The Plan

Well, here’s my plan for the 10 5 ks.

Since Ron is running a half with me on June 6th he will be in training mode my birthday weekend.  That’s great news because he has agreed to run the first 4 5ks with me.  We’re starting at 6:00am at the McDonald’s behind Crabtree and running a little past Shelley Lake and back.  I ran this route last weekend with my Centennial Running friends and I love how shaded it is. The only sun you have is a short distance on the top crest at Shelley.

That should take us about 2.5 hours and then we’ll come back home.  Ron has Kung Fu on Saturday and he’ll have to get ready for that.  But for me, I want to go to the Raleigh Galloway kick-off.  It’s from 9-11:30 and even though I know I’ll be too shy to ask for a picture with Jeff, I might can score some free running swag.  Last year they gave out my favorite running hat.  I don’t want to miss it.

I figure once I get home and have lunch and rest a little, I can do 2 more 5ks around my neighborhood on my tried and true normal running route.  I can’t even begin to think how many miles I have run on these streets over the last 5 years.  I can run them in my sleep!

Next up, probably around 3:00pm,  I can go to White Deer Park in Garner and walk at least 1 5k and maybe run one more.

To finish it up, I’m thinking of going to Sam’s Branch Greenway and running just past Riverwood and back.  I think I’ll shoot to start those last 2 5ks around 6:00pm.  It should be a little cooler at that time and then afterwards we can all go to Deep River Brewing in Clayton.

Well there you go.  Oh the best laid plans of Mice and Melissa!

If there’s a rainstorm I’m putting it out there right now that I am postponing.  I want this to be fun.  I know rain can be awesome and I’ll never forgot my monsoon half at The Flying Pirate in 2012.  I’m just not interested in tackling my first 50k in the rain.

When I check this off the bucket list, my birthday will mark my official summer training program.  I’m registered for Hinson Lake on September 26th.  Could a 50 miler at Hinson be within my reach?  I think I’m just crazy enough to try it!

Then I’m itching to go back to OBX this November and maybe Kiawah in December.  So excited!

I’m not forgetting my CF goals either.   Double Unders, real push-ups on my toes, and a pull-up…..you will be mine!

(Check out this grandma’s pull-ups!)  Inconceivable!

Scott Jurek quote

Happy Everything!

Banana Birthday Bonanza

I got up early and got my motivation on at the Jeff Galloway Marathon Training kickoff meeting.  This was my second time hearing him speak and wow!  Best running motivational speaker ever!  I’m already signed up for the Thunder Road Marathon in November but after today, I’ve got my sights set on a 50k as well.  Look out Google.  I’ll be searching you soon and seeing if I can find a 50K race to coincide with my training schedule.

Why a 50k you ask?  Well, Jeff says that one of the best things that can help you get faster is to run longer.  Jeff already has a 26 mile training run in his marathon training schedule.  And he says veteran runners shooting for time goals will benefit greatly by running even longer.  29-30 miles or more!  Jeff mentioned one person took over a half hour off his marathon time by running longer training distances.  Oh, no!  Has the ultra bug just nibbled at my toe?  I sure hope not!

My friends, I’ve just looked it up and 50k = 31.0686 miles

If you’ve been a reader here at A Handful of Spinach for long, you know that I am obsessed about getting faster.  I want to qualify for Boston and to do that, I’ve got to drop over 47 minutes off my best marathon time.  Hey, if Matt can do it, I can too right?!  I’m not really trying to hack my way in to Boston, but I am looking at doing all I can to get there.  So here we go.  This is my plan.  This year at Thunder Road, I need to run a 4:30!  There.  I’ve said it.  It’s out there.  Now to put in the work and get it done.  4:30 won’t get me to Boston this year but it will move me in the right direction.  Next year I can shoot for 4:15 and then before you know it, I can sneak in under 4:00 and qualify.  Jeff Galloway is almost 69 and he just ran a 4:09 and qualified again and ran Boston last month.  And, he did it by running insanely short intervals.

My plan is as follows:

Can you tell I’m motivated?  It might have been the Galloway meeting.  It might be because it’s my birthday and I feel better at 49 than I did at 29.  Or it might have a little something to do with this awesome Banana, Peanut Butter, Chia Seed Smoothie.  Wowzer!  Who needs Cook-Out?  I tell you this is it.  Probably the best smoothie I’ve ever made!

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Start with one cup of un-sweetened almond milk.  Add one frozen banana, 1 TBSP PB2, 1 TBSP chia seeds, 1/3 cup Old Fashioned raw oats, and a few ice cubes.  Whirl it up and enjoy!

Here’s to a great day everyone!  In just a little while Ron, Andie, Jonathan, Mason, and Lydia are taking me to Fiction Kitchen for my birthday dinner.  I hope I don’t jump out of my seat and embarrass everyone with the ultimate natural high I’m on.

I’m going to have to check out that PB2 and make sure Ron didn’t add any secret ingredients to that powder.  LOL

Happy Running Friends!

Maine to Gerogia

I have this:

and this:

and even a sprint one of these:

I have no desire at all for either of these:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this time in my life anyway…

 

 

But I do want this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the new year holiday, I talked to my sister, Rosa, about hiking the Appalachian Trail.  She is a very accomplished hiker that has logged over 500 miles of the AT.  She once had the goal of hiking the entire trail but she was doing it in pieces on her vacations and weekends off from work.

I think the all or nothing in me, you know, the marathoner, thinks that if I’m going to hike the AT, then I have to go all the way.  Why am I like that?  I was talking to Ron and asked him if he would like to be a “Through Hiker” when we retire and he immediately said yes!  Then almost in the same breath, he said that after a few weeks, we’d probably get tired of it and pull out.  I told him no way.  If I signed up to hike from Georgia to Maine, the only thing that could pull me off the trail was a true emergency.  They’d be no way in the world I’d quit.

I asked Rosa why she stopped hiking so much and she told me that her hiking buddy wasn’t able to hike with her anymore.  She did go on a few solo hikes but it was during one of these hikes alone that she just woke up one day and hiked out.  She had enough.  She mentioned to me that at first she kept a journal of her thoughts.  Then after a while all you end up thinking about is how far you are going, where’s your next water, where you are going to sleep, etc.  (Fun fact:  She liked sleeping in her tent the best.  She said the shelters had rats!)  All you’d think about after a while were the basics:  water, food, shelter, weather, and so on.

If you had six months free and no financial obligations, what would you do?  I like to dream that I can have that sticker.