Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tooting my Horn Tuesday

Yes I'm here surviving through this Massachusetts heat wave.
Ultra marathon training in full swing. Details later.

Had a great trip to CO (thanks to Chuck).
One of the best parts was hanging at 12degrees brewery in Louisville with my young cousin Louis :), seeing a few of my gal pals, and hanging out in Denver. Chuck took me on a kick ass bike ride in Boulder! Loved the Specialized bike with front suspension!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pep Talk Sunday

Here's my new idea, forget Monday motivation, I need Pep Talk Sunday. It's the Sunday night blues, but I'm not dragging myself into a pit. Why you ask? Because I have a lot to be grateful for, including what I've accomplished (after dealing with a major move, a new job, and dealing with PF for over a year).

Just remember Jillie Bean, smiles for miles...one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward!

A few races between Jan and Feb, including some with kick ass  hills.....Amherst to name one!!
Jan miles - 145 
Feb miles - 102
Cross training - Eliptical and Stationery bike
The continuation of stretching and some chiropractor work on my calves and feet. 

One of the best parts of kicking a week into gear, is knowing you had a terrific weekend of running and hiking!!! Finally, after many years I'm back to it and I have to thank my friend Mike. The king of the mountains and hiking! 
It's not outrageous mileage or elevation gains, but enough that I feel a work out and wonderful views of our North East....ocean and mountains. It's grand and every bit counts.

So as I head into this week, dealing with the drudgery of report cards and the challenges of teaching, I think about how I'm able to continue to run and being able to try new things or go back to old ones. Friends are great for pep talks, but so is my meshugganah mind! 


A lot of cold days and high winds, but I got through the races and a few muddy hikes.

And now I'm off....to get ready for the work week and watch the Downton Abbey finale!!!!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Motivation

The fact that I made it through January, running everyday (due to the Winter Warrior Challenge sponsored by Marathon Sports), is enough to motivate me further. Counting Dec 31, I ran 32 days in a row. I've never done that in my 20 years running. WOW! #marathonsports

151 miles (6 miles were hiking with some decent elevation gains) 
145 total outdoor running miles!!!! 1 mile short of my PR but I'll take it!

The big deal here.....after suffering with PF for a year and a half, I came back but wiser. I am NOT running faster, but taking my time. 
I'm also consistent with stretching, massaging, icing, heat, and compression. Been doing weights 2x a week too.

Finally, it was fun to run a race on my birthday and to close out #winterwarriorchallenge, Jan 31.

Here's to month #2 - February. 
Bring it on....

Motivation? Planning the next races!!!