This Weeks Gallivantin’: Mile after Mile

Whew! The last week of October was spent mile after mile on the road. Unfortunately, these miles were not spent running, but rather in the car, sitting on my rear …no calories burned there! Yes, the hubs and I got in a lot of windshield time together and while there is no one on earth I’d rather ride shotgun with; we’re tired. However; I’m happy to report that after three trips to Jackson, we have signed a lease on our new “temporary” home. We decided to rent until our current house sells, allowing us time to look around and be sure of the area/town/suburb that we want to buy a home in. Now, for the “not so fun” part…packing and actually moving, ugh! It’s during these big life changes that my body likes to remind me that I’m not as young as I used to be. The mental “thinking” alone about this move has zapped all energy for running; I’m afraid the actual “physical”  move will shut any and all running completely down for a while. Speaking of…. this is what my week looked like in the way of being active: Continue reading

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This Weeks Gallivantin’: Moving On

My goodness, a week sure can fly! It seems like just yesterday I sat down to “wrap up my week” and yet here I sit chronicling another seven days. It’s been a busy week with a lot to process, ponder and plan. I left you guys, hanging on the edge of your computers no doubt, with some exciting news that I had been given from the hubs …..and now that the news has been shared first with the appropriate and necessary people, I can now share it with the rest of the world. The Bird family will be moving their “nest”! Yep, a new adventure and new chapter in a new city. I’m beyond excited! We will still be in the “land of cotton”, the Magnolia state, where the hospitality is plentiful and our southern drawls are soothingly endless; just a couple of hours away in a suburb of the capital city of Jackson. With so much to do in so little time, my head is swimming but so excited about the possibilities!

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Not to worry, I’ll be keeping you abreast of our move and all that it entails over the next few weeks…for now, let’s see how my week unfolded.

Sunday:  I heard from the middle son who is off living the life as a freshman in college going through rush week. I was thrilled to get this picture of he and three of his childhood friends all accepting bids from the same fraternity. Friends since preschool, now brothers for life. My heart is full.fb_img_1476662762095

Monday: Typical Monday with no time to squeeze in a workout during the work day so the hubs and I went out the dam for a night run. The dam is a little over a mile long, totally flat and has light poles that are, conveniently, 100 meters apart. After running one mile across at a slow and easy pace, just enjoying the beauty of the moon reflecting off the reservoir; I then decided to get in a few strides on the return. After 8 x 100 strides with jogging in between, I finished 2.5 miles in 27 minutes with the strides average pace 6:30. It felt good to really stretch out my legs and sprint, even for those short little bursts!

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Tuesday:  45 minutes on the elliptical and tried this new coffee ….delicious!  When you can’t have the real thing in your coffee…. this will suffice.20161016_081625

Wednesday: Early morning 3 mile run before work with Tammy and strength training. Worked the back and bi’s again with the TRX trainer…. I’m liking this thing more and more!20161019_121105

Thursday: Strength training (Chest/Tri’s) and then, despite my irritable ankle, I signed the hubs and I up for this half marathon…..mbmheader2017.png

I must be crazy and I honestly do not know if this ankle will allow me to run 13.1 miles in just a few weeks. But hey, worse case scenerio…I can walk/run if I have to and I may be able to sweet talk a podiatrist into a cortisone shot to get me across that finish line.

Friday: Abs and core work then a laid back ‘date night’ with hubs. It was a beautiful, crisp fall night for some Friday night lights at his alma mater.

Saturday: No long run, no bike ride, no workout of any kind. Instead, we were up bright and early heading to Jackson to spend the day looking at houses. By the end of the day, I felt as if I had just completed a filming of HGTV’s House Hunters. I’m pretty sure all the same phrases heard on the TV show were uttered by either myself of the hubs at least once throughout the day …..open concept living, granite countertops, split bedroom floor plan, yard too small, jacuzzi tub, needs new appliances etc…..

Monday brings with it our official start of half marathon training and another trip to Jackson with more houses to view. Wish us luck!

As always, I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap, where like-minded ladies share their fitness journeys, offering advice, support, motivation and inspiration to one another…so go check them out!weeklywrap

xoxo,

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

This Week’s Gallivantin’~Spreading Our Wings

As the summer winds down, this weeks “weekly wrap” finds me feeling a little nostalgic. We moved the middle child to college this week to begin his freshman year.

I know this sound so cliché …but seriously, where does the time go? I know that just yesterday I was tucking him in bed and reading bedtime stories. I can still feel those chubby little fingers wrapped around mine as we walked across streets and little arms wrapped tightly around my neck as he whispered “I love you momma” in my ear. So many sweet memories treasured up in my heart. I read that there are approximately 940 Saturdays between the time your child is born and when they leave for college. As I pondered that for a moment; my first thought was “Did I make the most of those days? Did I play with them enough? Should I have let them play with play-dough more? {because let’s all be honest here ….it’s just so dang messy!}” Sure there were days that I couldn’t wait until nap time just to have a quiet moment to myself and days where I thought I’d pull my hair out trying to get three little boys dressed and out the door on time! There are no perfect children, perfect days or perfect parents. We’re all just trying to navigate life one day at a time and while doing so, life happens …and it happens quickly. Before we know it, we look up and realize that 940 Saturdays have gone by in the blink of an eye!

So, this sweet child of mine is now a young man beginning a new chapter of his life. He’s strong, independent, caring and full of life. While he is more than ready to ‘conquer the world’; he still tells me that he loves me every time we talk or text, regardless of where he lives he still refers to my house as ‘home’ and no matter how old he gets, he still calls me ‘Momma’ ….so, yes, I believe that I have made the most of the past 18 years and we are all ready to spread our wings and fly into the next chapter.

Now that I’ve brought myself to tears …..AGAIN, let’s talk fitness!

Sunday: Church, rest and last-minute college shopping with the boy. I can remember when he was little how much I loved being able to make a ‘Wal-Mart’ run alone, without kids fussing and fighting or having to find a safe place to park the buggy while I took one of them to the bathroom. Oh, but not this time! He drove me, we listened to his music and he pushed the buggy. We talked like two old friends, laughed and reminisced a little. I found a little slice of heaven this day while shopping with my child.

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Isn’t he just adorable? He said  “adulting is expensive” 🙂

Monday: Leg Day…again! Dang, that one comes around way too soon! I mean, Mondays suck enough on their own, then I had to go and schedule my leg workouts on the same day! Last week it was the weighted squats that had me crawling around moaning and groaning and this week it was the deadlifts ….hammies were screaming for several days!

Tuesday: Back/Biceps and taught Spin class. What I felt was a pretty tough class was confirmed the next day by one of my spinners when she texted me to say that her quads were extremely sore. Ahhh, a job well done!

Wednesday: Did my Thursday chest/tri workout since I knew I’d be out all day Thursday. Oh yeah, while reading the August edition of Runner’s WorldI read an article entitled “Globe Trotter”. It is about a woman who spent an entire year traveling the world to experience running in different cultures. The article intrigued me enough to order her book, “Run the World”.  If you love running, you should check it out. 

Thursday: College move in day! The only workout done was the five flights of stairs climbed to haul all of the boys belongings up because I did not have the patience to wait in line for the elevator! While it was a pretty good glute workout, it did not make up for the fish bowl margarita I had later that evening in an attempt to drown my sorrows! 🙂

Friday: 30 minutes on the elliptical and a short ab workout. Lunch with a few of my ex coworkers followed by a little retail therapy at TJ Maxx! In anticipation for shorter days, cooler temps and dark morning runs; I picked up this nifty little strobe light …one can never have enough lights on them these days! crazy drivers20160821_164153

Saturday: 5.5 mile hot, humid, hilly trail run with the hubs. I think he actually got 6 miles in due to all of the circling back he had to do to make sure I hadn’t passed out somewhere along the trail. I really don’t mind that he is always ahead of me though …in the summer, the sweat from his body keeps me cool and on the trails he clears all of the spider webs and hopefully runs off any unfriendly critters. See, there are some benefits to being a slower runner!

All in all, a good week. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t get too far off my workout schedule despite the emotional roller coaster I’ve been on. Anyone else send a child off to college this year? Or maybe one started kindergarten? What are you reading these days? What is your favorite leg workout?

If you are looking for some motivation to get you moving, go check out MissSippiPiddlin and HoHoRuns for their Weekly Wrap to see what other active women are up to!WeeklyWrap

Dancing with Change

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance” ~Alan Watts

Experiencing change in my life has always been something I enjoyed, looked forward to and sometimes even sought after. For me, change has always been viewed as a new adventure, a chance to meet new people, learn new skills and grow as an individual. I’ve learned that every now and then I feel the restlessness settling in and I NEED change, even if it’s something as simple as rearranging the living room furniture or a new comforter for the bedroom. So here I am, finding myself feeling restless once again …..yet, this time it’s different. It’s unsettling, unwanted and uncomfortable.

I will admit that I’m one of those women that has always thought a lot about age. When I was a little girl, I couldn’t wait to become a teenager and it was pretty good. Next, I found myself anxious to reach my 20’s where I imagined having my own apartment, boyfriend, no curfew and grocery shopping for myself would be so cool ….and it was! Marriage and a baby soon followed those early twenties putting me on that roller coaster called “Motherhood” leaving me with 3 little boys, exhausted yet utterly fulfilled. So much so, that I don’t even remember anticipating my 30’s because they were a blessed whirlwind of ball games, soccer, boy scouts, church programs, school functions, laundry, boo-boo’s and bedtime stories. Lordy, lordy, then came 40! What in the world??? For the first time in my life, I was NOT anxiously awaiting this age! My little boys were getting bigger, the baby was beginning kindergarten, the husband was consumed with his medical practice and I suddenly found myself wondering things like …”Who am I? “What do I do with my time?” “What do I enjoy?” and “What is my purpose?”.  It was difficult and uncomfortable and I knew that it was time for a change. So I did what I always did when I had this feeling …I went shopping! Because who doesn’t feel better after buying a new pair of shoes, right?? Right! So, while I was standing in front of the mirror in the department store admiring the new shoes I was about to purchase, it hit me ….I knew at that moment the change had to be ME! It was time to focus on me for a change and the first thing I wanted to do was lose all of that “Motherhood” weight I had gained over the years. Admittedly, at first, it was 100% about being thinner. I had always been thin and never had to worry about weight at all. However; birthing babies, years of ball park food and all of those evening glasses of wine intended to help wind down after a long day of chasing three little boys around changes that metabolism a bit! But what began as an “oh my gosh! When did I get so fat?” journey, quickly turned into an “oh my gosh! I feel so healthy” journey and I’ve never looked back. It’s been the best gift I’ve ever given to myself and my only regret is that I didn’t see the value in this lifestyle sooner. I began running and lifting weights and quickly reached my weight goal. But that was just another number ….a number on a scale. That number meant far more than what I weighed. It represented my health, accomplishment, both mental and physical strength and endless possibilities for the future. Now, let me be clear, I’m just your average runner …some would even say just a “jogger”. Over the past 10 years I’ve run 7 half marathons, 5k’s and 10k’s too numerous to count and a few duathlons. I’m slower than a turtle running through peanut butter, but I run. I run to stay healthy, I run to stay sane an I run because it makes me happy.

With all of that being said, we’ve come full circle …back to the beginning of this post, back to the purpose of this blog. Here I am, standing on the edge of change, feeling frustrated with myself for placing so much importance on a number …an age. The big one, the big FAT 50! And this one stings, it hurts my pride and it just plain sucks. Not because I feel lost like before; not at all! I’ve found myself over the past ten years and I like her a lot. But I’m changing against my own will; my body is changing, hormones are changing, those dang hot flashes are torturing me, my normal workout routine is just not cutting it anymore, it’s requiring more and more exercise to maintain and that really ticks me off, I seem to be plagued with running injuries preventing me from exercising, further fueling my irritability and zero patience for stupidity! Wow, I must seem like a summer picnic for all the men in my house!! By the way …I must take a second to say that I do have the most wonderfully loving, patient and understanding hubby ever to walk this earth! (Thank God for ‘second chances’!)

Whether it is sought after or whether it seeks us out, change is inevitable. I know this, so how do I embrace this change?

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”   ~Socrates

And there it is …the answer to a question posed in 2016 is as old as Socrates himself. I will embrace this change with courage, humility, confidence and as much humor as possible. For I’m in search of the woman I’ve yet to become!

“Fabulous” found me at 40 and now I’m on a mission of Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty!