Mileage Recap ~ 20 – 27 August…Goodbye Sweet Water Belt, Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

I have finally said goodbye to a trusty old friend, my old water belt.  I lost one of the pods (for good) and the other one has a tendency of falling out from time to time.  Plus, it’s a small one and it’s just not enough water to get me through until my next water stop on the long runs.  No more freaking out at mile 8 and reaching at the small of my back to see if the pods are still in tact.  No more scrounging around in that sliver of a pouch for a gel or whatever else I stuck in there…

It’s so sad…immediately I thought of this…She’s gone…what went wrong.

…I better learn how to face it…ummm She’s Goooooo ooooo ooonnnnnn nnneee.

Ok, I’m back.  Yes, she’s gone.  Only to replaced by the newer model:

I went to the local Big 5 Sports looking for a newer belt and came out with this.  I DIDN’T want to pay a lot for the belt and there really wasn’t a lot of choice.  It was this, the Camel Back™, or a Nike™ belt that was way too complicated and expensive.  This one cost me about 12 bucks and it did the trick.  It’s a little big, but it actually wasn’t that bad to run with as hydration belts go.  The pouch was nice and large enough to carry gels and some other things without being burdensome.  So, I feel like I did well here.  I tested it out for this weeks long run and it worked out great.  I could have tightened it a bit more, but for the most part it was good.

This weeks running schedule was 4/6/4/12.  I feel like I’m getting stronger and the runs are a little easier.  My biggest hurdle is the heat and dryness.  Although the temps are lowering it’s still dry and stagnant at times.  I blow through my water.  I prepositioned water and snacks and made my loops.  I reported last week that the loop I follow was about 5.5 miles but it really is at the 6 mile mark – or so the Garmin says.  Which is good for me.

This week’s long run was 12 miles.  I was out the door at 5:30.  I was good until mile 6, then I started to get a little winded.  Made my first stop and drank some of the freezing water I had, filled the water pod, made a mistake and the cat ran out the front door, chased the cat and nearly had my face clawed off, and then was back on the road for the remaining 6 miles.  I consumed 4 gels and half of a power bar during the run.  Gels….  I had minimal pain this run.  The feet started hurting around mile 11, but for the most part I felt pretty good.

My pace for the long run came out to 12:20…about what I expected and I’m pleased.  I did my cool down stretches and then I did something new…I took an ice bath.  I didn’t like it at all, but my muscles loved it and I had minimal pain recovering.  Nothing like last week.  This might be a good thing!  Week seven training complete for a weekly total of 28.14 miles (cool downs included).  Ready for week 8!  I have 6592.67 miles remaining on my journey!  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 7 August…Game of Thrones Addition

Normally I do my long run on Saturday or Sunday, but this week I didn’t get around to it until today.  Why you ask?  Well it really is quite simple…well maybe not that simple.  I’ve always been Janie-come-lately when it comes to all the popular t.v. shows.  I’ve never been a serious t.v. watcher.  I mean, I have watched shows, but I’ve never been too upset if I missed an episode.  Now days with DVR etc. you don’t have to worry.  So, I’ve always been behind watching the popular shows of the moment.  Always listening to others at work discussing the latest trend.  First it was True Blood, The Walking Dead and now…Game of Thrones.  I usually start off casually with one episode, then maybe another until I’m in full-blown series binge mode.  I must say though, the first two shows were good, but damn…Game of Thrones ya’ll!  The funny thing about this is I had bought season 1 a while back and I watched the first episode but I didn’t get around to finishing.  So, with season 7 out I thought that I would start again.

There is a reason I didn’t get my long run done on Saturday with Sunday being my rest day.  The reason, my head was about to explode with GOT overload.  I…literally…was…tired. I crammed two seasons in a span of, I don’t know maybe 4 days.  It started innocent enough, one episode.  Then I told myself, just one more, then I’ll go clean the bathroom, feed the cats…get the mail.

 

Then one became two and two became three!  Curse you Iron Throne and that crappy little boy king!!!!

During episode 5 of season 1 I found that I could hold my iPad™ while getting an Eggo™ out of the freezer and popping it in the toaster for breakfast, without missing a beat.  I would have saved more time if I would have purchased some spray butter instead of using a knife to spread the real butter…why waste time dirtying dishes…you just have to spend time putting them in the dishwasher and that means time away…..my precious.  I suddenly realized that I was eating only things that were readily available, meaning I wasn’t cooking.  I was hungry….

I was eating food that was already prepared like; yogurt, waffles, water and maybe a piece of fruit here and there.  Then on day 4 or was it 5…I’m not really sure, I discovered that I had to go to the grocery store.  I knew I was in trouble when I went in for groceries and came out with a rotisserie chicken, mild Queso  dip, a red bell pepper and a vanilla bean soda (cane sugar).

When I got home I tore off both legs of the chicken (my favorite) opened the Queso dip and found some blue corn tortilla chips and sat down on the couch.  I balanced the iPad on my thighs so I wouldn’t get it greasy from the chicken and the chicken that dropped on the floor was eaten by the cats…!

When I woke up on Saturday for the long run the first words that popped into my head were….your Grace!  If I hear your Grace, My or Mi Lady, boy or girl, The Wall, Winterfell or White Walkers…I might just pass out!

Today’s long run was good.  It was a little cooler this morning and I ran 9.  Breathing was great this time around.  Getting up there in mileage and for the most part the pains and niggles are ok.  I logged 19.37 for the week!

If I were to identify with any of the characters in GOT, so far, it would have be the Mother of Dragons.

I mean come on….whose going to argue with a woman and her dragons.  Everyone knows the dragon will always win!  Training for a marathon is tough, add Game of Thrones to the mix means it’s down right challenging.  I am grateful that I have 6654.85 miles remaining…Gods be good.  Happy Miles to You!!

 

Mileage Recap ~ 17 – 31 July…Love Those South Carolina Sunsets

Took a couple of weeks off from blogging (not running) with a nice little trip back to South Carolina to see my family.  Once a year we try to get everybody together down at the beach, usually Fripp Island.  It’s a great place to go, free from overcrowding and plenty of things to do outdoors.  Beaufort is right down the street with all it’s Southern charm.  I keep saying if I could find something to do, I would live in Beaufort.

So now that the trip is out-of-the-way it is time to really start focusing on the Dublin Marathon.  Not that I haven’t but I have been moving at my own speed because I started training early.  I am about 12 weeks away!

Training has consisted of one to two training runs anywhere from 3 – 5 miles, speed work, gym time (aka weights) a long run (up to 8 miles so far) and a rest day ~ I try to go to yoga when I can.  Whew!  That’s a lot and there are some days I have to cut back.

My biggest hurdle so far is the heat (wears me out) and I get tired easy.  The weather here has been a bit erratic.  We were hitting the three digits then like a light switch it has become hot AND humid.  I think in September things will start to mellow out a bit.  But for now, I start off really well at about mile 2 to 3 I start getting really hot.  On my worst days I have to walk a bit and run.  Kind of stinks, but I’m learning to let that go, hoping when I get Dublin my energy will be “magically delicious“!  If you like Lucky Charms you so get that…..  I also have a goal of beating my last marathon PR.  My first marathon was the Rock and Roll in St. Louis and I ran in 4:41.  When we started off it was in the 30s….in October.  It’s always a love hate relationship with that type of weather.  Sucks in the beginning but five miles in, it’s heaven.  I ran all the way through until mile 25 when I slowed down a bit to walk and the guy next to me told me to keep going.  My goal will be to beat that time…I don’t care if it’s by 5 seconds.

I was getting up around 4am and getting out the door before 5, on most days:)  But I’m losing daylight now as it is getting light around 5:30.  My routine so far is a cup of coffee, Eggo™ waffles (I’m addicted), and a sport gel….hmmm hmmm good!  I think I need something else because I just don’t feel the kick in the pants umph!  Maybe it’s my age….who knows.  A little warm up, then I walk a bit and then I run.  I’m on a ground-hog day loop.

Had a blast in South Carolina last week.  One of the best things is I ran (for the first time) with my sister.  My siblings don’t know it yet but they will be participating in an event…soon…..and yes that does include the brother-in-law and sister-in-law (you know who you are).  The run was only 2.71 miles but the humidity!  I mean it was thick, but I have to say I love that type of weather.  Good for the skin.  I took a lot of pictures, but I’m always careful about posting other people for the most part.  My favorite:

Then a couple more:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  I’m excited to get this training cranked up a notch!  I have 6674.22 miles gratefully remaining in my running quest.  Dublin here I come!  Happy Miles to You!!

 

Mileage Recap ~ 10 – 16 July…Hmmmm I Wonder What They’re Doing In Dublin Right Now?

Feeling this tonight…

01 A Horse With No Name

Let’s come back to Dublin in a minute.  I have been blowing through my water on my long runs like a fish during a feeding frenzy.   At the moment I have a small and (old) water belt that I use.  I’ve had it since I started running. Two lovely golden pods.  One is larger than the other and the pods don’t always stay on the belt.  Especially if I have been running and listening to my music too loud I don’t hear it fall off and literally on my return of the route path, I have seen a pod laying in the street.  I have done this about three times and I have found the pod each time.  It’s like the belt that won’t die.  So, you can see why I haven’t given it up on this old belt.  It’s a zombie belt!  Just keeps coming back from the dead.

I decided that I would try some of the electrolyte tabs to give me an extra boost.  I went down to my friendly Big 5 sports store and all they had was GU™ tabs.  I wanted NUUN™, but to be honest, I’m not sure why.  Probably because that’s the brand I hear about the most.  I’ve used GU™ gels of course, but not the electrolyte tabs.  The purpose of the electrolyte tab is to replace electrolytes when you sweat.  As I have said many times, I’m in the land of sweat…and sand.  Sometimes I think I’m the Queen of this land….

There were many flavors to buy and it reminded me of all the flavors you can find in Gatorade™. I decided to try the Tri-Berry.

On the bottle it says that “the tabs are reformulated with xylitol to help reduce gastrointestinal distress (thank goodness that’s one thing we don’t need) when compared to sorbitol”.  So did I feel magically delicious after drinking it?  No.  I tried them before I ran to see if they upset my stomach and like most of these things I find them  too sweet and leave that tongue smacking after taste in your mouth that you can’t fire hose away.  Don’t get me wrong it was good tasting it’s just that it was too much sweet for me with the recommend 16 ounces of water.  That’s just me, of course.  I diluted it a bit more, which probably defeats the purpose, but I found it much more palatable. I did use them on last weeks run and I felt like I always do…”Brother can you spare some water?  I’m out of GU™ drink.”  I always want to ask the passing cyclists.  Maybe the metric is I wasn’t face down on the pavement?  Hmmm, not sure.   The overall assessment is that heavy sweating = loss of electrolytes.  These babies will replenish that loss.  They are easy to carry and it didn’t upset my stomach.  Will I try them again?  Yes.  A different flavor and of course a different brand as well.

This weeks mileage is inching up there!  Exciting!  I have about 118 more days until the Dublin Marathon.  Oh that reminds me, let’s check in with the Dublin cam:

Dublin Cam  I can’t wait to stand outside the Temple Bar!  Maybe you’ll see me on the drunk cam, oh I mean Earth Cam, Earth Cam!  This is a G blog you know.

Ok, back on topic, this weeks mileage.  The runs this week were really good.  The body is feeling good, despite the heat.  I am settling in to a nice groove by waking up at 4:15 and being out the door and on the road by 5am…most days.  It’s imperative on the long run day.  This weeks long run was 7.5 miles, the pace is a little slower than I would like at around 12 minutes.  The run felt good and even was a little overcast today with some humidity.  I logged 21.61 miles for the week with 6701.82 miles gratefully remaining.  May all your clovers be four leafed!  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 2 – 9 July…Running in Monsoon Season

Last week’s runs were pretty uneventful.  Which I guess is good because there hasn’t been any injury and physical therapy is keeping things in check.  For the most part, I’ve been doing and feeling well. The long runs are still a walk and run combination because of the heat.  I don’t really want that but the heat is just too harsh.  I go for as long as I can, walk to catch my breath then start back up.  My goal is to not walk at all… but I guess if I have to pick between walking a bit and passed out on the side of the road, I’ll pick walking…for now!

The monsoon season has officially started here in the desert.  The normal run dates are July 7th and September 13.  It’s kind of a double edge sword.  For running it cools things down, but kicks up the dust making it hard to see and breathe.  In actuality, it can be down right dangerous.  If you haven’t been here during the monsoon season, may I offer you a taste?

Courtesy of Dreamstime

Courtesy of Arizona Painting Company

 

The monsoons can be very dangerous but like I said it is nice to run in the rain.

This weeks mileage came to 13.15 with an overall pace of 12.19 for the long run of 7.02.  I did speed work on the treadmill last Wednesday trying to lower that pace.  I was very proud of myself for last weeks long run because I was on the road 0500 with starting temps at 98 but lowering to 94 because of a slight breeze.  I have 6723.43 graciously remaining.  One of these days I’m gonna run for fun….  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

Women on the Move ~ Laura Kennington – “Think Big, Be Brave and Start Now”

There is something electric when you witness another’s passion.  You know, you’re surfing the web about YOUR passion and then you come across someone who shares the same interests and is totally taking it to another level.  Even through words you’re excited for them, their achievements, and their goals.  You can’t wait to see how they attack their mountains. Their wins bring a smile to the face, a lightness to the heart and you find yourself saying…yes, I believe…I believe I can…I KNOW I can do this…whatever THIS is to you.

Meet my next woman on the move, Laura Kennington who hails from the United Kingdom.  Laura is an adventurer, public speaker and avid sports enthusiast.  I first found Laura through Instagram.  You can also find her on Facebook, and her personal website at https://www.lauraexplorer.com/ (I just now realized ~ laura the explorer!  Good play on words) or her blog https://medium.com/laura-kennington.

From her about page:

“Laura spent her early years as the only female sibling on a farm in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She discovered adventure at an early age by embracing muddy countryside exploration with the beloved family dog, Hobo, a White Alsation.

Years later whilst living in London, she gained a unique insight into sports science and how the human body copes under physical stress whilst working within the fitness industry. This lead to her curiously exploring the limits of her own body – she hasn’t looked back since!

These days Laura can mainly be found pursuing endurance adventures and telling stories

Quotes I love from Laura:

“In Search of adventures in defiance of limits, in love with life.”

“Make a difference through the power of sport.”

Such beautiful statements.  Laura has participated in all sorts of races to raise money or bring awareness to issues she cares about.  If you visit her website you will see pictures of her public speaking events and in the background it says “How to Start Your Adventure”!

Her latest adventure IS and I say is because she is supposed to be finished tomorrow is running the length of Fuerteventura, part of the Canary Islands.  She is running 100 miles and you can follow this journey on #FuerteventuRun on Instagram.  One of the coolest things is this real time tracker called ZeroSixZero.

Check this out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this just not the coolest thing!??  Ha!

I meandered over to her blog and clicked on the Nepal Marathon! Wha…wha…What?!!!  Yes, it is a real thing.  There is a Nepal Marathon.  Oh my, goals ya’ll, goals!  She ran the Nepal Marathon, raising money for Support a Survivor of Torture and Human Cruelty.  If you’re interested about the Nepal Marathon click here.  I do believe this might be a bucket list item.

So many wonderful women, so little time….”Think Big, Be Brave and Start Now” ~ Laura Kennington.  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!!