February Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which can only mean one thing ….Marcia has opened the Runfessional and it’s time to come clean!


Okay, let’s just go ahead and get the obvious out of the way ….I runfess that I’m in a funk. A running funk. A workout funk. Heck, who am I kidding …it’s a total eclipse of the heart kind of funk and I know exactly what’s causing it. It’s not the infamous post-marathon blues, or even the earlier than normal heat and humidity that has descended upon us.funkmeme

I runfess that I have only run maybe 3 or 4 times since my marathon. I’m just not feeling it. I have found my way to gym at least once per week for some cardio and have been taking the dog for walks almost daily  …but let’s be honest here, when you’re dealing with the stagnant metabolism of menopause, that’s just not going to cut it. If something doesn’t change soon, I’m going to be the size of a barn! Although I haven’t posted much about it, I have been keeping up with Rachel’s February challenge …it’s about the only thing these days getting my heart rate up above 60 bpm!

Nope, no post marathon blues here ….this funk has Uncle Sam’s name written all over it. Major Hubs is deploying soon. While I’ve known about this for well over a year, it’s just so easy to not think about it until it is staring you in the face. Well, it’s not only staring me in the face, it’s giving me the stink eye as well. I’ve been through one before and I have no doubt I’ll get through this one as well  ….however, I runfess that it never gets easier to watch your heart board a plane in fatigues with a rucksack thrown over his shoulder headed to the other side of the world. But on the flip side I have to shamelessly runfess …..oh my goodness, the homecomings! They somehow make it all worthwhile!


2012 Homecoming after a 12 month deployment in Afghanistan

Sooooo, in light of the aforementioned funk and upcoming deployment and despite my countless claims that last month’s marathon would be a ‘one and done’ deal ….I runfess that I signed up for another marathon. Yep. I’m an idiot. Holly has been really talking up the Revel Rockies race to me lately and considering my current ‘funky’ situation and the fact that I will have nothing but time on my hands for the next 6 months …why not train for another marathon, right? Besides, who can resist incredible views like this and a downhill course to boot! RevelRockies

I do, however, runfess that I am totally not looking forward to training in the heat and humidity. Ugh…. Holly, the things I’ll do for you!!!

Please forgive the ‘woe is me’ nature of my runfessions, but I do feel so much better getting that off my chest! Thanks for listening and hopefully, next month you’ll find me in a little better mood!


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


Ultimate Coffee Date: October Edition

The months are flying by and the calendar says it’s Fall, yet it feels as though we are stuck in a perpetual state of ‘summer’. It’s the first Saturday of the month, I’ve finished my long run and poured myself a cup of coffee with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream ….this can only mean one thing. It’s time for the Ultimate Coffee Date with Deborah and Coco! So grab a cup of coffee, with or without Bailey’s, no one’s judging …and join us!

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Coffee, Confessions and Recapping …I missed it all!

If we were having coffee, I’d confess to you that for some inadequate reason I could not seem to find the time this past weekend to participate in Marcia’s Runfessions link or Deborah and Coco’s Ultimate Coffee Date and it’s killing me! I feel like I’ve missed out on some pretty important stuff happening in the lives of my fellow bloggers and no doubt I’ve missed some juicy tidbits of runfessions as well! But, not to worry, I will be catching up on my reading this week as I can’t wait to hear what all I’ve missed. In the meantime, let’s look at what my week of workouts looked like.

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This Week’s Gallivantin’: Still Coasting

Last week I titled my Weekly Wrap “Coasting in to Utah” because I had been feeling a few aches, pains and niggles during my long runs and had decided to ease up and just coast on in…. so, this week, the coasting continued with only two runs and a few ‘coasting’ miles on the bike. While occasionally, I have a small moment of panic thinking that I haven’t gotten enough miles in …overall, I feel ready and I’d rather arrive in Utah with fresh legs and no niggles!

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June Ultimate Coffee Date

While the calendar marks the official beginning of summer in June, let me just say that we’ve been under the blazing hot blanket of summer for quite some time now and I think I’ve gotten too old and too menopausal to tolerate it! Wait, what? June? Already? Seems like just yesterday we were packing up Christmas decorations and setting goals for the new year! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! So, let’s continue the fun by catching up over coffee …. well, over virtual coffee with Coco and Deborah and their Ultimate Coffee Date link-up.

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This Week’s Gallivantin’: Unraveling at 50

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


Peace Be With You

It’s Tuesday afternoon and I’m just now sitting down to write my weekly recap from last week. Why, you ask? Well, the truth of the matter is that Sundays are just too hectic for us and I’m not organized enough to have it ready the Saturday before. Usually I will get it done on Monday mornings while sipping my coffee but I didn’t even take the time to write it yesterday ….I believe I have a severe case of Spring Fever and I’m loving it! It’s just too dang pretty outside to be cooped up inside on the computer. I hope you are having beautiful spring weather wherever you are and if not, I hope you see some soon!

I’m weeklywraplinking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. Please stop by and visit them and all of the other incredible women that link up each week! I had a great week of workouts last week that looked something like this …


Half marathon training is now in its second week and I’m taking it super easy, nothing fancy here. The name of this game is to just make it to Utah without aggravating my ankle and be able to actually complete 13.1 miles. And I’m good with that. Oh, I could go on and on about being frustrated that it’s taking so long for this injury to heal, that I’m not as fast as I used to be, that I’m a few pounds heavier than I was for my last half or I could even write an entire post about these dang orthotics …but I’m not. I have something else I’d like to share with you this week.

If you’ve been following me, you know that we recently moved to a new city in November. And like most runners would do, the first thing I did was to explore the neighborhood on foot …running, of course. On the edge of our neighborhood, there is a cul-de-sac which houses small businesses such as dentist, doctors, real estate offices. The first time I ran down that street I saw this in the cul-de-sac at the edge of the water….20170320_150713

…I noticed it and it struck me as an odd place for a funeral spray but didn’t have much more thought at the time. However, with each run I became more and more bothered by it and curious as to the circumstances behind it. I did happen to notice a small plaque on the ground with a name and dates engraved. It was a womans name and she was 35 years old at the time of her death. With every run, I would spend the remainder of the miles thinking about her, her family rather than my pace, tempo or niggles I may be feeling. I wondered did she leave children behind, a husband and parents. I would think how fortunate I was to be out there running, breathing in the crisp morning air, feeling my lungs fill with air and hearing the sound of my feet hit the pavement beneath me…fortunate to simply be alive. I would go home to my family and loved ones, I would be able to pick up the phone and call them to hear their voice and tell them that I love them. I would be able to kiss my husband when he walked through the door from work and I would be able to see my children. Blessings that I take for granted each day …blessings that we all take for granted each day. Many times we let anger, bitterness, discontentment and even jealousy cause strife between us and others. We refuse to forgive and offer grace to those that have wronged us and by doing so, we are only hurting ourselves and robbing ourselves of true contentment and peace. But sometimes, it’s ourselves that we are the hardest on, sometimes we just can’t forgive ourselves or let the past go and it sucks the joy of living right out of us. Let go of the past and reach for the future! Forgive yourself and forgive others, life is short and worth living to the fullest, free of anger and bitterness. One of my cousins wrote this the other day and I thought it was worth sharing….

We all lose our way at some point. Standing one minute, on the ground the next. We go from having options to flat being backed into a corner the next. One shoe after the other dropping….

The thing is, we dilute our potential when we fail to accept our past. Whatever it is. Good or bad.

That’s the beauty of the past… it’s over. Those who love you or who will come to love you will stand by you. So you’ve got a past, don’t we all bring things to the table? Don’t we all have demons we fight or have fought?

I’ve learned that if you love the heck out of people no matter what path they’ve walked, it drives people forward. And in turn drives you forward.

I don’t care about anyone’s past. I’ve got mine, you’ve got yours. Put those together and all I see is an ocean of wisdom.

Bring it, this world needs all our wisdom and love. Our younger generation needs to know that when everything goes south, that’s not the end. It just isn’t.

Turn the page of this old book called life. Torn pages, worn edges, broken spine. But such a good story.

G’night friends

– xoxo

As to the woman who lost her life at the edge of the water in my neighborhood, though I never knew her, I thank her for bringing perspective to my morning runs and I pray for continued peace for her family.

Peace be with you!


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