Marathon Training Week 16: The Grinch Stole my Mojo

You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch! You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch….you’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

You know the saying, what goes up must come down …well, that applies to the runner’s high as well. The elation I felt after last weeks long run of 17.5 miles came crashing down this week reminding me that sometimes a run, just like the Grinch, can best be described in three words …stink, stank, stunk!Grinch

Even though last Saturday’s long run went so well; apparently, my body was in need of a little extra rest …and runners are all well aware that our bodies will find a way to get the rest it needs. While my legs felt recovered by Tuesday, I was feeling some tenderness in one heel and the other ankle was angry …therefore, I decided to take it easy with the mid-week runs and save my energy for the 19 miles Coach Hoho had on my schedule for Saturday.  Sounds like a good plan, right? Right.


Monday: 1 hour strength training

Tuesday: 45 minutes Elliptical

Wednesday: 30 minutes Spin Bike

Thursday: Rest – while I did no workout, I did spend the majority of the day in the kitchen baking Christmas sweets and treats.

Friday: 12 mile run – this is where the already wobbly wheels completely fell off. I was supposed to run 19 on Saturday. However, the weather forecast was showing 80% chance of rain for that morning, so Major Hubs and I decided to go ahead and get our long run done on Friday morning to not only avoid the rain, but also to free up Saturday for last-minute Christmas festivities and prep. It was close to 70 degrees and 98% humidity when we started this run and within the first mile, I knew it was going to be a struggle. My feet, ankles and legs were already sore from being in the kitchen all day on Thursday and my lungs were screaming for air. By mile 8, my right foot was throbbing and I was just falling into a mental ‘funk’. A mile later, as I was crossing a street, a driver accidentally bumped me as he was making a turn. I clearly had the right-of-way and he clearly was not looking …texting possibly? Who knows. But this was the proverbial straw that broke this camels back. I was done. No, I wasn’t hurt, but I was done. All of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the traffic, the constant ticker tape running in my head of all that I still had to do before Christmas, gifts yet to be bought and wrapped …I was just done. So, I stopped my Garmin at 12 miles, walked a half mile back to my car and sent Coach Hoho a text of defeat. Fortunately, she had a cut-back week planned for next weekend, so we just flip-flopped the runs and I will tackle those 19 miles next Saturday.thumbsdown

That old Grinch may have stolen my running mojo this week, but he has certainly not touched my Christmas spirit! I’ve enjoyed baking all of my favorite guys their favorite treats ….


…..and spending time with my sweet boys!20171223_184435


Then …..15 years ago….


….and now, same order. Youngest in the middle is now the tallest ….how does that happen???

….and that’s a wrap! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday with family and friends!

I’m linking up with my Southern Sole Sisters, Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap. Be sure to stop by and see how they’re spending the holidays! WeeklyWrap


Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one week at a time!


22 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 16: The Grinch Stole my Mojo

  1. Hugs to you…that mojo will return. 😉 Funny about how the height works out within the same gene pool…our oldest (daughter) is 5’11 (two inches taller than me), the son is 6’2ish (about equal to Dad…but seems to still be growing), and the younger daughter is 5’6 or so (probably done growing…she just turned 18). So, does that happen???


  2. Catherine says:

    What comes down will also come up too. I bet the 19 miles is even better for taking a cutback week this week. My boys are 12 and 15 but I’m pretty sure the youngest will end up being the tallest too


  3. Um, wow. I wouldn’t say your running mojo is missing – it’s just buried under piles of holiday stress — and getting bumped by a car? I’m sure that was scary. I think you were wise to cut your run short. Enjoy the time with your boys!


  4. It looks like you had a fabulous Christmas holiday and that’s what is most important!

    I have been told that having a bad run is a right of passage during training. I have no doubt that you will rock your next long run!


  5. Sometimes those tough runs happen… Having a driver accidentally bumped into you as he was making a turn certainly can make a bad run worse. Holly made the perfect adjustment for you, and here’s hoping next week’s long run goes smoothly.

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!


  6. Baking can be really tiring. I should know! One shorter run is not going to derail you — and might just be exactly what the dr. ordered. I would think being bumped by a car would derail anyone — thankfully that hasn’t happened to me yet!

    But today, there was a guy in a great big honking truck trying to vulturize my parking spot. I wanted to turn left, but he was so intent on getting my spot he wasn’t budging, Well, joke’s on him cause neither was I. I parked there cause I wanted to turn right out of the parking lot, not have to deal with a left, and that is exactly what I did when the bozo finally (barely) made room for me to get by.

    People often underestimate me cause I’m small (which includes a small car, LOL). But I can be damn stubborn!

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