Mileage Recap ~ 10 – 15 Oct…Week 14 Training – Keep Calm And Go Irish

It’s hard to believe that in a week I will be in Ireland.  Roughly 10 months ago on a whim I decided that I would run the Dublin Marathon for my 50th birthday.  Thus began 8 months of training that will end next Sunday, 20 October.  While I was doing my initial planning I had to decide if I would run the race at the beginning of my trip then tour the country or at the end. To me it was an easy answer…beginning.  I wanted to be able to enjoy myself while traveling and this means being able to eat what I want, when I want.  If I toured first then tried to run the race I imagine that would have been 1) boring and 2) a big ‘ol mess. So, I opted to run first then enjoy myself later.

I believe my biggest hurdles are acclimation and sleep.  Anyone that has gone to a foreign country knows it takes a bit to adjust to the time change and I won’t really have enough time, only two days.  I have made peace with that fact that this may be…harder than I thought.  Meaning, this is going to be harder than I thought.

I searched the inter-webs and came across How to Adjust to Moving to A New Timezone – Bekins

Some take ways:

Before the flight

1. Slowly adapt to the new sleeping schedule.

Ok. I did think about this one, but my favorite line states (…a month or two weeks before) uhhhh ain’t nobody got time for that!  The article suggests changing your sleeping habits 15 minutes at a time.  I think I will give this a go for as much as I possibly can.

2. Rest for three days before you leave.

Ok.  Cats/house you’re on your own – peace out!

3. Cut back on alcohol, caffeine, and sugar before you leave.

What that he**!!  Do you not know it’s October Fest and almost Halloween????!!!  I have already bought my candy, and yes I have to sample!!

4. Drink plenty of water.

Done and done…I live in the desert.

During the Flight

1. Drink some more water.

If there is one thing I hate is having to go to the bathroom on the plane.  I’m not kidding either.  Transatlantic is the worst.  I’m tiny and I can barely fit in that tube – but I will have to do it because the flight is about 7 hours…..so drink water I shall!

2. Sleep or stay awake (depending on arrival time).

Oh don’t worry…I will.  Someone has to keep an eye out for shenanigans.

3. Reset your watch.

But it’s so much more fun if I didn’t…no?

After the Flight

1. Go to bed or eat breakfast (depending on arrival time).

I’ll be arriving in the morning, so eating it is…which there is never an issue.

2. Use melatonin.

Baaawwwwaaaawwwaa!  Nice!  I have the system of a horse, melatonin won’t help this gal cut some ZZzzzzs.

We’ll, there you have it ~ Important information about time change and travel.  I will do my best to make the transition as painless as possible.

My week 14 training was very much welcomed.  Time to start focusing on resting the body a bit and my long run was only 9 miles!  Hallelujah!  For the most part feeling ok.  I’m not at 100% on feeling great and there are some aches and pains.  Most runners will read that line and say “when are there not”, but it is possible to run with minimal pain.  There is going to have to be an in-depth after action review on this marathon and my training when it’s all said and done.  But like they say ~ the train has left the station, hop on board!

This weeks mileage came to 22.81.  I have 6386.71 miles gratefully remaining.  Happy Miles to You!!

There’s an Irish party in third class!!

Mileage Stats Recap 7 – 13 July

A disappointing running week.  Been feeling pretty good with the exception of some minor aches and pains.  The top of the right foot is still hurting a bit and had some lower left back pain that has been lingering for a month, so I decided to go get it checked out.

One thing is certain, I usually have one foot in the grave before I trudge to the doctor.  I know, it’s not always the smartest thing to do, but I do hate to go.  The doctor gave me an MRI and it looks like I have a kidney stone.  Enter you’re own horror story here____________:-/  What!  I also found out that I most likely developed this due to dehydration.  I’ve been doing a little checking up and yep, it’s a possibility.

Now that I’m going through this I tried to think back on my hydration habits and yes, I could and should do much better.  Feed the machine.  Oh well – this too shall pass(wink:)

Completed 14.2 miles this week

Total Miles = 546.36

Remaining = 10,768.64

Keep on running.

MS 50 Mile Challenge Walk Update….

Or lack there of….  I am undisciplined at times.  This appears to be the case with my walking “training” in preparation for the 50 Mile Challenge.  Every time I decide to walk, I end up jogging, running, skipping or whatever.  All I know it isn’t walking.  I am coming clean.  I am a USDA grade A walking failure.  No, that’s not me in the photo…and no, I don’t know why the gentleman on the left isn’t wearing shoes in the snow.

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There are only a couple of weeks left before I go on this adventure.  What do I plan to do to rectify this behavior you ask?  Nothing…nada…zero.  I’m going stone cold walking.  I figure this will be one of the many life lessons I will have to learn. 

There are many kinds of failure in this world. 

Like a really bad tattoo.  Something tells me this ended the “best friend status”.  No, that’s not me or my best friend.

tattoofailure

Ready or not I’ll be there with bells on.  Hopefully, I won’t end up like this poor lass…

Walking Dead

…she appears somewhat dehydrated.

Mileage Stats 12 – 18 May

Reeling from a busy week!  My daughter graduated from high school and attended her dance competition all weekend.  Miles ran this week = 21.29 bringing me up to 329.19.

Happy Monday ya’ll, and run on…

Mileage Stats 1 – 4 May

The first week of May didn’t start out as planned.  I had planned to walk at least 14 miles on Saturday training for the MS Challenge Walk.  Started off pretty good until I had to go to the bathroom.  I mean really!  I have this halfway mark in the hood where the bathroom is located.  Yes, you guessed it, today it’s locked!  I mean really!

There was a neighborhood garage sale going on and people were everywhere, so I imagine that’s why.  I began sizing up neighbors that would possibly let me utilize the facilities, but in the end I decide I needed to cut it short.  Sigh.  It was all for the best, the knee is telling me to take it easy and my foot is still healing from volleyball.  So the week totals 12.36.

Keep on keeping on….

Joint Juice

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When I have time I like to “juice”.  No not that type of juice, you know the vegetable, fruit kind.  When I stick with it, I will attest I do see the benefits.  I came across this joint juice recipe from Epicurious.com and thought I’d give it a try.  It’s very good, even with the spinach and parsley added.  If you want to give it a shot, here’s the recipe – enjoy and keep on running.

  • 5 ounces fresh pineapple (about 1 cup or 1/8 large pineapple), peeled, cored, cut into large chunks, and chilled
  • 4 ounces pear (about 1 cup or 1/2 medium pear), unpeeled, cut into large chunks and chilled
  • 2 cups (packed) spinach with stems (about 4 ounces), chilled
  • 1 (2-ounce) bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley with stems, chilled
  • 1/2 medium carrot, peeled and chilled
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (from 1/2 small grapefruit), chilled
  • electric juice extractor or heavy-duty juicer that can process stems, skin, and seeds