Weekly Wrap

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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It’s been a weird couple of weeks training-wise.  Washington has had one storm system after another and it has not been runner-friendly at all.  I guess this is the first real winter that I’ve had to train for a January race, and I’m thinking I’m not too impressed.  One thing’s for sure… we’re getting our money’s worth out of that treadmill.

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This is supposed to be a pond, not a lake.

Anyway, I’ve kept it going, I’m just not putting in the mileage I want.  I have been nailing my interval training though, pretty much every single time I get on the treadmill.  Hehe, it’s the only thing that entertains me while I’m on it.  I have noticed that my breathing is getting better at a faster pace, so that’s relatively encouraging, but I won’t know how it holds up until I can get back out on the trail to test it out.

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Another fallen tree. He had it mostly cleared by the time I snapped the picture.

Today was long-run Sunday and it was rainy and windy, of course.  Shortly after I woke up, I heard a chainsaw buzzing in the neighborhood.  I couldn’t believe that someone would be using a bloody chainsaw on a Sunday morning at 7!  I looked out to investigate… yet another downed tree blocking the road.  <sigh>  I’ll be happy when we get back to normal.  While The Motivator was very… brave… to face the unnatural weather elements no matter what, I chose to stick to my beloved treadmill.  I aimed for two hours… ha.  After one hour, I called it quits.

2015-12-13-18.33.13.png.pngOne neat thing I’ve been testing is the Charity Miles app. I’m super pleased with it (my tweets say I walked, but it should say I ran…, I just never thought to change the wording).  This app works inside or outside, so that’s bonus.  At 25 cents a mile, it’s win-win.  While 5 miles may only be $1.25, over time it will add up, and I think one of my next goals will be to try streaking.  You know, take the Runner’s World Run Streak challenge.  At least 1 mile every day for 365 days.  I think that’s totally doable. Even on rest days, it shouldn’t be difficult to tackle at least 1 mile.  The treadmill and I are the best of friends now (or bitter enemies), so I think it can be done.  There are actually some people who have been streaking since the 1980s!  That impresses the hell out of me!  When AJ graduates from high school in 2023 (anyone feel old besides me?), he can tell all his friends that his mom has been “streaking” since 2016.  Yeah, that might be kinda cool.

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And speaking of the boy, he just recently had his very last elementary school Christmas concert. He’s in the above picture, 4th from left, back row.  Yes, definitely one of the tallest in the school, but I think a couple of girls may possibly be taller.  He’s on to middle school next year, but I’d be okay if he stayed this age forever.  🙂

Your turn!  If you have an upcoming race, how is your training going? Ever run into wicked winter weather that slowed you down?  How do you deal with it?

 

 

31 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy

    Usually I hate training through winter — even if you want to brave the elements, there just aren’t a lot of places to run if we’ve had a lot of snow. One path is kept clear for 2 miles for team in training & yes, I think I’ve looped it for 8 or 10 miles.

    Then there was the time I had to shovel our very large driveway & then go run 10 miles.

    I am thinking about training for a march half & that means training would start in January.

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  2. HoHo Runs

    Well since I gave my treadmill away I’m one of the crazies running in whatever is out there. Thankfully, snow and ice is rare here. I do see where the TM would have come in handy for streaking! I think the Charity Miles app is a wonderful idea. All of my boys were the tallest in the class! I still struggle with finding pants long enough that aren’t too big in the waist. I hope you have a better weather week. Thanks for linking with us, Paula!

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  3. Lucy

    I need to find a spring race. I’m actually thinking about attempting a 10K sometime late spring. I am finding that winter training is more challenging than I had expected. Great job keeping it up through the weather!

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  4. amandaturner612

    That’s so funny that you mention intervals being the only thing that entertains you on the treadmill- I’m the same way! I’m training for the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati in May (my first full!) and training is going really well! Luckily, here in Southern Ohio, it’s been in the 60s and cloudy for the past week, so I’ve been able to run outside quite a bit. This week, we’re in the 50s and rainy… so back to the stupid treadmill I go. Ugh!

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  5. Karen @ Fit in France

    The weather here has been glorious. Much warmer than usual. I have only worn a hat once, and gloves a couple times. I am training for my first marathon and don’t think I would be very motivated if I had to do it on a treadmill.

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      You’re very fortunate!!! Yeah, the full marathon training… that would suck in winter weather! My hubby is doing that and getting some mighty bad training weather. I’m training for a half, so not near as bad as needing a 20-miler!! Good luck to you! I hope your weather continues to be beautiful throughout your training!!

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  6. Tasha

    I would not have been very happy to hear a chainsaw at 7am. My neighbor has a car alarm that seems to go off very early in the morning at least once per week. It it continues to howl until he gets up and turns it off. Not the best way to start my day. Good luck with the one mile a day for 365…we’ll keep our fingers crossed that there will be no sick days along the way!!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Oooo, I forgot about sickness. Well, we’ll just have to improvise if that happens. The car alarm… that would make me nuts to the point where I’d confront the neighbor unfortunately. I think that’s just sheer rudeness to not be able to control the alarm. (Or am I just being bitchy, lol)

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      1. Tasha

        It is rude but if I confront him about it, it just may end up happening more frequently so I just deal with it. We’ll be moving next year so I’m looking forward to that lol

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  7. Rebecca Royy

    Such a sweet pic of your boy! Hope your weather gets better soon! I’ve been on the arc trainer all week as I’ve worked up the courage to run outside again (don’t want to get run over!). But I kinda like the arc trainer. And as long as I sweat sufficiently (as in my hair sweats), I think it still counts!

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  8. Melissa @ See Dav Run

    Hope you guys dry out soon! At least you’ve got a treadmill for the truly dreadful days 🙂 I’m doing the RW Holiday Streak now. I’ve got to say, once I got through the first two weeks, it’s becoming so routine. And 1 mile…it’s so doable when you think 10-20 minutes and you’re done!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Well, I’m still kind of playing with it. I haven’t found a way to link it with my watch. But yes, it’s an app, and it uses your phone’s GPS. I think it’s fairly new. They actually have quite a few charities listed, I think because they have to have a company sponsor your run. To name a few: Save the Children; Girl Up; Operation Smile; Stand Up To Cancer; Alzheimer’s Assoc.; Feeding America; Wounded Warrier; Habitat for Humanity; Autism Speaks; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; Girls on the Run; Nature Conservancy; ASPCA. There’s more, but you get the idea. Personally I wish the money could go to local a local nonprofit, but I do like this concept. I figure I’m out there anyway, so might as well earn someone some money, lol! 🙂

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  9. aidyl93

    LOL, I got a kick out of him being able to say his mom’s been streaking since 2016. Haha! That’s super neat though, and very impressive indeed! I think it would definitely be doable -for you, not necessarily for me! (right now) – especially with that love/hate relationship with the treadmill. 😉 You can do it! As long as you’re making some effort, I think you’ve done fantastically! The weather can really be an enemy at times! I’m glad you’re all safe though, and no trees have fallen on you! Hopefully the weather starts to get better soon, but the snow can still stay away! 🙂 That’s exciting but sad it was his last elementary Christmas concert. Great picture! 😀

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      1. aidyl93

        Haha! Yes, I agree the weather needs to chill out! 😉 hehe. That’ll be nice, I hope you do get a break from all the water this weekend! Thank you, I think I am on the mend now, just getting rid of the last few symptoms! 🙂

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