Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Musings 2/27

Happy Monday!  What a fun weekend!  My mom drove into town and we had a great weekend together.  To say I couldn't focus on work Friday was an understatement.  I tried Friday morning, and then forget it on Friday afternoon.  I was still getting stuff off my list, but an admin got snarky and after that, yoga breathing and willing the clock to move.

Friday afternoon started with dinner at California Pizza Kitchen and seeing Hidden Figures.  Both my mom and I wanted to see it, but hadn't due to circumstances.  What a great way to see it together.  I loved the movie, and it is the only one of this year's Oscar crop that I've seen.  I'm not big into seeing nominated movies unless I want to see them.  I grew up with a space age nerd (my dad), but like most people, had never heard about the women behind the science and math.

Saturday was breakfast at Snooze.  If anyone is in the Denver/Boulder area, Snooze is a great breakfast place that is so popular, if you don't go at opening time, 7am, there will be a wait.  They have great food, and creations you would never think of.  I got a pancake flight with a sweet potato pancake, a pineapple upside pancake, and molten chocolate pancake.  Delish!  My mom got the spiced gingerbread French toast.  Then we got pedicures, had lunch with my aunt and cousin's fiancee, and then we took a cooking class at Sur la Table.

It was considered date night, but we didn't care.  The menu was creamy goat cheese fondue, winter green salad with candied bacon and blue cheese, classic Coq a Vin, and dark chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean whipped cream.  Everything was good, but I loved the soufflé and goat cheese fondue.  The fondue was the appetizer when we started eating what we made, and I said I needed to be cut off.  I wanted to save room, especially for the soufflé.  I figured licking the bowl would be rude, and I pretty much finished off the chocolate.  I started the day with chocolate and ended the day with chocolate.

Sephora tissue paper is fun!
Sunday was breakfast at Walnut Cafe, then some shopping in Loveland, and having lunch with my grandfather.  Sunday afternoon marked the end of the fun weekend :(  Back to chores, and work.  I didn't do any cardio, but did try to fit in the strength training.  The weather was chilly after our snow storm on Thursday, so I made tortilla soup Sunday night.  That's a dish that warms me up from the inside, and there's plenty of leftovers.

Next up this week, Wednesday to go to an event at CU with Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Random Friday

Today's Friday Five is a free day.  I'll ramble a little bit since yesterday wasn't a random post day.

One good thing about moving is I can plug in the moving expenses into TurboTax and get a refund.  I'm getting a pretty good refund this year (OK, I am back to paying state tax and I owe Colorado $2 for working 3 days...), and I'm going to have some fun with it.  I'll donate some to the rescue shelter I got Allie from, and then it's shopping time.  I'm already contemplating what I want to get, and jewelry, running gear, and wine seem about right.  Even better to go to small companies.

1) My favorite jewelry store is a staple in Texas, and they've had an owl pendant design since the fall.  It'll go with the owl earrings I have.  I like owls.

2) The running gear I'd like is a pair of Oiselle capris that have my name on it.  I'm not kidding, they have my name on them.  The Lesley Knickers.  It's fate, right?

3) This weekend marks 5 years since I did the Princess half as my first 13.1 distance.  Wait, what?

4) Anybody who watches CBS shows getting tired of the number of commercials?  I first stopped watching football since CBS has so many during its games, but now I feel like shows are getting shorter so they can show more commercials.  I timed the Big Bang Theory last night and it was 17.5 minutes long.  Earlier seasons has shows at 21 and 22 minutes.  At least I can DVR all my shows and skip the commercials.

5) And just a really random thought.  At work we have a file for each award called Snapshot, and it contains all the information about the award.  Even though I don't have the app, I keep wanting to call it Snap Chat.  I keep correcting myself, but one day Snap Chat is going to come out of my mouth, probably in a meeting or something.

Friday Five 2.0 with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Month of Maintenance

I had my dry needling session on Tuesday, then a chiropractic session yesterday.  It's exactly like in Dallas, when my chiro's office was my "it takes a village" village.  I hadn't had a dry needling session since July, and I was a bit sore in spots.  I was poked in more places than I was last summer, starting about mid-quad, on the side, going down past my knee to the persnickety spot on my calf, and on the opposite side of the calf, and near my foot.  That wasn't all.  He then had me flip on my stomach so he could needle more of my calf, and some of my hip.  I felt the hip spots when I was cooking dinner Tuesday.

More running gear
I took it easy Tuesday and iced and stretched when I got home.  February certainly hasn't been a month for training, but it's morphed into using this month for some down time and maintenance that I absolutely need.  I'm already at 4.25 miles, if my knee isn't being pesky.  I would certainly like to do more training than I did for Tink - I only got to 4 miles for a 10k - and I'm taking the time now to do it.

Yesterday I was given another exercise, this time to start strengthening my calves.  My right ankle is a bit wobbly, and the calf is working overtime to keep my foot stable.  We re-tested my strength and it's looking good, and my back is more flexible with the exercises I've been doing.  It is nice to know I am making progress, and will continue all the exercises I'm given.  I'm writing these down since I have quite a few to do.  Twice a day.  For now my foot is taped to provide support and to try to get my calf to relax.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Grant Me Three Wishes

What would you wish if you found a genie?  Today's topic is 3 running wishes.  My #1 wish that won't shock anybody is to fix this ITBS once and for all.  It's almost been 4 years and it's been a persistent pain in my knee.  No more ITBS would be a huge help, but it's slow going.  I do have an appointment for dry needling this afternoon, and I'll take a late lunch break to cover part of the time I'm gone.  Then it's back to work.  I haven't had dry needling since July, and maybe it is past time to have another session.

Credit Disney (of course)
What would the other 2 be?  If I can nip this in the bud, I'd like to have a good time at the Bolder Boulder.  I had such fun at Tink, but it was quite crowded, and I only had 2 months of PT leading up to the race.  I'm stronger now, and if I can get in a good place working with my chiro office, I'd like to improve on the time I had at Tink.  BB should be better spaced with the crowds, and as much fun as it was running through Disneyland, there were bottlenecks in multiple places.  I hope the BB course doesn't have many of those.

My other wish would be get faster, but one thing at a time.  My speed is good for me (my knee) right now, and I like using the run/walk method.  I feel like it allows me to go further, and it certainly worked for 3 of my half marathons.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Musings 2/20

What a busy weekend, and next weekend will be even busier!  I finally was able to meet up with some Oiselle Volee members on Saturday for a run and brunch.  I'm all for brunch, and the run made me feel accomplished!  I stuck with my intervals, and one of the other ladies stayed with me since I think Saturday was an easy day for her.  I really appreciated that and turned my music down to maybe a one so we could talk.  I ended up doing 3.25 miles, and my knee did twinge near the end.  I probably shouldn't have done the extra .25 miles, but we were almost back at the host's house, and I decided to push it.  Today I'm going to call my chiropractor's office and ask about dry needling.

On my way back home, I stopped by the storage unit to get my "summer" clothes for work.  It's nice to have short sleeve blouses to choose from when the weather's going to be in the 60s and 70s.  When it swings colder, I'll have my sweaters too.  I'm running out of room in the apartment since my parents have stuff there as well. 

Errands were crunched a bit Saturday, but it was so much fun to sit during brunch and just talk to other runners.  Most of my friends in Texas aren't runners, so I normally kept things to myself.  My cousin runs, so she and I talk, but mostly, it's just me.  I learned that our group on Saturday has an Iron Man (Woman?), someone signing up for Boulder 70.3 (I found out the open swim is in Boulder Reservoir, that outta be just *so* warm!), the runner who stuck with me is a co-leader of the Colorado Volee, and she's training for the Oiselle 10k/10M in April.  I even won a running hat!

Sunday was my Pure Barre routine, and we had a guest instructor.  I'm feeling the workout today, right from when my alarm went off.  I have my lacrosse ball in my bag, so I'll do some easy rolling at lunch today.  Afterwards, I headed to a bagel shop in Boulder I found online that does New York-style bagels.  Really?!  Oh my.  My inner Bostonian was dancing when I discovered their website.  OMG!  My family loves bagels, and Texas doesn't really have a specialty in that.  I had Einstein's Bros., which worked, but New York-style is amazing.  If anyone is coming to CO, it's called Moe's Broadway Bagels, and they have 4 locations in Boulder and 2 in Denver.

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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Winter Fitness Rants

Friday Five is winter fitness rants this week, but how can I rant when the 5-day forecast looks like this?

I did rant a little bit about two weeks ago when the weather was going to be great, and I packed my workout gear to take with me to work.  I was all excited that I was going to have good weather, and I could catch the running path after work... then a front moved in and it was sprinkling when I left work that day.  To say I was sour was an understatement.  I thought I'd left the random weather in Texas, but Colorado is proving to be just as difficult right now.  Humph!

I know I need to stop by the storage facility this weekend and get my spring/summer shirts for work.  Most of my short-sleeve blouses are still packed because I thought winter in Boulder would mean at chilly, so I only have my sweaters and long-sleeve shirts in the apartment.  Oops.  It's certainly not dress weather, but I need my warm-weather gear for the office.  I only hope I can find the right box since I'm still looking for my running vest.

It is a little difficult to plan my clothes for the week when half of my stuff is in storage.  I can't wait to get to the townhouse when all my stuff will be out of storage, and all my clothes will be available.  I chose to have all my running gear with me instead of work clothes, but what else is new?  I am a runner.

Friday Five 2.0 with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Random Thursday 2/16

Does anyone help enable their pets?  I'd been looking for some quiet toys for Allie, and found these at Target.  Small, catnip, quiet, and shiny?!  My attention span almost went down the drain with the shiny.  It didn't take Allie long to figure out these are fun toys, and they now may be her favorite toys.  Quiet is always key when the cat is active at night.  They are red, orange, and blue, and of course I have "one fish, two fish, red fish, blue" in my head.

This week I realized something I thought I wouldn't admit, ever.  I threw in hill intervals during my run Saturday, and it was actually fun.  Did I honestly just say that?  Yes, I had fun playing around with the hill intervals, and I did it again yesterday.  Whoa!  For a while now, I've been running at a 0.0% incline, but I took the intervals as high as 3.0, and it felt easier to run with the inclines.  Maybe I'm maturing as a runner?  I want to do that more frequently, and hills may be my Thursday runs for the foreseeable future.

I posted this yesterday, but Run Disney re-designed the medals for Tink.  I'm quite happy I did the 10k last year because I don't like the 10k design this time around.  I knew I wanted to do the Tink 10k ever since they released the first design.  All the fairies made up the design, and I was hooked.  Now, it's Peter Pan and some of the lost boys.  No thanks.