Mileage Recap ~ 30 June – 6 July

4th of July in the Midwest was absolutely beautiful.  I can only imagine that weather in heaven would be just as good.  I know the weather on the East coast wasn’t so great, but I hope everyone was able to put in some good mileage.

June mileage = 62.49.  Down a bit from last month.

Yoga continues to take up a great bit of my time on the weekend.  As I get closer to my certification I’ve been getting together with some of my work buddies and teaching them a few moves to get ready for my test in October.  It’s funny trying to teach that yoga “flow” is a lot harder than it looks.  I’m still having a great time and can’t wait to complete the training.

I was happy that I was able to start running again ~ not much, but little bits.  I’m slowly getting back into it while taking care of my bursitis in my right hip.  I also discovered some joint tea from Yogi, love the taste and thought I would get it a try.

My first run for July was 4.65 miles and pain-free.  I will continue to scrap at it.  Sunday was my long bike ride.  The husband and I rode on the metro bike trail for about 14.36 miles.  It is a combination of flat and some light hills.  It’s nice when you don’t feel like dealing with traffic for your entire ride.

Total mileage since last update = 21.21 miles.  Total mileage completed 1,390.23 and 9,924.77 outstandingly remaining.  Happy miles to you.

 

Mileage Recap ~ 15 – 28 June

June is almost over and I was able to pick up 27.33 miles these last couple of weeks.  Last week was pretty slow, but I was happy I could get in some very light running.  Knee felt good but the hip is still in  bit of pain.  The week was finished up with yoga certification training that runs Friday to Sunday ~ I’m halfway through!!

This week proved a bit better.  Rained a lot but was able to bag 22.82 miles.  The long ride was 17.82 on the Illinois/Missouri Metro link bike path.  It’s actually a nice smooth ride with plenty of hills for a challenge.  Ride was uneventful with one notable mention ~ the heavy marijuana smell as I passed the local community college on the path.  I surprised it didn’t knock me off the bike it was so strong.  🙂  9,945.98 miles remaining.  Happy miles to you.

 

Mileage Recap ~ 6 – 19 April ~ I’m A Stubborn Soul

Happy Easter to all of those who celebrate!  I hope everyone is doing well and finally beginning to get some nice Spring weather temps!  Today was a lovely day here.  It was…dare I say it ~ almost hot.  I think we’ve finally rounded the corner and the cold weather is in the rearview mirror.  Thank goodness.

Last week was my second yoga teacher training session.  It reminds me of weekend military training.  One weekend a month ~ lol.  It proved to be another tough weekend.  Friday night we had a four hour training with the head yoga teacher.  Not sure if I mentioned it before, but she’s got to be at least 20 years older than me.  She gave me a run for my money.  Slept well that night.

Saturday morning we have anatomy.  I love my yoga anatomy teacher.  You know how you just instantly connect with certain people?  That’s how I am with her.  She has the most pleasant voice.  I know that sounds crazy, but she just glides.  That’s the perfect word for it ~ glides.  She knows her stuff and she presents it well.  I find it very easy to retain and I carry that with me through the following week.  Just a pleasant person to be around.  The only issue I have is there really aren’t any breaks per se in her class.  If you have to go to the bathroom or throw down a sports bar you do it on your own time.  So, from 0800 to 1300 we’re busy.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I eat many small meals during the day ~ around 1000 I’m getting hungry.  Around 1100 I’m about to chew a hole in my mat…around 1200 I’m about to gnaw off my arm and close to 1300, well the gal next to me was looking like a hotdog from one of those old cartoons.  1300 comes around and finally we get released for lunch.  I decide to go to the Schnucks down the street.  It’s a really nice grocery store.  What’s the golden rule here…never go to a grocery store when hungry?  I saunter into the fruit section…nah keep walking.  Ooh fried chicken..keep walking…I find myself in the cookie isle.  Hmmm, Luna bars…okay that’s healthy.  Yes, coconut and chocolate…sure why not.  Oh and look there is a twelve pack of Nutter Butters!  Well…heck yeah!  I reach for the Nutter Butters and I’m like whoa back this train up.  I put the Nutter Butters back and just purchase the Luna bars.  I need to go to a restaurant.

Exiting the Shnucks I scan my sector.  Irish pub, Chinese, Bagels…okay I’ll try the bagel place.  I walk into the bagel place, wearing yoga pants, ahhh that’s acceptable right?  Immediately, I see the “lighter fare” menu and of course I order the broccoli and cheese soup and large ham and cheese bagel.  Mentally, I remind myself that I shouldn’t eat so heavy as our afternoon teacher just got back from training in India and will be showing us some new intense yoga moves.  I eat everything.  The soup was thick enough I could have filled holes in drywall ~ not to worry I was hungry.

Get back to the studio and I’m already wishing I didn’t eat all that food ~ yeah this might not be pretty.  I see the teacher and right away I know I’m in trouble.  We start the class and proceed to practice all standing positions.  Downward dog, triangle pose and cheese and broccoli soup.  Yeah, oh yeah.

Still experiencing some left knee niggles.  It’s unfortunate and most likely overuse.  Running and starting to bike along with yoga and crossfit might be putting a little stress on the ‘ol knee.  I’m in full protection mode right now.  I haven’t gone to get it checked out yet but it has my full attention.  I saw this quote a few days back ~ one of these inspirational things and it said, “Do you have the strength to stop” or something close.  The moral here, are you listening to your body.  I am listening, but I’m stubborn and determined.  So I’m being careful, but not stopping.  I was able to do a combination of elliptical, bike and run these past two weeks.  Total mileage was 29.5 with 10,125.16 miles happily and stubbornly remaining.  I’m a happy soul that even through the pain I can continue.  Here’s to happy, stubborn, determined souls ~ Happy miles to you!

Mileage Recap ~ 31 Mar – 5 Apr

It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring here in the Midwest.  Thank goodness. I have to laugh though because once the weather started to warm up a bit the rain came…along with tornado warnings and watches.  It seems we’ve gone from one extreme to the other.  Not to worry…I get out when I can.

Was able to get some short runs in this last week.  I was able to run outside except for Friday.  The wind was whipping and it was cold.  I just didn’t want to deal with it so inside I went.  Don’t you hate it when you’re ready to run outside, but you just don’t want to deal with the weather.

Not too many complaints on the pain side.  I am suffering from runner’s knee on the left and my right hip is giving me some trouble.  Hoping I can get those worked out and probably time to mix it up with a bike.  I just need to get one!

I was able to put in 15.78 miles for the week with two days dedicated to yoga and weights.  I’m excited because soon I will break into the 9,000 range!  It’s all mental right?  I hope everyone is having a great Sunday…10,154.66 miles waiting to be completed!  Happy miles to you.

Mileage Recap 16 ~ 29 Mar

Don’t you hate it when work gets in the way of your running?  Or in my case upsets the routine.  These last couple of weeks have been just blah!  Long and fast paced days don’t equate to long and fruitful runs.  The weather here doesn’t help it either.  I think I’m on strike with mother nature.  It’s almost April for heaven sakes!  Me thinks it might be time to look for a warmer climate:)

Crying Baby

I know…dial 1-800-Wha-aaa!

My goal for the week of the 16th was to do 5 5ks in the week.  Why?  Eh, why not?  Well that didn’t happen so I’m going to try again next week.  Let’s keep it interesting….

I’m really enjoying the incorporation of more strength training this year.  I’ve been focusing on cross fit exercises and the use of kettle bells.  Definitely starting to see some results and feel stronger which is a plus.  I like the change-up from lifting the normal weights or using the machines.  Makes for a more interesting work out.

There was a ray of light with these two mediocre weeks.  I have begun my yoga certification!  I have been so impressed with the results of yoga and running I decided to get my certification so I can help others learn.  I’m becoming certified through Yoga Source in St. Louis Which is accredited by Yoga Alliance.  Exciting and fun.  I went to my first training last weekend ~ it was an all weekend training with four hours on a Friday night and eight hours Saturday and eight on Sunday.  I will do this one weekend a month for the next ten months.  I consider myself fit.  Let me tell you this, if you think yoga is easy….uh no.  It was extremely challenging.  Can’t wait for the next class.  I look forward to talking more about yoga and sharing what I’ve learned.

Was able to complete 14.03 miles the past couple of weeks with 10,170.44 gratefully remaining.  Namaste!

Mileage Recap 17 ~ 22 Feb

Had a couple good breaks in the weather this week.  Wednesday was 55 degrees and sunny.  Unfortunately, looks like we we’re heading for more bad weather this coming week.  Where’s my February going?!!!!

I got in two outside runs this week and felt both of them.  I’ve been running on the treadmill too long!  My schedule is off too and I’m trying to get back on my normal running routine.  Wanted to throw in 6 for Sunday but dinner with friends the night before changed that plan.

On the upside I have decided to get my yoga certification.  Excited!

Mon ~  Rest

Tues ~ Cross Fit and Kettle Bells 1:15 of yoga

Wed ~ 4.64 miles (outside!)

Thurs/Fri ~ rest

Sat ~ 5.11 miles outside

Total miles for the week ~ 9.75 with 10,224.57 graciously remaining.  Happy miles to you.

Mileage Recap 9 ~ 16 Feb…As The Treadmill Turns

Unfortunately, this was a slow week.  Busy and the weather was crappy.  I was hoping to get outside this weekend ~ the weather was so bad we were released from work early on Friday and Saturday the roads had ice.  So, back to the treadmill I went.

This is what I woke up to

Icy conditions

Icy conditions

I made sure I got to the Y early so I could get a machine.  I couldn’t believe it, there was only one left!  I figured that I would run and bike.  One of my goals this year is to participate in a biathlon so I want to start pedaling a bit.

I finish my run on the treadmill and I walk over to where the disinfectant spray is to wipe down the machine.  Before I can get to the paper towels this guy jumps out and says “Are you all finished?”  He was a little intense…”Uh yeah, let me just wipe the machine down and it’s all yours”.  I wipe the machine down and turn around a there he is.  “So how much did you run?”  I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever been approached by someone in the gym asking me how much did I run….on the treadmill.  It must have been my mad treadmill skillz he was admiring.  You know, running, messing with my Ipod, drinking water and flipping through those stupid TV channels because you just can’t watch another episode of Saved By The Bell.  All the while I’m running…on the treadmill….awwwwwww yeah.

Now I’m looking at this guy, he’s in shape and maybe a good 10 years younger.  It was hard to tell.  I find myself saying ~ “yeah I did four…and now I’m going over to the bikes.  Yeah you heard me…I’m going to ride the bike”.  Then he says “yeah I ran 7, but I need to run a few more”.  Oooooookkkkk, and with that I’m heading to the bikes.

The take away folks ~ you just can’t truly appreciate the YMCA without a little treadmill drama.

Workout stats:

Sun ~ Rest

Mon ~ 4.5 running

Tues ~ Kettle Bells and 1:15 yoga

Wed ~ Nothing!

Thurs ~ Kettle Bells

Fri ~ Rest

Sat ~ 4 running

Sun ~ 4.10 running and 2 on the bike

Total for this week (yes I added two Sundays) is 14. 6 miles with 10,234.32 thankfully remaining.

Mileage Recap 2 ~8 Feb

This is making it very hard for me at the moment:

Snowy

I know, I know ~ everyone is thinking…uh so what?  Well, I have no problem running in the cold or the snow for that matter, but the conditions have been less than hospitable lately.  Ice and snow and let’s just say the streets aren’t always the best, so I’ve been keeping inside.  I can tell running on the black stuff (the treadmill) because of the white stuff is beginning to grate on my nerves.  I recently joined our local YMCA because the gym on base is going through “remodeling”.  Ah yes, military remodeling = painting and long closures.  This has left parts of the gym closed and thus selection of machines thin.  Plus, it’s the beginning of a new year; sooooo the gym is always crowed.

I started off my week with a run on Sunday which I usually hold for a rest day, but I thought hey it’s Super Bowl Sunday who’s going to the gym.  Well, there was a whole lot of “who’s” at the gym on Super Bowl Sunday.  Every machine is taken.  I mean EVERY machine.  Even the crappy one in the corner nobody wants to use because it’s in that deep, dark corner nobody wants to go near.  So, I started sauntering around.  You know, yes you do…slowly walking see if somebody is about to get off the machine and who is just (according to your standards) fooling around.  I was late getting to the gym, so I already have an attitude.  It’s snowing and did I mention ~ I already have an attitude.  I start walking around the indoor track eyeing the machines in the middle.  I realize there are “others” doing the same thing.  I realize this is quickly becoming a game of musical treadmills.  Oh yea, I’ve got an attitude.  I want a machine.

Then there’s the teaser.  You know the guy who starts using the machine, realizes he forgot “something” and hops off.  He makes eye contact with me, looks at me like I’m a vulture (I am), and says I’ll be back.  Humpf!  I keep walking.  I feel like a cheetah on the African Plain looking for the weak one in the herd…then it happens an elliptical opens up.  I immediately make a beeline and of course you have to do the gym politics ~ so in my best Southern voice I say ~ “you done with that?”  Don’t even worry about wipin’ it down sister, I’ll take it like it is.  I start on the elliptical, ready for phase two…acquire a treadmill.  Again, the dance begins.

Then there are the chatters.  You know the gal who’s talking on the phone taking selfies and talking about what she did last night.  Scanning my sector, wait there’s one, no…no false alarm.  Then one opens up.  Now, I’m not going to say I ran, but out of the corner of my eye I knew this treadmill was hot and in play.  I wog very quickly to the prize.  Don’t look at anybody.  If you do that your likely to back down if two people show up at the same time.  LOL.  Score and that’s how it’s done folks.  I’ll be glad when this weather backs off a bit.  The week was positive:

Sun ~ 5.60 Elliptical with 5 on the treadmill

Mon ~ rest

Tues ~ Kettle Bell and 1:15 yoga

Wed ~ 5.11 on the treadmill

Thurs ~ Kettle Bell workout

Fri ~ rest

Sat ~ 5.13 on the treadmill

Total for the week was 15.84 miles with 10,248.92 gratefully remaining.  May your week be full ~ Happy Miles to You!

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap 26 ~ 31 Jan

The year is starting off at more of a trot than a gallop, but that’s okay.  I made a big push towards the end of the year and I’m slowly getting the body back in full swing.  I have to say running on the treadmill these last few weeks have really lessened the impact and my knee and hip are feeling pretty good.  My yoga classes have helped exponentially, what did I ever do without them.  Runners, if you haven’t tried yoga yet, give it a shot.  It has helped recovery time immensely.

Feeling good and raring to go!  Nothing really to shout about this week or for the month.  Weather is making progress a little difficult.  I finished 44.25 miles for January with 10,264.76 anxiously awaiting.
Here’s to a great start of a new month.  Never.Give.Up.