Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly Wrap....August 20th





This week was another week of trying to fit as much stuff in as possible before I go back to work next week.



Sunday started with some boating time at the lake with my mom and Nana.


Monday started my "official" training for my fall race which I will talk about later this week. it was only 3 miles but I wanted to keep the mileage low so it was a strong run, which it was.  Afterwards I showered and got myself a massage to see if that would help my shoulder / chest pain.


 On Tuesday I did my longest run of the summer, 6 miles. Last summer, I was in a 6 mile slump because all the further I was able to run was 6 miles (or 6.2 on some days) because of the heat.  This year I hadn't even come close to 6 miles except for this day.  Funny story, after running the 6 miles, I went to this new grocery store that is located near the end of the trail. While I was there, Scott called me to see if I wanted to meet for lunch. I told him where I was and he asked me "Are you going to run back with the groceries?". Umm No, I drove to the store.

Wednesday I Swam with Baylee and Scott.  I'm still having that pain from last week and the massage did not seem to help so I continued to stretch that side of my body by doing the back stroke.



In an effort to prepare for Saturday's race, I went down to the island on Thursday to see if I could remember the route from last year. I met a man in his 60's who was also training for the race and was hoping to place in his age group. We chatted for a bit before each going on our on way.  I admit, I was struggling bad!  My Garmin died before I finished the course and I hate to say it, but I was actually glad. I gave myself permission to walk the rest of the way.  When I finished I called my running buddy to tell him how much I was struggling. His exact words were "You're running? Meranda, it's 94 degrees, EVERYBODY is struggling".   I knew it was hot, but I guess I didn't realize it was that hot.  I went back down to the island later that night once it cooled off and walked with Scott. With my "attempted run" and my walk with Scott I know I did over 3 miles but I'm only counting it as three. I wonder if I should even count it at all since it was such a struggle?

I took Friday as a rest day.  I should have got out of the house and did something since it was my last free weekday before work but I didn't. I just took it easy, watched a TV show I dvr-ed and continued to work on sewing my curtains.

On Saturday my running buddy was not feeling well and was not going to be running so I actually decided to skip the race too.  After seeing that it was already showing 80 degrees at the start of the race I knew it was a smart decision.  I opted to go shopping instead.  There will be another race this coming weekend so we are both going to try to make that one.


Take a guess, Which race do you think I am running in the fall?  If you already know (you know who you are), you can not play along :)   I'll give you a hint. I did mention it on the blog already this year.

If you struggle on a run and have to walk, do you still count all your miles?   -M



We are linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for their weekly wrap.

60 comments:

  1. Of course I count my miles if I have to walk...I do those run/walk intervals. Miles are miles, right?

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    1. Yes you are right! Unfortunately I had very long walking intervals.

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  2. I think I might now what race you are doing! I won't say anything, but I'm excited for you!

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    1. I think you're right! Maybe i'll see you there!

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  3. Great week of workouts! Looks like you are fitting everything in before you go back to school. I agree with Wendy that miles are miles but I'm not good at practicing that lol. I would rather take a couple breaks to catch my breath and then start running again when I feel a bit better.

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    1. With this weather it's hard to not stop and catch your breath!

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  4. I have not gone further than 6 miles this summer either. I def would count the miles whether you walked or ran. Hope you have a great week!

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  5. Yes I definitely count the walking toward my miles. It was sooooo humid this week and it was all I could do to not stop and walk while I was running!

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  6. Absolutely, I count every mile whether they're fast or slow, run or walked. Just remember, even the miles you struggle through are miles, none the less...and you're getting more accomplished than all the others who are NOT moving.

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  7. Yup, I definitely count the walking as part of my miles. Sure, it might slow down my overall pace but as long as I'm moving forward, I count those miles!

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    1. When I decide to walk, I pretty much give up on my pace..lol.

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  8. Miles are miles, and they all count! Sounds like you made the right decision to skip that race. Sounds brutally hot!

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    1. I was really struggling with whether to skip it or not cus I placed in it last year.

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  9. I haven't run more than 6 miles either this summer and those were tough! Are you going to Vegas this fall?

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    1. Great guess! I'm not going to Vegas because i've already done that race in 2014. However, I bet it will be a blast this year with the gang that is going!

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  10. I struggled on Thursday after the temps increased this week. I did the same distance on Thursday that I did Monday, and Monday's run was so much easier. The heat is no joke.

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    1. It's really something how the slightest increase in temperature can effect our run.

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  11. I'd totally count walking miles! It was so hot this weekend. Swimming and boating sounds perfect!

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    1. I just want to savor everything outside that I can!

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  12. All miles count especially when it is in the 90's :)
    and 6 miles is plenty long in the heat!
    Are you coming to run Richmond?!

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    1. No, I am not coming to Richmond. Maybe sometime I will do a race there since I have a runner friend there.

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  13. I say walking miles count double! especially when temperatures are above 85.

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    1. Hah, any miles above 80 degrees should count double!

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  14. I think you should count it. Time on your feet is what matters, not how fast you traveled. I run/walk and my walking intervals were pretty long towards the end of my 16 miler this weekend. I was practically crying by the end of it I was so miserable and hot. I think right now pace is irrelevant; its the time and effort you put in that matters. Those fall races will feel like a breeze when it gets cooler out!

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    1. Oh do certainly do hope those fall races are a breeze!

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  15. You've got to count those miles, you got out there and you did it! Walking or running, you did it! PS: LOVE that photo of you with your mum and nana. Priceless xx

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    1. Thank you. We don't get many pictures together.

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  16. Ok, picturing trying to run home with the groceries is pretty funny :) And I agree that all the miles should count, especially in the Summer! The miles that are struggles are sometimes the most valuable ones.

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    1. Haha, unless I can put it in my running belt I'm not running back with it!

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  17. Are you going to do the RW Fest race?
    94 degrees is crazy hot! I think you made the right call to walk the rest of the way and also to skip the race.
    Happy last week of summer vacation!

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    1. I did do the RW fest race in 2013! Not planning on doing it again this year. It was a great time though.

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  18. First what a beautiful 3 generation photo of you lovely ladies!!!
    94 degrees, I hate to say it but thats a cooler running morning for me here (I consider anything under 100 cooler now), LOL But you guys get that humidity which makes that 94 so much less appealing than our dry ones!
    I've been so blogging MIA I have no idea what race your running. If I am going to guess the closest I can get would be a Disney or RnR. However, you've also been running a lot more local ones lately so I have no clue:) But look forward to hearing about it!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! You know I love my Disney and RnR races but I'm gonna try something new this fall.

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  19. That's the beauty of run/walk intervals -- I always walk. :) Most of the time I stick to my intervals but sometimes the walk interval grows a little.

    Ugh! 94 degrees? Can't even imagine. Thankfully it hasn't gotten that hot here all summer. And plus with all the rain, everything is blooming!

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    1. I use to do run walk intervals on purpose and then got away from it once my injury healed. I think I need to start going back to it.

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  20. This heat is definitely a real struggle. I hope you enjoyed your summer break and will enjoy the new school year. Oh, I don't know which half you picked. I hope you'll tell us soon!

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  21. I would absolutely count the walk breaks as miles! I have no idea what race you might be referring to, but I'm going to guess one of the Disney ones?

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  22. If I didn't count my struggle miles I'd have very little to show for my running - living in a hot and humid area means that exactly ZERO runs feel good, for months. Sad but true.

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    1. Awww, you are too funny! I guess struggling is all relative..lol

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  23. You bet I count all of my walk breaks! :-) I am going to guess a RnR race?

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  24. Every mile counts, regardless of whether it is walked or run. If you're on your feet and moving, then you're exercising, regardless of your pace.

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    1. I need to start planning my walk intervals so I don't feel so bad when I take them..haha!

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  25. Yes, even a run where I struggle counts to me! Miles are miles! :) Too funny about the grocery store at the end of the trail!

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    1. They show up on my Garmin just the same, so I guess they count!

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  26. Yes, your running buddy is so right. We are all really struggling right now. Is it just me or is this summer hotter than last?!? Either way you are out there doing it and that is what matters.

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    1. I feel like August has been hotter than all the other months so far.

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  27. I definitely count the miles - that time on your feet counts in my book!

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    1. I haven't been tracking the miles I only walk with my husband but I guess maybe I should.

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  28. Needless to say...I count my miles even if I need to walk. But, I couldn't run more than 3 miles.

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    1. I'm going to start counting my walking miles too.

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  29. Definitely count all the miles. I even count "fitness walks" as mileage in my running log. Miles are miles, they build cardiovascular fitness and time on your feet.

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    1. So true. I will be keeping track of my walks more often.

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  30. Count all those miles!!!
    Good call on the race too.

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    1. Yea it was just too hot to run. I had fun shopping instead.

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