Friday, March 24, 2017

Crazy Spring

We're almost in April, but March is still looking a little crazy.  We're in a red zone with fire danger, and eastern Colorado is getting snow today.  Boulder got rain, which I'm fine with.  The forecasters got it wrong before.  March is unpredictable, but I've been enjoying the spring temps.  Oh, and my new phone case came, from Karen Hallion.

One thing I'm happy with running outside is I've been given cadence homework.  I always suck at cadence and slip into my natural running stride.  A few years ago, I switched from a heel striker to a more midfoot-to-frontfoot striker, but I've struggled with cadence.  I know the number should be around 180 per minute, but I honestly couldn't tell you what my number is, except way below that.  180 seems fast, for sure, and I've never kept track.

I tried the cadence thing yesterday on my run, and my left calf got really cranky.  Understandable because this was not my natural stride.  It was cranky near my Achilles, and in a spot that made me worry it was my IT band on that leg.  Oh, I so don't need that.  Considering my left leg hasn't given me issues, I'll chalk it up to the cranky calf.  I did some calf raises during a Pure Barre DVD workout, and the last time I did those, my calves were in fact cranky.  I almost didn't do those, but I did.  Lesson learned.  I'll skip those from now one.

I've also been working my calves hard with the exercises I've been given to strengthen said muscles.  Today is my full rest day of the week, and I may skip my run tomorrow to give my calves some extra rest.  I've only skipped one run this month, since I needed a running belt.  I don't feel too bad if I need an extra rest day, especially if my calves need it.  I've learned there's nothing wrong with an extra rest day here and there, and it doesn't drive me crazy anymore when I decide to take one.  Since I almost took one yesterday, and my calf spoke up, it may be a good idea to rest a little bit more.

I feel like I've been doing well since my "official" training began for Bolder Boulder.  It's hard to find a good 10k plan that takes time and isn't too short.  I need time to push my distance, then recover, and slowly build again.  I have an idea for my training, and if my left leg is OK, I'll continue on my schedule.  I'm in a better place than I was last year at this time, and I've checked off 4.25 miles this week.  I'll continue to push if I feel good, then see what happens on race day.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

3 Things Thursday 3/23

I'm less than 10 weeks out from BolderBoulder, AND I bought my parking pass yesterday.  There's paid parking at CU for the event, which makes it easy (hopefully) to get out after I'm done.  $20 is a fair price, and to know where I'm going to park.  Parking logistics always stress me out, but that is done!

I bought the Red Queen tank top yesterday, and now I just need another Disney race.  I already have an idea of the theme for the outfit.  Anybody else do this?  I know, cart before the horse, but I know I'll do another Disney race down the line, I just don't know when.  I know there will be red in the theme, because how can there not be?

I'm taking steps forward and backwards with the ITBS, but Tuesday I stepped forward and did 4.25 miles.  I even cut down my walking interval to 30 seconds.  That certainly doesn't feel like much, but I think it helped keep my rhythm.  I'm still dealing with my calves, but my balance disc arrived last week, and I'm working on getting better with that.  I worked on my balance last year, and then kind of stopped since I didn't have a balance disc or bosu ball.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Bolder Boulder

Tuesdays on the Run is talking about local races.  The timing's funny since I became a Bolder Boulder Blogger last week, and I got the badge for my blog yesterday.  I was going to talk about this race anyway since it's the only local race I know of right now.  I've only been in Boulder a couple months.

The Bolder Boulder is a 10k, and probably the largest 10k in the country, and the past few years there have even been satellite races at military bases.  It's run every year on Memorial Day, and anyone can sign up and run.  There are qualifying waves if you're speedy, jogging waves, walking waves, and then, when all those runners are off the course, the elites have their race on the same course.  It's huge, with maybe 40-50k running.

If you think Disney is the only race with costumes, you haven't been to Boulder.  There are all kinds of costumes, and I can't wait to see what people have in store.  There are beer stops and slip n slides, which I'll pass on.  Since I hurt myself on a slip n slide last summer, I'm very careful around those things.  No need to hurt myself during this race.

The course itself is within walking distance of the apartment I'm in, but I'm moving to Arvada in April.  Boo!  I could've slept in, rolled out of bed, and walked over when my wave started.  BB has tons of waves, and from what I hear, they've perfected the wave start since there are so many runners.  I certainly not fast enough for a qualifying wave, but a jogging wave is fine.  The course runs through Boulder, and finishes at Folsom Field.  And good thing I was at Folsom for the event with Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson.  The road up to Folsom is a hill!  Who put an up-hill before mile 6 of a 10k???  I'll have to have a strategy for that.

This will be my first race in my Oiselle singlet.  I'm looking forward to that.  I got the singlet after I ran Tink last year, and since Tink was my only race of 2016, I haven't had a chance to wear my singlet yet.  It's got a special place in my closet, just waiting for this race. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Musings 3/20

After a week of adjusting to the time change, I hope I'm with it again.  It's a struggle to get to the weekend, then I can sleep in and nap when I need to.  Last Monday morning found me like this:

There's a reason I think Disney secretly animated me for Anna.  She is me in a lot of ways.  Even my parents agree.

Big news too!  I hadn't said anything on here, but a couple weeks ago I applied to be a Bolder Boulder blogger, and I was accepted!  Y'all will see some extra posts about the race, gear to review, and more activity on social media.  I didn't know what kind of blogs they were looking for, and I almost didn't apply since my blog is small, but I have a blog, and I'm running the race.  That's all the qualifications they listed.

This weekend was gorgeous!  I got out Saturday morning and did 3.7 miles... I had to cut my run short because when I was heading down hill, going home, I jammed my leg a little bit, and it took a few minutes for my ITB to get cranky.  I would've loved to have done 4 miles, but I didn't want to keep pushing it.  I've learned to play it safe, as much as my pride hates it.

I've also learned I need more short sleeve shirts for running outside.  I like to keep my shoulders protected, but I only have 3 shirts with short sleeves. They're all Under Armour, but I'm going to start doing some online shopping to see what I can find.  The only clean shirt I had Saturday was pink, and boy was I in pink for my run.  My vest is pink, my tight calf sleeves are pink, I wore a pink running skirt, pink socks... pink, pink, pink.  I need some more colors.

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Five: Spring

Sorry for the no post yesterday.  I was really struggling with the time change.  After 3 days of sleeping right up to my alarm, I was awake at 4:45, and couldn't get back to sleep.  That seemed to throw me off for the day, and I even needed an extra cup of tea after lunch.  It's been gorgeous, and I wanted to have enough energy to run outside.

1) Now that I have my running belt, the water fountains are on at the running path.  Typical.  I waited so long to get one, it's now warm enough that the water's on again.  But the spring temps is the reason I need the extra water.  Between the dryness of the altitude, and the warmer temps, I need to bring water with me.

2) Tuesday was 70 degrees for my 3.5 miles, I couldn't help but dress in spring.  I had my "spring" Running Skirt, and a yellow tank top.  I call the skirt my spring skirt because it's got all kinds of bright colors.  Almost like Easter eggs.

3) I'm loving the longer days, despite my struggle to adapt to the time change.  I finished my run Tuesday after 5, and it was still light out.  Not even dusk, light, and I had plenty of time to stretch and foam roll before needed dinner.

4) Another spring staple is of course, Boston.  This year, the same team from Spirit of the Marathon is releasing a documentary about the Boston Marathon.  It's one night only on April 19th in various theaters.  I figured the Cinemark in Boulder would show it, and they are.  I've bought my ticket.

5) Spring time also brings lots of races.  I know there are a lot this weekend, from RnR Dallas, to the Shamrock races, to the LA marathon, and the NYC half, this seems like a BIG weekend of spring races.  Good luck to everyone!

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Green Tradition

Today's theme is on St. Patrick's Day, and I'll confess, it's a non-holiday for me.  I'm not Catholic and I'm not Irish.  I have heritage from England, Scotland, and Wales, but not Ireland.  I don't like beer, I don't like Guinness, and of course once fun leprechaun activities stopped in elementary school, it was just another day for learning.

I do have some good memories of St. Patrick's Day though.  None of them include a race, and the one bad memory I have is being hit with ITBS.  It's now been 4 years, can we talk?

The first good memory is being in London in 2007 for spring break.  Since I played lacrosse for 3 years in college, I didn't have a spring break until senior year.  While most people I know went to someplace warm, I went to London and Paris.  I was at an EPL game on March 17th, and saw one of the goalies score.  Who would've though that?

The other one was when I moved to Texas.  I either arrived on the 17th or around the 17th.  Even with St. Patrick's not being a holiday, it's easy to remember when things happened because that date stands out.  8 years ago I was just days away from driving away from my parents' house in Wellesley, and moving out of the time zone to Dallas.  I think it worked out pretty well.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Musings 3/12

Another Monday, and are any of us groggy because of DST?  It is nice to have the extra light in the evening, but it's not good when my sleep time is messed with.  Not good at all.

The weekend fun started Friday after work.  I headed to Boulder Running Company to look at running belts, and double check the fit of my shoes.  Good news on both fronts: I got a running belt, which worked well on my run Saturday, and my shoes are a good alignment.  BRC films their gait analysis, so they could see I'm getting good support from my shoes, and they didn't think I even needed inserts.  They said I could go with inserts, but that it would only be a comfort thing.  I stuck with the running belt, and felt happy the store didn't try to push for new shoes when I didn't need them.

Saturday's run was shorter than I've been running, but I was pushing my intervals a little bit, and I did a hill workout.  When I got back to my complex, I was under 3 miles, but I felt good and didn't feel the needed to push for 3.  The running belt past its test, and two bottles should be OK, especially once the water fountains on the running path are turned on.

During the weekend, I started and ended a new book by PJ Tracy.  If anyone likes mysteries/thrillers, PJ Tracy is a mother/daughter team that writes thrillers based in and around modern day Minneapolis.  Their stories are the type that take off really fast and are hard to put down.  It's known as the Monkeewrench series, and the book I read is called the Sixth Idea.  It's the 7th in the series, and the 8th book is being published in August.

Sunday I actually postponed Pure Barre for another day because I was missing weights.  I want to get back to challenging myself with free weights, and I got my 5lb weights out and did Iron Strength.  I figure jump in with both feet.  I'm still enjoying Pure Barre, but now I want to push myself in other workouts too.  I have kind of been looking at Cross Fit, but I don't know much about it, and I'm not looking for HIIT.  I'm looking for a method where I can take my time and focus on my form and muscle activation while challenging myself.  Any thoughts?

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