Monthly archives: October, 2014

Weekend Update – Oct 11/12, 2014

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup – check out her site to see what everyone’s been up to! (training recap coming Tues)

NEXT SUNDAY IS Baystate!!!

Reminders:

  • Looking for peaking/taper tips and info? Check out this post from last week. Hang in there!
  • If you are interested in the “peaking” approach to the taper that I’ve discussed or want some advice on getting through the last 2 or so weeks before your marathon, you might also want to read Greg McMillan‘s short new e-book Surviving the Marathon Freak-Out.

RUN

  • Sat – Plan was 12 with last 6 at MGP. Ran 13.1: 6mi w/u, then 3mi MGP followed by 1mi 7s faster than MGP, 1mi 13s faster than MGP, 1mi 20s faster than MGP, 0.2mi 27s faster than MGP, cooldown for 0.9. Took EFS gel after mile 6, then some of a Jet Blackberry GU at mile 9, a little bit more of it after 10 or 11. Wore my vest weighted with flasks with water to make up for carrying less gel, wore my tank under the vest (with bib pins in it) to make sure it’d be okay. Wore 2013 orthotics with newest shoes and newer pair of socks. Worked ok. Did my usual bike spin with recovery drink and exercises after. Ate some sweet potatoes even though I wasn’t hungry. Skipped Whartons due to massage.
  • Sun – 5.5 mile “recovery” run outside. The recovery is in quotes as we again note my lack of pace sense or control. My average pace was just over a minute faster than it should have been, with one mile 1:20 faster and at least one time I looked down and saw that my instant pace was MGP.

What I wore Sunday on my run – perfect for the 50 degree, partly sunny, kind of breezy temps. It was lovely out and I got to see some changing leaves. You can read a description of the meaning  behind the different patterns and color choices on the shirt here. (I love their shirts, gorgeous and comfy, but always wait for a discount code.)

teal radiant sun shirt

teal radiant sun shirt

NON-RUN

Saturday – Followed Ironman Kona a bit online. Last massage before the race 130pm. Came back, made a snack, read the November Runner’s World and some blogs I follow. Too chilly/rainy for porch time. Chinese for dinner again, watched a couple of TV shows. Both Friday and Saturday night, I woke up every hour after 2am. Bleah.

Sunday – After being awakened by race announcers and entertainment at a nearby race (yes, they are THAT loud – just wait till MCM), got myself up and dressed. Watched the start of the Chicago Marathon, went for my run, came back and watched the rest of the race. Loved having the live feed! (my hometown marathon, though I’ve never run it) Cooked kabocha, had sweet potatoes and then kabocha for breakfast. Once DH returned, chowed on some bacon. Fought with iTunes, decided I needed a snack. (may have wrestled it into submission….or got lucky, don’t really care which!) Trying to get some stuff done this afternoon before we drop my car off for service tomorrow, pick up dinner and watch TV. Closed out Sunday with the great news that Champy (Sarah of Another Mother Runner) BQ’d at the Victoria Marathon!

Now we’re in the real mental game time…..staying calm, focused, relaxed, doing visualizations and prep. When in doubt, do less.

So glad Monday is a holiday.  One perk of federal service – we’re celebrating by taking my car in for service to fix a worrying burning smell.  Might get to eat lunch out with DH. Tuesday, telework/chiro, Wednesday office. I took Thursday off for final travel prep, haircut, etc. (I’m thinking that will be a good thing.)

Friday is my travel day (small plane, ugh), will stop to see my sister and dad, run by Whole Foods and such. Saturday I’ll do a short and easy shakeout run near the race finish (if you want to join me, let me know) then eat, head to the expo, get more food and settle in to the hotel. Depending on the area, weather, crowds and how I feel I may take a short walk in the afternoon. Dinner will be late afternoon, then into evening snacking and sleeping as best I can. Hoping to get good sleep Friday night.

The race starts at 8am ET on Sunday! Please send lots of positive energy for strong, speedy legs and a great race my way!

I’ll update you all as soon as I can after I’m done but it’ll be a while.  Since I’m solo, unless one of my tweeps (or their DH) is willing to sherpa my iPhone (meet before, hold during, meet after), it’ll be at the hotel so I won’t get to it for a while after the race. I won’t put it in my drop bag (just sweats, recovery drink go in there).

Hope you had a great weekend! Please tell me about it in the comments.



Friday Five – 5 favorite fuels for running/fitness

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps

Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!

This week’s theme is: 5 favorite fuels for running/fitness. My twitchy tummy makes this a list with no surprises for regular readers.

1) Pre-run: Beet Elite, FRS chews. A serving of BeetElite is about 30 calories, 2 FRS chews 40, with a little caffeine. For races or long runs with lots of goal pace miles, fast-finish long runs (FFLR) or simulator runs, a bit of gel/water right at the start.

BeetElite and FRS chews

BeetElite and FRS chews

2) During long runs, long speedwork and races:  EFS Liquid Shot Vanilla

Lately I’ve been trying GU as a backup since my vest can only hold 2 flasks of EFS (only downsides of EFS is they aren’t really in stores and  they don’t sell in packets as well as flasks). I’ve tried 4 flavors so far and liked all to varying degrees. They seemed to sit okay in my tummy, though each has only been tried once. All have caffeine which is new for me. L to R: Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Jet Blackberry, Roctane Blueberry Pomegranate.

3) Post-run Recovery – Ultragen. Right combo of carbs/protein to replenish my stores, and super-easy on my stomach. Cappuccino, yum.

EFS Liquid Shot, Ultragen and GU

EFS Liquid Shot, Ultragen and GU

Backup for post-run protein when I’m at home on telework days is Hammer Whey protein, alone or mixed w/ water, “milk”, applesauce or pumpkin puree. Can be eaten hot, cold or room temp. I’ve also used it as an afternoon or evening snack, and I’ve even brought it to work a time or two. A little Torani sf syrup or sweetener doesn’t hurt. You can also add nuts. Another option is to make chia seed pudding w/ whey.

4) After my recovery drink/protein: sweet potatoes! With or without nut butter, coconut manna, maple butter/honey but always with celtic sea salt.

5) Daily nutrition: My daily nutrition is pretty consistent (some might say boring). I tend to eat the same things over and over because I like them and they work for my tummy. I eat a lot of kabocha and other squashes – but mostly kabocha when I can get it, as it’s my favorite. I often eat it plain, but I’ve been known to top it with nut butter. I also eat root veggies like beets – lately lots of beets, a small can a day. Frozen bananas, with nut butter and celtic sea salt, are almost a daily staple.

Kabocha piece and whole, Japanese sweet potato (L), Stokes purple (R)

Kabocha piece and whole,(center), Japanese sweet potato (L), Stokes purple (R)

6) Speaking of nut butter, it deserves its own place in the list:

 

my fave nut butters

my fave nut butters

 What are some of your favorite fuels for running or overall fitness? I’m always on the hunt. Happy Friday!



Almost Wordless Wednesday

A cute arrangement of the Paleo almond flour bread and coconut flour rolls I got last week from BonnBoni via a local Farmer’s Market (a DH find!). They are AMAZING! Taste and texture are what I remember good bread – back in my gluten days (5 years ago) – being like, kind of moist, chewy, with an almost sourdough taste. I will have to make more trips before the market shuts down, to freeze stock for the winter.

 

paleo bread and rolls

paleo bread and rolls

 



Training Tuesday – Recap for Wk of Sept 29, 2014

Here’s last week’s training recap. A good week! (knock wood)

Less than 2 weeks to Baystate!

Run 52.1 miles

  • T – 15 miles on a telework Tuesday – 2mi warmup, 12mi at MGP!, 1mi c/d. Good HR after run. Tried Hammer Vanilla gel. Tummy took it ok, but way too thick and sweet for me. Crossing it off the backup list.
  • W – 3.1 ez pace miles, racing my GI tract all the way. Glad I was on the treadmill.
  • Th – fartlek, 8.5mi total: 3mi warmup, then 4x(2min at 20s faster than MGP, 1min jog), 4x(2min at 39s faster than MGP, 1min jog), 1x2min at 45s faster than MGP, 1min jog, 1x2min at 50s faster w/ 1min jog, then about 2mi cooldown. Tried Salted Caramel GU. A winner. Tastes like the sponge candy my mom used to get from New England – a little sweet (could be less sweet for me), a little salty, a little burnt sugar/bitter taste that left a pleasant aftertaste.
  • Sat – 20 miles! 9th 20 miler (out of 12 long runs) in Baystate training cycle. 10 miles increasing through ez pace zone, then 6mi MGP, followed by 1mi 7s faster than MGP, 1mi 13s faster than MGP, 1mi 20s faster than MGP, 1mi cooldown. As Felicia might say, BOOM! We’ll call this even a better run than the comparable run pre-Shamrock as I added a 3rd mile faster than MGP and a cooldown mile. More gel experimentation. Tried Jet Blackberry GU, maybe not a home run like Salted Caramel, but good enough that I might use it. A little sweet, fruity, a little tart (maybe bitter from caffeine?). Nice to have more options, fortunate to have no real issues with what I’ve tried. Fresh pair of Adrenaline 13s seem to be holding up ok.
  • Sun – 5.5miles outside in gorgeous and chilly fall weather. We learn again that I am not good at running a recovery pace outside – I just go how I feel and it’s faster than it should be, though it feels a bit slow or sloggy. But I got outside, which is the point, and a good thing.

Bike: 1h Monday and Friday, 30 min after Saturday’s long run
Core: M/W/F AM 
Wharton flex: 6
Chiro exercises: Ohnos T/Th/Sat
Coach Jay GSM routine: Hard days T/Th/Sat, easy days W/Sun. (days I do the Coach Jay GSM, there are some of the Myrtl moves in there – I really like the Myrtls)
Calf stretches: 7x 
Walk: pre-run 15 min warmups
Drills: before every run – lunge matrix, high knees, skips, butt kicks, butt kicks moving in reverse, karaoke, front & lateral leg swings
Other: Chiro Tues, sports massage Sun.
Nutrition: There were some crunchy things eaten over the weekend (but split over 2 nights, with some help from DH), plenty of AZ and some bananas with nut butter. Nothing out of control though. Stokes Purple/purple sweet potatoes are back! And I’ve decided to eat beets (canned ones) M-F to add to the beet effect I get from my BeetElite on Saturday. Whatever help I can get!
Life/work stress: Probably holding roughly the same. Feeling really uninterested in anything but running and related stuff (aside from reading, eating and relaxing/TV watching). And yet I’m not doing everything I should/could be doing right now for prep, dragging my feet a bit. Feel behind on race planning, visualization, etc. though I’ve done my first checklist and draft packing list (helpful as I start to identify things I’m forgetting). A bit stressed about the small plane and what that means for carryon, gate check, checked bag, etc. More prep to be done there. Nailing down food options a bit, but freezer logistics at the hotel are suboptimal. The playlist still needs to be checked and updated. A shakeout run needs to be coordinated, maps printed, etc.

This may all be related to a general sense of being less prepared than I’d wanted to be and that making me nervous, and those nerves show up oddly….that said, I don’t really have any way of knowing how prepared or ready I am. I’ve tried to do what I could with what I had. Soon we’ll find out!

Hope you’re having a great week!



Weekend Update – Oct 4/5, 2014

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup – check out her site to see what everyone’s been up to! (training recap coming Tues)

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS to Baystate!!! They’re painting the course now….

Reminders:

  • Looking for peaking/taper tips and info? Check out this post from last week. Hang in there!
  • If you are interested in the “peaking” approach to the taper that I’ve discussed or want some advice on getting through the last 2 or so weeks before your marathon, you might also want to read Greg McMillan‘s short new e-book Surviving the Marathon Freak-Out.

RUN

  • Sat – 20 miles! 9th 20 miler (out of 12 long runs) in Baystate training cycle. 10 miles increasing through ez pace zone, then 6mi MGP, followed by 1mi 7s faster than MGP, 1mi 13s faster than MGP, 1mi 20s faster than MGP, 1mi cooldown. As Felicia might say, BOOM! We’ll call this even a better run than the comparable run pre-Shamrock as I added a 3rd mile faster than MGP and a cooldown mile. More gel experimentation which you can read about on Tuesday, nice to have more options, fortunate to have no real issues with what I’ve tried. Fresh pair of Adrenaline 13s seem to be holding up ok.
  • Sun – 5.5miles outside in gorgeous and chilly fall weather, and a new pair of socks (ahhh). We learn again that I am not good at running a recovery pace outside – I just go how I feel and it’s faster than it should be. But I got outside, which is the point, and a good thing.

NON-RUN

Saturday – Usual routines post-run: recovery drink, bike, exercises, catching up with you all. A couple of tiny purple/purple sweet potatoes were my lunch, with a little coconut manna on one of them. Spent a bit more time online before heading out to the porch with Running Times, Racing Wisely, a notebook and my laptop….and some fleece blankets for my chilled self. Quiet evening watching recorded TV until around 8, whereupon DH plugged into a baseball game until around 9, my “snack and wind down time”. Strangely, had a really hard time falling asleep, gave up on my usual dozing in the chair and went upstairs after 11. Woke up a number of times during the night, even had a weird dream at the end that was basically a sequel to a disturbing movie-like dream I had a while back.

Sunday – After my run, while eating breakfast and doing food prep for the week, watched/listened to the Twin Cities Marathon live stream provided by USATF and RunnerSpace. Glad to be able to follow it, some up-and-comers won the USA Championships, and Ariana Hilborn came in 4th, with a PR and I think an A Standard OTQ time. (more with her here, only running a few years, first marathon was 4:36 – she was once one of us!) Nice Masters results, congrats to Sheri Piers, Joanna Zeiger, Kristin Barry, and Mike Wardian! Did my exercises and Whartons, then off to massage.

Back from massage, puttered in the kitchen a bit, showered and tried on new clothes I’d ordered. Very frustrating. Out of 3 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of shorts, 7 bras (5 running, 2 non), I have two “maybe” shorts – 2 pairs of Asics Fit-Sana (saw Deena wearing them but I’ve never worn such short/fitted shorts, not sure how I feel about them even running inside) and 1 pair of Nike men’s smalls I ordered thinking they were women’s (d’oh). They’re non-refundable, so not sure what I’ll do. They’re, um, VERY, split on the sides. Again, I could probably wear them on the treadmill but I might try to find a good home for them just so they don’t remind me of my carelessness in buying them. Decided to try to redeem my cranky mood by writing this on the porch, delaying dinner a bit (DH being his usual flexible and supportive self). Looking forward to dinner and more relaxing/TV/reading.

This week, chiro Tuesday, trigger point Thursday, sports massage mid afternoon Saturday. Will be spending some time packaging returns and taking them to their various shippers. Hoping to telework Friday before the 3 day weekend. Lots still to do in terms of race prep/planning, list-making, mental training, etc.

Another example of how DH rocks….He noticed that the last set of “Boston” yellow mums really didn’t love the warmer weather so he got me new ones while he was at Whole Foods picking up other stuff for me/us this week. Hope to pot them on a telework day this week.

 

latest Boston flowers

latest Boston flowers, awaiting potting into the blue pots below

Hope you had a great weekend! Please tell me about it in the comments.



October Virtual Coffee Date

I’m joining other bloggers like CocoJill and Amanda who sometimes do a coffee date on the 1st Saturday of the month… Welcome October!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I got officially accepted into the 2015 Boston Marathon! I’ve got the email, the screen shot of me in the database, and am eagerly awaiting the postcard this month (which I will likely frame).

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’ve actually HAD coffee 3 times since we last chatted! (decaf, but still) It’s been a real treat. Twice I’ve made it with my AeroPress (thanks to MidpackBiped for the suggestion), which makes an espresso-like shot I then dilute with hot water.  The other time was a decaf Americano at a place across the street from work, with a work buddy. It was such an odd feeling to step into Starbucks to buy my own coffee and into the indie coffee house to actually order something (last minute decision). I was practically in tears just sitting and chatting over coffee – it’s been so long and I used to enjoy it so much. I’m trying to keep it an occasional treat, not a habit. Might be a challenge – the place across the street has a regular and decaf espresso blend from a particular roaster which I used to buy in my hometown when I lived there and then when I visited my Dad. Maybe I’ll buy regular for DH and decaf for myself and stick the Starbucks in the freezer for emergencies.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

Two weeks from tomorrow is Baystate! (gulp) I’ve done much better on my runs in September (once I adjusted my goal pace). I’m hoping that’s a good sign for the race. I don’t really know how I feel about the race except somehow unprepared. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t kicked in the mental training yet….and I think I’m sort of dragging my heels about it due to nervousness about the race. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t forgotten how hard Shamrock was (see #2 here) but I also remember how proud of myself I am for that race, my performance and persistence and toughness in it, and my BQ. I left it all on the course, and that’s what I want to do again. Oct. 19th has seemed so far off for so long, and now it’s coming up at warp speed.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m SO ready for fall temps, which are supposed to arrive in my area this weekend. Yes, I’m cold all the time but I’m from the Midwest and it’s October….warm days now are just wrong. <grin>  And leaves should change, not turn brown and die…not that I have an opinion or anything. I’m also looking forward to al things pumpkin, then adding gingerbread and molasses-type flavors to the season as well.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

Purple/purple sweet potatoes have returned! They showed up Thursday at a local organic food store, and I bought a lot of them. I’m so glad I did as when I went back Friday, they were all gone. They are called Stokes Purple™ sweet potatoes, and I know one produce company that distributes them is Frieda’s. They’re a bit more dense than regular orange sweet potatoes, closer to the Japanese sweet potatoes or Hannah sweet potatoes, and they’re also less wet and less overly sweet than the orange (garnet/jewel) can be. They’re great for pretty much everything you’d use a regular sweet potato for, including eating plain or with nut butter. I haven’t tried cooking with them, but imagine the visual – and mix the purple and the orange for a real standout dish!

Stokes purple sweet potatoes

Stokes purple sweet potatoes – they look a bit more purple than this in real life

Stokes purple sweet potatoes inside

Stokes purple sweet potatoes inside

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I tried Salted Caramel GU (trying out backups to my First Endurance vanilla Liquid Shot since I can only carry so many flasks in my vest). Yum. It tasted to me almost exactly like sponge candy that my mom used to get from the Northeast. A little sweet, a little salty, a little burnt sugar, almost bitter edge. Nice change of pace. I’d tried Hammer Vanilla earlier in the week and realized it’s much thicker and sweeter than what I’m now used to, a no-go unless it’s all there is. Next up to try is either GU Vanilla Bean or Jet Blackberry (which I hear Deena Kastor uses in the last part of her marathons – an endorsement if ever there was one).

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I tried a fresh pair of Adrenalines on Thursday and will run my last two “long” runs in them to break them in pre-race. I really need the Adrenaline 15s to come out so I can see if they’ll work for me. Getting nervous about having shoes for Boston training & race!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I finally registered for the Richmond Marathon. Haven’t registered for Across the Years yet though, should do that soon.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m building twitter lists of folks who are running Baystate, Richmond and Boston to make it easier for me to try to meet up with them.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I tried acupuncture once and probably will have a couple more appointments. It didn’t do anything bad and may have helped, but it’s hard to tell. So many variables.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

In case you hadn’t figured it out… I’m pretty much obsessed with anything related to running and my races right now. If it’s not in some way related to those things, and it’s not eating, reading or relaxing with TV/DVDs (or maybe blogging), I can’t seem to get myself care much about it and won’t be spending any more time or energy than necessary on it.

What would you tell me if we were having a coffee date? (now with actual coffee!)



Friday Five – Fitness Inspirations

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps

Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!

This week’s theme is: 5 Fitness Inspirations (only 5?! sorry, gotta make the list longer).

You’ll find most of mine are older and have dealt or are dealing with some fairly major life and/or medical challenges. Many of them use their lives, stories, and running to reach, serve and help others – so they’re inspirations to me in more ways than just fitness.

Inspiration:

-something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone

-a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something

Non-elite athletes

My sister – She ran the Chicago Marathon in 1980 – I think it was the LaSalle Bank Marathon back then. We still have the photo taken of her during the race. She started having knee problems after that and stopped running the next year. Though she’d moved away, she came home to visit sometimes and I remember her training through bad weather, and one picture of her in red hoodie out running down the middle of our street after a blizzard, you could see about half of her above the snowbank. I read the training book she behind left over and over. It was Running for Health and Beauty by Kathryn Lance, and I think it was published in 1977!

Bart Yasso – One of the most positive, enthusiastic and encouraging people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and the honor to know. The Mayor of Running is a runner with amazing accomplishments, but I admire him for his love of running and runners, and his dedication to us and to the sport in the face of pain and illness. He continues to do whatever he can to support us all, facing his challenges with a positive attitude, grace and grit that can too easily make us forget the daily struggles he faces. (read his book)

Felicia Wilkerson – Retired from the Marine Corps and dealing with many medical issues herself, she is running 12 races for 1200 miles in 12 months to raise funds to give to two organizations which aid injured military personnel. She says that in doing so she is giving back to herself “by deciding that I will achieve what they said would no longer be possible”. She’s an accomplished athlete who moves forward in the face of many daily challenges and some larger obstacles, which she mentions about but doesn’t highlight, all in the service of others.

Sarah Reinertsen – I had the great good fortune to hear her speak (after reading her book) at the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Festival in June. What can you say about a young woman whose motto is “fear less, live more”? Her determination, her honesty about her struggles, and her work to help others make her an exceptional human being as well an exceptional athlete. (read her book)

Erin Henderson – Mom of 12 (yes 12!), coach and competitive runner going for an Olympic Trials Qualifying time, Erin also supports charities like Girls on the Run Foundation, helping young female runners in Ethiopia.

Elites

Many of the elites make balancing running, family, community/service to others (and for one, a day job) a priority in their lives, and something they demonstrate as well as talk about with others.

Meb Keflezighi – As if his life story wasn’t inspiring enough, his work ethic, consistency and utter dedication to running has fueled multiple comebacks and wins, an Olympic Marathon medal and a historic, amazing Boston Marathon win. He’s also a husband and father, “Maintaining Excellent Balance” and helps others through his foundation.

Joan Benoit Samuelson – I still remember watching her win the Olympic Gold Medal. She has gone on to many other running accomplishments as well as raising a family and being involved in various organizations that work to help others and her area in some way. I’d love to run Beach to Beacon someday!

Deena Kastor – Chicago Marathon winner, Olympic medalist, American Record holder for the half and full marathons and now World Record holder for the Masters half marathon! Deena has worked hard for many years, come back from injuries, and always maintained a positive attitude and perspective on her running. She has crafted her life around her running, but without letting it take over. Her family is obviously a priority, and she mentors others through the Mammoth Track Club (she emailed me back when I sent in a question!), recently hosted a Runner’s World Ask Me Anything – then showed up at RW HQ after her amazing race! Can’t wait to read whatever book she’s writing.

Mike Wardian – Mike is another supremely positive and enthusiastic guy. I’d love to get him and Bart Yasso in a room together (maybe Dean Karnazes too) – no bad mood or problem would be too much for them to overcome! Local to my area (though I’ve yet to meet him), Mike’s twitter bio says it almost all: father/husband/ship broker/endurance athlete. I suspect the order is intentional. Mike has amazing athletic accomplishments, but works to bring his family along on his adventures and does local races and organizes races to support his sons’ school.

Shout outs to these folks who inspire me too:

Lisa Gonzales – Ovarian cancer survivor coming back to running, Lisa shares the ups and downs of both of those aspects of her life in a frank, funny and moving way. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Amy Pope Fitzgerald – Living with Lyme Disease (as is Bart Yasso), Amy runs and supports others with the same illness, and is a positive and encouraging soul. (She’s encouraged me to run the JFK50 Mile!)

Jacqueline Millet – Jacquie started running late in life, and took the V60 (60 year age group) win at the Comrades Marathon! She runs many many marathons and intends to keep on going. I have tried to encourage her to blog, so if you get in touch with her, please do so as well!

One more thing my inspirations have in common? Gratitude, frequently expressed – for the support and help of others, for the opportunities they’ve had and have, and for whatever they can do, regardless of whether it’s more limited than in the past or has changed due to things outside of their control. They, and many others including many of my tweeps and bloggers/blog readers, inspire me every day. I thank them – and you – all.

Who are your fitness inspirations and why?

 

 

 



Almost Wordless Wednesday

Here’s a tea I’m enjoying in the evening as I read and try to wind down. Some nights it even helps me stop snacking as much….some nights.

Republic of Tea Good Hope Rooibos Vanilla

Republic of Tea Good Hope Rooibos Vanilla

How do you wind down in the evening before bed?