Monday’s Motivation ~ Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

As Monday is coming to a close I hope everyone has had a peaceful and easy weekend.  In the age of constantly looking at one’s phone (guilty as charged) it seems we are losing the art of civil conversation with each other at times.  Reading what someone else has posted, news, or tweeted to mold our minds and show us the glimmer reels of people’s lives or events.  Things that at times have a negative effect on us or how we view the world.  This brings me to one of my favorite quotes:

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” 

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

May your week be filled with love, joy and hope.  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 8 – 14 Jan WTF Half Marathon Training…Fly Me To The Moon

I had a good training week.  Meaning, I did everything I set out to do.  Whether that means I did it well, you can judge for yourself:-) Definitely more miles this week but I still didn’t get out on the bike.  Definitely, will be changing that next week for sure.

I have added three to four days a week of weight training to my program and happy to say I have stuck to it.  I have always lifted weights in the past, but sometimes when you’re training for a long race it’s easy to put that on the back burner.  Getting in the car, driving to the gym, etc, etc.  So this year, I’m determined stick with it and this week was a banner week.

Started off with two smaller runs of around 3 and 4 miles each.  The weather is still cool here (in the morning) and I was able to keep a good steady pace around 10:37.  I was happy with that pace because it’s usually up around a 11 or 12 minute pace.  One of my running goals is to keep the pace constant around 10:30 this year.  Working hard!

My long run was not so great.  What’s good about writing about all this is, if you’re a runner or cyclist, you can feel good in knowing that some days aren’t the best.  Everybody has those days.  This weeks long run was around 6 miles and I waited a little later in the day to run.  First, I was tired.  Didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before and I’m an early riser.  Around 5 am.  I have four cats, so you get my drift there.  I could really feel the drag after mile two.  Legs were just heavy.  After around mile two it was the run some walk some day.  Second, it was hot.  Oh yes….it’s back.  I started off without any water.  You know it’s funny.  During this time of year when it’s colder in the morning and hot in the afternoon I always play this game with myself.  Hmmm, can I do it?  Can I do it without water?  And always the answer is…….NO!  Every dang time.  But that doesn’t stop me from going and trying.  It’s only six miles.  My mind says ~ “you got this girl” and my dehydrated mouth says “no, no you don’t”.  On one of my routes I make a pass by my house at mile two and I swung in to get my water belt.  It was thrown in the back of the pantry looking at me like…yeah that’s what you get.  So I strapped her on and finished the run.  Good grief.

Normally Sunday is my rest day, but I wanted to keep going.  One thing I do like hiking.  I went out to one of our trails today and decided to do the mountain rim and one of the trails to the base of another mountain.

Mountain ridge.

I started off by climbing a couple of the mountain ridge lines.  I know this picture doesn’t really look high but I was pretty high up!  It’s nice to be out there because even though there are plenty of people hiking, cycling and running you still have plenty of path to yourself.  Plenty of time to think and just be.  I originally thought to bring music but decided against it.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes to disconnect is the best option.  I like hearing all the sounds, especially any animals that might want to sneak up behind me!  For the most part the path is good footing.  When you are climbing and descending it can be a bit daring!

 

 

 

Even when a cactus is dying it is pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat down to do some journal writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my favorites…

It’s like I’m on the moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hiked a total of 4.63 miles this time around.  I logged a total of 19.22 miles this week with 6253.12 gratefully waiting and 3111.53 for the year.  (I hear you laughing….don’t count me out).

I do find some beauty in the desert.  Sometimes when I’m walking or running it’s invigorating other times when I look out its easy for a wave of sadness to rush over me.  I sometimes see just rock, but I know there is beauty in all things, sometimes you just need to look a little harder to find it.  When I got back in the car to go home this song was playing.  I laughed because I thought it was appropriate.  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Motivation….Let’s All Go To The Gym

Well we all know what time it is…..it’s gym time!  I love that people want a healthy lifestyle which means time for the gym, but dang ya’ll.  Do you all have to show up at once?

Went to Planet Fitness today and that place was hopping!  It was kind of funny in a good-natured way.

As I was fighting to “jump on machine” this song popped into my head. An awesome workout song!  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 7 Jan WTF Half Marathon Training

How was everyone’s first week of 2018?  I hope that so far, everything is going well.  I’m excited to get some more miles under my belt this year.  One good milestone that will happen is I will make my half-way mark.  I can remember when I was just starting out and 11,315 miles didn’t seem like that long of a way, but…. it’s long.  Very long.

I started this week off with training runs around the neighborhood with the longer run on an actual trail to prepare myself for the WTF Half Marathon.  My first two runs went well and I’m maintaining a solid pace around 10:30.  Here we are just in January and guess what is beginning to happen?  Surely, you must know….It’s already starting to get….hot.  When I was training for the Dublin Marathon, I followed a flatter route closer to home and this time I decided to do one of the mid-week runs on more of an incline.  I have run this route before but it takes me closer to the mountains.  Half-way through I could really feel the heat.  It wasn’t really hot, but it’s already starting.  Still a good run.

I made goal of going to the gym three days a week for strength training.  I really love to strength train, but sometimes you get busy and getting there can fall by the wayside.  I have been going pretty regularly and I’m already beginning to see a difference.  I’m one of these people I go in do what I have to do then I’m out.  I’m in there from 30 – 45 minutes then done.  Arms, legs, abs/back each have their own day and that makes it easy.  Sunday I’m leaving for a rest day.  Which is hard because I feel like I should be doing something.  It’s important to rest.  Too much can leave you with injuries and then the rest is just a struggle.

I went down to Pima canyon trail for this weeks long run only to find the park closed.  It was kind of funny because everyone was parking out on the street and I just thought it was full.  It’s very popular and since the temperature is pristine right now everyone is out and about.  I attached my water belt and started running from the car.  I get about half a mile down the pavement right before the entrance and it’s all blocked off.  Under construction until Fall.  Hmmm.  With that I turned on my heel with the annoying sloshing of the water belt and ran back to my car.

I won’t lie, I was thinking…just go back home, but ain’t nobody got time for that.  There are miles waiting.  I drove to the next trail head I knew that is actually a little closer to the house.  The last time I ran “off-road” was the Grand Canyon Half and that was no joke.  It was in May, snowing, muddy and 6804′ elevation.  It took me almost as long as a regular marathon.  I believe it was around 3:45 or somewhere close.  So, I am always very impressed when people talk about trail running.

This weeks longer run was good.  I really had never run there so I wasn’t sure how many miles it was to the mountain.  I also wasn’t very familiar with the terrain so that cause a little bit of nervousness on how far I wanted to go.  There were moments that I was all alone and a few times I heard noises that actually made me stop and turn around.  Nervous much….uh yes.  I was grateful for the occasional cyclist or people walking. This trail was hilly so there was a lot of energy expended.  It’s just amazing the difference mile 2 to 3 can be as far as burning energy and the body getting tired.  It’s also a little harder on the body and I made sure to concentrate on how hard I was pounding.  Consistency breeds success.

A few photos:

Action video!!!

That’s really funny.  I took a lot of pictures.  I guess I’m more interested in the experience and process than the time.

I was able to finish 10.84 miles this week.  I have 6272.34 miles waiting and 3130.75 for the yearly goal.

Happy Miles to You!!

I thought this was appropriate:

Monday’s Motivation… When One Door Closes… ~ 2017 Mileage Recap

Happy New Year ya’ll!  I had to throw the ya’ll in there because I’m a Southerner…and that I shall remain.

There are usually a couple of things that are happening on New Year’s Day.

  1. You are recovering from a hangover.
  2. Starting to take down the holiday decorations.
  3. Getting ready for the upcoming work week.
  4. Dreading the upcoming work week.
  5. Making lists and smiling about all the “epic” shit you’re going to do this year.
  6. Reflecting on the following year.

Okay that was a bit more than a technical couple, but you get my drift.  I think every year I write how I don’t make resolutions.  I don’t.  I stopped doing that a long time ago.  I make goals.  Sometimes I reach them other times not.  I find goals are different from resolutions.   Perhaps a goal is something that can be started at any time and any day.  Not like some voodoo that needs to happen on a particular day of the year in order for it to happen.  The main gist of this…goals

  1. Start now.
  2. Write the goal down.
  3. Create a time-line for completion or metrics of completion.
  4. Understand your fear and face it headfirst.
  5. Stop taking advice from people who don’t know you, don’t care about your success, or don’t understand your life or dreams.
  6. Follow through.  (The most important ~ a lot of people spend a lot of time “getting ready to get ready” and never really leave the planning stage.

The beginning of a new year is all about the “re” words:

  1. Reflect
  2. Renew
  3. Rethink
  4. Refresh
  5. Re-energize
  6. Reinvent
  7. Rebuild
  8. Regroup

What are your “re” words for 2018?

I had a pretty good year “mile-wise”.  I had a goal to complete a race abroad when I first started this journey and I did it this year.  I would have liked to complete more miles this year, but I did what I could do and was able to follow through to my goal of completing the Dublin marathon.  This year was peppered with some physical discomfort, but now it’s time to re-energize, rebuild, and regroup for then next year.

This Monday’s motivation:

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed-door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

~ Alexander Graham Bell

Encyclopedia Britannica

I will admit this one blew me away.  I had no idea that Alexander Graham Bell penned this quote.  None.  How often do we spend so much time lamenting change?  Instead of embracing it and allowing new ideas and experiences to flow into our life?   Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1847, Edinburgh, Scotland. He was an American inventor, scientist, and teacher of the deaf whose foremost accomplishments were the invention of the telephone (1876) and the refinement of the phonograph (1886), https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alexander-Graham-Bell.  His mother was almost deaf which influenced his career as a teacher for the deaf.  Very cool.

While I was researching this quote this also popped up…

“I know that when one door closes another opens…but man, these hallways are a bitch!”  ~ Ahhh deep thoughts from Pinterest.  

I completed my year with 789.96 miles.  I am almost half-way home.  My goal is to complete the remaining miles in the next two years.

A girl has to have dreams right?  Here’s to making those dreams “re”ality.  I have completed 5031.82 miles in my journey.  I “re”joice that I gratefully have 6283.18 “re”maining!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow me throughout the years and provide motivation and comments.  May your 2018 see goals met, your happiness grow, and peaceful, exciting and “epic” year!!!! Happy Miles to You!!

Time is on my side….

 

 

 

Monday’s Motivation… A Little Late This Week

This particular quote speaks to me, probably because I am now swimming in the sea of middle age.  Putting my big toe in and saying “It’s to cold!  I don’t want to swim!”  No, not the Middle Ages but you know; black balloons, over the hill banners, oh wait there’s still some life in the old girl yet!!!  Life is about learning, becoming and achieving.  There is no age limit.  There are things that you just couldn’t do in your twenties or thirties that now you can do!  Maybe there is more time, money and less fear!  Who knows.  One thing I do know is if you can dream it, you can achieve it…and no it is never easy.  Put a plan in place.

George Eliot was a woman ya’ll!  Meet George Eliot or by her pen name Mary Anne Evans.  She was a novelist, poet, translator and a leading writer in the Victorian era.  She penned Silas Marner.  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 11 – 28 December… Keep On Rollin’

Finally made it back to blogging after a brief illness…aka – cold.  I won’t call it the flu.  If it was, it wasn’t a full-blown knock out drag out.  Head cold and running nose was about the extent.  I’m sure I got it from my daughter who did have it for four days.  She teaches young children dance and most assuredly that’s where she picked it up.  So, I’m back.

The big news is…du…du…dunnnnaaa….I changed my bike tire.  All by myself.  Yep, I finally got around to doing it.  It only took me, hmmm about two hours.  How’s that for some speed.  So glad I didn’t have a wild animal lurking around.  I’m glad it happened, because there were some items that definitely did NOT work or was spent in my tool bag.

I began by watching a 4 minute “refresher” video from Trek (the brand I own).  There was this lovely female giving the demo.  As I’m watching I notice that she is holding the tire towards the camera (obviously) and just seemed to be zipping through everything with ease.  Of course I know she has probably done this many times but she was holding the tire with one hand and using the release tool with the other.  Easy peasy baby!.  I slapped my knee and went down to the garage.

Step 1.  Take the tire off the bike.  First release the brakes…ahhh…then the tire release, yes…oops the chain, hmm okay a little tricky but no worries (uh huh) and tire is off!!!

 Looking good.

Step 2.  Take the actual tire (you know the rubber part) off.  I used these little beauties:

Okay just wiggle…wiggle a little more… some more…dam**!! okay okay it’s off.  Great, just get this off.  Whew.

Step 3.  Remove the old tube and insert the new one.  On the video it said to blow the new tube up just a bit to make it easier to place.  She also used her carbon pod so I decided to try mine too.  Nope!  First one was dead as a door nail.  The guy at the bike store told me they lasted FOREVAHHH…I knew it was BS when he said it but still….  Okay let’s get the tire pump.  I slip the new tube in the rubber tire casing and place one side of the tire back on the rim.  This is very important…because that was the easy part.  The hard part was getting the other side of the tire on the rim before you can inflate the tube.  You didn’t think that was going to be easy did you?  If it was the tire wouldn’t stay on the rim like it should.  This process took an incredible amount of time.  Let’s see, video again…ah ha “if the wheel is to tight going back on…”  ok, ok hmmm.

Don’t even ask why I have the pliers out… I don’t even remember.  Finally, I got the tire on the rim.

Step 4.  Inflate said tire.  Easy peasy.  Nope!  Sunnuva… tire pump is not playing nice.  I don’t like this tire pump anyway.  It’s weird and too big.  For some reason I couldn’t get it seated on the valve properly.  After much finagling I get the tire inflated!

Step 5.  Put the tire back on the bike.  May I present the first piece of evidence:

It just seemed easier.  Okay this is the easy part ya’ll!!  Nope!  HOW THE HELL DID I GET THIS THING OFF!  VIDEO!  I actually took another bike and flipped it upside down so I could see the placement.  It’s interesting the way the chain was laying because visually I thought should have looked different.  Eventually, I figured it out and got everything put back together. Proof!!!  Yeah that plastic glove really helped.

Step 6.  Step back and say damn….I’m good.  And test that baby out before you go on a long ride.  I feel confident that I can change my tire out on the road.  Maybe a little slow, but I’ll get it done.  As they say, “now you know”.

I’m just going to say that all women need to know how to be hands on with their equipment.  Whether it be a bike or a car tire.  You need to know how to take care of things yourself.  Does it suck?  Yeah, sometimes it does, but you never know when you need to rely on your own two hands when help isn’t around.

Running was a little more than last mileage recap.  I even was able to get on the recumbent bike. I was able to log  19.87 miles this time around with 6286.27 miles gratefully remaining.  Thinking about changing my tire brought one song to mind.  If you do a crappy job changing your tire then you can’t keep on rollin’!  Happy Miles to You!!