Training week 9.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I hope you all are taking time to appreciate life and your loved ones and the existence of turkey.

Gobble gobble!

So.... this was another rough week in training world...

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Just my long run, which was 16 miles, and one of my short runs. Not that there's ever an excuse but I am wearing myself thin this holiday season! Hoping things slow down so I can enjoy my favorite time of year!

This week's long run was a doozy. 16 miles in very windy weather AND I got a stomach ache at mile 8 that lasted for the full second half. Those rough conditions really messed with my head and I ended up crying at one point.

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Luckily, I had an amazing partner to grab my hand every time I threw a bratty little temper tantrum. I walked far more of the last 3 miles than I would've liked but I still got through it. Somehow. Next week is another 16 miler so I'm hoping my second go at it is a little better...

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Still can't beat the company... :)

Like he kept saying- regardless of how "well" I feel I did, what matters was we got time together out being active! And that's amazing!

It's so hard to have those kind of mentally draining training runs. It has the tendency to sort of sit with me and mess with my confidence to do any of this at all. Which is why I'm especially grateful my sister invited me to do a Turkey Trot this morning with her and a couple of our friends. No time to sit around dwelling on how I feel about yesterday's long run! Get back out there! It was a chilly 40 degrees out (Hey! That's cold in Central Florida!) but we did it!

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There's nothing that resets my negative feelings quite like a really great, quick run! One of my best 5ks to date and the scenery was beautiful. Plus- I came in 4th in my age division!

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So maybe I'm not terrible at this. Maybe all my hard work isn't for nothing. I'm not good at accepting that I'll have bad days but I know that's something I need to work on. I feel like running is hugely self discovery for me. I learn so much about myself through how far I push and grow. This is another and very important lesson for me as I go through this journey!

Maybe not my most successful week but I definitely feel accomplished.

And that's a great thing.

As for my treat-

It's Thanksgiving! Need I say more?

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I'm always in charge of the baking and here's a little sample of what my kitchen looked like in the midst of my bake-a-thon yesterday.

Mmmmm. I love this time of year!

I hope you all have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Even if all you have is popcorn, jellybeans, and toast!

Runkeeper says theres 44 days until the Disney Full Marathon...

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