Challenges Pave the Way for Breakthrough

findingfabulousatfifty.wordpress.comHello and Happy Monday from the LadyBird’s world! It’s been a couple of weeks since I touched base with a “Weekly Wrap” and I just know everyone’s just dying to what’s been happening with my training, right?? Ahhh yes, I thought so! Before we get into the details of the past few week’s happenings, let’s see what my training looked like … Continue reading

Hydration on the Run

With the arrival of Spring and Summer knocking on our door, the inevitable rise in temperatures and humidity makes hydrating for our workouts even more important. This weeks Tuesday’s on the Run topic is all about hydration. And just as unique as every runner is, their hydration preferences are as well. What works for one person may not work for another, but there’s something to be learned from everyone ….so let’s talk H2O!Hydration.png

Pre-Run Hydration

fcde401c40e589cd110eec285cb24bb3Nothing magical here, I have a cup of coffee every morning, so naturally, that means I have coffee before a run …except race day. I’ve never had coffee before a race …too many other things I’m focused on race morning and then there’s that little “bathroom issue” to contend with. All runners know how active the GI system tends to get on race morning …why add fuel to the fire!

I do try to increase my water intake several days leading up to a race, but I will not guzzle a bottle of water on race morning. There’s nothing worse than hearing and feeling too much water sloshing around in the gut during those first few miles …been there, done that, learned my lesson.

There are two packets of BeetElite in my kitchen that a friend of the Major’s gave him to try. Based on the look on his face while he tried to drink it, I’m not sure if I even want to try it! However, I am curious about it ..anyone use it? Like it? Any tips on how to drink it other than mixed with plain water?

 

Hydration During a Run

I will be honest and say that I haven’t really tried a lot of different hydration fuel products and there are so many out there. In the good ‘ole days, it was just plain water and Gatorade. (I still love some grape flavored Gatorade for my long bike rides)  Then I started using nuun tablets in the summer months and on all long runs until they changed the ingredients, which unfortunately changed the taste. I just can’t deal with that aftertaste they now have. It’s really too bad, because I used to love mixing the flavors and creating my own tropical explosion in my water bottle! I bought one tube of GU tablets and if it’s possible, I think they may have tasted even worse.

In anticipation of the relentless heat and humidity of summer, I recently ordered an assortment of Tailwind to try. The idea was to try each flavor, decide which one I liked best, then purchase a bag of that flavor. TW-Stick-Packs

….so far, I like all of the flavors I’ve tried, love the subtle taste and feel it is very effective at not only keeping me hydrated but also energized. Even better, there is no nasty aftertaste! Score!

Post-Run Hydration

Well, this all depends on the run, distance, temperature outside, time of day, etc…  I’ve been known to re-hydrate post race with a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, glass of wine ….you get the picture. But most of the time, for everyday runs and weekend long runs, I turn to a glass of chocolate milk, for short runs and a protein shake for longer runs. During the summer months and after long runs, I will usually mix a packet of Advocare’s Rehydrate with a bottle of water to replenish the electrolytes lost during my run/workout.618c1e04fbb454a4574c35c53e012cb1

Now, for me, the biggest issue is how to carry this hydration during my run. I mentioned in a recent blog that I was thinking about trying out a fuel belt that I’ve had stashed away but never used. Currently, I’m using a small handheld Nathan water bottle and it works fine …if you don’t mind having it in your hand the entire time.59fd9d87717303f687e3cfddb73145fc

It’s small, shaped to fit your hand, doesn’t leak, has reflective straps and the opening is wide enough for an ice cube or two. I will continue to use this for short, hot runs. However, I am still in the market for something that I can use on long runs that does not require being held the entire time.  Darlene, from My First 5k, recommended the Flip Belt hydration bottle. black_main-900x600

This is something I haven’t even thought about! I love my Flip Belt and honestly, had forgotten all about the fact that they now make hydration bottles for it. Anyone else use these? Do you prefer the small or the large bottles? Which is easier to get in and out of the belt?

Another option I’m considering is this nifty little bottle from Simple Hydrationsimplehydration-splash1

I like the fact the it can be “hooked” onto my flipbelt without actually taking up valuable space inside the belt. However, despite its glowing reviews of comfort, I’m just not convinced. Anyone have one? Thoughts/opinions?

In summary and in response to Deb’s “word of the month” in this month’s edition of Wednesday Word ….. there are a multitude of ways a runner experiences victory. Crossing the finish line, PR’s, rallying back from injuries and even simply lining up at the starting line is a victory for some. But right now, with half marathon training ramping up just when the temperatures are heating up, finding the perfect combination of hydration and how to carry it on all of those long, hot and humid miles is nothing short of a ….

Victory!

Thanks to MarciaErika and Patty for hosting Tuesdays on the Run and Deb for Wednesday Word. Be sure to visit these blogs and others to see what victories they’ve conquered or working towards and to get advice on hydrating your body for more efficient running.

 

xoxo,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Spring has Sprung!

Hello again from the sunny south where Spring has definitely sprung all over the place! The grass is green, Cherry blossoms and Bradford pears are in full bloom, the sun has been shining and the temps have been soaring up in the 80’s! However, I’ve lived long enough to know that usually there is a cold snap just before Easter and that’s still a few weeks away …so I’m bracing myself. All of this beautiful weather lends itself to some fun outdoor workouts, so let’s get right to it! Continue reading

Ultimate Coffee Date: April Edition

Hello and happy April everyone! Not only is it the first Saturday in April, it’s also the first day in April …and what a beautiful spring-like day we’re having down here in Dixieland! You all know what we do on the first Saturday of the month, right? Of course! We sip coffee over a virtual “coffee date” and catch up with one another. However, as usual, I’m late joining the group and didn’t even have my coffee this morning. Bummer, right?  But I did sleep in and got my 6 mile run in and now sitting down to enjoy a little recovery drink …so, let’s chat while I sip my “toddy”, shall we? Continue reading

March Runfessions

runfessionsWow! It’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s Runfession time! You know, getting all of that “stuff” off your sweaty souls/soles.  I almost let the day get away from me, but never fear …I have a few confessions of my own to make here!

I runfess …that I’m still not running as much as I’d like to be at this point in my training cycle because frankly, I don’t know what the &#@% is going on with my feet and these orthotics! I did go in for an adjustment on Monday and while they felt a tad better, they just aren’t comfortable to run in. But I won’t go down that ugly road again. Let’s just suffice it to say that I’ll be making another appointment next week and I’ll leave this time with a major ‘fix’ or my $400 in hand. Continue reading

HIIT: A Love/Hate Relationship

HateAs many of you know, I’ve been doing quite a bit of cross training lately while my cranky ankle heals becomes less cranky. With this in mind and in an effort to fire up the tired and worn out 50-year-old metabolism furnace, the hubs and I have been attending a HIIT class on Wednesday nights named “Triple Threat”. As I’ve previously stated, I personally believe that the triple threat is that it is designed to either make you puke, pass out or die. I’ve come close to all three, yet have survived to attend another class.

FriFive2I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 link-up where I’m sharing with you 5 things I love/hate about HIIT class! Be sure to visit our gracious hostesses and other bloggers…you just never know what fun topics and helpful tips you may find!

I love that it pushes out of my comfort zone…. yet I hate getting out my comfort zone.

Yeah, you know what I mean. We all get in that rut of doing the same workouts, exercises and classes. And to be honest, it’s hard sometimes to step out of that comfort zone and try something new. However, I also find that the more I push myself to try new things, the more open I am to venturing out more and more. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire me to try that Orange Theory class I’ve been stalking for a couple of months now. We all know one of the most popular motivational quotes out there today …”Growth occurs just outside of your comfort zone”? Well, it’s true!

love the energy in the room …but I hate the instructor.

Okay, hate is a strong word and I really don’t hate her. However, while I do find her young 20 something year old, energetic, peppy little self bouncing all around the room with the greatest of ease just a tad annoying …I do love the energy she exudes. Even though we are all drenched in sweat, gasping for air, grunting and groaning …we are pushing ourselves harder than normal because of her and it feels amazing, in a sick, twisted sort of way.

love that it challenges me physically ….and I hate burpees!if-burpee-gymmemesandmotivation-had-a-face-if-burpees-had-a-2034875 (2)

I know, I know …I sound like a broken record here, but seriously! Why does every single class HAVE to include those damn things? I suck at them. And she has us doing every variation known to mankind and none of them are easy. I don’t know if it’s because I’m old and stiff or just because they’re not a staple in my workouts ..but I have a hard time with jumping back to the squat from the push up position. I can’t seem to ever get my feet to land as close to my hands as necessary to be able to pop up as quickly as everyone else. While everyone else in the class looks like little jack-in-the-boxes popping up all around me, I look in the mirror and see an old jack-in-the-box whose spring is all stretched out and just barely ‘hangs’ over the edge of the box when the lid opens. Yet I feel like I am accomplishing something by attempting them and I’m positive that I will improve!

love that it is also a great core workout ….I hate burpees!

Notice a pattern here? Yeah, I thought you would. But seriously though …no matter what exercise we are performing, the core is engaged. Due to the high intensity, reps and the fact that there’s usually a ‘hop’, ‘jump’ and/or hand weights involved somehow …the core is being used to stabilize and help balance you. I can always feel some soreness either in my lower back or abs the next day …which is always a good thing.

love that it makes me feel like a badass ….but I hate that it makes me feel OLD.

Just being real here. I’m pretty sure the hubs and I are the oldest ones in the class. When I wonder why our peppy little instructor isn’t at all breathless or nearly as red-faced as I am,  I’m reminded of just how freaking old I am. However, when I see someone younger than me walk out mid-way through class, I feel pretty dang accomplished for just completing the class …without puking, fainting or dying. Better to be an old badass than just old!

I’ll be back next Wednesday!

Do you HIIT? Ever feel like you could puke, faint or die from a workout? Ever feel like a total badass when you out last a much younger person? Tell me about it?

xoxo,

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

 

 

 

Peace Be With You

It’s Tuesday afternoon and I’m just now sitting down to write my weekly recap from last week. Why, you ask? Well, the truth of the matter is that Sundays are just too hectic for us and I’m not organized enough to have it ready the Saturday before. Usually I will get it done on Monday mornings while sipping my coffee but I didn’t even take the time to write it yesterday ….I believe I have a severe case of Spring Fever and I’m loving it! It’s just too dang pretty outside to be cooped up inside on the computer. I hope you are having beautiful spring weather wherever you are and if not, I hope you see some soon!

I’m weeklywraplinking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. Please stop by and visit them and all of the other incredible women that link up each week! I had a great week of workouts last week that looked something like this …

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Half marathon training is now in its second week and I’m taking it super easy, nothing fancy here. The name of this game is to just make it to Utah without aggravating my ankle and be able to actually complete 13.1 miles. And I’m good with that. Oh, I could go on and on about being frustrated that it’s taking so long for this injury to heal, that I’m not as fast as I used to be, that I’m a few pounds heavier than I was for my last half or I could even write an entire post about these dang orthotics …but I’m not. I have something else I’d like to share with you this week.

If you’ve been following me, you know that we recently moved to a new city in November. And like most runners would do, the first thing I did was to explore the neighborhood on foot …running, of course. On the edge of our neighborhood, there is a cul-de-sac which houses small businesses such as dentist, doctors, real estate offices. The first time I ran down that street I saw this in the cul-de-sac at the edge of the water….20170320_150713

…I noticed it and it struck me as an odd place for a funeral spray but didn’t have much more thought at the time. However, with each run I became more and more bothered by it and curious as to the circumstances behind it. I did happen to notice a small plaque on the ground with a name and dates engraved. It was a womans name and she was 35 years old at the time of her death. With every run, I would spend the remainder of the miles thinking about her, her family rather than my pace, tempo or niggles I may be feeling. I wondered did she leave children behind, a husband and parents. I would think how fortunate I was to be out there running, breathing in the crisp morning air, feeling my lungs fill with air and hearing the sound of my feet hit the pavement beneath me…fortunate to simply be alive. I would go home to my family and loved ones, I would be able to pick up the phone and call them to hear their voice and tell them that I love them. I would be able to kiss my husband when he walked through the door from work and I would be able to see my children. Blessings that I take for granted each day …blessings that we all take for granted each day. Many times we let anger, bitterness, discontentment and even jealousy cause strife between us and others. We refuse to forgive and offer grace to those that have wronged us and by doing so, we are only hurting ourselves and robbing ourselves of true contentment and peace. But sometimes, it’s ourselves that we are the hardest on, sometimes we just can’t forgive ourselves or let the past go and it sucks the joy of living right out of us. Let go of the past and reach for the future! Forgive yourself and forgive others, life is short and worth living to the fullest, free of anger and bitterness. One of my cousins wrote this the other day and I thought it was worth sharing….

We all lose our way at some point. Standing one minute, on the ground the next. We go from having options to flat being backed into a corner the next. One shoe after the other dropping….

The thing is, we dilute our potential when we fail to accept our past. Whatever it is. Good or bad.

That’s the beauty of the past… it’s over. Those who love you or who will come to love you will stand by you. So you’ve got a past, don’t we all bring things to the table? Don’t we all have demons we fight or have fought?

I’ve learned that if you love the heck out of people no matter what path they’ve walked, it drives people forward. And in turn drives you forward.

I don’t care about anyone’s past. I’ve got mine, you’ve got yours. Put those together and all I see is an ocean of wisdom.

Bring it, this world needs all our wisdom and love. Our younger generation needs to know that when everything goes south, that’s not the end. It just isn’t.

Turn the page of this old book called life. Torn pages, worn edges, broken spine. But such a good story.

G’night friends

– xoxo

As to the woman who lost her life at the edge of the water in my neighborhood, though I never knew her, I thank her for bringing perspective to my morning runs and I pray for continued peace for her family.

Peace be with you!

xoxo,

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