Or maybe I should have written, “Old/New Friends.” That’s what it feels like when you finally get to meet some of the bloggers that you have read, responded, shared, commiserated with, over the years. Definitely New/Old Friends.
Anyway, since I’m saving my recipe this week for tomorrow (you need to check it out though, it’s pretty amazing), I thought I’d share my weekly running recap and some fun and photos from the past week. Not, with the exception of that new/old friend thing, that it’s been all that exciting, but I have some good pictures! Here’s a teaser for Tuesday’s recipe:
Weekly Running Recap
After my race last weekend, I took a day off on Monday, knowing that on Tuesday I’d be running long with Alan. Long these days is around eight to nine miles. I have to admit that I’ve had a hard time increasing my mileage. Yeah, I can tell myself that it’s the summer and the heat, which is all true, but it does tend to concern you when it goes on for months.
🎶🎵”Well, she was an American girl Raised on promises She couldn’t help thinkin’ That there was a little more to life somewhere else After all it was a great big world With lots of places to run to.” 🎵🎶 ~ Tom Petty, An American Girl • • I’ve had a mental block about running long distances lately. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s my achy body lol, but it’s been hard. • • @alantwoodruff and I were scheduled for 9 miles today, and I really was dreading it. So I put my head down and dug in. And had my best long run in months. • • If you don’t try you will never succeed. How did you push yourself today? • • • • • • • #running #runchat #runnersofig #runnersofinstagram #skirtsports #skirtsportsambassador #REALWomenMove #legendcompression #bealegend #momentumjewelry #sharethespark #beYOUtiful #womensrunning #womensrunningcommunity #fitfluential #sweatpink #fitfam #runningcommunity #mileschangeyou #werunsocial
After saying all that, I had a great run! Of course I love running with Alan, but it was more than just that. The weather was cool and I actually felt strong! We ran nine miles. Okay, 10 miler, I’m coming for you!
If my running seems pretty random lately that’s because it is. Aside from the Tram Road Race (my anniversary run) at the end of the month I don’t really have a goal race. I’m signed up for Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas in November, but I’m not sure I want to go back so soon.
I also have my eye on the Malibu Half Marathon, which is on November 5. Alan is the announcer and the race is sold out, so I’m hoping he can pull a few strings for me. In spite of going there every year while Alan works, I have never run the race. It’s a beautiful run, along the Malibu coast, so my fingers are crossed!
That is also my birthday weekend and we were planning on seeing Bob Seger on Saturday, but he has been having some back or neck problems I guess and had to postpone his tour. I’m a huge Seger fan and hope he gets better soon. So I guess I can run the half marathon in his honor instead. Plus I’ll be in a new age group, so that’s always fun.
So anyway, I’m gradually increasing my mileage, until now without a real goal. Well, except for the Tram Road Challenge, which is a 3.7 mile run straight up a mountain. I did okay last year, but I’d like to do better, so I’ve been doing some tempo runs and hill repeats, and this week I created a fun workout that should help.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” ~ Colin Powell • • After my race last weekend I felt a bit inspired to work on my speed with a tempo run, but I also have the Tram Road Challenge coming up at the end of the month (3.7 miles, 2000 feet elevation gain, basically straight up the mountain), so hill training was also a good idea. • • I decided to combine the two workouts! I’m fortunate (<– glass half full 😉) that I live halfway up a long hill, so after a one mile downhill warm-up, I started back up the hill, pushing it to comfortably hard, for a half mile. I recovered for a quarter mile, then repeated the interval. • • By that time I was near the top of the hill, so I crossed over the wash, pausing to run 10 sets of stairs, then made my way over to my favorite hill, where I did 6 repeats. Whew! That’s enough for one day. • • By the way, I’m trying out these @rymorasports compression socks (#ad). They are very popular in the UK and newly available on Amazon in the US. I liked them a lot, they felt good, looked great, and are available for an amazingly low price on amazon.com. I’ll share the link in an upcoming blog post, but if you can’t wait just search for Rymora.
Friday was an easy three mile recovery run. I’m enjoying these cool temperatures so much I have to remind myself that I need these easy, short runs
and that I’m not a spring chicken anymore!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~ Dr. Seuss • • I’m back with Dr. Seuss and a short recovery run this morning. I only ran three miles, but as you can see the direction possibilities are endless. • • Scroll through to see what almost put a damper on my run (I dug it out of the sole of my shoe)! And if you pass rocks like the ones in the last frame you know I’ve been there. Or at least another taker of the #runningselfie. 🤣
Finally, let’s talk about that new/old friend thing. If you’re a blogger, or if you’re active on social media, you know what I mean about having friends that you never met. If you follow their blogs, or their posts on Instagram, you start to feel like you know the author, especially if you have things in common and the connection goes both ways. I’ve been fortunate over the years to meet many of my favorite bloggers, sometimes at races, but mostly at my annual trek to Blogfest.
I first “met” Wendy a few years ago. I commented on one of her blog posts because I could really empathize with some issues she was having with her oldest son. Since then we’ve been blogging friends. We’re close to the same age (I get to say that because I’m the older one), we’re both runners, and both dealing with some of the same issues. Wendy was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis last year and has become such a warrior in her fight against the disease.
Anyway, when she told me she was coming to the desert for a weekend with her sister, I was really excited to have a chance to finally meet her in real life. She was having an RA flare, so we decided to meet up for a hike instead of a run.
“Friendship is so weird.. you just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like ‘yep I like this one’ and you just do stuff with them.” ~ Unknown • • Yep, that’s pretty much how it went. This was the first time I actually met @wendyistakingthelongwayhome, though I have “known” her for years. So we, along with her sister, just did stuff together. Awesome hike on the Art Smith Trail, which included a little rock climbing, misdirection (we were sure someone had moved the signs) and some fabulous views. • • So, how was your Saturday morning?
Can you say awesome and amazing? I had a great time with Wendy and her sister. We had a few adventures in our hike (like getting sort of lost and doing some unplanned rock climbing, but eventually making it to the perfect viewpoint of the desert. Here are a couple more photos that didn’t make it to the Instagram post.
I can’t wait until Wendy comes back to the desert because I have a lot more trails I want to show here, including the one that Alan and I ran on Sunday.
So maybe that silly photo doesn’t show my desert to it’s best advantage, but this little video does. This one’s for you, Wendy.
So, how was your week? Any travel, fun, or new/old friends?
My weekly linkups! Please stop by and check out all of the great recipes, workouts, and information that all these awesome bloggers share every week!
Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah
Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Dixya
Tuesdays on the Run with Marcia, Erika, and Patty
Inspire Me Monday with Janice
Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie, Jen, and Nicole
The Plant-Based Potluck Party with Deborah
The Running Coaches’ Corner with Rachel, Suz, Lora Marie, and Me!
Friday 5 2.0 with Rachel and Lacey and Meranda