Sunday, November 5, 2017

And I Ran On Without Skipping a Beat

Feeling great after Sunday's Hot Chocolate 15k, I eased into the week and a new month. With a total of 89 miles for October, the month ended on a positive note, at least running-wise, and we headed into November!

The weather turned ugly, heck, life turned ugly, but the running didn't stop. Can't stop, won't stop. Fitness-wise, I had a good week.



If you read Friday's post, you probably know that on Monday I found out I wouldn't be going to Florida in December to run the Panama City Beach Half Marathon. Tears were shed, profanity was uttered, wine was consumed, but I immediately made alternate plans to run a half marathon close to home. I always have a backup plan and I didn't see the need to let all my training go to waste. Schaumburg Turkey Trot, here I come! I've run this no-frills race a few times before. It's one of my favorite half marathons and it is the last big race of the season. The race is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in one of the forest preserves where I train so it will be nice to run on familiar turf. Any local runners want to join me?

Stay tuned...Holly and I may have something cooking...
I had a great week of running! I was worried that the race and all the stress would have triggered my RA, but no, my RA was fairly quiet this week, allowing for some really nice runs. Was it the Mizunos? No, because Saturday I took my Asics for an easy run in the rain. The weather this week was not at all pleasant, with rain and gloom pretty much every day, but the weather wasn't a factor for me either. It's nice to have my legs back again. In fact, I ran 10 miles on Sunday without a problem.

Mizunos 
Asics
I do think that my not-so-secret weapon, CrossFit, has played a big part in keeping these legs moving. Last week we wrapped up our strength cycle, and this week, one day was devoted to conditioning while the other was all about strength. Kate didn't go easy on me Tuesday with a tough EMOM workout of wallballs alternating with ab mat situps. I believe I did a total of 60 sit-ups? But that wasn't all... there were 3 minutes x6 of waiter lunges, KB swings, and burpees. So yeah, 30 burpees. I may have been a little sore pretty much all week. On Thursday, Sammy Jo had me doing front squats, Bulgarian weighted lunges, barbell rows, and I can't remember the last thing. Who cares, the glutes were fired up!

105# x 3 reps
I did yoga at home again, doing a yin workout on Monday and a post-run yoga recovery on Wednesday. I'm still slacking on foam rolling but I also haven't felt that I've needed much of it.

Feeling like a warrior after speedwork at the pond!
Here's to a good week for all of us! Onward and upward, as they say....

How was your week?

I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap!


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  1. Sounded like a great week of training and glad the RA was behaving this week. I forgot to read your blog on Friday, so went back and read it. That is a complete bummer you had to change your plans. But I’m glad you found another half to do, even though I’m sure you rather be running in FL with friends.

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    1. You know I would! Believe me, I felt sorry for myself for a day or so, then I knew I had to move on. I see how things are going to be for work, so I need to adapt the way I approach time off. Plans are already being made for 2018!

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  2. Glad to hear that you are feeling better and that you found a new race. Racing always lifts my spirits.

    Hope to see you in 2018?

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    1. I can only control what I can control--that is my response to all this. The least I can do is find another race. Glad there was one available. It's getting late in the season.

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    2. oooh and THAT IS THE BEST RESPONSE EVER.
      <3

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  3. I'm glad you had a good week of fitness. I'm hoping to step up my strength training game throughout the fall and winter seasons. Your crossfit posts are always so inspiring!

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    1. The strength training I've done over the last couple of years has been a game changer for me.

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  4. Our weather was mostly yuck all last week as well. I'm glad to hear the RA was quiet and peaceful last week....you were due. Our weather felt so calm and peaceful this morning, but when I went out for my short run this afternoon, Momma N cranked up the wind (again). UGH.

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    1. No wind here, thankfully. I guess I need to be grateful for whatever small blessings the weather gods send our way this time of year!

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  5. Great job on your ten miler pain free! We had a nice week here and I got a few runs in. Today was the only day it rained. So I enjoyed staying in watching the marathon.

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    1. Not so sure it was pain free but it was a nice run! Does that make sense?

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  6. Bummer on PCB. That's so disappointing but I'm glad you're rebounding with the half in Busse Woods. Yeah I'm kind of sick of this yuck weather.

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    1. I'm not hearing a yay, Wendy, I'll run it too.... LOL!

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  7. Bummer you had to change your race plans, but glad that you found one close to home. And that your RA didn't flare up from the stress.

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    1. That was a big win and I hope it carries into this upcoming week!

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  8. So happy to hear your RA stayed in check! Hoping things stay quiet for you for a while.

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  9. I am glad that you found another race to jump into. And you will be all carbed up from Thanksgiving too! Have a great week

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    1. I'm going to have to behave myself on Thanksgiving! LOL!

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  10. All those exercises are making my glutes sore just reading about it. Glad you were able to find a local half marathon.

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    1. My glutes are still sore! You'd think I'd be used to it by now, but nope.

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  11. Congrats on your mileage for October!

    Happy to hear that your RA symptoms are staying at bay - that's excellent news. Love the photo of you from CrossFit - you look hella strong!!!

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    1. I'm happy after what was a crazy stressful week that RA is really laying low. Yes, there are some reminders that it's lurking in the background. but I was worried about a full blown flare. I do still have my fingers crossed.

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  12. Im so glad you had a great week! I bet the crossfit really helps. Glad you are able to find another race to sign up for!

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  13. Bummer about your annual trip to Florida but so glad you found an alternative so easily!!...and that meme is hilarious! I'm trying CrossFit and so far, I'm not impressed. I think the way to go for runners is having a trainer like you do but since I already have a coach...that's not happening. I'm sticking it out for a month and seeing how I feel then. After my first session I was sore for DAYS!!!

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    1. I've never taken a CF class, believe it or not, but I'm not sure I'd like it, especially after my one-on-one training. I often wish I had a running coach, but since I have the CrossFit coaches--yep, only one coach. My husband already thinks I'm nuts!

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  14. I had a rough weekend, honestly. Saturday was just a bad brain day. I have no clue how my leg/hip is healing, and I can feel it from time to time. I just don't know. But I'm so glad that you are feeling well and found a new race!

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    1. I feel like you and I are living parallel lives in a sense. Can things just turn around for us?

      PS Full moon fever. I swear to God.

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  15. Glad you found another race, but sorry you had to find one.
    Glad your RA was quiet this week too. Hope you have a nice week.

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    1. You and me both, but you know there's always a reason for everything. It is going to work out.

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  16. I am glad you are having some feel good runs and you found another race to run.
    Your strength training is absolutely kick butt!

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    1. I will miss you guys in December. Sucks.

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  17. I'm happy you had a great week of running and CrossFit! You know there's always something cooking, right? A half the weekend after Thanksgiving sounds like the perfect substitute. Although, who will I karaoke with? (sniff) Thanks for linking!

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    1. I was thinking about that...hoping we'll have some shenanigans in February...shhhh

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  18. So glad you had a great week! Strength training like cross fit really can have an amazing impact.

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    1. It's really amazing how much my strength training has impacted my running.

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  19. That's awesome that you found a back up race! I have been slacking a bit on strength training this last week or two and reading your post made me miss it! But at this point I need to wait until after the marathon, and recovery. Great balance of workouts!

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    1. I really like my workouts--it's nice to mix it up!

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  20. I know this is completely unrelated, but your pictures are so gorgeous!! You could make a book of them, they are amazing!

    Glad to hear you had a good week!

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    1. You are too kind! Yes, I'm grateful for a great week on the road.

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  21. Sounds like a killer week, lady! Nice job! And glad to hear you're running a half locally. Phew.

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    1. I wanted to do that half--I was thinking I'd do it anyways, but now I have less worry about injury.

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  22. Yay for finding another race and having good runs! It sounds like cross fit is a great complement to the running.

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    1. I've been really happy with my strength training!

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  23. I am so sorry about Panama City :(

    However, you rallied and you are making lemonade out of some lemons. I love how crossfit has been helping you reach your goals!

    Your weather may be yucky but I love the colors of your trees! That's something we never see here.

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    1. I didn't think we'd get any fall colors but they're still going!

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  24. Good work this week! I'm sorry Florida fell through, but I'm glad you have a backup to look forward to. And wine :-)

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  25. Great week of training! I am so glad to hear that you had a good running week. I know that you have had some tough days recently. Love your pants in that first pic! They are soo cute!

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  26. Whenever I see you with that heavy barbell I think WOW! I'm glad you were able to find another race to make use of your training. It's not sunny Florida, but you won't have to travel, so at least a little plus there I hope? I like the last photo of you against that watercolor gray pond and sky. I remember those gray Midwest winter skies– not so different from our Northwest ones.

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    1. I was secretly planning on running this race, even if I was going to Florida. I just didn't like that it wasn't my choice to stay home. It's been a rough transition to the new clinic for me. Why do we have to work?

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  27. Sorry for the frustration your having. I’m glad your runs and yoga help keep you sane (that was always my stress relief).

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  28. Yay for a good week! Glad you had better runs! You are so strong! Love the pic of you with the 105# weight!

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    1. I'm always happy when my workouts go well. That sets the tone for everything else.

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  29. You are such an active person! Great job with all those runs!

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  30. Such great news! It does sound like the Cross Fit work is helping a lot. And it's super encouraging to hear you can have long stretches without the RA acting up.

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    1. This was the first time I didn't have a full blown flare, so I'm feeling more encouraged!

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  31. That's great that you have a half marathon at home -- hopefully without the stress of travel, you'll have a good "time". Still sucks that you can't go. :(

    Congrats on a great 10 miler! That's always a real confidence booster.

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    1. Sure does suck. I swear it is always something. I'm glad to have another race at home.

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  32. Awesome to hear you had a great week of running! Your CrossFit workouts sound tough and sound like they're working. I've been slacking on the foam rolling too.

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    1. I'm really pleased with the results I've seen from the Cross Fit.

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  33. I would definitely not pass the Cool Mom test...I haven’t heard of any of these! I definitely need to update my music list!

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    1. And then the boys threw all these names at me of bands and rappers I've never heard of...sigh...

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  34. Say what???? I've been out of the blogging loop this past week ...I was soooo looking forward to meeting you!! :( Guess, I'll just have to put Chicago on my radar for the spring!!

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  35. Sorry about your race plans... good that you got into a back up race. I'm happy to hear that the stress didn't trigger your RA!

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