Marathon Training Week 10

Ahhh yes ….I did miss last weeks Weekly Wrap and other link-ups as well, but not to worry, I am still in marathon training mode, still trying to fend off pesky injuries and still working out. To be honest, I was just plain tired last Sunday and didn’t have the energy to recap my week. The previous night, while Major Hubs was out of town for Guard drill (because doesn’t everything bad happen while our hubbies are gone???), I was awakened at 1:30 in the morning by the ear-piercing, heart pounding, nerve wrecking sound of my car alarm blaring inside the carport. Without going into all of the details, I’ll just summarize the incident by saying that apparently my key fob had lost its ‘brains’ and was sending erroneous ‘panic’ signals to my car every 10 to 20 minutes,  all night long! Needless to say, there was no sleep happening for me or my neighbors and I was totally wiped out the next day. After a couple of days spent at the dealership, a new key fob and a little ‘attitude adjustment ….all bells, buttons and whistles have been reset and she’s purring like a kitten again!

Other than that little hair-raising adventure, things have been pretty quiet and uneventful in my world. Marathon training is skipping along and while I still haven’t faced one of those 13+ mile training runs yet, I do have a half marathon on the plan for next weekend. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s look at this past week’s training.

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Monday: Strength Training

I’ve been hitting the gym again the past couple of weeks making sure to get in at least two hour long sessions. I know that when I’m diligent with my strength training, I feel my healthiest and typically experience less running related injuries.

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3 sets of 12 of these babies will give you a total body workout!

Tuesday: 5 mile easy run – avg pace 11:28

While it was still quite warm, humid and misting rain …the fall colors were out in full force!fallneighborhood

Wednesday: Strength Training, 40 min. Elliptical, 40 min Treadmill walk

Went to the gym early to get my strength training and cardio done. Major Hubs was planning on hitting the treadmill after work for his speed intervals, so I decided to go with him and get a little extra dose of cardio done. Although I really wanted to get a nice sweaty stairmill workout in, I also didn’t want sore legs and glutes for the remaining runs Coach HoHo had on my training plan. So, I decided to just do an incline walk on the treadmill. Wow! 40 minutes at an incline of 7 to 8 will definitely get the old heart rate up!

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Battling with the ‘battle ropes’

Thursday: 4 mile progression run – 10:47, 10:31, 10:11, 9:58

I’ll be honest, when I saw the target paces Coach HoHo had for me, I thought …’no way that’s happening’  However, not only did it happen, but I actually completed them a little faster! I know, I know ….now I’ve set myself up for an even more challenging progression run next week. Sigh.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8 miles – avg pace 11:17

It was a beautiful, crisp, cool morning in the low 50’s …perfect running temps in my book. My target pace was supposed to be at least 11:00 mm. Even though I actually felt good during this run, I just couldn’t sustain that pace for the entire 8 miles. My ankle started bothering me the last couple of miles so I just backed off and finished easy. While I really do want to push myself to reach certain paces and finish times, I have to keep reminding myself that my focus has to be on the marathon and getting to the starting line uninjured. I know my body’s weaknesses and pushing myself to run faster too soon will get me injured quicker than anything else.  Not gonna lie though, it’s hard. I have a goal time in mind for next weekend’s half marathon and I’m not hopeful that I will be able to accomplish it ….that is, without aggravating an old injury.  I’ll just have to keep telling myself ….the marathon is the goal, the marathon is the goal.  We’ll see how effective that will be, I’m pretty hard-headed.

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Will I see any of you in Columbus, Georgia next weekend?

Speaking of soldiers, have you taken the time to thank a Veteran this week? After all, it is because of their service, sacrifice, dedication and love for this great nation that we all enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted. As I wrap up this week’s recap, I’ll leave you with a picture of my favorite veteran, my hero and my love …Major Hubs! #hooah

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Deployment Homecomings are the best!

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap. Be sure to visit these blogs this week as these two have had an exciting weekend! WeeklyWrap

xoxo,

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

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Marathon Training Week 2: Settling In

How can it be Sunday already? My days have been consumed with two things …1. moving and 2. getting my workouts in.  Since we don’t have to be out of the rental house until the end of this month, we’ve been taking the move slowly, making a couple of trips a day, painting, replacing fixtures, etc. While it obviously is taking longer, this method has made it much more bearable. The movers are set to come on Wednesday for the big stuff and I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Speaking of the light at the end of the tunnel ….it just may be the light from the Johnny Ray train heading my way! After many months of chatter, CenturyRiHolly and I have finally found a century ride that works well for both of our busy schedules and are going to attempt to put our money where our mouths are! This coming Saturday, we will cruise the back roads of rural Alabama and circumnavigate the old Johnny Ray Trail line and even have the opportunity to cross a WWII era steel bridge. Whether we go the extra 44 miles to crush a century or stop at 63 to settle for a metric, one thing is for certain …there will be lots of fun, giggles and snacking amongst the pain and gnashing of teeth! Wish us luck! Continue reading

Weekly Wrap: Labor Day Weekend ….literally.

Silly me, I thought Labor Day weekend was to rest …instead I’ve been laboring all weekend! It’s the price you pay for going on vacation the week before a long holiday weekend, I suppose. However, when you’re working on a move to a new house, it’s a good ‘laboring’, right? While most of you are poolside, on the lake or at the beach for that last ‘hoorah’, I’m taking a quick break from all of this ‘good laboring’ to join in on the Weekly Wrap link-up.

I’m not going to sugar-coat anything here, not much happened this past week in the way of workouts for several reasons …

  • I was still on Hawaii time 🤙
  • well, you know, THE move
  • a new training cycle begins this week and I really just wanted to take it easy before Coach HoHo hands my butt to me on a silver platter!

Yep, that’s right. In case you missed it, I revealed in yesterdays Ultimate Coffee Date that Major Hubs and I are working with Holly for my first full marathon and his second! As if it’s not scary enough just making the decision to give it a go, it’s even scarier to put it all out there for everyone to know about …you know, there’s always the chance of a DNF or DNS. However, I’ve decided that while there is that chance, the support and encouragement I know I’ll receive from you guys will be more than enough to see me through the training and that elusive finish line as well as more than enough sympathy and support while licking my wounds if, for whatever reason, it just doesn’t happen. I really don’t mean to sound so negative, it’s just the voice of an older, slower, injury prone and realistic runner who really wants to check this off of her bucket list, talking. Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Winding Down Summer

Instead of lazily lingering as they did when I was growing up, the ‘dog days of summer’ are just racing right on by! July is history, we are already a week into August and it’s time for another Weekly Wrap with Holly, Tricia and guest hostess Heather at 3 Black Cat Co.

If you are new to my blog and not familiar with the Weekly Wrap, let me just say that you have stumbled into a great group of women who link up each week for the sole purpose of encouraging, motivating and keeping one another accountable on our fitness journeys. Please join us!

While the week, for the most part, was uneventful, I’m pleased with the quality of my workouts. I’m not sure what to attribute it to, but I’m thrilled to report that over the past month, I’ve lost 6 pounds! Is is the fact that I’m not dealing with those insatiable ‘rungries’ in the absence of any significant running miles? Is it the variety of workouts keeping my body guessing and the furnace burning? Or could it be the replenishment of hormones my body had been lacking? I don’t know, but whatever it is ….I’m thrilled to be able to button some of my shorts and slacks without having to suck in my gut to the point of oxygen deprivation. #simplegoals

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This Week’s Gallivantin’: Celebrate all Celebrations!

It was yet another hot and humid week in Mississippi with a few much-needed rain showers. No complaints. I didn’t get all of my push ups in this week and only ran 3 miles, but I did get in two strength training sessions and 45 miles cycling. I’m contemplating heading up to north Mississippi in a couple of weeks to participate in the Bikes, Blues and Bayous bike ride. They have 46 mile and 62 (metric century) options. I’d like to do at least the 46 miler just to get my ‘feet wet’ in large group riding. They are estimating a little over 1,000 participants….quite a difference from the little 6 person Saturday morning group rides I’ve participated in the past. In the meantime, let’s see how my week looked….. Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Rain, Rain, Go Away

While tropical storm Cindy has made her presence well-known here in the southern portion of the US; those of us in her path (and even indirect path) are beginning to research design plans for Ark building. We’ve had 9 to 10 inches of rain just in the past week and we are almost 200 miles inland! While I would love to blame all of this wet weather for my lack of running miles, I can’t. I’ve done exactly what I said I would do once the Utah Valley Half was done …..cross train through the remaining ‘dog days of summer’. However, I can give credit to the weather for encouraging me to hit the gym and lift all the weights. bitmoji-20170623113014

This week’s workouts:

  • Monday: Cycling (15 miles), 100 push ups
  • Tuesday: 100 squats and more moving
  • Wednesday: Stepmill (30 min intervals), back/bi’s/abs 
  • Thursday: Running (3 miles), 100 push ups
  • Friday: Indoor Cycling (60 min/14 miles), 100 squats/leg day
  • Saturday: Cycling (16 miles)

Totals: 45 miles cycling/3 running

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This Week’s Gallivantin’: Recovery & Regrouping

As most of you know, last Saturday, I was in the beautiful city of Provo, Utah running the Utah Valley Half Marathon (click here for the race recap) with a few other “fabulous” bloggers! We had such a wonderful time that we are already looking at future potential races for more “meet-ups”! While it took me several days to come down from my “mountain high”, I did manage to get some great cross-training in while recovering and regrouping. Let’s take a look at my week…..Recovery.png Continue reading