Mileage Recap ~ 27 Apr – 11 May and Happy Mother’s Day Thoughts

I wish running would be easier when you’re traveling ~ but sometimes that’s just not the case.  Spent some time down in Phoenix, AZ picking up my kid from her first year at ASU last week and found myself relegated to the Courtyard Marriott treadmill.  So let me just tell you my treadmill runs were so fantastic!  NOT!

Crying Baby

 

 

 

 

 

When I first visited Phoenix I didn’t really care for the place.  No trees, dirt and 117 degrees in August.  The heat doesn’t really bother me, but I love green and there isn’t much green.  This time around I saw Phoenix with new eyes.  I really enjoyed it and let’s face it after this year’s winter I’m liking it even more.  I liked it so much…well I’ll just leave that for another post:)

I’ve finally signed up for my first race this year, the Glow Run in St. Louis.  It will be my first 5k in June.  I will run this with a friend of mine from work which I’m sure will be a good time.  Running at night with glow stuff on you, haven’t done that one yet so I’m looking forward the race.  I haven’t signed up for many runs because frankly I just haven’t had as much time as I thought this year and I’ve been trying to nurse some pains as well ~ add yoga certification and I’m a little busy.  I do like to try different types of runs as well.  I’ll do a run once then I’m looking for something else or a different type of run to participate.  I’ve been reading from a lot of other bloggers about the race season ending ~ I guess I don’t look at it that way.  There seems to be plenty of races out there all year-long so I guess that’s good for me.

What I’m really excited about is I finally bought a bike!  I chose The Cyclery in Shiloh, IL and had a great buying experience.  Now I have to tell you when I was younger I did a lot of biking, but haven’t been on one for a long time.  If you are an avid biker you know that some of these bikes are into the $1,000s of dollars.  I didn’t need a bike that expensive but I did want a solid bike that I could really lay down some miles.  It’s always nice when the sales person listens to what you want and need then takes you to the bike that’s best for you.  The salesman selected a Trek women’s road bike.  Not top of the line but perfect for a beginner.  When he brought the bike to me I couldn’t believe how light it was.  Right away I’m noticing some differences, the gear shifting is easier, there are straps for my feet and then…I’m looking at the bike and I finally ask…where’s the kickstand?  Yes, I actually asked that question.  He was so polite and said Ma’am there isn’t a kickstand on this type of bike.  Ooohhh….ok.  Nice!

Anyway, I finally got to try it out today and put in an easy 10 miles.

My Bike

Of course the helmet matches the bike – lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really think I’m going to like this ~ no doubt it will make me TRI harder!

This blog is almost a 1-1/2 old and is dedicated to my Mother who passed away too young.  One mile for every year of life puts my own life into perspective.  So many miles ahead to go, but each one a dedication and affirmation that life is precious and beautiful.  Now I’m a Mother and have been blessed to experience many wonderful moments with my daughter.  I will not waste one mile of this gift that has been given to me.  My mileage count for April totaled 68.17 and 19.50 so far for May.  Mileage check for the year is 229.35 with 10,079.66 gratefully remaining.  Life is Good.

 

Mileage Recap ~ 12 Jan – 18 Jan

The temperature has been everywhere this week ~ teens to the 50s.  Unfortunately, today is my rest day and I won’t be take advantage of today’s warmer weather and sunshine.  Needless to say the week started off with some pain but ended with my hip and knee feeling pretty good.  It’s great to get back to my normal routine of yoga and the purchase of some new running shoes didn’t hurt.  I wonder if buying new running shoes has some sort of placebo effect?  Your body starts hurting ~ go buy shoes and hey…I feel better already!

If you’ve been following the news in the running community many of you are aware that many runners dedicated their runs on 18 January to Meg Menzies ~  Facebook page here:  Meg’s Miles Supporters.  When I checked last, the page is reporting that 94,000 people took part and over a million miles were logged.  I didn’t know Meg.  I’m very sorry that she lost her life so young to a driver under the influence.  Her children are without a mother.  I understand the pain clearly of losing a mother so young.  Although life moves us forward, the memory of loss will always remain.  I used to think that was a bad thing ~ but in reality it’s not.  Memory of loss, even when it’s difficult, makes us into who we are and no matter how painful it is at it’s rawest moment ~ we learn to use that pain in triumph.  I don’t just believe it ~ I know it because I’m living proof.

Mileage Recap this week:

Sun ~ 4.79 elliptical and tread

Mon ~ rest

Tues ~ yoga – hip stretching

Wed ~ 5.02 tread run

Thur ~ rest

Fri ~ rest

Sat ~ 5.27 ran outside

This week saw 15.08 miles with 10,288.48 miles happily remaining.  Get rid of the small stuff and make room for what matters.  Here’s to a great week.

Meg’s Miles Supporters

You might have heard that some in the running community will be dedicating today’s runs in honor of Meg Menzies who was killed by a driver under the influence on 13 January 2014 while out on her morning run.  You can find the Facebook group link below if you would like to participate.

Megs Miles

Meg’s Miles Supporters

Setting out this morning in support ~ details later.

 

Passion Post # 5 ~ Distance is Just A Number

I love being 46 years old.  Yeah you heard me.  I love being 46.  I have no desire to be a teenager or a twenty something.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked being a teen, and enjoyed my 20s and 30s, but now I’m in my 40s ~ and I love it.  I’m comfortable in my 46 year old skin.  When I look in the mirror and see the lines that are beginning to form I see battles won and a few I lost.  I see love, happiness and adventures still to be experienced ~ hard work, joy and pain.  Every line that is forming and every line that will be has been/will be earned.  Some are joyous lines others lines of pain.  They’re my lines.

I came across this link someone posted on Facebook directed at how the media portrays women’s bodies, mostly famous artistic women, i.e. models, singers etc.  The woman narrating the piece is specifically zoning in on digitally changing images that make women appear slimmer, have bigger busts and of course flawless skin.  Sending the misconception of how these women look in real life and what is considered beauty.  Hips too wide no problem digital enhancing will fix the problem.  I have no doubt this happens with male images as well.  So you’re asking yourself what does this have to do with running?  A lot actually.  I bet you would be hard pressed not to find in the top ten of “Why I run” posts/articles the reason people started to run is to slim down ~ and that is a great reason There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best you can be physically and if running gets you there great!  A runners physique is slim and muscular.  I wanted to tie this into running because I’ve had quite a few people discuss with me (mostly females) how difficult it is to be “everything”, be fit and on top of it look great and emulate all of those images you see.

You can access the link below ~ it’s a little long but you’ll get the gist after a couple of minutes.

5 Minutes Of What The Media Actually Does To Women

When I started running I was a good 40 to 45 lbs. over my normal weight.  People tell me today when they look at pictures from a couple of years ago they can’t believe it’s the same person.   I am a petite woman.  I have always been that way.  Like all normal women I was raising a very busy child and working which didn’t leave a lot of time for working out, much less running in those early years, so I gained weight.  One day I was putting on a pair of pants and they were so tight they were high waters!  Come on laugh ~ quite a few of you know what I’m talking about:)  So I finally just got fed up.  I just wanted to be able to feel good and fit in my clothes without the fear of taking out someone’s eye if a button popped loose.  So, I started eating better and planned time   to exercise.  I started to run and it stuck.  Running changes your body and running a lot really changes your body.  I’m back to how I used to be ~ plank meet world.  I’m here to tell you I’m so okay with it ~ matter of fact I’m Amen and pass the pork chops okay.  Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care.  I eat a lot and sometimes not well, but I burn a lot of calories.  I burnt 2500 cals just running the St. Louis marathon.   You get the picture.  I have more time to myself now that the kid is older and in college ~ you’ll get there too.  Let’s face it, training for a half or full marathon takes time.  Time away from family and all those necessary’s you have to do.  Don’t beat yourself up about it if you can only spare a certain amount of time each week.  It is what it is and you do the best you can.

Queue in wavy lines and “take me way back music“.  I can remember, very specifically I might add, being at a pool and jumping off the diving board and a kid I really liked yelled out “you’re flat”!  Well I was 10 and Einstein he wasn’t, but that stuck with me for a long time.  I even thought about enhancement from time to time.  But I am comfortable with my shall we just call it the female “runners” chest.  Let me be the first to say, I don’t think there is anything wrong with “fixing” anything on your body.  If you want to do it and it makes you feel better all I’m saying is keep it in perspective.  Don’t do it because you think that’s what you have to do to be beautiful to others or you perceive that’s what is considered beautiful ~ you do it for you.  Heck, who knows, I might want to get rid of some of the crazy a few years from now.

Let’s fast forward a few years ~ Circa 1995.  I’m in the Army and in the hospital fixing to be induced to receive for our little bundle of joy.  I’m sitting there and I tell my husband to go get a magazine while I’m waiting for the blessed event to start rolling.  Lo and behold he comes back with…wait for it…Cosmo.  Now I don’t know about you, but I quit reading Cosmo back in my early 20s.  I had packed up and moved on from that crazy train long ago.  I said, “you have to be kidding”!  To which he replies, “well it was that or Newsweek”.  I just stared blankly ~ really….really?  So I had to take what I could get and I started reading Cosmo.  In walks the “female doctor”, two “female nurses” and one really young Sargent (that was a little creepy) and they all started laughing when they saw the magazine.  The older nurse blurted out “hey look she’s reading Cosmo!  We stopped reading that year’s ago”!  Guffaw guffaw…snicker snicker.  Then she says, “it’s just kind of funny ~ here you are giving birth and you’re reading Cosmo”!  Ha, ha yes the joke is on me.  Nothing better than having a pregnant body reading Cosmo magazine.

The moral here ~ no one is perfect ~ physically.  Make a reasonable training plan and stick to it the best you can.  Look in the mirror and focus on that image ~ not what the world is telling you that image should be.  Realize that good results sometimes take a little time to achieve.  Let your true passionate self radiate your true beauty.

11 – 17 August Mileage Stats

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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.