This Weeks Gallivantin’: A Wrap on January

This Weeks Gallivantin’ brings us to the end of not only this week, but my birthday month as well …wasn’t it just Thanksgiving a few weeks ago? Anyway, it’s been a great start to the new year and so far, 50 is feeling pretty fabulous! My workouts are still a little scattered and all over the place and I just can’t seem to get back into a routine …hopefully that will come soon. Speaking of workouts, let’s see how I did this week:

  • Sunday: 40 minutes Powermill
  • Monday: 13.1 mile run
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: 9 mile bike ride
  • Friday: 45 minutes elliptical
  • Saturday: Rest

Not a bad week for cardio but I did no weight training whatsoever, and I missed it. I really enjoy do my weight workouts with Major Hubs and his work schedule has been crazy lately …we gotta hit it hard in February!  However, it hasn’t been all a loss since I am happy to report that I have managed to lose 3 of those holiday pounds that found me…even after eating an entire pint of Halo Top birthday cake flavored ice cream for supper one night! (Well, it is still my birthday month, you know!)

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I might be slightly obsessed with this stuff!

As you all know, my January half marathon was cancelled due to an unusual and somewhat unexpected ice storm. The race director offered a virtual race option for those that wanted to “officially” post a time and feel like they actually earned their medal and race swag. I woke up Monday morning and decided I would just go out and run 13.1 and get it over with. Not the brightest idea and certainly was the hardest 13 I’ve ever run, but I did it and now I can wear that jacket with honor. The hubs was so impressed and felt just a tad bit of spouse pressure, so he bit the bullet and ran his 13 Thursday evening …most of it in the dark! He’s a tough old bird! I started out with the grand idea that I would ride my bike alongside him and be his “water station”,  but when one of the dogs got out AGAIN, I had to cut my ride short. But hey, it’s all good …he got his 13 in and I managed to get in a few on the bike to round out our day. Continue reading

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January Runfessions

Wow! How can we already be at the end of the first month of the new year?!? Time sure flies when you’re having fun, desperately trying to stay fit, chasing down escaped dogs, buried in year-end taxes and bookkeeping and just loving life in general! As always, the last Friday of every month begs us to bear our sweaty souls with a myriad of confessions or “runfessions”, if you prefer. Thanks to Marcia for hosting this fabulous link up …because it does feel good to vent from time to time!runfessions

Without further adieu …I just have to get this one off my chest right away, and I know it is not run/fitness related but it did occur to me while I wan on a running hiatus due to my injury. While looking for a TV show to binge watch, I came to the very quick and definitive conclusion that I absolutely HATE  Gilmore Girls. There, I said it. I know it’s not popular and maybe not even politically correct to say, but it’s true. I HATE IT. Lorelai and Rory have got to be two of the most obnoxious, rude, sarcastic, narcissistic, self-absorbed and immature characters ever created. Their love of and pride in the ridiculous consumption of junk food is quite repulsive and their “we’re best friends” relationship is just so pathetically “junior-highish” ….oh and their voices, oh my gosh, those voices …like hamsters on crack! I could go on and tell you how I really feel, but I think you get the picture.Gilmore-Girls-is-Shit.png

Second …I must runfess that I have been extremely frustrated with the Spin instructor at my new gym. Yes, I admit that part of my frustration could be that it’s hard to be the student when you’re accustomed to being the teacher. But geez …this woman will not shut up! She yaps throughout the entire class and I don’t just mean instructing. That part is okay …but the incessant narrative about why every song she plays is important to her and has some special meaning that dates back to high school or college, that is just too much. I just want to scream “Shut up! I don’t care if that song reminds you of your first boyfriend, I just want to get lost in the music and the pounding of my lungs as my quads are on freaking fire here!”  Then there’s also this annoying little habit she has of changing songs mid way through …just when we are getting into the rhythm, she decides to change songs because she wants to get the entire playlist in before the class is over. Really? Why don’t you just shorten your playlist then??? Ugh. Yes, there are other instructors, but I really like the time slot of this class so I continue to endure the constant jabbering  …kind of like having Lorelai (see above) for a Spin instructor. Sigh….

Third ….20170127_083955if you follow me on IG, you know that I have been toying with the idea of doing a 3 day juice cleanse. I love the idea of completely detoxing my body and starting fresh; however, I do not like the idea of an all liquid diet for three days ..unless, of course, that is a coffee and wine diet! Anyway, I purchased a few juices at my local grocery store to run them past my taste buds before embarking on this challenge. So far I have loved them all …until today. Oh my goodness, this “Radiant Probiotic” drink is like drinking moldy grass with an abundance of pepper. Yuck, spit, sputter, gag …I managed to get half of it down before giving up …thought I was tougher than that, but I am woman enough to admit defeat. Guess I will just have to get my radiantly glowing skin from my beauty products rather than my probiotics!

 

Fourth ….another non-run related runfession here, but I have witnessed these many times in the gym and I just have to ask. Have you ever seen another woman’s eyebrows so jacked up that you just want to help the poor girl out by giving her your Estheticians name?

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When you have that surprised look all day, every day!

And my fifth and final runfession for the month ….I runfess that no matter how hard I tried, I just could not bring myself to wear the uber cool jacket I received from the Mississippi Blues half marathon that was canceled due to the ice storm. I have reached for it several times while heading to the gym or out for a run and had to put it back. The race did offer a virtual run option which I wasn’t going to do since I really wasn’t trained for this distance. But dang, that jacket …just hanging there teasing me with its perfectly placed zippered pockets and longer length for just the right amount of coverage! So yeah, I went out on Monday and ran 13.1 miles and it sucked. Well, the last few miles sucked …the first half felt great, the next few were challenging and last couple just plain sucked. But hey, I did it and I’ve been wearing the hell of that jacket ever since! #earnednotgiven

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Major Hubs was feeling the pressure and ran his last night …I think he really just wanted to wear his jacket too! 

And that’s a wrap on this month’s runfessions. Thanks for listening, I feel so much better! I’m also linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 linkup so please drop by all of these great blogs to see what they’re up to. You’ll be inspired, motivated, encouraged and even entertained …I promise!frifive2

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy running!

xoxo,

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

This Weeks Gallivantin’: Easing on down the road

Happy Sunday from the sunny and 70’s South! Yep, that’s right …this time last week, we were covered in a thin sheet of ice, completely shut down and slip sliding all over the place! Mother Nature is one hormonal woman; but I’m neither judging her nor complaining as I, myself, can go from hot flash to freezing cold in the blink of an eye and I do love a nice warm 72 degree run!

It’s been a great week of workouts as I’m finally beginning to feel comfortable easing back into more running and slowly increasing the mileage. Here’s how my week played out … Continue reading

Singin’ the Blues but Feelin’ Fabulous!

Good morning from Mississippi, where the top half of our state is covered in ice! the-ultimate-coffee-date2-1-600x600I should have been up bright and early this morning running a half marathon …however, I’m curled up in front of the fire tuning in to this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date with Deborah and CoCo.  Not that I’m complaining, I do love a good “coffee date”! So grab your cup of coffee, hot tea or beverage of choice and let’s chat! Continue reading

2017 Goals: Ready, Set, Go!

With a brand new year upon us, everyone talks about those infamous resolutions. You know, those big promises we make to ourselves on January 1st and usually have broken all of them by the end of the month!

Today’s Tuesday on the Run topic is all about our 2017 goals and resolutions. Please be sure to stop by the hostesses, Marcia, Erika and Patty‘s, blogs and read all about their plans for the new year. Who knows, you just may be inspired to make a few resolutions and set some goals for yourself! I’m also linking up with the fabulous Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 link where they’ll be talking about goals as well!

 

Not to sound pessimistic, but I did manage a gym and experience proved that gym memberships shot through the roof in January and took a nose dive in March. In order to understand why this happens, I think we need to differentiate between resolutions and goals. We often times use these terms interchangeably, but they are not the same. Continue reading

Another Year, Another Birthday

Another year has come to an end and as the entire world celebrates the dawning of a new year ….I, too, celebrate the dawning of a new year, a new decade, another birthday! I breezed right “over the hill” and now I eagerly anticipate this new chapter of my life!

The hubby and I spent the New Year’s weekend celebrating my 50th birthday and ringing in the new year Savannah style! We had a fabulous time touring the city, indulging on their famous pralines and ringing in the new year on River Street at their “Up the Cup” countdown. I will posting soon about the beautiful city of Savannah and all of the fun things to do. So, if you’re interested in visiting, stay tuned for my personal favorites from this beautiful and charming southern city! Continue reading