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.

 

Mileage Recap ~ 12 Jan – 18 Jan

The temperature has been everywhere this week ~ teens to the 50s.  Unfortunately, today is my rest day and I won’t be take advantage of today’s warmer weather and sunshine.  Needless to say the week started off with some pain but ended with my hip and knee feeling pretty good.  It’s great to get back to my normal routine of yoga and the purchase of some new running shoes didn’t hurt.  I wonder if buying new running shoes has some sort of placebo effect?  Your body starts hurting ~ go buy shoes and hey…I feel better already!

If you’ve been following the news in the running community many of you are aware that many runners dedicated their runs on 18 January to Meg Menzies ~  Facebook page here:  Meg’s Miles Supporters.  When I checked last, the page is reporting that 94,000 people took part and over a million miles were logged.  I didn’t know Meg.  I’m very sorry that she lost her life so young to a driver under the influence.  Her children are without a mother.  I understand the pain clearly of losing a mother so young.  Although life moves us forward, the memory of loss will always remain.  I used to think that was a bad thing ~ but in reality it’s not.  Memory of loss, even when it’s difficult, makes us into who we are and no matter how painful it is at it’s rawest moment ~ we learn to use that pain in triumph.  I don’t just believe it ~ I know it because I’m living proof.

Mileage Recap this week:

Sun ~ 4.79 elliptical and tread

Mon ~ rest

Tues ~ yoga – hip stretching

Wed ~ 5.02 tread run

Thur ~ rest

Fri ~ rest

Sat ~ 5.27 ran outside

This week saw 15.08 miles with 10,288.48 miles happily remaining.  Get rid of the small stuff and make room for what matters.  Here’s to a great week.