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!

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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

 

Fahrvergnugen and Lauf Leiden: Driving pleasure and running woes

Guten Tag! 

Being of German descent, I’ve been having a little fun dabbling in the German language this week and I have one word to describe it ….difficult. One could also describe it as a sloppy mess involving quite a bit of spit. I find Mark Twain’s’ opinion on the German language quite humorous…

“When a German dives into a sentence, you won’t see him again until he emerges at the other end with the verb between his teeth” ~Mark Twain

My own personal thoughts on all things “foreign”….

“Speak English, kiss French, dress Italian, eat Mexican and drive German!”

While I don’t see myself buying German edition of Rosetta Stone anytime soon, I did find two phrases which sum up my week …so let’s jump right in!

Monday: This is how I woke up….

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….and this is what happened:

Started off the day with 1 min plank/30 sec. russian twists x3, leg day with Tricia and Tammy, followed by hill repeats x15 later that evening leaving me with the sinking feeling that I would not be able to move the next day….as usual. However, I was pleasantly surprised that, although I was sore the next day, I could climb the stairs, bend over and sit without audibly moaning. Progress!!

Tuesday:  Busy day at work and no spin class to teach meant no workout. However, with my Tahoe on the brink of death and a business trip coming up for the hubby, we decided it was time to bite the bullet and get a new vehicle for me. After 20+ years of minivans and SUV’s needed to haul three boys, their friends and tons of sports equipment over the years, I finally decided to trade the “mom-mobiles” for something prettier, classier, easier to park and more fuel friendly. So after work, we drove an hour and a half to the nearest Volkswagen dealer and arrived home, a little before midnight, with this beauty…

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I can attest that the old Volkswagen commercial of the early 1990’s still applies today …driving this truly is “fahrvergnugen”! I do believe I’m going to love my new-found driving freedom!

Wednesday: Early morning 3 mile run before work and strength training

Thursday:  30 min. elliptical and strength training/chest, triceps, shoulders

Friday: The gym I manage sponsored a hole at a local golf tournament; so my Friday was spent hanging out at hole 4. Since the hubby had the day off, he came out for a few hours to keep me entertained. Yes, I know…I really do have the best hubs ever!

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Golf cart cruising with my personal chauffeur

Saturday:  What began as a nice early morning run with the hubby and friends quickly turned into “Lauf Leiden” (running woes). That dang left ankle of mine loves to cause me turmoil. It felt fine the first 3 miles, started talking a little to me from miles 4 to 5, which I ignored, to which it responded with a “loud” burning sensation …so, I stopped, walked about a mile then ran (trotted) the last mile. 7 frustrating and disappointing miles. sigh

 

However, what better way to drown your running woes then to refuel with a petite little steak and a Bloody Mary before settling in for an afternoon of SEC football!

One nap, four football games and a couple of blue raspberry martini’s later, I’m feeling much better! However, the frustration of not being able to run as often and as far as I want right now is still lurking in the back of my mind ….more on that later though. For now, I’m enjoying my weekend and (as ugly as it was) a Mississippi State win!

Sunday: Rest ~ church, coffee and icing the ankle …I can think of worse ways to spend the day. Besides, it’s hard not to smile when you have THE cutest pumpkin coffee mug in the world!!20160925_081518.jpg

Tell me…

Do you dread leg day as much as I do?

Anyone else dealing with nagging injuries?

Do you have a favorite coffee mug? Do you change your mug according to the season or your mood?

 

As always, I’m linking up with these two fabulous ladies, Tricia and Holly for their Weekly WrapHop on over to their sites to see what they have been up to this week, you’re sure to be inspired!weeklywrap

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one running woe at a time!

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 Weeks Gallivantin’~Hello September!

This week ushered out the oppressively hot and steamy month of August leaving us with a sweltering and sweaty September. But hey, at least it’s a ‘ber’ month…meaning it has to cool off sometime, right?? Down here in Mississippi, that may not happen until late November and even though we’re used to it, we still like to complain about it! The really ironic thing about this is that as much as we complain about how hot it is; we absolutely cannot tolerate cold weather. Let it get below freezing down here, like a bitter 28 degrees cold, and we will start ‘singing the blues’ like you’ve never heard! The truth of the matter is that those of us born and raised in the South, are conditioned to the smothering, sticky, wet heat and just can’t handle that ‘bone-chilling’ cold. If we could have it our way, we’d have every day be a nice balmy 75 degrees. So, until we get our way, we’ll groan about the humidity and sip our sweet tea while ‘blessing everyone’s heart’! Which brings me to this weeks Weekly Wrap…..

Monday:  Skipped my scheduled leg day due to my strained back muscle from last week. I’m on the mend but wanted to give it a couple of more days to heal. I’ve learned a tough lesson in my old age…listen to your body! I did want to get a little cardio in, however; so I decided to do some kayaking while the hubby ran the trails. I managed to get about 45 minutes in of steady paddling, against the wind at times. As relaxing as it is to be on the water; I certainly felt like it provided a decent little upper body workout.

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Tuesday: Taught Spin class …a good 45 minute sweat session!

Wednesday:  Early morning 3 miler with Tammy. But first, I stretch…..another lesson I’m learning in my old age. Tight hammies are always a problem for me ….I’m sure because I don’t stretch enough! Lol.20160901_200141

Thursday:  Hello September!!! First day of #septembersquat challenge and #plankmyday. I also decided that today was the day to get back on schedule with my strength training. I worked back/biceps that morning then the hubs met me at the gym after work for a chest/tri workout …whew! “two-a-days’ weight lifting makes for a great workout!

 

Friday:  Having the day off means sleeping in and spending the morning with the hubby getting our cardio on! After completing day 2 of #septembersquats and #plankmyday, we loaded up the ‘flying purple people eater’ (the mtn bike) and headed for the trails. When I tell you that these hills are brutal, I mean they are B.R.U.T.A.L.!  Running them will set your lungs on fire and riding them will set your quads on fire…either way, it’s a heart-pounding, muscle-building workout and I love it!

Saturday: College football kickoff day! And since there’s no better way to spend a Saturday down here in the South, we headed to Starkville to cheer on the ‘dawgs in their season opener against the University of South Alabama. While the game was an ugly one (we just needed more cowbell), it was a beautiful, hot and sweaty day for some SEC football with the hubby! #hailstate  (Day 3 of #septembersquats and #plankmyday)20160903_110257

Sunday:  A well-earned rest day! Did manage to get my squats and plank challenge done.

Nutrition News:  I’ve been making great strides lately in focusing on my nutrition. Eating cleaner during the week and allowing a few ‘splurges’ on the weekends. Here are a few of my new favorites….

  1. My new favorite protein drink is Quest salted caramel protein powder, almond milk, a teaspoon of Leaner Creamer(see below) and half of a banana. Sometimes, I will pour about 1/4 cup of my morning coffee in it as well. This makes for a great afternoon ‘pick-me-up’ after a strength training session!20160819_075940
  2. Leaner Creamer! This stuff is the bomb.com! It is an all natural, coconut oil based coffee creamer that helps promote weight loss. If you are interested in giving it a try, please us my link to receive 10% off your first order!20160902_072104
  3. Halo Top ice cream! It’s pretty darn good and healthy too! I’ll be trying the Birthday Cake flavor next ….yummy!

     

And with that, another week has come to an end. Here’s to hoping next week brings us some cooler temps and many happy running miles!

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty….while squatting and planking every dang day!

Over to you guys….

Have you tried Leaner Creamer? If so, are you a fan?

Have you tried Halo Top ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?

Are you a college football fan? Did your college team win yesterday?

I’m enjoying meeting all of you fitness and running bloggers out there through Tricia’s and Holly’s Weekly Wrap link! You ladies have welcomed me, the new blogger on the block, with your listenng ears and encouraging words and I greatly appreciate it!

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Coffee Confessions: Shoe Addict

“Hi, my name is Teresa, and I am a shoe addict” ….I’ve always heard the first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. I admit it. I have always loved shoes! As a little girl, I would play dress up by wearing my Mother’s high heels. My favorite being a pair of black patent leather pumps with a gross-grain rosette on top….I felt like a movie star in those shoes! I can vividly remember the day I got my very own pair of high heel shoes. I was in junior high school and I begged my mother to buy me a pair of ‘Candies’, the latest fad. Anyone else remember those? Anyone else care to admit that they remember those?? Yes, that was eons ago! I clomped around school all day in my candy apple red, patent leather of course, looking something similar to a newborn giraffe taking its first steps; but I felt like a million bucks! And so it was, from this moment on, I have been addicted to shoes. Throughout high school, college and early career; I bought shoes. While pregnant with my three children, I bought more shoes than ever since my feet were the only part of my body that wasn’t growing! By the time I reached my late 30’s, I had so many pairs of shoes that I couldn’t remember what all I had. Soooo, I set out to organize and clean out the closet. I bought clear plastic shoe boxes for each pair, wrote on the end of box a description of the shoe inside and stacked them all neatly inside my closet. Then I counted them, out of curiosity of course. Over 150 pairs! (and this did not include the bin of flip-flops and casual sandals I had)  I know, it’s insane. But shoes are important …they can make or break an outfit, right??

Funny how the tides of life can move you in a different direction, yet you still end up on the same shore. Fast forward 10 years ….20160902_072520_001

……my shoe addiction has changed somewhat. I no longer work in an environment where I dress up, rather I work in a gym where I wear athletic clothes everyday. I also have difficult, ornery, finicky, flat feet. I hate them really. They are not a runner’s dream….most likely rebelling from all the years of torture I put them though with the high heels! Because of this, I am always trying out different pairs of running shoes. Sixteen pairs, that is my current “collection”, and I do wear them all. The ones that my feet didn’t like to run in, I wear to work. Some are great for walking around all day in and lifting weights but just not ‘running material’. Besides, this way I have a pair to match whatever I wear to work that day …remember, shoes can make or break the outfit?? Seriously though,  while I have settled on Newton’s as the most friendly running shoe for my feet (on my 9th pair), they aren’t perfection.I have had fewer running related injuries while running in Newton’s than any other shoe so it would stand to reason that I would just keep buying them. Yet, I can’t fight my curiosity to try something new …that exciting, yet anxious, feeling when slipping on a new pair for the first time, wondering if these are going to be the ONES, the perfect pair of running shoes that allow my feet to run mile after mile without nagging aches, strains or blisters. And so, this brings me to the point of today’s post ….I’ve been eyeing another pair of running shoes online for about two weeks now. They’re calling my name, telling me that I should give them a try, that my feet are going to love them and they will solve all of my running woes! I’m still debating. Besides, there’s that little issue of the hubs …if he sees another pair of running shoes come into this house, he may have a ‘come to Jesus meeting’ with me, and with good reason.

Speaking of the hubs, I’m quite envious of him in regards to running. He’s one of those runners who decided to start running one day, went to Fleet Feet, was put through a gait test, put in a running shoe and started running. Since then he’s run thousands of miles, countless 5 and 10k’s, 6 half marathons and one full marathon in the same brand and model of shoes they put him in over 10 years ago. He just has good feet. I have to say, however; he is really supportive and understanding of my finicky feet and the need to find the perfect shoe. But let’s face it, a man can only take so much. Therefore, the purchase of yet another pair of running shoes will have to be handled in the most delicate of manners ….involving something lacy and sheer, perhaps! Lol

Until yesterday, I have been thinking that every runner out there was like my husband regarding their running shoes. They have all found the perfect pair, have no problems and never get blisters from a mere 6 miler. Then I stumbled upon this article from Runner’s world, 5 Common Myths About Running Shoes. Like most running articles, it really didn’t tell me anything that I, and most runners, didn’t already know….until I got to #4. Ahh ha!! There it is in black and white, from Runner’s World no less, the ultimate resource for running information, right??

4. Monogamy is a virtue.
When it comes to relationships, monogamy keeps you out of trouble. When it comes to shoes, monogamy can hurt you. Once they’ve experimented with several models, many runners find one shoe they like and state their lifelong loyalty. They then run in the same shoe every day, replace them with the same model and even stockpile them for the coming apocalypse of discontinuation. 
But running in different shoes can make you stronger, faster, and less prone to injury. Studies show correlations between running in a variety of footwear and reduced injuries. Every time you put on a different pair of shoes, your interaction with the ground changes slightly, thus you stride differently. This strengthens new muscles and connective tissues while reducing the repetitive stress on the same body parts.
Bottom line: Play the field with shoes. You can do this at the same time (have a different pair for speedwork than for long runs, for example) and consecutively—try a different pair when you replace your shoes. So many shoes, so little time.
While this makes perfect sense to me and certainly validates my ongoing quest for the perfect shoe; I also know that for some, like my husband, there really can be a perfect shoe. For as many brands, styles and models of running shoes on the market today, there are just as many different runners. Aren’t we the fortunate generation of runners to have so many to choose from….after all, variety is the spice of life!
I’m sure I’ll eventually give in to my curiosity to try this new pair of running shoes I’ve been eyeing and when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how my feet like them. And if they don’t ..well, I’m sure they will look great with some of my work attire!
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Finding ‘Fabulous” at Fifty….in every different brand, style, model and color of running shoe possible!
I’m linking up with these fabulous ladies..The Healthy Slice, My No Guilt Life, and MCM Mama Runs for their Tuesday’s on the Run link. Stop by and see what they’ve been up to!
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~This edition of “Coffee Confessions” is brought to you by Leaner Creamer, the all natural coffee creamer that promotes weight loss while giving your coffee a delicious coconut flavor! I absolutely love this stuff and will never go back to liquid creamer. If you’d like to give it try, use my link to receive a 10% discount off of your first order! If you aren’t a fan of coconut, they now have hazelnut flavor as well. I use it in my protein shakes as well, it’s now a staple in my house. Give it a try, I promise you will not regret it!
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Let’s talk…
Anyone else out there in a never ending search for the perfect running shoe?
Or are you like my hubby in that you’re feet have found ‘the love of their life’?
Did you run in a certain pair for years, then have to change due to an injury?
I’d love to hear what your feet  have to say on this topic? 

This Week’s Gallivantin’~Dog Days & 5k’s

Monday: Nothing ….was supposed to be Leg day but what can I say; it was a Monday! And the dear sweet Mother in law brought brownies over at 8 o’clock in the evening. Four, I had four! Was pretty mad at myself but went to bed channeling my best Scarlett O’Hara saying, “….after all, tomorrow is another day.” #justkeepingitreal

Tuesday: ’twas a crazy busy day and was so looking forward to Spin class ….no one showed! Ugh, seriously? Okay, fine. I’ll go home and flip my tractor tire; that’ll give me a great leg AND cardio workout!! Got home, prepared a giant bottle of ice water, started to walk outside and …..yep, RAIN! Ugh, seriously??? Normally, at this point, I would’ve just given up and poured myself a full glass of Merlot. But those brownies were still haunting me…with overwhelming guilt! Soooo, I went downstairs and decided to get in a Spin/HIIT workout that went something like this:

*Ran stairs x 10, kettlebell deadlifts x 12, 10 minute seated climb on Spin bike

*Ran stairs x 10, kettlebell deadlifts x 12, 10 minute standing climb on Spin bike

*Ran stairs x 10, kettlebell deadlifts x 12, 10 minutes of jumps on Spin bike

Forty minutes later, drenched in sweat, I was feeling pretty good about those brownies I indulged in the night before!!

Wednesday: Early morning 3 mile run with Tammy. Still humid as heck….fall, where are  you??? The hubby met me at the gym after work and we got in a solid back/bicep workout. I’m really enjoying being back on track with my strength training. Followed this up with a tasty little protein shake and a short little walk around the neighborhood with the hubby and the two ‘knuckleheads’ (Chester and Chaco)

Thursday: Dang deadlifts!!! Woke up with a pretty serious “hitch in my get-up-and-go” (another one of these Southern colloquialism) and I’m blaming the deadlifts. Hurts to bend, stoop and twist at the waist. I’ve signed up to run a 5k this Saturday so this has got to be gone….SOON! Stretched, stretched and stretched some more throughout the day and fired up the old heating pad for the evening. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Friday: No change. Though it’s not worse, it certainly could be better. I feel like an 80-year-old lady here! I mean, seriously??? Just when the ankle starts feeling better, I have to go and throw a “monkey wrench” in my back. Sigh… I’m beginning to question if I will actually be able to run my race tomorrow. My New Year’s resolution was to run a race per month so if I have to walk the dang thing, I will. No matter what…the race must go on!

 

Hahaha! Can anyone else relate??? A little running humor goes a long way …but only for a short time.

Saturday: Awake at 4 am to drive an hour and a half for a race that I’m not even sure I will be able to run. Makes perfect sense, right?? Of course it does! I’ve really been looking forward to this month’s race, “Dog Days 5k”, due to the fact that all proceeds benefit a local area service dog organization and that they, not only welcome but, encourage participants to bring their dogs. This was Chester Boy’s race debut! He has been running with the hubs for about 3 years now and absolutely loves it! He’s so funny ….on non-running mornings that we are up early, moving about the house, he gives us the look that says “you guys are really disturbing my sleep here”. But, the minute the hubby walks out of the bedroom with his running shoes in hand …Ole Chester boy jumps up, stretches and begins wiggling around with anticipation of getting a few miles in! So, needless to say, as soon as he saw a pair of running shoes being picked up, the 4 am wake up didn’t bother him in the least! As to my back/hip issue …..thankfully, it was a little better upon awakening but certainly not ‘race’ better. My plan was to walk the 5k, after all, just finishing is the goal, right? Wrong! Who am I kidding? I knew that once I lined up at the starting line, I would start running ….even if it killed me. It’s just how we runners are wired! And that’s exactly what happened. I ran, slow and steady …well, actually it was more like trotting. Although it was one of my slowest 5k times ever (averaging 10:30 pace), I was satisfied just knowing that I didn’t have to walk and I believe the run actually loosened those tight muscles! Now, Ole Chester boy is another story, he had a great run! He and the hubby placed 2nd overall in the ‘doggie division’ with a time of 25:57! I was so proud of them and as you can tell by the pictures below, Ole Chester boy appeared pretty dang proud of his medal as well! They also gave out awards to dogs in varying categories and Chester won a ribbon for having the prettiest tail….who knew?!? They had a swimming pool for the dogs to cool off in, cold wet towels at the finish line for the humans, breakfast biscuits (for peeps) and doggie biscuits were on hand for refueling. It was a fun, well-organized race benefiting a great cause!

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Sunday: Rest!

What injuries are you dealing with right now? Do you slow down or run through them?  Do you run with your dog? Have you ever entered a race with your dog? Tell me about it, I’d love to hear from you!

As always, I’m linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap, so be sure to drop by and see what they have been up to this week. You are sure to find all the motivation and encouragement you need to get you out the door and moving this next week!WeeklyWrap

Here’s to an injury free week for everyone!

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Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty (while feeling 80…at the moment!)