🎶Slip Slidin’ Away🎶

It’s Sunday afternoon, I’ve got steak and chicken marinating and awaiting the grill, I have two out of three of my boys here, Major Hubs will be home in less than two weeks and it’s time for another Weekly Wrap. Life is busy, hot and humid ….but it is good!

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The training plan provided to me by the Fleet Feet running group I’m training with calls for 4 runs per week. I mentioned early on that I wasn’t sure how that would work for me as I tend to get injured when I run more than 3 days per week. The training group has two group runs per week, one being a tempo run and the other a long trail run. The weekday tempo run is the one I’m having trouble with. It’s at 6 pm, after an exhausting day of work, it’s hot as Hades at 6 pm and any and all types of speed work tends to aggravate my ankles. I don’t like aggravating my ankles. So, I’m trying to decide if I skip all group tempo runs and replace them with easy paced runs or suck it up and see how long I can endure them before injury strikes. I know, that sounds so pessimistic …..but I know my body and unfortunately, I know my ankles even better.

Regardless, here’s how Week 4 of Ways Bluff 25k training played out:

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Monday: 3 miles were on the plan but rest is what happened. Seriously folks, that damn Body Pump class on Sunday trashed my legs.
Tuesday: Rest was on the plan but I had planned on running my 3 from the day before. However, I was still so stinking sore from Sunday’s Body Pump class that I just couldn’t even think about running. It’s become very clear to me that Body Pump and race training simply cannot coexist in my world. It might not be so bad if every Body Pump workout didn’t include a ridiculous amount of squats and lunges. In addition to my aching quads, the college boy came home for one night in order to get his new pup neutered. He brought him home with the ‘cone of shame’ and I have to admit that even I laughed at him. He kept running into doors and walls because he couldn’t judge the distance with it on. Chester kept barking at him because he didn’t know what the heck it was. It was all quite the spectacle.

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That face cracks me up ….”Seriously dude, I though we were friends. How could you do this to me?”

Wednesday: Group tempo run was on the plan but I opted for an easier 3 mile solo run. Call me a wimp, but 90 degrees at 7 pm is just not ideal temps for a tempo run.
Thursday: 3 easy trail miles were on the plan and that’s exactly what I did. I’m realizing that I’m much more inclined to run the trail miles than I am the road miles ….hmmm, are the running gods trying to tell me something?
Friday: Rest day according to the plan. However; since I missed Monday’s run, I opted for 40 minutes of pool running. I ran half of the laps with ‘high knees’ in an effort to practice picking up my feet more ….which is imperative in trail running. I’m hoping this will help prevent me from face planting.
Saturday: 7 mile single track MUDDY trail run with the group. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning looking forward to these runs. They are such a challenge, yet so refreshing ….if that makes any sense at all.

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Aren’t they just the most disgusting little creatures? And itch ….oh my gosh, their bites itch!

It stormed the night before, so I was anticipating that it would be a muddy run. I had ordered a pair of gaiters but they had not arrived in time. So, in an effort to ‘make due’, I wore my Legend Compression socks. Because it was so hot and humid, I shoved them down around my ankles to help keep debris out. This worked perfectly aside from the tick who found his way up my shoes and socks and grabbed a hold of my skin just above my sock line. Maybe next week, I’ll pull them up to my knees. I don’t know what the deal is with me and ticks …I literally coat myself in bug spray, yet they still seem to be attracted to me. Two ticks in four weeks is not a very good track record.

Aside from that, the run was amazing. It took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to run slip and slide 7 miles, yet it flew by. If I ran that pace on the road, I’d be bored crazy and terribly disappointed. Yet somehow, on the trails, the slower pace feels like a decent pace and there’s never a single moment of boredom. The verdict is still out …but I could quite possibly be a trail runner for life!

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You know you’re a trail runner when your run maps start looking like this.

Sunday: Between church, a funeral and a fun evening with the boys, I still managed to get my 30 minutes of ‘brisk walking’ in. Our training coach keeps emphasizing how important these Sunday walks are ….he says this is not meant to be a leisurely stroll, but a fast paced walk for 30 minutes because most will have to walk at some point in a 25 to 50k trail race.
Trail Running Stats: 29 miles, 2 ticks, 2 snakes, 4 stumbles, 1 spider web, 1 briar bush, 0 falls.

….and that’s a wrap! I’m linking up with my ‘Hostess Twinkies’ Holly and Wendy, for the Weekly Wrap linkup. Be sure to visit their blogs and all of the others linking up each week. We’re all about supporting and encouraging each other to not only be our best, but to push ourselves out of our comfort zones to achieve those goals others only dream of!

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Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one trail run at a time!

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It’s a Jungle Out There

Even though I missed one of my scheduled runs, I’m pretty darn happy with week 3 of Ways Bluff 25k training. The heat and humidity continue its relentless pursuit to make any outdoor activity as miserable as possible and work continues to encroach on my weekday workout time. However, on a positive note, I was able to spend some quality time with my boys before summer break comes to a close …every Mother’s dream right?

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Log Jumping and Sneaky Snakes …Oh My!

Once again, I’m late to the Weekly Wrap party. I’m telling you, this dang ‘part time’ job gig seems to be taking up much more than 30 hours of my week! Between work, dog sitting the grand pups and trying my level best to stick to my training plan, blogging has definitely been pushed to the back burner.

Oh well, better late than never, right?

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Roots, Ticks, Pine Cones ….Oh My!

Once the Revel Rockies marathon was complete, I was really looking forward to spending those ‘dog days’ of summer doing lots of cross training …in an air-conditioned gym and putting some miles on Lexi (the road bike). Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment because I have not only registered for a 25k trail race, but also signed up for a group training program through our local Fleet Feet running store. So much for waking up and doing whatever workout strikes my fancy. I now found myself right back into scheduled runs and I’m not going to lie …I like it.

I’m learning something about myself that I didn’t know: much to my chagrin, I like structure and apparently thrive in it. Who knew? Ways Bluff Continue reading

Revel Rockies Marathon

Only a few months after completing my first full marathon in January, and vowing to never run another, I found myself registered for the Revel Rockies Marathon. Whether it was the power of a persuasive friend or the lure of the marathon distance, I can’t be sure. But what I do know is this ….deep down inside of me, even while swearing I’d never run another, I felt I needed one more just to prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke …that I could do it again. For some reason, the ‘one and done’ felt like I was wimping out. So, when Holly asked if I was interested in running this marathon with her …I knew I had to do it. I had to run ‘just one more marathon’.

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Marathon Training ….Here I go again!

I’m back! It’s been over a month since I participated in the Weekly Wrap but don’t think I haven’t been keeping up with you all ….I just needed a little break. I needed a break from running, working out, talking about running and working out and just really everything. Ever feel that way?

If you follow me regularly, you know that I completed my first marathon in January …so that, in and of itself, requires and demands some down time. You also know that Major Hubs is deploying VERY soon so I’m sure you can imagine that I have simply wanted to devote all of my attention to spending as much quality and quantity time with him before he leaves. In addition to that, there is a lot of things that need to be taken care of before a spouse leaves on a deployment ….things that one may not ever consider unless they’ve been through one. Needless to say, things have been a little hectic around my house.

With all the being said, I did sign up for my second marathon and the training miles aren’t going to run themselves …..so it’s time for me to get back in the game, get focused and link back up with all of my fabulously supportive Weekly Wrap gal pals!

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If you recall, I signed up to run the Revel Rockies marathon with Holly. It is a beautiful downhill course in the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver. Again, my goal will be to simply finish this race uninjured. However, this course will bring a new set of challenges …some that can be trained for and some that can’t.

  • First of all, the time limit for the full will require that I finish at least 10 minutes faster than my first marathon. That’s probably doable since it is a downhill course.
  • Second, it is a downhill course. I’ve only run one downhill course and it was a half marathon. The downhill felt fantastic and I ran paces that I hadn’t seen in any of my training runs ….until the course flattened out. Downhill running pretty much trashes your quads and makes flat running feel like you’re climbing hills. I can’t imagine what my legs will feel like after 26 miles of downhill!
  • Third, altitude. I honestly don’t know if or how this will affect me.
  • Fourth, I’m 12 weeks out from race day. Is it even feasible for a rookie marathoner to train for this in only 12 weeks while still only running 3x per week? Time will tell!

I do have a plan and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it works. Here’s how my first week went ….

  • Monday:  30 min stairmill to work the glutes and quads / 15 min. rower /20 pushups, supermans and plank

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    Climbing the Empire State Building …without the beautiful NYC skyline views

  • Tuesday: 3 mile run / 30 burpees
  • Wednesday: Spin class / 30 pushups, supermans and a plank
  • Thursday: 2 miles downhill repeats / 40 burpees

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    It was just too pretty not to take these burpees outside!

  • Friday: 5 mile run / 40 pushups, supermans and a plank

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    Getting the guilt trip from Chester for not taking him on this run

  • Saturday: 1 hour strength training with the hubby

When the weather forecast predicted rain all day for Saturday, I decided to move my long run to Friday ….yeah, that didn’t quite work out and 5 was all I could get in that day. I’ll have to make that up this week. Overall, not a bad week of workouts but I’m not sure how good of a week it was for ‘marathon training’. Oh well ….pressing on.

How was your week? What are you training for? Ever run a race in high altitude? Any tips or advice?

WeeklyWrapNewI’m linking up with the fabulous Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap! Be sure to visit their blogs and the others to see what fun and inspiring adventures they’re all on these days.

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

 

 

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