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 ~ 26 Apr – 21 May

Happy Friday! It’s Friday right? Hard to tell the days apart sometimes with my new quarantine life. I hope this finds everyone well. I see WordPress has changed its lay out. I don’t mind change, but damn…something new to get used to and learn. So not sure how this is going to turn out once I post. Something tells me that there is going to be a learning curve here.

Although quarantine is still happening, I continue to get some miles in and begin training for my upcoming half marathon in Montreal (so far still happening) and cycling season.

My standouts for this time spread was a great 16 and some change hike on the Mt. Vernon trail. Had a couple of good weather days and was able to get out for hike, small picnic then hiked back. The only problem…no facilities open. Let’s just say the woods were being utilized. The police were out ensuring everyone was social distancing. Everyone has been in for so long that once the sun is out there is a mass exodus. I have to say I was nice seeing people out. A lot of people were doing normal indoor activities outside. It’s funny how it takes something like this to make you appreciate nature and the outside.

This was the path up one way.

I was able to get 71.81 miles with 3532.84 miles gratefully remaining. I hope this finds you well and in a great state of mind. This too shall pass…. Happy Miles to You!!

Day 10 of Gratitude…I Am A Woman Veteran

I can remember the first taste I had of the Army.  My roommates Laura and Carol had invited me on a weekend survival trip with the USCA Army ROTC at Fort Gordon, GA.  It was a good diversion from the weekend studying I had planned.

The weekend was full of road marches, survival tips and my favorite land navigation (not!).  The rest as they say, is history.  I was hooked.  So much so, the following week I enrolled in Army ROTC and two years later I was commissioned as an Officer in the US Army.  I served in Somalia, Panama and South Korea.  I have seen the best and the worst humanity has to offer, but I wouldn’t change that experience one bit.  I have extreme gratitude to have served our great country as a female solider.  It is so great to see how far women have come in all of the forces.  We make the circle whole.

Tom morrow I will be participating in my first run in the DC area ~ the Veteran’s Day 10k & 2 mile walk.  The proceeds will go to the local chapter of Team Red, White and Blue.  I picked up my packet today:

The shirt is super sweet because it has long sleeves.  I’m almost tempted to wear it tomorrow, but alas that is a running faux pas.  It’s going to be cold tomorrow, so I purchased some Brooks™ running gloves.  We’ll see how warm they keep me.     Happy Miles to You!!