Mileage Recap 15 – 31 Dec ~ Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful time ringing in 2015 and time to reflect upon the previous year.  2014 for me was a good year.  It was a year of challenges and changes.  My mileage goals for 2014 fell short.  I just had too much going on this year to fully complete the original goal of 1500 miles.  I also struggled with bursitis in my right hip.  This sent and continues to send me to physical therapy.  All of this sounds negative, but sometimes we hit some potholes and we pick ourselves up fix it the best we can and keep moving.  This by no means is going to stop my end goal.  It may slow me down, but stop…uh no.

My triumph this year was obtaining my yoga certification.  Yoga has helped me keep the flexibility I need to continue on my mileage path.  It took a lot of my time with the training and extra classes on weekends.  The training just didn’t leave a lot of time for too much else on the weekend.  I’m glad I did it and no doubt yoga will be a major part of me for the rest of my life. 

I added 24.71 to December for a total of 68.29 miles for the month.  It was a combination of indoor cycling, walking and running.  This brings me to a yearly total of 774.26 for 2014.  It wasn’t my goal of 1500 but it’s a “step” in the right direction.  I am grateful that I have the ability to keep moving forward in this wonderful gift we call life.  Mobility is a great gift.  I have finished 1,780.25 miles since I began this journey with 9,534.75 miles waiting to be earned.

I was able to pick up some miles in Arizona over the holidays.  It was lovely to see family and the weather was ~ COLD!  That’s right it got down to the 30s in Phoenix.  At least the sun was shining…at times.  Happy Miles to You!!


Beautiful sunset from the top


My daughter


Love this shot of the valley




My mileage has been a little light for October, but for a good cause.  Eight months ago I began a 200 hour yoga certification course and I’m happy to say it’s complete.  I began yoga almost two years ago to help with my running hoping to see a reduction in injury and pain.  I liked it so much I decided I would like to share this knowledge with others.  Although it has really crept into my mileage count this year it was worth every minute.  A special thank you goes out to my teacher Chris Yonker, the owner of Yoga Source in St. Louis.  She is quite the teacher and an excellent role model.  Second, to all the students I formed relationships with during this eight months, I will never forget those sweet smiles every month and our fun lunches.  And finally to my lovely co-workers who let me “practice” on them all summer long, you truly are the best.  So here is the proof ~ Namaste!


Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 7 September

The beginning of this week was hot.  Here it is September and finally the August temperatures have hit. Luckily it didn’t last for long and this morning was about 58 degrees, perfect for a nice ride.  It’s always fun to get back into work when you’ve been gone a week….riiiggght.  Started the week off a little slower with a walk and then some circuit training. Completed three hours of yoga on Saturday (part of my certification requirement).  Since I’ve been out of the net, my yoga teacher put the hurting on me with power vinyasa.  My shoulders are in major pain today.

This morning was the perfect morning for the long ride, 59 degrees.  I love when you first get out this time of year and the air is a little crisp.  It’s good for people like me who seem to overheat quickly.

I’ve been hovering around 18 – 20 miles for cycling so I wanted to try to get a few more miles in today.  The ride started with a quick loop around the neighborhood than off to the bike path that’s close to my house.  The bike path has served a comfortable option for me as there is no traffic and it’s a fairly decent ride ~ not all flat.  I realize as I increase mileage I will have to get off the beaten path so-to-speak.

As expected there were a lot of people out this morning ~ riders, walkers and runners.  When I finally hit the trail I was already 5 miles into the ride and I passed this one woman who caught my eye because she was moving so slow.  In the Army we used to call it the airborne shuffle.  Just shuffling along.  Even though she was going slow she had this determination about her.  I could feel it as I passed.

I continued on my ride at what I think was a fairly good pace.  At my turning point I took a Gu gel, I just felt like my body needed it.  I’ve been playing with fire a bit as I don’t have a repair kit on my bike yet:(  That’s my own fault and I hope I don’t learn the hard way.  I will say this morning I rode over something that made a loud pop.  So loud, I actually stopped to look at my back tire.  Thank goodness, nothing but not only do I need to get a kit but I need to learn how to repair the tire.  I know:-/

Started back and I passed the same woman still shuffling.  Awesome!  I love that kind of determination.  I made sure I gave her a big smile and pass some positivity her way.  It’s important to remember to appreciate the journey on the way to the finish line ~ no matter the speed.  My long ride ended up 22.47 miles and looked like this:


Inserting the screenshot because for some reason I can’t get the Garmin link to work.

Completed 26.95 miles for the week with 9,743.90 gracefully remaining.  Happy miles to you.

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.