My last week before the craziness of the six-week long holiday season was pretty good – training wise.  We’ll see how focused I can stay as the weeks get busier and busier…


Tuesday was one of those days were I was very thankful to have a very patient person running with me.  Little did I realize at the time, but I had a 24-hour stomach bug that reared it’s ugly head during my run.  About a mile into my run, I realized I’d better find a bush or a porta potty immediately!  Luckily for me, at that very moment we were running past a nature center that I knew had a porta potty on the grounds.  Kelley was kind enough to wait for me while I stopped then, and another time later in our run.  We finished our run after 6.25 miles at a 9:44 pace.  For the rest of the day I had a very upset stomach.


Photo taken after the run

Lifted, but skipped my run due to lingering stomach issues…

On Thursday morning I celebrated Hug A Runner Day with my MRTT peeps after running 5 miles at a 9:27 pace.  The trail parking lot is right across from a little country furniture store, and provided the perfect backdrop for our picture!


On Friday I lifted, then enjoyed a few lemon drop martinis with my MRTT girls later in the evening.  We had a little reunion of our Tempo Tuesday and Thursday Hill group, AND celebrated Kathy’s and my birthdays.  We hardly recognized each other without our ponytails, and I love that we all traded our running shoes in for boots!  I’m not, however, loving the boot that Kathy is wearing on her right foot.  She’s been side-lined from our runs due to a stress fracture, and we can’t wait for her to get back out on the trail with us!


Our Saturday morning group run started out at 18ยฐ but we’re tough, and didn’t let it stop us from getting 8.75 miles in at a 9:10 pace.  I was also running my RunKeeper app, and I was glad that I had it as a backup since I couldn’t get my Garmin to find a signal for .24 miles into my run!  I had my RunKeeper on since I’m running both GPS’s for a few weeks while gathering information to compare for a future post.


Shortly after getting home, I went out for a run/walk with a client for 2.4 miles at a 16:54 pace.  Note to self:  Change out of your sweaty running clothes as soon as you get home, or you’ll freeze when you go back out into the extreme cold (especially during your walk breaks).

I just love my recovery runs on Sunday mornings with my BRF.  Yesterday we ran 6.2 miles at a 10:04 pace.  I always like tacking that .2 onto the end to get a read on my 10K pace.

Total weekly workouts:
Running โ€“ 26.2 miles
Run/walking – 2.42 miles
Lifting โ€“ 3 hours


  • Questions:
  • How was your training week?
  • What did you do over the weekend?
  • Who raced this weekend?  Give me details!
Happy Running! ~ Deb