Sunday, June 25, 2017

Monday Musings 6/26

I'm back from my 4-day weekend in the mountains.  Buckle up, because while I was still relaxing, my parents and I did quite a bit.

I drove Allie and myself up to my parents' house Thursday morning, leaving around 9am to let rush hour thin out.  Thursday was low key once I got to their house, and unwind from the drive.  It's not a difficult drive, but I'm more stressed whenever Allie is in the car.  She doesn't like traveling at all, but she loves my parents' house.  The last time she (and I) was up there was New Year's weekend.  Now that it's summer, it's a cat paradise.  Tons of windows, lots to explore, and wildlife to watch.

Friday was my first full day, and we decided to hike Adams Falls, which is reached by driving through or around Grand Lake, and not through the gate of Rocky Mountain National Park.  The melt off rushing down the waterway was amazing, and there's still snow that hasn't melted yet.  Even though the snow was slow to arrive this past winter, the mountains got a lot.  The lakes are almost full, and still expecting more.

After hiking, we went to a Grand Lake summer establishment, Myauchi's, for lunch.  I also splurged on a soft serve since this was technically vacation.  The rest of the afternoon was spent showing my parents Guardians of the Galaxy, since they had never seen it, and having dinner at home.  It's hard to tell how busy afternoons will get in town during the summer.

Saturday morning was spent at the house while my parents went to their gym's weight lifting circuit.  I actually did some weight training too since they have a weight bench and free weights.  Whatever I did, I ended up doing some back work too because I've been feeling my muscles between my shoulder blades all day today.  I did a little upper body work, but nothing that really targeted my upper back.

Proclamation recognizing the theater group by Gov. Hickenlooper
Saturday night was spent at the Rocky Mountain Rep Theater.  This is a high quality, Broadway-type talent troupe, and they have 3 summer shows each year, plus a fall show.  When they released the schedule back in the winter, I saw they were doing Mamma Mia! this year, and I really wanted to go. I love the movie since I find it so much fun, but I'd never seen the show on stage.  Of course now I'm listening to the movie soundtrack.

Sunday morning was spent in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We spotted moose, elk, more elk, and a deer.

I left a little after noon to try to get through the weekend traffic, which wasn't too bad.  The only slow spot was once I got on I-70 from 40, but it was never a stand-still.  One thing I noticed going up and over the mountain pass was there must've been some sort of cycling event going on.  I saw so many cyclists going down the pass the other way as I was going up, and then there were cyclists on the eastern side too, peddling up the pass.  I'm not sure what it was, but I'll keep looking.  There were a lot of cyclists.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Zenaida.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Planning for Vegas

Today's topic is scenes from my run, but since I haven't done any running since Memorial Day, a scenic picture would be of my couch.  I have been doing strength training, but in my living room so the picture would be very similar.  With the ever-present snuggler.

What I have done is bought my airfare for Las Vegas!  I'll be flying in Friday, and flying out Monday.  A quick turnaround, but with the race Sunday evening, I can have one last hoorah before flying home.  And shopping at the airport.  I'll be stocking up on Las Vegas chocolate, from Ethel M's, before my flight.  How many boxes do you think I could fit in a carry-on?  I'll have to be careful packing and leave enough room, which means no shopping at the expo.

I'm also excited because I'm taking a long weekend up in the mountains  at my parents' place starting Thursday.  June 30th is year-end, so there's extra stuff I'm going to have to do at work.  I figure a couple days in the mountains, and I can relax a little bit.  A little hiking and hitting up the restaurants, plus seeing a show.  Grand Lake has a great live theater group in the summer, and we'll be seeing Mamma Mia!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday Musings 6/19

What a week!  I was exhausted on Saturday, so not mud happened, but I did a little Pure Barre.  I was sore on Sunday, but the good kind of sore.

The weekend started great since I got my new Oiselle singlet.  This year they had various colors members could choose from when we renewed our membership.  My eye immediately went to this one, and it's beautiful!  *insert heart eyes emoji*

I think I'll wear this one for Vegas.  It reminds me of a desert sunset, so it'll fit in at Vegas.  I'll pack both singlets, but this one is gorgeous.

Allie started climbing the cabinets again.  It seems to be a summer activity.  She jumps from the counter top, to the top of the fridge, then the top of the cabinets.  I can't do too much about it, especially if she's doing it when I'm at work.

After Saturday was low key, Sunday was pretty busy.  I met my parents for brunch at Blue Sky Cafe in Lakewood, and then we picked up my grandfather for a get-together at Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies.  My grandfather loves golden retrievers, and they were having the meet up for their Turkey dog program.  They're working with a woman in Turkey who's working on rescuing stray goldens from the streets of Turkey.  They love golden puppies, but not the adults, so they turn the adults onto the streets and abandon them.  The woman is wonderful, and she's working with a number of rescue shelters in the US.  My mom sponsored one of the dogs, to help cover the costs of transportation, and the group arrived two Thursdays ago.  The dog my mom sponsored was adopted last Sunday, and is just a sweetheart.  We didn't see him before we left, but he was adopted by a longtime shelter volunteer who just fell in love with him.

Despite everything, the dogs are very sweet, and so energetic.  Most of them were running around the yard at the headquarters, then retreating to the shade.  I'd say there was somewhere between 20-30 dogs there.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Tara at Run and Live Happy.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Homework

Now that the temps are matching summer, I'm starting to come up with a plan for what I need to work on this off-season.  Having a race in November gives me plenty of time to keep up my strength training, and adding in work my chiro wants me to do.

#1: Cadence.  I've mentioned this before, but this is the number 1 priority of the summer, which is why it's first on the list.  I really need to work on my cadence this summer, and since it is summer, what better way to use the treadmill?  I want to get this in my head so I don't have to be thinking about it during my next training cycle.  I zone out when running, and don't want to think.

2) New shoes.  I haven't done any cardio since my 10k, but I have a chiropractor appointment next week, and I'll start up cardio after a mini vacation.  I do think I'll get the next New Balance model, but I'm doing the whole process of getting fitted to make sure the new shoes are right for me.

3) Revamp my workout list.  I'm phasing out songs that I've listened to all spring.  They're great songs, but I've heard them too much and need fresh songs.

4) Figure out strength training.  Now that I have a gym membership again, I need to balance body weight, Pure Barre at home, and weight training.  Doing this should give me a good all-around schedule, but I need to figure out which days are which.

5) A 10k schedule.  I don't want to be training as much as I was for Bolder Boulder since I was ready for the race, and ready to be done at the same time.  I've found Hal Hidgeon's 15k plan for a novice, and I like the aspect of having more time to work on a 10k compared to his 10k plan (8 weeks vs 10 weeks).  I'm tweaking the plan, but it has 3 running days, which is my normal number, and on my normal running days!  It would take me to 6 miles, and I hope not to hit the wall at 5.5 during the race.

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Gear

Summer is here, even in Colorado.  I know it was 52 when I woke up this morning, but that's the beauty of Colorado vs. Texas.  It cools off at night, and it isn't a steamy 87 when I leave for work before 7am.  We have had 2 days already of 90+ degrees, and poor Allie is adjusting.  I'm pulling brush fulls of fur out of her each day, and her fur is still flying around.

The key to summer is light clothing that breathes and wicks, and lighter colors.  I love how the Skechers tank top felt when I first wore it, but it's black, and I'm not going to be running outside in dark colors.  Gym, yes, and even in the gym, I need gear that breathes.  Those built-in treadmill fans don't really cool me off.

Since I'm also extremely pasty, I always recommend sun screen.  I know some woman run in sports bras without a shirt in the summer, but my body would sear, so I opt for the shirts.  I've been meaning to get more shirts with sleeves, but I didn't make much progress with that.  I only got one New Balance shirt, so I should get back to that.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Musings 6/12

This was another week of rest, but this time around I had to force myself to take another week off.  I really got the itch about Tuesday to start up again, but I wanted to take 2 weeks off.  In total, I took 13 days off since I did strength on Sunday.  It felt like the right time.  I don't know yet when I want to start cardio again, but it could be this week as well.  I'll only do small mileage, but I'll get to work on my cadence.

Saturday another movie day, for Wonder Woman, and I cut it super close to showtime.  I got in my seat when the first trailer was running, but I could've taken more time since we got another 8 trailers, just like with Guardians 2.  This time, there was no Star Wars trailer, so this was 0 for 8 with movies I wanted to see.  Some of them were repeats from last week, and they're still a no.

Now part of me wants to know what the workout routine was for the Amazon actresses, because I'm a sucker for pain?  I'm always interested to see if it's something I could do, or incorporate some exercises into my trainer.  Obviously no horseback, or sword fighting, but what was the strength training?

Sunday was finishing up errands, and doing some more decorating.  My mom is in to quilting, and she made me one for Christmas.  Yes, it's taken me this long, but I was in a temporary place, so maybe 2 months in my new place.  I wanted to get a wooden dowel to help with hanging it, but I couldn't find one long enough.  I finally used tacks in the top corners and put it up in my room.  There's also a matching pillow.

I also put up some of the paintings I did in Texas, at the studio my friends and I would go to.  I have quite a few hanging in my office, but I still had some that I wanted to put up at home.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Kim at KookyRunner.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Things I'm Catching Up On

Now that I'm not training, I have time on my hands during the week and weekends, and I can do some things I hadn't been doing for a bit.

1) Last weekend I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

2) This weekend I'm going to see Wonder Woman.  I already bought my ticket :)

3) I have more time on the weekends too because I'm doing the household chores during the week.  It's nice to only have grocery shopping and a little bit of laundry to do.

4) Since I'm not getting home and doing a workout right away, Allie wants attention.  She knows I'm not training, and is getting her snuggle time in.

5) I'm binge watching a couple TV shows, if you call having to wait for Netflix discs as binge watching.  I started watching Ripper Street, and it's interesting enough that I keep wanting to see the next episode.

All of that being said, I'm itching to get back out there.  I'll start incorporating strength training again next week.

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