Oh My…Chicago

First let me say ‘Thank You!’ to everyone that has reached out to me in the last few weeks.  You don’t know how much your comments, texts, and messages have meant…I truly feel loved.

NOW, let’s get on with that trip to the Windy City!!

We flew in on Thursday and did a few touristy things before all the runners came to town.

We snapped a welcome picture, visited Willis Tower, and had dinner at Pizzeria Uno!!  Not bad for out first day in Chicago.

On Friday…

We let the boys sleep while we headed to the Expo Friday morning and can I just say…it was crazy!!  We picked up our packets and walked the floor, but the best part was meeting up with fellow runners that we only knew from social media.


We met up with Karin (runner girl_1210) and shuttled to the expo where we were greeted with hugs from Roxanne (canyonrico) and her husband Tony (not pictured) we made our way to the KT Tape exhibit and while waiting for Roxanne to get taped we ran into Carly (scnoogle).  Let me just say…there were A LOT of people!!

Adding to the mix, Mandie and Lacy we met in Baton Rouge 2 yrs ago at the Louisiana Marathon…small world!!  You may recognize the Afanador’s, Eddie (runningrican65), Myrna (fitnessjunkie66) and Eddie Jason (eddie1452),  from our Nashville adventures the past 2 yrs and FINALLY…Jen (asthma_tatted_runner__jen)!!  But we’re not done yet!!

We were able to meet our Nephew Auggie (justrunchicago)!!

Once we were satisfied that we had seen all there was to see at the expo we went to grab the boys and some lunch.


I wish I could show you the Italian Beef sandwich, but it just kind of disappeared!!  And the Chicago Dog that the boys had…gone just as fast!!  I must say that those Chicago must eats were something to write about!!

We met up with with a few runners for dinner at Weber Grill and some how I have not proof of that happening on my phone.  I’m pretty sure it was due to the conversations.

The walk to the hotel was filled with all the lights and sounds of the city, I don’t think I have ever been somewhere that people constantly honk their horns, but then again I’m not from a big city.


And then it was Saturday… 

I get to walk the International Chicago 5k!! We were up and ready to meet Karin, I must say she was a trooper to hang with up (Ricky G) this weekend, I don’t think she knew what she was in for??!!  Here come all the 5k pictures!!

Upper Left to Lower Right:  Of course it’s dark walking to the start, but you can see we are twinning with our socks!!  We had to get a shot of the theatre, who wouldn’t.  Pretty sure we were on the lakefront, but I was too busy enjoying my walk!!  And bamagirlruns picked me out of 6k people to ask how I was and give me a hug, she had good eyes!!  And yes, it’s ALL ABOUT ME coming into the finish, hands in the air!! And a thumbs up finish for these two hanging with me for that 46ish minute walk.  Let me tell you, walking is no joke, my hips and shins were yelling at me after this.  I guess running is easier…

Now for the party!!  There was a We Run Social meet up after the 5k and can you say the who’s who on IG.  I don’t think I met anyone new because I was overwhelmed with the people I already knew.  And we were part of the Procompression sock circle.

That afternoon we took the Architecture Boat Tour of the city and learned a lot about the city, not that I remember too much, but that guy talked for 70 minutes!!

We had dinner at Petterino’s with several friends and met a few new friends from another table.  I had the 100 Layer Lasagna even though I didn’t need all the carbs!!

And on to RACE DAY…

We chased Karin and Rick around Chicago!!  Thanks to Karin’s husband Donny, he mapped out four places for us to be able to meet up with them on course.  The boys were excited to ride the train and I think watching 44k runners tackle 26.2 miles was just as exciting.

We took the Red Line to mile 4, walked a block to mile 11, took the Blue Line to mile 17, walked almost a mile to mile 20 and took the train back to the the finish area.

Chicago Marathon Finisher!!

Now let’s see all the Fat Head Photos…he carried that Fat Head the entire 26.2 miles!!

If that’s not love I don’t know what is!!!

Sunday night we ate around the corner from our hotel at Pizzano’s, yes…Pizza again!!

And then we played tourist on Monday…

We slept in a little on Monday, just a little.  we ran into Beth (sunflowerrun16) and Fritz at Starbucks, ate breakfast with the Afanador’s and woke the boys for Navy Pier, the Planetarium and Buckingham Fountain.

But don’t you fear, I will leave you with our last meal in Chicago…Shake Shack!!


And the best Banana Pudding…Magnolia Bakery.


I would apologize for all the food pictures, but being that I am on a liquid diet for our return trip home on Tuesday…nah, you needed to see all the food!!

I am scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, 11 October and will follow up with all of you after my post-op on Wednesday, 18 October.

Let me know…

If you have to take time off from exercise, what is it that you do??  

Cat wrote a blog about podcasts and I’m going to give that a shot with all my down time.


Week 15 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Spoiler Alert!!!  I will not be running the Chicago Marathon…read on if you want to know.

Monday – 3 miles  3.20 miles



Imagine my surprise when I checked the plan and it read 3 MILES!!!





Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

After the events of the end of the week, I don’t even remember what happened on Tuesday!!

Wednesday – 5 miles   5.28 miles



I actually hit the road a little later this morning since my miles have been dialed back.  This run felt easy and I had no issues what so ever… little did I know this would be my LAST RUN for a few months.




Thursday – 3 miles   Surgery Scheduled

I’ll try to keep this short and condensed… I have been trying to get a doctor’s appointment since August, I have basically been on my period since August 9th, at least I thought it was my period.  I have Tricare Prime insurance and due to where I live I am to be seen on the Air Force Base.  After multiple attempts and being that there was either no provider or no appointments available and they would not refer me downtown, I finally got an appointment on September 22 after I said I was bleeding to death (basically)!!

I had a 515p appointment, but after the doctor read the appointment notes I was called to come in to be worked in between patients because the lab and radiology would be closed at the time of the appointment.  Finally, someone that seems to be concerned.  I had an ultrasound of my abdomen and pelvic area.  The results were not what I was expecting, but I was relieved after I had basically been asking about body changes since November 2016.  My description – I am basically growing a small fruit stand in my abdomen/pelvic area!!  A referral was put in for a GYN and I received that on Monday!!  The only quick thing that’s happened in regards to this.

I had an excruciating episode driving home on Wednesday afternoon, I called Tricare in order to go to the ER due to the PAIN and was told to take Tylenol and call back if anything changes!!  I called the GYN on call provider hoping maybe they could help.  Since I had not been seen there yet, they could not prescribe me any pain medication, but were able to pull up my referral and would work me in for an acute appointment on Thursday morning.

Thursday morning and if feels as if I had done 1000 ab exercises and had a water balloon swishing around in my abdomen.  We made it to the GYN, spent about an hour with the doctor and was told ABSOLUTELY NO RUNNING.  He does not know how I was able to train and not cause injury to myself???  Those back pains, totally related to my condition and not in my head.  The period that won’t end, not what I thought could be related to menopause, but also not normal.

I have pre-op scheduled for 4 October, Chicago 5-10 October and surgery 11 October.  I have been cleared to leisurely walk the 5k and that is it!!  Currently, I am scheduled for a total hysterectomy  with a possible lymphoid dissection  and omentectomy, the last two depending on test results.

Let’s just say, that my organs are so enlarged that he assessed me at being equivalent  to 5 months pregnant.  So that marathon midsection I mentioned a few weeks back, wasn’t due to training, but was definitely  made worse due to my training.

Am I sad, YES but I am so thankful that I wasn’t running the streets of Chicago and end up in the hospital.  I will cheer on the Hubs and hug him hard at the finish, someone has to finish what we started!!

Friday – Rest and Stretch

Moved as little as possible.

Saturday – 8 miles  Monthly Miles



What I’ll be missing… I’m a little sad that the below scheduled races will be missed, but my life is not worth the risk.  I am hoping that I will recover quickly and find myself on the road in December, for a January race.  Fingers Crossed!!!



Ask and I’ll let you know…

I want to be transparent about what is going on and with my recovery, I will answer your questions, if I have an answer, it may be after my surgery that I know more and exactly what is/was going on inside.

Tell me something GOOD that happened to you this week!!

Week 14 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – 5 miles   4.16 miles



I loved my Mermaid hat so much from Sunday’s long run that I had to wear it again on Monday!!   I tried switching things up a little and ran my normal route in reverse…it was a little backwards!!



Tuesday –  Rest and Stretch  Just Lazy!

But I had a nice surprise in the mailbox!!  We received our Chicago International 5k Bibs!!  I’m pretty sure this is the pre-party to the marathon??!!


Wednesday – 8 miles   8.19 miles


Yep, I’m winning!!  I managed to get out early enough to get all 8 miles on the plan for today!!  My pace was 2 seconds faster than last week, which makes it 16 secs overall, right??!!  Not much, but it’s the little things!!



Thursday – 5 miles   5.02 miles

The Hubs was over in PC for work so we were able to run together for this one.  I tried out my Houston Strong Runningluv…love it!!  I got 5.02 miles and he logged 8.59, he’s an overachiever!!  Look closely and you can see my gum!!


Friday – Rest and Stretch   Eat and Nap!!

Actually, I don’t even remember where we ate dinner??  But I’m pretty sure I was in the bed by 9p!!

I’ve been having some female issues for some time, since August 9th to be exact and I was finally seen today.  As a retired military veteran, I am seen at a military treatment facility, but due to being a retiree/veteran I am low man on the totem pole when it comes to getting appointments.  I  by no means overuse the facility, I actually can’t remember the last time I had an appointment for myself??  I see an off base provider for my thyroid issues.  I basically had to say I was dying in order to get an appt/test to which I was told that there was not one available to read the test once finished, so expect a call on Tuesday…I really hope I’m not dying!!

Anyway, I did receive a call around 6p in regards to my test in which they are referring me to an off base provider and the waiting game starts…good thing I’m not dying!!  I will provide more information once I have more information which likely won’t be until after we run Chicago!!  But if you don’t mind, cross your fingers and toes for me!!

Saturday – 9 miles   10.05 miles

AHHHHHHH, how nice to have a single digit LONG run!!!  But we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t take it to double digits!!

We were still awake at 4a, but didn’t hit the road until close to 530a.  We actually had a cool breeze for most to the run and we had some fun with the Halloween blow-ups in the last mile.

And we are kissing this run goodbye…


We also ran the #IrmaReliefRun but forgot to print our bibs.  Unfortunately, this virtual race only raised $4000 vs. the $55k that was raised for Harvey.  I wish it was just a little bit more, but I feel good that we did our part.


Sunday – Rest and Reset

It was nothing but chores and food prep today.  It has been a few weeks since I’ve had this much time at home on the weekends, it has been spent on the roads!!

Here is what is on the menu:

Instant Pot HB Eggs, Bacon, Chick Pea Budda Bowls w/Quinoa , Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs w/Orzo, Carrots and Chicken Breast w/roasted vegetables and Grapes.


You guys…I really only have one more week to post before we are on our way to Chicago!!  I’m pretty sure I will be too busy to blog while I’m up north??!!  How crazy is it that I’m about to run the streets of Chicago with 39,999 Runner Buds!!!

Let me know…

Do you have a hat hoarding issue??  Or what running/sporting gear do you hoard??  Do you get nervous before a race, ANY race??

Week 13 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday –  5 miles



Gotta love it when the Monday training run goes as planned and when the Hubs is in town for Storm Duty still!!

Got my new Hoka Bondi 5s and I’m loving the color and the cushion!!



Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

I know I didn’t run, but I really don’t remember what I did??!!

Wednesday – 8 miles


And YES!!  Finally, that elusive mid week 8 miler was had today!!

I was so excited that I was able to get myself out the door with enough time to NO KIDDING log the miles that were on the plan!!



Thursday – Rest and Stretch

I swapped Thursday and Friday this week.  I really didn’t want to visit ‘Ol Milly, it’s been so nice hitting the road and I knew I had the opportunity to go in late on Friday, so…

Friday – 5 miles




I ran Thursday’s mile today!!  A couple of loops around the neighborhood got me the 5 miles needed and yes, it is still hawt and humid in Florida!!




Saturday – Rest and Reset  Cardio Shopping/4 mile walk

Well, not exactly a rest and reset day, but I did end up with a few fall outfits.  And I logged 4 miles walking the outlets doing all that shopping!!  Actually, my purchases were only from two stores.

I was trying hard to coordinate and make sure that I had something else back in my closet that I could pair these pieces with.  The Hubs was shocked that I took what I did, this was actually the first time in a while that I felt like something actually fit that I tried on!!

And pay no attention to my permanent Flip Flop toes!!  I thought the lady that did my pedicure what joking, but nope there is a permanent space between my big toe and second toe.  Just a random thought to share, plus it’s the first thing I notice when I look at the pictures!!

Sunday –  18 miles   17 miles run/1 mile walk

On our drive back from our Saturday outing, we took Scenic Hwy 30A so we could pass through all the little coastal towns and see that gorgeous emerald green water of the Gulf.  As we were driving, we decided that we should run along the Hwy for our last longish training run!!

Well, there is a paved trail that runs along 30A is called the Timpoochee Trail!!  Who knew??  Now we know!! We parked at Rosemary Beach and ran west towards Seaside.  And of course we took a picture in front of the iconic post office.


We had hit the 8 mile mark and decided to continue up the road another mile to Water Color.


Once we were headed back, it seemed as if the little towns were waking up.  Shops were opening, families were headed to the beaches, and traffic started to pick up along the Hwy.  We made one pit stop on the return leg, you have to love public beach access with CLEAN public restrooms!!  About mile 16 the heat was really working me over, the Hubs took my vest to lighten my load to coax me along for the last 2 miles.   At mile 17 we STEPPED out on the Hwy to take a picture of the palm lined entrance to Alys Beach.


Shortly after that picture, I sent the Hubs on his way to run the last mile while I walked!!  He came back to get me, bringing me a bottle of water and encouraging me to finish it up!!  If you follow me on IG you’ve had to seen our celebratory twirl video!!  The Hubs had never twirled before and has the greatest facial expressions!!  The picture below was taken at the turn around in Water Color, but it has my mileage stamped on it so it gets posted!!  We changed clothes, grabbed a cawffee, and chatted with visitors to the area that ended up knowing the Hubs, they had worked with him on projects when he lived in Nashville…talk about a small world!!



To say that I am excited to start getting hours back on the weekends is an understatement!!  I am overjoyed that I only have to run for 1.5-2 hours next weekend!!  Looks like we’ll be putting a wrap on this training soon!!

Let me know…

Do you do something to celebrate the end of a training cycle/last long training run??  What is it that you look forward to once the training cycle/race is finished??  Do you have any recommendation on getting rid of the Marathon Mid-Section??!!

Week 12 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – 5 miles   6.24 miles

We celebrated the day off with an early morning run, not as early as our weekend runs, but still it was early.  We ran the gently rolling hills in the Cove area and finished along Massalina Bayou.


Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

This is when all the Mean Girl Irma stuff started!!  Stores were selling out of water and the three gas stations closest to base had already sold out of regular octane gasoline.  It was still early to determine where she was going to go, but after seeing what happened with Harvey, the panhandle wasn’t wasting time preparing.

Pretty sure I took a nap after work!!

Wednesday – 8 miles   7.45 miles

I managed to get my run in before work, however I got out a little later than expected because I couldn’t separate myself from my pillow!!

It was good that I got my run done in the morning.  Work started getting crazy with all  running of Hurricane checklists…it’s always good to be prepared.

Thursday – 5 miles

Oh this was hard!!  Why am I so sore??!!  I ran the first mile and had to stop and stretch the calves and shins.  I walked the second mile and it felt like they had loosened up a little.  I ran the third!!  The forth was split 50/50 run/walk.  Why was this sooooo hard???

Friday – Rest and Stretch

Travel Day!!  I was driving to Pensacola for a Saturday morning 5k, which meant I would sit in the car for a while…normally 2.5 hours.  Well…Irma evacuees, totally did’t think they would be headed west since Harvey had just moved through, but we shared the road at a steady speed.  That is until mile marker 31!!  It started as stop and go, but at mile marker 26…it just stopped.

I called the Hubs and asked him to look at FL511.com and tell me what was going on with the traffic.  Sure enough there was a wreck.  I sat for a little over 30 minutes before we started creeping along.

I ended up getting in about an hour later than I normally would, but we still went for pizza!!  Hey, we have a race in the morning!!

Saturday – 20 miles   Semper Fi 5k

This was a last minute sign up and I’m glad we did!!  Our friend Dan-el raves about this event, so we had to see what it was all about.

When we were walking to the start we saw the ranks of Marines lined up and waiting.  Oh, all the Marine…in their little green silkies!!  Anyway…

The start went off as scheduled.  As we were approaching mile 2 we heard the Marines singing  Jodys!! And they were getting closer and closer and closer.  If you follow the Hubs on IG you may have seen his stories of us running with the Marines…more like trying to keep up!! It didn’t even take the whole 2nd mile for them to leave us in the dust!!

We were hanging out after the finish drinking water and eating bananas when they announced that results had been posted.  Not expecting anything special we went to see where we were.  I saw the 2/2 by my name and asked the Hubs, does that mean 2nd in AG??  And then I went on to say that it really didn’t count because it wasn’t 1st and it was’t under 30 minutes!!  I was joking of course, but I had read several post of women that stated those very things!!

Well this ended up tying up the morning because now we have to wait for the award ceremony!!  Drink more water and eat more bananas!!  As we were waiting, things started to escalate with Mean Girl Irma and the Hubs phone was going off non-stop.  He works for an energy company and needed to do a press release relating to the storm and head over to Panama City since the cone shifted and it looked as if we may get some impact of the storm (he’s a PR/Communications guy).

Long story short, too late!!  I took 2/8 in the 45-49 AG and stayed to collect my glass!!

And these are the local agencies that we contributed to…

The event was able to raise $26,000 for the local children’s charities-

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast
  • New Horizons of Northwest Florida
  • Escambia Westgate School
  • The Miracle League of Pensacola
  • Gulf Coast Kids House
  • LEAD Academy of Santa Rosa

Sunday – Rest and Reset    20 miles

We were out and about at 4:30a again!!  The Hubs didn’t have to report to work until noon so we were taking the opportunity to get this run DONE!!  It starts to become daunting after weeks of build up and now we would be fighting the wind vs. the humidity!!  Geeeez, give us a break will ya??!!

Everything was fine and dandy until around the 12 mile mark when we made a right hand turn to head back over the bridge.  I just wanted to stop and curl up behind the barrier and have the Hubs come back and get me.  It had nothing to do with the run, but everything to do with getting pelted with sand, dirt and what ever else was laying along the bridge.  I was lucky enough to have sunglasses that protected my eyes, but the rest of my face, chest and legs felt like I was being stung by hundreds of bees.  I kept my head down to forge through the wind and sudden gusts, but that hurt as well!!  There  was a point where I felt like someone was pushing on my head holding me back.  Once we were off the bridge we were in a somewhat protected area, but man my neck hurt!!

Mile 13 was the longest mile EVER…16:29!!! Talk about feeling defeated.

That wind took all my energy, every last ounce.  I held it together until around Mile 15 and then I started getting slower and slower and slower!! Mile 19 was a 15 minute mile…WTH??!!  I started out feeling really good and was excited to see what we could do, but Mean Girl Irma made me question my marathoning abilities!!

But we logged 20 miles!!  I know Chicago is the Windy City, but I hope I don’t have to battle wind like that of Hurricane Irma in October.


And I managed a little food prepping’…  I am doing the Lunch Prep Challenge with Denise from Sweet Peas and Saffron the next 3 weeks.  The menu, shopping list and recipes are emailed on Thursday for Sunday prep.  Denise also includes gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan, nut free and low carb variations.

On the menu: Chickpea Buddha Bowls, Greek Chicken Wraps, Apples w/Peanut Butter, and Rice Cakes w/Hummus



As of Monday afternoon, Mean Girl Irma was downgraded to a Tropical Storm and had pushed through our area.  There were a few power outages, but nothing significant.  The Hubs stayed in town until Tuesday morning when the energy company sent Linemen and trucks to help restore power in south Florida.

Let me know…

What significant weather have you had to deal with during training or a race??  What significant weather impacts your area??

Week 11 – Chicago Marathon Training

I bet you thought I forgot about blogging last weeks training… NOT true!!  I have had every intention on typing it up each day – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but it just hasn’t been doable until TODAY!!!

I usually type up my post at work, I know…shameful!  If you don’t know, I work for the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall AFB, FL.  To say that things have been crazy with Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, is a bit of an understatement.  I work in a support function for men and women that coordinate State and Federal assets for search and rescue.  It looks as if we may be out of Irma’s path, but these men and women will sit the line until the last rescue.


Let’s see how it went…

Monday –  5 miles  4.06 miles



Here’s to another run on Ol’ Milly!!  I was suppose to log 5 miles but I just couldn’t hang that last mile.  I don’t know if my legs were still hung over from Saturday’s 18 miler or what, but 4.06 miles it was!!



Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

You guys and gals…I found a massage therapist!!  I had an appointment this afternoon, my third and she is working wonders on my back and legs!!  I seen her last Friday for a Swedish massage, the day before that 18 miler, and it was so relaxing.  She told me to soak in a HAWT Epsom salt bath for about 20 minutes later that night and I shouldn’t have any issues with my run (we know about my back spasms!)!!  Done and it felt great… Soooo, I made an appointment for after that 18 miler, a Deep Tissue Massage.  I loved it so much that I have booked another!!

Wednesday – 8 miles  5 miles



Took it to the TM again today!!  I shifted my runs again this week to run with the Hubs when he is in town.  I still don’t like 5 mill miles, 4 is just right for me, but I’m working through it with only 5 weeks of training left.



Thursday –  5 miles  8 miles



We were out the door at early again for this one!!  We did a 1.5 loops in the neighborhood before taking it to the Highway.  It’s getting easier to mentally prepare for the out and back once we leave the neighborhood.  We know it’s 2.5 miles to the turnaround and we’re about to get it done.

We had to do an extra loop to make 8 miles, we should have done 2 WHOLE loops of the neighborhood before heading to the Highway!!  I’m all about being done once I enter back into the neighborhood!!  Don’t make me do any extra!!

Friday – Rest and Stretch

Resting up for our cutback run tomorrow and we decided to support  Run for Texas, we were already going for a run so why not add a little help to people in need from Hurricane Harvey.

Below is from Runner Sign Up.  They are still taking donations until September 9th.


Any runner knows that the running community is not only large but supportive! Help us support our fellow runners, and others, who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. No matter where you live,  you can help those in need by participating in our virtual race. Choose between the 5k and 10k and run with us to show Texas that no matter where we are in the world, we are here to support! Run your distance anytime during Labor Day Weekend!

Donate and run this Labor Day Weekend to help support those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. There is an option to pay extra for the race pin, but 100% of the race funds will be donated to the Texas Diaper Bank and American Red Cross.

Diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. The Texas Diaper Bank, with our donations, can help provide diaper emergency diaper kits to the families that are being displaced due to Hurricane Harvey.

After registering, download your printable race bib here.

*In order to maximize the charitable impact of this race, we are limiting the swag to an optional pin that is available as a separate purchase with your race registration/donation. The race pin option deadline is September 4, but you can run anytime through Sept 9.

Once race weekend is complete, registered runners will receive a virtual “swag bag” via email full of exclusive discount codes from various running companies such as Momentum Jewelry, Bakline Running, Detroit Metal Works and Nuun Hydration.

Follow along on social media using #RunForTexas.

**If you wish to help**


However, if you still wanted to participate, we have decided to keep our site active through September 9 for DONATIONS ONLY (use the green “donate” tab at the top of the page.) Feel free to donate your “race fee”, or any dollar amount you wish, and run any distance as your charity race. Be sure to post a photo on social media and tag it with #runfortexas so we can see it!

Thank you so much to everyone who registered and/or donated to the Run For Texas Virtual races this last week. We had over 3,000 participants from all over the US and in many other countries. Feel free to scroll through the hashtag #runfortexas on social media (especially Instagram) to see thousands of runners supporting those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Thank you for helping a couple of Virginia running moms turn a small idea into a huge #runfortexas global race party!

Because of runners like YOU, we raised $50,000 for the Texas Diaper Bank & American Red Cross in less than a week. We are humbled and honored to be a part of this project. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us. We are so proud to be a part of the running community.

Thank you More Miles, More Fun Races!!

Saturday –  17 miles   12 miles

We decide to run shorter, cut it back, this weekend for 2 reasons.  1 – we ran 18 miles two weeks before the plan called for it and 2 – It’s my son’s 18th Birthday and he’s going sky diving!!

We were up early, yes…again, to get this run in for Texas before heading to breakfast with the boy to celebrate his milestone.  We started out on our usual route from the house, but needed to make a loop back to the gas station 2 miles in.  Lucky for us the gas station was opened, if we would have went back to the house, I don’t think I would have wanted to go back out??

I have been having issues this training cycle and I’m not sure if it is age (I’m going to be 49 soon!!) or the season of life I’m entering.  The last three weeks have had us on a hunt for bathrooms along our routes and luckily we have found some.  I start out fine and at some point before the 5 mile mark its pit stop time???  It’s not the same time or distance every time and I have not changed anything about my habits/routines/fueling leading up to our long runs, so this I find perplexing.  Sorry, TMI but it’s part of this runner’s life these days and I’m hoping it passes before we get to RACE DAY!!

With that said…squirrel!!  The rest of our run was uneventful and we were happy to play a small part in helping the people e of Texas with our run.


We treated the boy to breakfast and headed up for his jump.  He was so excited and thankful for getting to do this.  When he came out with his instructor they told us to watch for the orange canopy, well you can tell by the picture he wasn’t under an orange canopy!!  So we took photos and watched someone else thinking it was him!!

It was so much fun watching everyone else, the Hubs and I have decided that we will go back to jump after Chicago!!  Eeeekkkk, I can’t wait!!

Sunday – Rest and Reset

And we went to the beach…


We’re wearing out Chattanooga Marathon hats, don’t forget there is a discount code on the Discount Code tab if you would like to join us for a run in March!!

With the holiday tomorrow and me being off on Tuesday as well, I did not meal prep for the week.  I hope I make good choices!!

Let me know…

Have you tried an extreme sport??  If so, would you do it again??  If not, what do you think you would try??



Week 10 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – 5 miles / Lower Body  5.14 miles




Well, I started the week out the way it should start, 5.14 miles on Ol’ Milly!!

Why does my hair color blend with the wall color??!!




Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

I have noticed that I need to increase my stretching with the increased miles!!  The back of my heels are cranky when I put my feet on the floor first thing in the morning, so I have been doing a lot of calf stretching.

Wednesday – 5 miles  5.25 miles



Took it to the mill again today in order to run with the Hubs tomorrow morning!!

I ran 3 straight miles then switched it to .75/.25 run walk intervals.

Even with my music and the t.v., I just get bored on this thing!!



Thursday – 8 miles / Upper Body   8.16 miles



I am loving the fact that I am getting these mid-week longish runs done!!  And even more excited that the Hubs could join me that I swapped my Wednesday and Thursday miles!!

The shorts in this picture are headed to the trash!!  This was the second time wearing them and the second time the seam chaffed my lower waist/upper butt!!  I thought I would keep them for cooler runs, but nope…I don’t want to run the chance of chaffing that area more than I already have!!


Friday – Rest and Stretch

So here’s the deal…I’m willing to part with 6 pair of USED runners for 1 pair of NEW runners!!  I love my current pair of Bondi 5s  so much that I want the new purple color!!  I was swapping between my Ghosts (not pictured) and the Bondis prior to marathon training, but since late June, I have ran in nothing but my Bondis!!   And yes, that is the Asics Skittles color scheme in there circa…2012/2013.  They were my first colorful pair of runners that it’s hard to part with them, but they haven’t been on my feet for a few years…so sad to see them go, the colors are so happy!!  I know, I know…they are just shoes.

Saturday – 16 miles   18.07 miles

Even though I only had 16  miles on the plan, I told myself I could do 18 miles…well the Hubs kinda told IG we were doing 18 miles on his post for Saturday’s Volume Maker’s Insta Stories takeover!!  So WE did 18 miles!!

I was having a great run, feeling better than the week before.  I was so excited when we hit 15 miles at 2:59 and some change vs. last weeks 15.59 miles at 3:24 and some change!!  Then…here we go…around 16.5 miles my back started to spasm, really spasm.  I found this odd because my vest was much lighter than when we started.  We walked a little, ran a little more and at 17 miles I found myself bent over trying to stretch my lower back.  I hurt enough that I thought about quitting, this may be a first, so much so that I told the hubs to take the watch (he left his at home on the counter) and finish the last mile!!  After all, we had to post an Insta Stories finish!!

Well he didn’t let me quit!!  We ran walked that last 1.5 miles!!  And I made it the whole 18 miles!!  I think my body is revolting against anything over 13.1 miles, after all that is my preferred distance.  To date I have completed 45 half marathons, 32 of those with the Hubs!!

Below are a few pictures along the way and from the posted Insta Stories.

AND the finish…

Yes, it took us 40 minutes for that last 2.5 miles.  What I learned is that I have it in me to get my 20 miler pretty close to 4 hours, maybe less??!!  I have no goal time for Chicago, but knowing that I may be able to pull off my marathon PR of 5:00:03 makes me excited to see what I can run in two weeks!!

We are cutting back the miles next weekend to 10-12 with my son’s 18th birthday on Saturday, he’s going Sky Diving!!  That means I should be well rested for 20 miles the following weekend.

I was curious…

How many miles have I run in my training so far??

232.15 miles

Which makes me wonder…

How many miles have you ran in your current training cycle or just for summer fun???