Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Favorite Fall Running Gear

After Sunday morning, I'd say fall is well and truly here.  After the snow last Monday, OK, I'm not sure which season it is.  The calendar shows we still have a ways to go until the winter solstice, but temps are all crazy right now.  Do I bring out my fall gear?  If I do, I feel like I have to put it away because it warms up again.

The gear I ordered arrived last week, and I'm loving both of them.  I REALLY love the New Balance pullover.  The fabric is light, it's soft, it's got thumb holes!! and it has a hoodie.  Plus there's plenty of breathing ability so I'm not getting stuffy while wearing it.  The NB marketing team put this on the cover of their catalog, which got my attention.  Well played.

I also went to my LRC and bought a new pair of shoes.  I was looking for the 7's since the new models just came out, but they didn't have them.  I bought the 8's, and since today is 2 miles on my schedule, it should be perfect for a test run.  I'm always nervous when a new model comes out, but the guy at the store said the 8's have the same support as the 7's, and the only change to the 8's was the superficial top of the shoe.  I'm OK with that.  Since I have a couple different pairs of Superfeet inserts, I'll play around with them and figure out what works best.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Monday Musings 10/16

This past week was strange, between the weather, and doctor's appointments, and then the weekend was even stranger.  I pick dup at bug on Saturday, which would explain why my run was so crappy.  But let's back up.

When I got in the office Friday after my doctor's appointment, I saw the Competitor Group had sent out a message about Vegas, sitting in my Gmail:

Good news.  I know there was a small part of me that thought there was a possibility the race could be cancelled, but I didn't think it would come to that.  The 5k and 10k courses remain the same, and they will change the start line for the half and full.  I expect extra security, but I'm quite happy the weekend will happen.  I can do my small part and put my money into the Vegas economy.

On to Saturday.  When I woke up, I felt fine, and ate breakfast, delayed a bit, but got to the gym to use the treadmill.  We had wind gusts of 50mph and even though I was doing 3, that was not going to be fun.  2 miles in, my stomach started feeling uneasy, but I thought maybe I was hungry and I had spent too much time between eating breakfast and getting my run going.  By mile 2.5, I threw in the towel and walked the rest of the distance to complete 3.  I chalked it up to fasting the previous day and completed my errands.  Then I was sick after lunch, and felt like utter crap for about 7 hours.  At least Allie enjoyed my prone state.  She knew I needed snuggles.

I was scared too, because I had signed up to help volunteer at a water stop with Oiselle at the RnR Denver race.  I didn't want to automatically cancel, but I had no idea what I'd gotten into, bug wise.  I spent Saturday afternoon resting, then started eating Saltines, moved to homemade soup, then spaghetti.  Eventually I did rebound, so I kept my plans to head down into Denver.

This was my first time ever volunteering at a race, and lucky us, it was 29 degrees when we started setting up.  It was quite brisk, even when the sun did eventually come out.  Our water stop was around mile 5, so we were early on the course.  I even got a t-shirt out of it, and am thinking of putting it in my t-shirt quilt, whenever that gets made.

Did I mention it was brisk?  I was chilled when I got home, so I took a shot of tequila, and took a hot hot shower.  I had hot chocolate later, because I still felt chilled, but eventually I started feeling warmer.  Doing Pure Barre exercises warmed me up too.

So to say it was a strange weekend is an understatement.


Monday: Pure Barre

Tuesday: 2 miles, pre-hab exercises

Wednesday: lower body strength

Thursday: 2 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3 miles

Sunday: lower body Pure Barre

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Things That Make Me Go Hmmm

There is quite a lot I enjoy about life, but there are some things that drive me crazy.

1) The first one isn't tied to running outside, but at my gym.  When I'm there, inevitably there is someone in the weights section doing heavy lifting, then throwing the weights down, which makes such a big BOOM!  My gym in Texas had signs all over the weight section saying not to do that.  I wish my gym would do so as well.  I have to count down to keep from flipping out.

2) I know I've mentioned this before, but why do some runners wear the race's shirt for the race?  That goes fully against anything new on race day.  What if the shirt's not tech?  Runners don't have a chance to have a long run in the shirt.  How's the cut?  Is it going to chafe?  I know to each their own, but I won't wear the race shirt until after the race.

3) I'll throw this one in right now since I'm currently doing it.  Why, whenever I have my annual physical, why why why do I always seem to have to fast for the blood work??  I'm hungry and cranky and all I want to do is eat breakfast.  Check in is at 9 my time, with my appointment at 9:20.  I already found the new patient packet online and filled it out.  All I want is to get my blood drawn so I can start eating for the day.  At least I'm taking time off work this morning so I'm not cranky to my coworkers.

4) I'll talk about my ankle ache a little bit.  It's OK during the day, and then when I lace up for a run, that's when it starts popping up.  Even before I actually start my run.  It didn't bother me at all on Monday, but it was there during my two miles on Tuesday, and yesterday.  What gives?

5) To follow up on my comments issue from Tuesday, I haven't been able to find anything.  It's boggling my mind, and I want everyone to be able to comment.  If it's something with Blogspot, I hope they can resolve it.  I've looked at my settings, and researched online, but every place I've looked doesn't have a problem.

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

If I Wasn't Running...

Today's topic for TOTR is "If I Wasn't Running." 

But first, an update from yesterday: we did get snow!  I worked from home in the morning because visibility was awful when I first attempted to drive in.  The clouds were so low, and snow was swirling around.  I like to have my wits about me, especially during the first snow storm because people do stupid stuff during the first storm.  It's like they have a brain fart and don't remember how to drive in this stuff.

It's already melting, and the week should warm up nicely.  At least the Flatirons looks gorgeous this morning when I was driving in.  Pity I wasn't a passenger because I would've taken a picture.

Also off topic, I was notified about comment issues and the comment disappearing.  I am looking into this, but my settings haven't changed, so I'm a bit confused.  Does anyone have experience with this and be able to give me some tips?

So, onto the topic.

If I wasn't running...

I've already been there a couple times, and I know what happens.  I go stir crazy.  I fell out of running after I graduated from college and segued into the workforce.  I was doing well enough during the summer months, but it was tough to get up early during the cold winter months, and I fell out of working out.  It's always been my stress release, and now I didn't have a way to get out all of the negative stress work induced.

The second was when my ITBS was at its worst.  I've had injuries before, in high school and college, but I never had anything like this.  I spent that time trying yoga, going through a couple rounds of PT, and I discovered Pure Barre.  It certainly gave me a better appreciation of being able to run, and when I got cleared, I've treasured every day.

I definitely was a gym rat, and I have to be active to be happy.  

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monday Musings 10/9

Another week, and I think we're steamrolling into winter.  I woke up Saturday to see a winter weather watch on my app, for Monday.  Of course the forecast kept changing from about last Wednesday.  Up to one inch of snow has become 4 to 7, and a freeze watch.  Tomorrow should be interesting.  I did grab work to bring home on Friday in case I can't get out of the neighborhood.  I live in a valley with rolling hills, and there are people who can barely traverse the hills in sunshine.

I'm still battling a maybe cold, but I got 5 miles done on Saturday, and I felt good during the run.  After skipping my run on Thursday, I felt ready to run Friday after work.  However, this front started coming through, and the wind was about 40mph when I was driving home.  That was not going to be fun (it certainly wasn't fun driving), so I took another rest day, and completed my run Saturday morning.  The wind wasn't as bad, and I got to see the trees have changed color, AND I saw a bald eagle fly over me about halfway through.  That's the first I've seen one on the front range.  I've seen plenty of hawks, but I've only seen eagles in the mountains.

I did some more research on treadmills too.  I've narrowed my choice down to NordicTrac, either the 1750 or the 2450.  After having to delay my run from Friday, having a treadmill would've been nice.

Sunday was different.  I woke up at 5:30 for no reason, and finally got up in time to watch the Chicago marathon on NBCSports.  Afterwards I got my biking in, finished up errands, and then bonked when I got home.  I don't know if whatever is going around got me, but I was sluggish most of the day.  I'm still fighting it, and was determined to do some strength training in the afternoon.  I hadn't done any Thursday or Friday, and I did light strength training Saturday afternoon.  Even though Sunday's was light, it was still something.  I didn't want to skip another day, and I'm stubborn about when to admit I'm sick.  I don't like to admit defeat.  Ever.

The weekend was also filled with more Halloween stuff.  I watched Witches of Eastwick, and Starz had Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  I've never read the book, and I'd never seen the movie.  It was something to watch.  I also had some success at Target looking for Halloween decorations.  After seeing decorations going up in the neighborhood, I started getting some ideas for my front porch.  I got some pumpkin lights for the bannister, and I got some fun lights for my office.    

I also had some fun shopping on Friday.  I got promoted at work last week, and of course I had to buy some running gear to celebrate.  I wanted another Oiselle long sleeve Flyte, and I got a catalog from New Balance, and loved the look of their Heat Hoodie.  This Texan needs more layers for outdoor running.  I already had to get out my winter headband to keep my ears warm from the wind on Saturday!


Monday: strength training

Tuesday: 3 miles, pre-hab exercises

Wednesday: Pure Barre at home

Thursday: unplanned rest day

Friday: rest

Saturday: 5 miles, light strength training

Sunday: 35 minutes bike, light strength training

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

That Training Schedule

TGIF!!  It's been a long week, and I was exhausted yesterday.

First up on the post, good luck to all running the Chicago marathon Sunday, and I have family doing the Army 10-miler.  We're really into the fall racing season.  A special good luck to Kathryn running Chicago, as her FIRST marathon!

The topic for today is scheduling, and for the first time, I'm actually following a training schedule for this 10k.  I kind of winged it the last two 10k races I did, and the first one I ever did was in the middle of training for my first half marathon.  I needed a 10k time for corral placement, and luckily there was one around the time I needed to hit that mileage for that training.

The most important thing for me with training is a flexible schedule.  Life is what it is.  I'm calmer training for a 10k when I have to skip runs, but I'm not happy about it.  I've now skipped two runs, but it was both precautionary.  The first one was for my ankle, and I skipped my run yesterday because the busy-ness of last weekend caught up with me.  I was flat out exhausted.  Plus people are getting sick at work, my dad's been battling a cold, and I felt that dry/scratchy throat feeling the past couple days.  I'm tempted to buy a medical mask to make it through until I get my flu shot.

Looking at my schedule too, after my 5-miler this weekend, I'll be in the second half of training.  My plan is 11 weeks, and this weekend would be the 6-week mark.  Only 5 weeks to go.  That's crazy!  I signed up for Vegas at the very end of May, to battle my post-race blues.  This Sunday will mark exactly 5 weeks until the race.

Until then, I'll be using the vitamin-C Halls cough drops, and I'm getting Airborne this weekend.  I don't want to skip anymore runs, and I absolutely do not want to get sick.  I don't think I have a choice, but I will do my best.

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reflecting on Las Vegas

It's hard to have a post talking about training for Vegas after the tragedy that happened.  I was watching the local news Monday morning for weather updates, for my commute, and breaking news about the shooting flashed across.  I'm still shaking my head.  What is this world coming to?  Thankfully my friend is safe.  While I was driving into work, I was hoping she'd post something so I knew she was OK.

I certainly hope the race goes on.  I can do my own little part of helping the Vegas economy with the race weekend, and spend money at the hotel and restaurants.  I certainly would understand though, if they're not able to put on the series, since they'd be working with the same agencies that were impacted by Sunday's tragedy.  RnR did release a statement saying at the appropriate time they'll start dialogue with the city and police officials to make sure the series can go on safely.

For now, I'll continue training in case it's a go.  I don't know what else to do until RnR decides what to do.  One thing's for sure: if the race is on, I will have Tom Petty songs on my playlist.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Monday Musings 10/2

What a busy weekend!  I think I should've taken Monday off too, but I'll make it thru the week.

The weekend started off Friday afternoon, with my mom and I getting pedicures.  The place we went to is pretty nice, and they do nail art.  We bot got flowers since the theme of the wedding was blooming into love.  The wedding shower did a lot with that theme, and nail art was a fun touch for the wedding itself.  I went with a dark maroon color, and then white flowers.

My new Christmas ornaments also arrived on Friday.

Saturday morning was a trip to Anderson Farms in Erie.  I went with my parents and then a friend with her 18-month old daughter.  I knew she would love the pumpkin patch, and she even picked out her own pumpkin.  I got a large pumpkin, and I'll decide on a carving stencil later in the month.

Saturday evening was the rehearsal dinner, and then Sunday was the wedding.  The weather was beautiful for the ceremony, bright and very sunny.  We were warned to bring sun screen, sunglasses, and hats.  The ceremony was short, but all of those were very much appreciated.  The venue was the new events center at Folsom Stadium, on a terrace over looking the field, with the Flatirons behind the stadium.


Monday: strength training

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: strength training

Thursday: 2.25 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3 miles

Sunday: rest

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Going into October

I have to say I haven't been that impressed yet with my first Colorado fall.  The first day of fall was last Friday, and I haven't seen the sun since that day.  It did TRY to break through the clouds on Monday, but didn't really succeed.  The temps have been great, but the clouds need to clear out.  Will today be the day?

I'm excited for this weekend because it's going to be busy.  I'm thinking I should've taken Monday off to recover, but oh well.  I only work half a day today (Friday), then Saturday is the pumpkin patch with family and friends, and Saturday afternoon/evening is my cousin's rehearsal dinner.  It's up in Longmont, with catered BBQ.  That makes me happy.  Then Sunday is his wedding.  I'm going to try to get my training in between, so it'll be quite a fast weekend for sure.  Next thing I know, it'll be back to work.  I did extend both my weekday runs this week to keep mileage up, but give me wiggle room on the mileage tomorrow.

Tonight will be the first Halloween movie, even though we still have 2 days to go till October.  Since my parents are down from their house, I'm going to show them Hocus Pocus.  It's just a fun movie, and they haven't seen it.  Did anyone see yesterday's news about the remake.  Seriously Disney?  If you want the movie for TV, show it on TV.  Freeform does every year with its 13 Days of Halloween.  No one can do Winifred like the Divine Miss M.

At least I don't have to hide my Halloween playlist anymore.  I have gotten it out for a couple of my runs, secretly, and now I can use it all month!  Phantom of the Opera anyone?

I also have good news about my ankle.  My chiropractor checked it out, between exercises for the ligaments, and using a sound tong for waves on my ankle bone.  Nothing hurt, so it's just tender for whatever reason.  I'm sure I wacked it on something, and I just don't remember.  That was good to hear, so I'll keep up with my icing, and using Rocktape when I run.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My Month of September

I can't believe September is almost over.  New shows started this week, and I feel like it was only a couple weeks ago they were wrapping up their previous seasons.  I did watch the first episode of the BBT last night, after PBS's Vietnam, to see how that cliffhanger was resolved.  I'm not sure I'll keep watching the season because I felt like it really got away from the core ideas last season.

Now, onto rating my month.  September has been all about training for Vegas.  My training plan kicked off the last week of August, and so far I feel like I've had really good success so far.  The first week was spent on the treadmill, which wasn't ideal, but it was HOT that August week.  I'm happy to report all my runs after that have been outside.  I hope to continue that today after work when I do my scheduled run.

Strength training has been going very well too.  It is my primary focus with my knee, and even though there have been days where I haven't done any strength after a run, I feel like I am stronger, and will continue to build.  My 10-minute DVDs are a saving grace when I'm crunched for time.

Biking has even happened too!  I've been biking every Sunday to try to incorporate cardio cross training, and I've checked off each Sunday up until now.  This Sunday will probably be a miss because my cousin's getting married.  Unless I get up super early to get the 40 minutes done, Sunday will be a rest day.

Overall, I'd give myself a B+ this month.  Last week was a recovery week, and I skipped a day to wisely rest my ankle since an ache has developed.  Part of me wanted to make that up on Friday to get all runs in for the week, but my sensible side actually won that argument.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Monday Musings 9/25

Happy Monday!  I hope those who raced this weekend had good results.  I did DVR NBCSports' coverage of the Berlin Marathon Sunday morning, which was a slow morning.

After taking a couple extra rest days last week, during the recovery week, I got back to it on Saturday with 2 miles done.  My ankle's ache comes and goes, even when icing and resting, so I'm going to continue training.  How much of a runner thing is that?  The weather Saturday morning was gray and chilly, but pretty good for running.  The one thing I needed was ear protection, since both ears were quite cold when I completed my training run.  Needing that in September is something new for me.  High country even got snow, and I'm NOT ready for that.  I want my Fall first.

After my run, I went to Target to get Wonder Woman on DVD, then the mall to Bath and Body Works.  I was almost out of the Love and Sunshine, but this time I got White Citrus.  Both my mom and I love that scent.  I feel Love and Sunshine is very much a summer scent, and I hope they have it next year.  Now it's time to switch things out for Fall and Winter.  The rest of the day was spent watching the special features for Wonder Woman, and then the movie itself.

Sunday morning was a slow morning.  The weather the whole weekend, after my run, was gray and chilly, with drizzle.  I turned the heat on, to get that dormant smell out, and still have the thermostat set to heat.  With the drizzle Sunday morning, plus a demanding cat, I moved through the morning slowly, which came back to bite me a little bit.  Once I watched both the men's and women's elites win Berlin, I went to the gym for my 40 minutes on the bike, then to King Soopers to finish my grocery shopping.  Since I don't watch football anymore, I wasn't expecting the mad rush to the store before the Broncos game.  I survived!

That afternoon was all about nesting.  With such gray weather, it was time to bake and cook.  I made blueberry muffins for the week for breakfasts, I made tortilla soup for dinner, and I made an apple pie.  It's now officially fall, and this weekend definitely felt like it.  I did make apple pies in October in Texas, but it could still be quite warm.  If Outlander and PBS' Vietnam hadn't been on, I would've started my Halloween DVDs, with Hocus Pocus.  I did start with a Halloween Big Bang Theory episode.


Monday: Pre-hab exercises

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: recovery, with foam rolling

Thursday: extra rest day

Friday: lower body Pure Barre + core

Saturday: 2 miles

Sunday: 40 minutes bike, total body strength training

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

It's Finally Fall!

Now the forecast is finally looking like fall.  We've had teases, but now it's officially the first day of fall, and this weekend seems to prove it.  The high temps will be in the 50s!  That should feel good with my scheduled run tomorrow :)

I did skip my run yesterday because it turned out warmer than predicted.  My app said a high of 87 and I thought 2 miles wouldn't be a big deal when I got home.  Well, it was 91 after work, and I didn't feel a hint of any autumn coming in.  Whatever breeze there was felt warm.  Ick.  I know I should've packed a bag for the gym, but I've done 2 miles in high 80s before.  I also decided on another rest day for my ankle.  I still think it's a bruise because none of the ligaments feel tight, or tender, or tendonitis - I can do calf raises perfectly fine, without anything bothering me.  This is what recovery weeks are for, right?  Instead I did some lower body Pure Barre, plus core.  I also got a big stock pot out and filled it with cold water and ice, and dunked my feet in.  I barely made it 10 minutes, it was so cold!

One fall activity I've started is cooking hearty recipes for dinners.  With the forecast the way it is for Sunday, I'm making tortilla soup!  It's so easy to make, and once everything is in the pot, it simmers for an hour.  It makes the house smell fantastic. 

I've also started decorating my office.  I have a couple Halloween things I haven't brought in yet, but I've had these window clings for a couple years.  They're mainly fall, with a little bit of Halloween.  I'll also do this for Christmas.  I love window clings, and they add just a little something festive.

It's also one more weekend until I go to the pumpkin patch in Erie.  Next weekend my parents are coming down because my cousin's wedding is Oct. 1.  I'm taking the afternoon off from work next Friday, and my mom and I are pampering ourselves with pedicures.  I haven't had a pedicure since February.  I know I have a dress the polish should pair with, but I kind of want to see if they have any fall colors.

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Schedule

Today's post is a little late since work took off almost right away when I got in.  I didn't have time to post, but here it is.

The topic today is the fall race schedule, and I know I've talked about RnR Las Vegas a lot already.  I'm onto week 4 of training, and it's a recovery week!  I felt so good doing 4 miles on Saturday, but it's nice to have a couple recovery weeks before my 5-mile run.  Bullet points so far for Vegas are:

* I'm doing the 10k
* I have a room booked at the SLS, which is right at the 10k start line 
* I get to break out my new Oiselle singlet

The SLS was formerly known as the Sahara, and is on the northern part of the strip.  It's about 2 miles from the finish line, and the walk back will keep my legs moving and start recovering right away.

I haven't gotten much planning beyond that.  I don't know much about what's available, aside from Margaritaville, and I haven't been to Vegas since I was in elementary school.  That was when they were building the Luxor, and the paws had been set.  Yes, it's been that long.

I've only been doing one major race a season since that's what my knee can do, but I also need breaks from training.  It'll feel good to be able to relax on Thanksgiving, but I am looking at a smaller race in December to help keep me going a little bit during the holidays.  I didn't do a single race last fall since I was packing up my life and getting ready to move up to Boulder.

I've started looking at the December calendar for local 5k races.  I know December will be interesting for this Texan.  I may deem it too cold and decide to go with a Christmas movie and hot chocolate instead.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Monday Musings 918

Happy Monday!  I think we've finally turned with the weather, and fall is coming!  Appropriate too since Friday is the first day of Fall.

The weather Saturday could not have been any more different from last Saturday's run.  We had a front move through Friday evening, with rain, and it was incredibly cloudy when I woke up Saturday morning.  The temp was around 50, with a little bit of wind, and enough humidity that it threatened to rain most of my run.  It finally did during my last mile, but it wasn't too bad, and I didn't get too wet.  I felt so good after my 4 miles, I knew I could go more, even with my ankle being a little tender.  I think I have a bone bruise on the knobby part, because the tendons feel fine.  It didn't bother me on my run, which was good.  If I can get this weather for my 5- and 6-mile runs, that would be great!

How we recover from my runs
I spent Saturday morning up in Boulder getting my hair cut, and stocking up on ingredients for chili!  I love when the weather changes because I can get more recipes out, recipes I haven't cooked at all during late spring and all of summer.  I have many more options of what to cook.  I started with chili since it's relatively easy to make.  It also makes a lot, so I've got leftovers :)  Those always make cooking during the week easy.

Sunday was more low key, but I did have some errands to run after getting my biking done.  I needed some organization things from Target, and I picked up another pair of Superfeet inserts.  I've had my current ones since before the Bolder Boulder, and I was starting to think I needed a new pair.  Since the next couple weeks are recovery weeks, I know it'll be good to use this time to break those in.  After completing 4 miles Saturday, this week my long run is 2 miles.

I also kind of got caught up in a Target sale, and got some Halloween candy.  They had a 3 for $8, and I got some good stuff.  Now I have to be good and not eat it, because when I say I got the good stuff, I did: Reese's Pieces, Peppermint Patties, and Kit Kats.  This'll be tough.


Monday: lower body pre-hab exercises

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: lower body strength training

Thursday: 2 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 4 miles, PB seat and thigh work

Sunday: 30 minutes bike, 10-minute PB upper body and abs, 10-minute PB seat and abs

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