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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Final Prep

1) I had my final tuneup Wednesday at my chiropractor's office.  She work on my hips, quads, and hip flexors, both sides.

2) I filled out my information for the media credentials I was emailed about.  I get to pick them up at the pre-race press conference the Sunday before the race, where I can sit in on the press stuff with the elites!  I don't know what I'm more excited for, the race or being in the press truck for the women's race.

3) I'm planning my last week of taper, which will hopefully include a shake out either Friday or Saturday.  My normal running schedule during the week is Tuesday and Thursday, but I feel like Thursday to Monday without a run would be too long.  Just a couple miles around the neighborhood should help my legs stay loose.

4) Yesterday we got the snow that was predicted for today.  When I woke up, it didn't look like it would be too bad during the day, so I drove in to work.  I was still thinking I could also make it to my new gym, for some running and my free personal training session.  I scratched that idea around lunch and drove home, and worked from home for the afternoon.  The storm was blowing in faster, and snow had accumulated on 36, which I take home.  I got home fine, but I wasn't leaving for the rest of the day.  I called the gym and rescheduled my training session for next week.

"You kind of set off an eternal winter... everywhere."
5) Needless to say I have a hate relationship with this month.  Yes, I got another successful 5-mile run last week, but I lost Thursday due to weather, Tuesday to rain, and yesterday to snow.  Snow that was strong enough that I didn't want to risk driving to the gym when I signed off from work.  Seriously, I've had a pretty good training cycle, with a couple flare ups, but mostly success.  It's my taper that's been a mess.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Joined a Gym and Taper Paranoia

For the first time in maybe two years, I have a gym membership again.  I broke down.  I couldn't take it anymore.  I hate Colorado weather right now.  Sure, this is coming from someone who moved up from Texas, but as a runner, the weather is driving me nuts. 

Last Monday I lost the chance to meet up with a running group in town because of thunderstorms, and yesterday I lost the chance to run again because of storms.  Ever since we hit May, the weather has been all over the place each day.  It starts out chilly, then the morning weather looks perfect, with no precipitation on my weather app, and then storms roll in during the afternoon.  I thought I had a window of opportunity when I was driving home yesterday since the storms were sticking to Boulder, but it was raining when I got home.  Grrr!  I might be able to handle rain if it starts during a run, but I'm toast if it's already raining.

So, I've had it.  I can't miss this many runs during my taper, and yes, I know part of me is being paranoid.  I wanted to do 3.5ish yesterday, and I ended up doing 0.  It's hard for me to figure this weather out since May in Texas means the last gasp of nice temps until maybe Halloween.  No rain, and certainly no snow... we're supposed to get snow Thursday night into Friday.  Yup, I'm losing my cool.  I may have done 5 miles for the second time last Tuesday, but I'm losing my mind during this short taper period.

So now I have a gym membership.  With the weather coming in this week, I can use the treadmill, which is better than nothing, and I have a free personal training session.  I don't know if I'll go beyond the one session, but I have the summer to decide.

Coaches' Corner with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mental Tips for Race Day

Today's topic is mental tips for running.  Our minds can inflict negative thoughts so often, but we're stronger than that.  Sometimes it doesn't feel that way.  The best advice I got before running my first half marathon was that I've done the training, now it's time for fun.  Race day is what it's all about.

One tip I always do is try to find video of the races, and especially the course, on social media.  Youtube is a treasure trove when it comes to big time races.  Sometimes races will even post their own review of the course - BolderBOULDER has one, which I watched a couple weeks ago.  It's one thing to drive the roads in Boulder, but it's another thing to run the roads.  Even though I've driven up Walnut, which is the start, and up to Valmont, I didn't notice it was slightly uphill.  My all-wheel drive car drove up it smoothly so I never noticed it before.  Without watching that, I wouldn't have known how important the hills in my neighborhood have been.  I know the hill on the main road is steeper than what we'll be running, and I certainly hate running that road, but now I know what to expect during the first couple of miles.  The trick will be not to go out too fast and conserve my energy. 

The other tip is really study the course map.  After doing that, I know we turn onto Valmont, between 30th and 28th, and that road is under construction.  I have no idea what it's going to look like, but that's the road I take when I leave my chiropractor's office, and it's a mess at 5pm.  I'll be looking at the road to make sure there's nothing to make me trip or turn an ankle.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Musings 5/15

Another Monday.  But it's a special day... it's this girl's (estimated) birthday!

That would make her 5 years old.  And she got a clean bill of health two weeks ago.

Friday started off with me working from home.  I got a lot of busy work done, but unless I come up with a plan to get out of the house, I don't think I could do it more often than the rare occasion.  I do have the option to work from home when there's a snow storm since people here freak out in snow.  It's Colorado, wouldn't they know how to drive in this stuff?  I'd take advantage of it because the road I live off of now is pretty hilly, with only one lane in each direction.  If someone gets stuck, we'd all be stuck.

At one point, Allie got tired of being ignored and demanded attention when I was eating lunch.  Since I was on my lunch break, I put everything down and we snuggled for about 10 minutes.  She was happy with that and hopped off.

The rest of the weekend was low key.  I did 3.1 miles around the neighborhood as I start to taper.  I'd done a Pure Barre workout on Thursday and I still had a knot in my hamstring.  I knew it would be there Friday, but I woke up Saturday and it was still there.  I foam rolled as much as I could, but that knot was impressive.  I didn't push things on Saturday, but half of the 10k was good.

Yesterday was a low key day with lots of snuggles.  I was busy between errands and chores on Saturday, and my snuggle bug wanted attention big time.  I like to think she was treating me on Mother's Day since I am her fur-mama. 

I did finish a Christmas ornament I've been working on, the first of five.  Who here loves the Rankin and Bass Rudolph every Christmas?  The first ornament I finished is Sam, the talking snowman.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

5 Updates

Happy Friday!  Today is 5 updates since things are finally settling after moving in to my new address a month ago.  Things are coming together!

1) Today I'm doing something brand new to me, and working from home.  Today is the BIG campus graduation at CU, and with traffic getting in to Boulder, and traffic in Boulder, the university was actually encouraging staff members to work from home if we didn't need to be on campus today.  Since most of the hotels around Boulder are in my area, I took them up on that offer.  I need to set up a work station so Allie doesn't snuggle.  Case in point, I'm writing this on my couch, with Allie sprawled on top of me, purring very loudly.

2) I got my driver's license updated, and it took about 15 minutes.  This DMV location was in a sketchy indoor strip mall, but it was easy to transfer my license, and I registered to vote.  I couldn't really smile in my picture since Colorado said you can smile, but you can't show any teeth.  OK then.

3) Since I took Tuesday off, I got in a very good 5-mile run before the wet stuff started falling.  We've gotten a bit of moisture this week, but it's made everything green.  It was a little humid out, since my arms were sweating, but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle.  Now I've had two runs at 5 miles or a little bit more, and I'm in a much better place than I was before my 10k last year.  I only hope I can have a good race day.

4) I got my third Stitch Fix box yesterday, and I'm keeping two pieces.  Seems like my thing.  I've kept two pieces from each box.  I kept two dresses since we're warming up to summer.  I have a bridal shower for my cousin and his fiancee this summer, and I got a great dress for that, and then I kept a maxi dress.  I've never had a maxi dress before.

5)  I tried the shorts I got with the Skechers loot, and I'm sorry to Skechers, but I didn't like them.  They're a little too big, so they bunch in the crotch.  I find it odd that are big since they're a medium, and I wear that size.  The capris I got are a medium, and they fit great.  The shorts also don't have the mesh lining, so I felt at any moment I might show something, even though I was at home and certainly not in public.  So that's a no.  Sorry, I tried to like them.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First Review of BB Gear

After getting some pretty amazing Bolder Boulder loot in the mail, I've started wearing the pieces to see what I like about them.  The first review will be the tank top I received, the Skechers Raina tank top, in black.  It also comes in ice blue, and white.  The other item is the capris, the Tidal Capris, in all black.

My first impression of the tank top is that it was very light weight, and it proved to be as lightweight when I put it on.  It's very airy, with the back design cutouts, and mesh paneling (which you can see in the picture above).  It's a loose fit, but it's not big on me at all.  In fact, I felt like it fit very well.  I'm always concerned about shirts chafing my upper arms, but just wearing it around the house, before my strength training exercises, it didn't chafe at all.  So far, so good.

Since it is a loose fit, I didn't feel contained in the shirt either.  I like to be able to move my arms around, and what better way to test things out that strength training?  I haven't sweated in it yet, but it's made of moisture-wicking material, so when I have a chance to test that out, I'll y'all know.  Right now I'm wearing shirts with sleeves when I run outside, to help the sunscreen cover up my shoulders.

The second item is the pair of capris I received.  The material is heavier than the Under Armour pairs that I have, but the material is quite sturdy.  I feel quite secure in the capris, and I don't know anything is going to ride up, or sag down with these.  The pants hit at mid-calf, and there is mesh material around the back of the knees for breathability.  I was wearing these during my strength training as well, and I felt like I could move freely in them.  I do roll down the tops of the pants, but I do that with all of my running tights.  I roll the top down to sit on my hips, and these did a good job at staying there.

The one thing I haven't yet used are the pockets.  The description call these phone pockets, but I know I could fit my iPod in there.  They're quite roomy, and I like having pockets anyway.  I may not use them, but it's nice to know I can carry some small things around on a run, like tissues.  Sometimes tissues are needed depending on how cold and/or windy it is.

The one thing I didn't like on either of these were the tags.  Skechers isn't the only company I've had to cut the tags out right away (after making sure the item fits first).  I read the washing instructions before I cut them off, but if the tags are large, they're going to irritate me.  Either make the tags smaller, or print instructions on the fabric.  You can see the tag on the tank top above, and it was long enough it was irritating the back of my neck, and then the capris had a long tag along the upper leg, which irritated my thigh.  They're both gone and I feel much better.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Musings 5/8

Happy Monday!

Tomorrow I'm updating my driver's license at the Boulder DMV, then heading back to my county to the Department of Revenue to get my Colorado license plates.  I found out the DMVs in Colorado take appointments, and I snagged one, which is why I'm taking the whole day off tomorrow to get this all done.  There aren't a lot of appointments each day, but if you get one, I'm told they take you in at that time and limits the waiting.  If you do go without an appointment, good luck!

She does NOT like being at the vet
I'll be honest, I didn't do much cardio last week since I was busy for a few of the days after work.  I didn't mean to be that busy, but that's how everything fell in place.  I could've run Tuesday, but I was tired after my long run on Sunday (5.25 miles), and I didn't want to push things.  Plus it started raining and thundering, so no thanks.  Wednesday was Allie's annual vet checkup, and I'd say poor girl since she got her rabies booster, but she was zooming around that evening, so I don't think it affected her much.  Thursday I had my chiropractor appointment, and Friday I stopped by Fidelity to give them paperwork to help me rollover my retirement plan from Texas.  Whew!

I did good news at my chiropractor appointment.  She said my core is getting stronger, which means my hip flexors and quads are loosening up.  I hope that means there's less strain on my knees from above, and if my calves are getting stronger, less strain on my knees from below.  No wonder my ITBS has lasted this long.  While checking out and paying for the appointment, I picked up one of the cards for the massage therapist in that office suite, since I intend to treat my muscles after the BolderBOULDER.  The massage spas do not use the pressure I need, and they don't pay attention to the muscles I refer to.

Saturday I finally got out for a run and completed 4.5 miles.  I was aiming for another 5-mile run, but for some reason my piriformis started cramping a little bit around 3.25 miles, so I was paying close attention to how it would bother my knee.  It held out for more than another mile, when I felt the very beginning of twinging, so I stopped, and since I was in the neighborhood, it took me 1 minute to get home.  I crossed over the 4.5 mark right when I got to my garage.  I did a couple activation exercises I'd never done before a run, just during strength training, so that could've been why my piriformis was bothering me.  I certainly focused on strength training both those spots after my run, and yesterday.

Finally, I got to Target for some organization stuff.  My workout equipment has been strewn across a corner of the living room, and I really needed to get that out of the way.  Target had the perfect bin on clearance, and all my stuff fits.  It's even tall enough for my Stick and Addaday roller.  The empty corner looks so much better, with a couple of cats toys in place of my equipment.

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

BolderBOULDER Perks

I got loot on Wednesday for being a BolderBOULDER blogger!  Check it out!

It's all from Skechers, which is a major sponsor for the race.  I got 1) a sweatshirt, 2) shoes, 3) a tank top, 4) capris, and 5) shorts.  I'm already loving the zip up hoodie, but I think we're heading into warmer weather, so I'll save it for the fall.  It's really soft though, and should be good for lounging when the weather is chilly again.  Who knows, with the way Colorado weather is, I could still use it before spring is done.

The shoes are the GOrun Ride 6, and I wasn't sure what to make of them before I got them.  My regular running shoe size is 10.5, and these come in 10 or 11, but not 10.5.  Since 11 is way too big, I went with a 10, and I don't think I really need a 10.5.  I have a thumb's width between my right big toe and the shoe, so I'll see what I have once I start using these.  Since I'm so close to the race, and have had a good training run, I won't test these out until AFTER the race.  They're also neutral, so I'll need to wear my inserts to provide more arch support.  But what I can tell you is they are super light.  Like, really light, and since my New Balance shoes aren't as light, I do want to test out that difference.

I think blue is a theme this year since the zip up hoodie is ice blue, the shoes are blue, my race shirt option is blue... My dad's shirt is not blue, but I'm getting some pretty good blue gear in this batch.

As part of the deal with being a blogger, I will review these when I've had a chance to try them out.

Another perk is I get to ride on one of the press trucks for the elite race.  OMG!!  I've asked to follow the women's race since Oiselle's Stephanie Bruce announced she'll be running BB. 

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My BolderBOULDER Playlist

Today I'm linking up with TOTR and with Tunes Tuesday.  I think I finally hammered out my playlist for BolderBOULDER after this weekend.  There was one song that I really like in general, but I didn't think it was working for this.  I took it out and subbed in another song.

Almost There - the Princess and the Frog
Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Strangers Like Me - Phil Collins
Two Worlds - Phil collins
The Galway Girl - Celtic Thunder
Try Everything -Zootopia
We Know the Way - Moana
You're Welcome - Moana
Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
Life Is a Highway - Rascal Flatts
Music Man End Title
Chariots of Fire
Duel of the Fates - John Williams
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty
Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Burning Love - Lilo and Stitch
Mean Green Mother from Outer Space - Little Shop of Horrors
Jump (For my Love) - Love Actually
PM's Love Theme - Love Actually
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Discombobulate - Sherlock Holmes

All of this will be on shuffle.  I tried for songs that motivate me to keep going.  I was tired during my run on Sunday, but then Life Is a Highway shuffled around and it kept me running.

With KookyRunner, Run Steff Run, and Run With No Regrets.