Running To Remember Those Who Gave It All

Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

Today is a day to reflect, to remember, to honor. This morning I ran. Whether it was going to happy was iffy. For the past two days I’ve been fighting some GI issues, so Sunday Runday didn’t happen. Oh, I was running, but…

I knew if I could I would run this morning and dedicate my miles in Remembrance of those who gave it all, because of them we are the:


And in honor of those who are serving.

My plan this week called for four miles. After yesterday, I wasn’t sure what I could do, but I was determined that today (if I wasn’t still in biliary he**) I was going to do something. I had to make sure to stay close to home, just in case…. I knew I should I least try for the same three I did last week, but hoping I could get the four. I did:


This run started out like a comedy skit straight out of an I Love Lucy episode! My Map My Run IntervalTimer didn’t work, so I had to resort to my back up timer, that is set for different intervals, the delayed start didn’t beep to alert me it was time to start, etc…..Of course having to make changes as I was running slowed me down some (and I need no help with that, lol).

All in all I can’t complain. I was able to keep up with my intervals, even after being sick and not eating or really hydrating for a couple of days.  My pace although a bit slower than it has been in the past, was better than my last run and managed to eek out some negative splits!


As you can see I slowed down for the last mile, but I got it in and done!

As you spend your day today with family and friends. Maybe cooking out and eating some good food; please make sure you take a moment to remember those who gave it all (members of the armed forces, police officers, and firefighters) so that we have the freedoms we do. Also remember to honor and say a prayer or send a good thought up for those who are putting their lives in the line every day as well.

How are you spending your holiday? Take a moment and let me know.

Until the next time

Janet

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Fierce 50 Follow Friday

Let your voice be heard now

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in my first #fierce50followfriday on Instagram. 

I have briefly mentioned The Fierce 50 Revolution to you before. Earlier this year a group of 50+ bloggers came together to form The Fierce 50 Campaign; to support each other and raise awareness to those of us in Mid-life. From that The Fierce 50 Revolution was born. The purpose is to raise our voice, awareness, and shift the perception of women over 50! Just because we may be of a “certain age” we are not to be ignored! We are a force to be reckoned with!



These ladies are four of my new “Fierce Sisters”!

 You should head over to follow and support these Fierce Women on IG. Their handles along with their websites are below.

I asked each of them the following question:

How do you hope/want to inspire others (those in mid-life and those who haven’t even thought about it yet)?

Here are their answers!

Sheila @fattofabover50 “lost her sparkle” during the years of raising a family and building her business (who else can relate to that?). She is reinventing and reclaiming her life! You can find her blog here.

Lori @gerontologistloricampbell said that “it’s her hearts desire to inspire and motivate people of all ages, but primarily millennials to”: practice prevention, value health and live their values, establish healthy lifestyle/mindset practices, embrace their aging journey, own it. you can also find Lori here.

Rosie @themidlifeaesthetic feels that “using your own life as an example is the best way to give women hope”. “When she shares her own personal journey of loss, she can see them perk up”. A phrase she loves is “we are all walking each other home”. She said “that is how I feel about other mid-life women”! You can find Rosie’s blog here.

Robin @weight_loss_pro_robin said she “hopes to inspire others that they CAN do anything they want” she is on a quest to lose 150 lbs and is half way there! It hasn’t been easy, but she isn’t giving up! Robin’s blog can be found here.

How do YOU hope/want to inspire others? Now or when you get to a “certain age”? Comment and let me know!

Have you already joined The Fierce 50 Revolution? If not; all you need to do is go to the Facebook page: The Fierce 50 Revolution and click join! It doesn’t cost a thing and you don’t even need to be 50+, or a blogger. You younger ladies are welcome to join The Revolution too. After all you, will be joining us one day! Let your voice be heard, now!

We truly are better and stronger together!

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My Preakness Hat

A couple of weeks ago I posted my Kentucky Derby look when we attended the Baltimore FlowerMart. If you missed it, you can read about it here. Well, I decided, I just had to get a new hat for the Preakness Stakes! Since discovering I can wear hats last summer, I am always on the look out for a new one. Well what better reason to buy a hat but for the Preakness Stakes race?

For those unfamiliar with horse racing; the Preakness is the second race in the quest for the triple crown. It is run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby here in Baltimore at Pimlico Racetrack. The next leg is run at Belmont in NY in three weeks.

Now I am in no way a horse racing aficionado. I only pay attention to these three races and mainly because the second one is run here at home. I must admit I like the fashion aspect of it too and have always been fascinated by the hats…..other than that, it’s just another day. Fortunately I had the good sense not to take up horse betting too. The finish was not expected and I would have not won a dime!!

Early last week Hats In The Belfry posted on Facebook that designer/milliner Christine A. Moore would be having a trunk a show at the local FellsPoint store (my regular store) Thursday and Friday with her designs for Preakness. She an official milliner for numerous horse racing venues, and the featured milliner at many races, including the Preakness. You really should go to her website and read all about her, her amazing career, and accomplishments.


After much thinking (ok not too much, I barely mentioned it to “The Man”) we headed down there Friday evening. I spent over an hour looking at all the hats on display, from the ones in the show to the ones that are staples at the store.

These were the contenders.

I looked at this one several times, but I had almost made my decision as to which one I was getting, before I decided to try it. I liked it, a lot, but now that I look at the picture I think it flattens me some. I’m pretty sure I could find just the right outfit and it would have a much different look.

This next one is one that was already at the store and not part of the show. I don’t remember if this was Christine’s design or not. I like the color and the fit and the brim size is one that I am most comfortable with.

The hat below is the first hat that caught my eye and I tried it on, immediately,  when I walked in the store. I was totally convinced it was way to large for me!

It did go well with the top I had on, lol! Christine was fabulous and helped to play around and shape it differently. She may have been glad to see me leave, lol!

What do you think about the two different looks on the same hat?

Playing with the brim and giving it that asymmetry look made a big difference, I think.

So which hat do you think I chose? Out of the ones pictured, which is your favorite? Why? My sons think I look silly in hats. What are your thoughts?

Christine hasn’t left the man in your life out, either. If you go to the website and click on The Blake Collection, you will be able to find a hat suitable for your Mister.

This was the hat I chose and my Preakness day look. I had several ideas for styling it right from the start.

But  of course, it didn’t work like I planned.

This wasn’t my first choice for what I wanted to wear, for the day, but life took over and we had some things we had to take care of; so a day at the race track did not happen. This became the best outfit choice for the way the day turned out and to go out later and enjoy the Preakness from a local establishment. This was an outfit that I knew the hat would look good with, just not what I planned on for this day.

This was the best picture I was able to get. I had hoped for a full length photo, but I really need to stop trying to let “The Man” be a photographer….that’s a story for another day!

The top is the cold shoulder one I showed you a while back during the first style club challenge. It came from White House Black Market. This is my first ever cold shoulder top. I have taken a while to get on the bandwagon with this trend. When I put it on I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to wear it. It felt strange. After a few minutes, I got used to the feel and it was actually very comfortable and I felt confident and it had just the right amount of coverage. The white ankle jeans are from Levi. The purse you’ve seen before, it is called Sawyer from Dooney and Bourke. The jewelry from both days is from Plunder the earrings from the first pictures are in the new catalog and called Kelsie. They have peach colored stones and match back to the Kayson bracelet. They do have a bit of weight to them, but I don’t think they are overly heavy. This bracelet and earrings are now part of the new Plunder Sets and are called the Geranium Set. Just this month Plunder put together matching pieces in sets.  If you’ve been looking at getting pieces that match now you can order a set and save some money! Of course this was after I went on my own shopping spree, lol! The necklace I am wearing is part of the March Posse, and is no longer available. It came with matching earrings. The Plunder Posse is a monthly subscription where you get 1-3 pieces of jewelry each month for $25.00 tax and shipping included. You can cancel and restart as often as you’d like. That works out well if one month you don’t care for the selection.  The bracelet that you can’t see very well is called Paige and is part of the new line.

What do you think of my new hat and Preakness look? Out of the three I showed you, which would you have chosen?

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Training Plan(s)

I wonder what Jeff has in store for me next

I am running a marathon in October, but you most of you already know that. Last Monday I started (sort of) a new training plan. A plan to take me into the summer. I am part of the Another Mother Runner tribe. Periodically during the year we can elect to participate in five-week fun challenge plans called stride plans. I almost always sign up. Can’t say I always finish, but I start…..

Here is the current plan-Stride into Summer


Now I think I’ve told you before I have used training plans, I just don’t follow them to the letter….remember “my way”? Yeah that’s me….that song was even playing at the gym a couple of weeks ago when I went in for a session with Jeff…

Here is how my first week actually went.


Now I really did have every intention of starting Monday off on the right foot, and going for a walk after taking Noah to the bus stop. However, Miss Quinn decided she wasn’t going to walk, and dragging kids wasn’t part of the plan….I guess carrying her could have been considered strength training, hahaha. I didn’t push the issue and didn’t go later because to tell the truth my rump was sore from my workout with Jeff on Saturday and I didn’t run Sunday (mother’s day) either… (that’s why we switched leg day to Wednesday and arms to Saturday). I have a feeling leg day is going to become quite a “pain in the rear”….

I also started working on my marathon training plan. This stride plan will end the week before I need to start serious full marathon training. My goal is/was that it will help me build my base. Now I just need to dig in, set it up, and make it work!

Here is the plan I used for my first/last marathon.


As you can see some thing got messed up in the first couple of weeks (don’t ask me how), so I will need to go back and fix them, but for getting it together purposes; it works. I haven’t completely decided if I am going to use this same plan, try a different one, or modify this one (ok this is modified, lol). But since my workout schedule and intensity with Jeff has changed I will need to modify it even more to accommodate that. Back then I was only working out with Jeff for 30 minute sessions every other week. When he went out on his own we went to one hour ever other week. Last fall I upped it every week for an hour, and now we are at twice a week for an hour. We have been at this schedule for three weeks now. I haven’t died yet….but I wasn’t so sure I was going to survive last Wednesdays deadlifts. I ended up lifting 155×6 total for my heaviest lifts.

Now the plan, apparently, was to go for three. Jeff, neglected to tell me that (so it’s his fault) and after one I put it down. Then he told me he wanted three. The most I had done at that weight was two. I couldn’t pull the third one a few weeks ago. Well, I regrouped and started again; one, two, and I thought I was going to hurl on three! Seriously. For real. I’m not sure if I ate too much before going, or if it was what I ate. I had a brain blurp, didn’t think, and had some fried stuff (which I don’t eat very often to begin with) or if it was because I had a new weight belt.

My son, DIL, and granddaughter gave me a nice new belt for Mother’s Day.


I think it’s going to take years to break it in. I had not been convinced it was the correct size and after thinking I was going to lose my cookies, I’m still not. They ordered a small and I cannot get it past that first hole, on my own. I was able to go one tighter with my sons help, and it was fine (if I didn’t want to breathe), lol! Along with that, it’s so wide it wedges pretty much between my rib cage and hip bones. Jeff, insisted it was fine….then he got me his, which is a medium, it went all the way to the last hole, wrapped back around me, and was loose….So I guess it’s ok size wise (if I don’t gain an ounce)! I’m not sure my “innards” have recovered yet….

Well, after I thought for sure I was going to lose it or croak, Jeff, insisted I could pull three….apparently somewhere deep down I knew I could too, or I was going to go out trying. I regrouped again, tightened my belt and pulled it; one, two, annnnd three. That’s how I ended up doing 155×6. If I don’t do that again it’ll be too soon. We went on to some ab work and I ended the night with a three-minute plank! Saturday was arm day and I ran on Sunday. I wonder what Jeff, has in store for me next? Maybe I shouldn’t ask….

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Janet

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Guilty or Simple Pleasures

Do you have a guilty or simple pleasure? I have two. They are both food related, go figure, Lol.

In the fall/winter it is this.

Peppermint stick ice cream.


I have loved this since I was a little girl. One of my fondest memories with my dad was going to the mall and getting an ice cream cone from Baskin Robins. I would always get peppermint stick (I don’t think they have it anymore and I no longer live near that mall). I remember being so excited when I was old enough for a double scoop! Finally, several years ago, various brands started bringing it out around the holidays. Now as soon as I see it in the store, I buy it! I don’t care if it’s on sale or not!! I must have it. I have learned to “stock-up” when it goes on sale so that I can have it as long as possible; until it hits the stores again usually by mid/late October! I did see in one year in September. I really am like a kid in a candy store when I see it.

I have two containers left in the freezer. This is the longest I ever had it into the year. They might almost get me through until it is available in the store again! Once I get towards the last of it, I will literally eat one spoonful at a time only to make it last.

I will share it with the grand littles. They have actually had it before they ever had real food (don’t tell). I have to think long and hard about sharing with anyone else, though, lol!

My other guilty/simple pleasure is fresh cherries!

As soon as I see them in the store and they look good, I must get them, too. They are usually quite pricey early on, but I will splurge if I think they look like they will be good and sweet.

I consider these “guilty” pleasures because I will get them regardless of price (I won’t do that with just anything). The ice cream is a “simple pleasure” because it brings back memories of a special time. The cherries just remind of summer and a new season.

What are some of your guilty/simple pleasures? Do you have more than one? Please do share!

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Covered Perfectly Fit and Flare

The 3/4 sleeves are a perfect three season top for my climate

Oh. My. Gosh. I think I am in love! I have shared Covered Perfectly and my Simple Comfort Tops with you before. They are Made in America and Covered Perfectly is a small woman owned company, that is still fairly new. Pauline, the owner, is just fabulous.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a new top and I chose the Fun and Flirty Fit and Flare in Royal Blue you can find it here. I have always thought about ordering this style and I would put in my cart and take it out. So when presented with this opportunity, I chose it. I have no idea why I waited! It is as fabulous as all the others. I did have a hard time deciding how/what to wear it with. There are so many ways I can think of and I can’t wait to style it with all my ideas, but for now I will stick with the first idea I had.

If you remember I have been on the hunt for a pair of crop pants, that look okay on my short self, and I finally found a pair that I like. Can you believe I have bought my second pair of  “distressed” jeans? Don’t tell “The Man”, lol. The Fit and Flare was a perfect complement for them.

We headed out to Sherwood Gardens. I just knew the royal blue would pop against the colors of the flowers. It did not disappoint. I added white wedges for more of a dressy casual feel.  The neckline of this top lends itself to accessorizing with a statement necklace. I decided on a bib of silver floating hearts with matching earrings. I thought it would look great in the setting; adding a little bit of romance…

We then headed out to Ft. Howard, where I decided to change into a pair converse sneakers, for exploring the ruins of an old fort. Of course I had to add some pearls because, you know, I am a blue jeans and pearls kind of girl!

I like both looks, but the sneakers with the crops might be my favorite. The Fit and Flare dressed up the casualness of the distressed jeans. The longer length of the pearl necklace adds a vertical line and visually gives that look of thirds, so that even with the flat shoes/sneakers I don’t look quite as short. Lol, who am I kidding?!?!

I have shown y’all my “lumps and bumps” before. As you can see they are not jumping out at you. That’s just one of the reasons I like the Covered Perfectly Tops so well. They skim your body instead of clinging to those problem areas. The 3/4 length sleeves in many of the styles help to hide those “bat wings” we may develop after a certain age. They are also very comfortable to wear in the summer months and thin enough to layer nicely if needed. This was a beautiful warm, sunny day and I was very comfortable. Knowing I can wear this in the summer and be comfortable while out and about is a great benefit. The 3/4 sleeves are a perfect three season top for my climate.

What do you think about this
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Worst Mani/Pedi Ever 

Do you have something built up in your mind only to get it and be disappointed? I have been saying I need to get a pedicure so bad it wasn’t funny. Thursday night I finally managed to get myself down to the nail salon for a much over due mani/pedi. I should have waited longer!

This was by far the worst experience ever! I left there knowing my manicure was awful. The person started by cutting my nails (which I asked for and was needed) just straight across, not really filing them and when she sent me to wash my hands I noticed not only were they not filed they were pokey, ragged, and jagged and still just straight, no rounding or anything….well I told here she had to fix them (they were rounded when I got there, what would make her think I would be happy with that mess?). Well when I gave up, they were finally rounded acceptably but one hand is shorter than the other ( I was honestly afraid to try to have them “fixed” any further!

I didn’t realize how bad the pedi was until I got home and went to bed. My toe nails were catching on the bed covers! When I checked them I found bits of nail in the cuticle that hadn’t been attended too! I am glad people can’t really see your feet, because after that I got down close to look and found a couple of toe nails aren’t straight and the polish is not even on my one big toe! It started off by the water being almost cold for the pedicure; that should have been my first clue. What made me think it was going to be ok is beyond me….

I have been going to this salon for a couple of years. I don’t usually go in the winter, because lets face it no one is going to see my feet in cold weather! The technicians were all new, except for two that have been there since it opened and one of those is the manager. I had been given a gift certificate for Christmas or I probably would not have gone to that location. The last time I was there I wasn’t happy with the service, but it was nothing like this!

I am not one to gripe and complain, but this was beyond bad. And I have had just a few mani/pedis in my time to compare to and never have I had an experience like this! If you are local it was Nail Trix in Canton. I would NOT recommend you go there! You can bet the farm I never will again!

Have you looked over the changes on the blog? I am trying to not make any real aesthetic changes for now. I am trying to learn the new system first, but some changes in the way it looks are by default. Other than that; does everything seem to be working for you ok? Are you receiving your emails when there is a new post? If something isn’t right please let me know. I feel better about the changes today than I did Friday, but I am still learning the new way, and as of yet I am not convinced it’s all right. I appreciate your liking, sharing, and comments. That is what helps to get the word out. If you don’t already and would like to follow me on social media you can do so by clicking here for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin. If you click on the buttons below you can share right to your pages.

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Happy Mother’s Day 

These are not my words. I found this on Facebook, but it speaks volumes and said much better than I could do on my own. 
MOTHERS DAY
“To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.”
AUTHOR UNKNOWN

I hope each of you had a wonderfully blessed day with those you love ❤️. I did.

Until the next time 

Janet

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May Style Club Accessories Challenge-2

Do you wear scarves

I was a little late to the party for the week 1 accessory challenge, so here we are already moving on to week two!

This week the theme was scarves. I don’t wear a lot of scarves and find styling them to be a challenge, or intimidating, especially in warmer months. Wearing and styling in winter is much easier, for me. I was totally out of my comfort zone.

“The Man” decided we should go out for breakfast on Sunday. Since the weather decided that it was time to let us know winter hadn’t entirely left, I decided to work on my scarf challenge.

The group decided this looked good, added interest, and that the entire ensemble worked for the setting. I am not overly happy with it. I tried tying and draping the scarf several different ways and this was the best I came up with. I guess it works, for a casual look, but I’m sure it could be better. The jeggings and tunic you’ve seen before. Someone suggested cuffing the jeggings above the booties to show skin….let’s just say that was not an option this day! My legs do look a bit long in this picture, lol.

Do you wear scarves? Do you have any tips?

I have been working on changing the website.  I know things may look a bit different  and may for a while, as I get everything back the way I want it. In all honesty it’s about drive me bonkers….if I wasn’t there already. Somethings are working right, somethings not so much. In time maybe I will get this figured out too. Please be patient. I have been assured it will all come together. Famous last words? If any of you are techie folks and have any tips; I’m open to suggestions!

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