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 … 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


    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


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

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


    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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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 2: Settling In

How can it be Sunday already? My days have been consumed with two things …1. moving and 2. getting my workouts in.  Since we don’t have to be out of the rental house until the end of this month, we’ve been taking the move slowly, making a couple of trips a day, painting, replacing fixtures, etc. While it obviously is taking longer, this method has made it much more bearable. The movers are set to come on Wednesday for the big stuff and I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Speaking of the light at the end of the tunnel ….it just may be the light from the Johnny Ray train heading my way! After many months of chatter, CenturyRiHolly and I have finally found a century ride that works well for both of our busy schedules and are going to attempt to put our money where our mouths are! This coming Saturday, we will cruise the back roads of rural Alabama and circumnavigate the old Johnny Ray Trail line and even have the opportunity to cross a WWII era steel bridge. Whether we go the extra 44 miles to crush a century or stop at 63 to settle for a metric, one thing is for certain …there will be lots of fun, giggles and snacking amongst the pain and gnashing of teeth! Wish us luck! Continue reading


Weekly Wrap: Labor Day Weekend ….literally.

Silly me, I thought Labor Day weekend was to rest …instead I’ve been laboring all weekend! It’s the price you pay for going on vacation the week before a long holiday weekend, I suppose. However, when you’re working on a move to a new house, it’s a good ‘laboring’, right? While most of you are poolside, on the lake or at the beach for that last ‘hoorah’, I’m taking a quick break from all of this ‘good laboring’ to join in on the Weekly Wrap link-up.

I’m not going to sugar-coat anything here, not much happened this past week in the way of workouts for several reasons …

  • I was still on Hawaii time 🤙
  • well, you know, THE move
  • a new training cycle begins this week and I really just wanted to take it easy before Coach HoHo hands my butt to me on a silver platter!

Yep, that’s right. In case you missed it, I revealed in yesterdays Ultimate Coffee Date that Major Hubs and I are working with Holly for my first full marathon and his second! As if it’s not scary enough just making the decision to give it a go, it’s even scarier to put it all out there for everyone to know about …you know, there’s always the chance of a DNF or DNS. However, I’ve decided that while there is that chance, the support and encouragement I know I’ll receive from you guys will be more than enough to see me through the training and that elusive finish line as well as more than enough sympathy and support while licking my wounds if, for whatever reason, it just doesn’t happen. I really don’t mean to sound so negative, it’s just the voice of an older, slower, injury prone and realistic runner who really wants to check this off of her bucket list, talking. Continue reading


This Week’s Gallivantin’: Winding Down Summer

Instead of lazily lingering as they did when I was growing up, the ‘dog days of summer’ are just racing right on by! July is history, we are already a week into August and it’s time for another Weekly Wrap with Holly, Tricia and guest hostess Heather at 3 Black Cat Co.

If you are new to my blog and not familiar with the Weekly Wrap, let me just say that you have stumbled into a great group of women who link up each week for the sole purpose of encouraging, motivating and keeping one another accountable on our fitness journeys. Please join us!

While the week, for the most part, was uneventful, I’m pleased with the quality of my workouts. I’m not sure what to attribute it to, but I’m thrilled to report that over the past month, I’ve lost 6 pounds! Is is the fact that I’m not dealing with those insatiable ‘rungries’ in the absence of any significant running miles? Is it the variety of workouts keeping my body guessing and the furnace burning? Or could it be the replenishment of hormones my body had been lacking? I don’t know, but whatever it is ….I’m thrilled to be able to button some of my shorts and slacks without having to suck in my gut to the point of oxygen deprivation. #simplegoals

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Bikes, Booze and BodyPump

Whew! Is it Sunday already with August just around the corner? The weeks really do seem to fly by don’t they? You’d think with all of these lazy ‘easy-livin’ summer days, that they wouldn’t seem to pass so quickly. But alas, they are moving at lightening speed and it’s time for another edition of the Weekly Wrap. Let’s get this party started!


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On the Road to 100 Miles

It was another hot and humid July week here in the South with temps reaching well into 90’s every day. I know it’s hot everywhere but geez … doesn’t even drop into the upper 70’s until after the sun sets. However, thanks to Lexi (my road bike), despite the relentless oppressive heat, I’m still managing to enjoy some outdoor workouts. 20170719_164850 Continue reading