Older runners, you can do it! There are no limits.

Over the weekend tragedy almost struck twice.  On Saturday after my long run I decided to trim up the ferns in the back of the Nokomis house.  All was going well until I realized my Motiv ring was once again, missing.

Oh my God

I was sure it wasn’t going to fall off.  I had checked several times and it seemed tight enough on my finger and yet here it was missing.  I looked all through the ferns and y’all have no idea how many ferns are in the back of this house.  TONS.  There was no way I was going to find it in there so I thought maybe it might be in the trash can where I had been throwing all of the cut branches.  It was a long shot and the huge can was full but I had no choice other than to dig through it all.

found it

I FOUND IT!

Laying somewhat close to the top of the can amidst all the fern leaves, boom, there it was.  I put that baby back on my finger and vowed never to lose it again.

On Sunday we went over to Englewood to visit with the family.  We weren’t sure how long we would be over there so we took the dogs with us.  On the way over MacGyver stopped at TJMaxx so I could run in quickly and look for something I I’ve been looking for but they didn’t have it.  Then I saw that the thrift store in the same plaza was going out of business and having a big sale so I asked MacGyver to sit in the car with the dogs just a bit longer so I could go check it out.

By the time we got to Englewood Hank was itching to get out of the car and he nearly pulled my arm off as I held onto the leash.  We finally got the dogs settled and as we were talking with my in laws, I reached down to twist my ring around as I often do, and that’s when I realized, IT WAS GONE!

son of a bitch

MacGyver instantly recognized the look on my face and asked what was wrong.  When I told him he said he couldn’t believe that I lost it again.  This time, I had absolutely no idea where it would be and MacGyver thought that maybe I had lost it in one of the stores that I had been in.

I decided to go out and check the car in case it had fell out in there and MacGyver and his dad followed me outside.  As I went to open the door, I looked down on the ground and low and behold, a shiny Motiv ring was laying in the grass.

Holy shit

That’s what I said!

Can you believe that?  I lost that damn ring twice and each time I found it.  MacGyver said if I lose it again and I’m lucky enough to find it, he’s going to screw it to my finger!  And I have no doubt that he’d try.

Now, let’s talk running because this weekend, I rocked my running shoes my friends.  On Saturday I woke up feeling sad because I haven’t raced in a while and it’s on my list of things to do this year, but since I haven’t registered for anything yet I decided to just go ahead and run a half marathon on my own.

half marathon

Boom! Nailed it!

It was slow and steady but my goal was to keep the pace consistent and I checked my splits after and it was super consistent, like within a few seconds each mile.

On Sunday, I woke up feeling great but since I had run two back to back long runs last week, I didn’t want to do that again.  Instead I wanted to run a progression run of 8 miles.

progression run

Progression run = PROGRESS

I didn’t look at my splits until I was finished.  I just tried to run based on how I felt and again, nailed it. As far as running goes, this was definitely my week.  I’m not sure why I’m so motivated lately but a lot of inspiring stories have come across my facebook feed and across other accounts and they have inspired me.

Did you see the story about Molly Friel?  Shes the California woman who recently qualified for the Olympic trials by running a 2:43:57 in the California International Marathon.

Molly FrielHere’s the thing, Molly Friel is 50 years old.  FIFTY!  So, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old, ever.  You can do anything you set your mind to.

If you need additional proof, look no further than Andrea Linck.

Andrea LinckWhat Andrea did is just as amazing.  She sat out to run a marathon, and not just any marathon but her very first marathon.  And then she won.  No, really, she won!  Her first marathon.  Go girl, go!

So you see, anything is possible.  You just have to get out there and run.

Switching gears because that’s how I do, do any of you live in Hawaii?  What the hell is going on with that notification system and how many people had heart attacks before realizing it was a mistake?  Damn Hawaii, get it straight!

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever lost something multiple times and couldn’t believe you found it?  What was it?

Tech tuesday because I seriously love my gadgets.

I am the luckiest person I know. For real.

I'm so luckyYou probably won’t think so when I tell you what happened in the last few days but Im’ma tell you anyways cause that’s the kind of girl I am.

First, on Sunday when I was out running, just after mile 5, silence. That may not seem like a big deal but it is because I had my iPhone on and I was listening to Pandora and I had the Runkeeper app tracking my run. When I left the house at 7AM, the phone was at 100% but after less than an hour, silence.

phone fail
Just after mile five the battery was at 1%, wtf! So, yeah, it died. Fortunately I run that route almost every single day so I knew how much farther I had to go to get to my six miles.  And I knew what time I left that morning so all I had to do was quickly run into the house and look at the clock when I got home thus determining my time and pace. Easy peasy.

Except it wasn’t because I had to first enter the code to open the garage door and then I tripped over the dogs who were waiting on me to walk them and finally I made it to the kitchen where there are two clocks and both of them displayed a different time.

Oh GodI was able to make a fairly good estimate and I just had to live with it.  Do you know how hard that is for someone with OCD and a stat addict?  HARD.

Y’all know what happened later in the day right? Yeah, I lost my Motiv Ring. So on Monday morning I had to rely strictly on my phone for my stats. I mean I could have charged my Garmin but I didn’t and that’s probably why at mile 2.4, crickets.

The phone battery diedThe technology Gods are laughing at me, hard.

In light of all this trouble I was having I decided to dig out my trusty old Garmin 620 yesterday and charge that bad boy up. While searching through all of my electronic gadgets I happened to find my Lumo lift and my Lumo Run. I totally forgot I had the Lumo Run. Seriously. I know, that’s bad.

A year and a half ago MacGyver bought me the Lumo Run and at the time I wasn’t running because surprise, I was injured. So, I put it in my ‘electronics drawer’ which is basically a pile of gadgets and cords in a box. Yesterday, I found it and I am so excited to use it. I remember when I first got it I was so upset that I couldn’t use it because it has so much info. You can read more about the Lumo run here.

Anyway, I was having a real hard time focusing on work yesterday so I went outside to finish cleaning up the back patio and maybe to add a few more lights.

light display
That picture above might just be the end result I was going for but I’m nowhere near that yet. It’s so magical, but I digress, as I was outside preparing to sweep the back patio I moved a plastic lawn chair over to the side and as God is my witness, there it was, right there just lying there on the ground.

MY MOTIV RING!

Crazy Dance
I mean, how freakin lucky am I? It was right there. I was so excited to have it back and also to realize that I racked up 541 active minutes last week. I still can’t believe it. I found my ring!  I FOUND MY RING!

Anyway, because I don’t trust my iPhone right now, this morning I decided to go ahead and run with the garmin as well, just to be on the safe side. But guess what? The iPhone worked for all 5 miles and it was pretty fun to compare the stats between the runkeeper app and the garmin. (They were almost identical.)

And now I’m back on my gadget kick so for the rest of the week when I run, I’m going to use the Lumo run and the Garmin and some of the other tech gadgets I have. I forgot how much of a stat geek I am. And also how lucky.  Really lucky.

What tech devices do you use to track your exercise and what do you like the most and the least about it?

It’s a beautiful ring, it tracks your fitness, and helps you to relax, and I want it!

Some of you may have read my post about the Motiv Ring which still hasn’t shipped but is promised to do so soon, (sometime this summer for those of you who are waiting.)

I happen to be one of those people who can be a bit impatient, especially when I’m sporting a hell of a white ring around my wrist from my fitbit!  Mostly though, it’s because I’m a tech lover and an exercise addict and I just love gadgets, especially pretty ones.

So, I did some research on activity tracking rings and I found this one:

ringly

How pretty is this ring? Right?

ringly

It doesn’t track swimming but then neither does my fitbit.  It’s mostly for tracking steps but it also has a feature that helps you to unwind and de-stress.  No, really.  Ringly offers daily guided audio meditation and breathing exercises.   How cool is that?

ringly Now that’s a feature that I could seriously use.

And let’s not forget that it IS an activity tracker, calorie tracker, and it allows you to set your own goals and reminders.

what ringly tracks

If a ring isn’t your style, the company also offers bracelets.  Really cute bracelets.

Ringly producst

And at only $169.00 for the ring, it’s just as affordable as any other fitness tracker on the market, only it’s pretty.  Really pretty.  And I have a birthday coming….

Have you heard about the Ringly?

Would you wear a ring for an activity tracker?

What do you think about the Ringly, too pretty or just right?  I think it’s perfect!