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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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!

🎶Rainy Days and Taxes Always Get Me Down🎶

Happy Sunday and welcome to the Weekly Wrap! I’m honored to have the opportunity to guest co-host, alongside Wendy, this week for my friend Holly as she takes a much-needed break ….a little birdie told me she’s been basking in the sunshine and soaking up some vitamin sea down in Margaritaville! Who else is super jealous?

In the meantime, the marathon ‘train’ing keeps rolling down the tracks and there were a few stops along the way this week ….some pleasant, some not so pleasant and one exciting venture on the horizon.

The not so pleasant pit stops this week were rain and taxes …good grief, I’m so sick of rain. When it storms and rains an entire day, Saturday no less, the same day that you have to stop procrastinating and file your damn taxes …well, it just plain sucks. On the flip side, however, there were some beautiful 80 degree sunshiny days and an afternoon spent alone with my youngest son. You know, it’s rare to have several hours of uninterrupted quality time with a teenager these days ….so I relish in them every chance I get. Oh yeah, and the exciting venture? Well, you’ll just have to read on for that one!Revel Rockies Continue reading

Marathon Training: Hello April!

While the first week of April down here in the ‘crooked letter’ state rolled in with temps soaring and dropping like a roller coaster, I stayed focused on marathon training and my goal to lose some ‘fluff’ while the Major is away.

This training cycle, I’m determined to focus on strength training. This is something I wanted to do for my first marathon, but just never found the time motivation. I truly believe that most of my running injuries, aches and pains can be lessened, if not eliminated, by more time spent with weights. I also know that I was at my leanest and toned, back in the day when I never missed a strength workout. Besides, for me …I just feel stronger, sexier and healthier when I’m in a regular strength routine. Revel Rockies Continue reading

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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Deployment Marathon

It occurred to me the other day that not only am I in training for my second marathon, but I am also beginning my first week of a different sort of marathon training …..the marathon of waiting. Most of you know by now that Major Hubs left in the wee hours of the morning on Friday for a six month deployment …so the waiting marathon and countdown has begun. Deployment.png

We have endured a deployment before (12 months) and I can attest to the fact that it never gets easier. The stark feeling of loneliness upon walking in your home after their departure takes ones breath away and the quietness is deafening. However, like every other trial in life, time eases the pain and every day brings hope and a renewed spirit. It’s a process and I will find my way once again.

The past week included zero running. The only workout completed was the hour and half weight session the hubs and I did together ….it was the most romantic workout I’ve had in a long time!  (Yes, even a workout can be romantic when you know it’s the last one for quite some time) We squeezed as much into the past week as we could and soaked up every single moment together. There was a trip to the Bird Family Farm for some peace and quiet, a college baseball game, a birthday family cookout, quiet dinners together, long walks with the dog, evenings on the deck and even dancing barefoot in the kitchen to our favorite songs. I regret absolutely nothing I did or didn’t do the weeks leading up to his leaving.

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However, one can only feel sorry for themselves for so long. I’ve had my eye on a local trail race for quite some time and the fact that it was promoted as ‘the perfect race for beginner trail runners‘ made it even more appealing. So I put on my big girl panties, registered 10 minutes before the deadline and found myself at the starting line of my first trail run on Saturday. I’ll recap it soon but will leave you with a little teaser ….not only did I have a great time, I also discovered a little ‘hitchhiker’ from the trail on my body during church this morning!!! Eeek!

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As much as I miss Major Hubs, I know that getting back to a regular routine is the best way to combat the blues. So this week I’ll get back to my regular running/workout routine. I am still dealing with an irritable hip flexor that just won’t calm down. Any advice regarding this will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you all for your kind words of love, support and encouragement for the both of us during this time. I’ve received texts and messages from so many of you and it truly warms my heart. I try to be intentional at keeping my political beliefs separate from my blog  …however, let me just say that no matter which side of the political fence you stand, please never take for granted the sacrifices our service men and women make. Remember this …they do what they do because they love and believe in the United States of America and the principles it was founded on no matter who holds the office of presidency. They serve you, the American citizens, and fight for your freedom  …they do not serve a political party. I am grateful for every man and woman who serves or has ever served and I am beyond proud to be a soldier’s wife.

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Official hanging of the yellow ribbon

…..and that’s a wrap. Three days down and 150+ to go!

Trail runner? What’s your favorite distance? Any advice on cranky hip flexors? 

WeeklyWrapNewI’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. Be sure to stop by their blogs and show them some love …this link up is truly a labor of love for them!

xoxo,

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

 

 

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!

Revel Rockies

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.

xoxo,

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