These little piggies.

These little piggies.
01 Sep

Hey Squad,

This weekend, I was playing a game of This Little Piggy with my youngest grandson’s toes. He giggled and pulled his feet away because they are so ticklish. It’s adorable seeing him anticipate the “all the way home” to his chin.

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Check ou the Father picture in the back !

This is the exact opposite experience for my piggies. They are taking a beating in this marathon training. After all my miles last week,the one place that stayed sore was my big toe on the right foot. (For those of you who don’t know, this is the piggy that goes to the market. )

I thought it was just sore but today, it’s black and blue. That toenail is toast. UGH. Plus the baby toe on the other foot is still healing from the epic blister. The worst part is I can’t wear my house slippers to work and those are the only shoes that do not hurt.

I am not sure why this happened, followed all the tips.

shoes – not too tight

socks- wick a way fabric

feet- covered in glide so nothing sticks

terrain- combo of concrete and trails

It must be the weather. Nothing I can do about the heat and sweat that drenched my sneakers.

So I am taking the piggies to the drug store (again) for more cushioning prior to tonight’s running class.

Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis

Run, sleep, work, run, sleep, run …

Run, sleep, work, run, sleep, run …
30 Aug

Hey Squad,

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I have not had a chance to update you this week. I can sum it up in one word for you.

Groundbreaking.

I ran more miles in one week than I ever had- 35 miles . I touched my target pace 10:41 and I felt great during my long run of 15 miles. Next week, more of the same.
The NYRR class on Tuesday proves to be so worth it week after week. On Wednesday, I will join a running group to prep for the FEED 10K in September. Any opportunity for a group run always pushes me farther and makes me a better runner.
Anyone else running it?

Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis

Getting it done #strandgirlsrunnyc

Getting it done #strandgirlsrunnyc
23 Aug

Hey Squad,

Wonders never cease, I completed all three runs for a total of 26.8 miles. I look back on it and I am still in disbelief.

On the last post, I had it all planned out, where and when I would run. Well nothing went according to that plan. On Friday it was raining so I didn’t run in NYC on the west side highway. I ran in the evening in Fairfield. Six miles after a rest day felt great. On Saturday, I was to run the 15 miles. I had planned to go to Southport, but did the exact opposite and ran to and from Bridgeport. 13 miles went well, then the heat got to me. I was out of everything liquid so I walked the last two miles.  Today, I was going to another town to run and then have brunch, but on Friday I read my favorite brunch place was sold !

So today,I expected aches and pains, but nope five miles went swimmingly.  I won’t lie, I did have a toe causality. It’s a blister that’s pretty epic. I found these padded self adhesive gauze pads that are heaven. I could run today with very little discomfort.  I also have the worst sunglass tan lines !

My virtual trainer gave me a high five and a time lapsed video of the marathon. It’s very cool.

Next week I have to get a handle on this sleep thing, I feel a little punchy!

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Cheerfully yours,

phyllis

3 days 26 miles

3 days 26 miles
20 Aug

Hey squad,

This is going to be a big weekend. I will be running a total of 26 miles over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will try to add in a .2 so that is the complete marathon distance.

My NYRR training plan has it out for me.

6 on Friday- I plan to run the West Side highway in NYC.
15 on Saturday- I plan to run my Southport/Fairfield beach, ending up on the sand for the rest of the day.
5 on Sunday- I plan to go to South Norwalk and run my old route that I trained on and then eat HUGE brunch afterwards.

I am a big believer of “burning your boat” in other words putting out into the world what you intend to do in order to keep accountable. So this post is lighting the match.
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If you follow me on instagram @phyllis4fitness1 you can track my progress. I will do a blog update on Sunday night.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis

Social Media and #runners

Social Media and #runners
19 Aug

Hey Squad,

Here is a tip, if on Race Day

If a person asks if they can ask you a few questions and take your picture. – Say yes.

This was great and I have gotten so much positive feedback from the comments.  I even received an email from a wonderful lady asking where I got my running skirt.  I was able to find them online and sent her the link.  They were on sale!  I ordered an extra pair for me too.

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Also, I am really enjoying Periscope. Everyday I get to check in with the amazing Amanda from Runtothefinish #runnerscope . She was the first fitness blogger I connected with over 3 years ago and her blog posts and encouragement has made her invaluable to me. She does a daily chat #runnerscope and it’s awesome. I get the notification that she is live and I pop into a conference room to participate. Check her out for amazing words of wisdom.
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Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis