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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Running with the Coyotes

Compared to the previous week, our weather normalized, the ice melted, and I was able to get outside and enjoy all of my runs! My big toe, which I injured last week after I slipped on the black ice, was still sore but didn't bother me on my runs. And while the title of this post may be a little bit of clickbait, I did have an encounter with a coyote on one of my runs. It's not my first coyote. No worries--you know those coyotes aren't interested in me. That little Yorkie I passed a few minutes earlier might want to go inside though...



The Week in Review:
Monday: CrossFit
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: run 8 miles, Yoga with Adriene
Thursday: strength training, bootcamp
Friday: rest
Saturday: run 3 miles
Sunday: run 10.5 miles

Running
Wednesday's weather was perfection, at least from a running point of view. When I headed out the door, it was 46 degrees, the sun was shining, and there was no wind. I set out to do 6 miles but as I ran along the bike path, I wanted to keep going. So I did. About 2 miles in, I spotted a coyote running towards me. I stopped and pulled out my phone to take a picture. What a beautiful creature! He certainly wasn't afraid of me. I resumed running and at 4 miles I reluctantly turned around to retrace my steps home. Had I not had to work that afternoon, I would have kept going, done 11, and gotten my long run done for the week.

Looks like I need to work on my form and drop those shoulders!
I woke up to a very frosty wonderland on Saturday. I had to work that morning, so I got out early and did a quick 3 around my neighborhood. It was cold! and even though I layered well, I was glad to be finished. The run felt hard because I was so sore from Thursday's strength sesh. I had a long run planned for Sunday and I decided to join the running club for their morning outing. We had a small group and I was the only one with a long run planned so I did most of my run solo.  There were a lot of athletes out on the trail and there was a 'ride and tie' race, a 2 person alternating bike/run event. I saw a few people I knew out there. I'd love to do this next year so if anyone is local and is interested, let me know! They sure had great weather for it this year.

Heading out with the group
CrossFit
Monday's CrossFit had more rope climbs! We started off with a 12 minute EMOM of balls over shoulder alternating with rope climbs. Yep, I did all 6 rope climbs. The MetCon was a "Dryland Triathlon", which is always fun, but after those rope climbs, was a bit of a challenge for me. Using a 40/20 modified Tabata-type workout, we rowed, we biked on the assault bike, and we ran sprints. You know I loved it--when I was done!

This is the owner of the box and me. We weren't competing, just climbing side by side.
On Thursday, Coach Sammy Jo had me continue on my strength cycle, alternating 8 reps of back squats and strict presses. These were at 70% of my max and let me tell you, it was hard! In fact, I begged off of toes-to-rings after that because I needed to recover for bootcamp. Thankfully, bootcamp wasn't as hard as Monday's MetCon. We did a 12 minute EMOM of sumo deadlift high pulls using a kettlebell alternating with plank step-ups. After that, we did a 4x 4 minute circuit of a 100m row, 10 ball slams, 10 squats with the ball, and 30 situps. I got hung up on the situps--everything else went quickly. I was able to complete 5 rounds of everything before time ran out-- except the last set of situps. Darn. When we were done, I was ready to do my toes to rings. It's been a long time since I did those and they were fun!


Coming up next weekend: The Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon! I'm weather stalking already and right now, the forecast is calling for 42 and rain. NOOOOOOvember.... I'm thinking about goals because who would I be without goals? Based on how I'm running right now and that I'm going to use 4:1 run/walk intervals, I think 2:15 is a reasonable finish time to shoot for. Of course, I'd love to at least come close to my 2:09:59 from last year. It's all about what the day gives me, right? I get to do this and I'm happy to be ready to run the distance. Every run is a gift!

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

How was your week? Any encounters with wildlife? Did the weather moderate by you? Any fun workouts? Are you running a Turkey Trot?

I'm linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Rundown.




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  1. I wish I could come play with you at cross fit sometime! You look very badass in all of your workouts. Looks like a great week for you all around. Have fun at your race next weekend. Fingers crossed you are feeling good and have nice weather. Happy Thanksgiving

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    1. I'd love to have you come play! You would love it. It's so much fun. It's nice to have an alternative workout to running.

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  2. Good luck with your half next week! I hope you have great weather. Our weather this week was wintry mix, snow, wintry mix, extremely windy, and today wintry mix to rain all day. We did have a sunny day, luckily for me yesterday when I raced. :)

    My wildlife seen on the run this week wasn't so wild, LOL, but it sure was cute.

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    1. Fingers crossed that I get some sunshine for my race! The forecast isn't looking so promising.

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  3. I think that you and I would have very different reactions to the coyote, LOL. I probably would have screamed and ran away.

    The weather here yesterday was also great - not too cold and pretty comfortable. Today we've had rain, cold weather and wind all day - what a difference 24 hours makes!

    I hope that the rain holds off for your half marathon next week!

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    1. Haha! I used to see them all the time on my early morning runs. Even on the sidewalk in front of my house. They just stare at me. I don't think I'd be very tasty. I'm old and thin--lol!

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  4. I think I would have been freaked out by the coyote, and I KNOW Scooby would throw a fit! Glad you felt great for your runs and are doing a half next weekend. That's something to be thankful for for sure!

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    1. There was guy walking his dogs--big dogs--and they were NOT happy. The coyote kind of just slunk away. They're really interesting animals.

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  5. Our weather moderated, too, so it feels more like the fall we were robbed of earlier. We're showing rain and similar temps here, too, for our local turkey trot. UGH. I'm hoping that moderates before Thursday LOL

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    1. Mine is on Saturday, so if your weather is good on Thanksgiving, then I can count on a decent forecast for Saturday.

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  6. Whew, I'm so glad that your toe is Ok. Good luck on your half on Thursday if we don't "talk" on the interwebs before then...very exciting! I've got a 5k on Thursday that I'm really looking forward to.

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  7. Hope you have good weather for your race. My friend ran a marathon in Philly today...such horrible weather.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. We're watching the Patriots and Cowboys game--looks bad out there!

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  8. You are so cool on your ropes and rings!! No wildlife here, all I've encountered is serious Spanish runners who won't say hello! Oh well, running by the sea is still good!

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    1. Maybe you have to greet them in Spanish! I bet that would fool them.

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    2. Oh no, I certainly greeted them in Spanish - wouldn't even look at me!

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    3. Oh, come on! Sheesh. What is wrong with people?!

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    4. I could teach you some Spanish swear words you could use! LOL!

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  9. I saw a gorgeous 8-point buck the other day. He was SO big. I'm grateful the hunters haven't gotten him because I hear their shots every morning. Ugh. I hope the weather cooperates for your half. Cold rain for a half would suck. I'm registered for the Winnetka trot, however my niece from NC will be in town running the Long Grove one. Now I'm conflicted.

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  10. I'm glad your toe isn't affecting your running. It sounds like you're running strong. Enjoy your half and have fun! I have a turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning. This year I'm running a 4-miler which means an automatic PR since I've never raced that distance. ;-)

    That coyote is beautiful! I've only seen one in my backyard in the 17 years we've lived here (and my next door neighbor saw it the next day). I see foxes and raccoons regularly in our backyard and see the foxes sometimes on my run. They're very pretty, too.

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    1. When I posted the coyote photo on FB, a few people thought it was a fox! We do have those around here too. There are a lot of nature areas which is probably why, but it's so congested here that it always surprises me. I though he was beautiful too.

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  11. That alternating bike/run race sounds like a very interesting concept. You absolutely have to participate next year and then tell us about it.
    All the best with the half-marathon next Saturday. I think you will be faster than 2.15h, but let's not jinx it. ;-) Looking forward to the race report!

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    1. From your lips to God's ears! I'm just happy to be lining up!!

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  12. Awesome week of training for you!

    I've seen several coyotes around Minneapolis..and a few foxes, which I LOVE. Way cuter than coyotes. Coyotes seem a bit more 'dangerous' for small pets, at least from what I've read.

    Awesome week of workouts!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really happy to have had a good training cycle for this half. A few months ago, I never dreamed I'd be feeling good enough to run this distance.

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  13. I freak out whenever I see a dog. I cannot imagine what I would do if I were to see a coyote. Yikes! I've seen deers once and those were beautiful. Have a great race this weekend. I used to run a race on Thanksgiving but it's been years since I've run it. I don't think it is around anymore since I couldn't find any info about it online.

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    1. This race is on Saturday! I'm going to Thanksgiving bootcamp on Thursday, lol.

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  14. I was just saying how weird it was that the weather was better in Chicago for Bears/Giants than it was here. Glad your toe didn't linger.
    There was a coyote sighting in Central Park, but luckily I didn't see it myself. They're occasional sightings in Central & Riverside Parks, but I imagine more common in Inwood due to the remaining forest

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    1. I'm grateful for a day like today. They are few and far between this time of year!

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  15. I loved the video you posted of climbing the rope. You should be damn proud of yourself. Not many people can do that! The fam and I are running our local turkey trot on Thursday. It's always interesting to run with 9 year olds!

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    1. Those little runners can surprise! I love watching the kids run a 5k, but running with them is a challenge!

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  16. Many years ago my husband and I were doing a track workout very early in the morning at the local high school. Suddently we saw a coyote in the middle of the field, running around, and heading toward us. We were completely surprised when it got close and started acting like it wanted to play, including getting into the bow position that dogs do when they're feeling frisky. It was so cool!

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  17. so in awe of your crossfit work!! you are so strong!

    no wild animals this week! but we do sometimes see deer or highland cows if we go out to the heath.

    I think you HM goal is really realistic! But I know you'll probably have that time from last year in your head too. I think I would as well. We always kind of want to be at least close to where we were, right?

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    1. It's really hard to see my times slowing, even though I know it's inevitable. Once a type A runner, always a type A runner, I guess!

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  18. We have lots of deer and foxes around here. I think I saw a raccoon the other day too. Dont you love those days when you feel like you could just keep running? Hope the half marathon goes well!

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    1. I do love those days especially because yesterday was NOT once of those days, lol. I wish we could just go when we feel like it.

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  19. That's pretty cool that you saw the coyote. Even better that he wasn't too interested in you :) Good luck with the half, I hope the rain holds off!

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  20. Had a close call with a skunk a few weeks ago at the end of a run (rearing up to spray at me!) I hadn't known I had that much sprint left in me but fortunately I did :O

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    1. I've had that happen before and yeah, that'll make you run fast!

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  21. I always feel a bit sad when I see coyotes in our area because they always look scared and I think they are so out of place. Not sure why they would come out of the woods into the areas with people. What's a 'ride and tie' race?

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    1. A ride and tie race has teams of 2 athletes who alternate running and biking. The key is in the strategy of planned bike drops and switches. This race has 10 and 5 mile options. I've always wanted to do it--it was fun to see it in action!

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  22. I haven't seen a coyote in quite some time but I'm sure I would have turned tail and run!

    You're looking so strong in your crossfit workouts! Hope the weather cooperates for your half!

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  23. The weather is not looking good--it's supposed to rain. Yikes.

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  24. I am thankful to have never spotted a coyote on my run but I do hear them at night near my house sometimes. And, I did have an encounter with a bear once!

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  25. I actually did have an encounter with wildlife - two baboons crossing the road on Sunday's long run. :-) What a solid week for you and best of luck with that Half! PS: I LOVE the purple and white leggings you wore in Cross Fit!

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    1. Well I don't think I will ever see a baboon on a run here! LOL!

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