Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Looking at Treadmills

In yesterday's post, I mentioned I went to Dick's Sporting Goods over the weekend to look at what treadmills they had in the store.  There were 3 I liked the look of, but now I have to go online and look at the specs and stats of each of the 3.  I may be a visual person, but just like with running shoes, a shiny, good looking treadmill isn't always the best.

Most of the comments from yesterday were about having the treadmill as a backup plan.  That is my plan at the moment, because when the weather is good, I want to be outside running.  But this is Colorado, and the weather can be wacky.  I thought weather in Texas was wacky, but Colorado weather is just as bad, like the snow storm we had May 18th.  Umm, not my favorite.  While I made it home and worked from home that afternoon, I did not want to venture out again that day.  That was a running day too, leading up to the Bolder Boulder, and I wasn't happy that I lost a day of training.

I know what I want in a treadmill, and now it comes down to what the bells and whistles are, will I use them, what's the cushioning like, how much weight does it hold, what the reviews are, and am I getting a good deal with the price.  All of those will be important, and I'll be doing my due diligence before deciding on which one I want.  It may not be up there with car shopping, like I did last year, but it's the same pattern.  I know I can't test drive these, and my gym has other brands, but I will absolutely draw up comparison sheets to figure out which one would be best.

I'll be looking at various websites to compare what they have, the reviews, and the price.  I did price comparison when I bought my new Garmin, and I'll do the same here.  Right now the weather is OK, and while it was gray yesterday, it never rained, and I got a run in outside.  I think I have a little bit of time before winter sets in, and then I'll have to have a treadmill at home, for these Colorado snow storms.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Monday Musings 8/14

Happy Monday, and it's a short week for me!  I'm taking Thursday and Friday off as staycation days.  I haven't decided on anything fun, but I'm taking my car in for an oil change, and I have my chiro appointment, both on Thursday.

The weekend started Friday, with my parents coming down to drop off their cats.  They flew out to California for vacation Sunday, and I'm cat sitting for them.  Allie enjoys being an only cat, but Hudson and Hathaway are here for more than a week.   Friday we watched the World Championships I had DVR'd, and now I can say I've met a world champion.  That race was unbelievable.

Saturday, we took my grandfather out to lunch in Old Town Arvada, and then went to the Army Navy Surplus store since he wanted a hat (he served in the navy), then we went to one of the best bakeries.  It's called Rheinlander German Bakery, and it's amazing.  You can smell it when the doors are open, and it smells like baking cinnamon.  My mom and I get our sweet tooth from my grandfather, and we all enjoyed getting some sweets from there.

I had planned on maybe an afternoon run afterwards, but it started thunder storming when we were driving back.  Saturday morning I'd gone to Dick's Sporting Goods to look at the treadmills they have.  I have pictures of 3 that looked good, and now I'll be doing some research in my free time.  Since afternoon weather is a bit unknown each day, I really am looking for a treadmill now.   So Saturday ended up being an extra rest day, but this is also what I like about not being in training yet.

Sunday I got to the gym for biking, and took it easy this day.  My parents left for the airport at 5:45, and I woke up in time to see them off.  Even though I went back to bed, I didn't get back to sleep.  After biking and doing the grocery shopping, I got home, and did one of the new Pure Barre workouts.  I even had help from Hudson.  He's such a sweetie, and it did get interesting while I was trying to balance for some exercises, and giving him belly rubs at the same time.  When I was on the floor, he wanted to lick my face.

The afternoon was spent napping, and then starting a new book.  Two books I wanted were released at the beginning of August, and I ordered both from Amazon.  I started On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, by Rhys Bowen, and I love this series.  It won't take me long to finish it.

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Running Schedule, and Then Some

This week was all over the place, but it marked one year since I made my decision to move out of Texas.  I was in DC for a conference, and met up with family to go to the Nats game my last night there.  It was such a huge difference from Dallas because I was actually enjoying being outside on an August evening.  Dallas keeps roasting, even when the sun goes down.  I did have a bottle of water with me, but I was enjoying myself, being outside, at a game, not sweating buckets.  I even remember there was a breeze, and I realized I was enjoying a DC night over Dallas, and DC is infamous for its humidity.  It made me think, and I realized I was over the Texas summer heat.

To go off that, I ran outside Wednesday around my neighborhood, on my new running day.  I had my bag packed for the gym, and I was heading that way, but my car gauge said 77 when I got south of Boulder, and I knew there was a breeze.  I changed my plans, went home, slapped on the sunscreen, and headed out for my run.  I started my Garmin, but I quickly realized starting the run activity wasn't the same as starting the intervals.  I figured out how to do that after my run.  While a faster cadence was quite the test off the treadmill, it was 76 when I was running, with wind.  So much more enjoyable, both off the treadmill and not in the Texas heat. 

I also bought two more Pure Barre DVDs.  As I found myself doing segments combined with weight work, I realized the at home workouts work better on my schedule.  I haven't been to a studio class since I moved out of Boulder.  I mix up segments since I'm familiar with some of the discs, and I'm doing them a lot during the week.  As Pure Barre seems to be moving more towards a streaming service, I got these two, on sale.  Bonus!  By doing these workouts at home, I can also get to the gym and hop on the stationary bike for some cross-training on Sundays.

My intent for my Vegas playlist to be all rock n roll may be slipping away.  I need fast songs, and some songs I've thought of are a little too slow on the beat.  I'm now looking for more fast songs, but I will definitely have rock n roll songs on the list.  How can I not?  If anyone has fast rock n roll, songs, I'm open for suggestions.


It's EPL season day!  The new English Premier League season kicks off today with Arsenal vs. Leicester!  I have survived the summer break!!

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My New Garmin

I hit the gym yesterday after watching Jenny Simpson take silver at Worlds.  Anybody else see it?  Wow!  I was so nervous for those 4 minutes.  My plan had been to try to run outside after work, hoping the front had pushed through.  I don't mind wet roads and sidewalks, but it was raining a bit when I left, so I headed to the gym.  Since I had my Garmin with me, I tested out the indoor run setting.

The Garmin has a few activities to chose from, but I've only set up my running intervals.  I do wonder if the bike setting would work with a stationary bike.  Since the watch has a built in accelerometer, I don't need a foot bad to track my distance.  It did put me at .10 more than the treadmill, and I don't know which one was off.  So I did 2.25 on the treadmill/2.35 on my watch to round it out.

What I like about this Garmin, and it's a small feature, is it buzzes instead of beeps.  My last Garmin only beeped, and sometimes, even with low volume, I couldn't hear the beeping alert.  I had to keep looking at my watch to make sure I didn't miss an alert.  If this buzzes for all of that, I don't have to look anymore.  I'll feel it buzz and know to start the next interval.  Pretty sweet.

You can also see in the picture above, the last stat is cadence.  Cadence is built in too, which I was happy to see after Googling how to set it up.  The manual wasn't very helpful, other than what each button does, so I've had to search online to figure out how to navigate the menu.

I can't wait to actually get this thing outside for a run.  I've set up my intervals to have faster running intervals than walking, but both are shorter than what I've been using on the treadmill.  I'm always slower on the treadmill, and I'm looking forward to continuing my speed work on the roads.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Monday Musings 8/7

Another low key weekend, and I got more sleep too!  I ended up sleeping in until 7 on Saturday, and 6:30 Sunday morning.  Even though I'm not ready for shorter days, it's been nice to not have the sun's rays zinging into my bedroom at 5:30am.  Sunday morning was also pretty cool and cloudy, which made for a lazy morning while I watched Worlds.  I did do some strength training after breakfast so it wasn't completely lazy.

The past week had been a lot better than July, but I knew my fuse was still short.  Some people just know how to push buttons, and I didn't want to be set off after making it through to August.  My Garmin arrived Thursday, and I've been having fun playing with the new features.  Thursdays are a little tough staying motivated, and I skipped the gym.  Instead, I did a Jillian Michaels workout, plus a little bit of Pure Barre, and I had DOMS even on Saturday morning.

Even though the weather was cooler Saturday morning, I didn't get outside to run.  Since I slept until 7, I was moving a little slow that morning.  I didn't want to rush through breakfast, so I opted for the gym, and I pounded out 2.5 miles.  I'm up to 6.7 and 6.8 for my running intervals, and I haven't had those speeds in years.  The treadmill always seemed a struggle at those speeds, but the faster cadence makes it a lot easier.  I keep increasing the speed once I start running into the control panel.  Then I did some Pure Barre for my seat Saturday afternoon.  I'm starting to feel like a pro with two workouts Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday I had a morning appointment, so I didn't get to bike, but I did some strength training before the appointment, while watching Worlds, and then I did a quick upper body PB workout after lunch.  I noticed Saturday my arms were tired with my faster speeds, and I need to be consistent with upper body strengthening too.  In between those, I got dinner in the crock pot since the temps are much cooler at the moment, and I was watching the women's marathon.  I'm so happy for Amy Cragg!

Thursday motivation?
This week I'm going to try something, and shift my workout schedule.  Since Thursday has proven to be difficult with motivation, I'm going to try running Monday/Wednesday, and bike on Tuesday/Sunday.  If all I want to do is head home on Thursday, then I'll accommodate that and head home for some total body workouts.

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Five

After being tired all week, another low key weekend is called for.  It seemed as I got into August, I had a sort of July hangover all week.  The good news is I rattled off two miles on the treadmill on Tuesday, and it was the fastest I've gone on the treadmill since college.  That felt good.

1) I've been thinking about my goals for the month.  I've had success in upping my speed on the treadmill, and I want to push a little more.  I need to get biking into my cross-training routine, and I also want to work on my core, with all the other strength training I've been doing.  Speaking of strength training...

2) I'm in the process of overhauling my work pants.  Lately, my slacks have felt a little tighter as I've worked on all the strength training for my hips and glutes.  After looking online to try to get some new pairs, I keep seeing cuts that are "narrow in the hips and butt."  That just won't work.  This goes with the skinny jeans fashion that I can't wear.  My strong athlete's legs and butt can't squeeze into what's fashionable right now.

I think it's time I said "f-it!" and embraced the Boulder culture.  Jeans.  A lot of people at work wear jeans, and I've put up a good fight in the 7 months at work.  I've worn slacks and skirts to work for 10 years, and it doesn't feel right to wear jeans all the time.  I may not have a choice if companies aren't making slacks that I can fit into.  I ordered another pair of jeans yesterday, and I'm looking for a third pair, probably a dark wash to have options.

3) My Garmin arrived yesterday, and I was playing with the settings while I was watching Hidden Figures.  It amazes me that my Garmin has more computing power than the computers on the rockets that took men to space.  It probably has more power than the computers for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs combined.

4) Yesterday also marked 100 days until the RnR race, unless I counted wrong.  I checked twice on my calendar and kept getting yesterday.  That's good enough for me.

5) Finally, Worlds start today!  I noticed a few weeks ago, my Xfinity service added the Olympic channel to my NBC line up.  I've got all the new broadcasts ready to record on my DVR, and I hope being on the Olympic channel doesn't mean that many commercials.  The first session to record will be during the day, so hopefully I'll have something to watch when I get home.

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wrapping Up July

It's August y'all.  This is how I feel this morning.

I made it!  My Garmin shipped yesterday so I'll be stalking the tracking number.  I'm excited to get it and figure out the new features, and figure out how to set up features I know, like my intervals.

Since last Tuesday was a little too early for me to recap my July, I'll do it today.  There were 2 weeks in which I only had one run, but that's OK.  It was a busy month, and July was simply meant for getting back into cardio.  I did 19.25 miles total, and I hope to get more in August since it won't be as hectic, and I have a new Garmin to use :-)

Plus I have the Color Run to look forward to.

I don't have any set plan for August, just to get to the gym more and get a good schedule going before training kicks off after Labor Day.  I need to get more biking in there, as cross training, instead of just using my strength training as cross training.  The plan I'll be consulting has cross training and strength training as separate categories.

So welcome, August. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Musings 7/31

For the first time all month, I'm OK with it being a Monday.  I got all my reports in by Friday, and I certainly felt lighter.  I almost skipped out of here when I left.  I didn't, but I was skipping inside.  It feels good.

And I bought my something shiny.

I decided to go with the Forerunner 230 instead of the 235 for one reason.  I wasn't looking for a Garmin to track my heart rate, and the 235 has the built-in wrist sensor.  The 230 is compatible with a chest strap, which is sold separately.  It has almost all of the features of the 235, but for a lower price without the built in HRM.  I hadn't seen it on Garmin's website, but when I saw it listed elsewhere during my price comparison, I searched the website and found it.  I compared the features and didn't see much difference with the features I wanted.  I also got a really good deal from Heart Rate Monitors USA, so I went ahead and ordered it on Friday.  Estimated delivery is this Friday.

Saturday ended up being an extra rest day so I could take my grandfather into Golden for the Buffalo Bill day parade.  Buffalo Bill Cody is buried, under feet of concrete, on Lookout Mountain in Golden.  Every year there's a weekend of Buffalo Bill days, which festivals and a parade.  This year marked 100 years since his death, on January 10th, 1917, which I didn't know.  I will be honest, I don't know much about him, other than his wild west show.

Downtown Golden reminded me of the Fort Worth Stockyards, but I don't think Golden has a cattle drive still in action.

Sunday was more low key.  I biked again at the gym, and I think I'll make Sundays a biking day in my training schedule.  Then I did the grocery shopping, and did more Pure Barre to focus on my seat.  I ended up doing a full body Pure Barre workout on Saturday, and did more Sunday.  I'm doing more Pure Barre since I have the DVDs, and I'm trying to find a good mix between segments and then free weights for strength training.

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

3 Things Thursday and Friday Five

Two more days this week, then one more work day and it'll be August.  I can't wait to be done with July.  I know never wish time away, but July has been tough, and tougher than I thought.

I ended up having an anxiety attack Tuesday morning, despite feeling like I had things under control as I wrapped up this month.  That was scary, and my mom says to expect more as I get older.  I'll say it here, and I know I've said it before, getting older sucks.  When I think I have a handle on things and I'm almost done with the stress, my body tells me, oh bless your heart.


The good news Tuesday is RnR released the Las Vegas medals, and oh my lanta, it's gorgeous.  Two spinning pieces, and it glows.  The spinning pieces include a die inside a roulette wheel (both spin), and the numbers on the roulette wheel glow.  There's a circle above the roulette wheel circle, with diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs, and that glows too.  At the bottom is a skyline of Las Vegas.  O! M! G!

And building from Tuesday's post, I started putting in new songs/ taking out others to start building a playlist for Vegas.  I added one song each from Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Journey, the Bangles, the Eagles, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, and the Doors.  I already had Stevie Nicks and AC/DC.  I'm still looking, so if anyone has any suggestions...


Two more points for Friday five.  I'm on the struggle bus this morning, and in desperate need of the weekend.  Yesterday morning felt great!  We had storms move through Wednesday night, which we sorely needed, and it felt a little like fall when I got to work yesterday.  It's moments like that that make moving up from Texas worth it.  Late July and all of August are so hot and steamy, there's only a snowball's chance in Hell we'd get a cool, crisp morning.  The weatherman said it was humid, but what does he know?  I didn't feel any humidity.

I also finally! made it to the Chuy's location in Westminster.  My dad was here Tuesday for a doctor's appointment, and he was flying to Dallas Wednesday.  We went to Chuy's because I'd put it off long enough.  I love their food, and my favorite combo on the menu has a ground sirloin taco, two chicken flautas, two cheese enchiladas, and two tostadas drenched in queso.  We were there before happy hour ended so I have a frozen strawberry margarita. 

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Always Planning a Playlist

Today's TOTR is rating my month.  I'm still technically in my off-season, though I have started my summer homework.  I'm not really going to know how this work in July and August is helping until my 5k at the end of August.  It is a fun run, but I still want to use it to see if I can keep my faster cadence off the treadmill.

With all of that, I'm continuing my prep, and I started taking songs out of the playlist I created for the BolderBoulder.  I'm starting to think about what songs I want for Vegas.  I always have staples, but I need new songs to keep me excited for training.  The other night, this song shuffled on, and it's an absolute must:

I mean, "I really love that rock n roll!"  I have to have it for an RnR race, right?

I need to go through the classic rock songs I have in my iTunes, and there are a lot.  Before I started finding my own music, I listened to whatever my parents listened to. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Monday Musings 7/24

This weekend was a lovely lazy weekend.  Last week, work was quite tough and I was so happy to reach Friday afternoon.  I still had to work to get home because there was quite the downpour once I reached highway 36.  It was such a downpour that traffic was going 35, when the speed limit is usually 65, my wipers were at their fastest speed, and I was very focused on the car in front of me.  Thankfully when I exited the highway and took the road home, the rain disappeared.

I didn't know how tired I was Friday afternoon, but I ended up going to bed at 9 that night, and woke up at 6:30 Saturday morning.  I felt a lot better, and even knocked off 3 miles at the gym.  I did head back to Boulder for a hair cut, but I finished up my Saturday errands on my way home, this time quite dry, and no rain.  After lunch, I did a Pure Barre DVD workout, which I felt Sunday morning.

Sunday I went back to the gym because I need to start getting biking back in my cross training.  Since the gym is right next to a King Soopers, or across the street from a Sprouts, it makes it easy to knock off some cross training cardio, and then finish my errands for the weekend.  I biked 5.5 miles, and I hope to keep that up each week.

I also wrapped up stitching the Rudolph ornaments.  I'll finish them at some point, but now they're all done, and I just need to cut them out, and get the red thread on them for hanging on the tree.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Darlene at My First 5k and More.

Friday, July 21, 2017

the Buildup to Vegas

It seems like this week is all about stuff I'm doing to get everything in place before my training cycle begins.  I need something to hang on to at the moment.  Work got stressful this week, and by Wednesday I was done with humanity.  It just got to a point where people were snipping, and I got cranky.  A couple times this week, I've gotten home all wound up, even after doing cardio.

RnR announced the headline band for Las Vegas, and it's the Goo Goo Dolls.  Too bad the 10k starts up the strip from the half marathon and full marathon.  The 10k starts outside the SLS, and the half and full start outside Mandalay Bay.  I'd put a song in my playlist, but I only have 4 songs by the Goo Goo Dolls, and they aren't really running songs.

My packet for the Denver Color Run arrived last week.  I'm going to wear my blue Sparkle Skirt, which I haven't worn since the WDW half in 2014, and go from there.  I won't wear the race shirt since I never do that, and it's a regular unisex shirt.  I do want to use this as a test run and see what my work this summer has done.  I'm using faster speeds on the treadmill, but I need to see if I can hold that speed on the roads.

I posted Tuesday how I'm looking at treadmills and bikes for my basement, but I'm also looking for a new Garmin since my current one had episodes of not holding the battery charge this spring.  The Forerunner 235 has caught my attention, and while it has some bells and whistles I've never used before, the other watches have more bells and whistles.  This even has a cadence counter, which I'm interested in.  With the way this month has gone, I would be very tempted to buy it, rewarding myself for getting through the July chaos.

I found out Ethel M's has a tasting room.  This makes staying in my normal eating routine difficult, but I'm still going to the chocolate factory probably on Saturday.  If not for a tasting, I'll raid their selection.  Between the factory and the stores in the airport, I'm still trying to figure out how many boxes is too much.  Maybe I need to get a check-in bag to make sure I get enough back to Denver.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Looking for My Home Gym

Happy Tuesday.  Today's topic is what do I love/hate about summer running.  My summer running always ends up on the treadmill since I workout in the afternoons during the week, and this year I'm working on speed.  I've upped my speed well past 6.0 mph when I'm in my running intervals, and will continue to tick that speed up each week.

One thing I'm looking to do is getting a couple cardio machines for the basement.  My parents have a recumbent bike that I like, but I'd also like a treadmill.  I have specifics, like it needs a fan, and speed buttons, not just arrows.  I need to be able to change my speed quickly, like I can do outside.  I know I just joined a gym, but this summer I haven't necessarily wanted to go to the gym straight after work.  There have been days this month where it's nice to relax about 30-45 minutes before doing my run.  I did that yesterday before doing my strength training and I felt rejuvenated during my workout.  The issue is once I'm home, and then head to the gym, I won't really head to the gym.  It's hard to leave again during rush hour.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday Musings 7/17

Happy Monday y'all, and I hope those who ran RnR Chicago has good races!  Last week was really busy at work, but I somehow stayed awake for all of Hamlet, and then Saturday was my cousin's wedding shower.  They're getting married in October, and I already have a dress.  It's the same dress I wore for a friend's wedding reception two years ago, on Halloween.

For the wedding shower, I went with Stitch Fix.  Even though my most recent box wasn't successful at all, two boxes ago had the dress I wore, plus a maxi dress.  I wore the maxi to Hamlet, and wore this dress to the shower.  It's really light, and perfect for summer.  I even wore it to work a few weeks ago as a test run.  I even straightened my hair, which isn't something I do often anymore.  I've needed a new straightener since my old one died, but a $25 one suits me perfectly.

Sunday was a low key day.  My parents and I went to the Snooze location in Westminster, which opened at the end of June.  We had been going to the Boulder location, but Snooze is slowly adding more locations.  This location is about 15 minutes from home, and I had a pancake flight.  Sweet potato pancake, pineapple upside-down pancake, and blueberry Danish pancake.  Sometimes I can finish the flight, sometimes not, but not much is left if I can't.  I had small pieces left, this time but I was quite full, with a pancake baby.   Totally worth it.

My parents left after breakfast, so I finished my grocery shopping, and watched some movies.  I'd gotten the Mummy from Netflix, and I ordered Tarzan from Amazon, along with another movie and the 5th season of Rizzoli and Isles.  I didn't run this weekend, but I did strength training Sunday.  I followed a video from Fitness Blender, and then some of my PT exercises.  My chiro stressed to keep doing those exercises, which is what I've been doing anyway.  I know the importance all too well of continuing those.

I'm not ready for the work week yet, but this week should be more calm than last week.  I got my first batch of reports in, and I have the rest of the month for the second batch.  I hope things will settle and I won't be as stressed.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Janelle at Run With No Regrets.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Surviving the Week

This week has been super busy at work, but I've almost survived it, and I have one more report due today.  After that I have until the end of the month to get the rest of my reports in, so I can slow down a little bit.  This week was crunch time since we lost a day before month-end closing due to the holiday, and then we lost another day due to some year-end activity on Monday.  Normally I'd have more than 4 days for this first batch of reports.

I finally finished the book that I'd bought in early June, and I'm on to my next one.  I read Gilded Deceit by Tracy Grant, which I think is #13 in the series, and now I'm reading What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson.  I'm a little behind on my reading, since I've been working on the Rudolph Christmas ornaments, but I'm almost done with those, and I have more time for reading.

I've been sitting here, waiting for RnR to release the medals for Las Vegas.  I know they have other races coming up, and this week has all been about Chicago, but I'm twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the new designs.  I'm not quite impressed with the participant t-shirt, and it seems to be the standard design this year.  The medals have been really good though, so I'm over here with Jeopardy music in my head.

This weekend will be busy, but hopefully a fun one.  My mom and I are co-hosting a wedding shower for my cousin and his fiancee.  My aunt and the bride's sister are also hosting, and we've been planning since February.  The theme is "blooming into love", and we've tried to stick with that for the decorations.  I have no creative, artsy skills, but I think what we've all come up with will be exciting once it's all put together.

My parents and I are also seeing Hamlet tonight for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  Every summer, CU hosts the festival and 4 or 5 plays are performed between the outside amphitheater, and the indoor auditorium.  Hamlet will be inside.  The twist on the play is Hamlet will be played by a woman, as a woman.  I've never seen Hamlet performed live, and I'm looking forward to it.

And my Oiselle capris arrived.  They're pretty comfy, and I'm looking forward to testing them out with strength training.  It's still too warm for running in them, but that'll come in the fall.

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesdays on the Run: Running Items for Non-running Things

Running gear and accessories can be incredibly versatile.  My favorite lately has been running capris, although it's been a little too warm for that in the Colorado summer.  Certainly not as bad as the Texas summer, but I can't wait until I can wear capris more frequently.  I started the year with only 2 pairs, but I was sent a pair from Skechers, and I bought a pair from Oiselle over the weekend.  I'd gone online to look at ordering another pair of Roga shorts, and saw the capris I've been wanting for a while was the flash sale item of the day.  I got them for $28!  So pair #4 is on its way.

What I like about the capris is they're great to lounge in after work, and if I'm struggling to get a workout going, I can wear them until I'm ready.  I was exhausted after I got home from work yesterday, and I didn't start my strength training until later in the afternoon.  At least I got to be comfortable while I gathered up my motivation.

The other item I use outside of running is Body Glide.  Anybody else do this?  If I'm wearing a dress, I'll use Body Glide, and if I'm wearing a fitted camisole under a shirt, I'll use Body Glide too.  My sports bras and fitted camisoles will chafe the same area, if I do get chafing, and Body Glide works just as well with both.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Monday Musings 7/10

Another week.  After today, my month is going to be super busy with quarterly reporting to sponsors. I have reports due this Friday, and then the next batch is due by the end of July.

This weekend was spent with naps since I was still tired after last week.  I don't know if the holiday on Tuesday threw me off, but the week did feel weird.  I spent Saturday strength training since I had a window tech coming to look at a couple windows that needed to be fixed, and then I was on the treadmill again on Sunday.  I've gotten back into my schedule, but I'm not doing much beyond 2/2.5 miles to work on my speed.

I have an impromptu race at the end of August!  My cousin's fiancee is putting together a team for the Color Run - Denver, and my mom and I have signed up.  I think my uncle and aunt have signed up too.  The race is a couple weeks before training starts, and I'd like to use it as a way to gauge how my work this summer will have gone.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Christine at Into the Glimmer.