Sunday, October 8, 2017

Randoms (WW # 114)

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You may remember that Teresa visited a couple of weeks ago and we completed our first Century Ride.  Well, I demand politely request that all my guests take a mailbox picture with me.  It's my jam.  Anyhoo, I wasn't crazy about the way it turned out.  But in the spirit of keeping it real...here it is.  She looks great, but I need a do-over. 

Not the DAM picture I wanted!


Although I was so excited for some of our very own Weekly Wrappers to be running the Chicago Marathon, and absolutely wished them nothing but the best of luck, it made me a little blue not to be running it myself.  I'd like the chance to run it and NOT FALL  [or DNS like I did in 2015!].


A favorite pic from Chicago 2016

Sunday's long run was scrapped due to Tropical Storm Nate.  Conditions allowing, I will run Monday instead as I'm off for the Columbus Day holiday.   I'm a member of team #alwaysmissamonday, especially in the summer after spending the weekend running, cycling and water skiing.  Monday ends up being my much needed day of rest.  {Truth be told, I can barely move!  Ha Ha}  But, I occasionally make an exception.

I did work up a sweat for a solid hour Sunday on my second bike trainer ride of the week.  I watched The Good Doctor while cranking out an easy -- and by that I mean low resistance -- 32 miles.  I'm addicted to this new show.  Freddie Highmore plays and excellent role as a brilliant surgeon with autism.  


Saturday morning before TS Nate

I recently won a pair of Zelus Insoles from Rachel.  {Thank you so much!}  I chose the Olympus model for my high arches.   I tested them on my last four miler.  They felt comfy although they made the toe box of my Mizuno Inspires very snug.  I hope that will not be an issue at higher mileage.  If so, I'll try sizing up on my next pair of shoes.  I'm convinced my previously fractured metatarsals need all the help they can get, particularly if I train for another marathon.   Say What?




I'm sending an enormous shout out to Karen [fit_in_france on IG].  We've been working together since June and not only did she set a new half marathon PR by shaving off 13 minutes two weeks ago at the Disney Paris Half {after running the 10k the day before no less!} she did it again today at the 20km de Paris.  Karen is proof you can work hard by running just 3 quality runs each week and still make huge gains!  I'm proud of you!

Congratulations to you, Karen!



OK, I'm finished with my ramblings!

Tell me something random from your week!

Don't forget to link your race recaps right here!  We love them!

And that's a wrap!

  

81 comments:

  1. Awww, I think that's a fantastic picture of you and Teresa. Congrats to Karen!

    As always, thanks for the linkup!

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    1. It's funny because I think I have this huge meaty hand in that pic. It looks as if it would cover Teresa's whole head. LOL

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  2. I think thats a cute mailbox picture! And I was jealous of all the Chicago marathon runners. It definitely made me want to train for another race!

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    1. Yes, it definitely fanned the flames of my marathon fire as well. I was hoping for a January race but I don't feel I have enough training time at this point.

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  3. Seriously, the mail box pics are my fav! I love seeing all the Chicago pics from today. Makes me want to put my name in the lottery next year!

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    1. I've thrown my name in twice and was selected both times. I wonder what the odds would be to get selected again?

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  4. Well one day I will have to get a mailbox pic myself!! I saw Karen's photo today how awesome for her and you! Thanks for the linkup

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  5. A 13 minute PR is awesome, go Karen! I love that idea of a mailbox Picture, I've never seen anyone do it! Watching Chicago today made me antsy for my next marathon.

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    1. I had always kept supplies (including my phone) in my mailbox for really long runs. Snapping a picture when I returned seemed like the natural thing to do.

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  6. I'm so thrilled for Karen! Says a lot about her coach too! ;-) On the inserts, I assume you removed the inserts that come with the shoes? I am thinking of exploring new shoes, but don't know if I should or I'm just bored!

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    1. I tried it both ways. If I remove the Mizuno inserts, the Zelus don't seem to fill all the negative space beneath my super-human, freaky high arches. And I wanted them to do that.

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  7. Random from my week? We'd planned on flying to Florida last Thursday, but got an urgent call from our friend there (photographer, who was gonna take some senior pics of the daughter) telling us to stay home. I never saw if the storm hit his part of FLorida, but (as of Thursday) it was headed his way and was possibly turning into a hurricane.

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    1. It didn't hit Florida at all. I believe the eye officially came in around Biloxi, MS. I could be wrong about that. But, we were on the bad side this time with all the rain.

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  8. I love the mailbox pictures! I watched Chicago this morning, but I actually don't get FOMO for marathons. It was still fun to watch, and I'll be waiting to see how our blogger friends did out there.

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    1. It didn't even occur to me to watch that race. I ran a few miles and just got busy around the house afterwards. I wish I had watched it.

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  9. I'm loving the Good Doctor too - such a good show!

    Karen's been running great - clearly you two make a good pair :)

    Thanks for the link-up!

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    1. Karen is the one doing all the hard work. She's been a delight to work with!

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  10. I think you look just great in your mailbox photo. Both of you! And you've definitely been having great success as a coach!

    Personally not a fan of the whole #nevermissamonday craze . . . I do what my plan and my body tells me to do.

    Random: Darlene & I went to my favorite local ice cream place after our run. It's not her jam, but you know her & ice cream & it was close to where we ran. So she indulged me. I don't indulge in ice cream as often!

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    1. I almost feel like I MUST miss a Monday, otherwise I'll just keep going and going. I can't remember the last time I had ice cream. Hmmmm... I may have indulged in a milkshake at the beach this year. HA. I can't remember.

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  11. hmm whats random from my week...we went to the indians playoff game and watched them in extra innings and they won in 13 innings!

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    1. That was a great game to be in attendance!

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  12. This weekend was a lot of running for me- 14 miles fri, 11 sat, and 8 Sunday. I don't always miss Mondays but I will definitely be taking a rest day this Monday.

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    1. That is a lot of weekend miles. You definitely deserve your Monday of rest!

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  13. Hahaha I think I'm the captain of team #alwaysmissamonday. It's how I roll. Spectating Chi today definitely made me think about throwing my hat in that ring again...

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    1. I'd definitely think about another Chicago. You know, since I have a bone to pick with it and all...

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  14. Awww, I'm so glad you shared our mailbox pic! I am so honored to be one of your guests for the "Mailbox Greetings" campaign! :) One day, you will compile a book of them and I will be a part of it!!!

    Weekly rambling??? hmmm... well, I guess I included it in my post as well. No more poop scooping and you have me addicted to chocolate chips in all of my baking! :) Miss you!!

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    1. YAY for fences! Big dog = big poop. Just sayin'. My extra large meaty hand looks like it could cover your whole head. I was too close to the mailbox -- that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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  15. I really like the mailbox photo! You both look good!

    Great week of works and congrats to Karen - that's amazing!!

    I hope tropical storm Nate won't be too bad - stay safe!!

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    1. We had tons of rain from Nate but thankfully no wind damage. I hope you are recovering well after your marathon!

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  16. I've seen lots of commercials for The Good Doctor and wondered if it was good. I'll have to check it out. I thought I'd have a huge case of FOMO this weekend for the Chicago Marathon, but my road trip was a fun distraction. :-D

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    1. I like Freddie Highmore anyway. He was so good in Bates Motel. We went on a trip to Nashville the year I DNS'd Chicago with a foot fracture. It helped take my mind off of it, somewhat.

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  17. I think you look fine in that mailbox photo. Felt a little sad not running Chicago this year. It was so much fun last year, especially seeing everyone. Congrats to Karen!!

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    1. It was great meeting you last year in Chicago and hanging out with Meb and Sarah. Who gets to do that? US!!

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  18. Big big shout out to you Holly, you have been a GREAT coach. The training has been challenging but not so hard that I ever got discouraged. Each run builds self confidence, which allowed me to hit those 2 major PRs in 2 weeks. THANK YOU !

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    1. Karen, you put in all the hard work! I sat back and analyzed your numbers. LOL. You've been fantastic to work with and I look forward to seeing you crush your future goals.

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  19. Congrats to Karen! And I think the mailbox photo is cute...they always are!

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    1. Well, at least we have on our DAM century ride shirts. They are a very pretty color.

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  20. Congrats to Karen! How exciting!!

    I'm glad you like the insoles. You can trim the end of them if they're too long. This is obvious but you took out the current Mizuno ones, right? Just have to ask!

    I'm team #alwaysmissamonday, too. ;)

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    1. I tried the inserts with and without the Mizuno inserts. My arches are supported when both inserts in place but my shoes feel tight. If I use the Zelus only, my arches don't even touch. I'm not sure if I'll try to trim them. The jury is still out. Otherwise, they feel great. No ill effects.

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  21. Awwww Karen looks so happy!! 13 minutes is huge :)
    I am team #missmonday today because it was 75 out and I just said no thank you lol
    You look great in your mailbox pic! What is not to like?! I watched the Doc show too and I felt kind of sorry for him.
    My inserts made me size up but having wiggle room makes me feel good :)

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    1. I ran today. Nasty humid. Rainy. Enough said. My big meaty paw looks freaky in the mailbox pic. LOL. I do feel very sorry for the doctor but I know he is going to have the last word -- and I love it when he does.

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  22. I hope that Nate doesn't do any harm in your area!

    Karen has been killing it at her races, I've loved seeing her updates on IG! Great work, coach! :)

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    1. Karen has worked very hard. She deserves both of those massive PRs!

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  23. Love your DAM pic! So cute! And, I'd love to hear more about running only 3 times a week. That's all I usually run even though my plan calls for 5 . . . life gets in the way and I feel so guilty.

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    1. Karen does a lot of strength training every week and running three times seems to be her sweet spot for the half marathon distance. What are you currently training for?

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  24. I felt a little blue missing Chicago this year as well! Although those mountains and blue skies were a pretty darn good consolation prize!

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    1. Had I been in Palm Springs, I probably would not have given a thought to the Chicago Marathon. I do that with everything when I'm on vacation. That's what they are for, right?

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  25. I'm totally team #Alwaysmissamonday as well - if I run long on Sunday, I usually need a rest day on Monday. If I run both Saturday and Sunday, like this weekend, I DEFINITELY need a rest day on Monday. I don't think team #nevermissamonday are actually made up of runners. :)

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    1. I started out running both days on weekends simply because I had more free time. Even now if I don't run both days -- I cycle or water ski or both. So, Monday is still my favorite day to rest.

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  26. The mailbox photo looks cute! And I tend to keep Monday for my rest day too. It's nice to start off the work week without have any added work out plans I have to get in too.

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    1. Returning to work on a Monday is usually a workout in itself!

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  27. Ah Chicago... I had to DNS 2016 for numerous reasons but mainly because my MVP was giving me fits. I never even started to train :(.. I have enjoyed looking at all the pictures so much that I thought about putting my name in the lottery again! Hurricane Nate has brought some terrible weather and humid temps. I am ready for cooler weather please! Hope you have a great week and your long run goes well today!

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    1. Well, my long run (which was only 6 miles) was completely in the steady rain. But it was so humid, I don't think I could have taken it if it wasn't raining. We need to compare MVP notes some day! If I stay away from my triggers, I'm OK. {Knock On Wood!}

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  28. I'm off today and loving it! I've never gotten this day off before, so it's like a whole new world for me. ;) Enjoy your day and your run!

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    1. In the business I'm in, if the post office and banks are closed -- we might as well close too. Veteran's Day is next! Woo Hoo.

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  29. Sounds like another marathon might be in your future! I was excited for everyone running Chicago but so happy I was not running it in those conditions. I think maybe we are destined to always have warm temps in October. It never seems to get cooler and stay cool until end of November.

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    1. I wanted a marathon to be in my January future! Sadly -- with the couple of minor set backs I've had recently, I don't think I have enough time to train. Maybe a late winter marathon will be in order

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  30. I love the idea of a mailbox photo and it looks cute! Sorry that you guys got weather from Tropical Storm Nate and it scrapped your long run, but I hope you got some other training in and didn't have damage or lose power. Summer has overstayed its welcome everywhere!

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    1. Thankfully, we had no power outages just a lot of rain! I ran in steady rain this morning but the sun finally peeked out late this afternoon. Talk about steamy...

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  31. Ha! I'm kind of on team #alwaysmissamonday, too. But I often feel better if I at least get in some yoga or something. Generally, though, no running for me that day. Congrats to Karen on her new PRs!

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    1. Occasionally, I'll throw in some evening strength training and stretching but Monday has always been my favorite day to rest.

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  32. Congrats to Karen! I'm hoping to run Chicago someday- it was really fun to cheer everyone on (virtually) this weekend.

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    1. Well, I can attest it is a very flat course. I almost wished it had a few hills to give your body something different to do and a chance to rest on the down hills.

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  33. Haha I'm also on team #alwaysmissamonday! I like to do my long run, a mid length run, and a big hike, so I'm usually toast! Watching Chicago this weekend kind of made me want to get in the lottery next year, but I still haven't run a full and I'm not sure if that's a good first time one... We'll see.

    Have a good week!

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    1. Exactly! Toast On Monday club member! If you like flat courses, and don't mind running with 40,000 others, Chicago is an excellent first time marathon.

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  34. I think you look great in that picture (I get that we are our own toughest critics). Congrats to Karen... awesome job coach!

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    1. I was just standing too close to the mailbox I guess. I look really big, especially my huge hand! LOL. Karen put in all the hard work!

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  35. Fun idea with the mailbox pic!

    Thanks for hosting the link-up, I love finding all these new blogs to follow.

    I'd never really thought about the never miss a monday thing...I just follow my coach's schedule :) I suppose it is a great way to start the week though. Sets everything off on the right foot!

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    1. Whatever makes us more motivated and capable to tackle or training, whether it's a rest day or a run day, is what we should do. There is no right or wrong.

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  36. Way to go Karen! I love when people hit a goal ;) And I love that new show too - thanks to Hulu I can watch in Hong Kong!

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    1. Karen has really worked hard and I think she surprised herself with those PRs. I haven't watched this week's episode yet. I'm waiting for some me time. LOL

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  37. You look great to me in the mailbox pic! I've started watching the Good Doctor and enjoy it too! So awesome about Karen! Very cool that she PR'd in both her half and 20k! Sounds like she has a great coach! ;)

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    1. You know from working with your coach that a good match is important. Karen has been awesome to work with.

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  38. Glad to see you running and not only biking. You had me worried.

    Congrats Coach. Karen did great thank to you!!

    if only, I was coach-able LOL

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    1. Ha! You're right, Darlene. Having a coach is not for everyone. What you are doing seems to be working anyway. I'd stick with that!

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  39. great job to Karen!!! I'm sorry TS Nate threw a wrench in your plans. I'm a member of team #alwaysmissamonday as Mondays are my rest days!
    glad you got in some decent miles though...
    random thing that happened this week-I somehow managed to have my toenail cut the toe next to it during a race and I didn't know about until I pulled my bloody sock off..ewwwww!!

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    1. Ouch! Funny how you didn't even feel it until later. Ha -- another Toast on Monday club member. There seem to be a lot of us!

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  40. Its so easy to have FOMO. I feel like I get it too after I run a race and have a great experience. There's so many races to run and so little time to run them all in!

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    1. Isn't that the truth? It's getting hard to simply make a decision on which great races to run!

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  41. Congratulations to Karen!!! And... say what??!?!... is there another marathon abrewing for you?! I forgot about your Chicago fall. That was a nasty one but what a story, now that you're healed up and all :)

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    1. I wanted to do another in January, but I don't think I have time to be properly trained. I hope I can find one in February-March that will work well.

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