Sunday, October 28, 2018

Monday Musings 10/29

Happy Monday, and it's Halloween week!

Friday was supposed to be a rest day, and then we had a fire drill at work.  When the building is 10 floors, and the quickest way back is taking the stairs instead of battling it out for the elevators.  Stairs are definitely something different.

I couldn't help but think of Ghostbusters (and then realized I haven't watched it yet!).  "Tell me when we get to 20.  I'm going to throw up."  I work on the 7th floor, and I did not throw up :)

It was a low key weekend, and after running 1.5 miles, I put the pumpkin lights in the ground, and got my extension cord out.  They look fantastic!  I also felt pretty good on my run.  I've been trying to hold back a little bit until I see the chiropractor Thursday, and I'm itching to run at the same time.  I feel good for my 5k since that's almost half the distance.  Since I'm doing the 5k for fun, there's no pressure to be race ready either.  Both my parents have signed up, and one of my aunts said she would sign up too.  Maybe we can get more family members to do it.

Good news too!  My mom finished the shirt quilt, and it looks awesome!  I'm almost afraid to use it since it will undoubtedly get covered in cat fur.  Cats always know when they're not supposed to be on something.

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Five and Runfessions

Another Friday, and the Friday before Halloween!  I'm going to be making cookies this weekend, and carving my pumpkin either Monday or Tuesday.  I carved it the Saturday before last year, and it was all green and moldy inside by the time we reached Halloween.  I definitely want to avoid that.

Time for some runfessions, and linking up with Marcia.

This week was the first week back to running after the Boulder Rez.  I runfess I'm excited some day and not other days.  I'm in desperate need of a chiropractor adjustment, and I have an appointment scheduled next Thursday.  I also runfess 1-mile runs seem really short to tape up my right leg.

I runfess too I'm testing out chiropractors close to work.  As much as I would love to keep my chiropractor from Boulder, it doesn't make sense for me to drive into a town where I don't live and work anymore.  It's just not on the way to anything I do now.

I runfess runDisney released the Dooney and Bourke designs for Princess, and they're cute, and I can live without them.  I love my Disney Dooney's, and I felt the Tinkerbell design spoke to me in 2016.  The princess designs never really have.

I also runfess I'm getting antsy for the medal designs.  Based on their IG, the medals won't be released until December.  *womp womp*

I also runfess I'm still decorating for Halloween.  My pumpkin lights arrived yesterday, and I'll put them together today after work and test them out.  While I'm done watching Halloween movies and TV specials, I'm still decorating for the big night.

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Post-Race Goodies

Today's topic is food, and of course races are known for putting on a great post-race show (or not).  I'm definitely one of those runners who aren't hungry after a big race and I have to wait maybe 30 minutes before my hunger roars in.  I'll eat a banana if they're available, and if I do a local race, I'll have a Clif bar in the car for the drive home. 

As such, even though I did the race retreat at Disney for my first half, I haven't done it since.  It's $100 and if I'm not going to partake in the post-race food, there's no point (aside from the VIP bathrooms before the race).

The Eugene marathon/half marathon gave us pancakes, and I took one or two.  Again, I wasn't too hungry, and I knew I needed to start replenishing the calories.  Don't worry, I did take care of that later.

They did also have bananas, clementines, and bagels, and I took what I could.  I couldn't carry everything.

A local race in Texas had chocolate milk after the race, and it was delicious!  I forget how good it is for recovery, and sometimes ice cold chocolate milk just hits the spot.

Of course, once I get hungry, there are always some great options when you're on a racecation.

Gotta treat myself after a goal race!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Monday Musings 10/22

Another weekend that went by too fast.  Each Sunday is the same, wishing I had another day off.  Thankfully it was a low key weekend so I wasn't rushing around trying to get things done.  I was actually able to get some things done Friday since I got out early.  Technically I got out at noon, and then had a work team bonding experience at an escape room!  It was my first time ever to an escape, and we beat the clock by 22 minutes.  Then we had happy hour.  I was able to stop and get an errand done on my way home.

My ballot came in the mail Thursday, and I spent some time Friday evening looking over the ballot book that arrived a couple weeks ago (with a glass of wine).  After reading through the amendments, I filled out my ballot Saturday afternoon (with a glass of wine) and put it back in the mail.  I really like this method.  No fuss, and no stress about getting to the polls on election day.

I know I don't talk politics since it's always personal to people, but get out there and vote!

OK, I'm done.

I ended up ordering another Jim Shore Disney figurine.  I think I have a problem.  This one was on the Disney Store's new items list, and it's just perfect.

I have always loved the Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland, and always make time for it whenever I'm there.  It's only at Disneyland, so I won't be able to enjoy it at WDW in a few months.  The description said 2018 is the 60th anniversary for the ride, and I think this is a great tribute for it.

After some acupuncture Saturday morning, where she even treated my IT band, I got out for a one-mile run Sunday morning.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and I could tell I need to see a chiropractor.  Now that I have my insurance cards, I can make an appointment, hopefully for Nov. 1, when my benefits start.  I did find out this weekend the coach I signed up with has delayed things due to personal reasons, so I'm on my own again.  I like the training plan I have, and I could use some new ideas.

I had fun running around my neighborhood and seeing the Halloween decorations.  I also put out some more decorations, and more are on the way.  I ordered some pumpkin stake lights from Walmart, for the walkway.  Between those, the luminaries, and the carved pumpkin, we'll be open for trick-or-treating.

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Five: 2nd Recovery Week

This was the second week of recovery post race, and I did a dry needling session at a new place.  I will say it wasn't an auspicious beginning since their system lost my appointment, and even though the doctor was able to fit me in, the receptionist said I may have to wait a little bit.  Great.  Cue the agitation.  I didn't end up waiting long, but they took my blood pressure at this place, which has never happened at my chiropractors' before.  Needless to say it was a little high with my agitation.  The bottom number was a number it's never been before, which made me even more agitated.  I wasn't exactly calm to begin with since I hate needles.

The things I do for running.

Once I started the session, the doc found quite a knot in my right calf, so that got a needle.  It started tightening up on my drive home so I got the heating pad out right away.  I was hobbling from the garage into my house, and then I had to hobble up the stairs to my room to drop all my stuff off.  I used the heating pad, a hot shower, and a hot bath with epsom salts to work on the knot and get it to loosen up.  Thankfully all of that seemed to work since I woke up Wednesday without any knot.

The only way I'll know how that worked is by taking myself for a test run this weekend.  Maybe a mile, to get a loop in around the neighborhood.  I bought more Rocktape last weekend, and I'm hoping I haven't lost a lot of fitness.  The first run back is always tough and I keep it short.  The weather is supposed to be fantastic this weekend, and I know I'll want to enjoy it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TOTR: Taking the Plunge

So I'm doing a thing here, and I'm signing up with a running coach.

I will admit to frustrations with my IT band after my last race.  After it didn't bother me during RnR Vegas in November, it flared up during training for Bay to Breakers, and flared up during the Rez 10k.  The terrain for that race wasn't ITB friendly either.  I'm looking for new ideas all around.

Since I'm still in recovery mode, I don't expect to start anything for a couple of weeks.  I have dry needling today to help get my IT band to relax, and I'm enjoying taking some time off.  It was quite nice to not have to cram in a run this past weekend when I was trying to get a lot done before the snow storm hit.  It was 22 as a high Sunday, with snow when I woke up.  I don't know if that is a preview of what this winter will bring.

Speaking of which, it'll be good to be held accountable for training this winter.  My default mode with bad weather is to use the treadmill, and I don't want to do that too often.  I know the treadmill will come in handy, and there will be days where it's my only option.  Everyone is hoping for more than a solid winter this year, me included.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Monday Musings 10/15

Happy Monday!  Fall moved into winter this week, and I woke up to snow yesterday, and temps at 25.  I ran a couple quick errands early in the morning, and then stayed at home the rest of the day.

This week was all about recovery after my 10k.  I did schedule a dry needling appointment, which is this coming Tuesday.  I'm actually already getting the itch to run again, and I'll hold off until after the appointment.  We are supposed to move back to fall weather again, and I hope I feel like I want to run with the nice weather.  I can look at the Halloween decorations throughout the neighborhood.

I have two races coming up, the 5k before Thanksgiving, and the Princess 10k.  I ordered these arm sleeves from Gone for a Run for February.  I know the weather can be rather all over that weekend, and if I can wear them, it'll be a nice touch.  My mom and I started talking about the trip, and what we want to do each day, and what fastpasses we may want.  So far we've come up with Soarin' and 7 Dwarves' Mine Ride.

I got my pumpkin Saturday, and I did go with the grocery store.  They must have a partnership with a farm since all the pumpkins were marked from the same place.  I looked it up and it's in Pueblo, which is south of Colorado Springs.

As I said above, Sunday was a day spent inside.  I made spaghetti sauce for the winter, and comfort food for dinner.  The dish also provides a lot of leftovers, so cooking this week should be easy.

It felt good to take time off from a workout schedule, and I'm surprised I want to run so soon again.  I think I felt this way after Bay to Breakers too, but it's good to take some time to recover.

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Five: Post Race

Anyone else find the first weekend after a goal race to be strange?  I really don't know what I'm going to do this weekend.  I don't have to be up early for training, which probably means I'll be up before the sun.  That always seems to be the case.

I need to get a pumpkin, and I'm not sure where to go.  Last year my family and a friend and her daughter went to a big pumpkin patch in Erie.  We haven't been able to swing that this year.  I've been looking online to see if there are any small patches nearby, or for churches.  I don't even know where the churches are around here.  I may end up just going to Sprouts and keep it in my garage until I'm ready to carve it.  Getting the pumpkin will help decide whether the pattern needs to be tall or wide.

It's been really gloomy here the whole week.  The last time I saw the sun was Saturday afternoon.  That's really made it tough to work through.  I don't think I really ever woke up these past few days.  It's either been misting or snowing, and thankfully the snow hasn't stuck yet.  I know I now work for a ski company, and I'm not ready to face winter just yet.  This Saturday is supposed to be sunny, and I want to put up some more Halloween decorations outside.  I have material that looks like spider webbing, and I bought zip ties to keep it anchored to my front porch.  Sunday is out since it's supposed to be in the mid-20s with snow.

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Boulder Rez 10k

When I signed up for this race, I’d just completed a huge Bay to Breakers race, and even before that, I’d been thinking about doing a small local race to see if I could get a race time closer to my training times without the crowds.  I’ve generally done big races and wanted something different.

Packet pickup was the day before in Boulder, so I tacked it on to some errands to stop by Target and Firehouse Subs for lunch.  There was a football game in Boulder that day at 2, and I didn’t want to show up in town in time to battle the traffic, and I didn’t stick around town.  After completing a bulk grocery run and grabbing lunch, I was inside and on the couch for the rest of the day.  I’d gotten the athlete guide on Thursday, and I figured setting my alarm for 5 would give me plenty of time to eat and drive to the reservoir.  I studied the terrain, and saw a couple hills that I ended up walking.

I rarely sleep well before races, and I was awake at 3:30.  No problem sleeping through my alarm.  I did have plenty of time to eat, wrap up my leg with Rock Tape, and hit the road.  Not a lot of people are up at 6am on a Sunday.  Driving to the reservoir was easy, as was parking.  I parked near the portapotties and stayed in my warm car.  I did get out a couple times to hop in line, and then right back in my car.

The marathon went off at 7:15, the ¾ marathon at 7:20, the half around 7:27, and then the 10k really did go off at 7:30.  I guess that’s a benefit to small crowds.  Everyone went off on time, and I did see a couple people scrambling through the portapotty line to get to their start on time.

I was a bad runner and never got over to the reservoir for any training.  We were on dirt roads to start, a single track (with prairie dog doors), and all sorts of dirt and gravel for most of the run.  The course was well marked, especially where the full and half marathoners deviated from the 10k course.  There were also 4 water stops along the course, and paramedics biking around to make sure runners were OK.  I kept waiting for the pavement the course description promised, and it didn’t come until the last half mile of the course.  All of this got me wondering when my IT band would flare up.

Mile 5.  On the nose.

It wasn’t bad at first, but I was still on gravel.  Around 5.5 miles the intensity of the pinging increased, and I was mentally fed up with the gravel and didn’t want to run anymore.  I had to keep running with my head down to make sure I didn’t roll an ankle.  My competitive side kicked in because I was looking for a PR with the small field, so I kept pushing myself to run.  When we finally hit pavement, I was starting to get a hotspot on my left arch, and the course kept snaking us around the spillover parking lot for the reservoir.  Did I say I was ready to be done?

The finish line was small, and when I crossed the line, I was handed my medal, a water bottle, and a volunteer was there to take off the timing chip.  These were ankle wraps, which I’d never run with before.  It actually wasn’t bad.  I was concerned about chafing, and forgot about it once I started the race.  Since I knew I wasn’t going to age place, I grabbed my banana and headed to my car.

I PR’d, and my Garmin tracked me in at 6.14 miles.  I know I wasn’t running the tangents, and probably added some distance hopping around trying to find flat, smooth ground to run on.  Overall, it was a good effort, and I’m happy with my time, especially given the running surfaces.  I’ll stick with pavement for now.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Monday Musings 10/8

Whew!  It's been a whirlwind since I started last Monday.  First I was super busy learning and training at my new job, then I had a busy weekend for my race.  Starting a new routine is not easy y'all!  I even changed my caffeine routine, and I'm feeling the effects with two ocular migraines.  I'm going to start drinking my tea much earlier than I did last week.

I was online long enough to see Wednesday was Oct 3rd.  Am I the only one who doesn't care for Mean Girls?  I've seen it, and thought "Meh."  I wasn't even wearing pink on accident.  I ended up wearing pink on Friday.

Between starting my new job, I continued Halloween viewing, with the Great Pumpkin on Monday to kick off October, and then Thursday was the Nightmare Before Christmas.  In between that was a couple Halloween episodes from Frasier and Friends.

Saturday was busy since I had to drive in to Boulder to pick up my race packet, and I made sure to get there early.  There was a football game at 2, and I didn't want to stick around for that traffic.  I also bought a new laptop.  I was paid my accrued vacation time from CU, and my last Mac is 5.5 years old.  It hasn't been compatible for updates for months, and it was running slow.  Time for a new one.  I did a big transfer of my files, and I still need to get the Microsoft package.  I also filled out the information on my old Mac for Apple's recycling program.

Sunday was my race, and stick around for the recap on Tuesday.  Afterwards I stopped by Starbucks to get some hot chocolate since I was a little chilled, and got home in time for a big Premier League match.  I finished up grocery shopping and was a slug for the afternoon.  I rarely sleep well before races, and I was awake at 3:30am for a 5am alarm.  Coupled with that and the gray weather, it was the perfect afternoon to do nothing.  I did make banana nut muffins from Betty Crocker, so I wasn't a complete slug.

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday Five: Race Week

Whew!  What a busy week.  I didn't blog as much and comment as much since I'm settling into a new job and a new routine.  Right now I'm working 8:30 to 5, and I used to start work at 7:15 for years!  It's quite a change, and I was exhausted most days when I got home from work.  Thank goodness this was taper.  I only managed 1 mile on Tuesday, and 1.5 miles on Wednesday when I felt less tired.

Speaking of which, I've been watching the weather forecast, and it's been all over.  I'll own the Goldilocks label of runners.  I want my weather to be just right.  I started pulling up the forecast on Tuesday and saw a chance of rain and mid-40s.  Wednesday had the forecast at a steady light rain and mid-40s, then changed it to t-storms starting in the morning.  Thursday it was showing cloudy with t-storms in the afternoon.  I'll decide what to wear and how to proceed Saturday.  I don't mind t-storms in the afternoon Sunday, as long as I can get my race done in dry conditions!

A super good luck to all Chicago runners, and a special shout out to Kathryn!

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