Another Year, Another Birthday

Another year has come to an end and as the entire world celebrates the dawning of a new year ….I, too, celebrate the dawning of a new year, a new decade, another birthday! I breezed right “over the hill” and now I eagerly anticipate this new chapter of my life!

The hubby and I spent the New Year’s weekend celebrating my 50th birthday and ringing in the new year Savannah style! We had a fabulous time touring the city, indulging on their famous pralines and ringing in the new year on River Street at their “Up the Cup” countdown. I will posting soon about the beautiful city of Savannah and all of the fun things to do. So, if you’re interested in visiting, stay tuned for my personal favorites from this beautiful and charming southern city! Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’: ISO New Gym

December is upon us and another week bites the dust! As if this year hasn’t flown by fast enough; this move is really bringing an end to 2016 even quicker. Just when I’m beginning to feel as if we are getting settled, the holidays arrive …bringing all of the excitement, hustle and bustle of the season along with them. (More on this and my plans for New Years Eve can be found on my Ultimate Coffee Date post; if you missed it go check it out!) Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’: Giving Thanks

As this years Thanksgiving holiday comes to a close, in the midst of the chaos of a move, I have been reminded of the many, many things I have to be thankful for….

Monday: More unpacking. Although our possessions are spread between two houses, I’m thankful we have been blessed enough to have a roof over our heads and food on our table.

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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

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 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!