Happy Sunday Everyone! I’m excited as the approach of the Quantico 12K is right around the corner. Two weeks to be exact! I had a good training week, slowly increasing my mileage and keeping an eye on recovery and strength training. I always wonder if the mind overcomes the weakness of the body. If you’re determined enough, you just make it happen. Something to ponder.
My long run on Saturday started off around 9 am. A little later than I wanted, but there you have it! The temperature was 78 when I started and the humidity made it feel a lot hotter. My first three miles were pain-free. I had a bit of pain on the fourth mile, and would slow down when I felt the pinch. I did have a wardrobe malfunction with my socks! Around mile three they decided to scooch! That’s a word right? Left me with two nice blisters on the back of my ankles. It’s always something. I’m happy with my performance. I felt strong and ready to move forward.
One of the things I love about this area is the history. I decided to spend my day visiting the Bull Run Winery and visiting a couple of battlefield sites. First, the Bull Run Winery is a must if you are in the Manassas area. It’s a beautiful place and you can participate in tours and tasting. They have food for purchase but you can bring in your own if you wish. How can you go wrong with wine and live music!? The wine was fantastic and I ended up buying a bottle of Norton. Norton grapes are indigenous to the area. The wine can be a little acidic at times, but this one was really very good.
A few shots:
After the winery we headed on down to Manassas National Battlefield Park. In 1861, Union and Confederate forces faced off in the first major land battle of the Civil War. A couple of pics:
This week’s miles came to a total of 11.11. I am 96.19 miles from the halfway mark with 5753.69 miles gratefully remaining. I hope this post finds you in good spirits and at ease. Happy Miles to You!!
Happy Sunday everyone! Another week down and 20 days to go before the Quantico 12K. Feeling okay this week. The ankles are still a bit sore, but I was able to soldier on as they say. I kept my running to treadmill and a flat track surface. I enjoy running on the track. It is a good break from running on the road at times.
This weeks running plan continued on a road of recovery and training for my race. I ran on Tuesday, did speed work on Thursday and Saturday was my longer run. I kept to my plan and stayed at three miles for the long run with a respectable 10:37 pace. I got a little bit of a late start and paid the price for that in humidity and heat. I was good for the first two miles but that heat started to set in at mile three. With no breeze it was a little trying. It wasn’t too boring because I got to see the high school track team stretching and then they played frisbee in the center field. It was fun to watch.
I run on the farthest lane or the number “6”. For some reason every time I would pass the number 6 on the track I would think of the saying “I’ve got your 6”. The quote is a military saying that originated out of WWI.
“In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing the rear of an airplane as the six o’clock position. If you picture yourself at the center of a clock face, the area directly in front of you is twelve o’clock”. ~ https://www.gotyour6.org/about/faqs/
The track definitely had my “6” as it was a bit friendlier on the old ankles!! The final count for July miles came to 22.68. This week I finished with 9.95 miles. I’m looking to keep kicking up that long run distance. I have gratefully completed 5550.20 miles in my journey with 5764.80 remaining. I have 107.30 miles until the halfway mark. I hope this post finds you well ~ and I hope someone has your “6”! Happy Miles to You!!
I came across this article the other day called I Have Enough, by Ann Voskamp. What caught my attention was the sell line that said “Three words that are stealing your joy”. Me being me, I had to know what those three words were! I am guilty, like many others I’m sure, of always needing to get to the next task, climb the next mountain, or climb the ladder to new heights. What is the next level! I often find myself looking so many years in advance and not living in the now. In doing that you lose the little wins in life I think. It’s one thing to plan ahead, but at some point you do have to learn to be content.
The article states that when we constantly strive for more we miss our true calling in life. That we are struggling so much for “more” that it is impossible to live life in the present and truly appreciate what we have. It doesn’t mean that we don’t try to better ourselves, but at least enjoy the ride and know enough to know when we have enough.
Some of my favorite take aways:
“When I can’t remember that I get enough – I just have to remember to give thanks”.
“The disease of not-enough… is cured when you give thanks for more than enough grace”.
“But when we know we get enough – we get happy for what others get”.
If you want to read the whole article just Google Ann Voskamp.
I have more than enough….I hope you do too:) Happy Miles to You!!
I have used KT Tape before and it can be a little tricky applying it properly. I’ve never applied it on the Achilles and my first application on my left foot was a little wonky, but effective. The application on the right foot was much more eloquent. The desired result was great. I really felt support while running using the tape. There seemed to be a certain tightness and that alleviated much of the pain. Granted, I only ran for two miles with it, but it held up nicely. I went out and bought more today and will continue to use it during my recovery process.
I started out with a run/walk at the beginning of the week. You know the feeling when you haven’t been outside in a while and you finally get to go out and everything is exhilarating? I had that feeling. It was so good to be running again. A few pangs, but when I started to hurt I slowed down and ensured I walked a bit. I’m one of those people who just like to push through. I hate interrupting the flow. My second run was two miles on the treadmill. As monotonous as the treadmill is at times, it reduces impact and is part of my recovery and training program.
There is a high school down the road with a very nice track. I figured this weekend I would give it a go. When I was in Belleville, Il I would use the track on Scott AFB all the time. I like running on the road, but sometimes it’s just nice to be off the road and have a flatter surface. And it’s a track, which means lower impact and it’s good for speed training too. I walked a mile to the track (great warm up) and ran two miles and walked back for a total of 4.30 miles for the long run this week. No doubt I will be ready for the Quantico 12K in August.
Hawks track in the background.
I logged 9.23 miles this week. I know..:/, but at least it’s 9.23 more than last week. I remain eternally grateful for my steadfast journey. I have 5774.75 miles remaining! I hope this post finds you back….back in the saddle again. Happy Miles to You!!
Happy Monday Everyone! I was feeling some Mother Teresa tonight and came across this passage from her:
“Sacrifice, surrender, and suffering are not popular topics nowadays. Our culture makes us believe that we can have it all, that we should demand our rights, that with the right technology all pain and problems can be overcome. That is not my attitude toward sacrifice”. ~ Mother Teresa
Happy Sunday Everyone! Just a quick check in. Yes, you read that correctly! I logged a big 0.0. I’m so proud of myself, because it means I was disciplined enough to rest my ankles. Which is way hard for me. I did do plenty of yoga, eccentric heel drops and iced all those sore spots. I’m ready to start next week and get back in the swing of things.
I picked up some K tape at Rite Aid and hope it gives me a little more support.
Ahhh they make it look so easy. At least there is a picture of how to apply, I will give it a shot. I hope this finds you in good July spirits! Happy Miles to You!!
“You must be willing to live a few years of your life like most people won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t”.
The quote is from Dr. Saman Bakhtiar who came from Iran to the US as a young boy. I first found out about him on Instagram. He is the Co Founder of The Camp Transformation Center. He graduated from Penn State and has degrees in nutrition and pre-medicine. He also has written “The Total Body Transformation Secrets” and “Becoming a One-Percenter: The 99 Keys to Mastering Your Life and Rising to the Top”.
He embodies positivity about health, fitness and life. I enjoy seeing his daily uplifting posts. His motivation encompasses all aspects of life not just in fitness. Everyone has their own version of success but to achieve it we must be willing to put in the work, struggle and sacrifice. It won’t and doesn’t come easy. Chose strength and perseverance. Happy Miles to You!!
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