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…
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!!
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.
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**
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
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!!
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??