Wow, another week come and gone! Anyone else feel like the older they get, the faster the weeks, months and years seem to just fly by? When we’re young, it’s as if we are always waiting for time to pass …waiting for that next phase of life which seems to take forever to arrive.We can’t wait to graduate high school and college, get married, buy a house and have children. Ironically, once we’ve gone through all of the ups and downs of getting to and through those phases, we appreciate life much more and enjoy the small, simple things that this life has to offer. We want to savor each day, each moment and each experience; yet we find that the more we try to hold on to time, the faster it seems to slip away. Time is an elusive and perishable commodity, let us spend it wisely.
Speaking of time ….let’s delve in to how my ‘fitness time’ was spent this week!
Monday: Yay! for holidays and long weekends! The hubby and I had nothing special planned other than a relaxing day spent together. After sleeping in, we headed out for a hot, humid and hilly 5 mile Labor Day trail run. From the beginning of our relationship, the hubs and I have always run together …it’s just what we do and I love it! However, my running has suffered as of late. I backed down to just a few miles per week throughout the summer in order to get this post tibial tendonitis under control and I can definitely tell now that I’m getting back to longer and more frequent runs. My sweet husband was having to circle back for me on more than one occasion; but it was so nice to be back ‘by his side’ running again! I’m always telling you guys about our trails and how brutal they are, so I included the elevation chart from our run today …..hills, hills, and more hills! But, hey, they’re good for the glutes!
Tuesday: Strength training (Back/Biceps), Squat challenge and plank too!
Wednesday: Strength Train (Chest/Triceps), Squats and Plank. I decided to skip my usual 3 mile run with Tammy in order to sleep in a little. Instead, I opted for hill repeats. We have a great hill right in front of our house that is around 50ft of ascent covering less than .10 of a mile. It’s so convenient to just walk out of my front door and do these repeats as opposed to having to drive somewhere to meet others to run. Besides, I’m one of those weird runners who actually enjoy hills!
Thursday: Strength Train (Shoulders) Squats and Plank
Feeling adventurous this evening, I decided to check out a short little single track trail on my mountain bike while the hubs ran the main trails. I was terrified of running into a snake but finally concluded that as long as I was on my bike, it’d be okay. The plan was that I would do this little half mile section of single track then ‘catch up’ with him on the main trail.
Sooooo, 30 minutes, 3 miles and one minor tumble later I determined that I was lost. Well actually, I realized this much earlier; but wasn’t ready to admit it. I’m not sure why I didn’t listen to my gut when it told me that I had made a wrong turn within the first 10 minutes, considering that my husband laughs at me getting lost in hotels! (EVERY time I walk out of a hotel room, I turn the wrong direction…never fails!) As I continued to try to figure my way out of this maze of trails with the sun getting lower, panic began to set in. I managed to get to a point on the trail where I could see the main access road but every time I would follow the trail in that direction, it would switch back and take me away from the road. I then decided to use my “phone a friend” lifeline…no answer. So, standing there on top of a hill, I could see glimpses of where I wanted to be through the woods and the trail leading in the opposite direction. The only thing standing between me and the main road was a wooded ravine, a multitude of spiderwebs and (in my mind) hundreds of snakes just waiting for me to get off “the beaten path”!
So, I did what any woman would do…I uttered a few colorful words, had a long pep talk with myself and took off down the hill, through the spider webs, under the fallen trees, across the rotten logs where the snakes were, no doubt, waiting to attack, crossed the ditch and pushed that bike straight up the hill to safety.
Thankfully, I survived without major incidents and no encounter with a snake …most likely due to all of the fussing and griping I was doing along the way, I’m sure I scared them off! I must admit to feeling a tad bit of exhilaration riding across roots and tree stumps amidst the panic of being lost. I am woman, hear me roar!!! or whine …whining about the spiderwebs all over me, the bug bites and the sprocket abrasion I suffered on my fall. I’ve been doing a little of both. But one thing is for certain, it will be a while before I venture off on those trails again alone; but when I do, I will be braver and stronger….because the saying is true, “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”!
Myself and my bike were covered in thick yellow spiderwebs and apparently, I found quite a few chiggers on my way out as well!
For my efforts, however; I was rewarded this beautiful sunset view coming back across the dam after having finally ‘caught up’ with the hubby. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Friday: Since the mountain bike was covered in spider webs, I decided to load up the road bike and take her out for an easy afternoon ride. Knowing that I had a Saturday morning run planned, I didn’t want to kill my quads; so I opted for a flat and easy 10 miler around our local lake and campground. It was a beautifully peaceful and solitary ride; to which I was thankful no one was around to witness me stopping by the lake to get in my squats and plank!
Saturday: It’s game day folks! Most everything here in the South revolves around college football on Saturdays. It was Guard drill duty for the hubby so Tammy and I set out for an early morning 7 miler. We decided to take a break from those brutal hills the trails relentlessly dish out and opted for a run around town instead. Good grief, it was almost as hilly as those darn trails! Basically, we live in a hilly town and they will beat you up. But, hey, as the character, Clarice, from Steel Magnolias so eloquently stated …”that which doesn’t kill us, only makes us stronger”. And so it was, I survived the hills and humidity of 7 miles setting the stage for an afternoon of college football and napping! #hailstate
Sunday: Still celebrating from our win, I put my maroon dress on and headed out to meet the hubby at church. Since he would be driving straight in from drill, he would be in uniform ….dang, I love to see him in uniform! He just looks so stealthy and handsome! However; as I sat down on the church pew where he had placed his belongings, I reached over and picked up his cap and for a brief moment my mind took me back to four years ago when he returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. I remembered how happy I was to see him, smell him, feel him and hold him in my arms once again. But most of all, I remembered how proud I was (am) of him for his deep love, patriotism and loyalty he has for our country! I thought about the reason he had to deploy in the first place, the events of 9/11 and all those that lost their lives that day. I thought that while it was the most difficult year of my life, he came home. He came home when thousands upon thousands of others before him did not. Today, I’m remembering to be thankful for the time I have with my loved ones. Today, I’m remembering that we are a blessed nation, a blessed people and are called to be a blessing to others.
Let us all remember to use our time wisely ….for it truly is an elusive and perishable commodity!
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one blessing at a time
I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. Stop by their sites to see all the fun and adventurous things these two have been up to …you’ll find some pretty amazing ladies linking up with them also!