It’s the Great Pumpkin!: 10/9-15 Weekly Wrap

There hasn’t been a lot of short distance racing this year, but I tried a new-to-me 10 k this weekend. I’m usually traveling this time of year since it’s right around our anniversary, but this year we front loaded most of our travel in the first half of the year. Except for a teeny escape next weekend.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to kick off those holiday-themed races.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, DM HIIT
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, DM Booty, YFPR Knees
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 miles easy, YFPR Knees
  • Friday: Dogwalk, JY Run Your Core
  • Saturday: Great Pumpkin Challenge 10k (with lots of walking)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, DM Balance

Mileage: 14 (+8)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 


Dude, stop sniffing so much on the run!


On an Indian Summer Fall day, I headed out for an easy 4 mile run in the afternoon. The first 3 miles were actually a pretty good pace; then I picked up Bandit and took it easy since it’s been a long time since he’s run with me.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween


Another afternoon run, although my legs felt heavy and sluggish. Thursday is a busy meeting/errand day, so that’s probably why. I did the first mile+ with Bandit because I wanted to do strides at the end, with a race coming up this weekend. So Bandit got 2 runs this week.

There was more scenic areas, but this is what I caputred


I ran this with a lot of the Wineglass girls. Sort of. I also went with another friend, and neither of us had done the race before nor did we know the park it’s held in well. Let’s just say that the volunteer didn’t do a great job directing us, and we had a long walk to the start (and we weren’t even sure where the heck that was!).

So we just barely saw them before the start of the race. I didn’t see Darlene until afterwards. I lined up a bit further in front than my other friends, and chatted up several of the runners around us, one who was doing her first 5k (the 5k and 10k starts together) and another that had just done Wineglass, too, and was wearing the race top.

Thanks to Darlene I knew the second half of the race was hilly — yup — and I haven’t run a 10k, other than the winter series (free supported long runs) in 3 years! But yes, it was a PR. Kind of . . . you’ll have to wait til Tuesday for the full report.


Hmm, dark vs light skirt sister?

Favorites of the week
Always nice to run a race with so many friends in attendance. I have to also give a shout out to the Skirtsports Wonder Wool tee — seriously, it wicks so good. If it weren’t for my sports bra, you’d never even know that I’d run a race. Another home run from Skirtsports! Now I just need me a wool sports bra — they do make them, although sadly not Skirtsports. Not yet, anyway. While I am a Skirtsports Ambassador, I don’t make any money if you buy using my links.



Love camo

I was going to link up for #fashionfriday but never got around to it. But I do love these camo jeans from Gap (on sale now, not an affiliate but really, I should be!).

Growing out my bangs

Last but not least, I finally got my hair cut! It’s been far too long. And my hair was far too long, too. Decided to grow out my bangs for a little change. I probably won’t like it; I’ve done it before and I always go back to bangs, but there’s not really much I can change about my hair unless I go really short, which I don’t want to do.

And that’s a wrap 


This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Ever tried a wool sports bra?

Favorite holiday race? 

How did you get moving this weekend? 

31 thoughts on “It’s the Great Pumpkin!: 10/9-15 Weekly Wrap

    1. Everyone is so different. It was actually almost 60 at the start of the race, but it was a cool 60 — and the great thing is that the wool does a GREAT job of wicking. It’s super soft, too (unlike one from a brand that shall remain nameless that I tried on this weekend).

      It’s not completely wool, either, the back and insert is mesh. I really love it.


  1. It’s fun and challenging to do a new race and having so many friends in attendance is an added bonus! I love your dark tee simply for the shoulder seams. I wish more tees were made that way. Answering your question, I don’t have any wool items. {Hmmm…?} Thanks for linking!

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    1. I wouldn’t think you’d have as much use for wool as I do. I mean, I know it gets cold down there, but not for as long as it does up here! I am totally loving that top (so much so that I bought it in the other color, too).

      New races are always fun, indeed! I’m still kind of envious of all your rest stops, though.


  2. I have two wool tops from REI that are great for summer — they do wick and dry quickly. We haven’t put up any decorations yet, but my husband did get some out of the shed …

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  3. This weekend it was POURING all day in Chicago but I managed to get out for a bit between bouts of lightning. I’ve never tried a wool bra, bit I have wool socks that I love so I think I’d like it!

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  4. The only holiday race I have done is the turkey trot. We did the 5 mile run. It was fun but kinda of cold. Chip timed, but it is mostly a fun run. There is a 2 mile walk as well as a 1 mile doggie walk/run for those with fur babies. I have never tried out a wool top. I may need to. Love your running clothes. I always wear capris or pants. Legs are not that toned. Can’t wait to hear how your 10k went. That is my favorite distance.

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    1. I really enjoy all distances — except of course I’ve never tackled a marathon. But all distances have their pros & cons & challenges.

      My legs really aren’t super toned, either, but I care more about function than looks, although obviously I love to look cute too!

      If we had a doggie run for Thanksgiving I might be able to pry Mr. Judy out . . . then again, he doesn’t run anyway. I enjoy doing a Turkey Trot now since Thanksgiving is at my home.


  5. If you’re PRing the half (or longer) distance, you’ll run a strong 10k. That’s my philosophy and I’m sticking to it. Don’t even talk to me about haircuts. I’m so overdue it’s pathetic. Maybe this week. I didn’t wanna risk ending up with a too-short ponytail for Berlin but now I have no excuse. Cannot believe Halloween is almost here.

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    1. Hey, I’ll definitely take the word of Coach Marcia!

      I haven’t had my hair cute since right before UT. If you’ve got me beat, well, yeah, that would be pathetic. 🙂

      Totally understand the too short ponytail thing! Mine was way too long; we only took off an inch & a half, but the cut makes all the curls really spring up and it looks much shorter — I told her I need my ponytial!


  6. Unfortunately, the signs for the race were only easily located if you entered at the correct entrance.

    I have to resort to cutting my own bangs since they grow so fast each month.

    I ran a race as you know this week and caught a cold which stinks.

    Troy Turkey Trot is my favorite holiday race

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    1. Sorry about the cold — I’ll bet boating felt great (although I’d argue about sugar being good for a cold — lots of hot liquids — course yesterday was so warm).

      I could never cut my bangs. They may look funky long, but I’m pretty sure they’d be worse if I attempted it (and my hairdresser would kill me).

      There actually was a sign for the race at the second turn, too. Believe, I go into what happened in a LOT more detail tomorrow.


      1. It looks fine when it’s freshly washed. After running is a different story — they’re actually not all grown out yet, but since I’d let them get so long, I decided lets just go all the way. Easy enough to put bangs back in there.


  7. I’ve done two Halloween 5k’s, but I didn’t really dress in costume. The first one was my first ever 5k and I wanted to do everything right. Tech clothes, no cotton, everything comfortable. The second one I wore orange and black, but still didn’t dress in costume. I’ve also done a turkey trot, but didn’t dress up either.

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    1. I rarely change my hair. With my hair, there really isn’t a whole lot you CAN change. But I do get bored every once in a while.

      I’ve gone short a few times, but I like having a ponytail so I always regret it when I do.


    1. They call this wonder wool for a reason — it’s not at all itchy. Like I said to Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, I tried on a wool top at a well known brand it and was definitely itchy.

      All depends on the wool (and usually the bras are a wool blend).


  8. I always go back and forth on the length of my hair….I’ll grow it out past my shoulder blades, then cut it to shoulder length, grow it out, cut it back. It’s been like this for 15+ years. I also do less highlighting in the fall and winter. Like you, I need a change every now and then but will never go short!

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    1. I’m kind of like that with my hair, too — unless I let it grow out for 6 months, LOL!

      I didn’t actually cut it a lot shorter, but when the layers are refreshed the curls are curlier & it looks a lot shorter.

      I have been short, and it looks good, but I just always regret it.


  9. Heading over to read about your race now, but sounds like you had a great time! I’m been flirting with the idea of a pixie cut, but chicken out every time I go to the salon… maybe next summer 🙂

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