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

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Marathon Anticipations

In some ways it’s been a long 20 weeks, yet it also seems to have flown by. My journey to my first 26.2 is coming to a close and the only thing left to do is weather stalk, rest, hydrate and daydream about that finish line. I shared with you all last week all of my worries and concerns, so I thought it only fitting that this week I share with you the things I am most looking forward to with this, my first and most likely my only, marathon.

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Marathon Training Weeks 19 & 20: Taper Time

I didn’t write a Weekly Wrap last week because, quite honestly, I was just frustrated with my training …or lack thereof. Yes it was time to taper and I was fine with that. However, due to my foot issue, I’ve done more than taper …I’ve pretty much been on the bench. Will it have negative effects on my performance come race day or will all the extra rest be the perfect recipe for my first marathon debut? Only time will tell, but I’m leaning toward the perfect recipe! Positive thoughts bring positive results, right?

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Marathon Woes: What if?

In less than 24 hours, I will be exactly one week away from lining up at the starting line of my first full marathon. I’m anxious, excited and yes …afraid. Okay, afraid may be too harsh ….it’s more like worried. Yes, I’m worried.

I will readily confess that, by nature, I tend to be a worrier. Just ask Major Hubs. There’s a running joke between us in that every time I say something like …’but what if  _______  happens’, he always responds with ‘yeah, and a meteor could fall out of the sky and hit {you/me/or whoever else I may be worrying about at the time}. Are you going to worry about that too?’ Hmmmm ….It’s quite possible. www.findingfabulousatfifty.wordpress.com Continue reading

Marathon Training Week 18: On Hold

2018 certainly came in like a wrecking ball …or a bomb cyclone, to be more precise. The arctic blast blew in, covered the northeast in blankets upon blankets of snow and even left those of us here in the deep South freezing our tails off with the most consecutive days of overnight temps in the teens than I can ever remember in my lifetime! I’m not complaining though since our forecast for the coming week is for temps back up in the 60s and it’s not a day too soon coming. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again …we’re just not prepared for weather like that down here. The city of Jackson had over 50 water main breaks this past week due to frozen water lines. But now that we’ve thawed out and the first week of 2018 has come to an end, it’s time for the Weekly Wrap.26.2

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Ultimate Coffee Date – January 2018

Good morning fellow coffee lovers! It’s the first Saturday of a new month and a new year, which can only mean one thing …it’s time for the Ultimate Coffee Date!  So put on your fuzzy slippers, pull up a chair and let’s chat over a delicious cup of Joe, tea, milk, OJ, mimosa, shot of whiskey, or whatever gets you moving!

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If we were having coffee … 

I’d tell you that, as most of you probably know, I started this blog as I was approaching my 50th birthday ..hence the name Finding ‘Fabulous’ at Fifty. Obviously, I didn’t put much thought in to the fact that I wouldn’t be 50 forever and what would I do about the name of my blog once I surpassed that golden year. I turned 51 on January 1st and still feel fabulous …well, except for the hot flashes, menopot and mild arthritis beginning to set in my hands  ….but I digress. Anyway, back to my point …am I still ‘Finding Fabulous’ at Fifty’ if I’m 51? Should I change the name of my blog? I certainly can’t change it each year as I age. Do I wait until I’m 60 to change it? I may not even be blogging then. Does it really matter? Is it just a technicality? These are the things that keep me awake at night …not really. Hot flashes keep me awake, but these type of questions fill my head while I’m already awake. What to do, what to do? First world problems, right? Lol

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I’d tell you that @sammyruns on IG has inspired me to get serious about my core strength, or lack thereof. The fact that she has maintained a plank streak for well over 600 days is amazing to me! Therefore, I set a goal to do at least a one minute plank each day for one year ….here’s hoping to see my abs again one day!

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I’d tell you that since I was already doing my own plank streak challenge, I decided to hop on board Rachel’s Burpees, Planks & Pushup Challenge for the month of January. Although I absolutely despise burpees, they are a great total body exercise and well, nothing feels more satisfying than accomplishing those things which take you out of your comfort zone. I joined in on their little burpee party late so I had to play catch up yesterday ….I pretty much feel like I’ve been punched in the gut and ribs today. Feels great though ..in a sick, twisted sort of way.

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I’d tell you that this marathon training stuff can be a pain in the _____! I’m sure you can fill in that blank with any number of body parts and for me, right now, it’s a pain in the foot. Ever since my last long run, my right foot has been acting up. I have pain on the top of the 4th or 5th metatarsal when walking and running. It felt fine during my last run, but starting hurting later that day. It’s not a constant steady pain with every step which leads me to believe it’s not a stress fracture. However, after I’ve been on my feet awhile, it begins to hurt so bad that I have to lift that foot in order to take the weight off.  I have been cross-training all week rather than running and have an appointment with my podiatrist on Tuesday. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my one and only goal for this marathon was to make it to the starting line uninjured. I may be over-reacting a little bit, but I just can’t take any chances. I’m three weeks out from race day and need one more solid week of peak training before tapering. Pray that it’s nothing serious and I can get back to running soon ….I am so close to becoming a marathoner!

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My cup is empty and Major Hubs just returned from his run …yes, I’m jealous … and it’s time to wrap this one up. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit our fabulous hostesses, Deborah and Coco and all the others who’ve joined in on this month’s edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date …because coffee is always better with a friend!The-Ultimate-Coffee-Date2-e1472303933116

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one cup of coffee at a time!