Dear 50, Knock it off!

Saturday dawned bright and beautiful.  I got my grocery shopping done first thing (7am) and then tied on my running shoes.  I drove to the high school track where the football team had already begun practice one field over.  I que’d up Pandora, on shuffle, and readied the runkeeper app, hit “go for a run” and took off!  I wanted to run the full three miles around the block but I knew deep down I wasn’t there yet.  As I rounded the first corner the sun hit me like….well….the sun.  I did complete the three miles with just a few short walk breaks.  Remember, it’s a process.  Back at the track I met up with Jenn who came prepared with all sorts of wonderful tortuous drills.  Let’s face it, I wouldn’t be doing one triceps dip let alone 120 without her pushing me.  Thanks Jenn!

48...49...50
48…49…50

I was a bit of a slug the rest of the day on Saturday.  Phil and I watched a movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” with Emma Watson.  We both enjoyed it, Emma had an American accent and pulled it off well.  I am a big Emma Watson fan.

Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods.

Any size any shape
Any size any shape

So is cous cous, put them together….yes please.

A perfect pair.
The Tomatoes are Under the Cous Cous….Genious!

Sunday was a planned “Off” day but I got restless and climbed aboard the treadmill for some hill walking.  Most of you would probably agree that the treadmill can be incredibly boring.  That is why I try to mix it up with varying workouts.  Sometimes I run sprints, and sometimes I find a pre-programmed 5K.  On occasion I just walk while bumping the incline all the way to the top.

I can see my house from up here!
I can see my house from up here!

I was looking forward to getting in a couple of miles on Monday.  I parked where I knew my route would be relatively flat.  I was looking for distance and endurance, not speed or hills.  It started out fine, I was feeling good but a little warm, that darn summer sun LOL!  Then as I was about to enter a crosswalk I noticed a car about to turn in so I stopped short, and then I felt it…I had jammed my knee!  I kept on going and made the one mile turn but not long after that my knee was really starting to hurt so I stopped to walk.  As much as I wanted to keep going I really, really don’t want to be sidelined again.  I finished the second mile at a run/walk…so sad.  When I got home I promptly iced my knee and it felt better right away….whew!

This ice pack was the best investment.....
This ice pack was the best investment…..

This latest (near) injury got me to thinking.  When I turned 50 earlier this year my friends were trying to tease me about “being old”.  I laughed it all off because until recently I was feeling like I was 30 not 50.  There is nothing we can do about our age so why stress about it?  I have to say though, lately I have been feeling all of my 50 years.  Well NO MORE!  I am done with the injuries and the tiredness and the “feeling old”.  DONE I tell you!!!  Today, Wednesday, I drove to a starting place that I had never tried before.  Sometimes a new venue is the best thing to pull me out of a rut.  I am happy to say it worked!  I FINALLY managed to stomp out a little more than two miles without one single walk break!  I can now admit that I was starting to worry just a little that I wasn’t going to be able to build my distance back to where it was.  Now that I have the “easy 2 miles” under my belt again I am feeling MUCH more confident.  There’s no stopping me now!

Otter was privilege to a private puppet show.

Is that an alligator or a crocodile?
Is that an alligator or a crocodile?
  • Have you ever struggled to build miles?  Any tips?
  • Cous cous, Yay or Nay?
  • What has been the best part of your week so far?

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