Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ready for Adventure

Today's Wednesday Word is AdventurousWilling to take risks 
or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences.

I like to think I'm somewhat adventurous.  I like to try new things, see new places.  But, I'm sure my adventures would pale in comparison to others.  Perhaps I'm getting adrenaline confused with adventure.   I do enjoy that adrenaline.
We flew "sideways" a lot.

Would my water skiing be considered adventurous?  I also snow ski, enjoy theme park rides {Tower of Terror!}, love my half marathons and race vacations. I've zip lined, snorkeled with stingrays and massive sea turtles, and ridden on an angry horse on a narrow mountain trail.  I've been in a Mexican two-seater speed boat with a roll bar {what purpose is a roll bar in the ocean, might I ask?}.

I recently took a helicopter ride over the Gulf.  What's still on  my to-do list?   Parasailing, Dog Sledding and Hot Air Ballooning to name a few. Would any of these make your list of adventurous activities?  Perhaps. But, I suggest it's all relative. What is adventurous for one person is not necessarily adventurous for another.

What you don't see...
my fingernails digging into the cushion.

Oh wait, I regularly ride in a boat while PoPo drives at full speed.  Yes, yes...surely that's adventurous!  HA.

Having a brother who struggles with mental issues, I've been in his therapy sessions and learned some interesting things about the brain.  If it is not stimulated, it atrophies just like an unused muscle.  Presenting it with the same activities day after day (or no activities at all) does it no good.  It craves new things.  It must pay attention and learn when presented with something new.  Stimulation, in turn, elevates mood -- fights depression.

Along this line, I suggest some adventure is necessary to thrive and be healthy.  And, it doesn't have to be anything fancy, spectacular, or particularly thrill-seeking.  Just new.  Different.  No bungee jumping necessary. 

Tell me something you consider adventurous!

I'm linking with Deb @ Deb Runs for the Wednesday Word.
Please visit Deb and the other participating bloggers.
It's fun to see everyone's perspective!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rain, Rain (WW # 34)

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap!

This linkup is hosted by yours truly and my good friend Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin.    The purpose of this link is to connect with and support other active women. You can summarize your whole week or just a small portion of it.  It's up to you!  Race recaps are also encouraged!  {See rules}   

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Monday -- Physical Therapy
Tuesday -- 4 Miles
Wednesday -- Physical Therapy
Thursday -- 8 Miles
Friday -- 4 Miles
Saturday -- Rest
Sunday -- 9 Miles

Total --  25 Miles

We decided to hop down to the beach for a few days.  The first day was very windy -- that irritating wind that blows stinging sand against your skin.  The other days were rainy.  All was not lost, however.  We enjoyed great food!  You can always count on that.  Wednesday evening we ate at Margaritaville. 

This hangs from the ceiling of Margaritaville.

Thursday morning, I ran 8 miles in the bike lane along the beach.  After warming up, I attempted  to make this a steady paced run.  My splits were: 10:41, 9:59, 9:41, 9:39, 9:29, 9:31, 9:35, and then 9:17 for a faster finish mile.  Meh, I guess the middle 5 were pretty consistent.   

This small palm tree was turned inside out from the wind.

I always like to visit the Nike Outlet store when we are at the beach.  On this trip I came away with two half-price tanks.  That evening, we ate at our favorite dive of an Oyster Bar, Shuck'ems.  I ate my favorite Oysters Rockefeller.

I've always liked Nike running clothes!

Friday morning I ran in the rain.  I thought I saw a break in the radar, but within minutes the bottom fell out. After you get soaked, it's amazing how quickly you get over it and just keep running.  This ended up being a 4 mile progression run: 10:11, 9:44, 9:39 and 9:08.

Soaked!  There is an ocean behind me.  In fact, it's almost the same shot as the sunny beach pic. 

We watched the new Batman vs. Superman that afternoon (surprisingly very good!), dined at Rum Runners and managed a game of putt-putt between storms.  We absolutely can't go to the beach without playing a round.  It wouldn't feel right.  Tradition and all...

These two beat me pretty badly.

Saturday, my grandkids celebrated both of their birthdays and hunted eggs after a refreshingly low-key party.  Easter Sunday, the radar again was mostly yellow and red.  I was able to get 9 early miles in before the real rain started.  The goal for this run was to keep my heart rate below 155.  I have such difficulty with this.  It averaged 156.  Almost!  My neighborhood is hilly and every time I ran up my HR would stay elevated for a while.

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend with your family.  We kept it simple.  PoPo grilled and I made deviled eggs and whatnot.  I have half marathon #39 coming up this Saturday.  I chose not to run double digits on the two weekends between #38 and #39, opting for 9 miles both times.  I hope this gamble pays off.

And that's a wrap!

 Do you like running in the rain?

Any other putt-putt players out there?

Who raced this weekend?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Runner Awakens

I recently had the opportunity to participate in The Runner Awakens.  It was a virtual run hosted by Level Up.  Having only participated in one other virtual race, I was a little skeptical.  I wondered what would make Level Up a different experience.  The online registration process was quick and easy.  The entry fee was also much less than the other company's virtual race that I had participated in.  That was nice...and different. 

My race was completed at the first miles of a long, slow run.
I had chosen the 10k as my distance and planned to run this race separate from anything else.  But, last minute travel plans interfered with that.  That's the wonderful thing about a virtual race.  You are not locked in to an exact day.  I ran The Runner Awakens as the first part of an 11 mile long slow run, I stopped my watch at the 6.2 mark to record my effort and make it official.   
Five Reasons to Choose Level Up:

1)  You choose the distance you want to run as well as the day and time that works best for you.  Grab some friends and make it an event or run it solo.   You've got options!

2)  If you get sick, if your plans change -- you can make adjustments without losing your race fee!  Level Up gives you a 15 day window to run your race.   In my other virtual experience, we were only given three days to complete the race.

3)  The Star Wars The Runner Awakens theme was spot on.   The next one is equally as impressive.  Stay tuned for more information on that!  Let's just say it will be "INCREDIBLE".
That tiny item is a quarter, in case you were wondering.
4)  The finisher's medal is superior!  Not only it is much nicer than my other virtual race medal, it dwarfs most of my half marathon medals.  It spins {hello!} and BB8 cannot be any cuter.  My teenage sons were definitely impressed by this one.  I like the idea you must earn the medal by first completing your race. 

5)  Level Up Virtual Runs gives back a portion of their proceeds to schools around the US who are struggling to keep their sports programs alive.  Your race fee is going to a great cause! 

I'm linking up with the lovely ladies of the DC Trifecta for Friday Five.
Please hop over to these blogs and check out the other posts too.

Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC,
Mar from Mar on the Run!.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a race entry in exchange for my blog post review. 
However, as always all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Do Not Wear That Shirt

The latest addition to my collection.
This one will never be worn at any time.

Years ago as a new runner, I read Runner's World from cover to cover every month.  Same thing with  Women's Running.  So, I'll hold one of them responsible for teaching me to never wear the race shirt on race day.  If I remember correctly, I believe the article(s) said you had to earn the shirt first by finishing the race.  That makes good sense.  I'm not superstitious enough to think it would cause you bad luck, but here are a few other reasons not to wear it:

It's too big
It's too small
The shoulders are not wide enough (always a problem for me)
It's cotton
It's ugly (come on, you know some of them are!)
It doesn't match
It stinks (and why, pray tell, is that?)
The neckline is too high
It makes you feel itchy

I have worn the shirts immediately after a race.  If you are cold, they certainly help warm you up.  It's also nice to travel home in a dry shirt if you have a good distance to go.   I've sat on them in the car on a hot sweaty day as well.  Mmm...I'll also admit to using them as a napkin while inhaling post race food. 

Some of them are slept in and a rare few are worn on training runs.  An even rarer few make it to the grocery store or are displayed on a casual Friday.  Many are now part of a king-sized quilt.  But NEVER have I worn the race shirt during the race.  Have you?

Thanks to our wonderful hosts:

 Ericka @ MCM Mama Runs

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hello Spring! (WW # 33)

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My body needed extra TLC after last Saturday's rough half marathon.  My calves were sore until Wednesday from their cramping.  Irritatingly, midweek I developed a pulled muscle in my groin from using too much resistance while doing at-home PT exercises.  {Are you flippin' kidding me?}.  Aging is simply not fun.  I stomped around like an unhappy toddler most of the week.  Funny how that doesn't help.  Here is my week in pictures.

You can see the agony on my face and the knot in my calf!

My Motivate Wrap from Momentum Jewelry came in.  I love it! 
I won a discount from Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails.

This came for participating in The Runner Awakens by Level Up Virtual Runs.
I did my 10k as part of a 11 mile training run in February.  This medal is HUGE!
I may not always talk about the extra things I do, but I have been planking!
My latest pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires arrived.
It's been years since I've run in a (mostly) white shoe.

By Saturday, I was over my aging tantrum (thanks Karen for posting about Hitting Reset).  I thought I'd try a couple of easy miles to test my groin muscle.  Surprisingly and very gratefully, I felt fine and turned it into a 4 mile progression run.  It was a warm 70 (and a little muggy) but without any walking or stopping for any reason  -- my splits were:  10:11 / 9:55 / 9:25 / 8:53.  This is hands down my favorite type of training run; continual and progressively faster.  

Although Spring arrived a few weeks ago in the south, we can now says it's official.
The azaleas are in full bloom and there are none prettier than those outside my front door.

After a fun dinner out with all the kids and grandkids, PoPo and I watched the movie Self/less Saturday night.  I thought it was OK.  At least it passed my don't fall asleep test.  Sunday I ran my typical long slow run (in holy cow wind) in preparation for my next half marathon 2 weeks away.  I may run a 5k this Saturday as part of my "run more 5ks to work on speed" plan.  I'll wait and see how this week plays out.

Weekly Summary:

Monday - Rest (Physical Therapy)
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 6 Easy Recovery Miles
Thursday - Rest
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 4 Progressive Miles
Sunday - 9 Slow Miles

Total Week - 19 Miles

And that's a wrap! 

What type of training run is your favorite?

Tell me about your week!  What are you preparing for?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Montgomery Half (WW # 32)

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap!

This linkup is hosted by yours truly and my good friend Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin.    The purpose of this link is to connect with and support other active women.  

You can summarize your whole week or just a small portion of it.  It's up to you!  Race recaps are also encouraged!  {See rules}  We hope you'll challenge yourself to come back later in the week and interact with more women.   It's a wonderful way to make new friends!  Don't forget to comment on all blogs you read and remember to support your hosts. 

Monday - Physical Therapy
Tuesday - 4 Miles
Wednesday - 3 Miles
Thursday - Physical Therapy
Friday - Rest (Expo)
Saturday - 13 Miles (Half  Marathon)
Sunday - Rest

Total =  20 Miles

For half marathon #38, I did more of a taper compared to 2 weeks ago.  I've run this race several times and know it's fairly tough with an elevation gain around 375 feet.  Much of that comes within the first two miles with a substantial hill at mile 10 and rollers throughout.  In addition, after stalking the weather all week I knew it would be warm and humid.  Good times!

The expo at Riverwalk Stadium
Tricia was coming for this race so I was super excited about that.  After her arrival, we went to Riverwalk Stadium for packet pickup.  We received a nice teal colored women's V-neck tech shirt. There was also a very small expo and we each bought a couple of items.  You can't turn down half price Feetures socks!  We carbo-loaded at our favorite Italian Restaurant, Mr. G's.  We could have talked all night, but went to bed around 11 p.m. as the race had an early start time. 

As expected, it was a warm 68 degrees and the humidity was 88%.   At the start line we found Debra from Happy Running Sole.  She and I live in neighboring towns, have run many of the same races, so I was very happy to finally meet her.  After a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, Tricia, Debra and I started up the long hill together.  We passed by the famous cemetery that is the final resting place of Hank Williams, Sr. and continued our upward trek.

I struggled almost immediately to keep pace with them (stupid humidity) and in hindsight started too fast.  I paid for it later.  But, it was nice to run together.  They chatted and I mostly listened because talk was already too difficult given the incline!  We stayed together through Oak Park (4 miles).  But after crossing over the interstate and coming into the ASU campus, I realized we had separated.

This is still a young race and I was pleased to see there was more crowd support on course this year. I continued to struggle in the heat and humidity but I wouldn't say the wheels entirely fell off my bus. By mile 8 my pace had definitely slowed.  When I reached the killer hill at mile 10, I walked a little. The people around me that continued to run made no gains so I felt no guilt about it.  We had a couple of smaller hills during mile 11 and I knew there was a long downhill at mile 12 in front of the capitol building.  My calf muscles had been feeling tight for a few miles, but they had not cramped yet.  If I could just hang on, I could make up a little time on the downhill.

Dexter Avenue

The full blown calf and foot cramps in both legs started after reaching the bottom of the long hill coming down historic Dexter Avenue (mile 12).  Humidity is not my friend.  I'm grateful they didn't start sooner and can thank SaltCaps for that.  I lost 2 to 3 minutes in that last mile (you'll see why this is relevant in a minute).  On the bright side, all other body parts felt fantastic!
Friends, Fellow Half Fanatics, and Volunteers -- Valerie and Jenny

I came into the finish chute still cramping with a somewhat disappointing 2:16:04.  Although we separated, our original trio finished very close to one another.  Thankfully, my cramps did not linger.  We chatted with friends for a while and ate the delicious post race fare of eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage and biscuit before heading over to The Spa.  Tricia and I pampered ourselves in the whirlpool and with delightful pedicures.

Our pedicures.  (Some day maybe I'll have time to tell the story behind this photo!)

After returning home mid afternoon, we chilled in the backporch swing while being amused by PoPo and his stories.  We dined at Firebirds and our entertainment for the evening was the play White Lightning at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Because the story was based on bootlegging, the ticket came with free moonshine tasting.  Peach was my favorite.  

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

On our way home, I received a text from a running buddy named Lisa.  After posting my worst time ever for this race, only having a 9th place finish in my best year, I was floored to read I had placed 2nd in my age group.  Lisa, who passed me during the final mile as I walked with cramps, had beat me by 1 minute and placed first.  She earned it!  After being a little disappointed with my performance, I'll just shallowly admit this news lifted my spirits.  {Humidity, you can kiss my boo-tay.}

The age group medal puts the finisher's medal to shame!
Tricia and I did a little sightseeing and Waffle Housing Sunday morning before she left.  We had a wonderful time this weekend.  We took so many pictures and there is so much I could say but it would just go on forever.  And yes, we've got another half in the works.  You didn't think it was over, did you?

And that's a wrap!

Would a age group trinket help your feelings?

Tell me about your week!  Did you race?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Best Thing (Gracious)

The best thing about running I'm sure you'll agree
Is how we feel childlike, playful and free

The best thing about running this much is true
It will give you a boost if you're feeling blue

The best thing about running should be something great
Not blisters, not chafing, injuries, poor gait

The best thing about running are connections made here
The women, the support, the friendships all year

The best thing about running is that tingle you feel
From you head, through your heart, to the spring from your heel

The best thing about running we all can attest
Is the beating, the aliveness, that sits in your chest

The best thing about running is the way we can go
For a run anywhere, be it quick-paced or slow

The best thing about running might differ to some
But I'll always think it's still yet to come

It's time for Wednesday Word, "gracious" so says she
The only thing I'm thinking is the song from Jerry Lee

So I use my old friend Google and see it just means kind
Polite, courteous, well-mannered are others you will find

I strive to be gracious in everything it's true
But applying it to running is not an easy thing to do

Graciously I'll stop now, I've gone on way too long
But at least you didn't have to...hear this in a song

Come on fellow poets.   Keep it going.  Add a line!

Thanks to our wonderful hosts:

 Ericka @ MCM Mama Runs

I'm also linking up with Deb @ Deb Runs for the Wednesday Word.
Please visit Deb and the other participating bloggers.  It's fun!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

RnR NOLA (WW # 31)

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Rock N' Roll New Orleans
February 28, 2016
Half Marathon # 37
State # 8

It's Time to Rock and Roll!

I didn't have a chance to finish my recap last week so bear with me as I wrap it up here.  After stopping at the expo Friday night (read about that HERE) we checked into our hotel and then walked to Oceana Grill for supper.  It was slammed, but we were able to sit at the bar and eat. The Louisiana Crabmeat Cakes were delicious!  We met up with Tricia and Mr. Sippi later at Ole Saint and closed that place down (you know, in a geriatric kind of way --- but not you Sippis!).

PoPo and I hanging out on our first night!

Saturday was spent sightseeing including a carriage ride tour pulled by Gus the mule.  Surprisingly, all of the "horses" are mules.  We browsed in shops and art galleries, strolled Bourbon Street a few times, enjoyed the street musicians, checked out the local artists at Jackson Square, ate beignets at CafĂ© Beignet and supper at Oysters Divine.  En route back to our hotel for the night, we visited again with Tricia and her family where they had stopped for pizza.  {Thanks guys for humoring us!}

Our view behind Gus.  This was also what much of the race course was like.

Tricia met me at the hotel Sunday morning and we walked the short distance to the start line.  It felt wonderful to have a friend by my side at the start of a big race.  So many I've done solo.  The corrals were jammed and in silent agreement we lined up together.  The corral starts ticked off smoothly and our start was just after 8:00.  We stayed side by side for about 4 miles. Early on I asked if she wanted to know what pace we were running, since she doesn't look at hers.  She didn't!  But then curiosity got the better of her.  When she caved, I reported it was 10:11.

My plan was to use this as a long training run.  If I felt good later, I could always speed up. My first 4 miles were just that: 10:21 / 10:29 / 10:26 / 10:38.  The next 5 miles were faster: 10:02 / 10:19 / 10:01 / 10:13 / 10:08.  I still felt very strong and pulled down the last 4+ to:  9:46 / 9:50 / 9:53 / 9:22 / 8:28.  My official time was 2:13:11.  My Garmin pace was 10:05 (including that ever present extra length I always run -- darn you weaving).  Anytime I can run that coveted negative split I am thrilled.  I feel it's a great starting place as I work to get some speed back.

I'm on cloud nine to have felt strong for the entire race!

This is not the largest event I've participated in, but it sure felt that way.  It was crowded for much of the race.   Many streets are narrow and there was a lot of weaving required all the way to the end.  The bands were impressive and great entertainment for the wonderful crowds of spectators.  (Obviously, the runners don't hear but a few seconds of music as they pass by.)  I found the band of Scottish bagpipers very interesting.  Some of the water stops could not keep up with demand.  I  had to jump up on the curb and stop momentarily to help myself a couple of times.  I needed plenty of fluid since I was taking salt capsules, as usual.  However, the volunteers were working feverishly!  

Photo Credit:  MissSippiPiddlin
The pavement in New Orleans is not smooth.  I was prepared as we had experienced this first hand.  PoPo equated it to walking on the moon and had tripped several times during sightseeing, accompanied by many choice phrases.  I ran with my eyes on the pavement.  The scenery seemed much like Mobile and I forgot a few times I was in New Orleans.  By this, I mean the houses were very lovely with their ironwork and their grand oak trees magnificently draped over the streets.  We ran through the French Quarter and by Jackson Square, which the finisher's medal is designed after.

I hung out in the finisher's chute waiting for Tricia and drank a water.  Her friend Lea stopped by.  I had met her once before in Tuscaloosa.  After photos, we drank chocolate milk, ate a banana and a lemon pound cake Power Bar (yum!).  There were many vendors and the after party was a hub of activity. You could also have your medal engraved.  A rockin' band was playing and it would have been heavenly to stretch out in the sunshine and listen for a while. But, it was getting late and our already extended check out time of 1 pm was fast approaching.  After standing in line to catch the shuttle back to the start line plus the awful traffic congestion, I almost did not make it.  Next year, we will stay on Sunday night!

Overall, this race is very well organized.  Everything went smoothly.  It's also very reasonable if you can commit to extremely early registration.  New Orleans is a fantastic city to host a race.  The crowd support was amazing.  The bands were aplenty.  The weather was perfection -- well, except a little warm toward the end.  It is definitely one I would repeat.  Hmm...maybe the full marathon next time?


My Week of Training:

Monday - Physical Therapy
Tuesday - 5 Miles
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - 5 Miles and Physical Therapy
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3 Miles (5k Race)
Sunday - 8 Miles

Total Week - 21 Miles

As part of my "run more 5ks to work on speed" plan, I participated in Saturday's Footprint to the Finish benefiting families with children in the NICU.  I was thrilled to take 14 seconds off my pace from 2 weeks ago.  My splits were 9:01 / 9:06 / 9:03 / 7:34 for an average of 8:58 (<< see that 8 right there?  Whoot!).  The last half of this race hurt like heck!  But, 5ks always do.  I was very honored to receive 2nd place in my age group (the let's-lump-everyone-over-50-together-because-it-doesn't-matter group).

Oh, and I have another half marathon Saturday!  Tricia and I will be at it again.  And that's a wrap!

Have you ever participated in a Rock N' Roll race?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Coffee Talk (March)

Welcome to Coffee Talk!

It's a gorgeous weekend here in Dixie.  I'm drinking coffee out of my new Starbucks mug from New Orleans.  Thankfully it's nice and big but also the perfect weight (important stuff!).  My coffee is Dark Magic with hazelnut creamer and a dash of cinnamon.  Let's settle in and chat. 

Over Coffee...

In addition to coffee mugs, I'd remind you how I like to collect Christmas ornaments from places we travel.  I found this very creative hand painted oyster from a local artist in Jackson's Square in New Orleans.  It bugs me that she didn't paint NOLA on there.  I wonder if anyone could tell the difference if I applied my own artistic skills to it (aka Red Sharpie).  I do appreciate the year though!

Speaking of ornaments, one of my favorites is my candy cane striped 13.1 that I purchased at the Route 66 expo a few years ago.  I spotted the matching 26.2 at the Rock N' Roll expo.  I simply had to...

Over Coffee...

I'd tell you how I decided to return to regularly running 5ks to work on my speed.  In fact, I'm scheduled to be at Footprints to the Finish Line Saturday morning.  It's a wonderful ministry benefiting families with children in the hospital NICU.   It should still be chilly at race time, so perhaps I can be at least a little faster than two weeks ago.  If memory serves, it's a flat course as well.  My fingers are crossed.

Over Coffee...

You'd hear how excited I am to be running another half marathon next weekend (# 38 in fact).  You'd also hear how it's taking a boat load of self control not to run one every weekend.  It's going to sadly get too warm very soon!  Guess who is also running?  Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin will again be by my side.  I can't tell you how nice this is. 

We are both HALF CRAZY, and together -- we are a whole load of it.

The overwhelming majority of my half marathons have been done SOLO.  I have running buddies but few (maybe one) have truly crossed over into the world of half marathon addiction.  Tricia's crazy rivals my own!  The great thing is we only live about 160 miles apart.  In the grand scheme of things, we are practically neighbors and can meet at races if we choose.  Come to think of it, that's how we met in the first place!

Along the line of crazy, I'm contemplating mooning up in Half Fanatics.  I realized one way I can achieve Mars is to run 3 half marathons in 10 days in 3 different states.  That is so doable!  I've just got to find the right weekend combination.   Gah -- I wish I had thought about it a little sooner.

Do you collect anything?

What would you tell me over coffee?

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