Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Grading January

Today's TOTR topic is grading your running month.  I wanted to check in anyway since it's the last day of January, and I actually did track all my miles this month.  Since today is Tuesday, I have one more run today, then I'll have the final total.  Currently, my January miles are 25.3.  I lost some days due to the NYE holiday, but I also lost some running time around my grandmother's memorial service.  I don't normally talk about the really personal stuff, but I know last year I mentioned her failing health was one reason I started job searching in Colorado.  She passed away New Year's Day, but I don't hold that against 2017.  This started in 2016, and 2016 can just go... A-hem.  At least she was able to see everyone before Christmas, and her health took the last downturn after the holiday.

I also didn't do as many miles because it was a waiting game to get my medical card so I could see a chiropractor.  As I mentioned yesterday, I had my first appointment here yesterday afternoon.  She started looking at my whole kinetic chain, and there's good news and bad news.  The good news is she said my lateral strength is pretty good, so all that PT and PT exercises at home are working.  The bad news is there's yet more issues to work out.  Grrrr.  I have my next appointment on Thursday so we can tackle these.  She's had ITBS before, and knows exactly what I'm dealing with.

Week 1: 3.1 miles
Week 2: 8.25 miles
Week 3: 5.85 miles
Week 4: 8.1 miles

If I missed a run, and only ran twice during a week, my mileage was obviously smaller.  I want to get more consistent now that February looks more stable, and get 3 runs in per week.

I did strength training 10+ days, and I did bike 3 times during the month.  I am trying to get more non-running cardio, but it seems the bike is sacrificed for more strength training.  I need to move that training down to the fitness center, but I can watch TV at home while I do my exercises...

In all, I'd give January a solid B.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Musings 1/30

Wait, January is almost over?  Yikes!  It's been a very busy month, and I've been working at CU-Boulder for a month now.  It's still a learning curve, but I've enjoyed every bit of it.  We're in the mist of a warm spell, reminiscent of Texas swings, and my sinuses let me know that when I woke up Saturday.  Oof!  It was in the 60s yesterday, and it's supposed to be fantastic weather until Thursday, when we're back in the 30s.  And I thought I left these wild swings in Texas :-p

New workout tops!
I was a little lax last week on Thursday and Friday.  Thursday was my rest day since I hadn't taken one all week, and Friday I was exhausted after work, and didn't do my scheduled run.  I ended up doing nothing, so two rest days in a row.  I did 3.5 miles Saturday morning before Pure Barre yesterday, and I'm sore again.  This studio is really challenging, and I love it.

Making the bed?
I finally got body glide yesterday, and will test it out tomorrow.  Today is my chiropractor appointment (!!!!), and I really do need an adjustment.  My hips are sore, my feet are tight, and in general I'd feel better after getting back in alignment.  I'm starting to transfer into my new New Balance 860s, and so far it's been OK.  It'll be a slight change since I feel like they provide more support, but my Ravennas are still good shoes, and those will become my every day sneakers.  There's still plenty of cushion in those.

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

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday 5: Stitch Fix

Today's a free topic day, and since I got my Stitch Fix this week, I'll write about that!

What could be inside?
This was my first box with Stitch Fix.  I decided to sign up because I'm incredibly picky about my clothes, and I haven't been inspired by what I've seen in stores.  I was interested in trying Stitch Fix before, but now that I'm not paying rent for a while, it's in my budget to check it out.  I've signed up for a shipment every other month, and hopefully my March box will have some spring designs.

1) Trista Faux Wrap Jersey Dress - Love it!  It almost fits me perfectly, and I love the design.  I love faux wrap dresses because they usually fit me well, and I don't have to deal with the actual wrap staying in place.  My bust is smaller than my hips, and the faux wrap dresses can accommodate both without one dimension being too tight or too loose.  Keep.

2) Harper Boot Cut Pant - Like.  The burgundy color will add some pop to my slacks for work.  I have black, black, light gray, and dark gray.  I even have some pink and black tops that will go with the pants.  Keep.

3) Skyler Embellished Neckline Pullover - I liked this, and it fit well, but I have enough sweaters for winter.  That's one thing I did stock up on in Texas, sweaters.  Return.

4) Quelle Woven Blazer - didn't try on.  I'm not a blazer person, at all, and didn't see when I would wear it.  I hate wearing dress suits because of the jackets.  Return.

5) Koda Split Neck Bouse - Love the pattern, but the fit was just too small.  The material didn't stretch, and I had difficulty getting it over my shoulders.  And then off over my head.  The design is perfect though, because I love polka dots.  Sadly, return.

I'd say this was a success with the first box.  I had no idea what to expect, but it was a good starting point and I was able to give feedback about each of these.  Hopefully the next blouse will fit better.  And of course, Allie enjoyed herself.

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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

3 Things Thursday 1/26

As I start getting in my running groove in Boulder, there are some things that are brand new to me.  I mentioned how thin the air is up here, but my body didn't want to slow down.  That definitely made me feel out of shape.  I had to use my inhaler twice when I got back, but that was also from the crisp cold air.  The air wasn't so crisp in Dallas.  But here's a side effect of that thin, crisp, dry (very dry) air.  I need body glide.  I'm chafing in places that never chafed before.  I thought something was happening with my Oiselle bra when I took out the pads (because I'm not used to having a bust when I run.. or at all), and I started chafing.  That bra had never bothered me before, so was it that I removed the pads?  Then my other bras and shirts started chafing and I realized on Monday, it's so dry up here.  Unless I want to run with a humidifier, I need to get body glide.

Tuesday was my birthday, and while I again didn't get any running gear, I'm set on team spirit.  Fridays are quite casual at work, even more casual than normal since it's Boulder, and I see quite a few people wearing Buffs gear.  Even before I knew I could wear Buffs gear on Fridays, I put long-sleeve shirts on my birthday list because eventually, I'm going to lose the ability to wear my long-sleeve race shirts.  I do want to make my race shirts into a quilt, but I'm still waiting to get a few more.  I received a Buffs shirt, and a Red Wings shirt.  Since this is definitely long-sleeve weather, I'm set for lounging and spirit wear.

And yesterday (Wednesday) was my pet-iversary.  3 years ago on Jan. 25th, I brought Allie home.  She's added so much to my life.  I donate to Frisco Humane as much as I can since they did so much for her.  She's such a cutie-pie, but she's also frisky at times, goofy at times, and quite a snuggler.  She even greets me when I get home.  If my parents are here and get home from work before me, she looks at them, basically saying "you're not my human."  I'm definitely hers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Price of Admission

Today's topic is race registration, and how high we are willing to go.  For me, it depends on the race, but even then some well-run races get to a point where I have to draw the line.  Disney races are a big example, and their prices go up every year.  As much as I love the 10k medals Disney has designed, I can't do all the Disney races, and have to spread them out.

When I look at a race, I look at what's offered, and what I get out of it.  I paid $65 for the BolderBoulder, and that was for the tech package, which was a little bit more than the standard package.  In contrast, I paid $110 for the Tinkerbell 10k.  I do my homework, and see what I am getting out of a race.  Disney obviously, is at one of now 3 Disney resorts, and while I don't think BB has a medal, you do get to run in Boulder.  If you have the Flatirons for scenery, use them!

Part of my research is what the races have been like in the past.  I'm not willing to spend too much for a local race, but if it has a medal and/or post-race festival, then I'll consider it.  Festivals can be fun, though the last race I did with a festival it was freezing, and it ended up being in a concert shed.  I'm also not willing to drive that far for a local race.  My max was an hour tops in DFW, but I'm learning things aren't as far in Colorado.  Towns are much closer than they appear on the map, so maybe I'll end up doing more local races than before, especially once I can meet up with the Oiselle crew.  It's always more fun to run a race with people you know.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Musings 1/23

Ever had to talk to wildlife while on a run?  Colorado has geese, and in some cities, they're protected (WTF Fort Collins??).  At least they're not protected in Boulder, but you still have to deal with them. I finally got outside for a run yesterday after breaking out my new NB shoes, and buying a new pair of running tights.  The tights ended up being perfect on the run.  It was still nippy in the shade, but thankfully once I started towards the Boulder Creek path, I got beyond the buildings and into the sun.  This is where a small flock of geese were, right where the trail starts.  They weren't scattered on the path, but near enough to it that I slowed down and started talking.  If anyone was behind me, they would've though I was nuts.

Geese can be vicious.  My mom and I got hissed at by one a couple summers ago.  We were giving the whole flock a wide berth because we know their reputation, but the look-out goose still stood and hissed.  So this time, not only did I make sure I was on the far side of the path, but I was talking, hopefully soothingly as I ran by.  Yes, I was determined to make it past them without breaking my stride.  It seemed to work because they didn't seem to care.  Whew!  It's winter, so shouldn't they be further south?

The other wildlife I saw coming back a different way (to avoid the geese) were prairie dogs.  Prairie dogs are abundant in Colorado, and the running path goes right through a field of their holes.  There were a couple scampering about as I passed, but I didn't stop to take pictures.  My phone is my iPod when I run outside, and I would've had to stop running, unhook my headphones, and pull the phone out of my armband.  They were scampering around to each hole, but I don't think I phased them.  They must be used to humans running by.

Sunday was another Pure Barre class.  OMG.  I was already feeling the workout two hours after the class ended.  I'm absolutely not a newbie at this, but the last two classes have been incredibly challenging.  That's always a good thing, and if this studio challenges me a little bit more, great!  I'm very happy to be back at it after a month away, but my muscles are taking a beating.  I definitely made time for my foam roller Sunday afternoon, and I bought Icy Hot to help out too.  On my way home I stopped by a store and got a roll of Rock Tape.  I got my medical benefits card, so between getting back to the chiropractor and getting more Rock Tape, I hope to have many more runs outside.

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

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Five: Winter Activities

Can shopping be a winter activity?  Oiselle came out with new stuff, and since I already needed new gear, here! take my money.  I love their long-sleeve Flyte shirt, and they added it as a zip up.  I was already saying I needed more winter gear, and dress in layers, so one purchase is done!  Plus my birthday's next Tuesday.

Since I didn't get any running gear for Christmas, it's ever-present on my birthday list.  I simply run to give others gift ideas :)

My mom and I signed up for a cooking class at Sur la Table, in February.  It's labeled as an evening in Paris, and the menu almost had me drooling.  A picture of the chocolate souffle we'll be making did.  OMG!  The entire menu is creamy goat cheese fondue, winter green salad with candied bacon and blue cheese, classic Coq a Vin, and that souffle: dark chocolate souffle with vanilla bean and whipped cream.  I will seriously try to take pictures, but the souffle won't last long around me.  Since my birthday is next week, and my mom's lands on the super bowl this year, we're having a girls' weekend in late February.

Oh, and of course, I just ordered 6 boxes of girl scout cookies, plus one for the troop to donate.  It's not a good thing they have websites now, but I can still help my friends in Louisiana like I did last year.  Whether I'm in Dallas or Boulder, I'm still ordering cookies from their daughter.  It's that time of year again and I need my fix.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Waiting on Those Cards

The one drawback of starting a new job is waiting on your benefits choices to process, and those benefits cards to show up in the mail.  I saw my chiropractor in Texas the week before I moved, but with everything, it's now been over a month, and I'm feeling out of wack.  It's not bad, but after being in alignment again, I can feel when I'm slipping and the hips are moving.  I'm not in hard core training yet, but I need to get back to seeing a chiropractor again for maintenance.  I've asked if we have temporary cards, just to see if I can actually call a couple offices to see who's accepting new patients.

I've been doing my cardio without any Rock Tape since that got packed, and I'm currently too lazy to go to my storage unit and root through the boxes to find out which one it's in.  I may just order a brand new roll to avoid that.  All the boxes got piled up, and even though I labeled them, sorting through them all isn't something I'd like to do yet, especially since the weather keeps fluctuating and sticking around 40 on the weekends.  Come on!  Isn't that typical?  It was near 50 yesterday, and should be today, which would be perfect running weather, but of course it won't be 50 this weekend.  Back in the low 40s, and cloudy.  Grrr!

the sun does exist!
I'm also getting ready to test out the new shoes I have.  I did make sure to go through that box when it was pulled off the moving truck.  Running shoes are more important than anything, right?  My other shoes are still in storage.  I have 3 pairs of running shoes (one old, one current, one new), and a pair of winter boots.  I have one pair of dress shoes at work, but my work is a little more casual than my last job, and many people are wearing sneakers.  Just what my knees like to do!  It's Boulder, so it doesn't surprise me too much that I might be able to get away with wearing sneakers most of the time.  I'm up for that :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Running

Oh winter.  I'm not a fan.  I fled to Texas for almost 8 years, and yet, here I am, meeting you again in Colorado. 

It's not too bad, but since I don't have solid winter gear yet, I haven't been able to run outside yet.  This morning won't do it either since there's ice after yesterday's snow and melt.  The roads were fine until I got to the parking lot.  Then that's basically do your best and hope you're between the lines, because the lines are not visible under the ice and snow.  I parked across from a service vehicle that had been parked since Friday and was covered in snow.

I do have my limits when it comes to winter temps, but right now I'm in the market for running tights that are good for that in-between window of winter and not winter.  I have two pairs of running capris, that are a little too light for that 40-degree day, and then my heavy tights are too warm.  I'd over heat.  I have to go shopping this weekend if I want the right gear to get me outside.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Musings 1/16

Happy long weekend!  I swear, all these breaks with work, and full weeks are difficult to deal with :-p  Last week seemed so long since I had to work all 5 days.  Wednesday this week is half day since I'm taking if off for some family time.

This past weekend I finally got back to my normal weekend routine.  I knocked off 2.75 miles, and Sunday I got to Pure Barre after more than a month.  I knew the class would hurt, and I did struggle a little bit.  I ended up planking better than I thought I would, so it was a good mix.  I did movements in class I've never done before, and I'll wait and see how sore I am tomorrow.

I also got out and explored Boulder a little bit.  It's not warm enough for me to get out on foot, so I went to a further grocery store to drive a little bit, and coming back I drove through The Hill, which is a student area for Boulder students.  It wasn't busy at all when I drove through, but I'm also learning Boulder is a late-rising town, outside of the runners and bikers.  The area was probably busier later in the day, plus students are coming back for the spring semester.

Once the weather's a little bit warmer, I hope to get on the running path.  As my mom put it, my blood is Texas thin, and I don't have any "in-between" running gear.  I have capris that are good for spring weather, and leggings that are good for winter weather, but nothing for the 40-degree day.  It was cloudy this weekend, and with no sun, no extra warmth.  I was on the treadmill for my run Saturday afternoon, then I played it low key after Pure Barre on Sunday.  A book I'd been waiting for was published, so I downloaded that onto my Kindle to read a little bit while football was happening.  I don't watch football, so I needed something else to do.  The book is the second in the Veronica Speedwell mysteries, and is called A Perilous Undertaking.  The first new book of 2017!

Sherlock wrapped up Sunday too (seasons are very short but episodes are 90 minutes), and finally! Victoria debuted on PBS.  I've been waiting for this one for a while, and was excited for it to start.  I've heard it's been renewed for a second season in the UK, so I already know there's more to come.

Also good news, we have a Nothing Bundt Cakes in Boulder.  That's very important since that's going to be my birthday cake.  I'll have to pick one up next weekend to get ready for my birthday, and I know the flavor.  Their rotating flavor of the month for January is chocolate turtle.  That's the one!

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dream Vacations

I've been lucky enough in my life to be able to travel to many different places.  My favorites have been Napa, Disney (of course), various trips through France, London, Hawaii, the Baltic, and Italy.  You can find links to these reports on my travel section, which I realized I need to update for Disneyland last May.  Oops.

My next dream vacation would be Spain.  I ate my way through Italy, and I would love to do that in Spain.  Think of all the tapas! I already know I'd want to visit Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona, with a side trip to the Alhambra.  Maybe get tickets to a futbol match (real football!).  I've seen games in London, and seeing a game in Spain would be so much fun.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

3 Things Thursday

I've gotten my required training done and I have access to the financial system at work!  The downside is some roles aren't set yet, so I'm missing data, but this is progress.  Now I have two classroom sessions, which I'll count as training towards my certification.  I'm getting training hours in early, so score!  Sometimes training for a new job has its perks.  Once I can actually start using the system, I'll know what questions to ask, and start getting familiar with everything.  I hate not being helpful, but I'm not up to speed yet.

I did learn I'll probably have to shelf my ambition of running the Star Wars light side 10k for a bit.  Since I'm in financial reporting now, January is a big month of reporting, including a sub-group of grants that need to be done by mid-January.  That means MLK weekend, same as the Light Side.  Womp womp.  At least I know that ahead of time and can plan around that.  RnR Vegas anybody?  That sounds like fun, and November should be quiet enough for vacation.

To go along with work, I've signed up for Stitch Fix.  I opted to get my first shipment in a couple weeks, but I'm in a clothing rut and need inspiration.  Hopefully Stitch Fix will help with that since I don't like anything I see in stores.  I'm a gym rat at heart, and am incredibly picky about what I wear, so shopping for work clothes can be painful.  I like shopping for a number of things, but work clothes are tricky.  Maybe I should've gone into fitness so I could wear yoga pants all the time.  That would solve so much.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ever Get the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?

Today's TOTR is racecation vs. staying local.  I've done both, and while there are perks to both, it's always fun to take a vacation and go somewhere to run.  It's a good to excuse to see places you've never seen before.  I'd never been to Oregon before my trip in 2013, but my best friend from high school and I both signed up for the Eugene half marathon.  It's also nice to be on vacation because even if the race doesn't turn out how you wanted it, you're still on vacation, and can still have fun.

Staying local is nice too because there's no airfare, no hotel, and you can get in your car and drive to the race.  OK, you have to deal with parking, but isn't it nice when you have a chance to sleep in your own bed the night before?  And not worry about getting your go-to breakfast?  I'll be doing just that running the Bolder Boulder, even though I signed up for it at a time when I thought it would be a racecation.  Funny how that worked out, huh?  Now I can drive a couple blocks down the road from work and pick up my packet.  Convenient, to say the least.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Musings 1/9

Another Monday, and I think this week I'll actually work the full 5 days.  We do not have snow in the forecast this week, and no holidays, so it looks like I'll work the full week, and I think I can finally get on the running path this coming Saturday :)

Christmas gift arrived
This past weekend was a mix of being with family, and then getting back in my routine.  My parents were down in Boulder Friday and Saturday, and Saturday we drove up to Fort Collins to take my grandfather out to lunch. We went to Old Chicago, where I had a great salad of mixed greens, roasted chicken, dried cranberries, walnuts, and apple chunks.  I asked them to hold the blue cheese crumbles since I don't like blue cheese.  Sorry, no picture.  It was good enough that I didn't think to take one.

Recovering after the snow storm
After getting back mid-afternoon, I did a pretty good strength training session in the apartment, which meant I woke up sore Sunday.  I wasn't sure what cardio I wanted to do once my parents left for the mountains, but I ended up doing another 5k on the treadmill, then an ab workout to a Pure Barre DVD.

I'm slowly getting back into my routine, and oh! my stuff came on Thursday with the movers during the snow day, so I now have my brand new New Balance shoes.  To be honest, I'm not sure the Brooks Ravennas are working for me.  They're fine, but I feel like the New Balance 860s are a little bit better.  I'm trying to get some more time with the Ravennas so I can have the 860s with me for Bolder Boulder before I need to check out the new edition.  The 7's are now on the market, and I want to stick with what I know for my next race, which means the 860s need to be good through Memorial Day.  The BB did release their shirt designs, and the package I got is really pretty.  The shirt is a nice teal color, which will be a first for my race shirt collection.

Sunday night I got the wine out to watch the Red Carpet.  I'm not sure how many more award shows I'll watch since the dresses have been rather blah the past couple years, and I don't watch the movies/shows that are nominated, so I don't have anything vested in the awards.  The only movies I'd seen that were nominated by the Globes were Zootopia and Moana.  Yes, both Disney.  After the Red Carpet, I was bored, and started channel surfing.  Repeat Big Bang Theory episodes are always fun, and I recorded two episodes of Sherlock.  Any Sherlock fans?  I'd forgotten the new season was debuting last weekend, and thankfully PBS was repeating the episode before this week's episode.  I got them both and will watch them during the week.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Weirdest Start of a Job

I have to say the work pattern I've had so far is the strangest I've had when I've started a job.  I started writing this last night, waiting to see if work was going to be open today due to the snow storm.  I worked 3 days last week, then had a 4-day weekend, and now a snow storm.  We were sent home at 4pm yesterday, which is actually my current end time, and I was waiting last night for the announcement.  The first announcement was a 2-hour delay, but I wouldn't have been surprised if they ended up delaying more or canceling work altogether.  And they did close work this morning, when I was eating breakfast.  Don't worry, I woke up naturally with no alarm.

Two weeks of work, totaling 5 days.  It's quite a strange start to work, but since I'm still doing training modules and reading up on policies, I won't be missing much.

And I'm pretty sure I'm making people nervous with my Texas license plate.  I know what I'm doing, but they don't know that.  I spent 12 years in Boston, 8 of those years driving, and since I have a January birthday, some drivers' ed classes happened during snow storms too.  My first actual driving lesson was in snow.  Don't worry, I will be getting a Colorado plate, but apparently they're quite pricey, and I don't want the simple general plate.  Heck no!  The state has many charity plates, and there's one for Adopt a Shelter Pet.  That's the one I want. It comes with a paw print right in the middle of the license plate.  From the sounds of it, I have to save up since it's pricey, then part of the fee goes to charity.  Of course, I'll be dealing with the DMV too, and all I can think of is Zootopia:

I'm totally Judy Hopps, and may have to download a brand new book to make it through the ordeal.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Goals

I don't think I've ever done a post for yearly goals, but I've got a few now.

After taking two+ weeks off from running in December, my number 1 goal is to get back in my groove.  I felt like I was getting some kinks out of my muscles during my one run last week, and I really want to get my consistent running back once I'm over this cold.  Whether that means the treadmill, or getting outside if the temperature is high enough, I have a race to train for :)  I'm still going quality races over quantity, and I do enjoy my down time, but it's time to get back to it.

I would like an even better 10k this year, which also means being consistent with strength training.  I also have to make sure I'm taking in more protein, and I turn to Muscle Milk for that.  It does taste funky, but I need a boost to keep building muscle.  My normal protein intake is enough to maintain my weight, but I need to keep building strength to keep getting better.  Since I went up 4 pounds at my annual physical, compared to 2015, I know I am building that muscle (and truth be told, some work pants feel a little tight).  If my knee is cranky, it means I haven't been good at giving my muscles a protein boost.

With all of that, my next two goals are to keep up my daily stretching, since I'm well and truly off the yoga wagon, and be better at keeping track of my monthly mileage.  I didn't keep track of my running during the summer, and of course now I want to know how many miles I did this year.  I only have mileage starting around September, which does not help.  I need a good running journal if I'm to keep track.

I do want to see if I can register for the Star Wars Light Side 10k for 2018.  I know the 10k's at Disney are super popular, but it's something I want to see if I can get in.  If not, I'll be fine, and since registration is in March, I can come up with plan B if I don't get in.  Sometimes those super early registration dates help a lot.  I'm not sure yet what plan B is, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

Finally, for one non-running goal, I want to start making Colorado feel like home.  Since I've never lived in Colorado before, this'll take a little bit of time, but having a job will help.  Dallas didn't start feeling like home until I found my previous job, because then I felt I could put down roots.  Coming in with a job right away will help immensely.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Monday Musings 1/2

Happy new year!  2016... a mixed bag.  Let's leave it at that.  I try to remember I had some good moments in the year, some quite fun moments actually, but I don't want to repeat much of that year.

I started my new job on Wednesday last week, after the university was closed on Monday.  Those 3 days were spent with a small orientation, learning some aspects of the portal, talking to my new supervisors, and starting some training.  I have required training and quizzes I need to complete before I have access to the financial system.  I figured a quiet 3 days was the time to start those, as well as choose my benefits.  I never like slogging through the benefit choices, but that's all done, and my direct deposit info is submitted.  All that stuff I haven't needed to do in over 7 years.  Oof.

I got one run done last week, on the treadmill, then lucky me, I got hit with a head cold.  Is it fitting that I finished up 2016 on Tylenol cold medicine and Airborne?  I pretty much figured once I slowed down after getting to Colorado, I would get a head cold.  I thought I'd get it the week before Christmas, and since I didn't, I thought I was in the clear.  Nope.  I'm on OTC medicine, and I'm sleeping as much as I can.  I have today (Monday) and Tuesday off before I go back to work on Wednesday.  How about that?  Work 3 days at the new job, 4-day weekend, work 3 days.  I'll take it :)  Too bad it's not normal.

One thing I could still do was do some strength training with this cold.  I could take as much time as I needed, and I ended up doing a lot of exercises from the Iron Strength DVD I have.  I upped the weights too, so Sunday I had a little bit of DOMS.  I biked for 30 minutes since that's easier cardio, and I was hoping that would loosen up my sore muscles a little bit.  Once this cold is gone, I intend to get back to running.

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