Monday, October 19, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Week 11 Marathon Training

October 12-18, 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.

I am currently training for my second marathon at St. Jude Memphis this December. I just completed Week 11 of Hal Higdon's Novice 2 Marathon Training Plan. I will recap my training and other highlights from my week here in the Weekly Wrap.

Monday, October 12th

The students were out the whole week for Fall Break, but the teachers had two days of inservice training. On Monday morning, we did team building activities at a local ropes course. We all had a great time and lots of laughs. I can't believe how sore I was after the course.

On Monday afternoon, some of the teachers did CPR training while others attended professional development meetings. I took the course as a refresher/recertification. It's one thing I hope I'll never need, but I feel better knowing it.

Tuesday, October 13th

I had a 5 mile training run on my schedule, but when my alarm went off that morning it was storming out. I don't own a treadmill, nor do I care to own one. I'm actually scared to death of them. Funny, right? I could see myself flying off one and face planting.The storm didn't last long, but by the time it cleared it was too late to get my run done. I thought I might try to make it up later that afternoon, but it didn't happen.

We had all day professional development on utilizing technology in the classroom. I stayed late afterwards to get my planning done for the upcoming week. I didn't want to have to go to school over the break.

When I got home and checked my personal e-mails, I learned that I was accepted as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. It's been over two months since I applied and I didn't think I would be accepted. I'm so excited to be a part of the Sweat Pink Community. I can't wait to connect with other Sweat Pink Ambassadors.

Wednesday, October 14th
I met my friend Minerva for an 8 mile run through downtown. She is training for her first full marathon at St. Jude Memphis. Most of the time I prefer to run alone because it's my time to myself to reflect. I do enjoy a good run with friends every now and then. I got to admit my semi-long run went by much faster running with Minerva.


Thursday, October 15th
Minerva and I met again for a 5 mile run through downtown. It was great getting to run with her while we both had time off from school.
Friday, October 16th
I made up my 5 mile run from Tuesday. I ran at an easy pace because I didn't want to push myself too hard before running the Gulf Coast Half Mandeville on Sunday.
Saturday, October 17th
My dad planned to go to Mandeville, LA for the race, but he decided on Friday to let Mom and I have a girl's weekend. Mom and I hit the road around 6:00 to head to Mandeville. We arrived at packet pick-up just after 11:00.
This was my first trip to Mandeville and it was absolutely gorgeous there with beautiful homes overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. We walked several blocks taking in the sights. We walked upon a Fall Festival at a local church, so we decided to check it out.
There was a tent set up fundraising for St.Jude. Mom and I made a donation and bracelets for the patients of St.Jude. I thought this was a really neat fundraising idea. The boy in the picture wears a bracelet to represent every cancer treatment he's received. That's a lot of treatments!

After walking around the festival, we grabbed a bite to eat for lunch. Then, we checked into our hotel just in time to watch the Bama -v- Texas A&M game. When the game was over, we grabbed supper at a seafood place near the hotel. We both carb loaded with pasta. We went to bed by 9:00 to get a good night's rest before race morning.

Sunday, October 18th
Race day was perfect! The weather was just right for running. The course was flat, fast, and scenic! Mom and I both felt great and had a good race.  Stay tuned later this week for a full recap! 
*Spoiler*- I ran a new PR!!!


  1. Debra, I remember the same storm Tuesday morning. I stayed in bed! I'm not riding in that. I had a treadmill, but gave it away. I've always thought the bridge in Wetumpka is so pretty. You captured a beautiful pic. I saw on I/G that you set a PR. I can't wait to read about your race experience. It looks like a fun trip with your Mom too. PS. Roll Tide! I appreciate you linking up with us!

    1. I can handle the rain, but not thunder and lightning. Downtown is very pretty! I grew up in the Presbyterian Church at the bottom of the bridge so I love photos that capture the bridge and the church. The fall leaves on the trees looked nice reflecting on the water. I'm very excited about my PR. I haven't PR'd the half in well over a year. I just finished my recap. Now, I need to catch up on everyone's link up. I see y'all are setting a new record. There's a lot of blogs linked up this week! Roll Tide!

  2. Whole week for Fall break? Dang our kids were only out 2 days! :( Welcome to the Sweat Pink family! I so love being an ambassador and you my friend will love it. I am so jealous that you mom runs with you! How freakin awesome is that! But one question, which one of you is your mom? JK you both look fabulous! Way to go on the PR!!!! I can't wait to hear the review! So this is a series am I right? Do you get an additional medal for doing all of them? So glad you joined us this week in the link up. It's a PR for us too with the most linkers ever! :)

    1. We used to only have 2 days too. This is our second year having the whole week off, but they always change our calendar so I don't want to get too used to it. I am very excited to be a part of the Sweat Pink Community!I look forward to meeting new people and participating in the campaigns and challenges. This was the third race in the Gulf Coast Series. The other two were in Gulf Shores and Pensacola. There will be a medal for doing all three. They said it would be mailed to us at a later date. I am thrilled about my new PR! It's been a year and a half since I PR'd the half marathon. I just finished my race recap. Now I gotta catch up on all the link ups. I see there are quite a few this week! That's awesome!