Dog Days of Summer: Playing Catch Up

Since last month’s marathon, Revel Rockies, I’ve been pretty much ‘chill-axing’. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out ..it just means I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants in regards to my workouts.

I have to admit, it’s been really nice not having to get a certain number of runs and miles in each week. As much as I love running, my body does respond well to a varied workout routine and with the unbearable heat we’ve been dealing with, indoor workouts have been a welcome reprieve. And since there have been no real race specific training going on, I’ve been MIA with all of my favorite blogging link-ups. I’ve missed runfessing, catching up over coffee and wrapping things up with you all! So, let’s kill three birds with one post and see what’s been going on in the Lady Bird’s nest lately.PicsArt_07-08-11.27.33.jpg Continue reading

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Are You Afraid of Old Age?

Ever have those moments when someone says something to you that immediately puts you on the defensive? That’s really a rhetorical question ….of course you have. It’s happened to me more times than I care to admit and it happened again recently.

As I’ve gotten older and wiser, I’ve learned to let things ‘simmer’ for a while before I respond. My husband has taught me that it’s always better to act rather than to react. Yes, he’s a wise man. So it was, that I did exactly that, I let it simmer for a moment or two before responding. However, I have to admit that it continued to gnaw at me. Not because I’m still offended by the comment, but rather I’m saddened that there are so many people out there who simply do not understand the satisfaction of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and seem to want to criticize and judge those who do.

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Lessons Learned from a Downhill Marathon

A few weeks ago, I completed my second full marathon ….Revel Rockies, a downhill marathon just outside of Denver Colorado. They don’t call Denver the ‘mile high’ city for nothing. It sits at an elevation of 5,280 ft above sea level which is exactly 5,000 ft above where I live and train. To add to the challenge, the race started even higher, at 10,500 ft with a net drop of 4,708 ft. 3,000 of that being in the first half of the race.

Now that I’ve recovered and can finally take the stairs at work again without using profanity, I can look back on that 26.2 mile trek down that incredibly beautiful mountain with objectivity and ponder the lessons learned …because I believe there are lessons to be learned in every mile we run.

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Revel Rockies Marathon

Only a few months after completing my first full marathon in January, and vowing to never run another, I found myself registered for the Revel Rockies Marathon. Whether it was the power of a persuasive friend or the lure of the marathon distance, I can’t be sure. But what I do know is this ….deep down inside of me, even while swearing I’d never run another, I felt I needed one more just to prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke …that I could do it again. For some reason, the ‘one and done’ felt like I was wimping out. So, when Holly asked if I was interested in running this marathon with her …I knew I had to do it. I had to run ‘just one more marathon’.

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Rocky Mountain Coffee Date

Good morning from Colorado! Another month has passed and it’s the first Saturday of June, which can only mean one thing in the blogging world ….time for the Ultimate Coffee Date with Deborah and Coco. I do enjoy these little windows of opportunity to catch up on what all is going on in everyone’s world and since Holly and I have arrived in Denver and are preparing to run the Revel Rockies marathon tomorrow ….I thought it’d be fun to join in from the mile high city. So, grab yourself a cup of joe, get comfy and let’s chat!20180601_111139.jpg

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Keep Calm and Taper On!

Hello all! I know, I know …I haven’t ‘wrapped it up‘ with you guys in a while, but I’m still here trying to eek out this marathon training. To be quite honest, between adjusting to my new job, coping with the hubs deployment and trying to find time to get my workouts in without dying from heat exhaustion …blogging simply hasn’t been a priority. However, with my longest run of this training cycle behind me and the fact that I’m finally beginning to find my groove at work, I’m hoping to settle in to a comfortable routine again.Revel Rockies

I’ve said it before and I continue to stand by it ….I’ve lived here in the South my entire life and yet I still can’t tolerate running in the brutal summer heat we are ‘blessed’ with. April was a solid month of perfect running temps ..aside from all the rain. However, May came in like a menopausal hot flash. The only redeeming quality is that it has been beautifully sunny and has provided ample opportunities for the ‘What The Forecast’ app to keep me amused.20180514_212107.png

I’ve been able to manage two strength training sessions per week and continue to enjoy a weekly pool running session. My weekday runs have continued to be short in distance averaging 4 to 5 miles. At times I’ve worried that these are too short, but honestly I think it will be fine. The fact that I’m two weeks out from my marathon and have no major aches and pains feels good. (Especially considering that at this point before my last marathon, I was sitting in the podiatrists office) And since I’m totally not a 5 a.m. kind of runner, it’s simply too hot for more than 4 miles at 4 o’clock in the afternoon when I get off work. It is what it is.

 

Aside from the heat sucking the life right out of me, my weekend long runs have gone well. I’ve realized that I learned a lot about fueling, hydrating and the timeliness of salt intake from my first marathon training and I believe it has helped to make this one go much smoother. Or maybe it’s just simply the fact that I have overcome the ‘I can’t run that distance’ mentality. Who knows. But what I have learned is this …if you run slow enough, you can run any distance. Unfortunately, there is a time limit for this marathon and I’m a tad nervous about being able to make the cutoff. I’m holding out hope that cooler temps and the downhills will be my saving grace. Time will tell …literally!

                   Scenes from an 18 mile run ~ A beautiful neighborhood sunrise, Southern Magnolia’s in bloom and my own                                                                                                           personal pacer …Mr. Slowsky!

In non-running news, I have survived 6 weeks of deployment and have only suffered one minor meltdown ….praying the next 18 weeks will be as good to me! The college boy is home for at least a month before he goes back for a summer class, the oldest has been checking in on me regularly and offering to do things around the house while I do his laundry. (It’s a trade-off.) And the youngest …well, as we say here in the south, bless his heart …he’s just trying to get through these last few weeks of his junior year of high school. Between these three and Chester Boy, they are doing a good job of keeping me company in the Major’s absence.

                       My sweet boys grilled steaks for me for Mother’s Day while I relaxed …..okay, I cooked the asparagus, pasta salad                         and marinated the steaks. But I sure enjoyed spending the day with them. It’s so rare to have all three in my nest                                                                  at the same time these days! Blessed beyond measure.

…..and that’s a wrap. It’s taper time and just two short weeks to Denver!

I’m linking up with my #runrevel partner in crime, Holly and the fabulous Wendy for the Weekly Wrap linkup!WeeklyWrapNew

 

xoxo,

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

April Runfessions

Whew, what a week! A lot has happened since my last runfessional ….Major Hubs has deployed, I’m one month out from my second marathon and I’ve started a new job! It’s been a crazy busy month and I’ve got a few things to get off my chest or soles, if you will. Let’s get to it, shall we?PicsArt_04-27-08.15.29.jpg

I admit that while I’m enjoying being back in the work force, I have had my share of ‘grieving’ this week. I curse the early morning alarm clock, get frustrated with figuring out what to wear and despise the morning traffic. However, I must runfess that I had forgotten how freaking good a run felt after a day at the office! When you can lace up and go for a run any time you want, it’s easy to take them for granted.

If you follow me, you know that I took up pool running in order to rehab a cranky hip flexor that I apparently aggravated during a very hilly 10k (still no race recap on that one…. maybe one day). The good news is that the hip flexor is all better and I’ve fallen in love with this new method of cross training. The bad news is that it requires me to spend some time in the gym locker room before and after my time in the pool. Now no one has more interesting locker room runfessions than Marcia and to be honest, I thought I had heard it all when she encountered the woman who was blow drying her nether region! However, the other day, after my swim session, I went to the locker to get my clothes and an older woman was sprawled out on the bench, blocking my locker. In the process of leaning over her to get my stuff, she looked up at me, while picking at her foot, and said ..”Have you ever had a corn? I have one and I’m not sure what to do about it?” Ummm… no and just no! Who asks a perfect stranger while half-naked in a locker room about corns?? I runfess that for a split second, I felt as if I had teleported to Marcia’s gym locker room!

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Last week I was looking for a specific running skirt and in my hurried state, I started pulling items out of the drawer until I found the one I was looking for …. I runfess that I may have a problem, or maybe I just need a bigger drawer!20180427_200236.jpg

Major Hubs is the milk drinker in our house and since he’s been gone, I haven’t bought milk in over a month. I runfess that I’ve somewhat felt that I was ‘healthier’ than him since I always opt for Almond milk. That is until the other day when I opened the refrigerator and was slapped in the face with reality ….my reality. And that is in addition to the bottles of Cabernet sitting on the counter. Don’t judge ….a girl has to survive 6 months of deployment somehow!20180427_200122.jpg

Holly and I are about one month out from our Denver marathon. I can hardly believe we’re that close and I feel totally unprepared …yet oddly not worried in the least. I’m sure, in total ‘ladybird’ style,  I’ll squeeze about 12 weeks worth of stressing the week before race day. However, I runfess, no matter what this marathon experience brings (i.e. quad fatigue, altitude sickness, getting picked up by the course marshal for failure to meet the time limit, etc. etc.) I’m planning on having a heck of a time in Denver with my partner in crime, HoHoRuns!

It’s all good. Life is a journey, you know. There’s twists and turns everywhere you go …you just have to hold on tight, enjoy the ride and laugh like there’s no tomorrow!

I’m linking up with Marcia for the Runfessions link and Rachel, Lacey and Meranda for the Friday Five 2.0.

 

xoxo,

Finding ‘Fabulous’ at Fifty, one Runfession at a time!