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eliz83

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Total mileage: 76.0

Not as high as I had hoped it would be. Had a few days where I just wasn't feeling great, and I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity, so some days became easy days or running for time days, which always means I lose some mileage. The silver lining is I hit a beautifully round number without even trying!

I'm putting a hold on marathon training. Still planning on doing a half marathon that I signed up for in mid-October, but there's enough flux in life right now that being able to have the mental capacity to do the 16-20 mile runs just isn't there. I'm okay with it. If I'm being honest, I wasn't that excited about the course of the marathon I had chosen and I'd rather put in the effort for something that I think I will thoroughly enjoy. My first marathon (and only so far) was such an amazing experience from start to finish that I can hardly see improving on the entire marathon experience. I had a fantastic one, I know I'm capable of putting up an improved time, and yet I'm okay if I never prove that.

Favorite workout: a 45-min guided Peloton outdoor run, with 13 minutes of warmup, followed by a 8-9-8 minutes at marathon pace, with 3 minute recoveries in between. I did this workout on a hilly section of trail that is near my house and was really pleased with how my splits turned out, given the hills. When I run on these long rolling hills, I aim mostly for an even effort, as opposed to even pace, and that works really well for me. It's also the strategy that I've employed over my last few PR'd races.
Splits: 10:34 (downhill), 11:23 (uphill), 11:13 (uphill)
Marathon goal pace is 10:38

Favorite long run: a 10-miler in which I listened to several episodes of the LA Times' Dirty John podcast. I now understand why everyone was obsessed with it and why they made a mini-series on it. Completely fascinating. I binged the entire podcast in about a day and a half, and had to Google the story before I finished because I just had to know how it worked out. Highly recommended if you haven't listened to it and enjoy Dateline-type stories.
Oh, and the run was fine, too. A bit slower than I would have preferred, but legs and MJ felt good.

In life news, I had a leadership training at home, while my husband got to fly to Amsterdam for a work conference. On the surface, it hardly felt fair until he reminded me that he flew 30 hours round trip for a 36 hour stay. My commute was definitely better.

Photos from the month:
 

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Jeff with Refrigerator Perry the cat

 

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Hotel Mirror selfie while at the leadership training (we had a fancy dinner)

 

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Fall flowers in one of our beautiful wedding gifts


Trying to read more books, rather unsuccessfully, but I also listen to a lot of podcasts, so thought I'd recommend some of my favorites from this month:

If you are a bachelor fan, Here to Make Friends is doing some live shows and recapping the first ever season of The Bachelor. It's hilarious and delightful.
Dirty John, by LA Times
1619, by New York Times Magazine
Clean Sport Collective Podcast
From the Front Row (the 9/25 podcast features me!)


Did you have any favorite runs that had nothing to do with the actual running like I did this month?

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I'm a podcast fan too and appreciate the suggestions!  Are you running the KC half?

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Mrs. Dave is all about the podcasts. She likes Undisclosed, Criminal and Sawbones. I'm more of a book guy. Jo Nesbo is my current favorite author in audio, but I'm doing some Agatha Christie reading on the side between NYT Sunday crosswords.

Running for fun is just so much fun, isn't it?

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14 hours ago, SIbbetson said:

I'm a podcast fan too and appreciate the suggestions!  Are you running the KC half?

I was planning on it and going for a PR, but unfortunately, I've been sidelined for the past two weeks and my husband is too worried about me doing that distance right now, so will be dropping to one of the shorter distances. Are you doing the half? If so, I'll wait and cheer for you as you cross the finish line!

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9 hours ago, eliz83 said:

I was planning on it and going for a PR, but unfortunately, I've been sidelined for the past two weeks and my husband is too worried about me doing that distance right now, so will be dropping to one of the shorter distances. Are you doing the half? If so, I'll wait and cheer for you as you cross the finish line!

Sorry to hear you've been sidelined, but glad you're being smart and being conservative!  I am not racing it this year...unless my coach changes her mind this week, haha!  I will be up there for work Wednesday through Friday so it would be an easy addition, but I'm in a 100 mile week with two major workouts, so...

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I've been needing a new podcast after Bear Brook (I know, I'm late to the game)

Do you own a naked cat???  Do they sweat?  

 

 

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20 hours ago, Keep Running Girl said:

Do you own a naked cat???  Do they sweat?  

 

 

Jeff's godparents do. And nope, they are like regular cats, just don't have any hair! Pretty ugly looking, but Fridge has grown on all of us. He reminds me of the Siamese cats from Lady & the Tramp, LOL.

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I really want one but I'm allergic (to saliva not just fur).  I imagine it would feel like holding a hot water bottle or maybe a warm water balloon.

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