Mileage Recap ~ 26 Apr – 21 May

Happy Friday! It’s Friday right? Hard to tell the days apart sometimes with my new quarantine life. I hope this finds everyone well. I see WordPress has changed its lay out. I don’t mind change, but damn…something new to get used to and learn. So not sure how this is going to turn out once I post. Something tells me that there is going to be a learning curve here.

Although quarantine is still happening, I continue to get some miles in and begin training for my upcoming half marathon in Montreal (so far still happening) and cycling season.

My standouts for this time spread was a great 16 and some change hike on the Mt. Vernon trail. Had a couple of good weather days and was able to get out for hike, small picnic then hiked back. The only problem…no facilities open. Let’s just say the woods were being utilized. The police were out ensuring everyone was social distancing. Everyone has been in for so long that once the sun is out there is a mass exodus. I have to say I was nice seeing people out. A lot of people were doing normal indoor activities outside. It’s funny how it takes something like this to make you appreciate nature and the outside.

This was the path up one way.

I was able to get 71.81 miles with 3532.84 miles gratefully remaining. I hope this finds you well and in a great state of mind. This too shall pass…. Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 30 Mar – 25 Apr…Continuing On

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you well and safe.

A short post since not too much has been happening.  It’s been a bit of ground hog day being quarantined and only going out for the basics and a quick run or walk.  Even though this year has been a bit slow I still continue to get in some miles.  You would think staying home would get the writing creative juices flowing, but it’s been difficult, but continuing on…

Still have my race scheduled for September in Montreal and hope it doesn’t get cancelled.  May will bring warmer temps and I hope to get out and ride.

I have been staying close to home but for this time period I have completed 72.69 miles with 3604.02 miles gratefully remaining.  Be well in your heart…Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 9 – 29 March….COVID-19 Edition!

I’m not going to ask how anyone is doing.  I think I have a pretty good idea since life changed drastically about three weeks ago.  I will say I hope everyone is well and healthy.  This whole outbreak has been troubling on different levels.  1)  The amount of people who have become sick and those that have succumbed to this virus; 2) Panic buying.  It is disconcerting to go into a store and see nothing on the shelves; and 3) people not taking the virus seriously.  Like many of you I am quarantined in my house.  I go out for the grocery run and to take a walk/run on a trail by my house all the while practicing social distancing.  I am also teleworking and trying to maintain a healthy/sane schedule during my day.  Trying to have some normalcy.  I am grateful that I have a job that has allowed me to telework.  I know many people are having a hard time.  Hearing the news that we now may have to stay home until the end of April.  Well, that’s just devastating to some people.  I hope they will be able to find some relief and our economy will jump back quickly.

The Rock and Roll Marathon DC was cancelled and they have allowed me to transfer my race to other areas for later in the year.  I have chosen to run my race in September 2020 in Montreal, Canada.  Never been, so I figured why not?!  Hopefully the pandemic will have subsided and life will return to normal by that time.

As you can surmise mileage isn’t banging this month, although I have doubled what I have done last month.  I was training for the half and then I wasn’t really.   Can’t wait to be able to hit those long rides.

Some pics from the trail by my house:

Snake in a tree trunk.

Path by my house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was able to get 42.64 miles in for the week.  Pretty good considering the circumstances.  I hope this finds you well and at peace.  We will all get through this together.  I have 3679.50 miles gratefully remaining.  Happy Miles to You!!

This song is more than appropriate:

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 2 – 8 March…Half Marathon Training Continues

Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday!  I believe Spring is finally here in DC, although it is possible that we could get another push of winter.  It has been a fair winter at best.  I’m ready for the warmer temps.

I’m still prepping for the Rock and Roll half marathon at the end of the month.  I’m gliding into this easy as to avoid injury and pain.  So far so good.  A few pains here and there, but for the most part I’m on track and feeling good.

I bought some new running shoes, not sure I mentioned that in a previous post, but I was able to take them out for a spin.

Nikes

I’ve mentioned before that I haven’t had a lot of luck with Nikes in the past, the toe box seems to be a little tight for my feet.  These seem to do the trick though, being light weight and enough space for my toes.  This doesn’t mean I won’t be losing any toe nails, that always seems to happen.

This week’s training consisted of walks and small runs with the training run on Saturday coming out to 6.01.

Not bad for “getting” back into it.  The morning was a bit overcast and around 49.  I always hate the inital part of getting out of the car and starting.  I get cold easy, but when running starts I get hot fast.  Layering is always a pain.  Slow but steady.  Finishing is the goal.

This was a full moon weekend, and I snapped this photo of the moon last night.  Not good mind you, the moon is hard to capture, but it was a beautiful moon hidden behind the clouds.  I love running at night and this just made it better.  The moon is magical just wish the picture came out the way I wanted.

This weeks tally came to 9.91 with 3722.14 miles gratefully remaining in my quest.  I hope this post finds you still and with peace of mind.  Happy Miles to You!!

Thinking of the moon…

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 20 Feb – 1 March…Keep Coming Back for More

Hello all and Happy Monday.  I can’t believe March is here already.  I mean for reals, how many times am I going to say that about a month?  Sometimes the days seem to go too fast.  I continue to train for my half-marathon at the end of this month.  The weather has been surprisingly good ~ sunny and cold.  Of course today the temp is 64, compared to in the 30s yesterday when I ran.  Of course it is.

I have been doing some steady training runs (about 4 miles) and wanted to push it to 5 or 6 this past weekend, but just wasn’t feeling it.  Meaning I was tired and huffing and puffing a bit.  Noted.  It happens, but the brain just wasn’t willing to overcome the body that day.

When it’s 29 degrees and you’re the only one feeling the run.

 

Morning shot of Potomac

The back is feeling good, it’s the left knee that is giving me some trouble.  It’s easy for me to skip the post run care like stretching and icing.  It’s a patience thing.  I finished February with 28.49… a big meh.  I have completed 7582.95 miles in my journey with 3732.05 gratefully remaining.

I have been trying to update my running playlist and found this gem….I do keep coming back for more (running that is).  I hope this post finds you happy and with much gratitude in your heart.  Happy Miles to You!!

The First Letter…..The Mommy Letters

The first letter…

A journalist friend of mine once told me some things you write just need to be kept to yourself for a while.  Your write them, put them away, only to revisit them at a later date and fine tune the final product.  I have wanted to write more about my loss of my mother for some time.  **Caution** mental intensity coming to the page as I start to finalize this journey of mine.

Every time I sit down and write a blog post about running, cycling or hiking etc. I try to keep most of it light and funny.  A mile for every day of life, by jove! Life should be joyous and wonderful.  Deep down I know why and whom I am writing this for and about, my Mother.  As I slowly whittle down these miles I often have glimpses of her spirit, why I’m doing this, would she approve, and dealing with the change and emptiness of loss from a child to an adult woman.  I have attempted to incorporate those feelings from time to time on how I feel about her loss.  Bringing those experiences to the forefront on how this loss has shaped me into the person I am today.  (I see my friends going…oh yeah LOL!)

I wanted to buy a book on losing your mother for a long time.  Not really sure why I didn’t, until just recently.  Between buying a juicer and socks on Amazon I happened to type in “losing your mother”.  I finally picked two books.   We’ll start with the first book by Hope Edelman, Motherless Daughters.  Oookay, this shouldn’t be too bad, right?

You may be asking, so what is the first letter?  Normally, I’m not one for reading introductions in a book, but I decided to with this book because of the topic.  The book starts off with letters from different women who have wrote to the author.  The very first letter, broke the dam of my loss I thought I fixed many years ago.  I couldn’t get through the second paragraph without uncontrollable sobs.  I put the book down and didn’t open it again for about three days.  The woman writing the letter was thirteen when she lost her mother.  It was my letter I have never written:

Excerpt taken from Motherless Daughters…..

There is an emptiness inside of me-a void that will never be filled.  No one in your life will ever love you as your mother does.  There is no love as pure, unconditional, and strong as a mother’s love.  And I will never be loved that way again.

I feel as though my development as a woman was irreversibly damaged/altered.  I’ve always (since then) had male friends.  I feel I can only relate to males and I think I’m a very masculine woman – not my outward appearance – but I never learned how to socialize, how to engage in meaningless chitchat, how to talk on the phone for hours.  And now, as men do, I “look down” on that type of behavior.

It was and still is hard for me to read.  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

2020 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

I don’t think we’re going to have a cold winter any more.  I keep holding out for the possibility of snow, but I think that ship has sailed for the DC area.  I’m not complaining, but it’s been difficult as far as miles go.  Wanting to get on the bike, but then no…. then deciding if I’m going to run or not….rainy vs. just kinda cold and yucky.  In my previous post I spoke about helping a sista out with a 5k.  I told her to pick one out and I would follow suit.  She decided to run a 5k in the Rock ‘n’ Roll series.  With enough prodding, I finally slugged on over to the site and signed up.  But behold!  There are half marathons and marathons to be had……

So just like that…my little fingers selected 5555kkkk…..no……haaaallllffff marathon….oh yes…can you feel it?  Yeah, my knees felt it last night on that training run.  Doesn’t everyone just want to slap down $115 to run 13 miles.  Hey, hey the t-shirt and the I love me medal too!  It’s all good.  Did I mention this is happening on 28 March?  I figure it will be good to just run now while the weather is still a little dicey for the bike.

Training is going as expected….the brain is in but the body is taking a bit of time to catch up.  Been doing some small training runs during the week and will lay down a long one this weekend.  Not really following a plan for this one I’ll admit.

Happy Miles to You!!