July Runfessions: Hotter than …..?

Runfessions-300x294Another life sucking hot and humid month is coming to end which means it’s time to air all of our sweaty summer grievances by linking up with Marica’s Runfession link-up. Be sure to pop over to her blog and read all about her “Runfessions” and others.

So, let’s get this party started!

 

No point in dancing around the obvious, so I’ll just go ahead and get this one out of the way ……I runfess that I am totally over the heat and humidity.  Growing up in the south, I’ve heard quite a few ‘old sayings’ regarding the summer heat ….thought I’d share a few for your entertainment:

  • hotter than blue blazes
  • hotter than a six-shooter
  • hotter than Hell’s pepper patch
  • hotter than Hell on fire
  • hotter than a goats butt in the pepper patch

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If you’ve been following me lately, you know that I’ve been on somewhat of a ‘running hiatus’ this summer and been cycling a lot instead. I runfess that I really miss running …but there’s that whole heat and humidity thing.

However, I am enjoying my bike and the myriad of adventures she’s bringing ….the good, bad and the ugly. After my tire blow-out the other day, I realized that I need to take ‘bicycle mechanics’ much more seriously. As much as I hate to admit it, I runfess that I’ve been riding around for years with a spare tube and nothing else. That’s right. No tools, no CO2 canisters and zero knowledge of how to change a tire. I’m not sure if I thought the tire would change itself or if it came down to it, I’d play the ‘damsel in distress’ role and rely on the goodness of strangers to help a poor girl out. While that’s exactly what happened yesterday (thanks to the southern gentleman in the Elmo cycling jersey:, I hated feeling so helpless and have vowed to not let that happen again. Let the record show, I runfess that I will be signing up for the next available bicycle mechanics class at the local bike shop.bcc4248607760c18664b7ad9d7706198--spare-tires-flat-tire

 

As a runner, I will admit that I used to get so irritated by cyclist whizzing past me on the trails as they yelled out “passing on the left”. I really don’t know why, but I would think to myself, quite smugly, as they passed me on a hill that it my running that hill was so much harder than them pushing up it on a bike. Well …..now that the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak, I runfess that I get so freaking irritated by walkers and runners who take up more than their half of the pathway! I can understand it if you don’t see the cyclist coming from behind, but many times I’ve encountered runners running side by side and they can see me coming and still don’t fall into single file. It’s so frustrating. Come on people…. let’s all play nice and download (1)

……and by the way, speaking from experience ….pedaling a bike uphill is just as hard as running uphill. It’s not a competition …we’re all just out there enjoying what we do, pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zones and trying to be the best version of us we can be.

And with that, I’ll close this month’s edition of ‘runfessions’. It always feels good to cleanse those sweaty soles! Join us the last Friday of every month when Marcia opens her ‘Runfessional’, I know you have a few things to ‘runfess’  yourself.

I’m also linking up with RachelMeranda and Lacey for the Friday Five 2.0. Do stop by their blogs and check out their July Runfessions …Friday Five style!!FriFive2

What are your favorite “hotter than” sayings? Do you know how to change a bike tire? Ever had a flat while riding? 

xoxo,

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

 

On the Road to 100 Miles

It was another hot and humid July week here in the South with temps reaching well into 90’s every day. I know it’s hot everywhere but geez …..it doesn’t even drop into the upper 70’s until after the sun sets. However, thanks to Lexi (my road bike), despite the relentless oppressive heat, I’m still managing to enjoy some outdoor workouts. 20170719_164850 Continue reading

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’: 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

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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