2023 Weekly Run Down 39/52 – Race Week!

I am linking up again for the Weekly Run Down with Kim and Deborah.

This week was taper week that ended with a half marathon today (separate recap to come).

I focused on Week 3 of the Power Zone Pack “Power Zone University: Class of 2023” Challenge, but also “adapted” the classes a bit to conform with my taper. I took the two runs as “easy runs” and I rode the power zone ride as an endurance ride. As always, I kept some strength training and yoga in the mix.


  • 10 Min HIIT Cardio – Ben (8/2/23) — Instructor Bingo
  • 20 Min Full Body Strength – Jess S (9/20/23) — Instructor Bingo
  • 30 Min HIIT Run – Susie (8/25/23) — PZU-W3R2/Instructor Bingo
  • 20 Min Core Strength – Jess S (4/5/22) – Core Bingo
  • 10 Min Yoga Flow – Kristin (3/7/23) — Personal Streak/Self Care/Instructor Bingo

I joined Sherry (Streakers365) for some cardio, strength and core this morning while the rest of our crew is away this week. I also squeezed in a 30-minute taper run (it was supposed to be an easy pace, but I pushed a little bit to see what race pace felt like this morning. So far, so good.)


  • 5 Min Warm Up Ride – Denis (9/5/23)
  • 30 Min 80’s Ride – Denis (7/29/23) — Instructor Bingo
  • 5 Min Cool Down Ride – Denis (7/7/23)
  • 5 Min Core Strength – Emma (6/30/23) – Core Bingo
  • 45 Min Power Zone Endurance Rock Ride – Ben (6/5/23) — PZU-W3R1
  • 10 Min Focus Flow: For Riders – Kristin (9/14/23) — Personal Streak

Tanja and I joined Sherry for her 650th ride with Denis, which was a great warm up for the 45-minute Power Zone Endurance Class (for the PZ Challenge) that we tackled afterward. 


  • 15 Min Tropical House Core Strength – Matty (8/29/23) — Core Bingo
  • 30 Min Bootcamp: Upper Body – Tunde (1/15/23) — Instructor Bingo
  • 30 Min Eminem Run – JJ (6/29/23) — Instructor Bingo
  • 10 Min Yoga Flow: Floor Poses – Ross (11/11/20)

Today was my Streak Day 1000 (I earned a blue dot on the Peloton platform every day since 1/1/2021, when I began my streak). I didn’t realize it until my workouts were over, but I was happy I had scheduled some workouts with Sherry and unbeknownst to her (until I told her later) she celebrated with me. Haha. 


  • 5 Min Core Strength – Erik (8/25/23) — Core Bingo/Instructor Bingo
  • 5 Min Pre-Run Warm Up – Jess S (9/8/21)
  • 45 Min Endurance Run – Marcel D (7/9/23) — PZU W3R4/Instructor Bingo
  • 5 Min Yoga Basics: Bound Angle – Aditi (2/2/22) — Personal Streak

My last taper run for this week. I enjoyed the shorter runs, but although I know better, I am always nervous about race day during pullback week. So silly!


  • 20 Min Pilates – Kristin (9/29/23) — LIVE 
  • 10 Min Core Strength – Adrian (8/28/23) — Core Bingo/Instructor Bingo
  • Flash 15 – Jess S (9/27/22)
  • 30 Min PZ Ride – Denis ( 4/13/22) — PZU-W3R3
  • 5 Min Post-Ride Stretch – Camila (3/17/23) – Self-Care
  • 5 Min Body Appreciation Stretch – CDE (9/27/23)
  • 10 Min Yoga Savasana – Kirra (9/23/21) — Personal Streak/Instructor Bingo

Sherry tackled my last PZ ride for this week with me. I opted to ride it at zones 2-3 threshold because I didn’t want to tire out my legs before my race on Sunday. It was hard to hold back and not do more, but I knew that this was the right thing to do.


  • 45 Min Pop Walk – Rebecca (8/5/22) — Instructor Bingo
  • 10 Min Focus Flow: For Runners – Denis (4/10/23) — Personal Streak
  • 5 Min Core Strength – Olivia (8/16/22) — Core Bingo/Instructor Bingo
  • 5 Min Happiness Meditation – Ross (4/4/22) — Self Care

ACTIVE REST DAY. I went for a walk in the afternoon with Jon and did a little bit of yoga and core strength (to finish my trackers for September).


    • 90 min Rock Run – Susie (9/21/23)
    • 30 Min 90s Run – Susie (9/21/23)
  • 20 Min Focus Flow: For Runners – Mariana (7/19/23) — Personal Streak/PYP

Today was race day. I ran the Urban Cow Halfmarathon. As you might know, most runners set some A, B, and C goals for their races (The A goal is the “shoot-for-the-moon” goal that is possible on a perfect day, the B goal is the realistic accomplishment based on your relevant fitness and what you believe you should be able to accomplish, and the C goal would leave you satisfied, knowing you gave your best effort.)

Well, I double-crushed my A goal (and finally got my OFFICIAL sub-2 hour half in the process)! I’ll share more about the race in a separate recap, but needless to say, I was thrilled with my performance today!

Current Challenges + Trackers:

Streaker365 Self Care September – complete ✔
Streaker365 Core Bingo – complete ✔
Streaker365 September Personal Streak (daily yoga) ✔
Pelotrak Instructor Bingo (weekly)  – 3 bingos

September has ended and I finished my daily streak tracker, my core bingo card, and the self-care tracker, and I got three instructor bingos (didn’t plan that one too well this week).

Streaker365 October Personal Streak (daily yoga)
Streaker365 Pick Your Poison
Streaker365 Step into the holidays

Today I also started new trackers for October. I am going to continue with daily yoga as my personal streak goal, and I love the “Pick your poison” tracker. That’s a cool idea. I’ll also be tracking my steps until the end of the year with this fun step tracker.

This week’s stats:

Running: 23.7 mi
Walking: 2 mi
Cycling: 33.6 mi
HIIT/Cardio: 25 min
Bootcamp: 30 min
Strength: 80 min
Yoga/Pilates/Barre: 95 min
Warm up + Stretching: 35 min
Meditation: 5 min

How was your week? Did you run a race? Do you have one coming up?


PZU – Power Zone University Challenge
Self Care September = Streakers365 Recovery Tracker
Core Bingo = Back to School Core Bingo Blackout Edition
PYP = Pick Your Poision Challenge
Pelotrak Instructor Bingo

  1. OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS AMAZING NEWS!!!! I am GIDDY with excitement for you and literally have a giant grin on my face right now. A PR?!! This is incredible and such a testament to all your hard work and, as a wise woman (named San) once told me, about “trusting the process.”

    I am so happy for you and so proud of you. Three cheers, San. Enjoy this incredible moment and accomplishment. You have both earned and deserve this <3 <3 <3

    1. Yes – your post showed up in Feedly (I’ve been getting them in Old Reader because that still pulled your site daily)!!! Yet another happy thing this Monday morning!

      1. Thank you for that feedback – great news!!

    2. Thank you so much, sweet friend. I love that you’re so excitement for me. It was a really great race day! And yeah, I keep telling myself “trust the process”… it’s a good mantra ;)

  2. Congrats on the race and the 1,000 days, San! What a great week!

    1. Thank you so much, Lindsay!

  3. Wooohooo on your race. How amazing you managed to crush it. Well done.

    Also want to report, that Feedly showed your post. I ticked off all last night and this morning the new post showed up. 4 hours since publishing. it said. Hope that helps. (I didn’t install that link you posted)

    1. Thank you friend, both for the congratulations and for the Feedly feedback. :)

  4. Nice work on your race; that is awesome! I am sure it feels so good to be done and to have crushed your goals like that!

    FYI, I got your post on the right day in my Feedly feed this time too. However, I did not add your posts link (although I may have done it months ago, when you were first having issues). Maybe it is fixed?!

    1. I am always nervous before a race and then it feels like such a huge relief when it’s done…. even better after you crushed your goals ;)

      Thanks for the feedback about Feedly, I am cautiously optimistic over here.

  5. YAY! Congratulations! I love that you “double crushed” your A goal. You definitely had some good consistent training for this race and it paid off. I can’t wait for the race recap!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenny. I know you know how much training goes into this…. and it’s always so rewarding when you see it pay off.

  6. (Second attempt at commenting)
    Congrats on that sub-2!! You worked hard & enjoy that sweet victory. I look forward to hearing more about the race!

    1. Thank you, Kim. It was a good day :)

  7. Yay! Well done on a great race! I can’t wait to read your more detailed post about it.
    I got your post through Feedly on your original feed AND the new feed. I will continue to keep you posted!

    1. Thank you friend, for the nice comment and the feedback about Feedly. I am cautiously optimistic!

  8. ROCKSTAR! Congratulations on crushing it out there!

    What a great week!

    1. Thanks so much Jenn. :)

  9. Great job on your PR!!! That’s amazing, and a sub-two hour half is fantastic! Great job you!

    1. Thank you friend <3

  10. How fantastic! Huge congratulations to you! Looking forward to reading all about your race. Nice work

    1. Thank so much, Deb!

  11. Congratulations on your first official sub-2 hr! You are so consistent with your training and it paid off. Good call on not pushing too hard in the days before the race, definitely the right call.

    1. Taper week is the hardest (why do we feel like we’re losing all our fitness during that week? LOL) Thanks so much, the training really did pay off.

  12. congrats on the sub-2 hrs race!!! that’s amazing! looking forward to read the recap.

    1. Thanks so much, Coco!

  13. CONGRATS ON YOUR PR!! That must feel so good! You are in such excellent shape with all of the direct workouts you do and all of that hardwork is paying off. You must feel like you are in the best shape of your life!!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. The training paid off and I do indeed feel like I am in the best shape of my life… :)

  14. Congratulations on your first official sub-2! What an amazing feat!

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