Sunday, April 23, 2017

It Is What It Is (WW # 90)

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RECAP:

Strength
T   Ran 3.25 Miles (Easy)
Nothing!
T   Ran 4.50 Miles (Tempo) + Strength
F   Nothing!
S   Ran 13 Miles (Slow)
S   Ran 6.25 Miles (Recovery)

Total = 27 Miles

In 12 days, I will line up to run my first half marathon of the year.  Wow -- what a difference from my obsessive Half Fanaticism of years gone by.  It will be my 45th half.  A mere seven weeks ago, I was not running due to injury.  Again.  You'd better believe I cycled through it like a crazy old woman to maintain my cardio fitness.  But the harsh reality is, there hasn't been enough time to properly prepare for this race. Throw in a couple of vacations and -- It Is What It Is.   I certainly wasn't going to pass on the opportunity to run in beautiful Door County Wisconsin (a new state!) with my dear friend Wendy. #HoLottaFun  #HoLottaCheese


Did that sound gloomy?  That wasn't the intention.  I'm excited to be back racing the distance I love most.  In fact, I am grateful to be running at all.  Any distance.  Any speed.   If neither of my feet speak to me while running, it's a flat out victory!  So grateful, I am.  (ala Yoda).   It's all about perspective. After two humbling foot injuries in a short span of time, it is not so much about the numbers.  The simple ability to run is now appreciated first and foremost.  The rest?  Delicious gravy. 

A sweaty mascara mess after a tempo run in new SMDS gear.

The previous week was a super active week for me.  With 27 miles running, 20 miles cycling, strength exercises AND water skiing, I started off this week...spent...and with a sore left hamstring.  So my RECAP reports two days of full rest and no cycling.  It Is What It Is.  {Try it, people.  It's liberating!}


www.heartzones.com


In other news, I've been testing the Blink 3.0 Heart Rate, Step and Cadence sensor as part of my new ambassadorship with Heart Zones.  You can see it on my forearm in the picture above.  I want to use it for a while, and also for different activities, before doing a full review.  I can already report it is very comfy and syncs with a host of fitness apps.  I'll be talking more about it, as well as heart rate training, in future posts. 

Glad to be done with 13 miles!  It was my longest run since January.

I opted to run long on Saturday morning due to Sunday's rainy forecast.  Blech, was it warm and humid or what?  I repeated the hilliest loops in my neighborhood to prepare for Door County.   I felt strong through mile 9 and then....yeah, not so much.  It Is What Is It.  {OK OK -- I'll stop now!} 

After the rain moved through Sunday, I went out intending to run just a few recovery miles.  Running at a low heart rate (149 per Blink, 158 per Garmin) and ignoring my pace felt fantastic.  Maybe it was the product of my recently adopted IIWII attitude -- but whatever the case, I did not want to stop.  I made myself quit at 6.25 miles.  

I'll leave you with this deep thought (LOL):  It'd be really special to get rewarded with a little gravy.   But if not, I'm happy with the biscuit.

And that's a wrap! 


Do you track your heart rate?  If yes, what type of monitor do you use?

Do you run using a smart phone app?  If yes, which one?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Water Therapy (WW # 89)

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RECAP:

Ran 4 Miles (Easy)
T   Ran 7 Miles (Easy)
Strength
T   Cycled 20 Miles
F   Ran 4 Miles (Tempo)
S   Water Skied
S   Ran 12 Miles (Slow)

 Total Ran      27 Miles
 Total Cycled  20 Miles


I make no secret of my love of water (and being outside in the sunshine).  WATER.  Around it.  In it. Under it.  On it.  Beside it.  You get my drift.  It.is.good.for.my.soul.  This week I can say I got my fill. My week began in Florida where the weather was ideal, making my morning Gulf side runs so enjoyable.  It ended on our favorite local lake.  Whoot...I water skied on Easter Weekend -- a record early start.  It was cold. I'm not complaining.   And, leave it to me to put my wet suit on inside out.  So I just rocked it that way!

I know everyone's busy enjoying time with their families (myself included) so I'll just do the quick down and dirty picture version of my Weekly Wrap.  

JUST...WOW!

Silly mailbox greetings from Florida!

Dinner with a view!
 
Attempting some much needed speed work

My inside out wet suit still did the job!

This 12 miler was a struggle...but I finished.
 
And that's a wrap!


Tell me something you find good for your soul!



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beaching (WW # 88)

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RECAP:

Strength
T   Ran 5 Miles Easy
Cycled 15 Miles
T   Ran 4 Miles Easy
F   Rest
S   Ran 6 (Coach Post 10k)
S   Strength



Greetings from the sunny emerald coast of the Florida panhandle!

Sunday's view.


This past week was a planned low mileage week after hitting a double digit long run last week.  As soon as I found out I'd be coastal this weekend, I immediately looked for races in the area.   Eureka!  I found the Coach Post 5k/10k inside beautiful St. Andrews State Park.  My sister planned to run this race with me but, due to flight complications, sadly did not arrive on time.

Ariel view of St. Andrews


It was 54 degrees with low humidity when I arrived at St. Andrews on race morning.  No complaints there.  With only 15 minutes to spare, I quickly picked up our packets and darted back to the start line.  I decided I'd start out at half marathon pace and then speed up for the last two or three miles.  The course was flat and wound through the scenic park and at-capacity campground.  The first three miles went as planned. Nice and slow.  Unfortunately, I was never able to pick up the pace like I wanted.  By mile four, I was quickly tiring and just tried to hang on. 
 
It was windy...as evidenced by my hair!

The best thing about this race is: I forgot to think about my foot.  Those of you who've had injuries can probably relate.  It is a big milestone to not give a second's thought to the one thing that's preoccupied your mind for months on end.   I also had no soreness afterwards which is a huge relief.  I'm calling it now...over.

Although I was slower than I wanted, it was enough for this small 10k (most people ran in the 5k).  I placed first in my age group.  I am very appreciative of the award but also know I have a lot of work ahead of me with upcoming half marathons in May and June.  There were several vendors and nice post race festivities including music, massages and delicious pasta and Italian bread from the Salt Water Grill.  Overall, I was happily impressed by the race direction.
 

No filter!
So, it will be back to work this week with another double digit long run and some much needed speed work.  And, maybe another run or two along the beach before heading home. 

And that's a wrap!


Do you look for races when your travel?

Would you eat pasta at 9:00 in the morning?



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Back to Work (WW # 87)

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RECAP:

Mon  Ran 2 Miles
Tues  Ran 4 Miles
Wed  Cycled 15 Miles
Thu   Strength
Fri     Ran 5 Miles
Sat    Rest
Sun    Ran 10 Miles

Total Cycled = 15
Total Ran = 21


After spending three days trying to get home from Colorado (including being stranded on the interstate by a snow storm) we finally made it home late Sunday night.  I was itching for a run after sitting, and in my mind "resting", for so long.  Monday morning's run felt horrible and I bailed after two miles.  I tried it again the next day and it felt better, but my foot was sore the next day.  Although I've been told the soreness is normal, I was very discouraged as I had run an eight miler the previous week with no soreness at all.

Hey-ay!      I just ran 5 miles!

What's a gal to do?  Just keep plugging away.  After a cross training day of cycling and then a cardio rest day with strength exercises only, I tried running again Friday morning.  This time my sunrise five miler felt great.  I was able to run progressively faster each mile and I had no soreness afterward.

Friday was our youngest son's 17th birthday.  We all met for dinner at Firebird's.  He requested a homemade Red Velvet Cake and I obliged.  Sorry no picture, but it was delicious...if I say so myself.

I'll admit to be a little blue about missing Saturday's half marathon in a neighboring town.  But, getting to watch my grandson hit two homers (one was a grand slam!) and two triples in his baseball game lifted my spirits immensely.  Plus, it was a gorgeous sunny day to be outside.  I did a little yard work in the afternoon and we capped off the day at our favorite Mexican restaurant.



After using March as a rebuilding month, it was time to get back to work.  I have the hilly Door County Half in May with my dear friend Wendy and the downhill Utah Valley Half in June with several blogger friends who link right here.  [There's still time to join in on the fun.  Use my discount code hoho15 to receive 15% off.]  I suspect both of those races will be a HoLottaFun.  Anyway, I felt I needed to return to double digits.  I slept late and didn't hit the pavement until 8:30 which made for a very warm run, especially toward the end.   I was slow and my heart rate was higher than I wanted, but it felt good to get back to work. 

I included hills during this 10 miler.     Look at the green trees!

Next weekend I'll be at the beach where I'm running a 10k with my sister.  The 10k has always been my least favorite distance.  I can never pace them properly.  But who knows, maybe this scenic race at St. Andrews State Park will change my mind!  I'm certainly open to the possibility. 


 And that's a wrap!


A lot of ladies were racing this weekend!  Did you?

What are you training for right now?

Did you have fantastic weekend weather?

 


Friday, March 31, 2017

Runfessions with a Side of Coffee

Welcome to Runfessions!

Welcome to Coffee Talk!


Today I'm runfessing as we chat over coffee. There's Peppermint Mocha creamer in my Dark Magic coffee and I'm ready to spill my guts.

We've just returned from a long road trip to Monarch Mountain, Colorado where we snow skied and went dog sledding among other things.  So, that's what I'll be yacking about.  Here goes...







I'd Runfess...

Because it was relatively warm in Colorado, I didn't wear a ski jacket -- mainly because mine looks hideous.  I wore running tops instead.  On our last day, I wore my red 2016 Disney Marathon shirt.  One of the ski lift operators was a 90 year old Willie Nelson lookalike {kudos for still working dude}.  He wanted to know how long that marathon was.  I was nice...  I swear!  I have to give him major props for knowing, and telling me, where the name Marathon came from!

Now that I think about it, that marathon was 27.6 miles long!

Over Coffee...

I'd tell you how very fun and interesting our dogsled ride was.  It was an adventure and experience I'll never forget, in more ways than one.  You see, you have to be able to roll with the flow...so to speak.  The dogs like to poop while pulling.   Uh-huh.  I'm actually in awe that they could do that while pulling hundreds of pounds.  Seriously, could you?  Anyway, the blanket they gave me to keep warm came in handy as a poop protector.   Appropriately, it was brown.

Some of the dogs wore socks!

I'd Runfess...

We had some Griswold-esque family bonding time on our trip.  On our way home, we were stuck in a snowstorm.  Yes -- we were trapped on the interstate due to a jack-knifed semi and its ensuing pile-up of cars near the NM/CO border.  Apparently, there was no way for law enforcement to get the cars off the interstate because the exit ramps were all blocked by other vehicles stranded by the snow.   After sitting 5 hours on the interstate (ugh!) and then being redirected twice due to more road closures (argh!!), we only made it 200 miles in 13 hours.  It was a loonnngggg day.  My true runfession would be how I used the "facilities" but I'll spare you those details.

Our interstate view!




Over Coffee...

I'd tell you how we see the strangest things on road trips.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd find my namesake restaurant in Arkansas.  Of course we pulled in to eat!  And then we pulled right back out.  Too sketchy. 
 




I'd Runfess...

I'd forgotten how hard it is to run at altitude (at least for this low lander).  I ran eight miles at 8000 feet on what I thought was a mostly flat dirt road where our rental house was located.  I had to stop frequently to catch my breath.  It was quite humbling.  When I checked my Garmin later, it had recorded 430 feet of elevation gain.  I guess when you have mountain peaks all around, everything else appears flat.  I'm glad the upcoming Utah Valley Half is not nearly as high!  And downhill!

The view from my run.



What would you tell me over coffee?




I'm linking with my friend Marcia today from Marcia's Healthy Slice.
Please stop by and join in with your own Runfessions!




I'm also linking with the lovely Ultimate Coffee Date hostesses Coco and Deborah!
Be sure to stop in for coffee on Saturday and chat with everyone.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rocky Mountain High (WW # 86)

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But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it raining fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby
Rocky mountain high (Colorado)
--  John Denver
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Our Colorado trip was fantastic.  From the round house we stayed in beside the river; to skiing on the slopes where the locals folks do; to dog sledding through the San Isabel National Forest while it was snowing; and everything in between.  Fantastic.   But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.

This was a road trip.  My sister lives halfway to our Colorado destination.  Trust me, spending two days in a car is not an ideal situation but it makes it all worthwhile to be able to spend time with her...both going and coming.  We ran together in a park full of pecan trees near her home on a very warm and muggy morning.



In Colorado, we rented a round house with stunning 360 degree views of the Rocky Mountain.  Every morning, the sunrise would touch the snow capped peaks and turn them pink for just a few moments.



What a way to start the day!

The house was also nestled beside the Arkansas river.
 
I captured this at sunset.




Day One.  It felt great to be back on the slopes.



Another gorgeous day for snow skiing!

The skiing on Monarch Mountain is always fantastic. The base elevation is around 11,000 feet and 12,000 at the summit.  Even in this warm spring weather, they still had over 80 inches of snow.  No lift  lines.  No hoopla.  No commercialism.  Just skiing.  {And Starbucks...always appreciated!}




The nice posed shot...
 
The fun shot... (the photographer said jump!).

We took the opportunity to check an item off our bucket list by dog sledding through the San Isabel National Forest.  The guys at Monarch Dog Sled Rides did an outstanding job, allowing us to meet and play with all of the dogs before sledding.   It started snowing during our tour.  You couldn't ask for a better experience. 

My husband and youngest son took turns "driving" (with a guide).




I felt the daily snow skiing was more than ample cross training, so I only ran one day while in Colorado.  At 8000 feet of altitude, 8 miles was quite the chore but the view was incredible.   And now...{heavy sigh}...back to the real world. 

And that's a wrap!

 
Do you prefer an active vacation or one of rest? 

What's the next item on your bucket list?




Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Plain Vanilla Week (WW # 85)

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WEEKLY RECAP:
Monday = Bike Trainer 15 Miles
Tuesday = Ran 4 Miles
Wednesday = Strength
Thursday  = Ran 7 Miles
Friday = Bike Trainer 15 Miles
Saturday = Strength
Sunday = Ran 4 Miles

Ran = 15
Cycled = 30
Strength = 2

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This week was nothing special, just a plain vanilla week.  Since I've recently returned to a regular running schedule, I'm trying my best not to overdo...as would be my typical obsessive nature.  With a few spring half marathons on the calendar however, I will have to up my mileage very soon. 

Our house guest this week.

Our college kid was home for the week.   He was babysitting a dog for a friend, so naturally so were we. We had a doggie zoo.  At least that's the way it felt with three neurotic dogs underfoot.  He prepared supper a few nights for me.  What a treat!  On Pi day, it was quiche.   I'll also give props to our at-home kid for making Super Hero Muffins.  He loves eating them for breakfast. 
My first run after springing forward.   With most of it in complete 
darkness, I wanted to make certain I was visible.       Nailed it!  

I ran my longest run (7 miles) since the Disney Marathon on Thursday morning.  It was one of the coldest days we've had during an extremely mild winter -- 29 degrees without any wind.  {I'd really enjoy a few more of those, Mother Nature!}  It was too annoying to look at my watch under the layers, thumb-holes and gloves, so I ran by feel.  I could have kept going and going.  Alas, work duty was calling.  I was surprised to see that I negative split the miles.


A green sparkly trainer ride for St. Patrick's Day.
After whining pleading talking about returning to Colorado to snow ski in the Rockies, that's where I'll be by the time you read this.   I plan to bore you with lots of pictures from the ski slopes next week, although I know many of you are so over the snow!  I also will be checking off a bucket list item while we are there.  You'll have to tune in next week to see what that will be.


This will be our home away from home.   Pretty cool, huh?

Since we are staying in the middle of nowhere, I'm not sure if I'll have reliable (if any) internet reception.  I'll be reading your posts, but please forgive me if you don't see a comment (so hard to do on my phone!). 

And that's a wrap!
  
Have you been to the Rockies?
Do you snow ski or snow board?


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Montgomery (WW # 84)

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WEEKLY RECAP:
Monday = Rest
Tuesday = Bike Trainer 15 Miles + Strength
Wednesday = Ran 4 Miles
Thursday  = Ran 3 Miles + Strength
Friday = Rest
Saturday = Ran 5k Race + Ran 2.5 Miles
Sunday = Strength

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My dear friend and co-host Tricia and I signed up for the Montgomery Half Marathon last fall when it was dirt cheap ($30 maybe?).  Since I'd just recently returned to running, I decided to transfer to the 5k and not risk injury to my newly healed foot.  I thought I'd feel bummed about that, but actually it felt good to be able to race and be back at what I love most...regardless of the distance.

The porta-potties are ready!   Are we?

I had not seen Tricia since our HoLottaFun trip in December and therefore was delighted to see her Friday afternoon.  She sweetly brought me the cutest green braided "RUN" bracelet {Thank You!}.  We hit the expo at the Biscuits Baseball stadium where they kindly swapped my race distance.  We received a fleece blanket this year, which was a nice addition. There were few vendors and we were on our way quickly.  We dined at a favorite Mexican restaurant and chatted all evening.  We had a lot of catching up and Weekly Wrap business to attend to.  I also spent way too much time obsessing over what to wear for the not-warm-but-not-cold weather forecast. 
 
A very nice full-sized fleece blanket.

Race morning dawned chilly at a windy 46 degrees.  I saw Tricia off for the half and proceeded to warm up for the 5k which started 15 minutes later.   The course is difficult starting uphill and continuing that way for over a mile, with other rollers after.   My only plan was to stay conservative until the initial big hill was over. After being back to running for only 2 weeks, I had not yet attempted running at 5k pace.  

Beth and I were happy to both place in our age groups.

There were over 500 people in the 5k and that energy felt fantastic.  It propelled me up the first hill fairly strong.  I was slower -- as I expected, but I was able turn it up a bit and ran a pleasing 8:48 and 8:49 for miles 2 and 3.  Afterwards, it was fun catching up with running friends I hadn't seen in a while.  Since I had told Tricia I would come back and run the last miles of the half with her, I could wait no longer on the 5k awards ceremony.  I asked my friend Beth to receive my award if I happen to win anything. 


Congratulations to Tricia for another strong half marathon finish!

I ran the course in reverse (all uphill) until I caught up with Tricia late in mile 11.  She looked really strong even though she indicated the whole race had felt tough.  I did my best to talk about nonsense and distract her.  But, I'm not sure she was having any of it.    Just before the finish, I cut through the stadium in order to capture her finish picture.  


Cheers!
I was thrilled to discover I had placed first in my age group.  We hung out a while and ate the yummy shrimp and grits breakfast they offered, complete with eggs, hash browns, and a ginormous biscuit.  There was the obligatory Starbucks on the way home too.  We toasted our success with Mimosas and spent quality girl time in my back porch swing. Later, we hit the spa for pedicures.  PoPo took us to Aw Shucks for dinner with a live band.  We ended the long day with nightcaps downtown, chilling around an outdoor fire pit and listening to live Reggae music.   


Ricotta Cheese Pancakes.  Delicious!

Before Tricia left for home Sunday, we brunched at First Watch.  I had the most delicious Ricotta Cheese pancakes topped with Lemon Curd.  It was well worth the 30 minute wait to get in.   After a little more sightseeing, Tricia and I sadly said our farewells. 


AND  THAT'S  A  WRAP ...


Have you transferred from a half to a 5k at the last minute?

Ricotta Cheese pancakes?  Yay or Nay?

Have you received a fleece blanket at a race?