Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Five: How was March

Tuesday's topic for the linkup was grade April, but I still had two running days left before April 1st, and I wanted to talk about the whole month.  I finished up the month with two treadmills runs since my calves have been cranky.  As much as I wanted to be outside, I played it safe.  I wanted to take it slower and be able to step off if I needed to.  I'm happy to say my run Tuesday was 3.1, and my run yesterday was 4.5!  My hope is to continue that progress outside.

My March mileage was 36.05, and I met my goal of wanting to exceed my February mileage.  Since I had taken multiple rest days in February, I wanted to be diligent and not skip as many.  I did take an extra rest day for my calves, and I skipped another because I needed a mental break.

March was also when I started missing weight work.  I love the Pure Barre classes, and they are certainly a challenge, but I'm wanting to branch out now.  I'm getting more Pure Barre DVDs, but I'm also looking into signing up with a personal trainer once I'm at my new address in a couple weeks.  It would mean joining a gym, and I haven't had a gym membership for almost 2 years.  I'll miss the convenience of the fitness room.

I did have a scare in March, when my calves were super tired, and it felt like my left ITB wanted to join the party.  To say I'm paranoid right now would be an understatement.  My left leg has been my good leg, and now I'm taping both legs to be safe.  The training has been going well, and I really, really, really, REALLY don't want another injury.

The Bolder Boulder is 60 days from yesterday!  I keep thinking I have less time to finish training than I really do, and the 60-day social media post reminded me I have more time to build.

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

3 Things Thursday 3/30

The last Thursday in March.  Yikes!  Where have the last 3 months gone?  I've been at my new job for those 3 months, and I'm heading into month #4.  Really, where has the time gone?  Today is also my Friday since the university is closed tomorrow.  This week is spring break, and while students and professors get the week off, staff doesn't.  But tomorrow we have one day off, so 3-day weekend for me!!

I tested my legs, well calves, out on the treadmill Tuesday for a 5k, and I want to get outside today before the rain and snow move in this weekend.  Yesterday was gorgeous when I got home, but it was a strength training day.  I'll tape up my legs and head out, hoping for another good run.  My left leg better behave because I do not need it to need attention too.

Finally, I broke down and ordered another shirt from Raw Threads.  I got the Red Queen shirt so now I just need a Disney race.  I don't think next year will happen, so 2019?  If Raw Threads keeps coming out with more designs, I'll need a space in my running drawer just for them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Runner's Aid Kit

I made 3 purchases since last Friday to help with my running, and it's all, ALL, for loosening up my muscles and keeping my legs together.

Anybody else have a budget set aside for things like this?

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Musings 3/27

This weekend was busy and I'd like a weekend to recover.  The townhouse is getting ready to close, and things are picking up.  I needed an extra rest day for my calves and I took it Saturday.  Sunday I got back to strength training with my staple exercises, plus some extra.  I ordered two Pure Barre DVDs to go with the 5 I already had, and I was slowly doing exercises from that during the week.

Since my calves have been cranky, I looked into getting better massage equipment, and I splurged on an Addaday roller.  I even had $20 rewards I could use.  I love the Stick, but the extra rolls on this one give me more leverage.  So far, I love it.  I worked my calves and found knots I didn't know I had, so hopefully that'll help.  I'll keep working on them.

This week will be interesting, schedule wise, since it's supposed to rain Tuesday and Wednesday.  Since I'm trying to do more running outside, dealing with rain may be interesting.  I do have a rain jacket, but it's not a running rain jacket.  We do need the rain, and we did get some yesterday.  It made for a lovely, lazy afternoon.

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Crazy Spring

We're almost in April, but March is still looking a little crazy.  We're in a red zone with fire danger, and eastern Colorado is getting snow today.  Boulder got rain, which I'm fine with.  The forecasters got it wrong before.  March is unpredictable, but I've been enjoying the spring temps.  Oh, and my new phone case came, from Karen Hallion.

One thing I'm happy with running outside is I've been given cadence homework.  I always suck at cadence and slip into my natural running stride.  A few years ago, I switched from a heel striker to a more midfoot-to-frontfoot striker, but I've struggled with cadence.  I know the number should be around 180 per minute, but I honestly couldn't tell you what my number is, except way below that.  180 seems fast, for sure, and I've never kept track.

I tried the cadence thing yesterday on my run, and my left calf got really cranky.  Understandable because this was not my natural stride.  It was cranky near my Achilles, and in a spot that made me worry it was my IT band on that leg.  Oh, I so don't need that.  Considering my left leg hasn't given me issues, I'll chalk it up to the cranky calf.  I did some calf raises during a Pure Barre DVD workout, and the last time I did those, my calves were in fact cranky.  I almost didn't do those, but I did.  Lesson learned.  I'll skip those from now one.

I've also been working my calves hard with the exercises I've been given to strengthen said muscles.  Today is my full rest day of the week, and I may skip my run tomorrow to give my calves some extra rest.  I've only skipped one run this month, since I needed a running belt.  I don't feel too bad if I need an extra rest day, especially if my calves need it.  I've learned there's nothing wrong with an extra rest day here and there, and it doesn't drive me crazy anymore when I decide to take one.  Since I almost took one yesterday, and my calf spoke up, it may be a good idea to rest a little bit more.

I feel like I've been doing well since my "official" training began for Bolder Boulder.  It's hard to find a good 10k plan that takes time and isn't too short.  I need time to push my distance, then recover, and slowly build again.  I have an idea for my training, and if my left leg is OK, I'll continue on my schedule.  I'm in a better place than I was last year at this time, and I've checked off 4.25 miles this week.  I'll continue to push if I feel good, then see what happens on race day.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

3 Things Thursday 3/23

I'm less than 10 weeks out from BolderBoulder, AND I bought my parking pass yesterday.  There's paid parking at CU for the event, which makes it easy (hopefully) to get out after I'm done.  $20 is a fair price, and to know where I'm going to park.  Parking logistics always stress me out, but that is done!

I bought the Red Queen tank top yesterday, and now I just need another Disney race.  I already have an idea of the theme for the outfit.  Anybody else do this?  I know, cart before the horse, but I know I'll do another Disney race down the line, I just don't know when.  I know there will be red in the theme, because how can there not be?

I'm taking steps forward and backwards with the ITBS, but Tuesday I stepped forward and did 4.25 miles.  I even cut down my walking interval to 30 seconds.  That certainly doesn't feel like much, but I think it helped keep my rhythm.  I'm still dealing with my calves, but my balance disc arrived last week, and I'm working on getting better with that.  I worked on my balance last year, and then kind of stopped since I didn't have a balance disc or bosu ball.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Bolder Boulder

Tuesdays on the Run is talking about local races.  The timing's funny since I became a Bolder Boulder Blogger last week, and I got the badge for my blog yesterday.  I was going to talk about this race anyway since it's the only local race I know of right now.  I've only been in Boulder a couple months.

The Bolder Boulder is a 10k, and probably the largest 10k in the country, and the past few years there have even been satellite races at military bases.  It's run every year on Memorial Day, and anyone can sign up and run.  There are qualifying waves if you're speedy, jogging waves, walking waves, and then, when all those runners are off the course, the elites have their race on the same course.  It's huge, with maybe 40-50k running.

If you think Disney is the only race with costumes, you haven't been to Boulder.  There are all kinds of costumes, and I can't wait to see what people have in store.  There are beer stops and slip n slides, which I'll pass on.  Since I hurt myself on a slip n slide last summer, I'm very careful around those things.  No need to hurt myself during this race.

The course itself is within walking distance of the apartment I'm in, but I'm moving to Arvada in April.  Boo!  I could've slept in, rolled out of bed, and walked over when my wave started.  BB has tons of waves, and from what I hear, they've perfected the wave start since there are so many runners.  I certainly not fast enough for a qualifying wave, but a jogging wave is fine.  The course runs through Boulder, and finishes at Folsom Field.  And good thing I was at Folsom for the event with Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson.  The road up to Folsom is a hill!  Who put an up-hill before mile 6 of a 10k???  I'll have to have a strategy for that.

This will be my first race in my Oiselle singlet.  I'm looking forward to that.  I got the singlet after I ran Tink last year, and since Tink was my only race of 2016, I haven't had a chance to wear my singlet yet.  It's got a special place in my closet, just waiting for this race. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Musings 3/20

After a week of adjusting to the time change, I hope I'm with it again.  It's a struggle to get to the weekend, then I can sleep in and nap when I need to.  Last Monday morning found me like this:

There's a reason I think Disney secretly animated me for Anna.  She is me in a lot of ways.  Even my parents agree.

Big news too!  I hadn't said anything on here, but a couple weeks ago I applied to be a Bolder Boulder blogger, and I was accepted!  Y'all will see some extra posts about the race, gear to review, and more activity on social media.  I didn't know what kind of blogs they were looking for, and I almost didn't apply since my blog is small, but I have a blog, and I'm running the race.  That's all the qualifications they listed.

This weekend was gorgeous!  I got out Saturday morning and did 3.7 miles... I had to cut my run short because when I was heading down hill, going home, I jammed my leg a little bit, and it took a few minutes for my ITB to get cranky.  I would've loved to have done 4 miles, but I didn't want to keep pushing it.  I've learned to play it safe, as much as my pride hates it.

I've also learned I need more short sleeve shirts for running outside.  I like to keep my shoulders protected, but I only have 3 shirts with short sleeves. They're all Under Armour, but I'm going to start doing some online shopping to see what I can find.  The only clean shirt I had Saturday was pink, and boy was I in pink for my run.  My vest is pink, my tight calf sleeves are pink, I wore a pink running skirt, pink socks... pink, pink, pink.  I need some more colors.

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Five: Spring

Sorry for the no post yesterday.  I was really struggling with the time change.  After 3 days of sleeping right up to my alarm, I was awake at 4:45, and couldn't get back to sleep.  That seemed to throw me off for the day, and I even needed an extra cup of tea after lunch.  It's been gorgeous, and I wanted to have enough energy to run outside.

1) Now that I have my running belt, the water fountains are on at the running path.  Typical.  I waited so long to get one, it's now warm enough that the water's on again.  But the spring temps is the reason I need the extra water.  Between the dryness of the altitude, and the warmer temps, I need to bring water with me.

2) Tuesday was 70 degrees for my 3.5 miles, I couldn't help but dress in spring.  I had my "spring" Running Skirt, and a yellow tank top.  I call the skirt my spring skirt because it's got all kinds of bright colors.  Almost like Easter eggs.

3) I'm loving the longer days, despite my struggle to adapt to the time change.  I finished my run Tuesday after 5, and it was still light out.  Not even dusk, light, and I had plenty of time to stretch and foam roll before needed dinner.

4) Another spring staple is of course, Boston.  This year, the same team from Spirit of the Marathon is releasing a documentary about the Boston Marathon.  It's one night only on April 19th in various theaters.  I figured the Cinemark in Boulder would show it, and they are.  I've bought my ticket.

5) Spring time also brings lots of races.  I know there are a lot this weekend, from RnR Dallas, to the Shamrock races, to the LA marathon, and the NYC half, this seems like a BIG weekend of spring races.  Good luck to everyone!

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Green Tradition

Today's theme is on St. Patrick's Day, and I'll confess, it's a non-holiday for me.  I'm not Catholic and I'm not Irish.  I have heritage from England, Scotland, and Wales, but not Ireland.  I don't like beer, I don't like Guinness, and of course once fun leprechaun activities stopped in elementary school, it was just another day for learning.

I do have some good memories of St. Patrick's Day though.  None of them include a race, and the one bad memory I have is being hit with ITBS.  It's now been 4 years, can we talk?

The first good memory is being in London in 2007 for spring break.  Since I played lacrosse for 3 years in college, I didn't have a spring break until senior year.  While most people I know went to someplace warm, I went to London and Paris.  I was at an EPL game on March 17th, and saw one of the goalies score.  Who would've though that?

The other one was when I moved to Texas.  I either arrived on the 17th or around the 17th.  Even with St. Patrick's not being a holiday, it's easy to remember when things happened because that date stands out.  8 years ago I was just days away from driving away from my parents' house in Wellesley, and moving out of the time zone to Dallas.  I think it worked out pretty well.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Musings 3/12

Another Monday, and are any of us groggy because of DST?  It is nice to have the extra light in the evening, but it's not good when my sleep time is messed with.  Not good at all.

The weekend fun started Friday after work.  I headed to Boulder Running Company to look at running belts, and double check the fit of my shoes.  Good news on both fronts: I got a running belt, which worked well on my run Saturday, and my shoes are a good alignment.  BRC films their gait analysis, so they could see I'm getting good support from my shoes, and they didn't think I even needed inserts.  They said I could go with inserts, but that it would only be a comfort thing.  I stuck with the running belt, and felt happy the store didn't try to push for new shoes when I didn't need them.

Saturday's run was shorter than I've been running, but I was pushing my intervals a little bit, and I did a hill workout.  When I got back to my complex, I was under 3 miles, but I felt good and didn't feel the needed to push for 3.  The running belt past its test, and two bottles should be OK, especially once the water fountains on the running path are turned on.

During the weekend, I started and ended a new book by PJ Tracy.  If anyone likes mysteries/thrillers, PJ Tracy is a mother/daughter team that writes thrillers based in and around modern day Minneapolis.  Their stories are the type that take off really fast and are hard to put down.  It's known as the Monkeewrench series, and the book I read is called the Sixth Idea.  It's the 7th in the series, and the 8th book is being published in August.

Sunday I actually postponed Pure Barre for another day because I was missing weights.  I want to get back to challenging myself with free weights, and I got my 5lb weights out and did Iron Strength.  I figure jump in with both feet.  I'm still enjoying Pure Barre, but now I want to push myself in other workouts too.  I have kind of been looking at Cross Fit, but I don't know much about it, and I'm not looking for HIIT.  I'm looking for a method where I can take my time and focus on my form and muscle activation while challenging myself.  Any thoughts?

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fitness Trends and Some Random Stuff

My balance disc shipped!  I can continue to challenge my calves, and I got another exercise from my chiro.  I know... they're building.  This one is to hop on one foot, back and forth on a line.  Or at least try to maintain a line.  I was never good at that.  She said she uses a tennis court because of the lines, but I'll have to make due with the lines on the carpet.  I apologize in advance to the people downstairs.

Another item on my list is a running belt with water bottles.  I was going to run outside yesterday when I remembered I still haven't sprung for that running belt.  I carried a 16-oz plastic bottle on my run last Saturday and nearly drank the whole thing during my 4.25 miles.  I wanted to do hill work on the path up and down Foothills, but I'd have to carry a water bottle again.  It's dry here and I'm obviously not a camel.  I need my water, so I'm going to stop by the store today so I can get a belt and wash out the bottles before tomorrow's run.

Since I'm going to be at a running store after work, I kind of want to do a re-assessment of my running shoes.  When I was fitted back in July, I was told I don't overpronate that much, which is weird because I've always overpronated like crazy.  And now since my chiro has said my ankles are unsteady and my calves are working overtime, I figure it wouldn't hurt to go in to a different store and ask them what they think.  If these are the right shoes and I just need inserts for now, fine.  If I need more stability, fine.  Better to get new shoes now instead of too close to the race.

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

3 Things Thursday 3/9

1) I've come to learn Raw Threads isn't good for my budget.  They keep releasing new designs, and now they have a new style tank top.

Yeah, I want this, bad.  I keep saying I'm going to be good this month and not splurge that much, and yet, here we are.  I'm fighting the urge to buy it, but I know it's just a matter of time before I select my size and click add to cart.  I already have 3 designs from them, what's one more?

2) I've always loved the villains.  They make the story.  They're the ones presenting the challenge and the hero/heroine must overcome the obstacle.  If I bought this, I'd need to do another Disney race because I know exactly what my outfit would be.  Yes, already.  I just need that Disney race.

3) I was also thinking they need to do some Nightmare Before Christmas designs.  I know I'm a Oiselle volee and I have my singlet, but if they had an Oogie Boogie design, that would be great for Vegas.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Running Schedule?

Big confession, I never really sit down and schedule out my races.  I just sign up if I find one that I really want to do.  If it's a smaller race, I'll sign up if packet pickup is easy to get to, and it's in a good area.  Sometimes I'll think about races if I know friends are doing it.  I just know I need time between the big races, and now two years running (pun?) I've had my big races in the spring.

What I do know is I like to have some cushion if I want to do two races in a year.  I haven't done that since 2012.  I think a mid-spring race and a mid-fall race is good for that option.  Of course, I won't make any decisions on a fall race until after my spring race is complete.  I do have some ideas, and they're the RnR in Denver in October, which I can drive to, and RnR Vegas in November, which I can't.  Each has a 10k, but the Vegas is a night race, so I could shake things up and try that instead.  I've never done a night race, and what better place than to see the Vegas strip lit up?

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Musings 3/6

After a busy weekend last week, and Wednesday's event, I took a more low-key approach to this weekend.  I did get outside on Saturday for a 4-mile run, and the prairie dogs were my cheer squad.

I took the running path up Foothills, then back the other way, to do the hill twice.  The prairie dogs were out in force since it was such great weather, and I finally got a picture of them.  Aren't they cute?

The rest of the weekend was running errands, and Sunday I went to the CU lacrosse game against Marquette.  Along the way there, I stopped at Boulder Running Company to pick up some more socks.  The sock gnome struck this weekend.  I know I put an even number of white running socks in the hamper because I have two feet, and an odd number came out of the dryer.  I have searched the apartment and haven't found the missing sock.

I also got to think about what I want to get out of March.

My one goal for March is to not skip as many running days.  I skipped workouts in January with my grandmother's memorial service, then I skipped multiple days in February while I worked with my chiropractor.  What I need now is consistency, and hopefully with Daylight Savings beginning on the 12th, that'll mean consistency outside.  When Shalane Flanagan posted how she cracked her back, going from the treadmill to outside, to the treadmill to outside, I wondered if I'm struggling right now outside because I've been on the treadmill.  I could be outside in Texas more before my move, and wasn't experiencing these nagging pings as often as I am now.

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Forever Buffs

Wednesday night was a pretty fun function on campus.  The alumni association at CU puts together events where they bring back alums, and Wednesday's was with Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn.  Jenny graduated in 2009 and Emma graduated in 2013.  And both are the first American Olympic medalists in their events: the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase.  Their presentation was about what it took to get to the Olympics (presented by Jenny), and then what the competition was like (presented by Emma).  Some fun points about Rio:

1) They got some pretty good swag from the Olympic committee, but since both are New Balance athletes, Nike is a competitor.  They donated a lot of that gear after the Olympics.

2) They stayed in an apartment that was close to the US training base, which was at naval academy.  The USOC even built the track new their own track at the facility, that was left behind so the naval academy can use it.

3) Their apartment overlooked the marathon course.

4) Track athletes are held in an on-call room so all athletes are accounted for prior to their event.  Emma said there wasn't much room, and they're held there for 30 minutes, so she was around her rivals for that long before being brought out on the track.

5) Even though they stayed together in the apartment, once competition got under way, they didn't see each other that often, and the first time they saw each other after both medaled was at the Rio airport when they were flying to Paris for their next competition.

6) At the processing in Houston, where they got their swag, they also had to learn flag etiquette, how to manage the press if they medal, and safety on Zika.  During the Q&A, they mentioned what foods they were told to avoid, and they said being in an apartment meant they could control what they ate.  My dad reminded me Michael Johnson got food poisoning in Barcelona 1992 before his qualifying heats for the 200 m, and he failed to qualify for the final.  You don't want to leave anything to chance.

7) Finally, Emma mentioned they were told to always pack their podium kit in case they medaled.  I know athletes, including myself, consider that jinxing things, but the USOC always wants their athletes prepared.

(Pictures by Dad)

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