This Weeks Gallivantin’: Hello November!

With the wrap of another week, we welcome November…the glorious month of Turkeys, dressing, cranberry sauce and pecan pie. (or as we here in the south say, peCAN pie!) It’s the month that finally ushers in fall like weather here in the deep south and also kicks off the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season. It’s a busy time of year and going to be even busier for this family.

Our house is officially on the market and we will be moving most of our belongings this coming weekend. The hubby has already started his new job and has been commuting each day. Between his new job and commute, his Army job and preaching on Sundays, I can say without a doubt that his ‘wagon is draggin’!  Needless to say, we need to get settled as soon as possible. It is quite fitting that all of this is happening during the month of Thanksgiving, as we are most grateful for all the blessings that have been bestowed on us even in the midst of the chaos. Life has taught me that the things we often take for granted, someone else is praying for. Therefore, I try to always be thankful in every situation! Continue reading

Runfessions for October

Hello fellow runners! It’s Friday and the end of the month; which means it is time for another edition of “Runfessions” link-up hosted by Marcia where we take the opportunity to confess any and all of our running, fitness and …well, just life related confessions. It really does feel good to get a few things off our chests …or in our case, our feet!

So, without further adieu… Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’: Change of Perspective

Happy Sunday all! After last week’s “slothy” efforts and the pity party I’ve been having for myself, I finally put on my big girl panties and decided to be like Elsa and ….you guessed it, “Let it goooo!” I took a few deep breaths between hot flashes and regrouped. While I may not can change my circumstances, I can change my attitude. As much as I would love to be following some training plan in preperation for a fall half marathon, I must admit that I’m really enjoying my strength training workouts lately. This is something that is typically neglected while training for a half so it’s been fun getting in a routine and seeing results. So, rather than focusing on what I can’t do right now; my new focus is on cross training, strength training and getting stronger. I’m one of those people that need change every now and then and tend to get bored with the same workout. Even when running, I have to change up the distance, intensity, location and terrain to keep it interesting. Therefore, I am enjoying the variety that cross training and weight lifting provides. After all….

“Variety is the spice of life…” ~ William Cowper

….and I’d say I had a pretty “spicey” week!

Monday:  A busy day at the gym caused me to miss leg day with the girls …darn-it! (said with as much sarcasm as humanly possible!) But in keeping with #nevermissamonday, I squeezed in 45 minutes on the elliptical and 40 tire flips when I got home. That tire ….the gift from the hubby that just keeps on giving.img_20161010_193113

Tuesday: Quick 2 miles of speed work/intervals on the treadmill. Nothing fancy, just enough to satisfy my desire to run without making the ankle too irritable.

Wednesday: Elliptical and stationary bike, 15 min of intervals on each. Strength training (back/biceps) Tried a couple of back exercises with the TRX at the gym …..hmmm, thinking I need one of these for my “home arsenal” . I’m sure the hubs will be thrilled to hear this! (insert sarcasm note)20161012_201436.png

Thursday: Strength training (Chest, triceps and abs) Situps w/12 lb weighted ball x60 will get those abs fired up!picsart_10-13-02-54-47

Friday: Strength training (shoulders/core) then headed out to my favorite set of stairs for some stair climbing. In the past, these tend to aggravate my ankle so I did a little research before heading out to determine if there was a way to incorporate stairs without more damage to the post tibial tendon. I learned that this particular tendon is responsible for deceleration while running and walking (downhills). This explains why I first felt it flare back up while on vacation in Wyoming during the descent of our steepest hike. With this new information tucked aways, I headed out to get a great heart pounding stair climb in. Instead of running the stairs on my toes, as in the past, I slowed it down a bit making sure to place entire foot on each step, then walked down rather than jogging. 30 flights and 1,250 steps later (15 x1 step and 15 x2 steps); my heart was pounding, drenched in sweat but my ankle felt great!

Saturday:  Tricia and Tammy had 11 miles on their training plan, the hubs was off for “soldier duty” so I decided to ride the mountain bike while they ran. It was an absolutely beautiful fall morning and I really enjoyed being their personal escort, photographer and fuel mule. I kept the “flying purple people eater” in high gear, aside from the steeper hills, in an effort to maximize my workout. However; aside from the insanely steep hill climbs, my 12 miles were much more relaxing than their 11! Tricia and I treated ourselves to coffee and breakfast at Waffle House followed by a much-needed pedicure. picsart_10-15-08-50-36The rest of the day was spent watching SEC football in compression sleeves in an attempt to ease the DOMS setting in from those darned steps  …..there may or may not have been a long hot bath, nap and a couple of glasses of wine interspersed throughout as well, all equally necessary in the recovery process.20161015_135723-1

Overall, I’m pleased with my workouts this week. Even though I’m not running more than a few miles right now, I’m pushing forward with a positive attitude and refocusing my efforts on different goals. In the end, the ultimate goal is to be healthy, happy and active. I may be injured, but I’m not OUT!

In other news, the hubs had Army Guard duty this weekend and while that, itself, is not news; the fact that he surprised me by driving home Friday night just to take me to dinner in order to share with me some “really good news”, get me all excited about it, kiss me goodbye and drive back to drill ….well, that is news. However, I can’t share it just yet; so stay tuned!

As always, I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly in the Weekly Wrap where so many amazing ladies come together to share their weekly workouts, life happenings, motivation and encouragement. Head on over and check some of them out, you are sure to find some inspiration and a few laughs!weeklywrap

 

xoxo,

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

 

 

This Weeks Gallivantin’: Slacker, Sluggard and Sloth, oh my!

Yes, that about sums up my week. I’d like to think that I could blame my lack of activity on my ankle injury, children’s activities, a super hectic job or anything that sounds better than the truth …just had a serious case of couch potato-itis. I did mange to get my strength training workouts in and a 5k on Saturday, but I just couldn’t seem to find the time to get any cardio in between all of the terribly unhealthy meals I consumed!5e93db90309b89e83bb97dc86b4d8964

I guess we all have weeks like these, right? Come on …please tell me that you do too! Oh well, here’s how it looked…

Monday: Leg day

Tuesday: 45 minutes on Elliptical

Wednesday: Back/Biceps

Thursday: Chest/Triceps

Friday: Shoulders/Core

Saturday: 5k with the hubs

This was a super hilly out and back course and while I enjoyed the challenge, I knew it would affect my time. The advantage of out and back courses is the obvious, for every hill you climb going out, you make note to yourself that you will have that downhill coming back! Yay!! Unfortunately, the same is true for every downhill going out ….there’s an uphill coming back. And it all adds up to a bunch of hills that begins to wear you down by the second mile. The one thing that kept me pushing through the hills was the fact that I knew that last quarter of a mile stretch to the finish line would be downhill. The plan was to endure the hills and open it up during that last stretch to make up time. Good plan, right? Right. Well… when I turned the corner onto that last stretch that I was soooo looking forward to, it hit me….that strong North wind right in my face all the way to the finish line! Despite the hills and headwind, we both came away with 1st place AG awards…another benefit of small town 5k’s, the competition is usually not too stiff 🙂20161008_0900140

The good news is that I watched a video on how to tape for post tibial tendonitis and I’m happy to report that it felt pretty good …for a 5k. I’m not sure how it would hold up for longer distances though.20161008_094444

I have to share with you the very special overall awards that were given out at this race. They were handmade by members of the Mustard Seed, a Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. They have made finisher’s medals for a few local half marathons as well. They also have handmade greeting cards and custom photo Christmas cards on their website which I’ve linked above. I think this is a fabulous way for these incredibly talented individuals to be a part of something they otherwise may not be able to participate  in.

 

With that, my week is done. As sloth-full as it was, I will redeem myself this week after being inspired by all of the incredible Chicago marathoners stories I will be reading in this link up!! Oh yeah, speaking of link ups…..I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly aka Chicago marathon finisher for another edition of Weekly Wrap. Head on over there and prepare to be inspired by some seriously incredible women balancing life, children, full-time jobs and a lot of running!weeklywrapxoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, even while occasionally slacking!

This Weeks Gallivantin’: Autumn Arrival

There has been a slight “crispness” in the air this week, a drop in early morning temperatures, a blanket of orange leaves covering the trails and the ever so faint scent of Autumn all around. I can’t remember a time when this has been more anticipated and welcomed! This, I believe, is yet another indicator of my age. As a young woman, I was ever so sad to see those ‘dog days of summer’ transition into Fall. The older I get, the more I welcome the relief and ease that comes with Autumn …and to be honest, my hot flashes are much more bearable during these cooler days!

It’s been an uneventful week, backing off from running in hopes to revive the ankle and just trying to maintain some sort of ‘calorie burn’ until I’m ‘back on my feet’.

Monday:  This is how I feel every Monday begins for me…….

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This is Tammy….the leg nazi!

And this is me ….every.single.Monday!

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…yet I live to see another Leg Day!

Tuesday: 3 mile walk/jog to test out the ankle and …..still planking!

Wednesday: Strength training/chest and tri’s followed by 45 min. on the elliptical. Treated myself to a long hot soak in the tub with a little evening ‘toddy’. Calgon, take me away!

Thursday: The early morning temps have been so incredibly inviting that I could not resist having my breakfast outside on the deck. Strength training (back, bi’s and a little ab work), 3 mile easy run then back to the deck for some evening reading and wine sipping. I’m loving these early fall days!

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Eating clean??? What’s that?

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Spiderman crawls with the Bosu ball

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…this face is just so dang happy to be running even though I shouldn’t have been….

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Chaco girl agrees with me….wine IS eating clean!

Friday: Rest and day with the hubby …he surprised me and came home a day early from his business trip!!

Saturday: Early morning bike ride with the hubs and Chester boy …they ran, I rode; it’s how I’m rollin’ these days.img_20161001_104843

Sunday: Church, lunch and a quick nap before loading up the ‘Watermelon’ for a little paddlin’ and girl chatting with TriciaIt was a beautiful fall evening on the lake and a great way to round out the weekend!

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MissSippiPiddlin’ hamming it up in the background

…and with that we wrap up another Mississippi week filled with nothing special but everything to be thankful for!

How was your week? Has Autumn arrived in your neck of the woods? Anyone else still out on the water in October? 

xoxo,

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

Linking up (a little late) with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. Stop by and see what these incredible women are up to these days. There are a lot of marathons on the horizon with some of these ladies, so be sure to send them a word of encouragement!weeklywrap

 

This Weeks Gallivantin’ ~Meet Aunt Minnie

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this weekly wrap finds us another week closer to Fall, yet still experiencing summer temperatures. You know it’s been a hot summer when you are thrilled to see that the weather app shows 80 degrees for your early morning run! However, the leaves are beginning to fall and every now and then we catch a breeze with the slightest scent and feel of fall in the air, football season is in full swing and there is pumpkin flavored everything in stores; all of which bring hope and assurance that fall is near!

I started out this week motivated and on track with my fitness goals only to have them all derailed mid-week with a few of life’s little “bumps in the road”. But hey, sh*t happens, right? In my current menopausal state, my initial response to such interruptions is with frustration, a few colorful words and mild hysteria; however; I quickly realize the ridiculousness of my behavior and brush them off with a smile in an attempt to make the most of every day …until crazy ‘Aunt Minnie’ (mine and my hubby’s affectionate nickname for this wild ride I’m on called menopause….get it? Minnie Pause?) strikes again. So, with all of that being said, let’s see how this past week ‘wrapped up’ ….menopausehandledraft3a2

Monday: Leg day with Tammy and MissSippiPiddlinsquat and plank challenge and a 3 mile evening run with the hubby. Not bad for a Monday, right???

Tuesday: Strength training (Back/Biceps) and taught a Spin class ….oh yeah, wearing my new capris that the hubby bought for me. Each month when Uncle Sam calls him off for Guard duty, he always brings me some sort of “happy” back and this time it was these awesome Nike capri’s ….yes, I do have the best husband ever!

Wednesday: Darned those leg workouts!! I don’t think I’ve ever worked legs and not be sore for days…sigh. So, due to sore legs and a little ‘wayward child’ frustrations, I took a well needed rest day and the hubby, knowing that I could use a break, asked me out on a date. So, movie night it would be ….a date with the hubs, Sully and the biggest tub of popcorn no human should ever attempt to consume! (I’m blaming this one on crazy ‘Aunt Minnie’ as well) The movie was great…if you haven’t seen Sully, I highly recommend it.

Thursday: Since eating an insane amount of popcorn the night before, things starting going downhill… In addition to everything at work falling apart, my vehicle decided to retire itself….ugh. After spending the entire day dealing with electricians and HVAC technicians at the gym, I received a call later that evening informing me that the front door of the gym, which stays locked 24/7, was allowing members to enter but not to exit. Great, so now we have a ‘Hotel California’ deal going on …’you can check in anytime you want, but you can never leave’! Whew, what a day! No working out at all…no cardio, no squats, no planking, no strength training…nadda. However, I may or may not have consumed quite a few glasses of wine that evening! (Aunt Minnie love wine!)

Friday: Whoo hoo! Day off with the hubs! What to do, what to do…. Sleep in? Go for a run? Go kayaking? Ride bikes? Not a chance. Back to the gym bright and early to meet the locksmith regarding the possessed door not letting folks out after they’ve worked their butts off; then we headed out on a pre-car shopping excursion. Most women would probably love to go car shopping; but not me. I have no idea what I want. I’ve been driving a Tahoe for the past 8 years and before that it was kid-friendly minivans. For the first time in a long time, I don’t have to consider three boys, their friends and loads of football and soccer equipment needed to be transported when shopping for a vehicle. Do I want something smaller with better gas mileage or another SUV to haul my bike and kayak around? Hmmmm…. time will tell. I’ve got it narrowed down to a few options and they are all completely opposite of one another! Decisions, decisions. Day 3 with no cardio or strength training and I’m beginning to get grumpy.

Saturday: Since we had no long run planned for the day, we slept in a little before hitting the road again …this time, Biloxi bound for our September race, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k. This race was first organized in New York City after the terrorists attack on 9/11 to honor those firefighters and first responders who lost their lives on that fateful day. It takes you on the same route that Stephen Siller, himself, ran that day to get back to the World Trade Center. The emotions one experiences as they exit the Brooklyn Battery tunnel is one that cannot be described. If you live in the NYC area and haven’t already participated in this race, you should definitely do so. If you want a great excuse to take a trip to NYC, this is it! They have since organized similar runs throughout the USA in efforts to raise money for the foundation. If you are not familiar with the Stephen Siller story, I encourage you to check it out. It is an incredibly inspirational story of service and sacrifice. This particular race location is only in its second year; therefore, it was not without some snags, hiccups and disorganization. However; we honestly didn’t sign up for this one as a race. We weren’t concerned about times or PR’s. We simply ran together, side by side, in memory of, with respect and honor for those who selflessly gave their lives trying to save others 15 years ago. It was a beautiful and quiet run over the Biloxi Bay at sunset. There were firefighters running in full gear, EMS and policemen running in uniform, and many carrying American flags. As we approached the finish line, we passed five banners displaying the faces of all 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11, evoking a wide array of emotions …sadness, appreciation, pride, gratefulness, comradery, respect and patriotism. Having participated in the NYC Tunnel to Towers race several years ago, this run has special meaning to us. Though this particular venue was short on miles and small in numbers; it was large in love, appreciation and honor to those who are more than deserving. May we never forget.

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Ending my week with this run definitely puts all of the little “bumps in the road” I experienced this week in perspective. Crazy ‘Aunt Minnie’ may be wreaking havoc on my body these days, but I will not let her control my mind ….I have much to be thankful for and I will strive to make the most of each day!

On another note….the hubs and I finally nailed down the destination for my 50th birthday weekend getaway, which just so happens to be New Year’s Eve, and the destination for our 2017 summer vacation! I’m so excited! (We like planning ahead)

As always, I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. If you’re looking to meet some amazing women, just like you, to gain knowledge, motivation and encouragement in your fitness journey, look no further ….this is the link up for you!weeklywrap

 

Let’s chat….

Anyone else dealing with crazy ‘Aunt Minnie’?

Did you downsize your vehicle once your kids started driving themselves?

Who else cannot resist the 10 gallon tub of popcorn at the movies?

Anyone else ever participated in the Tunnel to Towers run? NYC?

 

x0x0,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one hot flash at a time!

This Week’s Gallivantin’ ~ Getting Lost

Wow, another week come and gone! Anyone else feel like the older they get, the faster the weeks, months and years seem to just fly by? When we’re young, it’s as if we are always waiting for time to pass …waiting for that next phase of life which seems to take forever to arrive.We can’t wait to graduate high school and college, get married, buy a house and have children. Ironically, once we’ve gone through all of the ups and downs of getting to and through those phases, we appreciate life much more and enjoy the small, simple things that this life has to offer. We want to savor each day, each moment and each experience; yet we find that the more we try to hold on to time, the faster it seems to slip away. Time is an elusive and perishable commodity, let us spend it wisely.

Speaking of time ….let’s delve in to how my ‘fitness time’ was spent this week!

Monday:  Yay! for holidays and long weekends! The hubby and I had nothing special planned other than a relaxing day spent together. After sleeping in, we headed out for a hot, humid and hilly 5 mile Labor Day trail run. From the beginning of our relationship, the hubs and I have always run together …it’s just what we do and I love it! However, my running has suffered as of late. I backed down to just a few miles per week throughout the summer in order to get this post tibial tendonitis under control and I can definitely tell now that I’m getting back to longer and more frequent runs. My sweet husband was having to circle back for me on more than one occasion; but it was so nice to be back ‘by his side’ running again!  I’m always telling you guys about our trails and how brutal they are, so I included the elevation chart from our run today …..hills, hills, and more hills! But, hey, they’re good for the glutes!
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Tuesday: Strength training (Back/Biceps), Squat challenge and plank too!

Wednesday: Strength Train (Chest/Triceps), Squats and Plank.  I decided to skip my usual 3 mile run with Tammy in order to sleep in a little. Instead, I opted for hill repeats. We have a great hill right in front of our house that is around 50ft of ascent covering less than .10 of a mile. It’s so convenient to just walk out of my front door and do these repeats as opposed to having to drive somewhere to meet others to run. Besides, I’m one of those weird runners who actually enjoy hills! hill-repeats-x-15-1

Thursday:  Strength Train (Shoulders) Squats and Plank

Feeling adventurous this evening, I decided to check out a short little single track trail on my mountain bike while the hubs ran the main trails. I was terrified of running into a snake but finally concluded that as long as I was on my bike, it’d be okay. The plan was that I would do this little half mile section of single track then ‘catch up’ with him on the main trail.

Sooooo, 30 minutes, 3 miles and one minor tumble later I determined that I was lost. Well actually, I realized this much earlier; but wasn’t ready to admit it. I’m not sure why I didn’t listen to my gut when it told me that I had made a wrong turn within the first 10 minutes, considering that my husband laughs at me getting lost in hotels! (EVERY time I walk out of a hotel room, I turn the wrong direction…never fails!) As I continued to try to figure my way out of this maze of trails with the sun getting lower, panic began to set in. I managed to get to a point on the trail where I could see the main access road but every time I would follow the trail in that direction, it would switch back and take me away from the road. I then decided to use my “phone a friend” lifeline…no answer. So, standing there on top of a hill, I could see glimpses of where I wanted to be through the woods and the trail leading in the opposite direction. The only thing standing between me and the main road was a wooded ravine, a multitude of spiderwebs and (in my mind) hundreds of snakes just waiting for me to get off “the beaten path”!

So, I did what any woman would do…I uttered a few colorful words, had a long pep talk with myself and took off down the hill, through the spider webs, under the fallen trees, across the rotten logs where the snakes were, no doubt, waiting to attack, crossed the ditch and pushed that bike straight up the hill to safety.

Thankfully, I survived without major incidents and no encounter with a snake …most likely due to all of the fussing and griping I was doing along the way, I’m sure I scared them off! I must admit to feeling a tad bit of exhilaration riding across roots and tree stumps amidst the panic of being lost. I am woman, hear me roar!!! or whine …whining about the spiderwebs all over me, the bug bites and the sprocket abrasion I suffered on my fall. I’ve been doing a little of both. But one thing is for certain, it will be a while before I venture off on those trails again alone; but when I do, I will be braver and stronger….because the saying is true, “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”! 20160908_194551-1

Myself and my bike were covered in thick yellow spiderwebs and apparently, I found quite a few chiggers on my way out as well!

For my efforts, however; I was rewarded this beautiful sunset view coming back across the dam after having finally ‘caught up’ with the hubby. Beautiful, isn’t it? 20160908_200303-1

Friday: Since the mountain bike was covered in spider webs, I decided to load up the road bike and take her out for an easy afternoon ride. Knowing that I had a Saturday morning run planned, I didn’t want to kill my quads; so I opted for a flat and easy 10 miler around our local lake and campground. It was a beautifully peaceful and solitary ride; to which I was thankful no one was around to witness me stopping by the lake to get in my squats and plank!img_20160909_173717

Saturday: It’s game day folks! Most everything here in the South revolves around college football on Saturdays. It was Guard drill duty for the hubby so Tammy and I set out for an early morning 7 miler. We decided to take a break from those brutal hills the trails relentlessly dish out and opted for a run around town instead. Good grief, it was almost as hilly as those darn trails! Basically, we live in a hilly town and they will beat you up. But, hey, as the character, Clarice, from Steel Magnolias so eloquently stated …”that which doesn’t kill us, only makes us stronger”. And so it was, I survived the hills and humidity of 7 miles setting the stage for an afternoon of college football and napping! #hailstate

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Chocolate Pumpkin muffins, Merlot and Cowbell!

Sunday: Still celebrating from our win, I put my maroon dress on and headed out to meet the hubby at church. Since he would be driving straight in from drill, he would be in uniform ….dang, I love to see him in uniform! He just looks so stealthy and handsome! However; as I sat down on the church pew where he had placed his belongings, I reached over and picked up his cap and for a brief moment my mind took me back to four years ago when he returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. I remembered how happy I was to see him, smell him, feel him and hold him in my arms once again. But most of all, I remembered how proud I was (am) of him for his deep love, patriotism and loyalty he has for our country! I thought about the reason he had to deploy in the first place, the events of 9/11 and all those that lost their lives that day. I thought that while it was the most difficult year of my life, he came home. He came home when thousands upon thousands of others before him did not. Today, I’m remembering to be thankful for the time I have with my loved ones. Today, I’m remembering that we are a blessed nation, a blessed people and are called to be a blessing to others.20160911_113348.jpg

Let us all remember to use our time wisely ….for it truly is an elusive and perishable commodity!

x0x0,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one blessing at a time

I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. Stop by their sites to see all the fun and adventurous things these two have been up to …you’ll find some pretty amazing ladies linking up with them also!WeeklyWrap