Mileage Recap 12 ~ 21 Dec

My weekly mileage  recap is off, so I’m trying to get back on track. Holidays have me hopping. The weather here has been erratic. It has gone from the teens to 64 in a matter of two weeks with snow and rain on the days I wanted to get in some long runs. I’m not one to shy away from rain or cold, but sometimes the weather is just too bad and it’s not safe. So indoors I had to go. Last Saturday was too snowy and this Saturday it was raining hard holding at a steady 33 ~ 34 degrees. To make matters worse the normal gym I go to is renovating. I showed up yesterday only to find every machine taken. I decide to go across the base to the other gym ~ closed at 1300! Ugh. My daughter and I really wanted to run so we both got the bright idea to buy a day at the Y. Yep, the best $20 spent that day. Felt better and I was able to put in five. Nothing like a little holiday rolling.  Total miles for the week 11.32.

Sat (Dec 14) ~ 5 miles on the tread
Sun ~ Rest
Mon ~ 3 miles elliptical
Tues ~ KB/CrossFit
Wed ~ 3.35 miles running
Thurs ~ KB/CrossFit
Fri ~ Rest
Sat ~ 4.97 Miles on the Y tread

Total miles completed so far 983.55 with only 16.45 miles remaining for the 2013 1,000 end of year goal. 10,331.45 grateful miles remaining overall.

Here’s to happy runs.

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.

Passion Post ~ #4 Time Waits for No One

I have been going to the same lady for my alterations for at least 3 years.  She is from Korea and is around the same age as me. Think of all the people you come in contact with for small errands on a continual basis.  How many of them do we really get to know on a more personal level? Do you even know their names?  Do you take the time or do you think it’s important to wonder?  I think we all fall into the “I’m in a hurry and I really don’t want to know the specifics” trap.

When she opened her store I was grateful.  I was tired of going to my present alterations place because they had made a series of costly mistakes.  This place was close to my daughter’s school and wasn’t as busy so I thought I would give it a try.  I was glad I did!  Every time I walk in she greets me with a big smile.  She is a beautiful woman.  Petite, bobbed black hair and high cheek bones.  But she isn’t small.  Her personality and her self-confidence make her a giant.  If there weren’t other customers in the store we would chat.  In these past three years, I’ve learned about her family and the different jobs she’s held.  With every adventure there is a gleam in her eye.  It’s very uplifting.

I’m at the point in my life and career that I’m starting to think about other things I might want to do besides what I’m doing.  Career change or a possible move somewhere else.  Who knows.  So as she was fitting me I just asked her, were you scared when you started your business?  Without hesitation she said no, I’m never scared.  I was taken aback by her quick response.  Then she continued with the biggest smile; I have a heart condition (that she shared with two other siblings) there is always a chance I might not be here tomorrow.  If I want to do it, I do it.  Her brother died at 26 and her sister at 42.  She said again, I don’t wait, I pray about it and leave it in God’s hands. I remember her telling me about the heart condition.  This is what happens when you get to know people, you learn little things about them.  I began to think how easy it is to put your dreams, or those little adventures, aside always making excuses or just saying maybe I’ll get to it tomorrow.  Even when we are physically fit we sometimes make excuses of why we can’t or won’t.  She was a good reminder of that today.  Then she said, “you’re going to think I’m crazy“.  I laughed and said you have to be kidding me:)  She keeps a bucket list, of all the “adventures” she wants to try.  I absolutely love it when people describe their actions as adventures.  It shows hunger and passion.

Here’s to passion every step of-the-way.  Happy miles to you.

Because I Can

I’m starting this new page to follow Mary Mosso who on 2 Oct 2013 embarked on a 14 month journey to walk across America.  How neat is that?  I often thought that on my journey I would like to take some of my miles across America as well.  I’m excited to follow her adventures and progress.  Her FaceBook page can be found here:

Because I can

I look forward to writing about her extraordinary journey.

Old Age Better Than I Ever Expected

I’m no youngster, but I don’t consider myself old either. I liked this article because I’ve been wanting to expand on age (specifically mine) and running. I hope you enjoy – reblogged from Any Shiny Thing.

Any Shiny Thing

I never expected to feel as alive and vibrant and spirited and vital as I do at this time of my life.

These are the words with which my friend, elder blogger Ronni Bennett of Time Goes By, began a recent post. It seemed so powerful I asked if I could reproduce it for Any Shiny Thing. The following words are Ronni’s. Enjoy.

“There is little if anything in our culture that would lead me to believe I would feel this good about being an old woman. The media relate to old age almost entirely via health, poor health – and mostly about dementia.

“There are more news and feature stories about Alzheimer’s, for which no prevention or treatment exists, than reports on all other elder health issues combined.

“The New York Times publishes what is now a long-standing, daily blog about and for elders titled The New Old…

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Wrapping Up The No iPod Challenge, 25 – 31 August Mileage Recap and Week 1 Marathon Training Oh My!

no ipod

Well I did it y’all!  I have successfully ran/walked/crawled an entire month without the use of my iPod!

Barbie pose!  No…I don’t look like that:-/

Barbie pose

Runs #’s 9 – 11 were fairly uneventful.  I was getting a little worried because I wasn’t seeing as many beer cans or bottles on the side of the road, so I wasn’t sure to take this as a sign of the impending zombie apocalypse.  But DON’T WORRY friends. Run #12 on Saturday proved that the zombie apocalypse is a long way off.  I know what you’re thinking – yes they were light beer cans.  But wait, there’s more!  Someone apparently was trying to step it up a notch.  Bringing just a bit of class to the empty discarded side-of-the-road beer can repertoire.  That’s right…I saw…drumroll please…three bottles of Shock Top.  So here, here!  That’s stepping it up ol chum.  Humanity is saved!

I will admit running without music was very freeing and wasn’t as bad as it sounds.  I did it for two reasons.  One, I felt a little sloppy and I wanted to pay attention to my body and running form for improvement.  Sometimes when we listen to music while running we don’t concentrate on stride or breathing and become sloppy.  The most important thing I took away was that I’m heavy on my feet.  Meaning I tend to pound a bit.  I don’t hear the pounding when I’m jamming, but I would feel it afterwards.  I made a point to be lighter on my feet and that’s good.

Secondly, I just wanted to see if I could do it :).  Woot woot!

Shut You Down

Shut you down iPod!

My first week of Marathon training totaled 15.09.  10,608.91 miles happily remaining.

Total miles for August = 64.44.

Total miles for 2013 = 634.56

Total miles completed – 705.63

Training Recap:

Monday – 3.01

Tuesday – 1:15 Yoga

Wednesday – 3.05

Thursday – 4.00 with 45 minutes of kettle bells

Saturday – 5.03

Run hard, run happy.