Mileage Recap ~ 16 – 22 April…Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone!  I didn’t even know it was earth day until I saw it on Google.  They have a great video on Dr. Jane Goodall.  I can’t think of a better representative for Earth Day then Jane Goodall.  I love all the work she’s done with primates and her overall sentiment that the earth is something to love, cherish and pass on to our youth.  If you would like to know more about Jane go to this link: http://www.janegoodall.org/

There are a lot of “days” out there to be celebrated and I imagine for most people some of this stuff is just a waste of time and money.  Maybe so in some cases, but I think earth day is a great day to reflect on how we live in our environment now and what can we do to improve and consume less.  At least I do. This weekend’s weather was true spring weather in Alexandria.  Blue skies, a little nip in the morning with it heating up later.

As I ran my longer run this weekend I took in the beauty of the trees, river, blue bonnets, and even the dandelions. Birds are singing and squirrels are running about the woods.  People moving freely and enjoying the warmer weather, just being. I know what you’re thinking…oh brother, so it was a nice day, so what?  Well, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’ve been in places, countries if you will where it wasn’t such a nice day.  Actually, it was quite the opposite.  Despair, anger, death and hopelessness.  I think often about my time in Somalia and it’s sad to know that there are places and people in this world who can’t go out and let the beauty of the world wash over them, even if it’s just for an hour.  These are the things I sometimes think about trying to log these miles. Thoughts that I will always carry with me until the end I guess.   If I were Queen for a day I would change these things if I could.   So, out of all the days Earth Day is a bit of an enigma.   It’s fun to talk about, but harder to walk the walk.  As I age I always think, hmmm, do I really need that or turn off the lights, recycle, conserve water.  I ask myself how much is enough.  It’s hard because no one wants to be uncomfortable, including me.  I do try though in mind, spirit and action.

This week I picked up more mileage than the prior week.  The plan was to cycle today but “bad kitty” (aka my bike) wasn’t having any part.  Cleaned her off and started to air up the tires only to find a valve issue…again.  I guess the trek across country was a little more damaging than I previously thought.  This weeks business will be to find a cycle shop and take her in for some my need professional maintenance.  I ran instead.  Started the week off with a longer run, indoor cycling on Thursday and a longer run today of 3.5 miles.  Slowly bringing the distance back up.  I felt good today ~ pain is low and I ended up running 10:39.  Not too shabby but the annoyance level was a little high because of the bike.

Total mileage came out to 17.63 this week.  I’ve already passed March numbers and I’m not even in the hotter weather and have a week to go!  I have 6030.71 miles graciously awaiting me.  I hope this post finds you well enough to go outside, close your eyes and let the beauty of this earth wash over you.  Happy Earth Day.  Happy Miles to You!!

If I could change the world…I surly would.

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ Apr 9 – 15…Spring Fever

It’s hard to believe I’ve only been in D.C. a little over a month.  It seems a lot longer and when I look back at all the progress I’ve made from moving into a new place, starting a new job and just getting back into the swing of things it’s a little surreal.

I’m ready for Spring!  How about you?  There is a lot of push and pull in the weather.  This past week has shown some nice temps with Saturday reaching 87 degrees according to my thermometer and now it’s in the 50s and raining!

This week was an improvement in miles ~ and that’s what it is all about!  I was able to take a few walks at lunch time when the weather is good. Sometimes it’s hard for me to pull away from what I’m doing and leave during lunch.  I’m sure a lot of you do the same thing.  But it’s important to get away from that computer and if nothing else take that walk to clear the mind and stretch the legs.  Now if I can just eat my lunch away from my desk I’ll be doing well!

This weeks mileage was a good combination of treadmill, walking and running.  The nicer weather had me out after work with a few runs in my local area.  I have been slowly pushing the length of each run trying to get to a nice solid running mileage during the week and then pushing for the longer runs on Saturday.  I started with 2.5 and then a 2.75 during the week and ended with a 3 mile run on Saturday.  For the most part feeling pretty good.

I was so pleased with Saturday’s run.  First time in a while I took the water bottle and gels with me.  The best part about the run, well the two best things, the trees and the weather.  It was so wonderful to hear the leaves rustling the wind, the birds singing and the sun shining on the water.  It put me in a great mood.  Even better my pace for this run was 10:04.  Haven’t seen that for a long time!  Overall felt good and a positive end to the week.  Something to smile about!

You can see the trail and winds 8 miles both ways.  I can’t believe I got a shot and no one was in it.  There are a lot of people on the trail.  Looking to practice on this running and cycling.  I completed 12.53 for the week, up four.  I am very close to breaking 6K!  It’s going to happen people.  I have 6048.34 miles gratefully waiting.  I hope this post finds you “spring” ready!  Happy Miles to You!!

Spring always gives me Fever…..

 

 

Monday’s Motivation.

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ Mar 26 – 1 Apr…Dreamed, Work Hard, Persevere, Believe

Happy Easter to all, and yes it is also April Fool’s Day too!

Over the years I stopped buying greeting cards.  The biggest reason was because of all the crazy stuff written inside.  We all have been there, stalking the different cards.  Serious, funny, and really stupid cards.  I have looked for a card for 15 minutes once.  So frustrating.  I would say about 95% of the time, most of the cards say things that I neither felt or would ever say.  Overly sappy and well, a lot of times, not true.  My card would say:

Happy Birthday to a wonderful person….50% of the time“.  Love you, Laurel.  Or, “Roses are red, violets are blue…uh never mind“.  Not so sincerely, Laurel.  Yeah, you’re not going to find any of those cards.  And then there is the protocol of greeting cards.  Do you write a small message or do you just sign your name?  What does it say about you when you DON’T write a small message?  Does the person on the other end go…that’s lame?  Because you know the card isn’t saying exactly what you wanted it to say or maybe it was an oh crap moment, I need a card as you dig through cards you have had for about five years.  At one point in my life I used to buy cards in advance.  If I saw one that I liked, I would pick it up.  Over the years I have collected quite the treasure chest of greeting cards and have helped many in their time of greeting card crisis.

Then something wonderful happened.  The greeting card companies got smart and started printing blank inside cards.  Genius.  Pick out a card with a flower…own message ~ “you are as pretty as a flower”.  A garden spade ~ “may your garden be fruitful” or some other saying that comes to mind.  Bottom line it’s YOUR message.  You can say what is really in your heart to the receiver.

In my previous post I had said I moved to DC for a job opportunity.  If you read my posts often, you might be thinking WTH?  The bottom line, Phoenix wasn’t for me.  I am one who finds beauty in all things, but the desert wasn’t what made my heart sing.  I had needed a change, but this wasn’t the right change. I can remember years ago hearing about how if you had arthritis or health issues move to Phoenix!  Well, let me tell you that’s not 100% true.  The valley has changed drastically over the years with increased population that causes pollution and non-indigenous plants causing the atmosphere to be much more polluted with allergens.  While there I developed allergies that affected my skin and had made me boarder-line asthmatic.  I was on an inhaler, Singular™ and allergy meds to keep everything in line.  My breathing capacity went down to about 60% at one point and made running and cycling harder.  So, it was time to look for greener pastures and that’s what I did. It took me 9 long months. The whole month of March has been a whirlwind of moving and starting over in another state.  It’s never easy, but with hard work I’m making it happen.

This brings me back to the greeting cards.  I received a great card from my sweet parents.  They read my blog, so I know they will see this post!  I am very thankful.  My parents still send me a surprise every now and again in a card.  I still get that excitement when I see it, the same feeling as when I was 15!  It’s something that never gets old.  Aside from the surprise inside (and thank you very much) was the card itself.  It was perfect.  Does that mean I have to eat my words on greeting cards?  I won’t go that far, but this was the perfect card.  There was a standard card saying but the personal notes from my parents are worth more than any surprise in the card.  Maybe that was the surprise.  The card said the following:

“You have dreamed and good things happened”.

“You have worked hard and achievement happened”.

“You have persevered and accomplishment happened”.

“You have believed in yourself and success happened”.

Dream, work hard, persevere, believe.  It can happen.

I finished March with 41.98 miles completed.  Most of the miles were accomplished on the treadmill, stationary bike and walking.  I was lucky to get out and start to discover some of the green ways around me.  I have 6067.61 miles gratefully remaining.  I keep on keeping on….

Happy Easter.  I hope this finds you in a good place…peace.  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 19 – 25 Feb…Action Selfies

This week has been particularly cold in Phoenix.  I guess you could say we are experiencing the one week of winter we get each year.  Lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s.  That being said, it makes for good cycling weather.

I’ve been on Instagram for a while now and I had an account for my blog and then a personal account.  For some strange reason, everyone just migrated over to my personal account.  Most likely because my name is easier to memorize rather than the blog name.  I have dropped the 11315miles Instagram account and just post every now and again on the personal one.  I enjoy seeing people all around the world cycling, running or sharing all their cooking dishes.  It’s easy to blow a cool 30 minutes scrolling sometimes.  I try to make sure I don’t let social media control too much of my time.  I do like the virtual “diary” if you will while I’m trying to complete all of these miles.

Some people can just take great photos.  They’re sleeping…looks great.  Eating spaghetti…looks great.  Awww, just came out of the porto potty…looks marvelous.  Me?  Well, I usually look like I’ve just plowed the back 40.  Great.  Maybe one out of every thousand photos, there might be a keeper.

I love to see the “action” selfies.  Sometimes they’re phenomenal.  I even asked a gal one time how she took these cool action shots.  Did she have someone follow her around?  Some were taken at 6am!  Some people are just media geniuses.  I know there are all sorts of things you can do, such as time delay, using your apple watch, etc.  But, I haven’t mastered the art of the action selfie.  You know the cool photo where I’m riding…there’s an awesome background (not someone photo-bombing) and I have this concentrated far-off look like I’m contemplating the price of rice in China. You know the one.  Kinda like this:

I was out for a ride and thought…hey…wouldn’t it be cool to take a selfie…said no one ever!  Believe me, I’m not a big selfie person, but a couple of “proof of cycle” photos never hurts the mileage cause.  This was my awesome action selfie.   I was on mile 9 in a rural neighborhood and thought this is a pretty place.  Do you like how I got in the background?  Don’t I look like I’m concentrating hard?  Whatever Baby!  This is how I roll!

Was happy with my mileage this week, because I slightly edged out last week.  I would have done more, but I had a chemical facial peel (another story) and it stung a bit.  Not good to be out in the sun and sweating for a long time.  I put 30.65 on the books this week.  Looking pretty good for the month.  I have 2973.23 remaining for this years goal and 6114.82 gratefully remaining in my journey.  Sending positive vibes your way.  Happy Miles to You!!

Thought this was a good one for this week!

 

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ Taquito or Not Taquito…That is the Question.

Hello.  Remember me?  I just love it when you are on a roll.  Nothing can stop you, then something knocks you off that sweet high horse you’ve been riding.  I had finished the WTF Half Marathon and was shopping for new races, admiring my bike and planning.  Then I started to feel a little tickle in the back of my throat.  No worries.  Allergies are going to be bad this year I can already tell.  Dragging a bit, then whoa…what just hit me?

Everyone who isn’t time traveling or living in a cave knows that the flu is hitting people hard this year.  Especially children which is just terrible.  Well, I came down with something.  I believe it was a combination of allergies that I incurred after my last race and some sort of flu.  It was strange because I didn’t have any fever but a full on bronchial smack down.  I mean this thing laid me out and made breathing very difficult.  I think I was on the couch watching TV for about three days.  One of the many benefits I have experienced from running is I rarely get sick.  So, when and if I do get it, I gets it good.

I had taken the bike out on 31 Jan for about 3 miles to test the wheels after I had changed the tubes myself.  I’m happy to report that both wheels did stay on and no injuries were had.  But after three days on the couch I was bored and decided to venture out on the bike again.  I had a lot of energy, but was literally hacking on my return ride.  Have you ever been behind the wheel driving and when you get to a destination you didn’t pay attention to anything on the way there, just sort of zoned out driving? That would explain how I felt riding.  I was able to get in about six miles but the last three were a hacked out mind numbing experience.

I let myself recover a day, realizing that maybe I needed a little more time to heal those lungs.  After another day, again needing to get out and oh I don’t know buy some food maybe, I decided to go to Costco.  I hadn’t been in a while, but nothing says freedom like a pallet of toilet paper and a 100 lbs bag of cat food.

I have a love-hate relationship with Costco.  One being the hyper-commercialism and oooh I need a year supply of Oral B electric toothbrush tips!!!!  Squirrel!!!  So there I was, deep in the bowels of the Costco, slightly hacking, and forgetting what was the reason I was there in the first place.  I am a creature of habit sometimes and I like to start at one point in the store (TVs) and do the rounds.  Knowing very well I don’t require a TV the size of a house I still stare at the quality and make note of the really good price.  I digress.  Oh yes, I remember I needed trash bags.  I then start to proceed through the liquor section, uh huh, uh huh…liking that..good price…into the food section.  Wow that’s a lot of cheese…hmmm…okay trash bags.  In the food section every isle had a nice person offering samples.   You can get juice, chips or chicken just to name a few.  Now I’m going to tell you something very important.  A few years back I took a food sanitation course.  If you ever want to change your opinion of whether you want a free sample or about the restaurant industry in general, take a food sanitation class.  You will think twice about taking the “free” sample or where you eat, I guarantee.  Knowing this, I have been weak on certain occasions and have dabbled with the dangerous with food.

In order to get to the trash bags I had to go through the food section.   My throat was starting to get itchy and I knew I needed to get what I came for and leave before I had a melt down.  I’m almost to the bags and there on the end of one isle was this sweet little old woman.  Taquito, she asks?

Media Medusa

Me:  suuurrrreeeee….

Awesome gifs

Definition:  A taquito, tacos dorados, rolled taco, or flauta is a Mexican food dish that typically consists of a small rolled-up tortilla that contains filling, including beef, cheese or chicken. The filled tortilla is then crisp-fried.

Now, there are certain moments your body is acting faster than the brain.  This was one of those moments.  Why you ask? Well it would be the last two words in the taquito definition – crisp-fried.  Crispy anything and a very sensitive scratchy throat leads to uncontrollable coughing….in Costco.  But there I was, popping that overly salted, fried, greasy radiated meat product into my mouth, smiling and knowing that in 10, 9, … 7…3, 2 …. I slowly listened to the nice lady as she said, “here’s a coupon honey, they’re in the freezer right around the corner” and as I turned the corner hoping to find solace with the frozen vegetables….1….the uncontrollable hacking began.

At first it was just a light inner cough, as my shoulders tried to quell the violent eruption that was about to take place in the frozen foods section of Costco.  I tried to control it as the  last bit of the taquito made its way slowly down my throat, scraping and leaving bits of preservatives in an already raw throat.  My lungs said, oh no girlfriend, this is going to be a good one.  Tears were starting to well up in my eyes as I turned to stare at the frozen broccoli thinking, I rather eat fresh then frozen.  Now I’m starting to get loud.  It’s embarrassing, but luckily in true Costco form, everyone is just ignoring me.  I slowly make it down to the yogurt, hacking while trying to stand straight, and stop to see the Chobani  yogurt selection.  A gallon tub of Chobani, ya’ll.  Yeah, it’s good but I’m just not feeling it today….hacking and trying not cause a scene I somehow end up in the vitamin section.  It’s a good sign because I’m almost to the exit….oh damn what did I come here for…trash bags.  Screw it!!

Even with all the hacking I was able to finish the month of January with 81.54 miles and my recap for this round was 29.41 to add to the spreadsheet!  I can’t wait to breathe in my remaining 6175.23 miles.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday and breathing easy.  Happy Miles to You!!

This song is VERY appropriate!