Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm a NooB. Again.

I have been out of touch for a loooong, long time. I feel like I have no idea what is going on in the Running World anymore. I am out of the loop, the loop of any and all things running/racing related. I am a NOOB. Again. 

And that is OK.

I kinda like the idea of starting over, from scratch. I like the idea of getting back in the groove and finding the local races and community. I like the feeling of newness. Things had become a chore. Running was not for me anymore. It was for the blog. Then the blog wasn't enough to keep me going and I got bored. But now things are new and exciting again! There are new places to run, new races to run, new faces to see when I run....everything is NEW! Everything is awesome (insert corny Lego Movie Everything is Awesome Song here)!

The only thing that is not awesome is my stupid shoulder. Being on The Injured List is not awesome. Just sitting around waiting to feel better stinks, especially when you have nothing but time to kill. Since moving to OKC I have been flying solo. LB is in Cali with his dad so its just me....and Lazy Dog and Crazy Dog. I haven't started working yet so as you can imagine sitting around not working and not working out is kinda lame. Although the down time is nice I had hoped to be working out and getting ripped for the summer...OK, OK... at least getting back in shape.

I did joint the YMCA and have been able to use some of the cardio machines without using my shoulder too much. I have also been creepy stalking a few local organizations and have joined, at least in my mind I have joined their ranks! I found the Oklahoma Trail Runners Association and cannot wait until I am able to meet up with them on some of the local trails! I also found the The Landrunners  OKC Running Club. And then there is the local tri club....The Triathlon Club of Oklahoma City....I had big plans for at least two tris this summer but that is not going to happen now. So for now I will creep their web pages, long to join them all, and look forward to the day I can show up to at least one of any of these club's events.

So things are coming together here in OKC. It feels pretty good to be home....

Sunday, July 6, 2014

So Much Has Happened!

Wow wee! I remember telling y'all some time ago that BIG things were gonna happen and change was coming. Well it finally happened. I no longer live in The Land of the Pines on the East Coast. I am now an Okie again, landlocked in Middle America. 
 
I went from this....camping on the beach.....



To this.....

This is only a few of 5 Mile Nieces and Nephews. 


So, "How do I like it?" You ask.....

So far I like it. It's a big change but being near the family is pretty awesome. I've had some kinks along the way though. Moving is not easy and I am now here getting settled while LB is spending the summer with his dad in Cali. Summer just isn't the same without him. 

I've tried to take advantage of my kid-free time and joined the YMCA. Just my luck one week in to working out at the Y I went to a class with a friend and it was pretty intense. So intense in fact that I killed my shoulder. Literally, doing push-ups and burpees, next thing I know I can't do a neither push-up and my shoulder hurt so bad. So instead of running and training for a November marathon as I had planned I'll be having shoulder surgery in a couple of weeks.  Maybe the recovery won't be too bad or long and I can begin training by mid August, but I'm not gonna count on it. I'd also hoped to take this down time between moving and starting my new job to get yoga certified. But that isn't gonna happen with a bum shoulder either. So some things are just gonna have to wait. Being injured stinks. In the mean time I get to hang with the fam and chill pool-side.... And hopefully get back into this blog. It's been too long!!

So there you have it! What's been going on? What have I missed?!




Monday, April 7, 2014

Mother Nature Wants Some New Shoes-New Balance W980 to be Exact

Saturday the sun was shining. I played outside ALL day long.  It was great! Sunday it was cooler. Today it is cold.

Dear Mother Nature,

You're dumb.

Love,
Me

Sunday afternoon I put away ALL my winter clothes. I tucked my sweaters and corduroys in a vacuum bag and sealed them up.  I put my coats away too. And now Mother Nature is laughing at me.

I got to go for a nice run in the neighbor(ing)hood this weekend. I can't even believe I am about to admit this but I have had the SAME running shoes since before Virginia Beach 13.1 almost two years ago! If that doesn't tell you one of two things then I'll be a monkey's uncle.  It tells you 1) I'm a cheapskate and haven't bought new shoes and 2) I haven't been running much at ALL. Ugh.

But the time has come and I finally got some new digs--but I cannot tell a lie. I am still a cheapskate. The nice folks at online shoes.com  sent me these to try.  I have to say, I have been an Asics Die Hard User for the past 5 years and have not really considered going for a different shoe. I do have the the  New Balance Minimus WT10 trail shoe though, and I LOVE it.  Actually I have loved every pair of New Balance I've had but for some reason I've stuck to the Asics for my go-to marathon and road running shoe.  

I've been on three runs with these bright beauties and let me tell you, they are seriously light weight, bright, comfy, and the softness for the toe cage (is that a thing??) was like no other shoe I have worn.








At first I wasn't sure about how bright they are. I mean they are pretty flashy. I've been known to say that if you're gonna be flashy you better have the skills to back it up...which I do NOT at this point in time. However I have since found a bright shoe to be quite beneficial in these ways:

1) I can see them clearly when they are in the shoe basket.
2) I can find them quickly while searching for them.
3) I can easily recognize when Ace (the puppy) runs through the house carrying it.
4) People can see me coming. And going.
5) They make me run faster.

So I've been sold on the bright shoe.

New Balance makes the claim that you can actually feel the science of softness with these shoes and their Fresh Foam technology. I'm not sure if I can feel the science, but I can certainly feel a difference, and I know there is a ton of science that goes in to making these kinds of shoes. These shoes are a neutral stability shoe, just what I need.  It is certainly very close to the minimalist shoe I am used to only with some cush! I could feel the ground beneath my feet, it felt natural yet I could certainly feel the softness. So in comparison to my  WT10s, these felt minimalistic, both are very lightweight, both very roomy in the toe compartment, both fit like an old shoe, in a good way.  I have had no issues breaking these in, it's like they already form to my foot!  They have a padded collar for extra cushioning around the ankle, right where I always get blisters. These have shown no sign of rubbing around the ankle. These have a cushioned midsole but a low heel to toe drop. So it's a cushioned ride, yet lightweight (using new REVlite technology). So you'll be able to run comfortably for ever! Well, you know what I mean, until you get tired and stop running....

If you're in the market for a new pair of running shoes I think you should at least consider these New Balance Fresh Foam W980s HERE. They are a good shoe for summer given the mesh material, cushioning on the sole for those hot summer blacktops and sidewalks, and lets face it, who doesn't want something new and fresh and bright the try to cheer up Mother Nature?

*These shoes were given to me by Onlineshoes.com but the review is my own and an honest opinion about how I feel about the shoe and my experience with it thus far.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When will it stop??

The COLD that is!!

I am so beyond ready for spring it isn't even funny. We have had some beautiful days, teasers is more accurate, that have only strengthened my loathing of the cold.  Warm weather brings with it a desire to get out and do stuff...not stay holed up inside.

On my birthday I decided that I wasn't going to be old. I was feeling old but like the old man at the store told me, age is just a number, the only thing that matters is how you feel. So I realized that I am feeling old because I am not doing things to keep myself active.  So I have been making an effort to be more active.

I've jumped on the trampoline until I couldn't stand it, literally, I couldn't stand and almost catapulted off onto my face. I've also nearly double bounced LB into an alternate universe (or so he accuses me). I've done some treadmill runs. I've busted out my kettle bell work out DVD's. I even dared to pull out my swimsuits and put them back in the top drawer of my chest...just where they stay all summer long. I've even got some new running shoes to try to nudge me into action a bit. It's working. I think.

I have caught myself spacing out, thinking about being on a long run...I am so excited for the next few months. Things are going to change and for once I am embracing the change. I am ready for it!

And because no post is truly complete without some pictures here is one from an elusive sunny day when Ace and I went out for a short and slow 3 miles.

Ace is getting HUGE!
And because what girl doesn't want to show off beautiful flowers for her birthday?

Roses, the color of my birthstone! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Another year...

OLDER.

For the first time in 35 years I feel my age. An older man told me this morning that age is just a number. I know. And today my number feels big, heavy, hard, old, creaky, achy, and just plain lame. I've had stellar birthdays, don't get me wrong, this one isn't awful. But it's not the best one yet. In 2010 I ran my first sub 2:00 half marathon on my birthday, last year I rolled out of bed to run a half all by myself. This year? Nope. No races on the calendar for this big 3-5. As a matter of fact Ive got nothing on the calendar except work. Maybe that is why I feel old.

Do you ever feel ambition, excitement, and motivation just lingering there. Under the surface. Just enough to make sure you know its there, but not enough to kick you in the bootie and make you actually get up and do something about it? No? That's just me? Well I know it's there...kinda like the spring weather. It creeps up but not in full force. I know I am just millimeters away from glory days. From excitement! From accomplishment! From miles and miles and races and medals! But then it subsides, seemingly melting away deep down, disappearing again.

Maybe with this being 3-5 and all I will get motivated to find my Muchness again.

I have a list of things to do before I turn 36. Somehow I had a vision of where I wanted to be by the time I was 35. I had a perfect little picture of what a 35 year old woman should be.... I have felt, with the things that aren't picture perfect, that are somewhat out of my control, I at least need to take charge of the things that are within my control. Like my physical fitness. And here is where my biggest frustration lies.  My resting heart rate is above 60! GASP! How did that happen? How did I let that happen? I know how it happened...life happened. Single, full-time working mom happened. I've been balancing and juggling for the past two years and I think I am almost getting it under control.  Almost.

So here's to another year older....I think I'll go and make 35 great!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

And so it begins.....

PLEASE let it really be beginning and not just Mother Nature psyching us out! This past weekend Spring Sprung and the sun was shining!

I played outside ALL day on Saturday. The sun was shining and I had my bare feet in the grass and dirt. In other words I was EARTHING. It is no secret or surprise that the earth has electrical charges so when you put your bare feet to the earth you connect to the earth, allowing energy to pass from you to the earth and vice versa. Yeah, sure its a bit hokey but you know what? It works for me! So when spring rolls around and you come to my house you won't find me in shoes...ever. Ok maybe when I mow the lawn, maybe. I just feel better barefoot. I haven't gotten in to the whole barefoot running thing, that is different. I won't go there. I don't think.

Anyway. With the temps rising and the sun shining I have come out of my cave....my treadmill got some use this winter and I am grateful for it but I am ready to give her a rest. This morning LB and I missed the school bus. He was tired from staying up past his bed time and I was tired from exerting myself in Hot Yoga for the first time in a loooooong time. So we overslept. Once I dropped him off I laced up, leashed up the pup, and hit the neighbor(ing)hood. Ace did great for his first run! We went 3.5 miles and had a few stepped on paws, knees to the ribs, squirrel sitings, dog barkings, and all around mishaps. But overall he is going to be an excellent running buddy.

On the run I couldn't help but think about my spring running goals and plans. This weekend happens to be the  ShamRock 5k. LB has Saturday school to make up for snow days so it's almost perfect to put him on the bus and head to the race. I'm even thinking of brining Ace along for his first race experience. I'm not sure if he's quite ready for that though. It can be exciting for a such a little guy!
There is the Mike to Mike half marathon coming up in May and I think I'll do it. I've been pseudo training for a few weeks now but it's time to buckle down and get after it. I'm sure there will be a few others pop up and I am ready to get back to where I was when I could race 5 Mile Style...ready for any race, any distance, at any moment....so I hereby declare Operation 5 Mile Style underway. Who's with me??

I'm hoping I can ride this sun-filled enthusiasm for a while, like for the rest of life....

Hard to believe only a couple of short weeks ago we were doing this!

And then this weekend I got my garden planted!

And this morning went for a nice, sunny run!


So how about you? Are you ready for spring and summer????  What races do you have on your calendar that you are excited about? Are you ready, at a moments notice, to run any race you want? Are you up for the challenge?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Hero's Journey...

I recently registered for a 5 week course intended to help me get "unstuck". The first class was Monday and let me tell you, wow. I have been stuck in a number of places and for a long time. I am trying to have more awareness of myself, where I am stuck, what has kept me stuck, where I am headed when I get unstuck, and what my true, authentic self is.  I don't mean to get all deep and philosophical on you but I have seen a number of significant parallels between my life path and my running.

I have come to recognize that when things got out of control I stopped running. Or maybe when I stopped running things got out of control. I know that the time spent either on the road or the treadmill was my time to evaluate, think, plan, get clarity. When I don't run it seems everything is just plopping along with no direction.  But really I know what is happening, if I don't take the time run I am not taking the time, me time, to slow down in life, and be still....even while running. I go through the motions with minimal thought. One thing to the next. One day to the next. One tragedy, one issue, one problem.....to the next.  When I run I have noting but time to think, plan....and imagine blog posts. Do you know how many blog posts I have written in my head? Countless!

Either way, I have been on my treadmill and the wheels in my brain have been turning. It has taken me a long time but BIG and exciting things are in store for me, and 5 Miles Past Empty, and you, if you chose to follow along. I know I have been saying that for a long time but a plan is in place and two huge steps have been taken. I am no longer ignoring and refusing the call to adventure! I can't really come out with the details quite yet, but soon....In the mean time spring is fast approaching (I say this as I sit home snowed and iced in from work) and I am getting back on track with my fitness and nutrition.

A lot of you have been asking about Ace, he's doing great and he has been watching me on my treadmill from the top of the stairs!




So where have you been stuck? And have you been ignoring a call to adventure? It's time to take action! It all starts with one step forward! 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Maybe, Should, Hopefully, Ought to be......

Ugh ugh ugh ugh....

Maybe 2014 will be different. It should be. Hopefully it will be. It ought to be! 

Why can't it be?

Why wouldn't it be?

The only thing standing in my way, in the way of 2014 being different, is ME. 2014 has potential to be very, very different.  I have pretty much taken 2013 off.  It is crazy to say it out loud, I took 2013 off...like I took a long weekend from work or something. I did do a handful of races. I came back and killed the Raven Rock 5 mile trail race (although the 10 mile still kicked my backside in 2012, and I just realized I never gave you a race report on the 5 miler...whoops.). I showed up and did well in the Army DC 10 Miler. I did a color run with LB. It was supposed to be a 5k but it was barely over a mile. I completed a grueling marathon relay with a friend and co-worker, running 8 laps of 1.63 miles, alternating laps with my partner. Can you say OUCH! I was so sore for days! And I barely survived the local Army 10 miler in the heat and humidity of June in the south. So that was 5 races in 12 months. Pathetic. 

So what got into me? Why did I take the year off? 

In doing some self-relfection and self-honesty, all I can say is I was tired. Mentally, physically, emotionally tired.... I was beat up, beat down, just plain beat.  Running didn't do it for me anymore. It didn't clear my head or make life better. It didn't give me peace, it only gave me heartache and longing.  I continue to struggle with lame routes and running partners who are not compatible. No one can match up to my trusty running partners of yesteryear (you know who you are RED, Tall Mom and even at the time ANtheRB). It seems like a lifetime ago I had all the streets in the world at my doorstep with running friends who kept me going. But I know, deep down inside, I have only myself to keep me accountable. I cannot keep placing blame outside of myself. I have to find the dedication, determination, motivation to keep going. 

I felt a bit of the "....tions"(you know, dedication, determination, motivationthis weekend as I happened upon an advertisement for a local trail race, a half marathon and a full marathon. Why not? And my sister-in-law texted to ask me about training plans for a spring half! My heart fluttered a bit as I felt the familiar feeling of someone asking me for running info! It's been a long time! As I thought about a plan for her I started thinking I could do it too! Why not? Why shouldn't I? I should!  Why wouldn't I? I ought to!  

Of course my days are busy, like everyone else's. I've got work schedules and half-time with LB right now....and well a new puppy, but otherwise I've got time. I've got no one to tend to or occupy my time when LB is with his dad. So what exactly is my excuse? 

So here's to motivation, dedication, determination....and a strong will for 2014! Maybe, hopefully I will, I should, I ought to just go ahead and sign up for that trail marathon....and start training too. 

What's on your calendar for 2014? Are you taking the year off? Or will it be your biggest year yet?

And because no post is complete without a picture, here is the newest member of the 5 Mile Family, Ace!!!







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