Fall Races: What’s on the LadyBird’s Schedule?

Ahhhh, the sights, sounds and scents of Fall …who doesn’t love this season? The sound of a crackling fire, the sweet sugary taste of candy corn, the beautiful colors of leaves floating to the ground, the sound of leaves crunching under foot and the crispness that fills the air ….these are just a few of my favorite things about Fall. I also love that with the arrival of Fall, it usually brings with it cooler temperatures and less humidity which in turn drives most runners to start signing up for every race they can possibly fit into their schedules. Am I right?

Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is all about Fall Races, so let’s see where I’ll be running over the next few months. Where will your running shoes take you this Fall?Fall

Those who follow me know that I’ve bitten the proverbial bullet and decided to attempt my first full marathon. With that in mind and now on the schedule, I have a few races in mind between now and then that, hopefully, will make for good training runs. Continue reading

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Ultimate Coffee Date: September Edition

While the days, weeks and months are ticking by ….we find ourselves on the cusp of Fall. With that comes all of the excitement of everything pumpkin, fall races and another edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date with Coco and DeborahPlease stop by our fabulous hostesses for a ‘virtual’ coffee date and share what you’ve been up to and are looking forward to over the next month. So, grab your favorite coffee cup, pull up a chair and let’s catch up!

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Our cottage came complete with these adorable pineapple coffee mugs. Aloha!

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Utah Valley Half Marathon Race Recap

One week ago, Major Hubs and I were literally and figuratively, on top of the world in Provo, Utah! After a day spent exploring beautiful Sundance Resort, it was time to focus on the task at hand …running 13.1 miles through the beautiful canyons of Provo. FindingFabulousatFifty.png

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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!

 

My Top 5 Race “Must-Haves”

I always procrastinate packing for a trip because, frankly, I always want to take too much “stuff”. There’s always the essentials, the non-essentials, the accessories and then the “just in case” stuff. However, when I’m packing for a race weekend, it’s always fairly easy since I know what I absolutely have to have, what works and what I can’t imagine running without. Here are my top five race “must-haves” for the Utah Valley Half Marathon ……
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