Bye bye racing; maybe?: 11/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

It seemed like all the races were canceled this weekend. At least the ones I was interested in, anyway. Some of the Sole Sisters got together to run, but frankly, I need all the time I can get before Thanksgiving so it’s probably just as well those races were canceled. In case you missed it, I’d already written on how I was giving up on one racing goal for this week (read about it here).

I have a feeling that I’ll be ditching the Turkey Trot this year, too. It’s going to be frigid! The one I do has nowhere to wait inside.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I stay active when the snow comes . . . even if it’s too early.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk x 2, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes) — usually if I write it, I do it, but not this time
  • Tuesday: Yoga ( half salutes, pigeons, hamstrings, restorative — 30 minutes), 4ish chilly miles easy
  • Wednesday: Pilates Legs & Abs (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (5 minutes), YFR Hamstrings
  • Thursday:  YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday:  7 treadmill miles (split into an AM & PM runs of 3.5 miles each)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Pilates Legs, Arms & Stretch
  • Sunday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 16 (-2)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
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

Despite the Sunday snow & some snow in the morning, it was still Fallish on Tuesday


Can I reboot this day? First I get stuck in a godawful traffic jam while taking Lola to the vet, literally having us stuck on a bridge, and then half an hour late. We were maybe 2 miles away from the vet when this happened (yes, I called them to let them know I might be late, understatement of the year). At least we missed the traffic jams the snow created the next day . . .

Then I decided to run as naked as I get — just recorded the whole run with no splits & tried as much as possible not to watch it. Suddenly at almost the end of the run it looked like my Garmin stopped the run without me telling it to . . . and then it came up with the run interval screen — and froze there.

When I was finally able to unfreeze it it said I’d done something like 7 miles. Yeah, no. I do know my pace was pretty slow, because I think right before that happened I’d paused it to take a picture, and it shows average pace when you pause.

Which is why I rarely run without knowing my pace, but maybe that’s what my body needed. Really, my body probably needed another rest day and apparently the universe was trying to tell me that too. The run wasn’t horrible, just slow, and quite frankly I accomplished very little today.

Friday it snowed most of the day. I wanted a long run but it would have to be on the treadmill. I ran 3.5 miles in the morning and another 3.5 miles in the afternoon.

By Friday it was definitely Winter, and although I’d pulled up the plants on one planted, I just couldn’t pull up the strawberries since they weren’t yet dead. Guess I should have.

It took me a long time to motivate myself outside this morning, but I had a good run. Its been a long week of cleaning, food shopping, and prepping/baking/cooking stuff for Thanksgiving. It may have been a bit slow but this run felt good. This time I had Autolap on, but not the alerts for the my pace each mile. Which seemed to work well for running by feel — I really never know what my pace was.

Not really a favorite . . . 

Favorites of the week
Snow seemed to be the theme of the week. I’d like to say it’s too early, and while it is early, some of my memories on Facebook showed that we had snow this time of year four years ago. Although not quite so much.

I’ve looked up a bunch of games we can potentially play on Thanksgiving using Alexa. Trying to get Mr. Judy to try some of them out with me!

Other than that, it’s really all about cleaning, cooking, baking . . .

Final hours to enter my giveaway of Couch to Active here! Read the review here.

Let’s get the conversation started:

How do you motivate yourself to stay active when the weather ain’t great?

Any fun Thanksgiving traditions to share?

What’s your role in the Thanksgiving celebrations?

35 thoughts on “Bye bye racing; maybe?: 11/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

  1. If I have a race on my schedule, I do run no matter what (unless it rains or is icy). I keep my mileage low until a few weeks before and do some double digits (although I didn’t for this one …oops).

    I was going to run the 10k and 5k on Thanksgiving and then decided on only the 10k. Now I changed again to the 5k. I may even skip the whole race. I;m hoping it warms up to skirt weather for Saturday.

    Going to my stepson’s for Thanksgiving and since I don’;t get home until late Wed, I’m only bringing the wine 🙂

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      1. I wonder how your DNSs stack up to my late registrations, LOL? At least I hadn’t registered for anything.

        I bet you still do it. I’ll run on Thanksgiving, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be a Turkey Trot this year.


      2. No idea. Only had two. Both 5ks. Both will be deducted as charitable donations.

        I am sure I will run the 5k. Love the race atmosphere

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  2. Sometimes I switch my Garmin screen to just heartrate. That way I can still focus on something (keeping it low) but not see my pace. My MIL still enjoys cooking the main Thanksgiving meal. I just bring a couple of sides and help with prep and cleanup. It’s a pretty easy gig for me. The grandkids (all grown) still write their letters to Santa after we eat. And we always play games. She’s really big on that. Good luck with all your prep. Let me know which games you come up with. Thanks for linking!

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    1. My Garmin doesn’t have HR. After the last run where I took off the mile pace alerts, it’s pretty easy for me to run by feel.

      Thanksgiving was my mom’s big holiday, but obviously it’s way beyond her now. In fact, my sister wasn’t even sure my dad could make it up our stairs anymore (and it will be really hard for him, but I don’t think we’re there yet).

      I don’t even know how people work and do it. Seriously, it’s like a full time job. I’ve been going pretty much all day every day, in between the very ill timed vet appointments (and of course lost time due to the traffic jam).


  3. I thought the same thing about the snow, but then I remembered the year that we had a pretty bad storm on Halloween. I think we might get more snow on Tuesday too.

    Totally understand what you mean about the Turkey Trot. I know it’s going to be super cold but I’m running the race with a few friends so knowing that they are there will keep me from bailing, lol

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    1. You are very right — I remember that because there’s a trail half on Halloween here & it got snowed out!

      My friends do a different trot, but the logistics are just harder for me (most of them are not hosting Thanksgiving dinner!).

      I will still run, but it will probably be inside, which frees up a lot more time. Or maybe outside, since I go out & into a warm house. It’s supposed to be really cold — but sunny & not windy!


  4. Oh yes, Snowvember a few years ago. S’no fun.
    If I have a race, I’ll run it because I don’t want to be out the money. I might have DNSed today if tooth was still bad, but it wasn’t.
    I somehow knocked my Garmin into laps today — made for some confusion but then I just covered it and ran since I gave up on the PR in mile one

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  5. I’ve been ordered by my MIL to bring fruit to Thanksgiving. Seriously who eats fruit when there’s everything else? She insists she can’t handle making pies due to her broken leg but won’t allow me to do it. She’s making cookies.
    I can get out or on the mill IF I am highly motivated, which I am this winter with Tokyo coming up.

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    1. My sister is bringing some desserts. Mainly because that’s what she wants. I made some bars. I am not a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving.

      I always do get out there . . . eventually. I just waste a lot of time beforehand!


  6. Sorry about the snow, I can’t bear to run on ice as I get really scared and tense (and then more likely to slip!). I have yaktrax (those spikes you put on your shoes using rubber bands) that I bought at the end of last winter, and trail shoes, so I wonder if I’ll do more off-road stuff this winter.

    When I can’t run outside I’m quite happy, actually, to head to the gym with my book or kindle and get some cross-training miles in, and read at the same time. So that helps and I just do the same time I would have done for x miles outside.

    Hope this isn’t too bad a winter for you, though.

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    1. Trail shoes are a big help! I’ve used Yak Trax, but I just don’t find them to be completely comfortable.

      I also have screw shoes — google running screw shoes & hopefully you’ll come up with something appropriate — they work great; I don’t know why I waited so long to try them out.

      I’m ok with the treadmill, too, but I really do prefer to run outside.

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  7. I beat the little snow we got on Thursday. Drove to work before it started and got my run in before the roads got slick. It turned to rain mid-day and washed it all away! I’m actually psyched for winter running as long as it’s not windy.

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    1. Come live up here for a winter. I’ll bet you wouldn’t be quite as psyched. 🙂

      It rained or snowed almost every single day last week. Another dusting last night. More accumulation tomorrow potentially. So far Thanksgiving is looking good, just COLD!!!!


    1. My usual answer: I’d be happy to send all our snow your way. 🙂 We still have a few inches on the ground . . . it is supposed to warm up by the weekend. But not for Thanksgiving!

      Have a great one, Deborah!


  8. I have no idea if all our snow is early or not. Last year was my first full year in Colorado and it was quite a mild winter. I’m not sure what’s normal or what to expect this year. the ski resorts are loving it.

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    1. I’ve only lived here 10 years, but I also grew up just 90 miles south of here, and lived in VT . . . so yeah, I do have some idea of what’s normal. 🙂

      It’s not unusual for us to get snow in November, and we’ve even had some whoppers on Thanksgiving — but it is still a bit early & a bit much this year!


  9. I’m skipping the Turkey trot this year too- frigid temps and we’re hosting! Plus my body seems to be asking for some recovery time so I’m going to honor that. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. Those are exactly my reasons for not doing a Turkey Trot this year! My hamstrings are mildly irritated & have been a while. I host my family, too. And yeah, it’s gonna be really cold.

      I’ve done some pretty cold races, but not while also hosting 7 people!


  10. Funny, this will be the first year I actually do a turkey trot. I love Thanksgiving, its such a casual holiday around our family. HOpe you have a great holiday! happy blogging

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    1. I’m definitely more casual (and less traditional) than my mom was about Thanksgiving. Once I started hosting it, that’s when I started doing Turkey Trots because I no longer had to drive the 3 hr round trip to my sister.

      This year, I don’t know. My heart is just not in tackling another race in not so great weather & frankly right now I think my body needs more rest & I’m not good about just running the race for fun.

      Enjoy yours & Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. I almost always run by feel…I pretty much know my pace by how it feels now since that’s all I’ve ever known. I always host Thanksgiving (and Christmas) because my mother never offers. I have the space for it, so it’s not a big deal….but it’s a strange dynamic. Our Thanksgiving forecast currently is showing temps in the 50’s…hoping that plays out!

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    1. Ok, that is odd that about your mom but all families have their oddities. Since we’re Jewish & don’t do Christmas, Thanksgiving was my mom’s big holiday. Until she got to old, obviously. It’s a lot of work!

      Thanksgiving is supposed to be 20 (maybe) & windy. Brrrrr! It may be a mill kind of day.


  12. I like snow for running – at least, as long as people actually shovel their sidewalks and don’t let them turn into sheets of ice. No Turkey Trot running this year, but I am volunteering.

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