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

– xoxo

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

For the Love of Running

Why do runner’s love to run so much? 756cdc45d7e218676f4f969eb5918191It’s a question all runners are asked from time to time by their non-running friends and family and no matter how hard we many try to explain it …no one will ever understand until they become a runner themselves.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and all of the love that is being shared today, this week’s Tuesdays on the Run link poses the question “What do you love about running?” For many of us, even though the journey which brought us to running may all be different, we all fell in love with it for many of the same reasons. That is what makes the running community like none other and is a great place to kick off my list! Continue reading

5 Reasons to Run Boston’s Freedom Trail Guided Tour

A couple of years ago, Major Hubs and I had the opportunity to spend the July 4th holiday in Boston. If you are a patriot of this great nation, I highly recommend this city, especially for the Fourth of July, as a bucket list destination. It was a fabulous trip, filled with history, art, theater, fireworks, the Pops and baseball, of course!

One of the things the hubs and I always make a point to do whenever we travel is to go for at least one run through the city, town or countryside while we are visiting. We both feel there is no better way to see a town through the eyes of its locals and to get a feel for its energy than while out on a leisurely run. In the process of planning our trip, I stumbled upon this little company that provided a guided running tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail, was intrigued and therefore, signed us up.  It turned out to truly be one of the highlights of our vacation! Continue reading

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