Weekly Wrap 105 Fall Training

Weekly Wrap 105 Fall Training

Weekly Wrap 105 Fall Training

Weekly Wrap 105


This week our Guest Host is Heather from 3 Black Cat Co.  Heather, it is great to have you as our host this week! Please go by and visit her.

Holly and I may be taking a much-needed break but we sure do appreciate all of you who continue to make this link up so great.

Did you know the #WeeklyWrap is 2! I can hardly believe it. We’ll have some giveaways this month, in fact, hop on over to Holly’s Blog and see what she is giving away THIS week!

I have really fallen off the running truck this week. I got in activity but the length leaves much to be desired!  Training for my first half marathon of the Fall season officially started this weekend. I will try and build up to my first race of the year. I couldn’t go for just a half, no ma’am I had to enter the 5k on Saturday and the half on Sunday. I’ll be running the Great 38 on the beautiful University of Mississippi Campus on October 7-8.

This is several weeks earlier than I have in the last two years but I did run the Tupelo Half in North Mississipi twice and that race is always Labor Day Weekend. Talk about hot! That last year I said I’d give it a break.

Weekly Wrap 105 Fall Training

My “Water” theme has come to an end. I just couldn’t come up with another one. It lasted longer than I anticipated and sure has been fun. That’s not to say my water fun has ended though. We still have another camping weekend on the books towards the end of August. Get this…It’s during Mississippi’s “Aligator Hunting Season”.

Did you know we too had one? Yes, some friends of ours got “Tags” for the lake we camp at.  “There are gators in that lake you swim in?” You may ask. And the answer is most definitely. They mostly stay past the causeway up the creek where it’s secluded and only fishermen and frog gigging goes on. BUT I have seen them where we camp when the water is low.   The problem is when people think it’s funny to feed them and they start coming up looking for food. Never feed a gator. So our lake is one of the lakes/rivers that for a very select time frame and a “Lottery type” drawing it’s for select hunters. There are lots of guidelines and restrictions on size and all but it helps the gators to not over populate, thus pose a risk for us humans.

So you’ve been gator educated, moving on. Let’s see how I sweated this past week.

Weekly Activity

Sunday – 3.1 cooler miles due to a front
Monday – Run 1.61 Miles + Leg Day
Tuesday – Run 1.64
Wednesday – Chest and Tri workout
Thursday – Run 1.3  Miles
Friday – nothing
Saturday – 5 miles

I saved my weekend run last week for Sunday since a cool front was coming in and temps were about 10 degrees cooler than on last Saturday! While 10 degrees isn’t a lot, it felt amazing!

As I stated I’m trying to build up miles slowly and give myself plenty of time to be half marathon ready for and October race. I decided 5 miles would be my target for yesterday and I hit it nicely. In fact, I averaged 10:15 pace, something I have not seen in quite some time!


Some fun things this week:

Weekly Wrap 105 Fall Training

Did you know Bed Bath and Beyond has DIY gift wrapping station right in the store? Well, this just tickled me. I have secretly always wanted to wrap gifts for people at Christmas time.


Weekly Wrap 105 Fall Training

After my run on Saturday I went down to the farmers market and among other things, bought these petit fours. I shared 3 with my sister and I kept one. They were good but so sweet I couldn’t even eat all of it.

So that wraps up my week.

What are some things that are just too sweet for you to eat much of?

Do you like to wrap your own presents or do you like it when Gift Wrap is available?


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  1. Wrap a gift? That’s what gift bags are for!

    I don’t think I’d dip a toe into a lake with a gator in it. Cue the Jaws theme!

    There are few things that are too sweet for me . . . not a fan of Cotton Candy!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…I love a conversion!: 7/31-8/6 Weekly WrapMy Profile

  2. That’s awesome that you have some races on the calendar for Fall!

    I used to work at BBB when I was in high school and home during the summer when I was in college. I loved the wrap station and I’m glad that they still have it! I LOVE wrapping gifts 🙂
    Kimberly G recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training Recap – Week 11My Profile

  3. Gator-cated? Fun fact to know! Will you come up to my house and do my wrapping? I completely suck at it. 5 miles sounds perfect for an August run!
    Coco recently posted…Q Band Fitness Tracker ReviewMy Profile

  4. Yikes! I could never swim in that lake! I have trouble swimming anywhere but a swimming pool, though. haha!
    AmyC recently posted…Weekly Wrap – It’s Sunny in Hong KongMy Profile

    • I do prefer the pool over the lake but since I don’t have one available the lake is it. I’ll stick to daytime when other boats are around.

  5. I’ve used those stations at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I really like it when places provide gift wrap or boxes/paper so you can do it. It’s just convenient and you can check that off your list of things to do so you won’t have to do it when you get home.

    The weather was a bit cooler here this week too and it made a huge difference! Ten degrees cooler is amazing… heck, 80s vs. 90s is awesome! I’ll be glad when it cools down for good, but I can enjoy a few nice days too, to remind us that summer isn’t forever.
    Amy Lauren recently posted…Battle at the Border: GRSC vs. Wilmington (40:30)My Profile

    • Ten degrees does make a huge difference doesn’t it. I’ll take it for sure. I was just tickled to be able to wrap my own present because my next stop was to purchase a box and wrapped paper.

  6. Oh my goodness I would not go anywhere near that lake! I am so afraid of gators. Those petit fours are another story though 🙂
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Weekly Wrap hello AugustMy Profile

  7. Wow! Thanks for the gator education, that was interesting. I would be leary about swimming in a lake that had gators in it but I guess we swim in an ocean that has sharks, so i guess same difference. We just need to know how far out we can go. I get that people hunt gators to stop over-population of them but what do they do with them?

    • What a great comparison yes we swim in the ocean with sharks as well. I know gators are there but we stay in the open during the day. We don’t go into their habitat after dark. Many will eat the meat or donate it to soup kitchens. So some good does come from it.

  8. Cannot believe it’s already time to ramp up mileage for your fall races. I love the idea of a DYI giftwrap station. This does remind me that Christmas is sneaking up faster than I wanna admit.
    Marcia recently posted…5 Stages of Injury AcceptanceMy Profile

  9. Gators? Yikes!!! I’m scared when I see a snake in the water. Idk what I’d do if a gator was there…

    I’m going to have to come to Mississippi to run a race with you!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Runners Just Wanna Have FunMy Profile

  10. I love wrapping gifts.

    Alligators freak me out. Mostly because I remember seeing them when we would go camping in Louisiana when I was a kid. Also, we see them sometimes at my MILs. I want to be as far away as possible…

    Sounds like your running is strong, so you’ll be ready for the half in no time.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…Marine Corps Marathon Training: Back on the WagonMy Profile

  11. Oh wow! I wouldn’t want to go in a lake with gators. Have fun training for your half! I wrap our presents but I didn’t know Bed Bath and Beyond had DIY station, nice!
    Sherry recently posted…CIM Marathon Training Week 3 and Weekly Wrap (7/31-8/6)My Profile

  12. Yikes, those gators would have me running the opposite direction! I am nowhere near brave enough to deal with them!
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 9My Profile

  13. Here’s a somewhat dumb question. What do you do after you hunt alligator? Eat the meat?

    Those petit fours look delicious!!
    Rachel recently posted…Hills, Tempo, and Long Run — Oh My! [MCM Training: Week 6]My Profile

  14. Nice job, especially with your 5 miler! I look forward to following your training for your next big race!

    Oh I have developed quite the sweet tooth…but thankfully, there are a few things I can’t enjoy as much anymore because they’re too sweet! I’ve definitely noticed that with certain desserts!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Rock ‘N Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Training Week 2My Profile

  15. Great job keeping active even if you weren’t hitting the distances you were hoping for – you got out there and hit your 5 mile goal at least! I’ve been struggling as well, but unfortunately, have been spending more time on the couch rather than active.
    I have a pretty bad sugar addiction, so there’s not much that’s too sweet for me. I have a tendency to overdo ANY thing with sugar.
    Heather recently posted…NAFHALF Training: Week 12 & Weekly Wrap!My Profile

    • I hope I can stay on track. It is a struggle right now. The more sweets I eat the more I want. And it is hard to taper off from it.

  16. That gift wrap station is so cool! I had no idea that they had that. I love the way beautifully wrapped gifts look; however, I’m never able to get them looking as good as they look on Pinterest. Great job staying active and getting out there! I think candy corn is something that I eat too much of and hurts my teeth. Even just a few pieces are too much!
    melissa recently posted…A Weekend Getaway with My Favorite LadiesMy Profile

    • I could spend hours just looking through all the crafty ideas on Pinterest. Any that I have Tackled have never turned out the way it looks on there lol

  17. 10 degrees makes a huge difference for me! That is a great pace just getting back into the miles 🙂
    I am lazy, I use gift bags lol

  18. OK, I won’t ever set foot in that lake! I respect the gators enough to let them be. I know how powerful they are in the water, even if they lumber on land.

  19. I have seen a gator sunbathing on the Okatibbee dam once. Scared the you know what out of me!

    Of course you signed up for both the 5k and the half! I wouldn’t expect any less from you girl! Although, I didn’t realize the Great 38 had a half …for some reason I thought last year it was just a 10k. Is that a new distance for this year? I’ve been looking at halfs for the fall …I need to sign up for something to get me motivated to head back out into the heat 🙂 Are you doing the Magnolia again this year or does it conflict with Vegas?
    Teresa recently posted…This Week’s Gallivantin’: Winding Down SummerMy Profile

    • As long as I don’t see the gators during the day I’m fine. I know they are there. I’m looking forward to running in Oxford again but it will not be a great first race of the Fall with all the hills and a sooner half than I have been accustom to in the last few years.
      All goes well I will do Magnolia the very weekend after Vegas!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap 105 Fall TrainingMy Profile

  20. I believe they did have the half last year too, I could be wrong on that one though. I tell you they offer an 8miler on Saturday then the half on Sunday, I’m so thankful I did not sign up for that!!!!
    Yes I’ll be able to run Magnolia it’s the week after Vegas! You know they changed up the course right? Are you going to run it this year? You should really think about MS Gulf Coast and Louisiana in Baton Rouge at least one of them. 🙂
    Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap 105 Fall TrainingMy Profile

  21. I’m aware we have gators in these parts but I don’t want to think about gators being in “my lake”. I can only hope they are already well fed. It would be nice to run an October race. Sometimes we get those cool mornings in that month. Petit Fours are my favorite. Icing (you know, southern speak for frosting — LOL) on every side…

  22. I prefer to wrap my own gifts (#artgeek #highstandards). As much as I love chocolate (actually, I prefer dark chocolate), I do not like chocolate cake…..SO, if there’s cake at a function, and the only option is chocolate, I will usually pass.
    Kim Hatting recently posted…#onwardMy Profile

  23. I prefer to wrap my own presents, but I typically opt out of using traditional wrapping paper too! I enjoy recycling by wrapping in newspaper and I’ll even cut strips to make ribbons out of it! We’ve been enjoying the local Farmers Market here too! Your find sure looks tasty!
    Emily Renteria recently posted…Weekly Wrap #17My Profile

  24. Gators in the lake? Yikes! Way to go on your 5 miler! I usually wrap my own presents. Good to know about Bed Bath and Beyond, had no idea about their DIY wrapping.
    Sharon recently posted…CIM Marathon Training Week 2 & Weekly Wrap: 7/31-8/6My Profile

  25. OK, no way I’m going anywhere near a lake with Gators!

    Great pace for your five miler – sounds like your return to training is off to a good start!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Weekly Wrap – 6 weeks to WickedMy Profile

  26. 10 degrees different isn’t much, but it feels like everything in the middle of a hot southern summer!
    Jessica recently posted…How to Establish a Morning Routine for a Successful DayMy Profile

  27. I didn’t know that BBB had a gift wrapping station. I’m so not into wrapping gifts, I usually send my nieces and nephews presents to my mom and ask her to wrap them for me… she’s such a good momma!
    vicki recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training – Week 7My Profile

  28. Those petit fours look amazing! Though I definitely have a problem with not liking things to be too sweet. My husband makes fun of me when I say that since it’s dessert and it’s supposed to be sweet but there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing 🙂

  29. Gradually working up the distance is the smart thing to do! You have plenty of time to get there. Of course I love how you signed up for the challenge with the additional 5K! I know you love your races!
    Jennifer @ Dashing in Style recently posted…Marathon Training Week 2: Easy (Miles) LoverMy Profile

  30. As much as I love gift wrapping, I usually resort to gift bags!

    I can’t even imagine putting a kayak in water where there might be gators, but to swim there? You are far braver than I am!

    Thanks for the linkup!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…When A Bike Ride Takes You On A Trip Down Memory LaneMy Profile

  31. I love wrapping presents! Be careful with the gator hunt, I hope you all see some action!
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…August Coffee Date – Let me tell you….My Profile