Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?

Weekly Wrap#20 Marathon Ready?

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready edition. We are so excited you joined us for yet another week. Only one more Weekly Wrap in 2015! Oh wow, can you really believe it? I can’t either.

WeeklyWrapHolly and I started this Weekly Wrap to support other active women. We want to hear what you’re doing, how you train, have fun and stay active. We encourage you to make it a point and visit a blog you haven’t visited and make sure to leave a comment so they know. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good “lazy” Sunday, after yesterday yes I welcomed a rest day. I actually started wrapping presents and getting things ready for Christmas today. Speaking of wrapping presents, be sure to look below where I share a neat tip for bows! It’s under “Everything Else”. ย I wish I could say I was lazy, but it just wasn’t the case. I did, however; rest and ice my legs as much as I could.

This past week was a busy one too. It went something like this:


I was able to get in both strength training sessions this week. My first real week back in 2 weeks and the soreness was actually quite welcoming. I got in both short runs and since Wrangler wasn’t with me I was able to pick up the pace to 10:20, something I haven’t seen in a while.

I foam rolled every night this week except Friday. I was really worried about this weekends long run of 20 miles. We all know what worrying does and I just got to where I dreaded it more and more as the week went on, but not once did I try to talk myself out of it. I knew how important this last long run was going to be for me.

We had plans to go to Hattiesburg shopping Saturday afternoon so I knew I had to get started early despite the temps in the upper 20’s. My Northern friends may laugh, but that IS COLD for this Mississippi girl!

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I completed my 20 miler in 4:37. I had to walk quite a bit due to my knee and IT band and also kept stopping to try and stretch it as much as I could for some relief. It wasn’t unbearable but did have quite an effect on my run.


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I also tried something new I got in my Bulu box:

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Now I don’t know if it worked or not, if it did I guess I’d hate to see myself without it then. I thought what could it hurt, I could always take it off if I felt weird right?

I was, even more, glad to be finished with this run than any other. I know now that I’ve done all I can do and well we will just see in 3 weeks at my actual race. I do feel confident that I can do it, I know I still have 6.2 miles left and that is a lot but on race day I think the excitement will carry me through. I have a 12 miler and an 8 miler left in the taper. Due to my unpredictable schedule, I’m not sure how or when I’ll get them in. Still working on that part.

Eating habits

I am still about where I was last week when I visited this topic. I’m not making the best choices right now but hey I’m enjoying the foods I don’t get often. I will say after carbing up on my more routine pepperoni and spinach calzone the Friday night before my run, I had enough energy to carry me the entire run. So I know that is working.

I did get to enjoy a good sandwich from Pasquale’s (we don’t have one where I live) on our way to Hattiesburg and also a mini Cinnabonย cinnamon roll while at the mall and a cotton candy martini with my dinner.

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In case you missed it we gave away the $75 Gift Card and Kelli from Destination Awesome and now Kelli Wright Racing was our winner. Congratulations Kelli! We have some exciting things planned in 2016 so I do hope you’ll stick around. Remember, our link opens up on Sunday night but if Monday -Wednesday works better for you, then jump on board whenever it’s convenient for you!

I have a last minute giveaway going on for MealEnders too, I hope you’ll stop by and enter, but hurry it ends Monday night. If you do, THANK YOU!!!

MealEnders Giveaway!

Everything Else

We went Christmas shopping on Saturday, after my long run, the crowds and traffic were…..beyond words, but we got the majority of our shopping finished. Yea! I also ended the day with just over 53 ummm thousand steps for Saturday alone!

I wanted to share with you something I found on Pinterest several years ago. When your wrapping your Christmas presents and you need bows, just make your own out of Christmas paper. Here’re the detailed instructions: Simply Julie. I’ve had great luck with this. It works really well with the reversible paper too as the patterns go together really good. I’ve also bought whole rolls of solid paper, candy cane stripe and silver to use on my other Christmas paper! Let me know what you think if you tried it.

It will be a busy week for us, working through Wednesday but I still have a lot of last minute things to get done before Christmas. And that’s a wrap for the Weekly Wrap Marathon Readyย edition.

Ever heard of those 8 hour patches? What are your thoughts on them?

I’ve never been officially in “taper” give me one piece of advice for it.

I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas! I hope this Holiday Season is the very best for you. Look for some exciting things coming our way in 2016.

Merry Christmas!!


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  1. My advice for tapering? Follow your training schedule and don’t be tempted to go on that last longer than scheduled run just to make sure you’re ready. Yes, lots of people do it!

    Thanks for the linkup, and Merry Christmas to you, too, my friend!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Two Times We Could Have Gotten Arrested – In One WeekMy Profile

  2. Time to trust your training. The taper really messes with your head, and you think maybe you should squeeze in more running. Don’t do it. You could take off now until WDW and still kill it. Think about that half marathon I just ran….no training at all, just residual marathon fitness.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Motherhood and miles and cookiesMy Profile

    • Thanks for that Wendy, I needed to hear that, yes you killed your half so it does make sense I’m not going to loose it all in a few weeks. I’ll be challenged to get in my regular runs on my normal days, but I’m going to think of if like this, your body get use to routines and we need to mix it up a bit. No over doing it though! Glad to see your back at it with Becky!

      Merry Christmas to ya my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. Good job on the foam rolling and 20 miles!

    Make sure to rest up and let that knee and IT heal-such a nagging injury. So sorry you are going through that.

    Follow your taper plan-i don’t have any other advice.

    Happy holidays my friend! Enjoy every minute!

  4. Nice job with your 20 miler! Hopefully you ca relax a bit this week:) I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well!
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…5 Winter Things + RunfessionsMy Profile

  5. Congrats on getting your final 20-mile run in! I’m sure it was a was a huge confidence booster, and it’s great you feel so prepared for race day. I’ve never heard of that energy patch. I’m curious to learn more about it. Have a great week and holiday!
    Jennifer @ Running on Lentils recently posted…JASR Half Marathon Training: Week 3My Profile

  6. 53K steps! Wow! That’s a lot. My tip for tapering is to trust your training. don’t second guess it. The fitness is in the bank, your job is to stay healthy and rested. Get a massage from someone who specializes in soft tissue work on athletes if you can – that may help the ITB issue. But don’t do it too close to race day. I really appreciate your support through the weekly wrap and I’m so glad we’ve had the chance to get to know each other. Have a great week!
    Kelli recently posted…Cold weather finally arrives in PAMy Profile

    • Kelli I did think about trying to get in a massage. Well it’s out for today, but maybe next week I hope. I do think they help out a lot. I’ll continue to roll. I think all those steps helped me recover faster too rather than coming home and laying on the couch! I know I was a tired puppy when I did get in the bed!

      I’m so glad to have met you through this link up too. Merry Christmas to ya!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?My Profile

  7. Way to get that last 20 done! All the best with your taper. Just coast it on in and you’ll be great. Have a very Merry Christmas if I don’t get back here before then. xoxo

  8. You did it! Congrats. I knew you could do it. That next half is going to be a cakewalk. There is no way I could have gone on that power shopping trip after 20 miles. I wish I could enjoy a normal taper, but I’m just clueless. I think I want to add running miles (but decrease cycling) for one more week and then cut back on all of it. A calzone sounds so good. I’m starving. Enjoy your Christmas week and your trip.
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Open Those Flood Gates (WW # 20)My Profile

    • Thankfully the power shopping trip was done at my own pace. There were so many people in the stores that you couldn’t walk fast anywhere even if you wanted too. I just lagged behind and acted like I was leasurly looking where inside I’m crying “slow the … down!!!” Ahhh I think all the activity did do me good and helped with recovery. I know for sure the Cotton Candy Martini did! In more ways than one!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?My Profile

  9. Taper week on a holiday week! Pretty crazy lol That is the way to do it right! Enjoy your holiday! It is going to be a fun race. Let those aches rest up and get better now – cheers friend ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. Congrats on your 20 miler! Enjoy the taper! Thanks for the bow tip! I’m going to have to try it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sherry recently posted…Last Weekโ€™s Workouts Recap and Weekly Wrap (12/14-12/20)My Profile

  11. So glad you got through your 20 miler and are feeling as confident as you should be!
    Coco recently posted…Making My ListMy Profile

  12. Congrats on your 20 miles. I do not think I could run that much in one day. Continue to rest and foam roll. I never hear of taper, what is it?
    nicole recently posted…Building Your Running BaseMy Profile

  13. My advice for tapering is to relish the down time, and trust in all the blood, sweat, and tears that got you there ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have a crazy busy week ahead of me as well…..
    Kim Hatting recently posted…When the Off-Season Sabbatical takes a Sabbatical of its own…My Profile

  14. 53k steps? Wow! I think my best ever was 35k. That translates into lots of carbs, in my mind!

    I’m sorry your IT acted up on your 20 miler, but it sounds like you feel very confident, so I will send you lots of pain free running vibes.

    And remember, the first time truly is about finishing, not about time.
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Last race 2015: 12/14-12/20 Weekly WrapMy Profile

    • I so need those pain-free vibes Judy! Yes I feel like I can finish my race but it sure would be nice, no it would just tickle my fancy if It cold be pain-free!!! First time, what are you talking about Judy this will be my ONLY time, lol. I think I heard most runners say this too. We’ll see, right now, I’m thinking I’m too old to put my body through this again! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?My Profile

  15. Seems like you had a good week, and you rocked your 20 miler, even if you had to walk. Which of course I always do, so I can only encourage you because I strongly believe it gives my legs a break and allows me to run further. I am actually looking forward to my 17 miles this weekend. Each long run is a confidence builder.

    Have a great holiday, only 2,5 days left that I have to work too.
    Karen @ Fit in France recently posted…Weekly wrap #20 : Over doing it ?My Profile

    • Yes I will agree with you Karen, each time you surpass a mileage you have never done before it gets you one step closer to your goal and is a huge confidence builder! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be thinking of you this weekend in your 17 miler. Good luck you’ll do great and I send you pain-free vibes as Judy said lol: Merry Christmas to you too!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?My Profile

  16. I’ve never heard of those 8 hour patches but I’m curious about them. Congrats on finishing your 20 miler! I know it may not have been ideal but HEY, YOU DID IT! You can surely do the 12 and 8 miler now. And what a great tip about bows for wrapping!
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy recently posted…Long Runs, Yoga Parties and Homemade BrunchMy Profile

    • I can’t say the patches helped, they didn’t hurt for sure, I wish I had known a difference. I’m so glad to have this last long run behind me I feel like I can enjoy Christmas a little bit more! Let me know if you try the bows Sarah, they are really cute!!! Merry Christmas to you!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?My Profile

  17. I love feeling sore after a workout! I still need to finish up Christmas shopping… ugh. Thanks fir the link up!

  18. 53 THOUSAND steps!? Holy cow girl!

    As far as taper goes? Trust it. You may feel the urge to run more, or your few runs during the taper may feel slow & sluggish. Or you may get random phantom pains in your legs or feet. It’s your mind messing with you. It’s the worst. But it’s what your body needs, so trust the process. Stick to your plan.

  19. I’m joining up with your link up for the first time today ๐Ÿ™‚ And anything below the 30s definitely counts as cold! Great job getting that long run in. It sounds tough so way to push through.
    Chaitali recently posted…Rock and Roll DC Half Marathon training – week 2My Profile

    • I’m so very glad to have you join us Chaitali in the Weekly Wrap! I do have to say running in the 30’s was better on me than when I had to do my first 15 miler. It was about 75-80 degrees with 100% humidity! It was a sweaty mess!!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?My Profile

  20. I’m enjoying the holiday foods too. I don’t get it outside of Christmas, so might as well. I’m still running and strength training so splurging isn’t catching up with me yet.

  21. Tapering is so important and gives you the perfect amount of time to celebrate your accomplishment of training! By the way, I need a cotton candy martini! And great tip on the bows!
    Smitha @ Running with SD Mom recently posted…#WeeklyWrap: Running, Coffee and Breakfast with Santa!My Profile

    • I’m glad my taper worked out good with Christmas. I feel like I can enjoy it a bit easier. That cotton candy martini is the bomb! Not something I could have all the time but a great drink every once in awhile! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again Smitha for joining us. I’m glad you had a great time and decided to participate again! Come back anytime!!!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap #20 Marathon Ready?My Profile

  22. Congrats on your 20 miler. This is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear how your first marathon goes. Since I won’t run one, I live vicariously through others. LOL.
    Darlene recently posted…Monday Running UpdateMy Profile

  23. And Applebees makes the best martinis – love chocolate and candy cane!!
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  24. Way to go on your 20 miler! You did great! Enjoy the taper! A Cinnabon cinnamon roll sounds so good right now! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy your week and Merry Christmas to you!
    Sharon recently posted…Last Week’s Workouts and Weekly Wrap 12/14-12/20My Profile

  25. Wow- 20 miler! I haven’t done one of those in ages. Wtg – sorry to hear about your IT and other issues. Hopefully tapering will help you heal and you’ll be GREAT. Have a great holiday week!!
    melissa recently posted…December FLEW byMy Profile

  26. i love the taper! one thing I do is spend the extra time that I would usually be running as a time to really plan out my race plan and start packing. Even though it is not running, it still makes me feel like I am preparing for the race because I am!

  27. Good Work on 20 miles! did you go by yourself? That’s the worst part of marathon training if you ask me…the long runs get SOOO boring! I can go for about 90 minutes then I get bored with myself and my own thoughts. I’ve trained with others, but sometimes the hassle of arranging time place etc. is a big pain!

    • Yes Rebecca I did it alone, a friend offered but after it turned off so dang cold I told her she did not have to come. It did take come convincing too! I ran part of the way in the campground where I run a lot I knew I needed something different to keep me entertained. So I added a few legs down the road, looped a school and a church and all. It’s quite challenging to get a safe route that’s 20 miles long ya know! I live in the county so I have to worry about loose dogs. Had a few close calls and I don’t like it much. The change and also listening to podcasts is what did the trick!
      Tricia recently posted…My Year in Review 2015My Profile

  28. 20 miles and 53 thousand steps while shopping! Sounds like a great week to me. I’ve only ever run 14 miles and that was with a group. I had to do 11 and 12 on my own (outside of a race) and they were really tough runs. Way to stick it out!
    Elizabeth recently posted…Naples Half / Broke Man’s WWU Training Week 7My Profile

    • Thank you Elizabeth yes those solo long runs really work on you. That is where friends and group runs do come in handy. I do think every once in awhile it is good to do some by yourself and rely only on you. Mental training I guess. Merry Christmas to you!
      Tricia recently posted…My Year in Review 2015My Profile

  29. I am not the best to give taper advice, I apparently train and taper differently than most people who are running bloggers. I think most take the taper term a little to far, and taper to much. I have always been more of a 2 weeks prior to race, run normal as long as I don’t push past that “I feel tired” point, and then the week of the race, I cut the mileage about half, but I am still running a very very light mile run even the day before just to keep things loose.
    So my advice would be, you know your body, you know how you’ve trained, and you know if you need more or less rest or mileage to keep your body tuned, so listen to it, and if you get tired back off, if you feel too rested, you may need a little more to keep fine tuned:)
    I’ve never even heard of those patches, although lately I feel like an 8 hour energy patch would be fabulous just to help me stay awake. I take too many naps lately, LOL In fact, I feel like I need a nap now, LOL LOL my friend told me this morning I am just lacking a breath of the fine smell of gunpowder and to go target shooting every day with her this week to fix it, LOL in case she’s right, I may just go with it haha.
    Love your little blog snowflakes!
    Have a very Merry Christmas and great times with your family this week!
    Runaway Bridal Planner recently posted…Advice on a Class I will Be TeachingMy Profile

    • Well I’ve never been in official taper. Even when I trained for my first half marathon I did 12 miles the weekend before. My thinking was what if a half was 14 miles, it would be just a normal long run…. I still haven’t followed a total plan but parts of this parts of that and I’m good with it. Everyone IS different. I’ve really tried to listen to my body and take extra time off when needed. I’m satisfied with how far I’ve come. I wish my next 2 weeks wasn’t going to be such a challenge getting in my runs with traveling but it is what it is! I’ll figure it out.
      I’m like your friend, maybe you need some gun time lol. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you this year! I hope you too have a Merry Christmas!
      Tricia recently posted…My Year in Review 2015My Profile

  30. I’ve always had weird new aches and pains pop up during tapering just to freak me out. By now I’ve learned to ignore them for the most part – they’re just there to play with my mind!

    Have a merry Christmas! Good luck with your taper!
    Jessica S recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up: Fell off the wagon a bitMy Profile

  31. I’m new to your wrap up! Holly invited me over! Good luck with your marathon, and trust your training is my best advice. Merry Christmas!!

    • Michelle I’m so glad you let Holly twist your arm into joining us. She has a way of doing that doesn’t she? She talked me into a marathon….yea what was I thinking? Clearly not! So you are pretty safe with just the Weekly Wrap I’d say! I’m going to try and trust my training. Merry Christmas to you too!
      Tricia recently posted…My Year in Review 2015My Profile

  32. Congratulations and way to push through on your 20-miler! Welcome to your taper (amongst the four best words I’d ever heard in my running career ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Some folks hate tapering but I LOVE it. I always embrace the opportunity to heal those niggling aches and pains, stretch and strengthen those weak/tight areas, and just rest up. My biggest advice is to trust your training plan! I’ve had moments of sheer terror during taper where I thought I hadn’t done enough or had done too much, but the training plan works for a reason. Happy holidays!!!
    Emily @ Out and About recently posted…Training week recap – Dec 14-20, 2015My Profile

    • I am so far liking the taper. I skipped my normal Tuesday run since I ran 20 on Saturday, I did feel like I needed more time off. I was back out there this morning and I felt fine, so I think I did the right thing. I will do my best to stay on track during this! Thanks for the advice and Merry Christmas to you!
      Tricia recently posted…My Year in Review 2015My Profile

  33. Sorry your IT and knee were giving you trouble. Great job getting your last 20 miler done! Happy Taper ๐Ÿ™‚
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Don’t let stress be a thiefMy Profile

  34. Tapers can be annoying because you want to get out there when you shouldn’t. Enjoy your taper. Fill your running time with other things like last minute holiday things. Rest up so you are fresh on race day! Enjoy!