Marathon Training ….Here I go again!

I’m back! It’s been over a month since I participated in the Weekly Wrap but don’t think I haven’t been keeping up with you all ….I just needed a little break. I needed a break from running, working out, talking about running and working out and just really everything. Ever feel that way?

If you follow me regularly, you know that I completed my first marathon in January …so that, in and of itself, requires and demands some down time. You also know that Major Hubs is deploying VERY soon so I’m sure you can imagine that I have simply wanted to devote all of my attention to spending as much quality and quantity time with him before he leaves. In addition to that, there is a lot of things that need to be taken care of before a spouse leaves on a deployment ….things that one may not ever consider unless they’ve been through one. Needless to say, things have been a little hectic around my house.

With all the being said, I did sign up for my second marathon and the training miles aren’t going to run themselves … it’s time for me to get back in the game, get focused and link back up with all of my fabulously supportive Weekly Wrap gal pals!

Revel Rockies

If you recall, I signed up to run the Revel Rockies marathon with Holly. It is a beautiful downhill course in the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver. Again, my goal will be to simply finish this race uninjured. However, this course will bring a new set of challenges …some that can be trained for and some that can’t.

  • First of all, the time limit for the full will require that I finish at least 10 minutes faster than my first marathon. That’s probably doable since it is a downhill course.
  • Second, it is a downhill course. I’ve only run one downhill course and it was a half marathon. The downhill felt fantastic and I ran paces that I hadn’t seen in any of my training runs ….until the course flattened out. Downhill running pretty much trashes your quads and makes flat running feel like you’re climbing hills. I can’t imagine what my legs will feel like after 26 miles of downhill!
  • Third, altitude. I honestly don’t know if or how this will affect me.
  • Fourth, I’m 12 weeks out from race day. Is it even feasible for a rookie marathoner to train for this in only 12 weeks while still only running 3x per week? Time will tell!

I do have a plan and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it works. Here’s how my first week went ….

  • Monday:  30 min stairmill to work the glutes and quads / 15 min. rower /20 pushups, supermans and plank


    Climbing the Empire State Building …without the beautiful NYC skyline views

  • Tuesday: 3 mile run / 30 burpees
  • Wednesday: Spin class / 30 pushups, supermans and a plank
  • Thursday: 2 miles downhill repeats / 40 burpees


    It was just too pretty not to take these burpees outside!

  • Friday: 5 mile run / 40 pushups, supermans and a plank


    Getting the guilt trip from Chester for not taking him on this run

  • Saturday: 1 hour strength training with the hubby

When the weather forecast predicted rain all day for Saturday, I decided to move my long run to Friday ….yeah, that didn’t quite work out and 5 was all I could get in that day. I’ll have to make that up this week. Overall, not a bad week of workouts but I’m not sure how good of a week it was for ‘marathon training’. Oh well ….pressing on.

How was your week? What are you training for? Ever run a race in high altitude? Any tips or advice?

WeeklyWrapNewI’m linking up with the fabulous Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap! Be sure to visit their blogs and the others to see what fun and inspiring adventures they’re all on these days.


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




Ultimate Coffee Date: Spring is March-ing in!

Well hello March and hello Spring! My favorite time of year has arrived and along with the warmer temps, buds and blooms comes time for the Ultimate Coffee Date with Deborah and Coco. Grab your favorite mug and pull up a chair …let’s catch up!


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February Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which can only mean one thing ….Marcia has opened the Runfessional and it’s time to come clean!


Okay, let’s just go ahead and get the obvious out of the way ….I runfess that I’m in a funk. A running funk. A workout funk. Heck, who am I kidding …it’s a total eclipse of the heart kind of funk and I know exactly what’s causing it. It’s not the infamous post-marathon blues, or even the earlier than normal heat and humidity that has descended upon us.funkmeme

I runfess that I have only run maybe 3 or 4 times since my marathon. I’m just not feeling it. I have found my way to gym at least once per week for some cardio and have been taking the dog for walks almost daily  …but let’s be honest here, when you’re dealing with the stagnant metabolism of menopause, that’s just not going to cut it. If something doesn’t change soon, I’m going to be the size of a barn! Although I haven’t posted much about it, I have been keeping up with Rachel’s February challenge …it’s about the only thing these days getting my heart rate up above 60 bpm!

Nope, no post marathon blues here ….this funk has Uncle Sam’s name written all over it. Major Hubs is deploying soon. While I’ve known about this for well over a year, it’s just so easy to not think about it until it is staring you in the face. Well, it’s not only staring me in the face, it’s giving me the stink eye as well. I’ve been through one before and I have no doubt I’ll get through this one as well  ….however, I runfess that it never gets easier to watch your heart board a plane in fatigues with a rucksack thrown over his shoulder headed to the other side of the world. But on the flip side I have to shamelessly runfess …..oh my goodness, the homecomings! They somehow make it all worthwhile!


2012 Homecoming after a 12 month deployment in Afghanistan

Sooooo, in light of the aforementioned funk and upcoming deployment and despite my countless claims that last month’s marathon would be a ‘one and done’ deal ….I runfess that I signed up for another marathon. Yep. I’m an idiot. Holly has been really talking up the Revel Rockies race to me lately and considering my current ‘funky’ situation and the fact that I will have nothing but time on my hands for the next 6 months …why not train for another marathon, right? Besides, who can resist incredible views like this and a downhill course to boot! RevelRockies

I do, however, runfess that I am totally not looking forward to training in the heat and humidity. Ugh…. Holly, the things I’ll do for you!!!

Please forgive the ‘woe is me’ nature of my runfessions, but I do feel so much better getting that off my chest! Thanks for listening and hopefully, next month you’ll find me in a little better mood!


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

Post Marathon Recovery: Aka Lazy Bum

Due to my minimal activity this past week, I considered skipping the Weekly Wrap this week. However, because I love catching up with you all and didn’t want to miss out on the fun, I decided to join in but make it short and sweet …just like my week.

Monday and Tuesday was all about rest! To say I was sore after my marathon would be an understatement. I literally felt like someone had taken a baseball bat to the lower half of my body. But by Wednesday I really felt pretty good, aside from a little tenderness in my foot …you know, the ‘iffy’ one that stepped up to the challenge and got me through 26.2 miles like a boss. Continue reading

My First Marathon: Alis Volat Propriis

After 21 weeks of training and exactly 26 days from my 51st birthday, I ran 26.2 miles and crossed the finish line of my very first marathon. It’s been a truly amazing journey. A journey that I had put off for so many years, for so many reasons. Reasons such as …my body won’t let me run that far, I’m too old for a marathon, it will take me too long, the training is too time consuming and even lying to myself and others when I would say that I truly had no desire to ever run a full.

While I truly believed these reasons excuses and they certainly have some validity, what they all boiled down to was fear. Fear of failure. Of course, I didn’t want to admit that to myself or to anyone else but that is exactly what it was. It was so much easier to wrap my fears in excuses than to face them and that is exactly what I was doing  …that is until January 27, 2018, when I stood at the starting line in the rain with an iffy foot and two black toenails as a reminder of the miles and miles of training leading up to this moment. This was it, I was about to embark on a new journey …a journey which would consist of 26.2 miles of determination, joy, discomfort, soul-searching, pain, pride, human will and ultimately a satisfaction and sense of accomplishment like nothing I’ve ever experienced.Mississippi Blues Continue reading

Marathon Training Week 21: It’s Show Time!

Wow, what a journey this has been! When I embarked on the road to my first full marathon, I honestly had no idea of what lay ahead nor what the outcome would be. I’ve had serious doubts all along that my body would ever allow me to complete this distance. After months of conservative training in an effort to prevent an injury, I still ended up with an injured foot ….and not from running, but rather hitting it on a piece of furniture! Ahhh, such is life. An extra week of taper was taken and my last scheduled long run of 20 miles never happened. While this only added to my worries and fears, Coach Holly remained calm, cool and collected ….a pillar of strength for this rookie marathoner to lean on. 26.2 Continue reading