A New Year… A New Plan

Starting the year off right…

I plan to add yoga and strength training BACK into the running rotation for 2018.  I have been having little twinges of injuries past and have been on TOTAL neglect mode with any type of cross training.

So here it goes… First week of January

Monday – I said I was re-introducing strength training into the rotation and it’s happening the first day of the year!!  I don’t know if many of you follow the Beachbody social media accounts, but there is a new workout coming later this month by Autumn Calabrese, 21 Day Fix, they put a teaser out on BOD called A Little Obsessed (ALO)…well here I go!!

Day 1 of ALO –  Cardio Core… no weights, no bands, no sliders!!  I opted for bodyweight in order not to sacrifice form with a new program.  Pretty sure I’ll feel this tomorrow.

Tuesday – Another running rest day, but I’m in for AOL

Day 2 of ALO – Booty Burn… not gonna lie, the exercises are meant to TARGET the booty!!

Wednesday – Today was the day that I would see if this cross training and running routine was going to pan out.  Let’s just say that the legs were slowing down in mile 2 and I began to wonder why I let the cross training fall by the wayside??!!

Day 3 of ALO – AAA (Arms, Abs and A$$)… I used 8 lb weights for the upper body exercises

Thursday – Resolution 5k on base this afternoon!! I’m skipping Day 4 of ALO – Cardio since I was running the 5k.  I also added 10 minutes of abs and an 8 minute stretch video once I got to the house.

Friday – REST

Saturday – 10.04 miles.  Long run before next weekend’s Louisiana Marathon’s Half and Quarter Note!!  Look at us all bundled up it was 34 degrees in Florida!!  Brrrrrrrrrrr!!

Sunday – Yoga.  I finally broke the plastic on the Yoga for Runners video that I purchased 2 months ago.  I did Yoga for Recovery and it was just what my lower body needed after those AOL workouts. This video includes exercises for the ankles and feet and focuses on the lower body.

So here it goes…Second week of January

Monday – REST

Tuesday – 3.11 miles and Day 5 of ALO – Legs.  I finally found the day to add Day 5 of ALO and let me just say that my knees were pretty cranky with all the lunges…ALL.THE.LUNGES!!  This preview is only 5 days, so I’m closing it out due to our races this coming weekend.  The mama to this baby, 80 Day Obsession, starts 15 January.  I will not be doing the 80 days straight, but I will do ALL 80 days.  I just have to figure out what days each workout will work best for.  Fingers crossed!!

Wednesday – Yoga.  Yoga for Recovery…again!!  I’m loving this stretch for the feet.

Thursday – 2.26 miles.  This run wraps up the week…Ready to Rendezvous in Baton Rouge!!

And guess what…

I’m part of the 2018 Fitletic Brand Ambassador Team!! This was the third year I put in for it and they finally selected ME!!  You rarely see me without one of their belts while running…it holds all the stuff.  Once I get my discount code, I’ll be sure to share in case you want to try one for your self!!

Friday –  Travel Day.

Saturday and Sunday – Race Weekend…stay tuned for that recap!!

Let me know…

How did you start the New Year?? Anything NEW for 2018??

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Running and Recaps…

The last two weeks have flown, not to mention we are pretty much through with the current week!!!  Why is there so much hustle and bustle during December??  Well, I’m about to impart my hustling and bustling on you and I promise to keep it short!!

The first week of December gifted me with 20.5 miles run…

Tuesday – 3.10 miles

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Thursday – 4.10 miles

You can’t tell it in the picture, but I am SOAKED!!  When I started out it was sunny however, 2 miles in the rain started to fall becoming a downpour and bringing the darkness…ugggghhh!!

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Saturday – Ho Ho Hustle 10K – 6.24 miles

Can you say…WINTER in Florida??!!  Well, it only lasted a few days.  While the rest of the south was getting all the SNOW we only had the almost freezing temps, 34 degrees  at race start!!  Brrrrr!!  This was the second running of the Ho Ho Hustle 5/10k in downtown Fort Walton, Florida.  It was an easy out and back flat course.  No medals for this one, only locally made ornaments were given for Overall and AG winners.  Runners were encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

Of course we had to dress to impress for this run…it was a themed kinda run.  We wish we would’ve thought of all the onesies everyone else seemed to be wearing.   I shoved all my hair up in that tree to try and get the star on top to stand up…runner problems!!

Sunday – 7.06 miles

I call this… Drunkin’ Blow-ups!!

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The second week of December gifted me with 23.62 miles run…

Tuesday – 2.14 miles

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Thursday – Santa 5k and 2.02 training miles – 5.12 miles

And yes… A Santa selfie at the Santa 5k!!  This Santa arrived on his bicycle when his sleigh broke down, hence the bike helmet… I knew you wanted to know!!

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Saturday  – Inaugural Running Highland Oaks Half Marathon – 13.10 miles

We woke up at 4a for a 1.5 hr drive to Dothan, AL to participate in this inaugural race, dedicated as we are.  Driving in it was dark, but as the sun came up and we were able to see some of the course around us and I may have said a few cuss words.  NOTHING BUT HILLS!!  I have since learned that Golf Course = Hills.  Yes, we ran about 11.5 miles of this course on a golf cart path.  I took it like a champ though… the GIANT hill at mile 6 was a blow to the gut, I walked that hill like I was going plant a flag on top of it!!  All was good until about mile 11 and then I just wanted to be done.   I will say that all my effort got me 1st in my AG!!!  Yes, there were only 2 of us and I’m counting it as a WIN!!

The course was gorgeous, I can only imagine all the blooming glory in the Spring/Summer.

 

 

Sunday – 3.26 miles

And smooches to you all!!  I ran in the leftover makeup and lipstick from my office Christmas party the night before.  I figured why wash my face if I’m just gonna sweat!!

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That’s it for now… I’m working on my race wrap up for 2017 and hope to get it posted next week!!

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Panama City Beach Half Marathon Recap and a Giveaway!!!

Back in the day…I had run the 5k when this race was called Run for the Red Fish.  This would be my second year running the Half under the new name and the Hubs’ first.

I picked up our race packets during lunch on Friday, now selfie bib photo with the Hubs for this one…it’s all me!!

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There was a staggered start for the three races and we were set to start at 730a.  We arrived about 45 minutes prior to start time for the Half Fanatics photo at Margaritaville that was coordinated by our region ambassador, but she was nowhere to be found so we snapped a few beach pictures before watching the start of the Marathon.

We spotted our friends Christy and W headed out for 26.2 miles, gave them a shout and a wave for good luck!!  We found out Tennessee Fun Runner Friends – Dorothy (dot032) Josie (joheady), and Tammie (tlove1967)…we selfied and chatted our way to the start line.

Once lined up we ended up beside Holly (HoHoRuns) and Karen (karenrunsva), I ran into them at this event last year!!

Can I just say that even though I trained all summer in the Florida heat and humidity, it does not prepare you for 13.1 miles in the mid 70s with sunny skies in December without course hydration!!  Yep, little to no hydration on course!!

We headed out of Pier Park to the left down Front Beach Road.  The water stops were set up every 1-2 miles, however the first three miles had no water for runners.  Coming up on mile 4 we crossed over the get water from a table set up for the runners heading back.  At mile 6 the volunteers were standing with their arms crossed watching runners pass by.  I asked for water, but was told that there wasn’t any and I’m pretty sure I cussed at that point!!

We made it to the turn around and this was the first picture we took along the course.

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I was pretty loud about no water on the course when we passed the table at mile 6 on the return and they STILL HAD NO WATER, one of the two cyclist riding the course looking for a friend offered us a drink from his water bottle and we did partake…THANK YOU random cyclist!! Also, they were kind enough to ride back and tell us that there was limited water at mile 8, they had 2 one gallon jugs dropped off!!  Ummmm, there were over 1000 runners signed up for today’s events and that’s just not right!!

Yes, I had water at mile 8, for as thirsty as I was I only took one cup.  I knew there were runners behind me that needed the hydration as well.

I made it just past mile 9 and had to start my run/walk intervals.  I could tell I was starting to dehydrate, my head was starting to thump and my energy was starting to fade, luckily I was still sweating.  There was no water at mile 10, we were told that they had some at mile 11…SCORE! At mile 11, we were swiggin’ from gallon jugs of water with other runners, why…NO CUPS!!  We passed a runner down in the road with paramedics and heard sirens in the distance.

Somewhere between mile 11 and 12 we stopped for this view.

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My walk intervals were increasing and the run intervals were decreasing…not how I wanted my first post surgery race to go.  But we’re going with it!!  Only ONE mile to go!!

Turning back into Pier Park, I was excited to see the finish line ahead.  Also, Holly was able to get a few great shots of us running it in.  Also, Josie caught me waving or is that my S.O.S to come get me??!!

 

And with all that I managed a 2:24:55!!  I was actually quicker than I thought, I wasn’t watching my watch at all.

 

I downed two bottles of water before heading over the tap glasses with our Tennessee Fun Runner Friends!!

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We didn’t hang out too long.  I was hungry, had a raging headache, and wanted a nap.  In fact, it took two days for that headache to completely go away!!

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AND…Check out my latest Instagram post for a Tifosi Optics Giveaway!!  Everyone needs some cool shades for the holidays!!

 

Let me know…

Do you have a race that maybe didn’t go as planned??  Was it something minor or major??  How did you handle it??  

Battleship 12k – Race Recap

 

Other than participating in the Old Glory Relay the past two years, this has to have been the most patriotic race/run I have done.

We started the weekend off with a run and breakfast (posted here) on Saturday before heading to Spanish Fort, AL to pick up our race packets for the Battleship 12k.  We usually take a picture with our bibs and today would be no different, other than I wouldn’t behave and the Hubs had to take like 20 pictures to get one that was ‘postable’!!

As we were heading out the RD asked if we had found our names on the back of the shirt??  What??  You know us??  You put OUR names on the back of the race shirt??  So of course we stopped in the lobby to see what he was talking about.  Each runners name was listed on the back of the shirt in a flag formation…AND we found our names!!

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It was early to bed and early to rise, we had a 45 minute drive to the start line.

We arrived in our (mine, really) hour before start time manner, parked, stayed in the car with the heater on for a few minutes before heading up the hill for a Team RWB photo (which I cannot find!).  Once we were near the start we were approached by Wear Blue to Remember asking if we would participate in the Circle of Remembrance…ummmm, we’re not going to say no!!

She handed us each a strip of paper with a name on it.  As she handed me my strip of paper, she said ‘this is a very dear friend of mine.’  As everyone drew into a circle, she stated that we were reading the names of the 67 men that were KIA during the second battle of Fallujah. Each name was read aloud, it was soon my turn and I could not read the name with out crying… 2nd Lieutenant James P. “JP” Blecksmith ❤️🇺🇸💙  and the Hubs read…Sergeant Adrian E. Hike ❤️🇺🇸💙.  The lady in charge made her way to me, gave me a hug and told me thank you.  I tucked the names in my belt to carry with me to the finish.

With a few minutes before the start we found our friends, selfie’d, hugged and headed to line up with plans to see each other at the finish.

The race was a point to point run with shuttles that would bring us back to the parking area at the start.  the weather was a little on the chilly side with a slight drizzle and some FAWG (I’m typing this with Katie’s southern accent!).  My plan was to run my 4:1 run/walk intervals.  The Hubs was going to do his thing while carrying the flag.

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USAF Retired – Veteran – Patriot – Warrior

We were off and I stuck to my intervals.  I stopped at miles 4 and 6 for photos and sent them to the Hubs so he would know that I was on my way, hopefully just not too far behind him…RIGHT!!!  I need work on the selfie game at mile 4, what happened to the 4??  I used to be good at this??!!  And can you see the Battleship in the background at mile 6??  It looks soooo far away!!

The last 1.5 miles made this run worth it!!  At mile 6 you can see the USS Alabama across the bay as you approach the bridge, as you make your way to the top of the bridge you can see the flag lined entrance to the Battleship Memorial Park, you make your way around the park you find yourself alongside the battleship for a picturesque finish!!  The Hubs was there to greet me and handed me the flag to carry across the finish line.

 

We got to visit with Jenny and Eric, Katie, Heather, Kari, Dan-el and Holly!!  Everyone got their medal shot with the battleship in the background and we headed for the shuttle line…can you say LAST bus, but the fun bus!!!

I stuck to my planned interval and managed what I thought was a decent time 5 weeks post op.

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And the boys deserved a finisher’s photo…

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2017 was the third running of the Battleship 12k and the medal represented the Navy.  They plan to recognize the rest of the services and first responders in the next few years, with the Air Force being the medal in 2018.

**Race Date:  12 November 2017**

Post Hysterectomy – Week 3

 

Moving it along to Week 3!!  I want to catch everything up before I attempt the Panama City Beach Half Marathon on 2 December.

So here it goes….

These were my checkpoints for Week 3 on the HysterSister website:

BEING A PATIENT PATIENT

INCISION AND TUMMY CARE

VAGINAL CUFF AND INTIMACY

HEMATOMA

ACHY BACK

DRIVING

PAPERWORK

I won’t go into detail with the checkpoints, there are paragraphs for each one on the website.  My incisions are healing well (photos below) and hopefully will continue to do so. Luckily, I will get short term disability for my time off, so I did complete my paperwork that.  Hematomas, achy back, and driving haven’t been an issue.  The Hubs googled Vaginal Cuff and said he wish he wouldn’t have done that!!!

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And my training went as follows…

Monday – 2.30 miles

I was duped into thinking that it was still chilly in the FL…there was no need for the long sleeves and capris.  My current mantra…Stronger Everyday!!  Thank you Karin @runnergirl_1210 for the perfect @momentumjewelry wrap.

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Tuesday – 4.02 miles

Working my way up…4.02 miles this morning!!  I get to WALK a leg of the @teamrwb Old Glory Relay🇺🇸 this Friday, not nearly all the miles as last year but this patriot and veteran will contribute what I can.

 

 

October was quite EVENTFUL…Not being able to run the Chicago Marathon that I trained so hard for, major surgery, walking 2 5ks, and lots of love from my social media family!! Thank you for your support during this eventful month…Love and Hugs😊💕

Total October Miles – Picture is from last week’s Run to Margaritaville 5k, somewhere around Mile 1.

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Wednesday – 5 miles

I made it!!!  5 miles walking…done, just a small goal I set for myself.  I don’t care what anyone says, walking is HARD!!  Honestly…I ran about .25 miles at the end just to see what it felt like.  Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!!

 

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday –  6+ miles

I was well enough that I was able to participate in Team RWB’s Old Glory Relay!!  I completed 2 legs and my next post will have all the deets and pics from this event…Spoiler Alert!!  Can you pick me out in the photo below??

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Saturday – 7.15 Run/Walk Intervals and .30 mile Walk = 7.45 total miles

Prepping for next weekend to make sure I won’t get swept at the @battleship12k ❤️🇺🇸💙

 

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Let me know…

Have you ever had to wait it out for recovery after surgery??  How did it go??  Were you a patient patient???

 

Post Hysterectomy – Week 2

Well I made it to Week 5 post-op, but I’m backing it up a little to keep you in the know as to what I’ve been up to!!

I was told about the site HysterSisters and it’s been a great help.  I receive an email each week with checkpoints and links to other information if needed.

Topics covered for Week 2:  PERSISTENT CONSTIPATION (using stool softeners), BLADDER ISSUES (such as urinary tract infections and bladder spasms), CONTINUING INCISION CAREFIGHTING THE FRISKIES (not even outercourse is allowed!!  I never knew this word existed!!), INSOMNIA (nightmares are common after surgery), GOOD BODY MECHANICS, ASSISTANCE FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  NURTURING YOUR SPIRIT, and KEEPING TRACK OF SYMPTOMS (to take to the doctor at your next appointment).

If you read my last post My Post Hysterectomy (non) Running Life… then you know that the doctor cleared me to walk…YAY!!!  And I wasn’t going to waste any time getting back on the road!!

Monday – 2.29 mile walk  So you ask…What is it you’re doing with all this down (recovery) time??? Well, I can tell you so far…

*I’ve added songs to my 5k walking playlist – the one above by Amy Stroup
*I’m not only contemplating changing the color of my hair, but also getting BANGS!!
*Wanting so sign up for ALL the races in 2018
*Thinking I need a RETURN to running gift, you know like a PUSH gift, but in line for a runner…say a Garmin 935
*Where to vacation after recovery, why not?? It’s not like I’m sitting on a beachor       drinking mimosas for breakfast

Tuesday – 1.50 mile walk  How cool is this Ink n Burn shirt!!

Wednesday – 3.10 mile walk  Sporting the shirt I trained my ‘GUTS’ out for on this one!! Counting this as my trial 5k for Sunday’s Run to Margaritaville 5k (walk).

 

Friday – 3.11 mile walk  I almost ran today…but I just froze and raised my hand hoping someone would stop to help.  I was charged by a large momma dog and her pup on the route I ran in the mornings during summer training and had never once encountered a loose animal. Luckily, the owner pulled up, called them and they jumped right in the truck. Come to find out, I pass their house on my way out and back, never knew there were dogs there!! But that didn’t stop my walk…got it done!!

Sunday – Run to Margaritaville 5k!!  Walked the Run to Margaritaville 5k with 1beachteacher in 51:38 while the Hubs ran the Half in 1:57!! Ummmm, it was just a tad bit chilly this morning on the beach, we’re wearing gloves!!  This race was a disappointment after last year.  They had a full on breakfast post race last year, this year there was coffee and bananas, however after waiting for a 1:57 half marathoner… 1 banana left!!  Not right!!  There were still others out on the course, sure they could have a beer but I bet they were hungry!

 

Let me know…

What are your upcoming running/racing plans??  What is your Bucket List Race??  Do you have a pre-race routine, at the house and the start line??  

See you soon with Week 3…you’d think I would have had this done with all that time off from work??!!

Week 14 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – 5 miles   4.16 miles

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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??!!

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Wednesday – 8 miles   8.19 miles

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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!!

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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…

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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??