Marathon Training: Lady Bird Gets Her Groove Back

March coming to an end not only means Holly and I are just 2 months out from our marathon in the Rockies, it also marks one week completed of my ‘deployment marathon’ as well.  After throwing myself a 4 day pity party, I woke up on Tuesday morning, laced up the running shoes, had a little chat with myself and hit the old running path where I put in so many miles training for my first marathon …it was there that I think I finally got my groove back. One can only feel sorry for oneself for so long, right? Besides, HGTV bingeing, popcorn, pizza and wine does not burn calories and it certainly doesn’t help with marathon training! Well okay, who am I kidding? The wine helps ….for both marathon training and surviving the deployment marathon!

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Post Marathon Recovery: Aka Lazy Bum

Due to my minimal activity this past week, I considered skipping the Weekly Wrap this week. However, because I love catching up with you all and didn’t want to miss out on the fun, I decided to join in but make it short and sweet …just like my week.

Monday and Tuesday was all about rest! To say I was sore after my marathon would be an understatement. I literally felt like someone had taken a baseball bat to the lower half of my body. But by Wednesday I really felt pretty good, aside from a little tenderness in my foot …you know, the ‘iffy’ one that stepped up to the challenge and got me through 26.2 miles like a boss. Continue reading

Marathon Training Weeks 19 & 20: Taper Time

I didn’t write a Weekly Wrap last week because, quite honestly, I was just frustrated with my training …or lack thereof. Yes it was time to taper and I was fine with that. However, due to my foot issue, I’ve done more than taper …I’ve pretty much been on the bench. Will it have negative effects on my performance come race day or will all the extra rest be the perfect recipe for my first marathon debut? Only time will tell, but I’m leaning toward the perfect recipe! Positive thoughts bring positive results, right?

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Ultimate Coffee Date – January 2018

Good morning fellow coffee lovers! It’s the first Saturday of a new month and a new year, which can only mean one thing …it’s time for the Ultimate Coffee Date!  So put on your fuzzy slippers, pull up a chair and let’s chat over a delicious cup of Joe, tea, milk, OJ, mimosa, shot of whiskey, or whatever gets you moving!

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If we were having coffee … 

I’d tell you that, as most of you probably know, I started this blog as I was approaching my 50th birthday ..hence the name Finding ‘Fabulous’ at Fifty. Obviously, I didn’t put much thought in to the fact that I wouldn’t be 50 forever and what would I do about the name of my blog once I surpassed that golden year. I turned 51 on January 1st and still feel fabulous …well, except for the hot flashes, menopot and mild arthritis beginning to set in my hands  ….but I digress. Anyway, back to my point …am I still ‘Finding Fabulous’ at Fifty’ if I’m 51? Should I change the name of my blog? I certainly can’t change it each year as I age. Do I wait until I’m 60 to change it? I may not even be blogging then. Does it really matter? Is it just a technicality? These are the things that keep me awake at night …not really. Hot flashes keep me awake, but these type of questions fill my head while I’m already awake. What to do, what to do? First world problems, right? Lol

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I’d tell you that @sammyruns on IG has inspired me to get serious about my core strength, or lack thereof. The fact that she has maintained a plank streak for well over 600 days is amazing to me! Therefore, I set a goal to do at least a one minute plank each day for one year ….here’s hoping to see my abs again one day!

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I’d tell you that since I was already doing my own plank streak challenge, I decided to hop on board Rachel’s Burpees, Planks & Pushup Challenge for the month of January. Although I absolutely despise burpees, they are a great total body exercise and well, nothing feels more satisfying than accomplishing those things which take you out of your comfort zone. I joined in on their little burpee party late so I had to play catch up yesterday ….I pretty much feel like I’ve been punched in the gut and ribs today. Feels great though ..in a sick, twisted sort of way.

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I’d tell you that this marathon training stuff can be a pain in the _____! I’m sure you can fill in that blank with any number of body parts and for me, right now, it’s a pain in the foot. Ever since my last long run, my right foot has been acting up. I have pain on the top of the 4th or 5th metatarsal when walking and running. It felt fine during my last run, but starting hurting later that day. It’s not a constant steady pain with every step which leads me to believe it’s not a stress fracture. However, after I’ve been on my feet awhile, it begins to hurt so bad that I have to lift that foot in order to take the weight off.  I have been cross-training all week rather than running and have an appointment with my podiatrist on Tuesday. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my one and only goal for this marathon was to make it to the starting line uninjured. I may be over-reacting a little bit, but I just can’t take any chances. I’m three weeks out from race day and need one more solid week of peak training before tapering. Pray that it’s nothing serious and I can get back to running soon ….I am so close to becoming a marathoner!

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My cup is empty and Major Hubs just returned from his run …yes, I’m jealous … and it’s time to wrap this one up. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit our fabulous hostesses, Deborah and Coco and all the others who’ve joined in on this month’s edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date …because coffee is always better with a friend!The-Ultimate-Coffee-Date2-e1472303933116

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one cup of coffee at a time!

Marathon Training Week 15: Falalalalalalalong Runs

Last week Coach HoHo told Major Hubs and I that we were getting down to the ‘nitty gritty’ of our marathon training and she wasn’t kidding. As I mentioned in last week’s weekly wrap, I am pleasantly surprised that I’ve actually been able to complete these long runs with no greater discomfort than I normally experience following a half marathon. Even if something dreadful were to happen preventing me from finishing this race, I will forever be in awe of my body for getting me this far ….I truly never believed it would. And that, my friends, is what a great coach, wonderful friends and the most amazingly supportive husband in the world is for ….to believe in you until you begin to believe in yourself!

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Marathon Training Week 14: The Nitty Gritty

This week finds me two weeks out from Christmas and six weeks out from my first full marathon and as Coach HoHo says …”it’s getting down to the nitty-gritty”!  There was little to no ‘recovery time’ following last weekend’s girls trip for the PCB half marathon (race recap here) as there were quite a few miles waiting for me in my email inbox on Monday. 26.2 Continue reading

Marathon Training Week 11: Soldier Half Marathon

I’ve had my eye on the Soldier Half Marathon for a couple of years now, knowing that Major Hubs would really enjoy it.  Imagine my surprise when I asked Coach HoHo if she could work this race into our training plan and she replied with not only a ‘yes’, but also that she has run this one several times and may could even meet us there! Must’ve been fate, right? Excited about the opportunity to see my ‘Southern Sole Sister’ again, I registered Major Hubs and I and promptly booked our hotel.  Continue reading