Mileage Recap ~ 22 May – 14 June…All By Myself…

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you and your families well. Seems a bit like ground hog day. Teleworking, social distancing, and races/rides keep getting cancelled. Really not much more to say about that, just seems a bit weird. The local Reston Century has been cancelled for the year, plus all the group rides. This means, it’s just me, myself and I! Well, not exactly…I can ride with a couple of people or two. The weather has been great here and when that happens people want out. There is a wide array of people…. the constant mask wearers, the wear only as required and the hell nos. One thing for sure, most people seem to be done with quarantine.

I have continued on my mileage quest with a combination of walking/hiking, running and cycling. May has turned out to be the best month yet, finishing with 118.56 miles. I have ventured out in Virginia and Maryland visiting different parks and trails. Always a fun thing.

A few pics of my adventures the last couple of weeks:

The Rock and Roll Montreal still hasn’t been cancelled. We shall see where this goes…. If not I think I’m ready to just go virtual or pick out some destinations on my own for places I would like to go and run or cycle. Maybe that’s where the path was meant to lead this year. I kind of like the idea of just wandering….and going where I want. Nothing says it has to be so scripted.

My longest ride so far was 22.74.

Ride note…there is an extra 7 to add. Stopped and started the Garmin.

I have completed 7899.46 miles with 3415.54 miles gratefully remaining. Happy Miles to You!!

Seems like this song is appropriate today….

Mileage Recap ~ 30 Mar – 25 Apr…Continuing On

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you well and safe.

A short post since not too much has been happening.  It’s been a bit of ground hog day being quarantined and only going out for the basics and a quick run or walk.  Even though this year has been a bit slow I still continue to get in some miles.  You would think staying home would get the writing creative juices flowing, but it’s been difficult, but continuing on…

Still have my race scheduled for September in Montreal and hope it doesn’t get cancelled.  May will bring warmer temps and I hope to get out and ride.

I have been staying close to home but for this time period I have completed 72.69 miles with 3604.02 miles gratefully remaining.  Be well in your heart…Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 9 – 29 March….COVID-19 Edition!

I’m not going to ask how anyone is doing.  I think I have a pretty good idea since life changed drastically about three weeks ago.  I will say I hope everyone is well and healthy.  This whole outbreak has been troubling on different levels.  1)  The amount of people who have become sick and those that have succumbed to this virus; 2) Panic buying.  It is disconcerting to go into a store and see nothing on the shelves; and 3) people not taking the virus seriously.  Like many of you I am quarantined in my house.  I go out for the grocery run and to take a walk/run on a trail by my house all the while practicing social distancing.  I am also teleworking and trying to maintain a healthy/sane schedule during my day.  Trying to have some normalcy.  I am grateful that I have a job that has allowed me to telework.  I know many people are having a hard time.  Hearing the news that we now may have to stay home until the end of April.  Well, that’s just devastating to some people.  I hope they will be able to find some relief and our economy will jump back quickly.

The Rock and Roll Marathon DC was cancelled and they have allowed me to transfer my race to other areas for later in the year.  I have chosen to run my race in September 2020 in Montreal, Canada.  Never been, so I figured why not?!  Hopefully the pandemic will have subsided and life will return to normal by that time.

As you can surmise mileage isn’t banging this month, although I have doubled what I have done last month.  I was training for the half and then I wasn’t really.   Can’t wait to be able to hit those long rides.

Some pics from the trail by my house:

Snake in a tree trunk.

Path by my house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was able to get 42.64 miles in for the week.  Pretty good considering the circumstances.  I hope this finds you well and at peace.  We will all get through this together.  I have 3679.50 miles gratefully remaining.  Happy Miles to You!!

This song is more than appropriate:

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 2 – 8 March…Half Marathon Training Continues

Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday!  I believe Spring is finally here in DC, although it is possible that we could get another push of winter.  It has been a fair winter at best.  I’m ready for the warmer temps.

I’m still prepping for the Rock and Roll half marathon at the end of the month.  I’m gliding into this easy as to avoid injury and pain.  So far so good.  A few pains here and there, but for the most part I’m on track and feeling good.

I bought some new running shoes, not sure I mentioned that in a previous post, but I was able to take them out for a spin.

Nikes

I’ve mentioned before that I haven’t had a lot of luck with Nikes in the past, the toe box seems to be a little tight for my feet.  These seem to do the trick though, being light weight and enough space for my toes.  This doesn’t mean I won’t be losing any toe nails, that always seems to happen.

This week’s training consisted of walks and small runs with the training run on Saturday coming out to 6.01.

Not bad for “getting” back into it.  The morning was a bit overcast and around 49.  I always hate the inital part of getting out of the car and starting.  I get cold easy, but when running starts I get hot fast.  Layering is always a pain.  Slow but steady.  Finishing is the goal.

This was a full moon weekend, and I snapped this photo of the moon last night.  Not good mind you, the moon is hard to capture, but it was a beautiful moon hidden behind the clouds.  I love running at night and this just made it better.  The moon is magical just wish the picture came out the way I wanted.

This weeks tally came to 9.91 with 3722.14 miles gratefully remaining in my quest.  I hope this post finds you still and with peace of mind.  Happy Miles to You!!

Thinking of the moon…

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 20 Feb – 1 March…Keep Coming Back for More

Hello all and Happy Monday.  I can’t believe March is here already.  I mean for reals, how many times am I going to say that about a month?  Sometimes the days seem to go too fast.  I continue to train for my half-marathon at the end of this month.  The weather has been surprisingly good ~ sunny and cold.  Of course today the temp is 64, compared to in the 30s yesterday when I ran.  Of course it is.

I have been doing some steady training runs (about 4 miles) and wanted to push it to 5 or 6 this past weekend, but just wasn’t feeling it.  Meaning I was tired and huffing and puffing a bit.  Noted.  It happens, but the brain just wasn’t willing to overcome the body that day.

When it’s 29 degrees and you’re the only one feeling the run.

 

Morning shot of Potomac

The back is feeling good, it’s the left knee that is giving me some trouble.  It’s easy for me to skip the post run care like stretching and icing.  It’s a patience thing.  I finished February with 28.49… a big meh.  I have completed 7582.95 miles in my journey with 3732.05 gratefully remaining.

I have been trying to update my running playlist and found this gem….I do keep coming back for more (running that is).  I hope this post finds you happy and with much gratitude in your heart.  Happy Miles to You!!

2020 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

I don’t think we’re going to have a cold winter any more.  I keep holding out for the possibility of snow, but I think that ship has sailed for the DC area.  I’m not complaining, but it’s been difficult as far as miles go.  Wanting to get on the bike, but then no…. then deciding if I’m going to run or not….rainy vs. just kinda cold and yucky.  In my previous post I spoke about helping a sista out with a 5k.  I told her to pick one out and I would follow suit.  She decided to run a 5k in the Rock ‘n’ Roll series.  With enough prodding, I finally slugged on over to the site and signed up.  But behold!  There are half marathons and marathons to be had……

So just like that…my little fingers selected 5555kkkk…..no……haaaallllffff marathon….oh yes…can you feel it?  Yeah, my knees felt it last night on that training run.  Doesn’t everyone just want to slap down $115 to run 13 miles.  Hey, hey the t-shirt and the I love me medal too!  It’s all good.  Did I mention this is happening on 28 March?  I figure it will be good to just run now while the weather is still a little dicey for the bike.

Training is going as expected….the brain is in but the body is taking a bit of time to catch up.  Been doing some small training runs during the week and will lay down a long one this weekend.  Not really following a plan for this one I’ll admit.

Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 12 January…Bikes and Knees

Happy Sunday everyone!  Hey, hey two weeks in a row blogging!  Awww yeah, I’m on a roll.   One of the things I missed about living in Phoenix is the weather never was to cold to train outdoors.  At least it wasn’t unbearable.  So, training happened year round outside.  Unfortunately, NoVA doesn’t have that same weather pattern.  This weekend was a different story.  The temps were in the 60s and 70s, so I wiped off the bike and pumped up the tires and took badd kitty out for a spin.

It was a normal overcast day but the wind was off the charts.  The gusts were so strong I teetered every now and again.  The Potomac was choppy reminding me of the ocean.  That didn’t stop people from being out on the trail.  I road all the way out to National Harbor.

My average speed was 12.1 and I had some good sprints and peaks at about 18.2.  Which is good ~ lol.  It was a good ride and my bike performed as it should.  I do apologize to the guy I almost hit head on.  I was passing someone on a hill.  After I passed her I started to fiddle with my phone that was attached to my arm.  I wasn’t looking and the next thing I hear is this guy screaming.  Look up and I barely missed him.  Yeah.  :-O  Look I kept going and said I was sorry.  Truth be told, he would have gone into the woods off a very narrow trail.  Yeah…that would have cost me a few Hail Mary’s fo sho…but it didn’t happen.  I know I should pay attention to the road and not the phone.  But damn, I didn’t like the song that was on….  I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

Any hoo…. went out for a walk today which was hotter and more better!  Got on the trail early for a little walk.  I noticed right away the trail was wet and slippery.  There are a lot of trees so leaves on the ground add a greater risk.  There are a few turns that are pretty tight.  They scare me a bit when the trail is normal.

Right before a heavy curve.

I’m walking along, listening to music, heading uphill past the curve.  I’m not really sure what made me turn around because I didn’t hear anything!  I look and there is this poor guy and he totally wiped out on the curve.  I rush over and I can just see the the embarrassment in his face.  I reach down and unclip his foot out of the pedal, pick up the bike and start digging the mud out of his handle bars.  “Are you okay?”, I ask.  I look at his knees, no blood, just a bit of a bruise.  Sheepishly he said, yeah, I hope my bike is okay.  Oh damn.  I busted out laughing at this point and said, yeah you’re a true cyclist.  Little did he know he was speaking to the Queen of Crash.  He thanked me for stopping and soon he was back on his way.  I was glad I was able to assist a fellow cyclist.

It got me thinking about how we place material objects above our own body safety at times.  I will admit, every time I have fallen I have checked the damage on my bike FIRST, then checked the knees etc.  I imagine if it was a bad fall, that wouldn’t be the case.  The reaction could be a couple of things:  1) cost of the bike (nothing worse than seeing a scratch), 2) love for the bike, or 3) hey, I’m still breathing ~ “tis merely a flesh wound”!

Either way, I will be the adult in the room and say it should be the other way around.  Okay, enough adulting!

Stopped to take a morning photo on my walk:

Always so beautiful.

I had 1 run, 2 walks and 1 ride.

My mileage came to 34.14 with 3774.91 miles gratefully remaining.  Happy Miles to You!!  #thatPower  I’m alive…

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Motivation…Intentions Don’t Matter

Came across this today from Christian Mihai site: https://cristianmihai.net/

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.” – Maya Angelou

One of the unknown surprises of having my blog are readers  who reach out to me about my content I post.  Maybe it causes them to think about a certain subject differently and have a new perspective.  Learning to judge people by their actions was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn in life.  LOL  I was raised on the old adage your word is your bond sort of thing, but I have learned along the way that words are cheap and actions matter.  You can tell a lot from a person by what they do, not just what they say.  I have applied this principle and have become a lot quicker to let go of things and people because of it.  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 31 October…Boo Miles

Happy Sunday everyone!  This year is quickly coming to a close and I am closing in on all this mileage recap.  This post will cover the month of October.  I’m one of those people who find beauty in every month.  October is one of my favorite months because it is the beginning of change in the weather, harvest and festivities!  I love how the seasons change.  I love the crispness of the air, changing leaves and Fall smells.

I finished October with 44.67 miles.  It was a combination of walking, running and riding.  We have had a bit of raining weather, so riding has been at the minimum.  Looking forward to getting in some good miles.  I have 3921.07 miles gratefully remaining in my journey.  I hope this post finds you well!  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 3 – 9 Jun…I Fear

Hello and Happy Sunday.  You know what that means ~ another blog update!  So, lets all take a deep breath in and let out a collective sigh, that this is happening ya’ll.

Fear comes in many different forms depending on the situation involved.  That’s a really big news flash for you and it doesn’t take a Psychiatrist to charge you a $100.00/hr. to figure that one out.

The fear of a test, water, bugs, planes, crowds or dangerous events…the list is vast.

Merriam Webster defines fear as  “anxiety and usually loss of courage. fear of the unknown dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety.”

Ooh, the loss of courage.  That just sounds bad, but alas, tis true.  The loss of strength and courage to complete or face a task.  Damn…that sounds real bad.

Fear can have a positive effect such as fleeing a burning building.  But for many, fear causes anxiety and plays on our inability to understand unknown events.  Therefore, we fear unnecessarily before the outcome is really understood or known.

What yellow brick road am I taking you down this time you ask ~ hills of course.  You know those beautiful tree lined things in the forest or whatever rural area you’d like to wrap your head around tonight.

I fear hills.  Or better ~ I fear my inability to get up the hills.  Or better yet ~ I fear my inability to get up the hills and fall.  There…now we get to the crux of the situation.  The final outcome has three possibilities 1) I get up the hill, 2) I’m able to unclip in time and walk up the hill, 3) I am convinced I am Wonder Woman and therefore find out otherwise and fall on the hill.

This weeks training ride was to be around 40 miles.  I drove out to Prince William Park early Saturday morning, the weather was great and I was in the mood to ride.  I could tell in the first 10 miles this wasn’t going to be an easy ride.  I was a little winded and frankly a little tired this week.  Then it became mental and fear set in or should I say anxiety.  When I reached mile marker 7 I actually started feeling a sense of dread, because I knew what was coming at mile 8.  This was fear, I was already thinking in my mind that I wasn’t going to be able to climb three consecutive hills for two miles, much less do it three more times.  Even though I had done it the previous week.  I had no idea what the outcome would be, but I was already thinking the worst.  I was thinking about unclipping, I had the fear that I was going to fall.  Riders know the pain from that one.  If you’ve never clipped into pedals on a bike, it’s a sobering experience.  Everybody falls.  That is the mantra.  But….it’s scary.  Trying to unclip when the shit hits the fan…is well scary.  Must I say it again?  Yes…it’s tres mui.  And falling…hurts.  I have had anxiety of falling since, well, my last fall.

I pass the 8 mile marker and immediately I’m in a dark zone of anxiety.  I round this corner after descending feeling all soulful, then the bike Gods thunder ~ “God giveth…and he taketh away”!  Oh yeah, he took it away ~ that feeling of riding down a hill, green trees lining the street, wind in your face, creek on the side of the road and the beware of bears sign….yeah good times.  I round that corner and it hits you in the face.  It doesn’t even kiss you first.  It’s just like…let’s get to the good stuff.  This was the first one.  Let’s call it, baby.  I manage to make it up this one, heart pounding out of my chest.  My eyes look like that kid from the Little Rascals.   I’m even practicing getting out of my seat.  I make it up, but there is no smile on my face.  Then there is a teaser hill to follow.  No one likes a tease.  You descend a bit then there is a little climb…then Papa hill is right around the corner waiting for you.  Kind of like when you were a kid and acted up at school, you knew that Papa would be waiting at the door with the belt to give your ass another go when you got home for slapping another kid at school.  Southerners will know exactly what I’m taking about.  Well, lets just say ~ my ass got beaten in a major way.  Halfway up the hill I was done.  I wasn’t even going to try it, because I was so afraid of falling.  Even unclipping was hard (especially if you try to do it ascending) and I began to panic a bit.  I unclipped and did the walk of shame up the hill.  I was mentally done for the day.  I then made the plan to just ride back and forth and avoid the major hills.  Wasn’t even gonna try the Momma hill.  No.

The only way to get around this can be with more practice and mental clarity.  I love the mental challenge that cycling gives me, but as you can see I have a long way to go.  Challenge accepted 🙂  It’s just one of those things I’m going to have to get past.  Focusing and being present would have helped too.  My mind was too busy concentrating on something that didn’t even happen or may not have happened.  The fall.  This can happen in every day life.  Wasting so much energy on the unknown.  Courage in all ways….

Ok, squirrel moment ~ what happened to the spell check on WordPress, anyone know?

Back…I have continued to gain miles for 9 straight days.  I had 60.20 miles for the week with my long ride coming to 22.87.  I have 4662.78 miles waiting for me to grow a backbone.  A few pics from the week:

Because sweaty selfies are so good….

You didn’t think I wouldn’t post trees?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s song is by the Toadies.  Awesome and describes this week perfectly….

“When I’am away….come on in, yeah”