Weekly Wrap 60 Success and Failures

Weekly Wrap 60 –ย Success and Failures

Weekly Wrap 60 Success and Failures

I’m talking about success and failures this last full week of September! THANK YOU for joining us for the Weekly Wrap, a link up to keep us all accountable in our active life. Training for a race? Just trying to keep active?? We want to support you in whatever you do! You may link up your posts with us, Holly from HoHo Runs and myself here at MissSippiPiddlin each week. We do our very best to read and comment on each post. For all the scoop and a few rules too, please visit the Weekly Wrap Link Up Tab at the top or simply click the words Weekly Wrap.

Weekly Wrap 60 Success and Failures

Fall Training Week 2

My sweet friend, Holly aka Coach Ho, has so generously agreed to help me this year with a training plan for my upcoming Fall races and if I do really good, maybe she’ll continue to provide me with plans through next Spring.

In Summary

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I’m very happy with how training is coming along. I finally have a purpose to my runs. ย I had a lot of success and failures this week. Mostly success. I did fail to meet my pace on one 400m, but my average was great, so I should claim it as a success. Here is how the rest of my week in activity went:

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I had a significant FAILURE, in my Stepbet #Stepbetย challenge,challenge this week. NO, no I did not loose but I failed to make my step goal on Thursday. Like within 200 steps. It was just an oversite, but one that caused me to have NO step Rest days this week. ย Remember I have to meet my goal 6/7 days and even coming withing 1 step of my goal it is like I didn’t walk any! ๐Ÿ™ It really sucks, but rules are rules!

The success is, by the time you are reading this, my challenge is over!!! Ok for you early birds it will be over at midnight Sunday. Will I do another one?? Hell NOOOOO! Well, not with these step goals anyway. I’ll wait until they are more realistic, and yes I’ll do another one.

This week

3d body scan

I also had another 3d Body Scan done on Friday. It has been a month since my last scan, I reviewed it hereย in case your interested. ย I’ll call it a Success too!

In my comparison from last month to this month here are the areas I gained in:

Bicep, forearm, calf, waist and bust. Now, I think the increase in arms and legs are success because I think it is due to muscle, the waist is 1 inch and can be explained by bloating from TOM’S (sorry if TMI) oh and I absolutely think an increase in bust is a SUCCESS any way you look at it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

I lost or had a decrease in weight =ย Success, a decrease in thighs and also body fat percentage. No change at all in my hips, I’ll take it!!! Again, this scan is only done as a fun way to see the changes in my body. They are no real reflection on my overall health nor my comfort with my body image.

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This week in strength training was a SUCCESS!ย We’ve been in a good routine of Legs on Monday’s and been increasing weight. This is the first week the soreness was in check, yes I was sore but I could still walk normally! That tells me we are getting stronger! SUCCESS!

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Funny Picture – My tongue sure helps me lift more!

My weekend

Friday night was pretty low-key, carb loaded on some great flat bread pizza for my long run Saturday. I met the girls to tackle the trails plus some to equal 7 miles on my training plan. The trails are always, always tough. But as Tammy and I was chatting she asked if I thought all the leg work we’ve been doing is helping me. The more I think about that, I do think it is helping. I wouldn’t say my pace has changed but going up those hills are slightly easier. I think my legs don’t get as fatigued going up. ย So we will continue working the legs.

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We did start a yard project last weekend, cleaning up some brush and burning so this weekend we rented a mini excavator to finish.

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Big Boy Toys

Now we could tear up some stuff on this thing for sure!!! Thankfully everything went very smooth. SUCCESS for sure!!!

The rest of my Saturday was very relaxed for sure. Watched SEC football, my Rebels pulled off a win over Georgia and I even got in the bed early! I was worn out!!! A success for sure!

Things you may have missed:

Last week I posted twice during the week SUCCESS! Ok, but in case you did miss it, I wrote about ย The Best Running Advice I have Received ย andย Hacks to get more steps within your day.

Coming up

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Upcoming product review

I’m excited to be reviewing a LED Vest during my early morning runs. I hope to get in a few more runs then look for a review with my thoughts about it coming up. When you see it I’d love some extra support on it, as it helps my chances to review other products.

Which reminds me: If you have a product or need additional support on a post that I might miss, by all means, shoot me an email so I can give it all the love! We are family here so we need to support each other!

Support System

Speaking of support, I hope to join Marcia for Runfessions on Friday and also Coco and Deborah for the Ultimate Coffee Date on Saturday. I hope you too will join in.

What are your thoughts on runners working legs? If you strength train do you work on legs, what about with weights and machines?

Did you race this weekend? How did it go?

Do anything fun?

I am sharing in the support love by linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and

Angela from Marathons & Motivation

I appreciate them both for supporting our link up as well.


Weekly Wrap 60 Success and Failures



  1. Many more successes than failures this week! Awesome! And a huge kudos for completing the step challenge, and even giving up a rest day to boot! And yes, I do full-body strength, including legs. I think the biggest benefit of strength in my running is that I seem to recover more quickly and feel stronger and ready to tackle the miles in general.
    Jennifer @ Dashing in Style recently posted…Marathon Training Week 12: Going LongMy Profile

    • Me too Jennifer, I feel like even with a tough workout I am recovering much faster than I once did! I call that progress for sure!

  2. You had so many successes this week! It sounds like your training is going really well! Do you think it will make it easier to focus on your training now that your step challenge is over? I do leg work but nothing too heavy. And I make sure not to make myself sore before a long run or tough workout!

    • I do think it will be much easier to focus on training and to properly recover! It is tough to recover when your still trying to get in 17,000 steps in a day!

  3. That’s a lot of success! Congrats on finishing that step challenge! That’s amazing. It’s nice that the body scan showed SUCCESSful changes too. It’s hard to notice the little changes here and there when you’re not looking at a picture like that. Great job!
    Sonia recently posted…NYC Marathon Training Week #14My Profile

  4. I am impressed with your training runs and congratulations on your 3D scan results! Looks like all of your hard work is paying off! I’m loving this lighted vest…I bet the deer out at the campground think you are some sort of alien!! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you tomorrow for ….LEG DAY!!!
    Teresa recently posted…Fahrvergnugen and Lauf Leiden: Driving pleasure and running woesMy Profile

    • We were just talking about wonder what the animals and cars for that matter think right at first before they figure out it’s a runner!!!

  5. Yay for successes!!! And I like that vest. It is getting darker earlier in the evening so I need more lights so I can look like a Christmas tree and avoid being hit by drivers.

    • I know right Zenaida! See having a LED Vest like this will put you in the very early Christmas mood! Oh gosh, do we need this though it already seems to get here earlier and earlier!

  6. Wow, that’s serious yard equipment! You did great following your new training plan, and it’s so fun that you’re working with Holly. Thanks for the reminder about Runfessions and the Ultimate Coffee Date — Deborah are getting things ready. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Coco recently posted…2016 Reston Perfect 10 Race RecapMy Profile

  7. I’d say success all around for you this week! Even though it’s just for fun, I am intrigued by the body scan. Where did you go to get this done?

    • Meranda there is a weight management place that has the scanner in my area. They do have a “Find a scanner” by location on their website. If you go to my original post on the 3d Body Scan I give you the link here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I really like that vest. I know it’s all about safety, but some running vests with lights just look dorky- almost like something you’d wear to pick up trash for visibility. But that vest looks allright to wear and very safe. I’m not one to run before or after dark but seems like a great idea to have one if you are. Drivers are crazy enough in the daylight hours here.

    Glad you had a good week. I personally would not worry about 200 steps but I don’t track steps anyway. My Garmin does track them for me, and I try not to pay any attention to it… especially because it’s way off if I take off the Garmin to run on the treadmill or something.
    Amy Lauren recently posted…Life Lately- Late September EditionMy Profile

    • You are right Amy drivers are crazy! Anything we can do to stand out so they don’t hit us always helps! I do like this vest! I wouldn’t worry about the 200 steps either except I had $40 on the line! I had to get my steps in! But that challenge is over and I did it! Yay!!!

  9. Wow you had quite the week!

    The 3d body scan sounds so interesting to me! It must be great to see where you have made some great gains!
    Kimberly G recently posted…NYC MARATHON TRAINING RECAP WEEK 10My Profile

    • The 3d Body scan was neat to see where progress was made. I really hate I didn’t have this opportunity a couple of years ago to see just where I started from.

  10. I don’t do much for strength work on my legs,but (as you know) I do a lot of stair-training, which works everything from the waist-down. I call that sufficient ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Kim Hatting recently posted…It’s Been a Hot OneMy Profile

  11. I ran my marathon this weekend and it was a blast! The thought of doing lower body strength training right now makes me want to cry ๐Ÿ™‚ My legs are STIFF.

    Can’t wait for your LED vest review! That looks super handy for early morning training runs!
    Amy @ Life to the Full recently posted…Training Week 12: I Made It!My Profile

  12. Sounds like a lot of successes this week! Congrats! Nice job on the strength training and trail running! Trail running is tough but a great change from road running. That LED vest looks nifty!
    Sherry recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training Week 16 and Weekly Wrap (9/19-9/25)My Profile

  13. Congrats on all of your successes this week! And I’m definitely looking forward to your review of that light up vest. I always need stuff like that in Alaska during the winter!
    Kristen recently posted…Week #1 of Fall FitnessMy Profile

  14. Sorry about the step challenge- but wow those are some impressive numbers!! Congrats on an otherwise pretty successful week. And I want that vest! Can’t wait to hear how you enjoyed it.
    Melissa recently posted…Weekend with the LadiesMy Profile

  15. Definitely more successes! Having a plan to follow always helps me stay on track and keeps me motivated. Did you use the excavator? Seems like fun.
    Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com recently posted…Kara, Running and Foodโ€ฆ the UsualMy Profile

    • Ha funny you should ask Heather, yes I couldn’t stand it, I had to get on the excavator and learn how to drive it! I had so much fun too, man I could really tear up some stuff on it! No wonder the boys enjoy their time on big toys!!!

  16. You definitely had a successful week. I would have failed on that fitbit challenge as well. At work, I barely move. Thank God, I run 4x a week. With Holly as your coach, you can’t lose.
    Darlene recently posted…Monday Running UpdateMy Profile

    • I’m so glad that step challenge is over! It really took a toll and was not fun anymore! I have enjoyed my plans from Holly so much! I just don’t want to let her down!

  17. Sounds like a great week overall. It’s sounds crazy, but I kind of like being sore. It means I challenged myself and am getting stronger. Foam rolling isn’t fun, but knowing I’m getting better is.
    Lesley recently posted…Monday Musings 9/26My Profile

    • Oh I do agree Lesley, I like being sore too! Not to the point where I can’t go on about my normal life though. This week was a good kind of sore though!

  18. Great week of training for ya!
    I have a love hate with working legs. I do think it helps, but sometimes it’ll make my run a day or two after so slow! I can feel the muscle fatigue from lifting. haha, i always tell my self big picture, overall it is better for us to have more muscle so I’ll keep working legs but some weeks I just don’t want to go heavy.
    It is great you are seeing progress!! It is motivating ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • It is a fine line Karen. I have found that going to the gym middle of the afternoon then running an easy run the very next morning really works best for me. If I had to wait until that afternoon I would be too sore! Progress is very motivating!!!

  19. I love lifting weights. I do separate days for legs // lower body versus upper body, but I definitely incorporate heavy weights. I tend to back off the last week before a race since it does make me sore sometimes. I try to be careful when I do leg day. I may do arms Monday, a speed workout Tuesday, then legs Wednesday before I take Thursday off. But I also usually only run 3 days per week, so I have plenty of time to lift.
    Jessie @ The Acquired Sass recently posted…Fall Bucket ListMy Profile

    • I really focused on lifting more this summer an I enjoyed it so much and saw progress til I really am trying to keep it in my normal routine. We may have to modify race week but other than that, all is going good!

  20. Yay for meeting your goals! How does it work with stepbet, do you chose the goals or do they somehow choose them for you? I like incorporating weight training in with the running, I think it definitely helps with my form.
    Chaitali recently posted…Race 13.1 Baltimore Training Week 4My Profile

    • No Chaitali they choose the goals for you based on past fitbit activity. My only problem was my fitbit broke and I was out a month but right before it broke I had a really REALLY active week so that is what my stats was based on. So for 6 long weeks I had to keep up with un-real step goals!

  21. Looks like a lot of success this week!!!
    I am a firm believer runners should lift weights with a concentration on core, hips, quads, glutes, and hamstrings. A stronger runner is a faster runner who is less prone to injury!
    Great way to add in a leg day. Please keep it up!!!
    Melissa Cunningham recently posted…WK6 HM training sept 19-25My Profile

    • And Melissa you should know! Ever time I click on your blog I’m just in awe of what you did with your weight training! I only wish I knew the importance of lifting when I started running! I bet there could have been several injuries avoided!

  22. I just started tracking my steps about two weeks ago and your totals are awesome! If I’m not running I only get about 2 miles in per day — and that’s only if I walk to work! It’s eye-opening, for sure. I’m excited to read your thoughts on the LED vest. I have a few light up gadgets ready for the dark winter runs!
    Elizabeth recently posted…Week 15: Nice and EasyMy Profile

    • Since my step challenge is over, I’ve had to tell myself it’s ok I don’t have to get up and move all the time! It’s a hard habit to break, maybe I won’t break it all together,just not kill myself trying to meet a goal!

  23. So many successes! Sounds like you had a great week! It’s great that you can feel your strength training paying off on the hills. I really feel like it’s made such a big difference for me!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Prepping for BrooklynMy Profile

    • It really is a good feeling to see and feel progress with lifting! I do hate I didn’t do this earlier in my running. Oh well better late than never right Michelle!

  24. Congratulations on the positive progress from your body scan! That sounds like a huge success to me. You look bad-ass lifting weights, and yes – cue Michael Jordan with it comes to the tongue wag making a big difference in output. =)
    Emily @ Out and About recently posted…Sep 19-25 training week recap, running challengesMy Profile

  25. Sounds like a great week overall! I had a Fitbit for awhile but I hadn’t obsessing over whether or not I was getting in my steps and sleep. It just wasn’t for me. I did figure out that I regularly get in a lot of steps ๐Ÿ™‚

    The body scan info would be really neat to get to see progress (or lack of). Glad you are seeing a difference with your leg strength . I am a believer for sure!
    Christy recently posted…Weekly Wrap: 2 weeks post marathonMy Profile

    • I wish I was not addicted to my fitbit but I guess there are worse things to be addicted to right?!?! I’ll continue the body scan until the progress goes in the other direction, lol hopefully that won’t happen. Thanks Christy for stopping by!

  26. I saw some vests similar to that one during my Ragnar Relay. I’ll be interested to see what you think after you’ve given it a few more trial runs.

    Thanks for the linkup!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Recovering And ResettingMy Profile

  27. I love the weight lifting pic! Oliver always sticks his tongue out like that when he’s working hard. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jessica S recently posted…Weekly Wrap Up: Back to back 11 mile runs!!!My Profile

  28. I’d say a resounding success for you this week Tricia! That Step Bet scares me. I think I’d come up short somehow, haha! Look at all you girls spanking the dead lift. Love it! Thanks for the Runfession shout and today’s linkup as well!
    Marcia recently posted…Roasted Winter Squash w/Quinoa PilafMy Profile

    • I’m so very glad that Stepbet is over! I’m going to have to be more careful of what MB temps me with from now own. She is such a bad influence ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. I think your week was a huge success! I hope you didn’t beat yourself up too badly over Thursday’s oversight. Yikes. Congratulations on completing the StepBet challenge! I hope you earned a good payout. Enough for some running clothes maybe? The body scan info is very interesting. What type of facility are you going to for that scan? How often do they recommended them? Here’s to another week of success!

    • You know how much of a challenge this stepbet has been for me, I was very disappointed I came so close to my goal that day, but the good thing is I still had a free day! I am rolling on the floor, do you know how much money I made in 6 long hard weeks? $10 and some change. Sadly that is is. It’s not about the money right? Hardest damn $10 I have ever made!!!
      We have a weight management business that has the scan. They use it for their clients but it’s also open to the public for a fee. You can go anytime you want too. He first mentioned 2 weeks but I think once a month is fine for me.

  30. You had a great week ! What is your goal race this fall ? I have 6 more weeks to my race, then I am looking forward to a break. I need some variety in my (fitness) life.
    Karen @ Fit in France recently posted…Another French wedding + oystersMy Profile

    • Well the main race Holly is helping me with is my home town half marathon middle of Nov. But it is quite a challenge with all the hills. I’m not going to be too upset if I don’t reach an overall PR but I know I can get close as long as I stay uninjured.
      Variety is good! That’s why I love my lifting and the strength training classes I take. I use to only run, and I’m so glad now I’ve found other things that keep my fitness up.

  31. Congrats on finishing the step bet challenge!! Sounds like you had a good week! Yay for all of the successes! And what a cool looking LED vest!
    Sharon recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training Week 14: 9/19-9/25My Profile

  32. Hi Tricia – sorry, but I can’t see a failure! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great week. It’s so hard to take selfies at the gym I think but you got some some cute pics! I really love the idea of the LED vest. Can’t wait to read your review! I’m sure your husband probably enjoyed cleaning up the yard with the mini excavator! All boys do! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great week Tricia!
    Ilka recently posted…Training Log Week September 19th – no cool down in sight yet!My Profile

    • Ilka, he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys on that mini excavator! If we had the extra money laying around he would have one! It sure came in handy cleaning up and clearing out. It would take weeks to do what that thing can do in a matter of hours!

  33. We are only human to have both success and failures. I think you are awesome with all your doing, having Holly as a coach very cool! Good luck with your training plan and goals with it!
    Very cool about the 2nd body scan, it sounds like such a fun way to track your progress and visually see the results.
    Runaway Bridal Planner recently posted…Adventure, Crazy Weather and CopsMy Profile

    • It was neat to see a comparison with the 3d scan. My body shape had not changed hardly at all just looking but I can tell I’m stronger and lifting more. It will be fun to see if I can keep it up for the next 6, 8 or even 12 months!

  34. Sounds like you had a great week! Nice job!
    Rachel recently posted…Marine Corps Marathon Training: Week 13My Profile

  35. You had a pretty awesome week! You are really kicking this step challenge up !! and a rest day with 18, 000 steps!!! Wow!! You are so awesome!!
    Ana recently posted…Weekly Wrap – Hershey Half Training 9.24.16My Profile

  36. Love the look of the vest! I don’t usually run with a vest, but I might get something like that for Ragnar.

    Your week was fabulous, yet again. Those step challenges are intriguing, but I have never committed to one. The only step tracker I have is on my phone, so it’s not always accurate nor is it consistent, especially if I’m not carrying it. 18,000 steps is a lot!

    No races on the imminent horizon. They are coming, though.
    Jenn recently posted…oktoberfest jacksonville + family fun zone + giveaway winnerMy Profile

    • I haven’t done a Ragnar, YET that is but I would think it would be perfect for it! You never know what time of night your going to be running! You are right 18,000 is too many steps for this desk job junkie!

  37. I’d say way more successes than failures.

    I have to much going on in my life right now to even think about a stepbet. One day it’s 24,000, the next could be 4k . . . I do the best I can and I’m happy with it.

    I do think strength training is super important for everybody!

    I finally had a fun weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mostly, anyway, let’s just say Mr. Judy isn’t always a trooper when traveling, but Lola was. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…RnR Cape Cod: 9/19-25 Weekly WrapMy Profile

    • My normal steps are all over the board too but with this bet I had goals to meet! Thank goodness it is over with! You look like your having fun on your trip!

  38. That LED vest looks awesome! Can’t wait to read your review!

  39. You had an awesome week of training! Love that speed work, you really nailed it! Sometimes we have failures, big or small, but it’s all part of the process. I am definitely still lacking in the steps on non-running days, so I need to remember your hacks!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Philly Marathon Training Mid-Point Check-InMy Profile

  40. You had a great week, i would call it a success.
    The body scan looks cool, i should see if I can find one by me, I think it would be a nice way to track progress. I have checked out one of those vest they look like it would be nice.
    I don’t think it would cause any rub burs as some of mine do.
    looking forward to reading your review.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Ruth Christensen recently posted…Weekly Wrap #22 & 1,000 Mile Challenge CompletedMy Profile

  41. Selfies are always more fun with friends! You always have such fun graphics for your weekly workouts I love them
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Sometimes You Just Need A Quickie-10 minute Glute WorkoutMy Profile

  42. More success than failures is great!! And great job on your steps! You are hard to keep up with. That body scan looks really cool! I would love to try one too.
    Tara @ Run and Live Happy recently posted…Running ChallengesMy Profile

  43. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Sounds like a great week! I know you missed a goal, but wow! you made the rest of your week work ๐Ÿ™‚ You are inspiring me with your strength training!! I have such an odd schedule so I have a hard time meeting up with others for training, but I may need to reorganize a bit as working out with friends is always more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a Great Week!!