🎶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!

Ways Bluff

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:

PicsArt_08-19-09.32.39.png
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.

20180819_212331.jpg

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.

20180819_212811.jpg

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!

Screenshot_20180819-211626.jpg

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!

f4ec6-weeklywrapnewxoxo,

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

Advertisements

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?

Ways Bluff Continue reading

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?

Ways Bluff Continue reading

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

Dog Days of Summer: Playing Catch Up

Since last month’s marathon, Revel Rockies, I’ve been pretty much ‘chill-axing’. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out ..it just means I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants in regards to my workouts.

I have to admit, it’s been really nice not having to get a certain number of runs and miles in each week. As much as I love running, my body does respond well to a varied workout routine and with the unbearable heat we’ve been dealing with, indoor workouts have been a welcome reprieve. And since there have been no real race specific training going on, I’ve been MIA with all of my favorite blogging link-ups. I’ve missed runfessing, catching up over coffee and wrapping things up with you all! So, let’s kill three birds with one post and see what’s been going on in the Lady Bird’s nest lately.PicsArt_07-08-11.27.33.jpg 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’.

Revel Rockies (1)

Continue reading

Keep Calm and Taper On!

Hello all! I know, I know …I haven’t ‘wrapped it up‘ with you guys in a while, but I’m still here trying to eek out this marathon training. To be quite honest, between adjusting to my new job, coping with the hubs deployment and trying to find time to get my workouts in without dying from heat exhaustion …blogging simply hasn’t been a priority. However, with my longest run of this training cycle behind me and the fact that I’m finally beginning to find my groove at work, I’m hoping to settle in to a comfortable routine again.Revel Rockies

I’ve said it before and I continue to stand by it ….I’ve lived here in the South my entire life and yet I still can’t tolerate running in the brutal summer heat we are ‘blessed’ with. April was a solid month of perfect running temps ..aside from all the rain. However, May came in like a menopausal hot flash. The only redeeming quality is that it has been beautifully sunny and has provided ample opportunities for the ‘What The Forecast’ app to keep me amused.20180514_212107.png

I’ve been able to manage two strength training sessions per week and continue to enjoy a weekly pool running session. My weekday runs have continued to be short in distance averaging 4 to 5 miles. At times I’ve worried that these are too short, but honestly I think it will be fine. The fact that I’m two weeks out from my marathon and have no major aches and pains feels good. (Especially considering that at this point before my last marathon, I was sitting in the podiatrists office) And since I’m totally not a 5 a.m. kind of runner, it’s simply too hot for more than 4 miles at 4 o’clock in the afternoon when I get off work. It is what it is.

 

Aside from the heat sucking the life right out of me, my weekend long runs have gone well. I’ve realized that I learned a lot about fueling, hydrating and the timeliness of salt intake from my first marathon training and I believe it has helped to make this one go much smoother. Or maybe it’s just simply the fact that I have overcome the ‘I can’t run that distance’ mentality. Who knows. But what I have learned is this …if you run slow enough, you can run any distance. Unfortunately, there is a time limit for this marathon and I’m a tad nervous about being able to make the cutoff. I’m holding out hope that cooler temps and the downhills will be my saving grace. Time will tell …literally!

                   Scenes from an 18 mile run ~ A beautiful neighborhood sunrise, Southern Magnolia’s in bloom and my own                                                                                                           personal pacer …Mr. Slowsky!

In non-running news, I have survived 6 weeks of deployment and have only suffered one minor meltdown ….praying the next 18 weeks will be as good to me! The college boy is home for at least a month before he goes back for a summer class, the oldest has been checking in on me regularly and offering to do things around the house while I do his laundry. (It’s a trade-off.) And the youngest …well, as we say here in the south, bless his heart …he’s just trying to get through these last few weeks of his junior year of high school. Between these three and Chester Boy, they are doing a good job of keeping me company in the Major’s absence.

                       My sweet boys grilled steaks for me for Mother’s Day while I relaxed …..okay, I cooked the asparagus, pasta salad                         and marinated the steaks. But I sure enjoyed spending the day with them. It’s so rare to have all three in my nest                                                                  at the same time these days! Blessed beyond measure.

…..and that’s a wrap. It’s taper time and just two short weeks to Denver!

I’m linking up with my #runrevel partner in crime, Holly and the fabulous Wendy for the Weekly Wrap linkup!WeeklyWrapNew

 

xoxo,

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