I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving week! It is getting cold in Massachusetts and winter is almost here.
I had a productive week with my training. The Dopey Challenge Weekend (5k 10k Half Marathon and Marathon) is almost here. The races will begin on January 5, 2023.
This week I practiced a “Mini Dopey Simulation “to mimic the real one in January. My body is responding well to the demands of training.
Recently, I have been doing my training runs on a treadmill. I really HATE cold outdoor running. When I run on the treadmill, I usually watch tv or listen to music to prevent boredom. I can train equally well on a treadmill or outdoors.
Friday 3 miles (5k) went well …. slow and easy
Saturday 6 miles (10K)
Sunday 13 miles (Half Marathon)
Monday 18 miles
Other than running, my weekend was quiet. I watched some football, played with my dogs, and just relaxed around the house.
I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. My husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner. I love cooking and baking for guests. It always gives me joy preparing food for friends and family.
Less than 2 months I will be CHASING THE Dopey. To make this event more meaningful and spiritual, I am raising funds for a wonderful charity the American Lung Association. This charity is important to me because I have asthma and allergies, both are respiratory problems.
For those who have donated ,Thank You. No amount is too small or too large.
https://gofund.me/9c35f822 click here to read more details
Dopey Training Updates….
The Dopey Challenge weekend is only 2 months away. (5k, 10k, Half and Marathon). The first race starts January 5th. The mileage is getting up there!!! My longest run so far is 18 miles. This run was a success. Thank goodness!
Update on my training
The last two ½ weeks were rough. My training has been like a rollercoaster. I had many mid-race dips in confidence, energy, and motivation.
I guess that is the ebb and flow of training.
For instance, my last menstrual cycle made a week of running completely miserable. The menstrual cycle always seems to suck my energy right out of my body. When I ran my 16-mile-long run, I felt horrible. I was questioning my running ability. Like the Grinch quoted this run “Stink Stank Stunk”. Even the 3-mile training runs was hard.
I also had some good runs. The 18-mile-long run was a good experience for me. That’s the longest run I have completed since last year. I was sore and tired, but it was a good confident booster run. I mentally broke down the run into chunks of “just 4.5 miles, four times”. I was on a runner high. I pray this happens during the Dopey Challenge.
My strength training is going well. Twice a week, I attend Barbell Class at Lifetime. My teacher is very good, she always makes sure my form is good.
Last week, I tried a Step Aerobics class for the first time in 3 years. I hated it! I forgot how hard it is to keep up with new moves. Too much choreography and my brain was unable to process all that foot work at such a fast pace. I have no idea, how most of the class was able to keep up. I felt like I had 2 left feet and was completely out of shape! Not my Jam!
I do not think Step Aerobics will be part of my exercise regimen. I prefer the road or a treadmill.
Today I received some Dopey Gifts in the mail. I have a sticker that says 48.6 and a beautiful Dopey ornament.