This Week’s Gallivantin’: Utah Rocks!

20170610_223130Wow! What a whirlwind the past few days have been! Within 48 hours, I flew to Salt Lake City, took in the Mormon Temple, drove through Park City, spent the morning at Sundance Resort, stopped by Bridal Veil Falls, arrived in Provo, met the girls, tackled the expo and dinner, ran a half marathon, drove back to Salt Lake City to catch a flight and arrived home at 10:30 Saturday evening! Exhausted just reading about it? Yeah, we were pretty tired and still had to drive 90 miles on Sunday morning and 90 miles back home on Sunday evening. But hey, I heard somewhere that if you’re not moving forward, you’re automatically moving backwards because time stands still for no one!! Gotta keep moving people!

WWGuestKookyAnd speaking of moving ….it’s time for the Weekly Wrap with TrishaHolly and this week’s guest hostess Kim! Be sure to visit her blog and leave a comment letting her know how much you appreciate her taking on the spotlight for the week and be sure to visit some other bloggers as well …you just might make a few new friends along the way!

Now, on to the recap….

 

Monday: 6 mile tempo run (last run before the half)

Tuesday: 100 push ups (June Challenge)

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Wednesday: 100 squats (June Challenge) I did these non weighted in an effort to save my quads and glutes for the race.

Thursday: 100 russian twists with 12lb medicine ball (June Challenge). Major Hubs and I caught an early evening flight to Salt Lake City connecting in Dallas. As usual, we had a delay in Dallas which put us arriving in SLC at 1a.m. (2 am for us). Can you say T.I.R.E.D?

Friday:  It’s amazing what just a few hours of sleep can do for you because we woke up ready to see as much as we could possibly squeeze in during our short visit! First stop was the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake….I have never seen such meticulously manicured grounds for a church before! This place was filled with beautiful flowers and a reflection pool.

 

Next, we drove down to Sundance Resort. If you’re not familiar with this place, it is a ski resort owned and developed by Robert Redford. In addition to winter skiing, there is plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails, several restaurants and a spa. We took “Ray’s Lift” 1,400 ft to the top of Mt. Timpanogos for an incredible 360 degree view!

 

20170609_125629There’s a little cabin atop the mountain named “Bear Claw” which serves beer, wine, tacos and burritos. I imagine this little cabin gets a lot of traffic during ski season!

 

On the way to Provo, we stopped to see Bridal Veil Falls. I knew that we’d be running right passed it during the race, but wanted the opportunity to really take it in.

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The wind was really whipping the water up!

Once in Provo, I met up with these fabulous ladies for packet pick-up and dinner!imagejpeg_0

Mary Beth snagged us all a free entrée and dinner reservations at California Pizza Kitchen, so off we went. Once the carb loading was complete and Holly and Marcia’s Starbucks “Utah” mugs were found and purchased, we headed back to the hotel for an early bed time ….3 am would come around all too soon!

Saturday: Race Day! I’ll save all the details for my race recap (coming soon), but I will say that while this was my worst half marathon finish time ever, it’s all good …because it was definitely the prettiest I’ve ever done! We all finished with a smile on our faces, some more than others (Judy), and gratitude to be blessed with the health to run!

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Just so happy to be finished! (Sorry Judy…we could not find you!!)

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Major Hubs posted his second best half finish time!

…..and with that, there was a quick shower and a plane to catch for me! I sure enjoyed meeting these ladies and look forward to many more miles and smiles together as well as meeting the rest of you! Friendship truly knows no distance.

 

xoxo,

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

 

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Coasting in to Utah

Welcome to this week’s Gallivantin’! It’s Memorial Day weekend and just two short weeks out from the Utah Valley Half Marathon! It hasn’t been a spectacular training cycle but at the same time, it hasn’t been a total train wreck either. But then again, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a perfect training cycle …is there such a thing? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until the day arrives that I cannot put one foot in front of the other ….at my age and with the injuries I’ve had in the past, I’m just grateful anytime I can cross a finish line of any distance. Yes, grateful and blessed! Running is a gift, never take it for granted. With that being said, let’s see what the past week had in store for me.Untitled design

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Quarry Crusher Race Series ~ Birmingham

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This series is the only group of organized races in the country which allow runners to run inside a operational rock quarry. They are sponsored by Vulcan Materials and currently there are six race locations: Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbia, Baltimore, San Diego and San Antonio. The inclines are brutal on the quads, the descents will grind the glutes while the spectacular views will almost make you forget the pain! Continue reading

Run thru History 10k Recap ~ Vicksburg, Ms

If you are looking for a challenging 10k course and just so happen to be somewhat of a history buff, this race is for you! It is a beautiful course run entirely within the Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War. It is filled with civil war cannons, fortifications, trenches, monuments, statues and plaques echoing the stories of the thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died on these battlefields. The beauty of the park will inspire you while it’s considerably dramatic hills will humble even the strongest of runners. Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: One Step at a Time

Another week, another weekly wrap! I really don’t know what is going on with me lately. During the week, I feel like I’m getting good solid workouts in, then when I sit down to work on my post for this link-up, I think …”that’s it? No wonder, I’m not losing these extra pounds that Aunt Minnie has gifted me!” Then I vow to amp it up for the coming week only to find myself in the same boat the following Sunday…. sigh  On a more positive note …it was an absolutely beautiful week with plenty of sunshine and warm weather for said workouts!

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This Weeks Gallivantin’: A Wrap on January

This Weeks Gallivantin’ brings us to the end of not only this week, but my birthday month as well …wasn’t it just Thanksgiving a few weeks ago? Anyway, it’s been a great start to the new year and so far, 50 is feeling pretty fabulous! My workouts are still a little scattered and all over the place and I just can’t seem to get back into a routine …hopefully that will come soon. Speaking of workouts, let’s see how I did this week:

  • Sunday: 40 minutes Powermill
  • Monday: 13.1 mile run
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: 9 mile bike ride
  • Friday: 45 minutes elliptical
  • Saturday: Rest

Not a bad week for cardio but I did no weight training whatsoever, and I missed it. I really enjoy do my weight workouts with Major Hubs and his work schedule has been crazy lately …we gotta hit it hard in February!  However, it hasn’t been all a loss since I am happy to report that I have managed to lose 3 of those holiday pounds that found me…even after eating an entire pint of Halo Top birthday cake flavored ice cream for supper one night! (Well, it is still my birthday month, you know!)

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I might be slightly obsessed with this stuff!

As you all know, my January half marathon was cancelled due to an unusual and somewhat unexpected ice storm. The race director offered a virtual race option for those that wanted to “officially” post a time and feel like they actually earned their medal and race swag. I woke up Monday morning and decided I would just go out and run 13.1 and get it over with. Not the brightest idea and certainly was the hardest 13 I’ve ever run, but I did it and now I can wear that jacket with honor. The hubs was so impressed and felt just a tad bit of spouse pressure, so he bit the bullet and ran his 13 Thursday evening …most of it in the dark! He’s a tough old bird! I started out with the grand idea that I would ride my bike alongside him and be his “water station”,  but when one of the dogs got out AGAIN, I had to cut my ride short. But hey, it’s all good …he got his 13 in and I managed to get in a few on the bike to round out our day. Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’: Easing on down the road

Happy Sunday from the sunny and 70’s South! Yep, that’s right …this time last week, we were covered in a thin sheet of ice, completely shut down and slip sliding all over the place! Mother Nature is one hormonal woman; but I’m neither judging her nor complaining as I, myself, can go from hot flash to freezing cold in the blink of an eye and I do love a nice warm 72 degree run!

It’s been a great week of workouts as I’m finally beginning to feel comfortable easing back into more running and slowly increasing the mileage. Here’s how my week played out … Continue reading