Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 Midway Point

It's hard to believe we're almost halfway through 2017.  I'd say the first half of my year has gone pretty well, not only with running.  I keep making progress with my ITBS, and I've settled into my new home, job, and state. 

My first and only goal for June was to relax and recover from the Bolder Boulder.  I took a complete rest for 13 days before I got the itch to start strength training again.  I'm now getting the itch to start cardio again, so my goal for July will be to work on that cadence, and build my base back up.  I'd also like to finish acclimating to the altitude, but that'll come on its own.  I'm almost there.  And then my race for Vegas is at a lower altitude than Denver, so maybe I'll benefit from acclimating?

I'm going to get new shoes this weekend, and then get back to the gym.  I haven't been to my gym at all in June, which is why I didn't want to sign up until the summer.  Darn that Colorado weather!  I have been looking at training plans for Vegas, and I think I'm going to stick with the Hanson's 15k plan, and adjust it to 10k.  I've looked at my calendar, and if I push the plan to 11 weeks, training starts in September!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Monday Musings 6/26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Planning for Vegas

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

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

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

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday Musings 6/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Homework

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Gear

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

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

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

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Musings 6/12

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Things I'm Catching Up On

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Little Delayed

Sorry for the no-post yesterday.  Month-end processing finished, and the first day after that can get pretty busy at work.  Now that I'm through that, I can quickly get a post up.

Today is national running day, but I've never actually run on it.  4 years ago I was too injured; 3 years ago I was coming back very slowly and wasn't going to push things; 2 years ago I think it fell on a non-running day; last year I was in recovery from Tink; and this year I'm recovering from the Bolder Boulder.  Oh well.

I do know RnR is having a sale for its races, and of course Vegas is on the list... after I've already signed up.  They do have a limited supply for each race, so if anyone is on the fence, saving a small amount of money may be the thing to get you signed up.

The last thing I want to post has nothing to do with running, but it's oh-so-cute.  My license plates arrived in the mail yesterday, and there's even more detail that I didn't see with pictures online.  The dog and cat have collars!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Monday Musings 6/5

The Bolder Boulder is done, and we're in June.  Wait, what?  We're in the 6th month of the year?  How the heck did that happen???

This weekend was all about recovery.  I didn't do anything until Friday, when I started foam rolling and stretching again.  I'm thinking of scheduling a dry needling appointment to help my calves relax again, but I still haven't done any cardio or strength training.  It's nice to just "be" some weekends, and I definitely took advantage of that.  Both days I stayed in bed until 7 (!), which is a huge deal.

Saturday I finally got myself over to the movie theater and saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  I'm surprised it only took me a month, but with no training, I did most of my cleaning chores during the week.  I didn't have much to do at all Saturday, so I enjoyed the movie.  I'm thinking of seeing Wonder Woman next weekend.

Sunday I indulged in some Dunkin' Donuts munchkins, and I can't remember the last time I had anything from DD's.  I got a 50-count and basically snacked on them all day.

Up next is the RnR Las Vegas 10k.  It'll be my first RnR event, and maybe I can go after my 10k PR?  That's from back in 2011, when I did my very first 10k to get a qualifying time for my Princess Corral.  1:13:38, which I missed by less than a minute with Bolder Boulder.  I have time to recover, relax, and then get back into off-season training, which will be maintaining my base, working on a faster cadence, and continuing with my strength training.  Right now I'm not doing anything, and it's glorious.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Mary Beth at Tutus and Tennies.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Post Bolder Boulder Thoughts

This week has certainly been strange.  Combine a shortened week along with no training needed, and it's been very different.  Tuesday I certainly had some post-race blues, but I was also exhausted after all that fresh air on Monday.  Not only did I have my race, but I was in the press truck for the elite women's race.  I ended up zonking for half an hour over my lunch break at work, and then another half-hour nap when I got home.  By 5:30, I was finally feeling human again.  You do what you gotta do.

Here are my takeaways for the Bolder Boulder:

1) The wave start was awesome.  The best part about all the waves is they don't require runners to be in their waves until about 15-20 minutes before their wave starts.  Those times are also posted online so runners know when to get there.

2) The residents were awesome.  Again, awesome.  The residents of Boulder are part of the fun.  They're the ones who set up the slip n slides, super soakers, have beer ready, have bacon ready, etc.  One even had an above ground pool and was letting runners take a dip before running on.

3) Folsom Stadium.  The crowd is amazing, and loud, at Folsom, cheering on the runners.  I wanted to make sure I could enjoy it, which is why I walked up the hill to the stadium.

4) One thing I'll knock the race on, post-finish line, is we had to keep walking to get cups of water and Nuun, and then into the CU field house to get our post-race goodies, which was stuffy and the lines weren't moving quickly.  I will give good points to getting bottled water with our goodie bag, which also turned out to be a lunch bag.  I ended up missing the last water station before turning on to Folsom since I was on the opposite side of the road, and I didn't have the energy to make my way over there.  All I wanted was water.

5) People watching.  You think Disney is the only race with costumes?  Come to Boulder.  I saw Wizard of Oz costumes, beer costumes, t-rex runners, Forrest Gump, and the ever present banana costumes.  I even passed a banana runner at some point.

While there's no medal for the race, the photos are free.  I'm waiting for them to be posted, but the race was only on Monday, and photos are said to be available 5 business days after the event, on average.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Bolder Boulder Women's Elite Race

One of the perks of being an official blogger for the Bolder Boulder was the opportunity to be on the press truck for one of the elite races.  I figured I'd want to be on the press truck for the women's race, but then really knew it once Stephanie Bruce announced she was running.  For those not in the know, Stephanie is a Oiselle elite runner, and since I'm part of the Volee, that was a must.


Unlike most races, the Bolder Boulder kicks off the elite race after the citizens' race, giving those in the last corrals a chance to make it to the stadium and watch the footage on the jumbotron.  This year the race was a little different for the elites, and instead of starting at 30th and Walnut, they started down the hill of Folsom, then hooked up with the regular course for the last couple miles.

There were 27 elite women, including a first ever appearance by Cuba, in both the men's and women's, and a women's Chinese team was back for the first time since 1998.  In total, there were women from Ethiopia, USA, Kenya, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and China.  Not only is it a race for the elites, but it's also a team race, with athletes in teams of 3 to score with.  Spoiler, I read Ethiopia just wiggled past the top USA team by 1 point, to win the team competition.

Aside from the USA elites, I also recognized Buzenesh Deba from Ethiopia, who is now the new Boston 2014 champ after Rita Jeptoo was disqualified.

When the race started, the lead group was Ethiopia, Kenya, and USA runners, but around 1.5 miles, the two top Ethiopian women (Mamitu Daska and Ruti Aga) threw the hammer down and started pushing the pace.  Eventually, it was those two, and one Kenyan, until they dropped the Kenyan runner maybe a mile or so later.  Before we lost sight of the runners behind them, I saw Natosha Rogers had overtaken the Kenyan runner for third place.  The rest of the race was the two leaders, until the finish.  Daska crossed the finish line one second before Aga.

The top 10 were:

1) Mamitu Daska (Eth)
2) Ruti Aga (Eth)
3) Natosha Rogers (USA)
4) Gladys Kipsoi (Ken)
5) Neely Gracey (USA)
6) Lindsay Scherf (USA)
7) Elvin Kibet (Ken)
8) Stephanie Bruce (USA)
9) Margarita Hernandez Flores (Mex)
10) Buzenesh Deba (Eth)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The BolderBOULDER 2017

Well yesterday was quite amazing.  I didn't know what I was more excited about: my race, or watching the elite race from the press truck.  I'll start with my race, and then have another post on the elite race.  This was my first race wearing my Oiselle singlet, and I was pretty excited.  I was also rather nervous since I had such a great training cycle, but my leg still needed to behave.

The weather during the weekend was a very rainy Saturday, and then the system moved out for great weather on Sunday and Monday morning.  It's normally chilly until the sun comes up, so it was a little nippy when my parents and I were driving up to CU-Boulder.  I bought a parking pass a couple months ago to park on campus since the lots they were using are south of the stadium.  The roads weren't closed on that part of campus, and I figured it would be an easy in and out with not worrying about road closures.  We ended up getting there pretty early - BB has such a rolling wave system, not all runners have to be present when the race starts.

The wave start was extremely organized, and when they say they're starting your wave at a certain time, they mean it.  Granted, weather wasn't a factor, but from what I could tell, nothing was delayed.  They have to start every wave on time in order for the elite races to start on time, and end by noon for the Memorial Day celebration.  Each wave was small, especially compared to the bigger races I've done.  Maybe 100-200 people each?  I never felt like I was tripping over anyone, and it was a steady stream of runners until the end.

Miles 1-3.1

I decided on Sunday to shorten my intervals so I could work on my cadence without tiring near the end of each interval.  I was doing 30/30, with the occasional 45/45 thrown in.  The starting line is at Walnut and 30th, and Emma Coburn was the wave starter this year.  She fired the starting gun for every wave!  The first mile I spent trying to stay relaxed and find a rhythm, and then the second mile was a slight uphill, with things flattening out after that.  There were mile and kilometer signs, and I actually liked counting down the kilometers.  There may be more than miles, but they're shorter :)

Miles 3.1 to 6.2 (6.33 on my Garmin)

Miles 4 is marked with a sign showing it's the highest point on the course.  After that, not only did we start going down hill, but we also started moving south towards the stadium through the neighborhoods.  At about mile 4.5, I started feeling my ITB start twinging, but just like Tink last year, my shorter intervals were letting me continue without it ever getting bad.  I never felt like I couldn't run anymore.  I was able to keep going, but I was definitely feeling like I was starting to run on fumes.  I was running out of energy, and had to take a couple extra walk breaks.  I was feeling OK until around 5.5 miles.  At that point, I felt empty.  It took so much to keep up with my running intervals, but I kept pushing myself, until the Folsom hill.

I remember how much pain I was in at Eugene, and I couldn't enjoy the end of the race on the track at Hayward.  I wanted to save as much energy as I could for when I entered Folsom Stadium.  That did mean walking up the hill, starting around 5.8 miles, and and start running at maybe 6.1 miles.  I heard the crowd at Folsom is awesome, and I tried to run the entire horseshoe path around the field to the finish line.  I did have to take a quick walk break before running across the finish line since I had nothing left.  I mean nothing!  As I was walking around to the water and goody bags, I checked my mile splits.  Mile 4, 5, and 6 ended up being faster than the first 3, with mile 5 being the fastest of the race, but I didn't negative split because of the walking up Folsom hill.  No wonder I was done.  The tank was empty.

And I bettered my Tink time by 10 minutes!

Overall, I felt like this was a good race.  I still have work to do, but I intend to do nothing (!) for the next couple of weeks.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Goals for the Bolder Boulder

Last post before my race!  I have one more taper run to do today, and it looks like it will be on the treadmill.  We're supposed to be getting thunderstorms this afternoon.  Plus I got bored during my run on Tuesday.  I got phantom pains, and I was just tired of running around my neighborhood.  Next training cycle, I'll need to branch out and have a change of scenery.

So, it's here.  After a lot of running and building mileage, the Bolder Boulder is here.  I've had a much more successful training this year compared to last year, but I still need my leg to cooperate on race day.  I've had a small knot in my calf that I've been treating with Biofreeze and a lacrosse ball massage.  I'll be taped up from here to kingdom come, and I have festive Rocktape for Memorial Day.

My one goal is to have fun, since I've wanted to do this race for a while.  I signed up last June, not knowing what was in store for me last year.  Crazy.  I've had a long training cycle, I'd say too long since I'm ready for a break.  I needed to start running early so I could report back to my chiropractor, and she could come up with a game plan for strength training and cadence training.

If (big if!) my leg cooperates, I would like to better my time from Tink last year.  It won't be a deal breaker if I don't, but that would be extra.  The weather is supposed to be good starting Sunday, after t-storms today.  The high for Monday had been around 80 last week, but now we're looking at 70, with a low of 48 between Sunday and Monday.  I might need to find a throwaway shirt for Monday morning.

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Next Race Will Be...

This probably won't be a surprise, and I haven't signed up yet, but I have decided to do the RnR Vegas 10k in November.  Prices went up last night, but since we're near the end of the month, I need to wait until next month to sign up.  I'm OK with that.  The price is now $90, which is still cheaper than what I paid to register for the Tink 10k. 

I tried talking to my mom last night, to give me reasons why I shouldn't sign up.  She's normally the voice of reason, but didn't have much of a list.  When she did come up with something, I had valid points, and a little bit of this:

The idea of a night race is definitely appealing.  The 10k starts at 4, and it's a short enough distance that I don't think I'd have to change much of what I do during the week when I run after work.  My parents can look after Allie, which I'm sure she'd love since she wouldn't be staying at the vet.  Big bonus for her!   She just needs to be driven to their place, and then she has this huge house to run around.

I haven't been to Vegas since I was in early elementary school.  The Sphinx Hotel had just started being built, and I remember seeing the paws were set.  That's all there was of that hotel.  Needless to say, I know it's changed quite a bit.

I also have a friend from college who works in Vegas.  I'd love to see her if she's in town, and race weekend is right after her birthday.  Birthday drinks!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Monday Musings 5/22

One more week until Race Day!  I'm excited, and at the same time, I'm ready for a break.  I finally got to the gym, and did 3 miles on Friday to get some of the taper craziness out.  It was building, with me stressing about the weather with Thursday's snowstorm.  The town I live in got close to 5 inches of snow, and inspired a Christmas idea to get some Yaktrax.  I've started a list, but I don't intend to add to it in the next couple months.  If Colorado spring gets more winter type weather, Yaktrax would be handy.

Then Sunday I did 3.25 miles, and after this week, I'll be doing 2-something miles.  I also did some strength training, but I'll also be tapering with strength training as well as mileage.  My calves were a little tired on Friday, so tapering on both aspects will hopefully mean my legs will be refreshed.

Friday started with an email from RnR saying the price increase for Vegas is the 23rd.  That doesn't exactly leave much room for a smart decision, and I've been eying the Vegas RnR for a couple years. I got FOMO really bad with the medal design last year, and I don't want to suffer FOMO again.

I spent Saturday afternoon in Boulder, running errands, and getting my hair cut.  I went to Sephora and REI, and REI was to get some last minute things for the race.  I ran out of Body Glide cream a couple weeks ago, and I don't like the stick version.  I like that I can search on REI to see if something I'm looking for is at a particular store.  I got the Body Glide, shower wipes since it'll be a while before I can shower after the race, with the press truck stuff, and then I splurged and bought a pair of Oiselle Roga shorts.  Two seconds in the dressing room, and they were coming home with me.  When I wore them on my run Sunday, I didn't even notice them.  I'll be wearing them for Bolder Boulder.

Then at my hair cut I got my ends cleaned up, and some weight taken out.  I have fine hair, but I have a lot of it.  My hair has the ability to have a lot of weight, and whenever I'm in for haircut, I get some of that weight taken out.  It felt nice and light on my Sunday run, and it'll feel nice during my race.  After about a month, the weight starts growing back.

Then Sunday afternoon, I made spaghetti sauce.  I make a huge batch each time, and freeze it in quart size bags for the summer.  Sometimes it's nice to not worry about at least one meal for dinner during the summer and pull out a bag to thaw during the day.  It also means Sunday dinner was spaghetti, and one day during the week will be spaghetti with some leftovers.  Carb loading?

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