Weekly Wrap ~ July 29, 2018

Another week, another Weekly Wrap! It’s once again time to recap the week. Overall, it’s been a good week for me. I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. This is how my week went:

Monday:  Rest day, having just run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon the day before. My GPS tracked me on Sunday at 14.1 miles, and contrary to popular belief, based on my effort (and the flat course) compared to my half the week before, that’s the story I’m going with.

Tuesday:  12 hour work day.

Wednesday:  3.5 mile run with my next-door neighbor. My first buddy run, and I loved it! This might just be the start of a beautiful thing.

My first post-RnRChi run. 3.5 rain-free miles!

Thursday:  23 mile bike ride.

Perfect biking weather!

Friday:  3.5 mile run. In the evening we attended the 8th Annual Redhawk Vaultfest, which was started by my sons’ former pole vault coach. My company has supported this program each year since its inception, but we’ve never had the opportunity to attend. It was a beautiful night and it was great seeing the kids vault. Click here for a video of my middle son vaulting his way to the Outdoor DVC Championship his senior year in high school! While the vaulters were jumping, my eldest son ran a 5:25 mile on the track. I’m not sure he was that fast when he graduated from high school eight years ago. He is training to BQ at Chicago this year, and I think he might just make it!

Another good 3.5 mile buddy run.

Saturday: 26 mile bike ride.

Sunday:  5 mile walk, 20 minute swim.

Trying (TRYING!) to add Swimmer to my repertoire.

I’ve had a great week! I know it pales in comparison to a lot of training programs and in fact with what I’ve done in the past, but I’m getting there! I’m really trying to kick butt as I prepare for Berlin in September and Chicago in October. I know for sure if I can knock off at least 10 pounds by then, I will be in much better running shape than I am now.

How about you–how was your week? Don’t forget to check out Wendy and Holly‘s blogs, and visit a few of the other linkers while you’re there. You may just find a few new friends!


  1. You DID have a great week! Look at those bike miles! I so feel you on the lighter= better/faster/easier running. Even a couple of pounds helps me a ton.

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      Thanks! I wish it were just a few pounds (although a few would still make a nice difference), but I am pushing 15. I really need to get hold of this!

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      Thanks! I really didn’t know how I would like it, but I love the company and the fact that he motivates me to get out the door early in the morning!

  2. Hey – no comparisonitis there! Our weeks are what they are, and we do what we do.

    I’m excited to realise you’re doing Berlin – I know it’s HUGE but please look out for the Kings Heath Running Club logo (a black lion on orange or an orange lion on black, see my blog post for a pic of the former) on two clubmates and friends of mine who are doing it. How exciting! They’ve had an awful training season but I know they’ll do it just like I know you’ve got these two.

    I had a weird lower running and yoga week but about to set out for a lonnnnng one this morning (ulp).

  3. How cool you’ve found a running buddy and she lives so close! I had one move in my neighborhood but she’s so much faster I feel I’m dragging her down. But it is fun to catch up on a run occasionally. My Garmin clocked nearly 14 miles for RnR. I’m sticking with it! Thanks for linking!

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      Actually it’s a he…my neighbor of 25 years. I’ve always known he was a runner but was too intimidated to ask to tag along. It was his wife’s idea and I’m glad she brought it up – but I am definitely dragging him down! I really do think RnR was longer than 13.1, but I guess rather too long than too short!

  4. Phew. That’s a lot of activity post half marathon. I am sure that you will kick butt in your next races.

  5. Nice week of workouts Linda, especially that awesome bike ride!

  6. Great job! Vaulting is so cool! It’s one of those things where I always wonder how people get started or into the sport, and then boom. There’s a whole festival surrounding it!

    Sounds like you had a really busy and productive week!

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      When our oldest son came home his freshman year in high school saying he wanted to try it, I think our jaws dropped and our eyes rolled! All three of our boys vaulted in high school and the middle one wound up going to State. It really is a cool sport!

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      I’m pretty happy with my progress lately. Now if I can just keep up this momentum! I’m glad I have a running buddy to keep me in check!

  7. My buddy, Holly, tells me that you guys had the absolute best time in Chicago and I’m so bummed I couldn’t make it. So glad you all had such a wonderful time though!

    Berlin sounds ah-mazing! I keep wondering if an international marathon is in my future. Hmmm…..

  8. Great week! Right now my only running buddy has 4 legs and is crazy for squirrels. 😉 It sounds like you are on a good track for your fall races.

  9. YOU are definitely shaking things up!! Biking and swimming…maybe there’s a tri in your future? 😉

  10. you did quite a lot actually! where did you bike? are you in the city or outside? When I went for the RnR 2 (3??) years ago I racked up quite a few miles as well with one of my dearest friends but that was from her place in Logan Square over to the lake and the lake route down to McCormick Center and back up. I loved every minute. (sigh. I miss Chicago so much)

    I watched the video of your son! Pole-vaulting is so cool! And your other son’s 5:25 mile is super impressive! which race is he hoping to BQ at?

    I’m sure if you continue shaking things up and upping your mileage you will do great in Berlin AND Chicago!! Well done!

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      I live in the Southwest suburbs, so my runs and bikes are mainly done there. Our subdivision is basically surrounded by forest preserve and trails on three sides, so we have lots of options. This is the first year I’ve gotten so much biking in. I’m really starting to love it. We rode the “Bike the Drive” (where Lake Shore Drive closes to vehicle traffic) last year and it was an amazing experience! If you ever make your way back during that time of year, you should definitely do it!https://theaccidentalmarathoner.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

      My eldest son will be running Chicago this fall (his 5th consecutive) and his hoping to BQ there. It would be fantastic if he could do it anywhere, but especially on home turf!

      Pole vaulting is such an interesting sport! All 3 of my boys did it and that is my second son in the video. He won both indoor and outdoor conference and went to state his senior year. I don’t think I could get my butt off the ground!

  11. Sounds like a great week of training! Mixing it up with biking and swimming is great too…defintiely helps with running!!

    Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com

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