doing a 50 in 50 thing and no way was I going to let him earn all that bling without me, lol! Seattle area is dark morning and afternoon, so I just can’t win with that right now, but you’re very lucky to have mornings still light enough to run! That’s wonderful!! Yeah, I think I’ll take a treadmill over a headlamp! :D. Good luck on getting your husband back out there, and thank you so much for the Weekly Wrap and coming to say hi! I’ve enjoyed it!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hehe, thank you!! And I have to say, I was actually born and raised and lived all my life in Arizona!! I didn’t move here until I was 40, so imagine my horror twice a year since, lol!! I’m from the Tucson area, :D.

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      1. breidengale

        Oh my goodness! I lived in the Verde Valley area in AZ then moved up to WA just before I turned 40!!! LOL. The time change effects me for about a week before I can adjust to it. I just have a hard time doing ANYTHING for a week. So impressed you still got out and did it. rain and all.

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      2. neveradullbling Post author

        Hahahaha! I’m glad I’m not the only native who freaks out with the time change! It’s just so unnatural!! 😀
        That’s too funny that you’re from AZ too! I actually graduated high school in Safford, and lived in Tucson off and on my entire life…. just saying. 😀

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      3. breidengale

        I lived in Cottonwood and graduated from Mingus Union. Lived in Clarkdale for 18 years and just decided we had enough of the heat and headed to Washington!! It has been a life changing experience for me. I love having four seasons, but why do we have to change time? It is so hard to adjust too. I will admit the first two winters here were really hard on me. No sun for 3 days makes a very unhappy Renee. 🙂

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      4. neveradullbling Post author

        I actually applied for a job as an office manager at a nursing home in Cottonwood! At the time, I thought it was so beautiful because it was so green up there (up, as opposed to “down in Tucson,” lol). And yes, I got sick of the heat too! It was indeed an adjustment, but I love it here… even though the time change just totally sucks, haha! Renee! Yay! Hi Renee!!

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      5. breidengale

        SERIOUSLY!! We may have never “run” into each other even then. Even with it being a small town. Funny how paths cross with social media and internet. I am going to head over to your Facebook page and friend you…..with my REAL NAME/PAGE!! 😀

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      6. creativecritters77

        I’ve lived here three years now and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. AZ feels way more like home than Ohio ever did, and leaving the snow, gray skies, and time change (among other things) behind was just wonderful!

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  4. HoHo Runs

    Welcome to the Weekly Wrap Paula! It’s nice to have you. I love the name of your blog and your mantra written across the top is pretty much my whole outlook. Don’t tell me I can’t so something, or I’ll just prove you wrong. It looks like you are training for a half in Maui? That is very cool and exciting. I hope your ankle is doing OK. I’m rehabbing a foot stress fracture and it’s getting really close to being healed. I’m thrilled. My favorite distance is the half and I can’t wait to get back to it. Thanks again for linking!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you for letting me link up! It’s been fun! Yes, Maui in January, I’m thrilled! I was freaking out yesterday during my long run, “please don’t let it be a stress fracture!” But it does feel better today. My legs hurt worse than my feet, haha. I’m really sorry to hear about your stress fracture, but I saw that you were running in the pool, so I hope that has helped you enough to get you through your marathon in January! Thanks so much for saying hi!!

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  5. aidyl93

    It sounds to me like you did amazingly well!! Especially with the time change, it throws everything off! I’m glad it was a good week for you, and you were able to throw in a nap!! 😉

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