This Week’s Gallivantin’: One Step at a Time

Another week, another weekly wrap! I really don’t know what is going on with me lately. During the week, I feel like I’m getting good solid workouts in, then when I sit down to work on my post for this link-up, I think …”that’s it? No wonder, I’m not losing these extra pounds that Aunt Minnie has gifted me!” Then I vow to amp it up for the coming week only to find myself in the same boat the following Sunday…. sigh Β On a more positive note …it was an absolutely beautiful week with plenty of sunshine and warm weather for said workouts!

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To be fair and honest, I must admit that I did indulge in National Margarita Day on Wednesday followed by a night out with friends on Thursday where another margarita was involved (because you can’t eat Mexican food without a Margarita)! There was another dinner with friends on Saturday night which I tried to eat healthier …salmon, steamed veggies and corn grits. I know, the grits is where I went wrong …but oh my goodness, if you’ve ever had good ole Southern cheese grits, you’d understand why I couldn’t resist! With all of the facts on the table …maybe my workouts are not to blame this week but rather my overindulgence in the food and libations department. I’ll try to keep that in check this week. (And while I’m ‘fessing up to things …in case you missed it, I had a few things to confess in the monthly Runfessions link-up as well!)

In addition to these slight bobbles, I’ve been intentionally running less and trying to vary my cardio in order to allow myself time to adjust to my new orthotics. I alluded to this a few weeks ago …did I mention that I have a love/hate relationship with them? Well, it is getting better, but I’m still not completely sold on them yet. Tuesday will be two weeks since I got them and I can now wear them all day with minimal to no discomfort. I have not yet tried running with them yet. I was told I should not run with them until I got a new pair of running shoes. They should arrive on Monday and hopefully, Tuesday I can try them out with the orthotics. I’ll admit that I’m not looking forward to running with these suckers ….they are considered to be “very aggressive” in the arch support. If it has taken me two weeks to get adjust to walking with these, I know it will take quite a while before I can run any significant distance with them …and patience is not one of my virtues. But, considering the price tag of them, IΒ willΒ  make them work!

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At least they are a pretty pink pattern!

I’m anxious to get back to running regular miles and building back up to a solid base mileage for half marathon training. However, I am enjoying the variation in my workouts lately….

In addition to our dinners with friends, Major Hubs and I had a fabulous weekend. It was the first weekend of the month that he was home for the entire weekend, as he’s been quite the busy soldier this month. We decided to escape the city life and head to the family farm for a little peace and quiet and target practice. I mean, what red-blooded American doesn’t enjoy exercising their 2nd amendment right?

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My Ruger 380…I never leave home without it!

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….okay, the bullseye was not my shot, but I still made it in the black, so you really don’t want to mess with me! πŸ™‚

I seriously like shooting the hubs 9mil…felt totally like a badass! The revolver was a bit too heavy for me and just too big for my hands. It was fun and nice to get away sans television, cell phone and social media …you know, just like the “olden days”.

In racing news, I do have my first ‘official’ race of the year coming up this weekend since the Ms Blues half marathon was ‘iced’ out. Major Hubs and I will be taking on theΒ Run thru History 10kΒ in my hometown of Vicksburg. It is a very challenging course run entirely in the Vicksburg National Military ParkΒ with a real canon shot signaling the start of the race and usually always an appearance by Generals Grant and Lee. I’ve run this race before with my PR being right at a 10mm pace and considering the hills on this course and lack of consistent running lately, that PR will most likely not be broken this year.

Later this month, I’ll be running a couple of local 5k’s … St. Paddy’s Day and a Wine themed race (couldn’t pass that one up). June brings theΒ Utah Valley halfΒ where I’ll be meeting several of you for a ‘bloggers meetup’! Whoop, whoop! I’d love to get a spring half marathon in to get these legs prepared for June, so if anyone has any suggestions, I’m listening. Β I’m also hoping to do a couple of duathlons on the Mississippi Coast, the Woolmarket series, if anyone is interested in joining me. Holly and I are still planning on a metric century soon …come on, I know some of you cyclists out there want to join us for that!

….and that’s a wrap! Tell me, how was your week? Anyone else struggling with the weight/food/workout balancing act? Will you be in Utah this June?

As always, I’m linking up withΒ TriciaΒ andΒ Holly, our most gracious hostesses for the Weekly Wrap. Do stop by and visit them along with many others to see what awesomeness they have been up to this past week. I know many have been running some fun and exciting races this weekend!

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xoxo,

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

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21 thoughts on “This Week’s Gallivantin’: One Step at a Time

  1. Your orthotics are pretty fancy! I would think that pattern alone would put a little pep in your step….

    It’s so much fun being over 50, isn’t it? I’m telling you, the strength training was a game changer for me. My running became much more consistent and my weight stabilized. Now of course, I need it mentally!

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  2. That’s exactly what I thought when I saw your new orthotics: They’re pretty! πŸ˜› You are wise to be patient and work them in slowly. No, I will not mess with you. Nice shooting lady! A big YES to Utah! But you already knew that.

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  3. Darlene says:

    I had tried orthotics after an Achilles injury and they took a while to break in. Then I broke my ankle and they were no longer comfortable so I gave them up.

    Hope your work – at least they are pretty.

    Having FOMO on the blogger meetups. Maybe next fall or in 2018.

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  4. My hubby’s birthday is on National Margarita Day! I’m so jealous because mine is on National Pickle Day. Seriously?

    I love the first pic of you shooting; and you shouldn’t have told us that the bullseye shot wasn’t yours! πŸ˜‰

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  5. MB Jackson says:

    I am so excited about the big YES to Utah and after the pictures in your blog- much safer too πŸ™‚ I like all the variety too- a little of this and a little of that- no boredom that way. Any yay! to the sunshine! I have a night 5K this Friday that ends at a brewery! Cheers!

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  6. I had no idea orthotics could be so pretty. They’ve been suggested to me as well. I read your post from last week but your comments were closed (yes, I was late) — I just wanted you to know I didn’t skip you! All of a sudden, there seems to be so many opportunities for races. I hope we can get our details worked out. I didn’t ride 60 miles on my bike for nothing. LOL. Aunt Minnie is crazy as a loon. Just sayin’. Thanks for linking, Teresa!

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