Two Weeks Out. I am (pick one) Tired, Ready, Strong, Excited

With less than two weeks until the Costume Party Run, where I will attempt my What’s Beautiful goal of finishing a half marathon in under two hours for the first time since I turned 50, my mind and body are exhausted, so if you picked Tired, you win. I am tired of training, I am tired of long runs, I am tired of trying to run fast, I am even tired of writing my weekly recap posts. I can’t wait until this race is over so that I can go back to just running, as opposed to training. I might even ride my bike again.

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Today’s long run in which I take almost any excuse to stop, rest, and take a photo. Horse statues, check, bird flying, check, flower, check check.

I did my final long run this morning, a day late because of spending family time on Sunday. In spite of the caption above I felt pretty good. I am Ready, so if that was your choice, you were right too. I ran 14 miles today, the longest I’ve run in years. I wanted to go beyond the distance, something I used to always do in marathon and half marathon training.

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This is what I was doing instead of running long on Sunday. Much more fun and a lot easier on the body (except the hair pulling and nose grabbing).

I have done all my training, in spite of a few hiccups here and there. I’ve done my long runs, I’ve done my intervals and tempo runs. My last speed workout will be on Wednesday and I hope to make it a good one. I complain endlessly some about the weather heating up in the desert, but overall, I have been very fortunate. As an example, I got out late (again) for my long run, which could have been disastrous. Instead, it was in the low 70s when I started, and only 81 when I finished about 9:00. I even had some cloud cover for a significant portion of the run.

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I actually didn’t check the weather until about an hour into my run, so it may have been even cooler at 6:00 when I got started.

And while I have not been back to the gym as planned (yet!), I have been keeping up with my strength training through the classes that I teach, so I know I am Strong. If that was what you picked, you win too! My classes focus on total body training, so I know I get a balanced workout, even if I’m not lifting at the gym. I am really missing yoga too, it seems to have been totally pushed out by my running training. That was brought home once again when I got this Foursquare notification:

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If nothing else, this may get me back to my yoga studio!

As you know, I joined the Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign as a FitFluential Ambassador, declared my goal for this race, and have been training hard to achieve it. I have never been so public about a running goal, but the What’s Beautiful campaign encourages women to do this, set a goal, share it and all the challenges and triumphs along the way. I am very Excited that I have come this far, and I feel that when I toe the line on race day I will have the support of all the readers of my blog, as well as other participants in the What’s Beautiful program. So, if you picked Excited, you were right too.

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My “work in progress” costume. Who knew that cutting felt circles was so time consuming?

Here is what I’ve been up to in training, two weeks out from the Costume Party Run.

Weekly Recap:  Week 7: June 17-23
Monday  Rest
Tuesday Ran 3 miles, easy, with Alan and the dogs.
Strength: Superball Class
Wednesday Run/Walk (bad day, I wrote about it here)
 4 miles with Penny.
Thursday Strength: Superball Class, the 
One Set Workout.
Friday Rest
Saturday Ran 5 miles, four of them with 
Alan, Penny, and Buddy,
 then one more with Lily and Olivia.
Sunday: Before driving to San Diego to visit 
Samuel, I ran 6.4 miles.
Monday Not really in the same week, 
but I ran 14 miles. I’ll probably count
 it in next week’s post too, because 
it is, after all, 14 miles.
Total Miles: 18.4 or 32.4, depending on how 
you do your math.


While this was my last long run, I will still continue to train pretty hard through the rest of this week. I have one more speed workout scheduled on Wednesday, which will be half mile intervals, and a moderate distance of about eight miles next weekend. Then the real taper will begin. In the meantime, a few pictures from the run today.

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Post run smoothie: Banana, peaches, strawberries, coconut milk yogurt, almond milk, and frozen mango.

How did your training week go? Any races, competitions or other events?

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    • Debbie Woodruff says

      Thank you. It wasn’t until I was trying on the spots that I noticed how wrinkly the skirt was! Can’t have a wrinkly Dalmatian. Hopefully I’ll get it all put together next weekend.

  1. says

    I was gonna say the same thing as Kierston – honesty! It can get draining for sure & to just be & run to run & not for the goal or another reason will be good for you!

    Honest here, first time in my 30+ years of working out that I am feeling at times like I don’t want to go in to the gym some days – I always love the weights but I do cardio & weights & other stuff… I am getting old! 😉 I just think a rework of how I do the gym workouts is needed & will never give up the weights! :)

    We are with you!
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    • Debbie Woodruff says

      Thanks for the encouragement. I am actually thinking about writing a post about overcoming training blahs (of course :-). I think cross training and changing up the program are a couple ideas that can help.

  2. says

    My training was pretty low key. I’m recovering from a few months of pushing my body so I am letting it rest.

    YOU are so ready. Being tired NOW is perfect for your taper time. Let it recover and refresh over the next 2 weeks, then you’ll be all set to crush 2 hours on race day. Give it your all, one day, one race. Glory is yours. One thing is to not get too swept up early on, you know this. Keep it calm the first 6-8 miles then floor it home and across the finish line.
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  3. says

    I got burnt out when I trained for anything more than a half. My wife on the other hand lives for the training. She loves it just as much as the race.

    Great job on the runs and I really liked your photos!
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    • Debbie Woodruff says

      I used to feel like your wife does when I was a few years younger. I trained for race after race, stayed healthy, and loved the process. Now that I’m a bit older, I am craving the end to my training period. But, I’ll make it to the end!

  4. Molly says

    Good luck, Debbie. You’ve been very dedicated and trained hard. Enjoy your run and remember that all your training has been a true gift to yourself that will last far beyond race day. You set such a wonderful and beautiful example for others. I truly enjoy reading your blog and wish you the very best!

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