Sunday, September 30, 2018

Monday Musings 10/1

Welcome to October, and it's the first day of my new job! 

The past week was all about taking it easy while I taper for my race, and finish up training people at my previous job to take over my tasks.  Good thing it was taper since some of those days I was tired when I got home.

This weekend was busy too.  Since I'm now no longer working in Boulder, I need to switch banks since there's no Bank of America in my area.  So I adulted pretty hard and opened up a new checking and savings with a new bank that has locations near my home and where I'll be working.  Now I just need to work on transferring my money.  I also decided to do it now since I'll be filling out new payroll paperwork, and I can have them direct deposit into my new account.  After that I stocked up on potting soil, and I got my hair cut.

Saturday afternoon was spent potting my tulip bulbs, finishing up rotating out my summer flowers, and get some decorations out for Halloween.  This is the first time I've done anything with tulip bulbs and I hope I did it right.  I bought 4 different colors and my patio should be pretty come March/April.  In the meantime, I'll move the pots into my garage for the winter.

I spent the rest of the afternoon doing a little bit of lower body strength training, and some scrapbooking.  I wanted to re-do a couple pages, and I really like the Juneau page a lot more now.

I finished up Saturday by making an apple pie :)

Sunday I met up with some Oiselle ladies and did a run in Boulder, then brunch after.  It's been chilly this weekend, and I had to turn on my heat Friday evening.  This meant Sunday's weather was perfect for running.  I did have to layer, and it did start misting a little bit during my run.  But it was also one of those runs where I could've kept running.  I'm hoping I can feel that way for my race next Sunday.  We then went to the south side Walnut Cafe in Boulder, and since it was chilly, and I'd been sweating, I needed something warm to drink.  I had my first hot chocolate of the season, and it was delicious!

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Five: Last Day

Today is my last day at CU.  I'm super excited to start my new job on Monday!  I may not have officially announced where I'm going, and since I passed the background check and filled out the HR paperwork, I'll be a senior accountant at Vail Resorts headquarters.  It's half the distance from my work, AND I'm keeping my chiropractor and other doctors in Boulder.  The others are my dermatologist and eye doctor.  Since I see them once a year, I've decided to keep them too.  I'll figure out a schedule to see my chiropractor, and right now I think a lunch break appointment will be good.

This past week was super busy since I needed to wrap up some supervisor stuff, and train people to take over my tasks.  I want these to be transitioned without many hiccups.  I am a little nervous about starting a new job, and it's fun to look forward to as well.  I hope my new coworkers like Halloween, because once I know my working space, I'm bringing in decorations, including the bats I posted on Monday.

Other exciting stuff this week:

runDisney released the medal designs for Marathon Weekend, which means the next round is Princess.  The downside is they didn't release the medals until close to Christmas last year.  I have to wait that long??  The fun part of this release is Oswald is on the 5k medal.  My inner Disney nerd was freaking out.

The other news is I bought new running shoes.  During my Tuesday run, I felt my current shoes were lacking some padding.  Now the question is do I wear the new ones to my race?  I'm using them for my runs now, and I'll make the decision before race day.  The guy at the store said NB is very consistent from model to model, which I like.  The 860s are part of their core collection, and the only change this year is to the upper lacing area.

I saw my chiropractor this week, which was much needed.  Just like Alaska, I went 3 weeks between appointments.  She said things were looking good and did some minor adjustments.  Now it's only 9 days until my race!

And I bought Run Fast.  Cook Fast.  Eat Slow. last week, and it was delivered Wednesday afternoon.  There are some recipes from the last book, with variations, and most are new.  It's always fun to get new recipes to test out, and I'm already planning to try a couple this weekend.

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

TOTR: Turkey Trots

Since a cold front came through yesterday, I woke up to 44 degrees and it feels like fall!  It got me thinking about turkey trots, and since I just signed up for one the weekend before Thanksgiving, I'll write about it.

I've done turkey trots both on Thanksgiving day, and the weekend before.  Last year I did RnR Las Vegas two weeks before Thanksgiving, so I considered that my workout.  The Thanksgiving turkey trot was in 2012, when I was back in Massachusetts visiting my parents.  This one was fun since I saw a lot of people I hadn't seen since high school.  My mom and I did the 5k together, and my dad did the 5-miler. 

In 2015, my cousin and I signed up for a pumpkin spice series out in Fort Worth.  I did the 5k and she did the 15k.  This was when I was battling my ITBS, which always acted up no matter what I did.  That wasn't going to stop me though.  The wind was crazy at this race, and I felt a little frozen when I got home.  No matter, I got the race done, and no worries getting something in on Thanksgiving morning.

While both turkey trots are fun, I have to say I felt much more relaxed doing the race the weekend before.  Even when my friends and I did Thanksgiving potluck style, knowing I had to get stuff done and then head over to their house put pressure on the morning.  After getting up early every day for work, I wanted to sleep in Thanksgiving morning and worry about getting out the door for a run.

I have noticed there's been an increase in the number of races around Thanksgiving, either the weekend before or after.  Which do y'all prefer?

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Monday Musings 9/24

Welcome to fall!  It's tough to be back on the Front Range and going to work.  It is my last week at CU, and I can't wait to start my new job.  I'm itching to update my LinkedIn profile.  How adult is that?

Now that I'm back from vacation, it's time to start decorating for fall, and then Halloween.  

The fall colors were incredible up at Grand Lake, and when the cold front came through, high temps were in the 60s, the sun's angle definitely shifted, and the shadows were getting long.  It really felt like fall.  My mom and I worked on my t-shirt quilt, did some Alaska scrapbooking, and I generally relaxed with some workouts thrown in.  Working out up there is no joke, and I was huffing and puffing through most of it.  I did two runs, 2 miles and 2.5 miles, since that's all I could manage.  My lungs were on fire!

We also had some fun at the quilt shop my mom shops at.  It's fall, so there are some really fun patterns out there.  The bats above is one the owner can't keep in stock, no matter how many she orders.  They will definitely be coming to work with me.  Since I start Oct. 1, I need Halloween decorations.

I saw some great wildlife too.  We went into RMNP park Monday evening to see the elk bulging.  Really, it's a squeak.  I think Mother Nature had a little too much when she created the elk.  It's this majestic looking animal, and the male whistles through his back teeth to make this squeaking sound.  We heard it all over as the males were calling to all the females in the park to join their herds.

I also saw the family of foxes in my parents' neighborhood, a bald eagle, pronghorn, and the ground squirrels.  The ground squirrels are what keep the foxes around.  The foxes have picked off the bigger, less agile adults throughout the summer.

Two weeks from today is my next 10k!  While this wasn't exactly altitude training, it was good to relax and start my taper period on vacation.

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Making a T-Shirt Quilt

My mom quilts, and I started thinking of making my race t-shirts into a quilt.  The only one I was wearing was my Tinker Bell 10k shirt, and the others were in a pile in my closet.  I'd been looking at the companies that compile and make the quilts, which started the idea.  When I mentioned it to my mom, she said she could do it.  OK then!

First up was the layout.  We bought a t-shirt quilt book that had different layouts, and it was fun looking through it.  I wasn't sure I wanted the standard square panels, and the layout that stood out was a collage style.  Most t-shirt logos are different sizes, and the collage style made it look really fun.  I also had different size shirts, between unisex cotton shirts, and different ranges with the women's cuts.

(There really is no standard is there?)

I had 16 panels and I decided to make the 4 half marathons the corners.

4 half marathons - Princess half, Dallas half, Eugene half, WDW half
4 5Ks - Mickeys 5k, Trick or Trek 5k, Showdown 5k, Color Run
3 10Ks - Tinkerbell, BolderBoulder, RnR Las Vegas
1 12K - Bay to Breakers
1 Bay to Breakers shirt with the streets on the back
1 I did it shirt with both front and back
1 volunteer shirt from RnR Denver

We also cut out the major sponsors from the back, and used the sleeve panels with the sponsors.  Since the logos were different sizes, these fillers went into the gaps between shirts for more pops of color.

I had thought about waiting until after the Boulder Rez 10K to use that shirt, but there wasn't room!  I'll start collecting shirts again with my next races.  I've picked out the fabric too for the back and borders.  Now all that's left is for my mom to piece it together.

Speaking of which, I signed up for a 5k the weekend before Thanksgiving.  They don't give out shirts either, it's hats! 

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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Monday Musings 9/17

I'm still blogging a little bit up here, and there's big news on my front.  Right before heading up to Grand Lake for the week, I was offered a new job!  I've mentioned how my current job had gotten very frustrating and things weren't going well at all.  Someone told me in June maybe it was time to admit this job wasn't a good fit for me, and I should look for one that is.  I wasn't ready to completely admit it, but I did start looking at job boards in June, and I finally admitted it in July and started applying.  It's all pending the background check, which should be very boring. 

Some other news is New Balance finally released version 9 of the shoe I use.  I saw it last week scrolling through my phone, and tried to get a pair before leaving town.  I went to the big running store in Boulder, and they didn't have the new versions yet.  I have been tracking New Balance all summer, and the shoes must've been released just last week.  So new the stores don't have them!  No worries.  I was just so excited that the new version is out, with some nice color schemes.  Isn't that what all runners look for in shoes?

I have managed to suffer through a two mile run, at 8100 feet.  OMG.  I hadn't run since my 6-miler, and I'd only been in Grand Lake for one full day, plus Friday evening.  My lungs were burning and my heart felt like it was pounding out of my chest!  I had kind of been looking at the Steamboat 10k for something new, and maybe not now.  It is about 1,000 feet lower in elevation than Grand Lake, so maybe?  I don't have a plan for it as of right now.

Most of my weekend has consisted of relaxing, looking at the amazing fall colors up here, and watching the wildlife.  So far I've seen 3 white-tailed deer, one of the neighborhood foxes, the ground squirrels the foxes like, pronghorn, and a bald eagle.  I hope to get into RMNP soon to see the elk.  These are great majestic animals, and nothing but this loud squeak comes out!

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Five: I Changed My Mind

Runners... we like to change our minds, right?  I know I posted on Tuesday I was going to wait until next week, in the mountains, to do my 6 miles.  I changed my mind Tuesday :-p  This was the first time I broke up a run, and I did 4 miles, then 2 miles.  Gotta work in what I can, when I can!  I just got in a mood Tuesday after work, and with everything that's been happening, I just wanted to run.

That means I am officially in the taper period.  I'm really going to take things easy next week and let myself unwind.  If I want to workout, fine.  If not, fine.  I want to enjoy being outside and experiencing fall weather.  My mom took pictures on Tuesday of the leaves changing, and it looks gorgeous.  The elk are also starting to bugle, which officially makes it fall in the mountains.

I don't know how much time I'll be blogging, but check out IG.  I'll definitely be posting pictures there.  I moved to Colorado to have a real fall season again, and I'm going to enjoy it :)

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Change with the Seasons

Last week I posted about my fall plans, and this week is about how things will change because of fall.  So far there's not much to speak of.  We're starting another heat wave, and I'm so over the heat.  I've got fall decorations up inside the house, I'm shopping for outdoor Halloween decorations, and my fall Sweaty Bands arrived in the mail yesterday.  I'm waving good-bye to summer, as I drive up to Grand Lake this Friday.  Originally I was going to head up after my 6-miler Saturday, and now since it's going to be 90 on Saturday, I'm heading up a day early.

I want to feel that fall weather.  My mom said it was 35 in Grand Lake early yesterday morning, and I want that cool air.  Give me a few days to acclimate to the additional altitude, and I'll want to attempt my 6 miles outside up there.  Now I just need to figure out what to pack.  Layers for sure.

It really does make me think why I opted for an early fall race this year.  I should know better.  To take my mind off that, I mapped out my training for Princess.  The big factor will be the weather, and it all starts Dec. 10th.  That gives me more time than I thought to take a break after the Boulder Rez 10k.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Monday Musings 9/10

A full week to work, after last week's holiday and then taking a sick day.  It's going to be a long week, right?  On top of that, I head up to Grand Lake after my long run this coming weekend, and spending a week up there.  That means this week is really going to hurt.

I started Friday off by ordering a couple more fall/Halloween Sweaty Bands.  They had a video post on Facebook of their new designs, and I bought 2.  I bought one with black cats last year, and now this year I've ordered one with pumpkins and one with bats.  The pumpkins one is good for fall in general.  Since I was in a fall mood this weekend, I also got out my Jim Shore Tinkerbell for the season, and a quilt wall runner.

I've posted on IG that I've discovered the next cruise I want to do, and I've been looking at the excursions in the ports.  There were two cruises that caught my eye when I was on the Westerdam, one is 14 days, and the other is 7 days.  I think 14 days may be too much, and I want a couple of days in Amsterdam, either before or after the cruise.  The 7 day cruise is it!  It may seem early to be planning for a 2020 cruise, but I need a lot of time to plan, then purchase the cruise next June.  Next year's cruise for this option will be on Holland America's newest ship, the Nieuw Statendam, which just completed its sea trials.  It officially launches in December, with Oprah as godmother.  I'll have to wait and see if this is the ship for 2020.

Saturday started as a slow day, and even though the weather was perfect for running when I woke up, I just couldn't get myself going.  I was tired after breakfast, and I allowed myself time on the couch, watching TV.  I did get out to Echter's for some fall plants, and I bought tulip bulbs.  Tulips are my favorite flower, and since I'm new to this whole having plants thing, I didn't know I needed to plant bulbs last fall to have tulips this spring.  Lesson learned!  I also got some pansies and a couple of mums.  Once I got home, I finally felt like going for a run.  It was warmer than I wanted, and I managed to do my scheduled 3.  Since I was sweaty and gross from my run, I potted my new flowers and got them out in the sunshine.

The rest of Saturday was doing some quick Pure Barre for my seat, a little bit of US Open, and a trip to the grocery store.  Boy did I miss some drama by going to get food!  The rest of the evening was spent watching Victoria season 2, and almost falling asleep on the couch before 8pm.  I definitely felt like the life of the party with that move!

I'm trying something new on Sundays, and instead of a full body workout, I'm doing some core work with a couple HIIT thrown in.  Last Sunday was part 1 of Jillian Michaels' ab work, and this Sunday was part 2 of the ab work.  I'm getting work done, and I'm mostly giving my legs a day off to help them recover.  I say mostly because there are some leg moves and HIIT moves that get my legs going.  Most of the workout is focused on my core though, and I found the move that really tired me out: bicycles.  oof!

Anybody else watch the 5th Avenue Mile broadcast on NBC?  I DVR'd it so I could run a couple quick errands, and watch it when I got back.  Part of that was getting chocolate milk for run recovery.  As I posted in my Friday write up, I was looking for recovery tips to help my muscles after long runs.  While I can eat a little bit when I'm resting, I've never been a protein shake person.  I'm opting to try chocolate milk.

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

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday Five: Recovery

Today's about recovery.  This week has been strange since Monday was a holiday, and then I worked from home Tuesday.  Then I was home with crud on Thursday.  People are already getting sick, and I didn't want to spread this to anyone.  Then it seemed I have very little energy throughout the day.  On top of it, this week I was recovering from my 5-miler on Saturday.  Don't worry, I had my girl with me, who was LOVING me being home.  She shouldn't get too used to this.  I felt bad staying home a day during a short week, but I needed it.

My legs still felt tired on Tuesday, after two days of recovery from Saturday's run.  I saw my chiropractor Wednesday afternoon, and she suggested a protein shake or bar after my long runs.  Anyone have any good ideas?  I've looked through Run Fast Eat Slow for ideas, and wanted to see what y'all think would be good?  I ate a Clif Bar after my run on Saturday, so I wouldn't go to the store hangry, and that's a lot of carbs.  There's 9 grams of protein, and 44 of carbs.

In other news, the shirt and medal design was released for my race on the 7th.  That's definitely something to look forward to.

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fall Plans

How was everyone's Labor Day?  I ended up sleeping close to 10.5 hours, and I couldn't begin to tell you the last time that happened!  Not even on vacations or extended holidays.  When I woke up, I had no clue what I wanted to do, and that's OK.  I knew I needed to do some strength training, and some biking.  I was a little sore from the Jillian Michaels workout, even in my legs.  The warmup has some squats, and there are some lunges in the workout too.  Bonus!

All of this is still in preparation for my race Oct. 7th.  My 5 miles Saturday were rather successful, and I have one more long run in a couple weeks.  Then I'm taking some rest and heading up to Grand Lake for the week.  I'm taking a rest because I huff and puff around my parents' house, so I figure if I can't breathe up there, might as well rest, right?  It'll be time to taper anyway, and lots to do with fall weather up there, and the elk rutting season.

As much as I questioned my choice for an early fall race, it'll give me a chance to recover and slowly get back into things before training for Princess kicks off.  I figure the beginning of December, which means some adjustments.  It'll be dark early in the evenings, and I might have to contend with snow too.  People are saying signs are pointing to a snowy winter.  We need it!

I still want to get out in the neighborhood after my race because it was a lot of fun seeing people put up their Halloween decorations last October.  I've even gotten into the spirit, just a tiny bit.  My zinnia was done, so I swapped in one of my stakes.  A cat isn't too Halloween, and at the same time it is Halloween.  The jack-o-lantern and the Boo! will be added later.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Monday Musings 9/3

It's a long weekend!  Hallelujah!  It's been very much needed after two very long weeks after Alaska.  I confess, things haven't been going well at work for quite a while, and it's been so tough coming back to it after a week of fun with family, and no work responsibilities.  I am counting down to some fun, to keep me focused.  I have my trip up to Grand Lake starting the 15th, and then my race is two weeks(!) after I get back.

I came across this, and realized how much I would love to repeat RnR Vegas.

I've been really impressed with the medals for a couple years running, and I love these more than last year's (and I loved last year's!).  I'm not able to fit this in to my schedule this year, and you better believe it'll be on my schedule for next year!  Talk about planning.  I had no idea what I wanted to do after the Princess 10k, and now I do.  Back to Vegas!

Saturday I actually did wake up early and got all 5 miles in outside.  I was running out of ideas of where to run, and I was running out of water, so the last half mile was out and back in front of my house, with a small cul de sac thrown in.  The last mile was a little bit of a struggle, and I think once I actually have a route chosen for me in the race, things will go better.  I did have to blow my nose twice with my allergies, and I had a longer walk break while eating my sports beans, and I still finished with a good time.

After that I had acupuncture after lunch, then came home and snoozed for an hour.  That felt good.  She hit a couple new spots, and I felt like my mind could slow down a little bit.  I definitely needed that hour snoozing.  It felt like a good way to recover from my run.  I did end up going to bed rather early on Saturday since it seemed like a very long day.  I was out the door running before 7:30 to get ahead of the sunshine.  Heck, I'd even say the last two weeks have been extremely long.

I decided Sunday was a good day to get the crock pot out.  There's something about Labor Day weekend that really puts me in the mood for fall.  Not to mention college football, even though I don't watch it.  The best part is I can throw everything in the crockpot and go about my day and get my workout in.  I decided to torture myself with the Jillian Michaels' 6-pack abs workout.  I haven't done that one in months.  I really should get it in my schedule since it's such a good workout.

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


Monday: rest

Tuesday: 3 miles, prehab

Wednesday: Bike 4 miles, upper body strength

Thursday: 3 miles, prehab

Friday: rest

Saturday: 5 miles

Sunday: Jillian Michaels' 6-pack abs