Sunday, December 6, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Week 18 Marathon Training

November 30-December 6, 2015

I am joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by  Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin. The Weekly Wrap is a blog link up where bloggers share their active lifestyle and other exciting things weekly. To find out more, click on the image below. Feel free to join in on the fun.

http://www.misssippipiddlin.com/weekly-wrap/

I've used Hal Higdon's Novice 2 Marathon training plan for my second marathon at St.Jude Memphis Marathon. I've recapped my training here in the Weekly Wrap. Race week has finally arrived! Here's how it went.

Monday, November 30th
 
Monday was a scheduled rest day for running. It was nice to get back in a routine at school after having the week off for Thanksgiving. It was a busy day and I was exhausted when I got home.
 
Tuesday, December 1st
 
I had a few short, easy runs on my plan for this week. I ran two miles easy on Tuesday morning.
 
 
Wednesday, December 2nd
 
I don't know about you, but I obsess over the weather before a big race. I stalked Memphis weather as early as two weeks out. I checked it several times a day. I was so preoccupied with Memphis weather that I didn't realize it was supposed to rain Tuesday night and most of the day Wednesday. I had a wet two mile run on Wednesday morning. 

 
Thursday, December 3rd

I ran another two miles at an easy pace on Thursday morning. I stayed late after school to finish planning for my sub on Friday. Later that evening, I packed my things for Memphis.

 
Friday, December 4th
 
Mom and Dad picked me up at 8:30 to head to Memphis. Michael stayed home this trip, but I knew he would track me on race day. We made two quick stops on the way and arrived in Memphis at 2:30. Our room wasn't ready for check in, so we walked around downtown. We didn't want to go to the packet pick-up until later because we had tickets for the pasta party at 6:00. We were finally able to check in after 4:00. Then, we walked a few blocks to the Cook Convention Center for packet pick up, the expo, and the pasta party. More details and pictures to come in my full recap later this week.
 

 
Saturday, December 5th
 
Mom and I had a great time at the race. Mom ran the half and took it easy since she missed a lot of valuable training time due to injury. She took a lot of good pictures on the course for me to share in my race recap. I didn't meet my 4:40 time goal that I was hoping for, but I did manage an 8 minute PR since my first full at St.Jude a year ago. The course seemed tougher on the back route and my pace slowed significantly in the final 10K. Look for more race details and pictures to come in the week ahead.
 

 
 
Mom and I got a couple of post race photos. Then, we went to the VIP Heroes Lounge to grab a plate of food to take back with us to the room. We went back to the room, ate our food, and showered just in time to catch kick-off for the SEC Championship game. Bama is headed to the playoffs again this year. ROLL TIDE! After the game, we went to the Flying Fish for supper.
 
Sunday, December 6th
 
We got up incredibly early and hit the road by 6:00. We stopped in Olive Branch to eat breakfast at Cracker Barrel. We made two more stops, one for gas, and one for lunch at Milo's less than an hour from home. We got home around 12:30. I got unpacked. Then, I took Allie for a short walk. I thought that might help loosen up my legs some after riding in the car all morning. After our walk, I napped for almost two hours. I got all the laundry caught up later this evening.
 
Are you completely exhausted after a big race? What do you do to recover in the days following a big race?
 
 
Stay tuned this week for my first product review and giveaway. As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I had the opportunity to sample MealEnders signaling lozenges in exchange for a blog review and giveaway. These lozenges are a revolutionary way to beat overeating and master portion control.
 



 
What site do you use to host your giveaways? I've noticed several people use Rafflecoptor. Is it simple and easy to use for a newbie like me?
 


26 comments:

  1. Great job on getting a PR on your marathon. That's so great that you mom and you race together! I love hosting giveaways on my site and I have only used Gleam and I like it a lot but you are right many use Rafflecopter as well.

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    1. Thank you! We have a great time running together, and St.Jude is our favorite race.

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  2. Congrats on that PR! And your mom running the half? Woo hoo! What's next for you?

    Rafflecopter could not be easier. I've used it a few times without any problems.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! I'm already wanting to do another full because I know I have a 4:40 or better in me. I also know I need to give my body plenty of time to recover, so I probably won't be doing another one until next fall. There's a few half's in 2016 that I want to do starting late January/ early February.

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  3. Congrats on the PR. I try not to nap too much after a big race, but I do nap since I need to sleep and recover. A nap and a trip to the hot tub, usually in that order.

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    1. Thank you! I didn't plan on napping, but I guess I was more tired that I thought. I slept sound last night too.

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  4. Awesome PR on that marathon! Sounds like you ladies had a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you! My full race recap is coming soon.

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  5. Congrats on your marathon PR! I'm looking forward to your race recap! I have used Rafflecopter for giveaways and it is pretty easy to set up.

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    1. Thank you! Rafflecoptor looks pretty easy to use. I'll probably use it.

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  6. Sounds like a good week. I'm excited to read your recap! Have a good Monday. :)

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  7. I'm so glad you had a good race and a real treat for me to meet you! We saw the Flying Fish too how was it? Congratulations to you and also your mom for a great finish! It was a tough race did you about loose it too running through the St Jude campus seeing the kids? We took our time leaving Memphis and had lunch at the Bass Pro store. It was really cool too. It was about 8:00 before we got home but I was so tired! Slept well thankfully! Look forward to the recap, I've got two races to recap....ahhhh :)

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    1. It was so nice to meet you! The new course seemed tougher to me than last year. Running through the campus was definitely a huge highlight of the race. I hate we didn't get to go back through a second time like we did on the full course in 2014. That was a huge motivation for me in the final miles of the race. That Bass Pro looks really impressive! I imagine you can't see it all in a day. I wanted to go there this trip, but we didn't make it. Have a good week! Can't wait for your race recaps.

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    3. The Flying Fish was good. I had the jumbo shrimp basket. They had Billy Bass displayed all over the walls...lol.

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  8. Congrats on your completing your marathon and a PR run!!
    Love your race pics.
    Your 26.2 shirt is really cute! I stalk weather as well. I don't love heat, so it is always a concern for me...or pouring rain.
    A walk is always good to loosen up the legs. yes, i am tired after a half lol you earned tired!

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    1. Thank you! After my first half was cancelled due to a winter storm 2 years ago I can't help but stalk the weather. I don't know why I obsess over things beyond my control. I was more tired than I thought. I took a nap and still slept sound last night.

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  9. I am always exhausted after a big race. I always take a very big nap, then sleep really poorly that evening. But that nap was worth it ! Congrats on your marathon !

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    1. Thank you! I was so tired that I still slept sound even after my long nap.

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  10. I am a huge weather stalker. Congratulations! Eight minutes is a lot of time to take off! I can't wait to read your recap. I use Rafflecopter. It's pretty easy but if you have any questions, shoot me an email. I was so glad Bama won the game. Fingers crossed for the next game! I appreciate you linking with us Debra!

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    1. Thank you, Holly! Rafflecoptor looks to be easy to use. Thanks for being there for me if I have any questions. I may need to take you up on that once I get going. I'm glad we're playing Michigan State first. I think we've got a good shot at going all the way. ROLL TIDE!

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  11. Congrats on your PR! I can't wait to hear all the details!

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping to share my recap in this Sunday's weekly wrap.

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  12. Congratulations on the marathon finish and the PR! I look forward to reading your recap. I always obsess over weather before a big race, too!

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    1. Thank you! I'm still working on my recap.

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