Monday, December 30, 2013

Weekly Recap 12/23 – 12/29

Marathon Training Countdown – 9 Weeks Down, 9 Weeks to Go!

Today is my last 2013 weekly recap. I cannot believe how close 2014 is; I really need to think about what kind of goals I want to accomplish next year!

I am officially at the halfway point on my training for the Woodlands Marathon. My long run on Saturday was 14 miles which was a huge personal milestone; it is the longest I have ever run in my life to this point! Although I felt slightly intimidated by the distance, when I arrived at the park at 7 AM, a bunch of my Team RWB friends were there so I had company during my entire run. I was incredibly grateful for this as it helped make the miles go by much more quickly. Plus, unlike the week before, the weather was perfect! I also got to try out one of the Christmas gifts I gave to Robert (he is so nice to share!); peppermint flavored Gu. It was very yummy, although thicker than the Honey Stinger gels I am used to taking. After that 2.5 hour run, my legs were definitely sore, so I did an ice bath which helped a lot!

Here are the stats:

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas last week! I had a blast with all my family, and even got some new running gear. In fact, I would say about 90% of the gifts I received were either running or Disney related. I am pretty easy to shop for – haha! I got my first two running ornaments to put on my Christmas tree; I cannot believe that I didn’t have any yet!

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It’s not bad luck to put the 26.2 one my tree already, right?! My race is only 2 months away, and I just did not want to wait until next year. :)

I also cannot wait to start using my new 2014 running calendar/journal!

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Back at a Disney World trip in 2010, my dad got me a beautiful Jim Shore Cinderella figurine that I love, and so Robert decided to help me add to that collection with another Jim Shore figurine – a Rapunzel one! It is just beautiful; I love Jim Shore’s collections.

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On Sunday, Robert and I went to go see Saving Mr. Banks. Disney did an amazing job with this movie, y’all. I love Mary Poppins, and getting to see how such a classic came together, and the back story to it all, was simply incredible. I highly recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it yet!

My workouts this week:

Monday: 4 Mile Tempo Run (Pace: 9:00 min/mile)

Tuesday: Rest Day (Travel Day) 

Wednesday: 6 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Thursday: 4 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:00 min/mile)

Friday: Stretching & Foam Rolling

Saturday: 14 Mile Long RunLongest run to date!

Sunday: Stretching & Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation – never give up!  image

QOTD: How was your Christmas? Did you get any new running gear?

16 comments

  1. Great mileage and training Lauren! I am really thinking about running The Woodlands but I'll probably go for the half. I'll let you know for sure cause I'd love to meet you in real life! Happy new year to you!

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    1. Thanks, Cintia! I hope to see you at the Woodlands Marathon/Half Marathon. I would love to meet you in person!

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  2. Congrats on doing your longest run yet! I love that sneaker ornament!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! My parents got me that ornament, I just love it!

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  3. I'm so happy you liked Saving Mr. Banks. My mom and I wanted to see it over our Christmas vacation, but the small theater up there didn't have it at all :( I'll probably see it this week since it's been on my list for a while.

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    1. It was an amazing movie - just make sure to bring a kleenex or two :) I hope you enjoy it! Make sure to stay a few minutes after the movie ends because there is an extra scene after the credits.

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  4. Congrats on your long run! Looks like you had a great holiday! I have never seen the Jim Shore princesses, cute!

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    1. Thanks, ladies! He makes such gorgeous collectibles! You can usually find some of the princess collections at Hallmark.

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  5. I saw Saving Mr. Banks yesterday and I loved it!! I had heard really good things about it but I was not expecting it to be THAT good. Learning the back story of Mary Poppins was so cool! Also, I love both of your running ornaments, so adorable!

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    1. I know, right! I am right there with you; I knew it was going to be a good movie, but did not expect something that amazing!

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  6. Your Rapunzel is gorgeous! What a great gift! Congrats on getting through 14 miles - before you know it, you're going to have that first marathon conquered completely. - Jess

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Jess!! :)

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  7. Nice work on your run! And your Rapunzel is super cute. What a sweet gift. And I love your ornaments. My sister got me a triathlon ornament this year. So that means I need to ramp up the swimming and cycling. :)

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    1. Thanks!! Your triathlon ornament sounds like a good motivator :) Have you done one yet? They are definitely hard, but so much fun!

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  8. Congrats on your longest run Lauren! Amazing!! Your Rapunzel looks like you!!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen! It was a big mileage week for both of us :) That is funny you say Rapunzel kind of looks like me - she was the princess I dressed up as for the Princess Half this year!

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