April Runfessions

It’s FriYAY and another month is coming to a close which means it’s time to cleanse our souls or soles …or maybe both! This, quite possibly, may be everyone’s favorite link-up as we runners tend to get pretty uptight about things from time to time and let’s be honest, just like our sweaty running gear …sometimes, we just need to “air things out”. So let’s get right to it, shall we?tumblr_mxrk1aCoT41qft49to1_500

 

I runfess…

After discovering that one of my only pair of Injinji socks (which I absolutely have to wear for runs longer than 6 miles) has gone AWOL, last seen in the dirty clothes hamper, I promptly logged in to my Amazon account and ordered another multiple pairs. It’s been 8 days now and the lone sock is still sitting atop my dresser, waiting for the return of its mate. I can’t bring myself to move it to the “single sock bin” yet ….because we all know what happens to those! Any other sock would have promptly been relocated, but my beloved Injinji’s ….just no! I’m still holding out hope that it will turn up and in the meantime these new babies better arrive today because there’s a 9 miler on the training schedule for tomorrow. If not, I’ve actually considered wearing the lone sock along with a regular sock …since it just so happens to be the foot that tends to blister. Desperate times call for desperate measures! 66ed1e52c864512290dd273c3344ee30

I runfess….

While I’m ashamed to admit it, I used to think Jeff Galloway and his run/walking deal wasn’t for “real” runners. I know, I know ….I feel the shame. Whenever I would see people doing this in a race, I would think “just run! If you have to stop and walk in the first mile, then just slow your running down” for goodness sakes. But oh, how sweet a big slice of humble pie can be! After trying this method over the past several weeks and not only enjoying it, but also finding that my overall times are improving …I now think the man is a freaking genius! It is perfect for nursing injuries, getting acclimated to the heat and humidity and also serves as great speed work if you really push yourself on the run intervals. I’m not sure that I will use this in short distance racing, but definitely will incorporate it into half marathons. And just to quiet those indignant runners (like myself), I’m thinking about sporting one of these shirts …..187e6b4380c30325d29d78f598ee7be1

I runfess…

I have gotten to the point that I don’t even want to look at race pictures of myself anymore. I mean seriously… I either look like I’m walking, crawling, or dying, I’m either wiping my nose or looking spastic. And I truly think that the camera adds 20lbs to my thighs! For every one decent picture they capture, there’s always at least three hideous ones that make me cringe. In an effort of always “keeping it real”, here’s the latest…..

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Yep, there it is …isn’t it lovely? I look like a have some serious “junk in my trunk” and my thighs look like tree trunks. And that’s all just icing on the cake to the spastic wave and look of sheer surprise on my face. Geez, this may be the worst one yet. They did get a halfway decent one of me crossing the finish line in which my thighs look a little closer to their actual size…Vulcan Materials 5K_20170422_0597

Clearly I need to either hide from the race photographers or amp up my “leg day” workouts.

I runfess….

After my lucky streak of winning giveaways I’ve had recently and in light of the way my thighs looked in the above mentioned runfession, I registered to win a free Cool Sculpting treatment. I mean, why not? If it’s free, non invasive and could possibly freeze the heck out of some stubborn fat cells that have taken up residence around my mid-section, hips and thighs …I’m all over that. Here’s to hoping my my lucky streak continues!

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Let it go, let it go ….let the fat cells go!

 

I runfess….

My latest guilty pleasure is this little pint-sized bucket of pure sweet and salty deliciousness and I may or may not have indulged in the entire container last week …halo-top-sea-salt-caramel31012017….which obviously went straight to my thighs as evidenced by Saturdays race photos! Shakira hit the nail on the head when she said “hips don’t lie” ….and I’m here to tell ya that neither do the thighs! I’ve given very specific instructions to Major Hubs to limit my intake the next time I sit down with this seemingly innocuous pint of “healthy” ice cream. He gave me the look that says ….”I’m smarter than that!”when-your-hips-dont-lie-liggoafvofficial-little-did-the-horse-8504809

And with that, I’ll wrap up this session of Runfessions! Please join Marcia, our lovely hostess, and other runners as we bare our soles and souls!

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I’m also linking up with Rachel and Meranda and Lacey for the  Friday Five 2.0 link. There’s so much fun on these last Fridays of the month, you’ll definitely want to join in!

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What’s your favorite Halo Top flavor? Are you guilty of ever indulging in the entire pint? Do you love or hate your race pics? Have you or anyone you know ever had a Cool Sculpting treatment? Pros/Cons?

xoxo,

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

Challenges Pave the Way for Breakthrough

findingfabulousatfifty.wordpress.comHello and Happy Monday from the LadyBird’s world! It’s been a couple of weeks since I touched base with a “Weekly Wrap” and I know everyone’s just dying to know what’s been happening with my training, right?? Ahhh yes, I thought so! Before we get into the details of the past few week’s happenings, let’s see what my training looked like … Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Spring has Sprung!

Hello again from the sunny south where Spring has definitely sprung all over the place! The grass is green, Cherry blossoms and Bradford pears are in full bloom, the sun has been shining and the temps have been soaring up in the 80’s! However, I’ve lived long enough to know that usually there is a cold snap just before Easter and that’s still a few weeks away …so I’m bracing myself. All of this beautiful weather lends itself to some fun outdoor workouts, so let’s get right to it! Continue reading

March Runfessions

runfessionsWow! It’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s Runfession time! You know, getting all of that “stuff” off your sweaty souls/soles.  I almost let the day get away from me, but never fear …I have a few confessions of my own to make here!

I runfess …that I’m still not running as much as I’d like to be at this point in my training cycle because frankly, I don’t know what the &#@% is going on with my feet and these orthotics! I did go in for an adjustment on Monday and while they felt a tad better, they just aren’t comfortable to run in. But I won’t go down that ugly road again. Let’s just suffice it to say that I’ll be making another appointment next week and I’ll leave this time with a major ‘fix’ or my $400 in hand. 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 …

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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

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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!

xoxo,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Gallivantin’: March Madness

Happy Monday all! I missed last week’s Weekly Wrap due to the fact that I just had too much going on and not enough working out! It was a two funerals and two visits to my Mom at the hospital kind of week which honestly just left me emotionally drained and not in the mood to recap a week of exercise. However, there were some highlights of that week which included a much needed lunch with my sister, a great 10k race (here’s the recap if you missed it), lunch with the college boy and a chance to see Major Hubs do what he does best. It’s all good and my Mom is home and on the mend. This week has been a much better workout week so let’s get right to the meat of it.Weekly (1)

As you can see, I’m still keeping my running  miles down as I try to adjust to these darn orthotics. I’d love nothing more than to be all positive here and say that it’s going great…but it’s not. These suckers hurt and rub a blister in the arch of my foot after about 2.5 miles. So that really makes the thought of running 13.1 miles with them about as pleasant as having a bikini wax. I know, I know ….be patient, I’ll get there.

On another, more pleasant note, I’ve really been enjoying these HIIT workouts. On Mondays, the hubs and I do one at home, old school style …with the tractor tire and all, then on Wednesdays we hit the gym for their Triple Threat HIIT class. These types of workouts are extremely effective and also humbling…as they are quick to point out where your weaknesses are. The hubs actually put together our first home HIIT workout which included my arch nemisis …burpees.

  • Half mile sprint, 1 min push ups, 1 min squats, 1 min sledgehammer on tire
  • Half mile sprint, 1 min burpees, 1 min lunge walk, 1 min tire flips
  • Half mile sprint, 1 min mtn climbers, 1 min high knees, 1 min tire step ups
  • Half mile sprint, 1 min plank, 1 min sit ups, 1 min wall sit

I’ll be doing this week’s workout and I can assure you there will be no burpees!

I did two 30 minute hip and leg stretch Yoga sessions and while I can’t say that I’m “hooked on Yoga” yet, I can say that I do appreciate the “hurts so good” aspect of it.

Question for all of you running coaches …are freshly stretched hammies more prone to strains? During the last mile of Saturday’s tempo run, I felt a twinge in my right hamstring. No pain though. It just likes to make its presence known every now and then while bending. I’ve taken it to the foam roller several times and wondering if I should continue with the stretches or give it a rest….

Friday was a beautiful day to take the ‘flying purple people eater’ (the mtn bike) out for an exploration ride. The hubs and I have explored one leg of the multi-use trail near our house so I thought I’d ride the other leg to see how far it is to the reservoir overlook.

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It was right at 8 miles to the overlook and back with an optional additional 1 mile loop. I’m thinking this will be a perfect long run option for half marathon training. Speaking of….. training for Utah Valley officially begins this week! Eeek!  Have you signed up yet? It’s not too late and there are many bloggers in this link who have discounts for registration fees …don’t miss out on this one!061111_Utah Valley Marathon

 

….and that’s a wrap! WeeklyWrapDo stop by and visit our fabulous hostesses Holly and Tricia to see what shenanigans they were up to in Montgomery this weekend!

xoxo,

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

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