Weekly Wrap–Mukilteo Turkey Trot

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. You don’t have to be runnin’ to share your funnin’, so go visit them, link up, and join the party.

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Maui Half-Marathon Training, week 7

Monday:  Treadmill Torture.  After participating in the Redmond Turkey Trot the previous Saturday, I really wanted to try to beat my time for the upcoming Turkey Trot on Thursday.  So I forced myself to run on the treadmill at a faster pace that I knew would beat my previous time, assuming I could hold that pace for very long.  It was a good workout, and my legs got a feeling for what they needed to run to PR.  The plan was to channel that treadmill workout the whole entire race on Thursday.

Tuesday and Wednesday:  Total rest and relaxation and mentally preparing for Thursday, as well as trying to figure out Thanksgiving dinner.  As it was just the 3 of us, none of us were too fussed about what we were going to eat come Thursday, when we were going to it, etc.  I was really more concerned about what was going to be for breakfast post-race!

Thursday:  Mukilteo Turkey Trot in Mukilteo, WA.  Once again, we were up and at ’em way earlier than a normal weekday.  It was nicely below freezing (see that? feels like 22).  Oh yay.

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Luckily I was wearing 3 layers all over my entire body.  And I stayed in the heated car until it was time to go line up at the start line.

20151126_072536.jpgAlthough this race was sponsored by the same people who had put on the Redmond Turkey Trot the previous Saturday, I think more people showed up today.  They were offering prize money for the top place finishers, so that brought out some fast runners. They were still offering the yummy pies too for each age group.

James did the 10K, and I did the 5K, so James lined up with the elite group and headed out first.  Hehe, okay, he didn’t really go out with the elite as there weren’t any elite there, just some mighty fast runners of which he was one.  Anyway, off he went, and I went out with the back of the crowd per normal, but I was kind of pleased I actually passed some people along the way.  It’s usually the other way around!  We went a bit up the street, turned the corner, then BAM!  There it was! The first nasty hill of the run.  Yes, I’m sure you can guess what I was thinking… “I should’ve done more hill torture.”

20151126_085538.jpg20151126_085620.jpgIt was a rolling hill-type of a race, up and down and up and down, but it was all good.  Not too severe.  I didn’t get my PR like I wanted; however, I did run that hilly course at about the same pace I ran the other Turkey Trot which was mostly flat, so I consider it a success.  I’ll have other chances to PR my 5K, so it’s okay.  James nailed his 10K PR by 3 minutes but unfortunately came in 4th for his age group, so no pie for us on Thanksgiving Day.  The funny thing is, if he would’ve been 2 years younger, he would have won that particular age group by 4 minutes.  He gives a pretty decent race recap at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest, so go check it out.

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As for post-race breakfast, I found a fabulous slow cooker egg bake from My Fitness Pal that was ready by the time we got home.  Yes, there was bacon, 🙂

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Friday:  Trail run with Jamesy.  James felt it necessary to pace me on a 2-mile run post-Thanksgiving debauchery and 1 day post-race.  Ouchie.  He runs fast.  ‘Nuff said.  At least we waited until most of the ice had melted on the trail.

Saturday:  Total rest day.  I am so good at these rest days, I amaze myself.  We played games and James made a sinfully delightful chocolate-chip bread pudding.  It’ll probably be a good thing when this holiday weekend is over so we can get back to good.

screenshot_2015-11-29-10-01-51.pngSunday:  Long run day.  Another freezing cold day (I will never complain about the heat I again, I promise… okay, not really, I’ll still complain about the heat too). As it’s a step-down week (thanks to my Turkey Trotting), I just did an easy-peasy stretch around the block.  Today was the Seattle Marathon of which James had entertained the idea of running way back in July. I’m so glad he changed his mind. I would’ve been not too impressed having to go out in this freezing cold weather at a stupid-early time for one of the hilliest courses ever with all that ice out there. For those who did run it… kudos to you.  I’ll bet the portaloos were fun on your bum first thing.  Yikes!

Only 6 more weeks until Maui.  Holy cow, I’m looking forward to some warmth!  And I have a lot of work to do between now and then.  My pace has come down quite a bit, and I’m aiming for a 15-minute PR in Maui = 3:15.  Holiday season, ice, cold, snow or not… it’s time to get busy!

And how was your week?

42 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap–Mukilteo Turkey Trot

  1. Karen

    Congrats to you both on great Turkey Trot times! You had some very brisk temps to brave. Maui will be considerately warmer lol Gotta love a man that cooks 🙂 My hubby made Thanksgiving dinner..

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  2. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    Hello from the link-up! 5Ks are always tough, and to try to PR on a hilly course is even tougher. Congrats on keeping the same pace on a tough course! So, it seems you’re in the Seattle area? I didn’t think it got that cold there! I thought it was temperature year-round? Well, I’m here in Pittsburgh where it’s usually pretty cold this time of year, but it was a warm 44 degrees for my Turkey Trot and got up to mid-60s on Friday! The funny thing is that I actually like and want cold weather, ha ha. Have a great week!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hi Jenn! Thank you for saying hi! If our cloud cover dissipates in the winter, then we get cold, but usually 40 to 45 is our norm! You’re a brave woman for facing those Pittsburg temps! I don’t know how you run in this cold weather! It kind of sucks!! And thank you for your encouragement!! 😀

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  3. HoHo Runs

    That extra cold weather you are having is going to make Maui seem like heaven! I know you are excited for that half! I’m envious. Congratulations on having the same race pace this week but on a very hilly course. That is great improvement. I’ve never heard of cooking eggs in the crock pot. I’ll have to check into that. Good luck with your training this week. I appreciate you linking up with us, Paula.

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  4. wanderwolf

    Aw! Sounds like a great week!! I’m sorry you didn’t get your PR, but knowing you and James, you may find a race before Maui… Or not! Either way, if you ran sold idly ok those hills in those temps, that’s something to be proud of. And I read you note to a newbie runner… And there’s some excellent advice there. You’ve come a long way since gym in high school, and you’re a young runner (two years)! There’s speed in you, waiting to come out 🙂 congrats on a great week (you rest really well) and hope this next week comes without ice, storms, etc.

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  5. mawil1

    Congratulations to you for getting out there in the freezing cold – again and again!! I know what you mean about the treadmill and pacing though – I’ve done that myself, just to see what 10kph feels like for a couple of minutes – boy was that a shock! My legs turning over like road runner!( the cartoon character- beep beep!)
    I am wondering what to wear for winter runs – do you take any of your 3 layers off when running? I used to wear 2 layers on top, but now I do more jogging and less walking I find I get really hot, so I go out wearing less, feel cold for about half a mile then I’m warm. If it’s raining or windy I wear a thin, dri fit long sleeve top and my gortex jacket, which protects me from the wind and rain, but yesterday I found that after an hour I was starting to feel a bit cold and because my leggings weren’t weather proof in any way when I got home my legs were bright red with cold! Do you have any tips on cold weather gear?

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      I have a couple pairs of dri fit “base layer” tights I wear underneath my thicker compression tights, as well as compression sleeves. Then up top, I have another “base layer” top that I wear under my long sleeve, as well as another long sleeve, thicker over-top. I was more comfortable during the 2nd race with 3 layers as opposed to the first race with only 2 layers. I think it’s that wicking base layer that makes the difference. I find when I run in a jacket of any type, I get too warm. I hope that helps a little bit?

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      1. mawil1

        Thanks, I wear dry fit tights but I don’t know if they are ‘base’ or ‘top ‘ layer! Ive had them for years, maybe I need to ask Santa for some winter wear. I have a pair of compression tights- they are truly tight and no way will they go over anything!!! You must have slim legs😊

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  6. Chocolaterunsjudy

    I seriously considered the Seattle half . . . tried hard to convince my husband we needed to go see his mom for Thanksgiving. But then Thanksgiving ended up being at my house & we can’t travel right now because of Chester anyway so I guess things have a way of working out.

    Keep in mind Maui will probably be humid, so you might have to adjust your expectations a bit.

    I passed a lot of people in my turkey trot, too & that’s very unusual for me, too! A lot of non runners running. Mine wasn’t rolling hills but it was one long one the second mile — but then downhill which was great.

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Oh, you got so lucky with it being downhill towards the end of your Turkey Trot! I have discovered, unfortunately, that I suck at going downhill just as much as going uphill, go figure! I guess it all comes with practice! Since you’re on the East Coast, the freezing weather here might not bother you as much as us, so definitely keep it on your bucket list, but do practice those hills, you’ll be glad you did, :D.

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      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        I know, I’ve run in Bellevue many times (where both my MIL & SIL live). Killer hills in every direction. And I don’t live in a flat area, either!

        I would have run it just for fun, just to check off WA. Wasn’t meant to be.

        I loooove downhill!

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  7. Tasha

    lol @ treadmill torture. I can’t imagine running a marathon in this cold weather either so good for you for dodging that bullet! Now Maui is a whole different ball game. You might not wanna come back home til after winter!

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  8. MB Jackson

    Sounds like a great week and a fun start to Thanksgiving! I love Turkey Trots, so much fun but dang yours was cold! Makes our low 60’s sound like a heat wave! Maui in 6 weeks sounds so nice! Is this your first trip out there?

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      No, it won’t be our first time there, but it certainly will be my first time running there. I’ve never attempted it before, so it should be interesting! The race starts at 5:30 a.m. to avoid the heat, so it will be like running in the middle of the night for me because of the time difference, lol!! 🙂

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  9. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin.com

    What a great race the both of you had! My goodness that is a cold start! I would have been thinking about the breakfast waiting on me the entire race! It looks delicious! Thanks for promoting our Weekly Wrap! You are right it’s not just for runners at all! Maui sounds just amazing!!!

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  10. aidyl93

    You can do it! Just try to stay motivated thinking about the warm sun and your PR and you’ll do fine. 🙂 Even if you didn’t make your PR on this race, doing all those hills is impressive anyway! Congratulations on getting out there and getting it done! 😀

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