Weekend Update: Winter is Coming

weekend updateIt may not be winter yet, but it certainly feels like it. As I ran this weekend, I continued to reflect on the subject of last Friday’s post, tips for running in cold weather. Small wonder, as this is how the weather looked when I ran this weekend:
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I had an awesome time running despite the low temps, mostly due to the fact that (1) my heel didn’t bug me, (2) the sun was shining, and (3) I was able to run with friends.

I was fortunate enough to run into my coach, Kris, and her darling husband John, when I was out for a 5-miler on Saturday morning. I ended up running about a half mile with Kris and of course ended up talking about my upcoming races, the Tacoma City Turkey Trot and the Seattle Marathon half, which are only 3 days apart. After my uncharacteristically pleasant experience at the Mustache Dache and limited practically non-existent long-distance running, I’ve decided to race the turkey trot and deemphasize the half. Kris endorsed my decision not to race the Seattle half so that I don’t make myself any more vulnerable to injury than I already am. This is especially important because training for the Eugene Marathon starts next month.

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A chilly, sunny day.

 

On Sunday, I was so happy to have Aimee join me for a run. I haven’t run with her for a few weeks first due to my heel issue and then due to her being out of town for work. We caught up over about 5 miles before she cut out to go home and get ready for church. She is much better than I am, because I ended up spending about an hour more at the Church of the Sunday Morning Long Run. This doesn’t mean that I ran 11 miles, though. Oh no ho ho ho.

I ran only 2.7 miles after Aimee and I parted ways. Why? I don’t want to increase my weekly mileage too quickly, so I’m trying to stick as close as possible to the 10-Percent Rule to (again) avoid injury. After I ran about 7 miles I decided to walk to the rest of the way home and ended up seeing my friend Micah, who I chatted with for about 20 minutes and in the process started to develop low-grade hypothermia. I kid, I kid. But it was the low-30s and I was cold. I ended up walking some more and reflecting on how slowly even the tenths of miles pass by when walking when Micah passed me by again and I decided to run a little bit more. It was too cold to walk.

After I arrived home, I rewarded myself for running long by making chilequiles, my current breakfast obsession.Photo Nov 16, 12 08 18 PM

In addition to running two consecutive days (the first time I’ve done that for about a month), I spent some quality time with friends and family.

Friday night I celebrated my friend Eileen’s fantastic new job with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and another friend, Carly, a runner, who I’m trying to recruit to join Team Eugene 2015.Photo Nov 14, 5 52 03 PM

On Saturday afternoon, my friend Debby hosted a bubbles and fragrance party. In addition to killing off a case of Prosecco (there were a lot of women there–I promise), we tried out almost the complete line of Jo Malone fragrances. I have been looking for a signature scent beyond my old standard (gardenia and tuberose), and Jo Malone didn’t disappoint. There was a lot of sniffing and sampling and waffling and reconsidering, but in the end I decided on a couple different fragrances that pair together really well.

Sniffing! (And I love how the Jo Malone rep's weighing in on our efforts.)

Sniffing! (And I love how the Jo Malone rep’s weighing in on our efforts.)

It was so much fun!

Sunday afternoon my family and I had Nutcracker rehearsal, which is our usual activity every Sunday afternoon during the fall.

IMG_0297 I love having a family activity that’s creative and completely out-of-the-box.  I also love being in the dance studio and taking photos there because the subjects, room, and quality of light are remarkable.

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I swear that this photo wasn’t staged.

 

And, once again, the weekend passed too quickly.

Did you accomplish everything you wanted to this past weekend?

Today’s post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update link-up at Running ‘n’ Reading.  Please check out her blog to see what kinds of hijinks she’s been up to!

8 thoughts on “Weekend Update: Winter is Coming

  1. Yay! I’m so glad you had a great weekend, Molly! The bubbles and perfume party sounds like a dream; I love Jo Malone everything, so I would have been in trouble! I’m delighted to hear that you are taking care of yourself and not trying to push too much or do more than you should as you approach the beginning of a new training cycle; I know that can be hard to do sometimes, but at least you have a great coach to hold you accountable! Great post, Molly, and thank you so much for linking up again this week!

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