"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Good Life Ride

What a beautiful day for a ride.  Yep, I said "ride".  This is my first Good Life Ride today.  Bad part first...I signed up for the 22 miler but dropped to the 10 miler.  I was afraid I could not maintain the 10 mph requirement for the 22 mile distance.  I rode my bike on Monday for 15 miles and it was tough!  Don't know if it was where I rode or the grades or just the plain fact that I didn't use my gears as I should.  I am so new at biking and have SO much to learn!  I knew I could ride the 10 miles and probably could have done close to 20 with no problem but the speed made it a question.  After all, I can't stand when people bypass the rules just because they want to do something.  It is so selfish and annoying to others.  Hence...10 miles for me today. 

I wanted to do the very best that I could even if it was a fun ride.  It's just the competitor in me, I guess.  I started out in the front so I wouldn't have to get around those that planned on a leisurely ride or those with children.  For a short while, there were four people ahead of me.  It wasn't too long though before two couples passed me.  As we got through the roads and headed out on to the trail system the trees kept it nice and cool even though the temps were not bad to begin with.  The trail was so nice to ride on.  The eight folks that got ahead of me were barely seen after a couple of miles on this turn.  I enjoyed this so much!  It was so peaceful.  Before I realized it I was nearing the turn around point and they were all there .  I know this was a ride and not a race but when I reached this point, I didn't expect to just sit around and laugh at the teenagers that couldn't get the water container open for me!  A little irritating as it should have already been done.  After a quick swig, I got back on the trail and headed back to the finish. 

The feeling was so different from a race as there weren't any Start or Finish Lines.  You started together and finished on your own.  Something I've got to get accustomed to if I want to do more.  One thing I wasn't excited about was the many, many times you had to slow to almost a stop or stop completely for the road intersections on the trail.  I would guess that there were at least a dozen of those ONE WAY!  This slows you down a lot and really cuts into your speed.  Okay...it's coming out...the racer that I am. 

There were 4 rides today.  They were 10 miles, 22 miles, 40 miles and 64 miles with varying start times and locations.  The further you rode the earlier you started.  All ended at Tacky Jack's in Gulf Shores.  TJ served nachos and drinks and they were so good.  I can't wait to do this one next year...and, as of now, it will definitely be the 22 miler.  I found a couple of friends afterward and talked with them some.  Marsha and Pete were so encouraging even if they had just finished their 40 miles.  It's friends like these, whether they be bikers or runners, that reaches down inside you and gives you that extra "atta boy" that everyone wants and needs.  Thanks, guys!!  I appreciate you! 

Here are my stats when it was all said and done.  10.47 miles at a 10.6 mph for 59:03 minutes.  I am well pleased since I know this could have been faster.  I really, really enjoyed this and YES, there will be more.  I learned more about my gears and how to utilize them...again, this is a learning curve for sure, but my hope is getting stronger.  Unfortunately, there are no pics today.  :(  But I learned that I could get into this new sport easier than I thought I could.  Yay! 

I hope you are outside doing something because it's got to be beautiful where you are today.  I want to encourage you to at least, get out and walk a little.  Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of my lady-friends. 


Monday, May 2, 2016

Fiesta Five Flags 5k...Plus

April ended with completing 100 running/walking miles this month.  As a matter of fact, I have achieved 449.95 miles year-to-date on my way to reaching 1,000 miles for the year.  I'm thankful I am ahead of the game cause you never know what the future holds as far as being able to get them all in.  Also, I've been doing a 100-Mile Challenge each month since January and have more than accomplished this. 

We have run the Fiesta of Five Flags for years and it just seemed "right" to go to it this year.  Unfortunately, we neither one are up-to-par this year.  So we refocused our minds and did the best we could do.  As most of you know, my right hip has really been a pain...literally.  My plan this race was to run/walk it.  I had thought of withdrawing completely but hated to do that since I really could walk it if I needed to.  I didn't have a "plan" per se' but tried to run as much as I could and when I felt a twinge in my hip I walked a little bit.  This was what I did throughout the race.  I'm so glad that I went through with this.  Feeling like a quitter is quite different than feeling like you did the best you could do THROUGH the problem.  As it turned out, I placed 4th place in my age group of 14 others and only 5 seconds from actually getting an award!  Two ladies in my group received two of the top awards pushing me higher in rank. 

The month of May will present itself doing different things on a regular basis from the past.  For one, I'm going to stop running for two weeks and see if this helps my hip.  If I see progress but not completely pain free, then I will lay off another two weeks.  Hopefully, this will take care of my problem.  I'm thinking I'm having sciatic nerve problems. 

Secondly, I'm going to focus on riding my bike more to give my running legs a break for a while.  Today, I rode 15 miles on the trail system.  I honestly wish I could say I love cycling.  For now, I'm plugging along working on getting my butt use to the seat and not go numb before the ride is up.  I am still learning how to use my gears and there are so many things I need to know about a bike itself including maintenance and repair.

I saw a national bike challenge on Facebook and looked into it.  So in order to keep me on my bike regularly, I joined it.  For anyone that might be interested in doing this, too, here is the site
https://nationalbikechallenge.org/home .  Being realistic, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to keep with riding every day in May but I plan to ride at least one mile as much as I possibly can through the month and adding as many miles as I can through the end of September.  This includes spinning.  I hope by the end of the month, I can actually say that I look forward to riding 10 or 15 miles whenever I choose and that my butt will not hurt any more. 

I'll be looking into swimming soon to give me another cross training workout while my hip heals.  I'm also going to try a Gentle Yoga class. 

Well, that's it for now.  I'm looking forward to better running/racing this fall/winter.  Summer is not my time to run outside anyway so this is a great time to "lay off".  Hope all is going well for you.  Until next time

Run 4 It

2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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