Wrapping Up The No iPod Challenge, 25 – 31 August Mileage Recap and Week 1 Marathon Training Oh My!

no ipod

Well I did it y’all!  I have successfully ran/walked/crawled an entire month without the use of my iPod!

Barbie pose!  No…I don’t look like that:-/

Barbie pose

Runs #’s 9 – 11 were fairly uneventful.  I was getting a little worried because I wasn’t seeing as many beer cans or bottles on the side of the road, so I wasn’t sure to take this as a sign of the impending zombie apocalypse.  But DON’T WORRY friends. Run #12 on Saturday proved that the zombie apocalypse is a long way off.  I know what you’re thinking – yes they were light beer cans.  But wait, there’s more!  Someone apparently was trying to step it up a notch.  Bringing just a bit of class to the empty discarded side-of-the-road beer can repertoire.  That’s right…I saw…drumroll please…three bottles of Shock Top.  So here, here!  That’s stepping it up ol chum.  Humanity is saved!

I will admit running without music was very freeing and wasn’t as bad as it sounds.  I did it for two reasons.  One, I felt a little sloppy and I wanted to pay attention to my body and running form for improvement.  Sometimes when we listen to music while running we don’t concentrate on stride or breathing and become sloppy.  The most important thing I took away was that I’m heavy on my feet.  Meaning I tend to pound a bit.  I don’t hear the pounding when I’m jamming, but I would feel it afterwards.  I made a point to be lighter on my feet and that’s good.

Secondly, I just wanted to see if I could do it :).  Woot woot!

Shut You Down

Shut you down iPod!

My first week of Marathon training totaled 15.09.  10,608.91 miles happily remaining.

Total miles for August = 64.44.

Total miles for 2013 = 634.56

Total miles completed – 705.63

Training Recap:

Monday – 3.01

Tuesday – 1:15 Yoga

Wednesday – 3.05

Thursday – 4.00 with 45 minutes of kettle bells

Saturday – 5.03

Run hard, run happy.

Mileage Recap 18 – 24 August

#’s 9 – 12 – Recap without the iPod

The start of the week saw me in the Tempe Double Tree Hotel and my workout pretty much looked like this on Monday and Wednesday:

Gym Double Tree

Sigh…This is really when you need the iPod my friends.  iPod – take me away!!  I’m not whining….riiight.  I have to say this was probably one of the worst gyms for a Double Tree hotel.  The T.V. reception was bad and there was no place to stretch out.  When you go into a place like this…there’s no doubt about it ,it’s business only and get the heck out.  I would have run outside, but unfamiliarity with the area, moving my daughter into her dorm and the 117 degree heat kept me indoors and on the dreadmill (I stole this from a Facebook buddy – I love it!) both days.

On Wednesday I ate this:


See why I run? My dessert in the desert.

On Thursday we were out tooling about and I stopped to take this:


This was a big cactus.

We were out in the middle of nowhere.  I’m thinking who is living out here?  I don’t even see any animals.  It was hot, hot, hot and then I saw two people RUNNING on the street below!  I felt like such a wimp:/  Excuses in 3…2…1…

Since the kid was doing A-Okay I took an early flight home and sat next to a lady who was taking her son to college – in St. Louis!  It was pretty neat to have someone to talk too and share similar feelings about leaving your kid “behind’ at school.

Rested on Thursday and went for a walk on Friday – pretty uneventful.

Saturday is my long run day – should have pulled 8 but I decided to do 5 because I’m starting something special tomorrow!  Yay…I’ll tell you tomorrow 😮

Was glad to be in familiar surroundings on Saturday’s run. Nothing like running on a beautiful Saturday morning.  I was especially lucky on this run because I witnessed a woodpecker in a tree.  No doubt I would have missed it listening to the iPod.  What a treat.

Running along and I noticed a large quantity of Nutri Grain Bar wrappers.  Hmmmm.  Odd. It’s always difficult when you’re running and you see trash.  I want to pick it up, but then how can I run with all this trash.  It’s also odd for trash to be strewn about in the neighborhood – who knows maybe it was the wind or maybe someone was leaving a trail to find their way home.

Passed a green and then I saw it!  Why is it when I run without the iPod I tend to zone in on all the discarded beer cans and liquor bottles?  I have no clue.  This was the mack-daddy.  The hugest bottle of SMIRNOFF I’d ever seen.  It had to have been a half-gallon or more.  Do they even make that size?


The golfer’s drink?

Can you imagine driving around in a golf cart drinking SMIRNOFF – ha!  That had to have been a sight.  Apparently is was all good because they left it on the 9th hole.

Total Mileage for the week = 15.92   10,673.35 remaining….

I leave you with some pictures I took while in Arizona…enjoy and happy miles to you.

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11 – 17 August Mileage Stats


Last weeks stats were pretty low. I’m not in the best of moods to write this post as I wait for the hotel shuttle to take me to the Phoenix airport. Last week I was preparing to fly out to Arizona and get my daughter set up for college. I’ve never been to Arizona so this was an adventure for me as well.

I was going to stay until Friday but I have realized there was no need to linger on for Mommy support. She seems to be doing well and is excited. I’ll be honest I’m not sure what I think about this place. There is a different kind of beauty here.  I’m used to the trees and green. There are trees here, just another kind.  It’s hot, well it’s a desert of course. It’s just different.

I can remember when I brought her home. She was hell on wheels from the moment she got home, never slowed down. she takes after her mother:). Now she is on her own for the first time. It may sound strange but the farthest she’s been from me was a sleepover. This is hard.

I logged 10.67 miles last week – 10,689.27 remaining.

# 8 – August No iPod Challenge

# 8 – Base Run

Still catching up from last week and still in Arizona. I flew on Friday so I opted for a quick run around the base track, of course no tunes. Honestly, I couldn’t have cared less. I had way to much to do and plan for my trip.

I changed at the gym and ran out.  I reminded myself more than a couple of times that I needed to take out my dangle earrings. Of course I got to the track and my earrings were still in. Took them out and laid them on the bench. Had a decent 3.1, bolted from the track a and realized I forgot the earrings. Well they weren’t Tiffany’s so I pretty much chalked those up as a loss.

#7 – August No iPod Challenge

# 7 – Walking 13 August

The dorm room is completed and the kiddo  dropped off to begin her adventure. Not really sure how I’m feeling right now.  Happy and sad. It is a new chapter in her life and a new one in mine.

Wednesday I walked the neighborhood and completed 4.57 miles. No excitement and yes I did see a light beer can. This was a 16 oz Bud Lime. I think I will have to have a light beer when this is over.

#6 – August No iPod Challenge


This week was a slow week of running. I write this sitting by the pool at the Double Tree Hotel in Tempe, AZ dropping off my only child for her freshman year at college. Needless to say the emotions are overwhelming from one hour to the next. If you have a daughter, you know what I mean.  So, I’ll slowly eek these next posts out with my mind being pulled in two different directions.

Monday – 12 August 3  miles on the elliptical machine.

Ahh, there’s nothing like the smell of an old crusty gym. No, really…I mean it – whew!  There are two main gyms on the base where I work.   One gym is a nicer gym and usually where the upper rank, retirees, the “look” at me’s and others who are not serious about working out frequent.  Sorry, had to get that dig in, and frankly its true. This place reminds me of one of the foo foo gyms.  Then there is the James Gym. Your typical Army type gym. People are seriously working out. Even though I’m working on an AirForce base this gym reminds me of the Army gyms I used to go to when I was in and I just feel more comfortable there.  You go, you work out – no niceties needed thank you.

Since I started running, I prefer to take it outside. Cold, hot, rain or snow I rather be outside. I have begun to switch things up a bit with some strength training and from time to time the elliptical or treadmill.

I walk into a small segmented room with about 6 elliptical machines lined up on the back wall and 6 treadmills divided on the remaining two walls. It’s a tight fit and hot. The walls are painted a dull beige yellow color (common military color) with four flat screen TVs on the back wall and various pictures of beaches from around the world. On more than one occasion I’ve wished I was at one of those locations. I opt for the machine in the middle so I can choose which screen I want to watch. Three are working and the one on the far left isn’t. My viewing choices consist of TMZ, ESPN,and FOX news.  Sigh. Directly ahead of me is one of those cheap clocks, you know with the white background and black numbers. I step up to the machine to begin my work out.

I start by watching the screen with TMZ. I’ve never watched TMZ. Quickly I realize it’s an entertainment type show. Entertainment, yeah. I’m plodding along and watching this crap. Why do we look up to some of these people. There was some gross stuff and remember I can’t hear anything.  I’m just watching the pictures. Not interested in ESPN or the news. Keep moving.

Halfway into the work out a gentleman gets on the machine next to me. I hear “hold on there I need to catch up”!  My sarcastic brain feels like saying “okie dokie let me slow down for you”;). I know he meant well, so I just smiled.

This is why I like to run outside. Being inside sometimes is mundane and uneventful, especially without tunes.

Running on…

Mileage Stats – 4 – 10 August

Last week I did my calculations and forgot to add my Thursday run (1 August) in my stats for 1-3 August and mistakenly added the speed workout for the 31st of July in the 1 – 3 August stats – I’ll pick that mileage up in the overall stats for this week.

A good workout week for me.  Ran/walked a total of 15.06 miles with 1:15 hours of yoga on Tuesday.  Excited to have 10,699.94 miles remaining.