Whatever You Are, Be a Good One ~ Abraham Lincoln

I took a few weeks off from blogging to gear up for my daughter’s graduation in Seattle.  My daughter is one of the most persistent people I know. When she was three I put her in a beginners dance class.  I wanted to make sure that she learned to love music and the expression of dance from an early age.  I can remember going to dance class when I was a kid and I always found it a great way to express myself.

She danced until about six, then lost favor and we bounced around for a couple of years trying different things.  There was basketball, soccer and then gymnastics.  Gymnastics lasted for about 4 years before it really started taking a toll on her body.  So in 6th grade she decided to start dance again and as they say, the rest is history.  One of the things I so admire about her is her desire to continue to improve, learn and to stay with the program.  Not once, that I knew of, did she ever waiver on what she wanted to do, become a dancer.   All the late nights, weekends and dance competitions for….YEARS!  She kept at it.  We drove all over the country to different schools to apply and she finally settled on ASU the first year eventually transferring to Cornish College of the Arts.

I can’t tell you the pride I had when I finally saw her dance her senior project.  It was amazing to see how far she’d come and the joy.  Now the work really begins, but what an amazing journey so far!  I like that saying, “whatever you are, be a good one“.  In essence that has been what I’ve been telling her the whole time.  Find your passion and give it your all and love what you do.  I really do believe it.  If you are in the right place, doing the right thing ~ you will shine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month is actually looking up for miles.  I’m logging 1 – 20 May this post at 71.99!  I had some nice rides and starting very slowly with the training for the Dublin Marathon.  It’s hard to believe it’s 5 months to go!!  I have 6812.35 miles gratefully remaining. Happy Miles to You!!

Women On The Move ~ Cycling Cindy

Hat tip to PedalWORKS on my next amazing woman, Dutch cyclist – Cycling Cindy.  She is cycling the world.  Her website is filled with beautiful pictures of the places she’s gone, plus thoughts, stories and a fun tab called woman departmentA sample:

Hints for Women on a Bicycle

Show on two Wheels: whether you like it or not, you as a lone female are more a of a show than any other combination of people on a bicycle! Get used to it. You may think you are a normal person, as far as that is possible since you are cycling the world on your own, you are not. You are extraordinary! You are doing something super special. Something rarely done by woman in the country you are cycling through! Don’t make the mistake I sometimes do: wondering why every one stares at you! I think I am not the most beautiful species on earth, neither the most impressive or weirdest looking, but fact is: I am. For them I am, all of it, at the same time. Isn’t that a beautiful thing : )

Cindy has a degree in art and you can support her by purchasing one of her wonderful items she has made.

Quite extraordinary and really out there, in the sense of the places she’s gone.  Enjoy!

Mileage Recap ~ 24 – 30 April…Discipline

There’s nothing like starting over from the beginning, but that’s exactly what I’m doing when it comes to running.  I have a feeling, the knee and calf injuries will always be with me in some form.  Meaning that unless I stop for a long amount of time, it’s going to continue to hurt.  I will say that I am very proud of myself.  I didn’t run or cycle for two weeks.  Instead I have concentrated on strength training at the gym and in yoga.  There are so many different exercise to do that will help strengthen the core and legs for runners.  Google strength training, core, knee pain etc. and you will be inundated with different exercises to perform.  Sometimes it’s just daunting, so I pick out a few I like (that don’t cause pain) and focus on those until I get ready to try something new.  Strength training ALWAYS works.  I can already feel the difference in how my body responds and thus the more I can use my core the lest impact I’m going to feel on my knees, feet and lower back.

It’s all about discipline and not taking the easy way out.  You could insert that sentence anywhere in everyday life.  In order to train for something as big as a marathon you have to be disciplined in the way you eat and exercise.  I’ve often been told by a few people that they would love to run a marathon, but started training and realized that “hey this requires a lot of time and work”.  It does.  I do something at least 5 to 6 days a week to keep up.  Unless you are in tip top shape, it’s hard to come back after not doing anything for 2 to 3 weeks, and it doesn’t get any easier as you age…believe me.  So the starting from scratch part of it I’m not looking forward to.  I was just getting my breath down and kind of getting in a groove.  Now I must start again and when I say start again, I’m going back old school.  You know the walk 2 minutes run 2 minutes program. Physical and mental discipline is key.  In my opinion, injuries give us a chance to listen to our bodies before something big happens.

This week was positive.  I got out and walked and even got in a short ride today!  It felt so good to be on the bike again!  I could have gone a long way today, but I stuck to 11.75 miles.  Everything felt good but again discipline and no pushing.  I was so happy I got in 17.58 this week for a total of 47.09 for the month.  Feels good.  Half of last months mileage, but that’s the way it goes.  I’ve got 4430.66 in the bank with 6884.34 painless miles remaining.  (Just kidding).  Happy Miles to You!!

Portobello Fajitas

Tried a new veggie dish that I wanted to share.  I like to cook at least one new dish once a week – if I have time.  And lately, I have been trying to cut down on the amount of meat I eat for many reasons.  I find that I just feel better and I’m a bleeding heart for proper treatment of animals.  I mean you’re not going to see me on the news climbing up the side of a whaling vessel, but lets just say as humans we could really do a lot better how we treat animals we consume.  Everybody’s opinion is different about this, but I find as I age it bothers me more as I am more aware.

My problem is that if I don’t incorporate a little bit of meat in my diet I do feel lethargic and unhealthy.  Many stalwart vegetarians tell me that you can do it no problem and it’s just an excuse.  I have also spoken with some individuals who tried to go full veggie and they just couldn’t do it and felt they were unhealthy because of it.  Everyone knows their own bodies and what they need, so there is no judgment with me.

Found another recipe from Health.com™ called Portobello Fajitas. (Click link for recipe) This was a very simple and quick meal to make on a busy work night.  And if you like mushrooms (I do!) this is for you.  It kept really well the next day for leftovers.

And don’t forget the lime!!  Enjoy – Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 17 – 23 April….0.0

This might be one of the easiest posts I’ll write.  I have completed 0.0 miles for the week.  I logged on to Garmin and this is what showed up on my dashboard:

 

I’m actually quite proud.  The repetitive calf injury showed itself again and I still have fluid on the knee.  In normal circumstances I would have been out there already.  But I have decided that I need to be patient and heal.  I will even go to the doctor, which is big for me.  I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing.  I’m using this time to focus on strength training and heal the body.  I’m hoping by the end of the week I can start cycling again, then slowly get back on the running train.  I have been scouring the internet and magazines for the proper strength exercises.  I tend to focus on just cycling and running sometimes and this is what usually happens.  Patience is a virtue or so I hear….still at 6890.17 ~ Happy Miles to You!!

Women On the Move ~ Meet Michele Across America!

I know I’m going to love this new topic I have created Women on the Move.  Already, I have found some exciting subjects, doing great things, to write about.  I have to say up front, I don’t know any of these women personally.  Never met them.  If I do, I’ll let you know, but for the most part I just have come across them electronically and have decided to follow/research them further.

Let me introduce you to Michele, or as she states it, Michele Across America.  You can find Michele at her own blog https://micheleacrossamerica.com/.

Michele is a physical therapist from Napa, CA.  In just 39 days she will be riding across the country to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.  She was an avid rider in her earlier years completing Centuries and double Centuries (a gal after my own heart) and is now looking to add another amazing feat to her list.  I’m interested in Michele because I have a good friend that has MS as well.  In 2013 I participated in the MS 50 mile walk in St. Louis over three days and raised $1000.  You can read about it here:

https://11315miles.com/2013/04/28/50-mile-ms-challenge-walk/

https://11315miles.com/2013/04/18/50-mile-challenge-ms-walk-update/

https://11315miles.com/2013/05/21/ms-50-mile-challenge-walk-update/

https://11315miles.com/2013/05/31/ms-50-mile-walk-day-one-recap/

A lot of updates….so if you feel like reading.  But this isn’t about me.

Michele will start her ride in 39 days and I can’t wait to follow the journey.  I’m interested in all the logistics and how she’s going to accomplish this grand feat.

Visit her donation page Bike the US for MS found here: http://biketheusforms.org/cyclists/detail.asp?cid=1084

She is also on Instagram at micheleacrossamerica.

As she so eloquently states, “even 1$ helps”.  Yes it does.  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 2 – 16 April…Damn

Happy Easter!  Any time you have a post with Damn in the title you know it’s not going to be great.  I was starting off pretty good with the running.  I was running on the treadmill a couple of times a week with the long run building up on the weekend.  At the moment I’m going between running and cycling.  Everything was moving along swimmingly.  I was able to get up to 5 miles for my long run.

This week I was going for a shorter run and then my right calf muscle pulled…again.  This is an old injury.  This started about three years ago.  It comes and goes.  Most likely due to over use.  I have been really hitting the training hard and I’m doing a lot of different things.  Weights, cycling, yoga and of course running.  No doubt it’s overuse.  Right now I take 1 to 2 rest days.  I really hate losing momentum but it looks like I might be out for two weeks of running.  My ankle is now swollen because of the calf injury.  Foam rolling, ice and Aleve™.

I’ll give myself a week of no leg action, but still continue with my strength training.  Then next week will most likely be a walk week.  Minor set back, but something that needs to be addressed now.  Pay now or pay later and I really want to be strong for this run.

Finished with only 15.17 miles this time.  Disappointed but not a show stopper.  I have 6890.17 miles to go.  Resolute ~ Happy Miles to You!!