Keep Calm and Taper On!

Hello all! I know, I know …I haven’t ‘wrapped it up‘ with you guys in a while, but I’m still here trying to eek out this marathon training. To be quite honest, between adjusting to my new job, coping with the hubs deployment and trying to find time to get my workouts in without dying from heat exhaustion …blogging simply hasn’t been a priority. However, with my longest run of this training cycle behind me and the fact that I’m finally beginning to find my groove at work, I’m hoping to settle in to a comfortable routine again.Revel Rockies

I’ve said it before and I continue to stand by it ….I’ve lived here in the South my entire life and yet I still can’t tolerate running in the brutal summer heat we are ‘blessed’ with. April was a solid month of perfect running temps ..aside from all the rain. However, May came in like a menopausal hot flash. The only redeeming quality is that it has been beautifully sunny and has provided ample opportunities for the ‘What The Forecast’ app to keep me amused.20180514_212107.png

I’ve been able to manage two strength training sessions per week and continue to enjoy a weekly pool running session. My weekday runs have continued to be short in distance averaging 4 to 5 miles. At times I’ve worried that these are too short, but honestly I think it will be fine. The fact that I’m two weeks out from my marathon and have no major aches and pains feels good. (Especially considering that at this point before my last marathon, I was sitting in the podiatrists office) And since I’m totally not a 5 a.m. kind of runner, it’s simply too hot for more than 4 miles at 4 o’clock in the afternoon when I get off work. It is what it is.

 

Aside from the heat sucking the life right out of me, my weekend long runs have gone well. I’ve realized that I learned a lot about fueling, hydrating and the timeliness of salt intake from my first marathon training and I believe it has helped to make this one go much smoother. Or maybe it’s just simply the fact that I have overcome the ‘I can’t run that distance’ mentality. Who knows. But what I have learned is this …if you run slow enough, you can run any distance. Unfortunately, there is a time limit for this marathon and I’m a tad nervous about being able to make the cutoff. I’m holding out hope that cooler temps and the downhills will be my saving grace. Time will tell …literally!

                   Scenes from an 18 mile run ~ A beautiful neighborhood sunrise, Southern Magnolia’s in bloom and my own                                                                                                           personal pacer …Mr. Slowsky!

In non-running news, I have survived 6 weeks of deployment and have only suffered one minor meltdown ….praying the next 18 weeks will be as good to me! The college boy is home for at least a month before he goes back for a summer class, the oldest has been checking in on me regularly and offering to do things around the house while I do his laundry. (It’s a trade-off.) And the youngest …well, as we say here in the south, bless his heart …he’s just trying to get through these last few weeks of his junior year of high school. Between these three and Chester Boy, they are doing a good job of keeping me company in the Major’s absence.

                       My sweet boys grilled steaks for me for Mother’s Day while I relaxed …..okay, I cooked the asparagus, pasta salad                         and marinated the steaks. But I sure enjoyed spending the day with them. It’s so rare to have all three in my nest                                                                  at the same time these days! Blessed beyond measure.

…..and that’s a wrap. It’s taper time and just two short weeks to Denver!

I’m linking up with my #runrevel partner in crime, Holly and the fabulous Wendy for the Weekly Wrap linkup!WeeklyWrapNew

 

xoxo,

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

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Marathon Training: Lady Bird Gets Her Groove Back

March coming to an end not only means Holly and I are just 2 months out from our marathon in the Rockies, it also marks one week completed of my ‘deployment marathon’ as well.  After throwing myself a 4 day pity party, I woke up on Tuesday morning, laced up the running shoes, had a little chat with myself and hit the old running path where I put in so many miles training for my first marathon …it was there that I think I finally got my groove back. One can only feel sorry for oneself for so long, right? Besides, HGTV bingeing, popcorn, pizza and wine does not burn calories and it certainly doesn’t help with marathon training! Well okay, who am I kidding? The wine helps ….for both marathon training and surviving the deployment marathon!

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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!

Marathon Training Week 1: See Sloth Run

Week one of marathon training complete. Yes, I know, I have a long way to go and the first week of marathon training really is no different from the first week of half marathon training, right? Well, maybe on paper ..but mentally, I’m finding that it’s already a different animal. My mindset is different, my goals are different and my fears are different. I mean, I know that I can run 13.1 miles because I’ve done it many times. But I don’t know that I can double that distance …heck, I don’t even know that I can run 15 miles, for that matter. However, during one of my training runs this week, I realized that I had all of these same thoughts and fears when I decided to train for my first half because I had never run that distance before either.  I thought about all of the excitement and anticipation I felt while training for that race and how satisfied I felt of such an accomplishment upon crossing that finish line and I’ll be honest ….it stirred my ‘running soul’ and brought it back to life! This time, I’m on the other side of 50 …older, stiffer and slower but I’m just as determined and excited to tackle a new goal, to push myself beyond anything I’ve ever done and hopefully cross a new finish line!

With that being said, instead of focusing on what I’m not sure I can do, I’m {trying hard} to focus on what I can do each week ….as Coach HoHo says, baby steps.  So let’s take a look at the ‘baby steps’ I took this week on my road to 26.2.26.2 Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Rain, Rain, Go Away

While tropical storm Cindy has made her presence well-known here in the southern portion of the US; those of us in her path (and even indirect path) are beginning to research design plans for Ark building. We’ve had 9 to 10 inches of rain just in the past week and we are almost 200 miles inland! While I would love to blame all of this wet weather for my lack of running miles, I can’t. I’ve done exactly what I said I would do once the Utah Valley Half was done …..cross train through the remaining ‘dog days of summer’. However, I can give credit to the weather for encouraging me to hit the gym and lift all the weights. bitmoji-20170623113014

This week’s workouts:

  • Monday: Cycling (15 miles), 100 push ups
  • Tuesday: 100 squats and more moving
  • Wednesday: Stepmill (30 min intervals), back/bi’s/abs 
  • Thursday: Running (3 miles), 100 push ups
  • Friday: Indoor Cycling (60 min/14 miles), 100 squats/leg day
  • Saturday: Cycling (16 miles)

Totals: 45 miles cycling/3 running

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This Week’s Gallivantin’: Unraveling at 50

Unraveling (1)It’s been a bumpy ride for the LadyBird the past couple of weeks. After going in for what was supposed to be my routine annual checkup, I came out with an abnormal mammogram and a couple of abnormal lab results leaving me feeling confused and a little worried. Who knew you could be ‘sick’ while feeling so great! It can be somewhat deflating to find out that despite all of your efforts at exercising and eating healthy, one can still have an elevated cholesterol level.  Apparently, this sort of thing is 70% hereditary and 30% diet/exercise. So there. Not my fault, right? Something else to blame the parentals for! Anyway, I will attempt to tighten up the old diet a little more, eliminate more sodium and do what I can to prevent having to take a pill. Continue reading