Monday, December 16, 2013

Weekly Recap 12/9 – 12/15

Marathon Training Countdown – 7 Weeks Down, 11 Weeks to Go!

Another week gone by already. Time is passing so quickly; I cannot believe Christmas is just over a week away! I finished up my shopping on Sunday, which I am glad for because usually I am out last minute picking up a few items and battling all the big crowds. Not this year, though!

This past week was great, especially Saturday morning’s long run. I went to sleep pretty early on Friday for my 5:45 AM wake up call (first world runner problems? Haha) and headed out to get my 12 miles done. I felt completely awake, and the whole run felt strong! I also did a decent job on negative splitting, which is something I really want to get a firm grasp on before the Woodlands Marathon. The weather was nice too; about 45F degrees, but with high humidity which made it feel warmer . I’ve actually never been so grateful for humidity! I’m also very glad I remembered my ‘Jasmine Ponytail’ because I guarantee if I had forgotten to do my hair correctly, it would have turned out looking much like the Grinch’s sole – mangled up in tangled up knots. Another note, I tried that Apple Cinnamon Hammer Gel that I got in my Dasher 10K race packet the week prior. It was delicious, and caused no stomach issues; the only thing to mention is that it was rather thick, so definitely take it with plenty of water. Lastly, I ended up using Robert’s Garmin – I was going to test mine one more time to see if it would work, but I forgot to charge it Friday night.

Here are the stats from Saturday’s long run:image

After my run, Robert and I headed out to Wreath’s Across America – Houston with a few of our Team RWB friends. This was my first time to attend this event; I loved it so much and will definitely be going every year in the future. There are about 800 ceremonies that take place on the same day every year around the world.

They do an initial ceremony to honor each military branch, then let all who show up place beautiful wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. When you place a wreath, you follow it by saying the soldier’s name out loud. When the speaker explained this process, his words caused me to choke back a few tears – “you don’t know how long it has been since someone has spoken that soldier’s name.” It made me wonder…what would these men and women say if they were still here? What stories would they share?

There were about 40,000 wreaths to be placed on Saturday, and it was finished in less than an hour. I believe there were about 15,000 people there to help, which is incredible. To echo what the speaker of this event said – through all the bad that there is in this world, it is nothing short of amazing to see so many people join together for this common good.

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Saturday night, Robert and I (and the pups!) went around to look at Christmas lights. It was so fun, and we actually ended up getting to see a few light shows synced to music. There was one we saw that was about 20 minutes long, and incorporated lights, music, snow machine, fog machine, laser lights, and flame throwers. It was epic!

My workouts this week:

Monday: 4 x (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

1200 meters pace = 8:30 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Tuesday: Rest Day (I went to my work Christmas party) 

Wednesday: 5 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

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

Friday: Yoga

Saturday: 12 Mile Long Run

Sunday: Cleaned the apartment, finished up Christmas shopping, and wrapped all the presents! All that must count for something, right? :)

Monday Motivation (and a great reminder for this time of year)! 

QOTD: How do you stay motivated to keep up with your fitness goals during the holiday season?

12 comments

  1. Last Christmas I had finished a half marathon so I did kind of go wild when it came to holiday food, but this year I have to be good for the Donald. It'll be tough this week with Christmas parties, but I know I can do it.

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    1. Christmas parties always make it tough food-wise, but just like you said, you can definitely do it!

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  2. That ceremony seems like an absolutely amazing experience, and very touching and emotional. It's great that you had a chance to be a part of it!

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    1. It feel blessed that I was able to be a part of something so great! They have many ceremonies around the world - maybe even one in your area :)

      https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

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  3. Wow that Wreaths Across America ceremony sounds like an amazing experience! What a great way to honor fallen soldiers. And your pups look adorable :)

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    1. Aw, thanks :) They really enjoyed the Christmas lights!

      The ceremony was incredible! I loved being able to honor the fallen soldiers - they absolutely deserve it!

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  4. I noticed our wreaths at the veteran's home cemetery went up the same day you did this, I wonder if they have a ceremony as well, I really want to look into it. It sounds really nice. Glad your 12 miler went well! 45 degrees sounds lovely, we MAY get up to that tomorrow, so I'll get to run outside for the first time since my failed snow/ice run! LOL

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  5. I bet they do! Here is the website:

    https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

    45 degrees was really nice. I hope your snow and ice goes away stat!! Running in that kind of weather would be rough!!

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  6. Wreaths across America looks like a fantastic event - what a great thing to incorporate into your holiday traditions each year! - Jess

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    1. Absolutely!! It was incredible to see so much support!

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  7. What a great way to honor our fallen soldiers. Thank you for participating in the ceremony!
    Great job on your 12 mile run! Especially the negative splits! :)

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    1. Thanks Kim!! And you are very welcome :) I love seeing so much support on Wreaths Across America from the blogging community!

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