This Weeks Gallivantin’: Change of Perspective

Happy Sunday all! After last week’s “slothy” efforts and the pity party I’ve been having for myself, I finally put on my big girl panties and decided to be like Elsa and ….you guessed it, “Let it goooo!” I took a few deep breaths between hot flashes and regrouped. While I may not can change my circumstances, I can change my attitude. As much as I would love to be following some training plan in preperation for a fall half marathon, I must admit that I’m really enjoying my strength training workouts lately. This is something that is typically neglected while training for a half so it’s been fun getting in a routine and seeing results. So, rather than focusing on what I can’t do right now; my new focus is on cross training, strength training and getting stronger. I’m one of those people that need change every now and then and tend to get bored with the same workout. Even when running, I have to change up the distance, intensity, location and terrain to keep it interesting. Therefore, I am enjoying the variety that cross training and weight lifting provides. After all….

“Variety is the spice of life…” ~ William Cowper

….and I’d say I had a pretty “spicey” week!

Monday:  A busy day at the gym caused me to miss leg day with the girls …darn-it! (said with as much sarcasm as humanly possible!) But in keeping with #nevermissamonday, I squeezed in 45 minutes on the elliptical and 40 tire flips when I got home. That tire ….the gift from the hubby that just keeps on giving.img_20161010_193113

Tuesday: Quick 2 miles of speed work/intervals on the treadmill. Nothing fancy, just enough to satisfy my desire to run without making the ankle too irritable.

Wednesday: Elliptical and stationary bike, 15 min of intervals on each. Strength training (back/biceps) Tried a couple of back exercises with the TRX at the gym …..hmmm, thinking I need one of these for my “home arsenal” . I’m sure the hubs will be thrilled to hear this! (insert sarcasm note)20161012_201436.png

Thursday: Strength training (Chest, triceps and abs) Situps w/12 lb weighted ball x60 will get those abs fired up!picsart_10-13-02-54-47

Friday: Strength training (shoulders/core) then headed out to my favorite set of stairs for some stair climbing. In the past, these tend to aggravate my ankle so I did a little research before heading out to determine if there was a way to incorporate stairs without more damage to the post tibial tendon. I learned that this particular tendon is responsible for deceleration while running and walking (downhills). This explains why I first felt it flare back up while on vacation in Wyoming during the descent of our steepest hike. With this new information tucked aways, I headed out to get a great heart pounding stair climb in. Instead of running the stairs on my toes, as in the past, I slowed it down a bit making sure to place entire foot on each step, then walked down rather than jogging. 30 flights and 1,250 steps later (15 x1 step and 15 x2 steps); my heart was pounding, drenched in sweat but my ankle felt great!

Saturday:  Tricia and Tammy had 11 miles on their training plan, the hubs was off for “soldier duty” so I decided to ride the mountain bike while they ran. It was an absolutely beautiful fall morning and I really enjoyed being their personal escort, photographer and fuel mule. I kept the “flying purple people eater” in high gear, aside from the steeper hills, in an effort to maximize my workout. However; aside from the insanely steep hill climbs, my 12 miles were much more relaxing than their 11! Tricia and I treated ourselves to coffee and breakfast at Waffle House followed by a much-needed pedicure. picsart_10-15-08-50-36The rest of the day was spent watching SEC football in compression sleeves in an attempt to ease the DOMS setting in from those darned steps  …..there may or may not have been a long hot bath, nap and a couple of glasses of wine interspersed throughout as well, all equally necessary in the recovery process.20161015_135723-1

Overall, I’m pleased with my workouts this week. Even though I’m not running more than a few miles right now, I’m pushing forward with a positive attitude and refocusing my efforts on different goals. In the end, the ultimate goal is to be healthy, happy and active. I may be injured, but I’m not OUT!

In other news, the hubs had Army Guard duty this weekend and while that, itself, is not news; the fact that he surprised me by driving home Friday night just to take me to dinner in order to share with me some “really good news”, get me all excited about it, kiss me goodbye and drive back to drill ….well, that is news. However, I can’t share it just yet; so stay tuned!

As always, I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly in the Weekly Wrap where so many amazing ladies come together to share their weekly workouts, life happenings, motivation and encouragement. Head on over and check some of them out, you are sure to find some inspiration and a few laughs!weeklywrap



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




24 thoughts on “This Weeks Gallivantin’: Change of Perspective

  1. I love your attitude! There are many ways to skin a cat (a southern expression I’m sure you’ve heard) and you are mixing is up very nicely. I hope your ankle continues to improve. Yes, as runners we do get down, but NO we are never out. Yesterday’s bike ride sounds fun. That’s one thing I can’t do right now because of my scabs. Eewww…keeping it real. Thanks for linking, Teresa!


    • You are so right…the older I get, the more I believe the strength training is even more beneficial than the cardio! I’m praying I’ll be back to running long distances in early 2017 …until then, I’m building muscles!! 🙂


  2. Don’t under estimate how important those other workouts are even if you aren’t running as much. Strength training is SO important. I only learned that after I had run several half marathons. I thought it was just all about the running!

    Must be some happy news you got! Hopefully you’ll be able to share it soon! Enjoy!


    • Yes, I’m learning that as well. And I’m hoping all of this strength training is also strengthening those leg muscles to allow that ankle to get me back to running pain free soon! Yes, it is good news and I will be sharing it soon 🙂


  3. I think mixing up the workouts (and runs, for those who are able to run) is so important. Working the exact same muscles (in the exact same manner) in overkill (and b.o.r.i.n.g.). You have such a great attitude! I do a lot of stair-climbing on non-running days…I mainly do double-steps, but this week I also did 20 sets of triple-steps. Trust me, those are a much slower-paced option, and really work the glutes (#ouch)


  4. It looks like you made up for leg day two folds this week. I’m glad you are enjoying the strength training. Funny how we get into something because we can’t do something else. I think all this will greatly help us both an I would love to be injury free for a record time.
    I had a great time too and very glad to have friends like you to share in our activities.


  5. Karen @ Fit in France says:

    I need variety in my workouts too. I feel like I have been training for races all year, so I am really looking forward to a break. I crave variety, and I would love your workouts ! Maybe once my race is done…


  6. A tire gift? lol. How thoughtful. 😉 I can’t believe you did 40 flips!! I’m not sure I could get 5. You had a productive week!! Can’t wait to hear the exciting news. Wine and pedi are definitely the best way to recover. 🙂


  7. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    Wow you’ve got your own tire to flip?! I can’t even imagine, that’s awesome! Great job with all your workouts. Sorry to hear about your ankle but focusing on strength and cross training sounds like a solid plan!


  8. Good attitude! I know how hard it is! I have been there too many time myself. I loved that went and biked with your girls 🙂 Waffle House is is my favorite place on Earth to eat breakfast 🙂
    You are working like a beast!! I love it- this is motivating me to get back to me strength training that has been very lackluster lately.


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