Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 Things Thursday 9/29

OK, exactly when did it become late September?  The second half of this month has gotten away from me, and I'm baffled that it's almost October.  I got an email from my boss Tuesday after for our staff meeting on 10/5, and the only thing I could think of was "why are we planning that far in advance?"  Oops.  That's next week!  Saturday is October 1, but that does mean I can get my Halloween movies out.  I'm trying to decide which one to watch.

Did you know running helps the body process Novocaine?  I had minor dental work on Tuesday and stayed home, but still checked email.  The dentist told me it actually helps the body to flush out the Novocaine if you work out because it gets the metabolism going.  OK then.  I was going to run anyway at the end of the day, but the servers were actually down at work, so I worked out sooner than planned.  I don't know if it helped, but I had total feeling again by 2pm.

Finally, I'm in need of new books to read.  I'm hemming about buying Dan Brown's Inferno since I haven't read it, but I've read the other Robert Langdon books.  Two mystery series I read have changed tone and the last couple books each time weren't really mysteries.  Both authors gave us the "whodunit" perspective, which I don't like.  I feel like it unnecessarily pads the book, and since I need a break from those series, I don't have anything of interest being published until January.  I'm absolutely out of ideas.

Thinking Out Loud with Amanda

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Hardest Part About Running

Is it cliche to blame the weather?  I live in Texas, but it still doesn't make it any easier to run in the summers.  The hottest time of day is when I get home, so I certainly don't want to run outside in the summer.  It's not just the summer though.  This was 3 days before the official day of Fall:

The cold front finally came through this weekend, but no outside running either because it was 99% humidity, and a downpour.  It's definitely a struggle to run outside in Texas because there's a very small window in spring and fall before summer or winter comes in.  It's why I love being outside when I travel elsewhere.  Even DC didn't feel bad compared to Dallas summers, and it was a lot of fun being at a baseball game, and walking to the zoo.

Now that it's finally feeling like fall, I hope this weekend will be more favorable to run.  I'm still doing maintenance with strength training, and I see my chiropractor tomorrow.  Last time I saw him, my low back and hip flexors were tight.  How did I manage that?

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Musings 9/26

Happy Monday!  This past weekend was almost polar opposite from last weekend, which was good.  Last weekend was super busy, and this weekend was super lazy.  Next weekend will be busy again, but a fun busy, again.

First, Saturday I did a whole lot of nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  I didn't even run since I'd seen my dermatologist on Friday and she removed something from my arm.  Nothing to worry about, but it was a spot she wanted me to monitor back in January, and this time was a better safe than sorry approach.  Due to that, I had a small chunk removed, and I wanted to let that heal a little before I ran and sweated, and I would've sweated Saturday morning.  I woke up to 89% humidity, which is awful to run in, even inside.  I opted to skip it to let my arm heal, and I decided I wanted to run on Sunday (which wasn't any better).  The rest of the day looked like this:

We snuggled, a lot.  She followed me and demanded snuggling, so I obliged.

Saturday I was craving soup, and I had already been planning to make tortilla soup Sunday because of the cold front, but I wanted it Saturday.  It simmers on the stove for an hour, but my body still wanted soup.  OK, no sense in delaying it.  I think it was because my parents got snow in the Rockies, and I'm desperate for fall.

I don't know if y'all have seen it, but a new "game" is going around Facebook.  Choose 3 fictional characters to describe yourself.  I didn't intend on playing, but more friends started posting, so I decided to join in.  I chose Hermione Granger, Princess Anna, and Samwise Gamgee.  I'd actually written about Sam for my college application, so he had to be on the list of 3.

My Sweaty Band came too, and I'm very ready for Halloween.

Sunday, I did 2 miles on the treadmill, even though I really wanted to run outside.  The cold front started Saturday night, but it was 99% humidity when I wanted to run.  Inside then.  Good thing too since the sky opened up when I was finishing my first mile. I would've been outside in that!  I ended up getting soaked anyway when I finished up grocery shopping, but now that the cold front came in, maybe I'll be able to run outside next weekend.

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

Friday, September 23, 2016

Struggle Bus

Anybody else struggling right now?  It's fall, but I live in Texas, so it's still in the 90s.  It is supposed to cool off starting this weekend, but they said that two weeks ago too.  It makes it difficult to plan meals for the week when I don't know what temps will be present.  I'm struggling because:

1) Shorter evenings - I've noticed since August the evenings are getting shorter, which eventually make me want to hibernate.  Bears have the right idea.  Sleep through winter.

2) Darker mornings - I've arriving at work when it's still dark out.  During the summer, the sun would be rising, and I'd be awake with it.  This morning I rolled over to go back to sleep and 10 seconds later my alarm went off.  WHAT?!  The dark mornings are throwing me off.

3) Still waiting for some shows - while I'm very happy to have Big Bang Theory and NCIS New Orleans back, I'm still waiting on two shows to start.  Elementary starts Oct. 2, and Vikings starts Nov. 30.  Until then, only two shows, and I used to have more.

4) Summer meals or fall meals - I need a variety of dinners, and after a whole summer of summer dishes, I'm ready for a change.  As I mentioned, the weather isn't cooling off, so when can I get the soups, stews, chili, and casseroles out?  They make a lot of leftovers, which makes cooking easier during the week.

5) No races - since I only signed up for a virtual run, I don't have an organized race to look forward to.  I had two races planned last fall and they were something to be excited about, but it's weird this year since I have nothing.  I did do a spontaneous 5k on Saturday, and I've taken a rest week with mostly strength training.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Running Humor

Today is the first official day of fall, and if I'm not mistaken, this weekend is the Berlin marathon.  Fall marathon season is upon us.  I've dcided to compile a few videos for running humor.  Runners will understand.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Running Advice

What's the best advice you've ever received (or given) with long distance training?  I admit, growing up, I never followed advice because I'm too stubborn for my own good.  However, when I started this whole running thing, I had a lot of people I could turn to, especially to my parents.  They were good though and let me come to them with questions.  Knowing me as well as they do, they knew unsolicited advice would still receive an eyeroll.

The best advice they gave me was run your race, and when you get to the race, it's like a final exam.  You've put in all the work, so don't sweat the race.  I never looked at a race like an exam, but they had a point.  Months of hard work and dedication, even at times when you wanted to skip a workout (class), you still do it.  Tapering is now the reading period, but I certainly didn't come up with any phantom injuries during the reading period.  A head cold, sure, but no phantom pains.  Then the final exam and you're done, just like a race. 

And then I take a break.  I have to.  The last piece of advice was listen to your body.  My body can't do race after race, and I mentally need a break too from a rigid-ish schedule.  Just like a semester break :)

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Musings 9/19

Welcome to another weekend wrap-up.  After a very lazy weekend last week, this one was quite busy.  Thankfully Sunday was calmer, but Friday and Saturday were quite fun.

At the spur of the moment, I joined a couple friends and went to the Plano Children's Theater production of Les Miserables.  These kids are from middle schools and high schools in the area, and are all very good singers.  A couple people from our hockey group had a son playing Gavroche, and on a side note, he's met Ramin Karimloo, who's done various roles in Les Mis productions, including the 25th anniversary concert shown on PBS, AND he's also been the Phantom, including that 25th anniversary.  I enjoyed the production, and ended up doing my run Saturday morning to the music of Les Mis.  I've got the 10th anniversary concert soundtrack on my iPod and there are a lot of songs.  It's one of those where all the lines are sung... I can't even think of one line that's only spoken.

Saturday was another treadmill run.  It's the same story every September - I want summer to end, and it just doesn't want to.  It was another muggy morning, so treadmill it is.  I don't hate the treadmill because here, I gotta use it if I want to keep running in the hot months.  I felt so good when I reached 2.5 miles I continued on to see how I felt with each successive quarter-mile, and I finished out a 5k.  Not bad.  Only 0.9 to go to get to 4 miles for the virtual run I signed up for.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I might be able to do that outside by the time I work back up to 4 miles.

Saturday afternoon was a wine tasting hosted by someone in my soccer circle.  It was put together by I think a distributor in town, and we tasted 1 sparkling, 3 whites, 9 reds, and 1 moscato.  I'm not a fan of moscato but I tried it anyway.  Nope.  I ended up ordering 3 bottles, 1 white, 2 red, and research the vineyards.  The bottles are cheaper from the vineyards, but I'll enjoy the 3 I ordered regardless.  The best one of the tasting was a Syrah blend that might have gone down too easily.  The pitch person said Syrahs are actually best with steak, not Cabernets, which are good, but Syrahs are better.

My Tinkerbell Ornament came too.  I love all the little details Disney puts in their ornaments, and this one has a few.  The scene is from Tinkerbell in the sewing drawer, tangled up in the buttons and knick-knacks.

Sunday was a lazy afternoon, and now that it's Monday, new shows!  Big Bang Theory premiers tonight and tomorrow is NCIS New Orleans.

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Five: John Williams

I wanted to continue with yesterday's theme with music and John Williams.  I mentioned I made a quick playlist with some of his scores, and some are pretty good to workout to.

1) Harry Potter - Quidditch Match

2) Star Wars - Duel of the Fates

3) Star Wars - Throne Room

4) Raiders of the Lost Ark

5) Hook - Main Themes

Of course, there are way more movies he scored, like ET, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Memoirs of  Geisha, Catch Me If You Can, the Patriot, Schindler's List, Home Alone, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (and more!).

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Music in this World

This post is inspired by Monday's viewing of the AFI Lifetime award, for John Williams.  TCM had a John Williams night, and re-ran the show from this summer.  They said John Williams has been nominated for 50 Oscars for his work, and it's amazing when you take the time and look at his body of work.  Not just his compositions, which are incredible, but he also conducted the music for movies like Fiddler on the Roof.

Of course I've made a John Williams playlist, but think I need more.

When I think back about movie soundtracks, there are 3 people/groups that I think have influenced me the most.  First, growing up on classic Disney, was the Sherman Brothers.  They didn't do just Disney either, but also Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Charlotte's Web.  "A fair is a veritable smorgasbord orgasbord orgabord After the crowds have ceased."  (You're welcome.)

Next, came the Disney renaissance, which means Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  Even now, I keep finding gems in Ashman's lyrics, which make the songs brilliant.  He put in all these layers so everyone, no matter their age, could enjoy the songs.  I also love the scores to Disney movies, thanks to Menken.  When D23 had a songbook concert with Alan Menken and Richard Sherman in 2013, I would've given ANYTHING to have been there.  At least their parts are on youtube.

Then came John Williams's music.  As I got older, and my parents thought I (and my attention span) could handle more complex movies, they started with Star Wars.  Even if I don't care for a movie, the score stays with me.  I mean, we all know most Star Wars fans don't like Phantom Menace, but I definitely have "Duel of the Fates" on my iPod.  It's a GREAT song to run to.

Anybody have a favorite composer or group you could listen to all the time?

Thinking Out Loud with Amanda.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Post-race Rituals

Today's TOTR topic is post-race rituals (or long run rituals).  Anybody have a must-do after their race?  I always celebrate somehow, but it may not always be the same way to celebrate.  After my last two half marathons, I made sure to get a pedicure, because my feet needed recovery just as much as my legs did.  I put my feet through a lot when I was training for half marathons, and I'm sure they appreciated the TLC.

It's always easy to chose a food to celebrate with, and since I was at Disneyland for Tink, what better way to celebrate than with a Dole Whip?  I also know what time the Tiki Hut opens... 10am.  Yes, I was hovering, but when I heard the opening time, I went on the Haunted Mansion and Winnie the Pooh before doubling back around for a Dole Whip.  I'm not going to get this at any other place than Disney and the actual Dole Plantation on Oahu.

I also end up napping, not only after a race but after a long run.  I wake up early on Saturdays and between that, running, and errands, I'm tired after lunch, and a full stomach makes for a wonderful nap.  Just watch my family's cats.  They eat, they nap.  If I'm at home and not on a racecation, Allie will curl up with me, anywhere I'm napping.  If she fits, she sits.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Musings 9/12

This week is going to be getting back on track.  Between the long weekend, and Dad's visit, I got out of my routine.  Thursday I jumped right back in with a 30-minute run, strength training Friday, a 33-minute run Saturday, then Pure Barre yesterday.  It's not easy, and I am a little sore.  I think part of that is a new exercise my chiro gave me to get my back to loosen up.  I don't know what I did, but when I saw my chiro on Wednesday, both my low back and hip flexors were tight.  I wasn't stretching either so I'm getting everything back in my routine: running, strength, and stretch.

Since I'm still on the treadmill, I've been mixing up my intervals to make things interesting.  I'll do some 1/1 intervals, then 2/1 intervals, back to 1/1, then 2/1.  It mixes things up while I start to build again.  I did 2.5 miles a couple weeks ago, the first I hit that distance since Tink, and I did 2.5 again on Saturday.  I'm feeling good, and the Rock Tape on my knee helps too.  I know I shouldn't run all the time with the Rock Tape on, but my knee cap floats a little, so it's there to keep everything in check.  I actually need to order more soon... Amazon!!

I also did a little shopping this week.  I got a start on my Christmas shopping list for my cousin and her husband, so one down, a few more to go.  I have no idea what I'm going to get the others on my list, but those two are done!  I don't know if they read the blog so sorry, no pictures.  What I can give a picture of is the new Sweaty Band I bought.  They released their Halloween designs, and since I grew up with a black cat (and other cats, and currently own a cat), I had to get this one.

It reminds me of the French black cat poster.

The new book I ordered also arrived on Friday.  It's a mystery that was released in March, so I'm a little behind, but better late than never.  It's the latest book in the Mary Russell series by Laurie R King, and I've been saving it for my lunch break today.  I like to read, or relax, during my lunch break, before doing stretching and rolling out muscle knots.  Good thing I have an office.

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

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Five

I'm back!  My dad was in town until yesterday morning, so I opted to take a few rest days, not only from running, but from blogging as well.  A little break is always nice.  Since we ate out for dinner each day he was here, I have a ton of leftovers in the fridge.  No cooking for me for a few days :)  I also got a tank of gas out of him, thanks Dad!

This week has been rather random, between Dad's visit, and the 3-day weekend.  I get the 3-day weekend, work one day, vacation day, work two days, weekend.  Too bad this isn't every week.  Tuesday was a struggle getting back into work, so I have to say taking Wednesday off for a free day with Dad was great!  It's not easy getting back to work after actually sleeping in for 2 of the 3 days of the long weekend.  Sunday I even slept until 8!  That hasn't happened in a very long time.

I also found out this week I'm owed money from my chiropractor from the PT sessions I had in the spring.  Thank goodness these offices have people who understand the insurance part of things because I don't.  I was paying my copay, but they owe me money from that?  Ok!  I'm already thinking of getting another pair of running shoes, either another pair of the NB's I have, or going to get the Brooks Ravenna that also felt good the last time I was fitted.  Hmmm...  The NB's are on sale on their website and I can get a different color combo.

It may be September, but summer isn't ready to leave yet.  In fact, it feels worse in the mornings right now than it did in August.  I'm getting beaten down by the Texas summers, and each year is more difficult to deal with.  My parents keep saying how great and cool it is in Boulder.  Good thing we're separated by a computer or phone.  I'm already staring daggers at them.

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

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Five: Apple Version

Can you believe I've seen Halloween candy in grocery stores already?  I have, and I couldn't believe my eyes.  I figure if stores want Christmas stuff up at the end of September, they have to get the Halloween candy going before Oct. 1.  We also know pumpkin season is upon us, so even though it's still in the 90s, with a heat index, Starbucks will be shoving pumpkin spiced lattes in our faces.  No thanks.  I'm an apple person, and apples are just as versatile.

Apple pie
Apple cider
Apple cider donuts
Apple spiced muffins

I feel like Bubba in Forest Gump: shrimp this, shrimp that.  I'm definitely apple this, and apple that during the fall.  Once I want to turn on my oven again, I'll be able to make these apple dishes.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome September!

We made it to September.  August was quite a busy month, but since I don't have any trips planned this month, maybe things will start to wind down.  Maybe not.  I'm still working on a couple things I'm not ready to announce yet, but I'm working towards those to hopefully have things in place so I can announce it.  I hate to be vague, but I'm not ready to make things public yet, until I know what I want to do.  I keep hemming and hawing, but it's a big decision.

Anyone heading out to Disneyland this weekend for the half marathon festivities?  I can't believe I was there 7 years ago, and it was my first time back at Disneyland since I was 9.  9 to 24 years old was all spent at WDW whenever we went to Disney.  It's quite different, but I love the cozy feeling of DL and DCA, and knowing Walt had hands on everything when it came to Disneyland.  That was his park, complete with his apartment hidden in the park.

I also got my Halloween playlist out.  I love that playlist, and if stores are getting Christmas ready by Oct. 1, then I can listen to Halloween all I want.  Drown out the Christmas cheer and be a Grinch until I'm ready for it :-p  I have nothing against Christmas, but it gets earlier and earlier each year.  I'm not ready to start Christmas shopping either, though perhaps I should.  It would help spread out the purchases.