Tuesday, February 27, 2018

My February

It's time to sum up the month.  It was a mix if sharpening my base, a mini break due to work, and then training began.  It's been a weird month, and I was exhausted this past weekend.  It was a tough month at work, with changes and adjustments, and then the weather hasn't helped.  I would've loved a 3-day weekend this week, but I have vacation coming up at the end of March.  I just need to make it there.

So far, my mileage is a little short compared to January, but I do have a 3-mile run today.  I hope I can push through whatever barrier I have to get to 3 miles.  I did 3 miles twice in February, and both were a challenge.  I don't know if it's the treadmill, or something mental, or that I'm not quite at my natural stride on the treadmill.  I'm really looking forward to this weekend because right now, the forecast shows 57 on Saturday!  Oh please please please stay that temp.  I ended up doing everything inside this past weekend because the wind was insane.

My main focus again was strength training.  After that one spot flared up on my hamstring, I've incorporated a day of just hamstring exercises.  Other days are a combo of lower body, and then Pure Barre is total body.  I've been biking more since getting my recumbent bike, and my routine feels good.  I can definitely keep at it during training.

I also bought new gear.  I haven't tested out my new sports bras yet, but I will this week.  I wanted to wash them first.  New gear always makes training fun.  Since I have new sports bras now, I can see how much my older ones have stretched.  They still work great, but the new ones seem smaller, and yet they fit so well.

The last is a side note.  I don't do Lent, and I'm not religious, but the timing worked out well.  I finally had enough of Twitter and the political minefields, so I de-activated my account.  After 30 straight days of not logging in, my account will be deleted.  It's definitely been hard, but I found I wasn't really posting lately, and I'd go a whole day without logging in.  Might as well cut the cord.  Y'all can still follow along on Instagram :)

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Monday Musings 2/26

3 more days in February, can you believe that?  I'm kind of happy because we've gotten quite a bit of snow this month, but March also brings a lot of snow.  But maybe it'll be warmer?  February brought the winds, and it never seemed a good time to head out for a run.  It was a frustrating month too, and I almost had another panic attack.  I then found out Allegra can exacerbate anxiety and depression, and I'm not taking those anymore!  They're now in the trash.

I hope those who did the Princess weekend had a lot of fun.  I may have pitched the idea to my mom since she's retiring in May, that we have a ladies' weekend at Princess next year.  My dad has to work, so he'll take care of the cats.  Ha!  I'm looking at pedicures and massages, Disney Springs should be opening a wine bar this spring, and of course, Harry Potter World.  If anyone would understand my geeking out, it's my mom.

Anyone do other races this weekend?  Gasperilla or Cowtown?

Training also started this week.  I got my miles done on Tuesday and Thursday, even when I left work late on Thursday.  I wouldn't have felt good skipping so early, and it was only 2 miles.  I also knew with my anxiety going higher, a run would feel really nice.  Dinner was heated up in the microwave, so I knew I had time.  I'm still playing around with my playlist for San Francisco, but on Friday I was listening to RENT, and La Vie Boheme fits San Fran, don't you think?  It can be a strange city.

Two miles still seems a challenge, and it is frustrating since I know I have to push my mileage now.  It doesn't feel like a rut, but I did feel I had better fitness this time last year.  The only thing to do is to keep pushing.

The last thing I did this weekend was buy A Wrinkle in Time.  I was taking my car in for an oil change, and I wanted something to read.  Since the movie's coming out, there's been some talk, and I never finished the book when I tried to read it in elementary school.  I didn't understand it, and it was hard to follow.  Now I'm following it, but I'm not sure I like it.  It's easy enough to read though, and I'll finish it out.

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


Monday: 5.3 miles bike; yoga for hips

Tuesday: 2 miles; yoga and meditation for anxiety

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs; yoga for deep stretch

Thursday: 2 miles, PT exercises, 45 minutes yoga

Friday: rest

Saturday: 2 miles, hamstring exercises

Sunday: 5.5 miles bike, Pure Barre

Friday, February 23, 2018

5 Princess Memories

This is Princess Weekend at WDW, and it also marks 6 years from when I participated in 2012.  Where has the time gone?  (I swear I'm asking that question more and more).

1) Eek!  First half marathon.  The majority of my training was spent on the treadmill, since Texas weather is just awful most of the year.  I did my 10 and 11-mile runs on the treadmill.

2) My family made it a family affair, with my dad and I running the half, and my mom running the 5k. 

3) It's right before the Flower and Garden festival.  Most of the topiaries are in place, which makes walking around EPCOT a lot of fun.

4) This was also the most fun I've had during a half marathon.  There was no pressure, no time goal, no nothing.  All I wanted was to finish upright.

5) The bling.  My very first big time bling.

I get nostalgic every Princess weekend, and now I want to try to get back there next year.  February's been gloomy here, with a lot of snow, and my seasonal depression.  I want sunshine and warmth.  I swear, it was warmer last February than this year has been.

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My Home Gym

Many of my readers have asked in the comments to make a post about my at-home gym, once it was all completed.  Since I bought brand-new ankle weights this past weekend, I believe I have everything that I need.  There will probably be some purchases down the road, but the main purchases are done.  The small things were collected over the years, but the two big cardio machines completed the home gym.

Dumbbells ranging from 2 pounds for Pure Barre, going all the way up to 25 pounds.

Weight rack:
Purchased at Dick's.  I didn't like how all the weights were on the floor, and my OCD kicked in.  I wanted them organized.

Resistance bands:
Two from my chiropractor, one from Pure Barre.

Balance disc:
I have tight calves, but also weak calves.  My balance is shot to hell, but I can at least work on that and calf strength at the same time.

Fitness steps and platform:
I have two pairs of flat steps, plus one of tilted steps to make this a weight bench.  It also works for hamstring curls.

Stability ball:
I use this mainly for core work.

Ankle weights:
From Gold's Gym.

Treadmill: Sole F80
The first big purchase, made with some inheritance.  It's a pretty solid treadmill, though the one thing I'm annoyed with is it doesn't speed up and slow down right away.  There's a lag period of a few seconds.

Recumbent bike:
The last big piece.  Now I've cancelled my gym membership since I was only going to bike.

Workout DVDs

I might go for a kettlebell, but I'll wait and see about that.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Monday Musings 2/19

Happy Monday.  Maybe a snowy Monday.  It was 66 degrees on Sunday, and now we're expecting up to 10 inches of snow.  I would love to have a weekend with good weather without the wind.

I just want to get outside for a run.  I don't think my hamstring is enjoying all the time on the treadmill.  It's right in the middle, somewhere in the muscle.  I want to get outside, please!

So, I have to confess, my brain is still very much on signing up for the Princess 5k and 10k for next year, and I may have hatched a costume idea.  I know it all hangs on me actually being able to register, but you know Disney runners and costumes.  I was biking Thursday after I got home from work, and decided to have some fun with the music, and I listened to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella from 1965.  You know, "The prince is giving a ball!"  I've watched this production my entire life.  I know it's not Disney, but there are still quite a few costume ideas to come from this movie.  And of course I had to watch it this weekend.

Needless to say, I have a costume idea, and I already have two pieces in my running wardrobe, so it would just be a matter of getting the rest.

Today marks the official start of training.  Since I took a mini-break last week, I did 2 miles Saturday, and then I tackled my hamstrings.  I did hamstring curls with my ankle weights, the deadlift, the single-left deadlift, bridges, single-leg bridges, and standing hamstring curl.  Any other exercises?  I also did side lunges since those always kill, and the trouble spot is kind of near the inner thigh.  I'm trying to come at it from all angles.

Since I mentioned the ankle weights, I bought a new pair this weekend.  I'd gotten rid of the other pair since they were old, and one of the sand bags was leaking.  With those two factors, I didn't want to move them, so I threw them out.  Now I have a new pair :)

I got those at Walmart, from the Gold's Gym line, and look what else I got at Walmart:

My parents helped me go through my first stash, and I wanted more boxes.  I never seem to get enough boxes of the peanut butter sandwich cookies.  When I pulled into the Walmart parking lot, I saw a Girl Scout group was set up outside.  Score!

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Five Goals for Bay to Breakers Training

Sorry for the no-post for Tuesdays on the Run.  I'm not a Valentine's Day fan at all, but I also had two major all-day training sessions at work.  I normally work 7:15ish to 3:45ish, depending on when I step foot in my office, and I was at work well past that on Tuesday and Wednesday.  That does mean I can shorten my work day today, but long days at work are tough.  That also meant I had to shift my chiropractor appointment to Monday afternoon, and when I got home, I just wanted to relax and not write anything for Tuesday.

The upside is I used those days as a mini-break before training starts on Monday.  Yup, training is here.  I will admit, I still want to lounge around and take it easy.

1) I made sure I got to my chiro's this week.  I was definitely "off" and my chiropractor did some work to put me back in alignment.  I decided not to push things this week, with work, and I'm trying to go into training with a fresh start.

2) I have to focus on my calves during my training, and that's where the Rock Tape comes in.  I've been building my base without any of it because quite frankly, it's nice just to run without tape or compression sleeves.  That will have to change since I'll be training, and doing hill work.

3) I'm focusing on my low back too, and found a great yoga pose to help stretch it out.  Ever tried Plow?  It seems to be targeting what I need it to, so I'm trying to get it more into my routine.

4) Speaking of yoga, since it's in my routine, I need to make sure I'm still doing it during training.  I'm liking the stress relief, calming the nerves, stretching out yoga.  It's good to reset at the end of the day, and I have to keep doing it.  Right now I just want to watch the Olympics in the evening, but I also need to take care of myself.

5) I'm thisclose to splurging on a couple more sports bras.  I know the rule of thumb is replace them after one year, but when they're still working, I don't know... 7 years after being purchased, I don't think I need to.  But 7 years is a long time, and I'd say I've gotten my money's worth, right?

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

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Monday Musings 2/12

Happy Monday.  We got snow on Saturday, after fog on Friday, so my weekend was a bit lazy.  I did do 5k on my treadmill, and then strength training and biking on Sunday.  I had all 3 family cats this weekend, so we all took it easy on Saturday.  I ran to Sprouts early Saturday morning before the snow hit.  We got maybe 2-3 inches, but it snowed most of the day, and it was cold.  It was 14 at some point, and didn't get much warmer.  I knew I wanted to make soup or stew going into the weekend, and I ended up making the Run Fast Eat Slow flu fighting chicken and rice stew.  There's a crockpot option, so I cooked it on high for four hours.

So far, I haven't come across a recipe from RFES that I haven't liked.  They've all been pretty good.

I think the weather then was great for watching some Winter Olympics.  I was ready to strangle NBC since they kept talking through the entire opening ceremonies Friday night.  Just let me enjoy the grandeur in silence.  At least I can watch during the day.  So far I've watched the US women's hockey team, some biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, and snowboarding.  Through all that, team USA has gotten 2 medals.

What I was excited about was doing both my cardio workouts in my new shoes.  Since I just head downstairs, I could get my new shoes out without getting them dirty.  They were a little bit sticky on the treadmill, but it was so nice having brand new cushion on my feet.  And I have another edition to my home gym: steps.  The kit has a platform top with two steps for each side to have a weight bench, and then two angle steps to have the bench at an incline.  I might get another set of steps to raise it higher, but I can start doing hamstring curls since my right hamstring seems to be a bit stubborn at the moment.  The last purchase I know I want is ankle weights.

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

5 Yogis I Follow

Ever since I started doing yoga to control my stress issues last November, I've tried to be good and do yoga on a daily basis.  I fell off the wagon just a little bit over my Christmas vacation, and I certainly felt all those stress issues.  Now, I feel like I have this in my routine, and will do yoga around 8:30 each evening to get ready for bed.  Whether I'm doing stress relief or a good stretching session, I get away from my phone and social media, and can think about sleep.

Here are the 5 instructors I've been following:

1) Ashley Turner - I've had this DVD for years, and only did it on occasion.  Now it's been my go-to for stress release.  It also has a good stretching session too.

2) Yoga for Adrienne - I'm definitely taking advantage of Youtube with this.  Adrienne has a number of routines for anxiety, stress, or just calming the nerves.

3) Rodney Yee - not necessarily for stress, but he has some good flowing yoga routines.

4) Five Parks Yoga - this is one of the newer lists I've been working on.  My hips felt quite tight after my run on Tuesday, and I used this video to help loosen them up.  I have to say they felt much better in the morning.

5) Nadia Narain - this is my most recent purchase, as in, it came yesterday (Wednesday).  Tonight was the first time I got to try one of the programs.  There are 3 programs, and I can't wait to try the other two.

As with my running, I've realized the challenging poses aren't for me, but there are other types of yoga I can do.

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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Coming Up on Training

Is it safe to come out now that the Super Bowl is over?  I didn't watch a single second, and stuck with movies and TV shows.  Starz had Walk the Line, Freeform had Snow White for its 80th anniversary, and then PBS had Victoria for its Sunday showing. 

I'm staring down the barrel of training, and I almost can't believe it.  I feel like I just bought my 2018 planner and wrote down my training plan.  Training starts in 2 weeks, and I don't feel ready.  After I spent half of January shaking the rust off, I feel like I need more time to just be.  Have a little bit more fun and take it easy before reality hits. I have been prepping though.

New shoes: check
More Nuun: check
More Rocktape: check

Those are the 3 most important things right now.  I have to have Nuun after a good workout, otherwise I get a killer headache.  I forgot about that a couple weeks ago, and it wasn't pleasant.  I sweated out those nutrients and my head ached.

I have everything except energy chews, but I won't get there until maybe 5 miles.  I use Sports Beans because they come in a resealable bag, and it's small.  I can tuck that bag into my running belt and it doesn't take up that much room.  The trick will be fueling after those runs.  My stomach gets jostled during a run, and I need to wait for it to calm down before I can eat anything.  I need to get some good snacks for when the hunger hits.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Monday Musings 2/5

It's Monday, and it's my mom's birthday.  Happy birthday Mom!!

How was everyone's weekend?  I actually ended up doing a bit of shopping this weekend.  After thinking about new shoes, I sprung for them early, even though I haven't filed my tax return yet.  My current shoes are still going strong, but it'll be good to have another pair in the rotation.  Actually, it'll be good to have a rotation.  I usually don't have more than one pair.  There's a great local store in Golden where I got the shoes, and they have all kinds of Oiselle gear.  I had to remember I was only there for shoes and Nuun.

My Girl Scout cookies were delivered Saturday as well.  Maybe it's a good thing I got a new pair of shoes.  Some of the boxes are for my mom, so I have those in the freezer to keep until she picks them up.  So I have 1 box of peanut butter sandwich cookies (which I've already opened), two boxes of thin mints, and 3 boxes of Savannah smiles.  Those are my favorite.

The rest of Saturday was spent doing my run, and finishing the book I was reading.  I got to 3 miles for the first time since Vegas, and the last half mile hurt.  Mentally I wanted to stop at 2.5, but I want to get to 3, and I forced myself to do it.  Hopefully now I can get to that distance easily in training.

Sunday was cold!  I woke up and it was 14 degrees and snowing!  We didn't get any accumulation, but the system seems stuck over us.  My weather apps kept showing it was going to move on and give us sunshine.  We didn't get sun until 1:30, maybe.  I got my errands done, including getting the shirt I wanted from Dick's Sporting Goods, and made sure I got soup for lunch.  Soup always tastes great when it's that cold out.

My Sunday workouts were biking 20 minutes, and then Pure Barre, with my own core work.  Hopefully I'll have done a good job with my muscle strength for all the hill work I need to do with training.

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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Five

Today's topic is healthy foods, but I don't think I can write about that since I have Girl Scout cookies on their way.  According to the tracking #, they're in Denver :)

I will say one thing about healthy foods though... I've started swapping out chips for extra fruit and nuts in my weekday lunches.  This week it's been strawberries and pecans, but I'll need other ideas to keep things from getting boring.

Randoms from the week:

I got my W-2 form, and after going through the process, I have a refund due.  That was a nice surprise.  I expected to owe money.  I won't file for a little bit, but being a runner, I automatically thought about new running shoes.  I got my current ones halfway through training for Vegas, and will be due for another pair since I do a no-no and wear my running shoes everywhere.

I found out my chiropractor sells Rock Tape, and I bought two boxes.  I decided to go with my college colors, just to have a little fun. Training starts 2 weeks from Monday, if I can believe that.  Where did January go?

Happy Groundhog Day!  Phil saw his shadow, so six more weeks of winter.  Does anybody else like the movie?  I saw this morning that Starz Classic is showing the movie on repeat, all day.  I know what I'm watching when I get home.

I've decided to wear my running vest to work today.  I haven't had a chance to test it out on a run just yet.  I asked for it, as a great gift idea, and now I don't know when I get it out on its first run.  I'm waiting for that perfect day.

And last one, I will NOT be watching the Super Bowl.  I may say it every year, but I haven't watched it since 2011.  I haven't watched football in years.  Last year I watched Robin Hood: Men in Tights instead of the game.  I haven't decided what I'm going to watch, but I will check PBS to see if they're showing Victoria.  Who knows what other networks do with the game on.

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