Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fall Racing Plans

Today's Tuesday on the Run topic is fall racing plans.  I've written in previous posts that I couldn't nail down a physical race I want to do this fall, so I opted for a virtual run.  That's it, those are my plans.  Rather boring, right?  It's like I signed up for the Bolder Boulder, then felt done for the year.  Oops.  At least the 4-miler will give me something to aim for before November.  I had a really good week (first time all summer) of being back in a workout routine, and I want to continue that.

Can we talk about 2016 in general instead?  This year has kicked plenty of people's butts, and yesterday was no exception.  The number of deserved celebrities dying this year is ridiculous, and yesterday it claimed Gene Wilder.  I decided to do my strength training while watching Blazing Saddles, then finished out the evening watching Young Frankenstein.  It's said Gene Wilder's love of his life was his wife, Gilda Radner, so the two of them are together again.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Musings 8/29

Happy Monday y'all!  Sorry for the kind of late post, but I had a restless night after a fun evening of painting.  I'll need a little extra caffeine today.

Yesterday we celebrated my friend Amy's birthday, which was during the week.  A bunch of us went to the painting studio we go to and this is what I brought to paint.  #Potternerd.

I finally got a chance to run 3 times last week, with all my strength training, plus Pure Barre yesterday.  I feel like my workout routine is getting back to normal, and it felt good to have a pattern this week.  I want to try to keep up at least 30 minutes on the treadmill, then work my way up to the 4 miles for my virtual run.  The shirt, bib, and medal arrived in the mail Saturday, and I've put it all away until my run.

I'm also sore through my quads from Pure Barre.  Each set of thigh work has 3 exercises, and the instructors pulled out a move for the first exercise that killed my quads.  I could feel them protesting later in the day, and they're definitely protesting this morning.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Five 8/26

It's Friday!  I don't think I'll ever not be happy when Friday rolls around.

My new shorts came!  I ordered a pair of compression shorts from Oiselle because I really needed a new pair.  My current pair is form college (yes, they're still working, in one piece), but i knew I needed to replace them eventually.  The new ones came yesterday, passed the "30 minutes on the treadmill" test, and they're a keeper!  They're exactly the length I wanted too, which I was very picky about.  I have soccer thighs, and even body glide doesn't help.

Since I needed to test out the new shorts, it also meant I was able to get another run in during the week.  That hasn't happened in quite a while, and maybe my motivation funk is passing by.  I hope so.  Running's always been my stress release, so getting to run twice in one week, and not yet at the weekend, felt good.  I know I need to get consistent, and I hope I can get there.

I do have to admit, I've completely failed at keeping up with yoga.  I always try, but eventually fall off the wagon.  What I have started doing is my own stretching routine.  I have no particular order, and some stretches aren't done every day, but there are a number of stretches I do hit every day after my workouts.  I foam roll, and might even shower to get the muscles loose, but I make sure I hit all the major areas, from hamstrings to hip flexors, to inner thighs, to the IT band.  I make the time to do these stretches and I don't have to worry about routines.  If people say stretch, I'm stretching :)

The ones I make sure I hit are ones I've done in PT, and then some great yoga poses like:
 * pigeon
* low lunge, then stretch the quad (like in Pure Barre)
* sitting twist
* I've seen some different names, but I call it firelog
* Seated forward bend, both legs together, then separate
* I'll also do frog, but not every day

Now that I have this routine, it's easier for me to stick with it.  I was even doing it in the hotel room in DC. 

Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Change is Good

Lots of random stuff today.  I have a big confession to make... as in my guilty pleasure show.  I don't watch the bachelor, or any dance shows, but my guilty pleasure show starts tonight.  I don't know why it sucked me.  Not only am I no longer a football fan, but I was raised on the 49ers and can't stand the Cowboys, and yet... my guilty pleasure is CMT's DCC: Making the Team.  Please tell me I'm not the only one.

The weather's started getting warm again.  I'm itching to be able to run outside, but Tuesday it was 90 degrees, feels like 100, and yesterday wasn't much better.  The reprieve we had when the rains were here was great!  My AC wasn't running as hard, I could walk between the parking garage and my building at work without sweating, and one day, after I got caught in the rain running an errand, I was able to put on a long-sleeve shirt and hunker down at home.  I won't be able to do that for a bit.

Finally, for the title reference... Things have been up in the air this summer, and I hope to have a better picture of things after today.  I'm not announcing anything yet, because I still have to figure out some things, but once I know, it'll be on here.  I've been restless the past couple days, and my run on Tuesday was very therapeutic.  It was inside, but it felt wonderful. 30 minutes of a great run, and I hope to have another good run today.  My runs are my thinking times.

Thinking out Loud with Amanda.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TOTR: Race Swag

If you've been running for a while, chances are you're saving some of your goodies to remember your races.  If not the actual race gear, then perhaps some of y'all collect certain things at expos like wine glasses, shot glasses, magnets, etc.  I save my bibs and medals, maybe a heat sheet if they're being given out.  Someone suggested using the heat sheets as a Christmas tree blanket if you have animals.  My mom has a wonderful tree skirt that she stitched, but cats = claws, and even if they don't pick at it, our cats shed.  A lot.

Since I have an office at work, I split my collections between work and home.  The medals stay at home and work has the bibs, which have been talking points.  We even had a state auditor in a couple years ago, saw my collection, and said she was running Princess that coming February.  There's even a runner in the office suite next to mine, and he and I talk shop when we can.

The other collection I have, and am saving, are the race shirts.  I wear some race shirts, but not all.  Once I feel I have enough, I'll send them in to be made into a quilt.  There's only one or two that I actually wear, and the rest sit in the dresser, waiting for the light of day.  I'm very picky about my running gear, and I don't end up wearing race shirts to workout in.  Weekend getups, yes, but no workouts. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Musings 8/22

Wow.  I can't believe the Olympics are over already.  Can y'all?  I feel like "now what?"  2018 for the winter games at least.  I didn't watch the closing ceremonies either.  If they were going to be anything like the opening ceremonies and NBC showing commercials with a dash of ceremony, no thanks.  I stuck with movies.

Not much happened on the workout front this week.  I was waiting for the blister on my heel to come to the surface so I could take care of it, but it hasn't yet.  At least things were feeling better on Thursday, but I wanted to make certain it was getting better.  I so so so wanted to run on Tuesday, but i made the smart decision to hold off and let it heal.  This is the first time in a while where I was itching to run, but couldn't.  I hope that's a good sign.  I know the temps will warm up again, but I'm hoping we are done with the 100s, plus heat index.

My ornament came on Friday, and it's super cute.  It's a singing ornament, but I haven't listened to the song yet.  My main concern is checking to make sure ornaments are in one piece.  I ended up watching Beauty and the Beast because I had Belle's song in my head, despite not listening to the ornament, and was inspired to put the DVD in.  Why not?  I love the movie and it was a good 90-ish minutes on the couch.

Saturday I went to Pure Barre, which I hope to get back to regularly.  The last 6 weeks have been crazy, and I've been about twice, which I certainly felt yesterday.  I didn't really think Saturday's class was that bad, but I woke up sore, in many places.  It was a good kind of sore, but I was definitely foam rolling and stretching things out yesterday afternoon.  I had to stretch slowly because I felt every knot in my body.  Yes, definitely need to get back on a regular basis.  Now that the summer seems to be winding down, I hope to get things back to normal.

I also finally decided on a race to do this fall.  I just couldn't settle on any physical race and decided to register for one of Gone For a Run's virtual races.  I can choose my own course, I don't have to worry about packet pick up, and yet it gives me motivation to get it done.  I chose the Race for the White House 4-miler, and proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  It'll be my first time doing a GFAR virtual race, but I like the swag already.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Olympic Friday 5

Now that track and field has been going on for a week, what excitement!  I'm loving every minute of it, and there's been some really good USA surprises.  These are just 5, but there are so many to choose from.

1) Our 3 marathoners finished the women's marathon 6, 7, and 9.  It was a tough race with the heat, but every one of them did so well.  I even read had it been a cross-country meet, we would've won as a team.  That's consistency, and improvement from past Olympics.

2) Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson both became the first USA women to medal in the 3000m steeplechase and the 1500m, respectively.  I watched the steeplechase live since it was early and work was very quiet.  I had to keep from yelling at my computer as Emma overtook the runner in 3rd place and held on to win the bronze.  I was out during the 1500m final, but was following compulsively on Twitter as the race was being run, then I watched the replay on my computer when I got home.

3) Kate Grace!  The 800m final has yet to be run, but Oiselle's Kate Grace is in the final to represent the US.  The 800m final is tomorrow night, but I've been sweating it out with all the flock when Kate's been running.

4) Mo Farah.  Who collides with a runner, falls to the track, practically rolls back up on his feet, then wins the race?  Mo Farah, that's who.  I do think luck was a little bit on his side since the collision happened early in the race, and he had the energy to get up and keep pace with the leaders and find his stride again.  Whew!

5) The USA swept the podium for the women's 100m hurdles.  I watched the race live and while we knew right away Brianna Rollins and Nia Ali were first and second, we had to wait to see who came in 3rd, which was Kristi Castlin.  It's the first time ever the USA swept the podium.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Evan Jager winning silver in the men's steeplechase, and today is the women's 20k race, and Sunday is the men's marathon.  I'm tired just reading what's left.

Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?!