Sunday, June 24, 2018

Monday Musings 6/25

Monday... again.  I can't wait for Alaska since I'll have a whole week off.  Two days is just way too short.

I got out for a run Saturday morning, and holy craptastic!  The first run back is always rough, and I stuck to one mile.  My cardio system got quite the shock after having a month off.  I didn't even bike during that time.  I did a one-mile loop around my neighborhood, then came back home and sprawled out on the living room floor.  Once I recovered, I did some prehab before hitting the grocery store.  I'm still sticking with pasta dishes from the frozen section.  It's super easy, and I'm not wracking my brain about what I can eat.

The rest of Saturday was spent watching the World Cup, USA track and field championships, and then Home Improvement on UP.  It's funny to see the kids so young, and the 90s fashions.  It's like when Friends started - the hair, clothes, phones. 

I broke down and bought NBC Gold's pass for track and field.  The thing that got me was "commercial free."  I'll be able to watch all of the track and field, and fall marathons, without commercials.  It's not something I usually go for, but when NBC can't even show a full 3000m steeplechase race without going to commercial, I get irritated.

Sunday was lazy again, watching the World Cup and reading a new book I downloaded.  I still don't know who I want to win the Cup, and it's been a strange tournament so far.  None of the favorites are playing well, and the top 3 scoring teams are England, Belgium, and Russia.  It's a bit unexpected, and I like it.  While I was watching Japan and Senegal, I did some weight training to jump back into that.  Once I'm warmed up and in this routine, I'll break out the full Pure Barre routines. 

We had storms roll through, and I was hoping to read outside and enjoy the cooler air, but it was a bit too cool, with wind.  Wah wah.  At least I got to spend time snuggling with Allie while I read.  We don't really snuggle that much in the summer, with the heat.  She piled almost on top of my shoulder, purring in my ear.

I wrapped up the evening watching Hidden Figures.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Five Randoms

Friday!!  The only plans I have this weekend are to get out for a run, if the weather is nice.  My new Oiselle singlet arrived, and of course I have to take it for a test run :)

I tried acupuncture for the first time on Tuesday, for my anxiety, and it wasn't too bad.  It certainly didn't feel anything like dry needling (which is good!).  I did feel quite relaxed driving home, and all I wanted to do was nap.  Sadly, nope.  I work from home on Tuesdays.  I do have the TV on for background noise, otherwise it's waaaaay too quiet, but I'm good and get work done.  My next appointment is next week.  She said it usually takes 3 appointments for the affects to kick in.  I don't feel a huge difference yet, but my homework is to track how I feel for the next appointment.

While there isn't usually anything worthwhile on TV, right now it's the World Cup.  Except if parts of the state are under a tornado watch.  I think local weather affiliates should be in a public stockade.  It's not enough we get beeping and scrawling, they have to interrupt the national broadcast entirely.  And we miss action in the game.  I got really angry in May when PBS did the same thing while I was trying to watch Little Women.  I wait and wait and get really excited for stuff like this, and I'm ready to punch whoever's in charge of the local stations.  If they interrupt my fun, I don't give a rat's ass about the weather.  It may not be much, and it makes me seethe.

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Plans

It's been almost a month since my last race.  Tomorrow marks the one month point.  I see my chiropractor tomorrow, and I can feel I'm out of alignment.  I haven't seen her since before my race.  It's been good to take a break, even when my mind was ready to run a week after the race.  We've been having cooler weather too this week, and if it holds into the weekend, I'll want to get out for a mile or two.  Getting back to it will be nice.

I don't have any races this summer, and the next one on the calendar is in October.  Would you believe the first weekend of training is when I'm flying up to Alaska?  Umm... I'll see what I can do on the ship.  I have a few hours in Anchorage before my parents arrive from their Denali portion.  Maybe I can ask the front desk people if there are any good running routes in town.  Otherwise I'll start my training on the treadmill, on the ship.  The view should be nice out of the fitness room.

Normally I keep a base of two or three miles, but I want to stretch that to three to four miles.  If I can do 4 miles out of the gate, it'll shorten the training period.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Monday Musings 6/18

Monday... do I have to go back to work?  It's been so nice having these days off.  I did check my email Saturday morning to sort through which ones I'll need to look at today, and that's all I did.  After such a chaotic spring, I could put my feet up and not think of work at all.

I'm feeling a lot better after my gum graft, and I'm almost done with my antibiotics.  I think I miscounted one day and took 4 instead of 3.  I only remember taking 3.  Oh well.

After taking it easy most of the week, my mom and I did get out and got pedicures Friday.  I hadn't had one since Good Friday, and it felt so good to pamper my feet and legs.  I go with the deluxe pedicure at the place I go, and it gives us great smelling soap, the paraffin wax, massages for the feet and legs, and hot stones.  My feet certainly appreciated this since I hadn't had one since my race.  I'm always ticklish when they're filing down my calluses.  I bet a lot of people are.

My figurine was delivered Friday too.  It's now on the mantle next to Lilo and Stich.

Saturday was a slow day, until the evening.  We had the big fundraising event in Denver for Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies.  My family bought these tickets in February, and it's here already!  Where is this year going?  In the meantime, we went into Boulder for breakfast at Snooze, where I had two eggs scrambled and one sweet potato pancake.  Soft foods, remember.  It was delicious as always, I just wish I could've eaten the candied pecans that come on the pancake.  I'm eating all the crunchy food once I get my stitches out!  Then we watched some of the World Cup games, as we did on Sunday.  My family bid on a few things for the silent auction, and we won 3 baskets.  I didn't really see anything I wanted, and I decided to donate during the donation appeal for the Angel Fund.  This is the medical fund set aside for surgeries and treatments for the dogs they rescue.

The live auction was incredible, and I posted a video on IG of the auctioneer.  They had a real auctioneer, and I got so tired just listening to him.  Now I understand why live auctions can be frantic.  It's hard to even know what he said, he was talking so fast!

Sunday was Father's Day, and my parents and I went over to my uncle's house in Golden to celebrate with them and my grandfather.  My cousin was even there from the Ukraine.  She's with the Peace Corps, teaching English in a small village, and she flew over after their big family vacation in eastern Europe.  She has a few months to go once she flies back, I think until the end of the year.  It could be earlier.  Then we came back and watched Finding Nemo on Freeform.  Can y'all believe it's been 15 years since Nemo hit theaters?

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Five: Checking In

Hi everyone!  I'm checking in after 3 days post-dental procedure.  The procedure went well, though I've been tired due to the healing process, and the liquid diet.  I was told to rest for the first 48 hours since the body was going to go into healing mode and use up some energy.  I started on soft foods yesterday, and all I want is something crunchy!  My next appointment is Tuesday, for them to check the healing, and then in two more weeks to get the stitches out.  I have both regular stitches and dissolving stitches.

In the meantime, I received the room booking form from Park and Preston, for Princess weekend.  My mom and I chose Coronado Springs for our hotel.  I haven't stayed there yet, and I like all the food options listed on the website.  I will make sure to pack my bikini to enjoy the hot tub after the race, weather permitting.  I've known it be chilly on Princess weekend, and warm and humid.  

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monday Musings 6/11

Welcome to Monday, and quite a short week this time around.  I don't think I mentioned it before, but I'm getting a gum graft tomorrow afternoon.  I'm working today in the office, then at home tomorrow morning.  I'll be checked out and recovering for the rest of the week.  I had to start my antibiotic regimen 3 days before the appointment, and that meant Saturday.  Yipee.  At least I'm taking time off and won't be plugged in.  My parents are coming down this week since we're going to a GRRR fundraiser Saturday, and my mom said she'll take care of me.  No matter your age, there are some things you want your mom for.

To make myself feel better,  I ordered a Jim Shore Disney figurine Friday that I'd been looking at for a few months.  It'll go on the mantle next to my Lilo and Stitch figurine.

The weekend was low-key, and no, I did not go back to Echter's, even though I wanted to.  I wanted to look at more flowers because my snap dragons are struggling.  I have 3 that look like they're doing really well, and the rest look pathetic :-/  The soil is moist, so I don't think they're starving for water, or have too much.  I don't know why there's wilting, and I'm trying to get them to hold out until my mom can look at them today.

I finally went to see the Avengers, since I'm on a training break, and I gotta say, I was disappointed in it.  I know all of the individual Marvel movies have been building up to this, and after the movie I was thinking, now what?  I've enjoyed the other Marvel movies, so what are they planning for the next big Avengers movie?  It was good to enjoy someone else's air conditioning since we're in a heat wave, which I think ends today (I hope).  In the midst of this heat wave is the Boulder Ironman.  A coworker is doing this year, and I hope he and the other triathletes did well.  The past two years have been rather hot on the Ironman date.

Soooo, I finally came across something that would spur me into hiring a running coach.  Several Colorado Oiselle ladies did the Ragnar Snowmass race this past weekend, and I was on Ragnar's website to see when the race would start.  Then I saw on their Facebook page they're adding Sweden to the list of locations.  Umm, what?!  The first race is next summer, and it definitely got the wheels in my head turning.  I was in Stockholm for a day in 2005 on my cruise, and this race would start in Mariefred and run to Stockholm.  I certainly wouldn't mind heading back to the land of some of my ancestors and spending more time there.

The rest of the weekend was resting, and snuggling with Allie.  I grilled a flank steak Saturday for dinner, and while it was a good marinade, I think it was missing something.  If I did it again, I'll add some pineapple juice.  Sunday was shrimp, and tonight will be a casserole I can heat up when I'm off the liquid diet.  The instructions for the graft recovery say a liquid diet for 2 days, and I know I'm not going to last that long.  I can chew on the other side of my mouth, and be careful.  The side I get the graft will have a guard to protect the stitches.

Wish me luck.  I have chronic low blood sugar, and I absolutely get cranky when I'm hungry.  They should use me in a Snickers commercial.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Would You Rather?

I saw a few of these, starting with Wendy, before or on Global Running Day.  Since I normally take Wednesday and Thursday off from blogging, I thought it would be fun to answer these questions today.

Would you rather...

Run with no socks or no sports bra?
No socks.  Even though I'm far from chesty, the girls need support.

Run a mile naked or in a snowsuit?
Snowsuit.  All the naked people I saw during Bay to Breakers were walking.  I'm sure certain body parts need support to make running comfortable.  And imagine the possible chafing without clothing.  And the sunburn...

Run in the freezing cold or sweltering heat?
Freezing cold.  I melt in heat.

Run with an empty stomach or a full bladder?
Gotta say empty stomach.  I absolutely could NOT keep going beyond the first mile in San Francisco without a potty break.

Run uphill or into a headwind?
Depends on the hill, and headwind :-p  If it's a shallow-ish hill, I'd run up it.  Headwinds zap my energy.

Run without music or without a GPS watch?
GPS watch.  I need my music.  Speaking of which, I still need a new pair of headphones.

Skip deodorant or Body Glide?
I rarely wear Body Glide.  I've been lucky (knock on wood) but on hot days, I do use it, just in case.

Run as much as you want on the treadmill, or only once a week outside?
Once a week outside.  I did a lot of training on the treadmill this spring, and I got cabin fever.

Run a beer mile or a color run?
I've already done a color run, and I don't like beer.

Run on a trail or the road?
For now, road, but I need to get on single tracks and gravel to prep for my next race.

Run an out and back or a loop?
I do both in training, but during a race, an out and back is tough.  All those runners heading back to the finish line when I'm still heading towards the turn-around spot...

Eat a slice of pizza mid-race of drink a milkshake?

Run in the rain or snow?
I've done both, and if I had to pick, snow.  There's something peaceful about it.

Beer or chocolate milk at the finish line?
Ice cold chocolate milk.

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Global Running Day

Tomorrow is global running day, and it always seems like I'm not running when it comes around.  It's in the summer, and summer is normally one of my off seasons.  I'll be sure to get outside tomorrow and walk, either at lunch or after work.  I walked at lunch yesterday, and then I was immediately ready for a nap.  Oof.  I brewed some more tea instead, but a snooze would have been better.

Since I got my walk in before heading home, I decided to do some short strength training after work.  To ease into it, I did my prehab exercises twice through, and I was feeling it in my piriformis.  I even had help :)  I know I haven't done these since before San Francisco.  I also started foam rolling again, and there some tired and tight spots in my legs.  I gave myself a day off from core work, because I was a little sore, but I did do the breathing exercises for my diaphragm.  Laying on the floor, breathing slowly puts me in the mood for bed.  I guess it's a good thing I do it at the end of the day.

Today will be another walk, probably on my lunch break.  Since I work from home on Tuesdays I can walk around my neighborhood.  The heat is here, and walking at lunch makes it a little easier to be outside.  Granted it's not Texas heat, but heat is heat.  Then I'll do more prehab exercises and core work.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Monday Musings 6/4

Happy first Monday in June.  It's crazy we're now almost halfway through this year.

Saturday was a busy day.  I ended up going back to Echter's to get that garden stone, and I got more flowers.  It's easy to go overboard at this place, and I think I have everything now.  I bought two geraniums that are also supposed to thrive in the sun, in a color called Rocky Mountain Salmon.  It's a pink color :-p  I also got a stake hook and humming bird feeder, and a suet for the wild birds.  I potted the snap dragons since I had them in tupperware, temporarily, so they could get the proper amount of water.  I didn't have enough pots last week, and that's also solved.  See?  It's easy to go overboard.

In between all the gardening activity, I finished season 1 of the Crown, and now desperately want season 2.  There's no projected release date for that, so I'll have to wait.  I binged some of the first season of Mom, which was super easy.  I kept wanting the next episode, and the next, and the next.  It was relaxing while I finished the first coloring page I did.  I also started the next page.  This is fun, and doesn't require any thinking.

The rest of the afternoon was spent finishing up laundry, and doing a quick core yoga video.  I'll be honest, I didn't do a good job on core exercises this last training cycle, and I'm feeling a little fluffy.  Also, my diaphragm feels weak, somehow.  I had some tight lower back issues on my longer runs, and during Bay to Breakers.  While I know I need to give my body a break from running, I'm going to slowly get back to strength training.  Core and breathing exercises are a good start.

Sunday was more relaxing, though I did get outside for a small Oiselle meet up in Boulder.  We met at the Bobolink Trail, which I never used before.  I really liked it.  I walked 2 miles since I'm still giving my body a break, until I see my chiropractor, and I could scope out the trial for future runs.  It's a gravel trail, and there's a paved trail alongside it.  Since the Boulder Rez will have both surfaces, I need to train on both.  As much as I love simply walking out my garage and getting my run done, it was a nice change of scenery.

I did more core work Sunday afternoon, following this video.  It's 4 exercises done 3 times.  I did it 2 times, with one of my prehab exercises thrown in for 5 exercises 2 times.  My goal is to do short core videos, maybe not every day, but each day I do strength training, followed by breathing exercises.  I wrapped up the afternoon either on the couch, watching the Birdcage, or taking some spare chairs outside and reading on the patio.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Five: Recovery

If anyone missed my San Francisco adventures, they can be found here, here, and here.

Now that my spring race is over, it's time for me to relax, put up my feet a little bit, and recover mentally and physically from training.  I do have one goal for now, and that is to get outside after work each day.  I'm walking around my neighborhood and the community park to get some sunshine and natural Vitamin D.  I'm even breaking in my new running shoes.

I'm starting to map out training, and I want to shorten the time it'll take to get ready for the Boulder Rez 10k.  The first week of training would be during Alaska, so we'll see.  The Westerdam has a huge fitness area, and an outdoor track.  I'll decide when I get on the ship, but the point of the cruise is to relax.  I know I'll build my base again this summer, and if I can work up to 3 or 4 miles consistently, I can cut out some of the early weeks of training.

For now, it's nice to be lazy in the mornings, and not rush out for training.  I'm also being lazy after my walks, and sitting on the couch.  I haven't foam rolled since I got back from San Francisco.  Oops.  Oh well.

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Hotel Beresford

When I decided I wanted to do the Bay to Breakers, it was easy to register and easy to purchase airfare (though I changed it later from Southwest).  The one aspect that consumed my planning was finding a hotel.  Even with the race discount at the headquarters hotel, it was still more than $400 a night.  Welcome to San Francisco.

I knew I wanted to stay close-ish to the starting area so I wouldn't have to walk far, but it meant doing some digging to find hotels in my price range.  After doing my research, I decided on the Hotel Beresford on Sutter Street.  My room was originally $209 a night, and with my AAA discount, I got it for $169 a night.  Much better than $400+!  It also has complimentary breakfast starting at 7am every day.

The room was small, but tidy and clean!  I've been checking bed bug reports whenever I book hotels now, and this one didn't have any reports.  It also turned out to be a quiet hotel, which was even better.  As a plus, there was a box fan in the closet, and I know it's something small to highlight, but I've been sleeping with white noise since high school.  Sometimes hotel rooms can be too quiet.

The room had a queen-size bed, a dresser with a fully stocked refrigerator (which I did not partake in), a desk with a chair, and a coffeetable with two chairs.  The bathroom was basic, with a small sink, and the shower had a small tub, but not a full size tub.  It was perfect for me, even when I spent a lot of Saturday afternoon in the room, trying to rest my legs for the race.

You also couldn't beat the location.  There is a Walgreens two blocks down on Sutter, which helped with my packing a little bit.  I knew I could buy some liquids from there, so I didn't pack sunscreen or Icy Hot.  I was able to get those there and not worry about cramming stuff into my carry-on liquids bag.  I got breakfast there Saturday to have Sunday morning before the race.  Even though breakfast is complimentary at the hotel, I needed to be eating before 7am to make sure I ate enough, and it was digested in time for the race.

The hotel's also two blocks from Powell Street, which has two Cable Car lines running: The Powell-Market Line, and the Powell-Hyde Line.  Union Square is on Powell, a couple blocks south of Sutter.  I even walked along Sutter to Montgomery to get to the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop location on New Montgomery and Market.  The one place I didn't get to is Chinatown.  It's close to the hotel, and I would've gone if I had another day before flying home.

There are lots of places to eat, including the White Horse Pub next door.  Starbucks is across the street from Walgreens, and there are small restaurants and diners all along Sutter, and neighboring streets.  I ate at the White Horse Pub my first evening there since I was exhausted, and it was easy since there's an adjoining door from the lobby to the pub.

Overall, I'm very happy with the hotel.  There are some cities that are super expensive, but if you do some research, you'll find some very nice, smaller hotels.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Bay to Breakers Recap

This was my first 12k race, and when I signed up for it back in December, I was really excited, because I was going to San Francisco.  Destination races are always fun.  This is going to be a long post...

When I chose my hotel, I was looking for something that would be close to the starting line so I wouldn't have to worry about walking too far, or worry about public transportation.  I spent all of Saturday afternoon at the hotel, watching the Star Wars prequels marathon TNT was showing.  I carbo-loaded from Uncle Vito's, which is a pizza place up the street from the hotel.  I was ready for the race.

The walk down to the corrals was only about 15 minutes, and though there weren't any runners from my hotel, there were already runners on their way down.  I kind of figured, and once I reached Market Street, there were a lot more runners.  The corrals were spread out, and there were signs showing how to get to each corral, and volunteers pointing the way.  I was in corral D, and had to access it from Embarcadero.  When I rounded the corner, I saw the Bay Bridge right in front of me.

I'd made it without seeing any naked runners, but that ended when I entered my corral, and there was a naked man, wearing a Kim Jong Un mask.  OK, no big deal.  I was behind him, and was only seeing his butt.  But he turned around.

Spoiler alert, there were a lot of naked men on the course, most of which were walking.  I passed two topless women, and one naked woman, and the rest were naked men.  Other runners would want to take pictures with the naked people, like some sort of twisted Disney character stop.  One guy I saw was even wearing the Goofy hat with ears (and that was all he was wearing!!).

I distracted myself by applying the sunscreen I'd bought at Walgreens.  I bought one of those travel size tubes so I could carry it in my running belt.  The sun was kind of behind clouds, and I figured once I got on the course, there wouldn't be much shade.

I had hit up the portapotties before heading to my corral, but this is the first knock I'll give the organizers.  Once I was in my corral, there weren't any close portapotties that I could see.  I ended up having to go before we started, which was delayed due to the HUGE corral in front of us.  If a corral is going to be that big, it should be cut in half.  The first thing I needed to do was find a pit stop on the course, which came after the first mile marker.  I paused my Garmin so I could get an accurate running time, and I spent about 15 minutes in line.  I know costumes are fun, but when you're waiting at portapotties behind runners in costume, it slows down the process.  But I had to go.

Once I did, I felt SOOO much better.  I started my watch again and continued during the race.

I was not a fan of the first half of the course.  Most races space out and I can find a groove, but I was constantly weaving around groups of walkers through the entire course.  I have an extra quarter mile on my Garmin due to all the weaving I was doing.  The course was congested with other portapotty stops where the lines were spilling onto the course, participants would cut all the way across the course to see entertainment (or naked guys), and city residents would cut across 2 inches in front me, right on the course.  It was so chaotic, and I was getting pretty cranky.  The first couple miles weren't that scenic either.

Things finally spread out after I crested Hayes Hill.  That hill was no joke.  I was running as much as I could at the base to make up the time spent waiting for the portapotty, but I had to stick to walking once I started climbing the hill.  My calves were killing me by the time I reached the top, or what I thought was the top.  There was actually one more section before I could start heading down hill.  From there, the course is downhill as we spent the rest of the time getting back to sea level to finish on the beach.  Thankfully, the residents weren't cutting across the course anymore, and when we entered Golden Gate Park, I had a lot more room to weave around more groups of walkers.

My knee did start to twinge before mile 4, and I'm not surprised.  That hill was quite something, and now I was heading downhill.  My intervals let me keep going, and I was so focused on how my knee was doing for each interval, I completely forgot to eat my Sports Beans!  Oops.  I actually didn't feel like I needed them, and only realized I'd forgotten about them when I was done with the race.  Despite my knee, I was feeling really strong during my running intervals, and at one point I looked at my Garmin and it said my run pace was 9:20.  When I finally calculated my splits, I saw I negative split the course!  Miles 5-7 were my fastest, with 6 being the fastest of those 3.

We weren't getting much of a breeze running through the park, and I was using my water bottle to cool me off a little bit.  I didn't feel like I was sweating much, but it was perfect weather in the 50s.  It took me until halfway through the course to take off my throwaway shirt, but I held on to it.  The race only offered gear check to VIP runners (runners who spent more $$$ on the VIP package).  Another knock on the race.  I'm glad I held onto it because once we popped out on the road to the finish line, the brisk breeze hit again since we were at the beach.  I finished strong across the finish line, and got my medal, water, and half banana.

All I wanted to do was sit at this point, but the finish line area was so congested (a theme TBH), I headed straight to the shuttles to get back to the start line.  I'd purchased my ticket when I registered, which they printed on my bib, for the Express Downtown shuttle.  Once I sat, I realized I had been sweating, and I felt disgusting.  I was also hungry, and tired.  Once the shuttle dropped us off, I stopped by McDonald's for lunch on my way back to the hotel.  That fat and grease sounded amazing, and it was.  I horked down my lunch before getting in the shower.  After I napped for about 30 minutes, I headed to Ghirardelli to get my post-race treat.  Going downhill was quite a challenge on my IT band, but it was worth it.  Once I got back to my hotel, I napped for another hour.

It hasn't been easy sorting through how I feel about this race.  I don't regret doing it, but I didn't have as much fun as I thought I would.  After decompressing, I realized I'm not disappointed in my effort, especially since my last miles were my fastest.  I did the best I could under the circumstances.  I'm disappointed in the race itself.  I don't mind parties, I don't mind people wanting to walk races, but when I spend the entire time weaving around walking groups, I get frustrated.  A 12k is 7.45 miles, and I did 7.69 miles.  I was also shocked this race didn't offer gear check for all runners.  Every big race I've done has offered gear check.

The trip itself was enjoyable, and much needed to recharge.  It also feels good to have the race done with, and I can be lazy for a few weeks while I recover.  Allie's happy that I'm home.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Monday Musings 5/28

Happy Memorial Day.  How has the weekend been for y'all?

This was a much needed 3-day weekend.  I know I just took vacation, but a race weekend in a different city isn't the most relaxing.  It was good to get away from work, and I was able to not only get caught up on what I missed, but get stuff done too.  Now this 3-day weekend was a good way to relax and do some errands I wanted to do.  My parents invited me up to their house, but my throat and ears were indicating I might've been coming down with something, and since they're recovering from ick, I didn't want to risk anything.  Some family we are, right?

I signed up for my next race on Friday, and I'm going with the Boulder Rez 10k in October.  It's a small field, and I'm hoping to have a good training cycle and race.  My dad said he may decide to do the half marathon.  It's a combo of dirt trails and paved roads, and the 10k is one big loop around the Boulder Reservoir.

Saturday was the first easy day.  I didn't sleep in, but I took my time getting out of bed.  The first thing I wanted to do this weekend was get flowers for the two front sections.  I have a covered porch, and a non-covered patio, so I needed flowers that thrive in shade, and then in sun.  I think I got it all covered, and I got a bird bath too.  It's a smaller one, and I put it at Allie level, hoping to give her some entertainment with birds this summer.  I got impatiens and begonias for the shady section, and snap dragons for the sunny patio.  Right now I have to harden the flowers so they slowly get used to the elements.  The woman I talked to at the plant nursery said these are spoiled flowers, and I need to be careful with hardening them.

For non-gardners, hardening means taking plants from a greenhouse environment and slowly acclimating them to the outside.  You start with a couple hours outside, and slowly increase the time over about a week, until they're used to it and you can have them outside full time.  If you don't harden them, you'll shock them and they'll die.

I almost got a decorative stone that said "the head of this household has a tail" but I didn't.  I'm still thinking about it, and will probably go get it next weekend, after pay day :)

I put the begonias and impatiens in the pots and soil I bought, but I'm waiting on the snap dragons.  I have a couple big pots to put them in, which would make taking them inside and outside difficult.  Once they're hardened, they'll get their new home.

The rest of the day was watching a Home Improvement marathon on TV (those kids were so young, and those 90s fashions!).

Sunday was more spreading errands out.  I went down to Sprouts to get peaches, and it's almost season for the Palisade peaches.  I can't wait!  When I pulled into the parking lot, I saw a family of geese with their babies!  I think there were about 5 goslings.  I took some pictures but made sure to not get close.  Adult geese are always very aware of any threat when they have their goslings around.

After lunch, I headed out to Runners Roost to get a new pair of running shoes.  They didn't have my size, and they're transferring up a pair from the Denver store.  Then I went to Michaels to get a couple adult coloring books, colored pencils, and a sharpener.  I've been under a lot of stress this spring, and it's affecting my anxiety levels.  My mom said I need to get a hobby to channel that stress, and I'm starting with this.  Then I went to the liquor store to get a bottle of wine.  I was grilling for the first time ever, and wanted a wine to go with the steak.  Fess Parker makes a Frontier red blend that's pretty good.

I'm trying to come up with something fun to do tomorrow.  I'm a few movies behind, so I may go see Avengers.  If everyone is going to see either Deadpool 2 or Solo, I should be able to get a good seat at Avengers.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, May 25, 2018

San Francisco Adventures

I'm sorting through the race and how I feel about it.  For now, I'm happy I did it, I went the furthest I've gone since 2014, and it's so good to get some rest now.

When I flew into San Francisco, I checked into the hotel and stayed there Friday night.  It was a long day of travel, and I get exhausted after flying.  All the tense feelings and anxiety drain me of any energy.  I had dinner at the pub next door, and really tried to stay awake long enough so I wouldn't be up too early.  I did wake up at 4, so I peeked at the royal wedding, and the Duchess of Sussex's dress. She was gorgeous!  After trying to get back to sleep, and failing, I had breakfast at 7, and hopped on the Cable Car stop two blocks from my hotel.

1) It's $7 one way on a Cable Car, and since my hotel was two blocks from Powell Street, I caught the Powell-Market line, and rode it all the way to the end of its line, at Bay and Taylor.  Since the expo was at Pier 35, I wanted to spend time at Fisherman's Wharf before it opened, and get out of the hotel for the morning.  My plan was to get off my feet after lunch and preserve my legs for the race.  Once the Cable Car reached the end of the line, there was a Starbucks (score!), and since I needed tea and a little bit more food, I stopped in before heading up to the Piers.

2) First up was walking by the Boudin Factory, which smelled wonderful!  Since they bake their sourdough bread all day, I could stand outside all day.  I knew I would head back once they were open, and have lunch there.  They are quite a San Francisco treat.

3) The major stop of the morning was by Pier 39 to see the sea lions.  I know I saw them 3 years ago during my last visit, but they are always worth a stop.  You can certainly hear them before you get to the pier.  They hang out on the docks, and San Francisco has many signs saying not to disturb them.  They are welcomed residents along the pier, and Pier 39 provides them plenty of safety from the sharks in San Francisco Bay.

4) It was quite breezy, and it was nice to reach the expo, if anything to get out of the wind.  The expo wasn't big, but I walked around to warm up a little bit.  First up was the bib pickup, followed by the shirt pickup, and then official merchandise.  I wanted a shirt since my race shirts are going to end up in a shirt quilt.  The back of the shirt I bought has all the streets of the race course.  I visited some vendors, and I won a water bottle.  After having some sample Nuun, I decided to head back to Fisherman's Warf and to Boudin.

5) Even though it was still early, and just past 10, I decided to get lunch because I was hungry.  I got their rustic tomato soup, and grilled cheese.  I wanted to buy bread, but I didn't have anything to store it in and keep it fresh.  At least they have an online store, so I can order bread to be delivered.  After lunch, I decided to head back to the hotel, and even though I had been planning on a taxi ride, I decided to head back to the Powell-Market line since it's a little removed from the Warf, and see how busy it was.  It wasn't busy at all, and not only was I able to get on a Car right away, it was the same crew from my trip up to the Warf!  I picked up more food from Starbucks since lunch had been early, and I headed back to my hotel to rest for the race.

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