Everything I need to know in life, I learned by running a marathon

17 Feb

Hey Squad,

As we are all aware ( well maybe not everyone) the lottery for the TCS NYC 2016 marathon closes on Friday.
I have been thinking a lot about my marathon experience and have come up with this very deep observation on life based on the experience.

Everything I need to know in life I learned from running a marathon

  1. Preparation is everything.
  2. No bullshitting your readiness with out consequences i.e injuries and hours of PT
  3. Running is better with a group, but ultimately its you and the road
  4. Showing up is more than half the battle, your heart will lead you to the best outcome
  5. If you don’t love what you are doing you will never be great at it
  6. You are the star in your own show. Give yourself good PR (avoid negative self talk)
  7. Everyone will still love you  employ you, talk to you, etc) if you make time for yourself
  8. Read number 7 again
  9. There are signs along the way that will influence you, challenge you, and make you smile.
  10. Remember to thank the sign holders

And yes, I signed up for the lottery because well…  that would be number 11. I am crazy.

Cheerfully yours,

phyllis4fitness

Long run- elliptical style

06 Sep

imageFirst off I want to update you on the success of the donut holes for hole in the wall sale. We raised 400.00 ! There was a great team of people that made it happen and Linda was an amazing cheerleader at the end to make sure each bag was sold.
Thank you everyone !
Today is hot, humid and there are thunderstorms in the forecast. I am also finishing up rehabing ( is that a word) my ankle from Sunday,so my 16 miles were all on the elliptical.
I am a sweaty mess and my quads are screaming, but it’s ok.
Tomorrow the forecast is better and I feel better about taking the ankle on a test drive.
Next up, a facial. Do you get regular facials? I am a believer.

Have a great Saturday.

Signed,

Phyllis4fitness

10 mile run Interupted

31 Aug

I usually run on Saturday, but Chuck and I took advantage of his only Saturday off from school this summer to go to a Farmers Market and take in a summer matinee movie.
So this morning, I go up early and hit the road all set for 10 miles.
It’s cloudy today and very humid so after one mile I was already drenched, but I was ok and glad that sun was staying behind those clouds.
As I ran between mile 3 and 4 I heard a car honk its horn. I was on the sidewalk so I know it wasn’t at me, but it startled me just the same. I momentarily lost my footing and BAM, rolled my right ankle.
These things happen, so I just kept going, the closer I got to the beach area, the more runners I saw so that helped me get my mind off the constant pain in my foot. I stopped at mile 4.5 and tried the Honey Stinger Gel with caffeine. These gels are much smoother than the GUs. I can’t report on the boost because at mile 5 I was calling Chuck for a pickup.
It was clear that although I could continue to run, I probably shouldn’t because it hurt almost each time my foot hit the pavement.
This is just a blip, RICE ( rest, ice, compression, elevate) and if that doesn’t kick it, I know a great PT routine.

Signed,
Phyllis4fitness

Oh, this is why they call it training..

29 Aug

Happy Labor Day weekend!
So today as part if exercising my brain during my run, I was able to not freak out when my pace was really off.
I worked it out that as these weekday runs get longer (6 miles) it’s going to impact the pace. I am tired. The boot camp was great for the knees but made the quads scream.
Yoga this am was wonderful but my abs are stitchy. I guess it’s always something!
The long run this weekend calls for 10 miles.
I stopped in at a local running store to pickup some more running fuel.
Tomorrow I will be trying out the new Honey Stinger gels. The salesperson said they are kinder to the stomach, so I am hopeful they give me the same boost I had from the GU last week.
I will be sure to let you know.
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Signed,

Phyllis4fitness

What I ate Wednesday AM

27 Aug

As part of my new commitment to blogging I am adding in the WIAW ( what I ate wednesday) posts.

This am, I had a breakfast smoothie as usual but I added a new ingredient Sweet Dark Cherries.  They were very good.

Today I used

1 cup vanilla unsweetened coconut milk

1 tablespoon Justins Almond butter

1/4 cup frozen sweet dark cherries  ( 365 brand from Whole Foods)

1 scoop Vega Protein powder

I mixed it up in the single serving blender bottle from the Ninja and it tasted like a PB& J milkshake.  It kept me full right up till lunch.

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Signed,

Phyllis4fitness