Monday, September 29, 2014

week in review: september 22–28

Dopey Challenge Training: Week 13

Monday, September 22: rest day

Tuesday, September 23: 2.76 miles (30/60 run/walk intervals)

Wednesday, September 24: Cross training - arms

Thursday, September 25: Cross training - 30 minutes walking

Friday, September 26: rest day

Saturday, September 27: 6.23 miles (Chicago Women Rock 10k)

Sunday, September 28: 2.55 miles

Weekly mileage:  11.54 miles
Total mileage for Dopey Challenge Training: 200.06 miles

Whooooooeeeee - I hit 200 miles in my Dopey Challenge Training cycle this week. I'm really glad I forced myself to run when I got home from Michigan yesterday :)

It was another busy week for me over here. Tuesday night was #bibchat, of course, then I got a few inches of hair cut off on Wednesday night, went to Ditka Dash packet pick up on Thursday (even though I was no longer able to race), and Friday I had a bit of a work emergency when it was time to leave—our hot water tank broke and was leaking everywhere – had to wait for engineers and housecleaning to take a look, turn it off, and clean up the mess with a wet vac. I was planning on going for a run Friday night after work, but since I didn't get home till after 7, I decided to just get my race gear ready, pack for Michigan, go to Jewel, and by then it was bedtime.

Saturday morning I had the Chicago Women Rock 10k with my mom – the reason I could no longer run the Ditka Dash. I had registered for this race back in November of last year, and didn't know they changed their date (which looks like they did in June), until about a month ago... after I already registered for Ditka Dash. They lacked communication for this race. I never received an email regarding a date change or location change. It was pretty frustrating to spend money on another race, thinking it was a free day, to find out the race had moved. 

I was thinking about changing to the half marathon, but decided against it. I figured it would be best to give my ankle and feet a bit more rest (they have been bothering me the past week), plus, I had to hit the road to Michigan when I got home. After half marathons, I prefer to lay on the couch and be a bum ;)

Enjoying bubbly after the race.

It was a gorgeous day for a race (pretty warm once we started running – I was pretty sweaty by the finish). Energybits helped power me to the finish line (you can read why they help me so much in my initial review here). I'll have a recap up here on the blog in a few weeks. In the mean time, you can read my review on here.

After the race, I grabbed lunch with my mom, showered, and hit the road to meet my girlfriends in Michigan for a mini-getaway. We did a wine tasting, had dinner on a rooftop during a gorgeous sunset, went for drinks at a bar/grill, and then hung out in one of the rooms gabbing and snacking the rest of the night. In the morning we grabbed some Coke at McDonald's and donuts at Dunkin Donuts – all next to our hotel. We hit up Greenbush Brewing Co. on our way home for lunch and final girl time before heading back home. It was so much fun.

Gorgeous sunset.

Greenbush = yum. Their new Annex is wonderful.

When I got home, I immediately went for a run (I knew I had to do it right away, before I sat down, or it wouldn't happen. It felt good to stretch the legs after the driving), showered, and spent the rest of the day on the couch watching tv and snuggling with the dogs. I was so tired and ended up in bed around 9:30 haha. Even after running only 6 miles, my body missed getting to relax afterwards, and yesterday proved I needed a little bit of rest ;)

Coming up this week: a back to back 5.5 mile and 15 mile run for the weekend along with the two other 45 minute runs during the week. Eek. This will be my longest run! I am both excited and nervous. I'm also excited to test out some awesome products I received for being a BibRave Pro – Hoist and the Jabra Sport Wireless+. Look for reviews in the next week or two :)

How was your week? Did training go well? Any races over the weekend? Let me know how it all went :)

P.S. Make sure to review your race(s) on!


  1. What a beautiful picture of the sunset. My friends and I are trying to play a girls weekend in Texas for MLK weekend. This past weekend I ran a 10K as part of my training.


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