Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Five: It's Almost Here!

It's finally here!  One day at work to go, and I so do not want to work!  The struggles of being an adult.

Can I just say how difficult it was being in a training session yesterday morning?  I was doing fine and then out of nowhere I started feeling really antsy and had all this nervous energy.  I had to get up and move around, and yet I had to stay in my seat for the training topic.  Oy!  I started focusing on what I needed to do yesterday and today in terms of laundry, cleaning, and packing.  I did make a list of things to do, which helped.  I made a Thursday list and a Friday list, and I'll probably be useless at work today.

I also got to decline TWO meetings scheduled for next week.  Boy did that feel good :-p  One meeting is Wednesday, when I'll be on the train going up the White Pass summit, and the other is for Thursday, when I'll be at a musher's camp, playing with husky puppies.

I did give myself a rest day yesterday.  I thought about getting my run in, but I had rounds of laundry to do, and packing.  Plus my feet have felt tired the past couple of days, and I'd rather give them a break before vacation.  Better to rest than push through and risk injury.  Not that I think an injury will occur, but my feet needed some down time.  I also couldn't face another run on the treadmill...

See y'all after the next Weekend Wrap-up!  I'll have posts and pictures to get ready.

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


The Big Hairy Audacious Goal.  Everyone has one, runner or not.  What's yours?

Since I've downgraded from half marathons to 10k's for my knee, I've been enjoying a number of 10k's since I got my to running.  The Tinkerbell 10k, the Bolder Boulder, the RnR Vegas, and most recently I challenged myself to a 12k in San Francisco.  Next up is the Boulder Rez 10k in October, and then the Princess 10k in February.

(Good luck to everyone registering for Princess today.  Hopefully they've worked out the kinks).

Ever since I got back from my ITBS induced hiatus, I've been knocked off minutes, and I PR'd at RnR Vegas.  My goal is to work towards getting a sub-hour 10k race.  I know Disney is not the place for that, and there are tons of 10k's now.  When I started running, there weren't that many 10ks, and the number of those races has steadily grown over the past 7 years.

My main goal of course is strength training to keep battling this ITBS.  I won't be defeated.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Monday Musings 8/6

Only 5 more days stand between me and Alaska.  Good thing I work from home tomorrow!  that'll makes things a little easier, because let me tell you, I do not want to work this week. 

This week was week #2 of training.  I had one run outside on Tuesday, and two runs inside on Thursday and Saturday.  The air quality was pretty bad the second half of the week, due to smoke from the California wildfires, and my asthma would've been affected if I'd been outside. 

This weekend went by way too quickly.  I did 3 miles on Saturday, and that last mile was a bit tough.  It's the farthest I've gone since Bay to Breakers, and I felt it, every step.  I'd also worn flip flops to work on Friday, and my right calf felt tired.  I should learn my lesson, but I don't quite seem to.  I want to wear the cute shoes at work.

You Can't Take It With You
My parents came down this weekend since they leave for Alaska on Tuesday for their Denali portion.  I'm kicking myself for not doing that part, and I will want to see very picture they take this week.  That should give us something to do on the train ride from Anchorage down to Seward.  We had fun on Sunday going to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to see "You Can't Take It With You" by Kaufman and Hart.  We watch "The Man Who Came to Dinner" every Christmas, and they wrote that too.  The play is quite funny, all about an eccentric family in the 1930s.  Now my parents want to get the movie, directed by Frank Capra, and won Capra one of his three Oscars.

"The Man Who Came to Dinner" is the Broadway recording with Nathan Lane and Jean Smart.  I highly recommend this one too.

Sunday I finished City of Lies, and now I need to look for a couple books for the trip up to Alaska.  Aug. 7 brings the next Royal Spyness mystery, and I won't be able to get the hardcover in time for the trip.  I'll order that one once I get back - my mom and I both read the series so I get the physical book instead of the Kindle edition.   I need to look at my Amazon wishlist to see what mysteries or novels I have on there to get. 


Sunday: Pure Barre

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: 2 miles, lower body strength

Wednesday: Pure Barre lower body and upper body

Thursday: 2 miles, lower body strength

Friday: some push ups

Saturday: 3 miles, lower body strength

Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Five: 8 Days to Go

6 business days stand between me and Alaska.  8 days total.  7 days from today, I'll be checking in for my *cough* 6am flight.  Ouch.  This lets me get into Anchorage around noon, and hit up the Holland American arrival desk.  I have my boarding pass and luggage tags all printed out, and now it's a waiting game.  I have to say, I don't have much motivation for today and next week at work. 

I have to runfess, when I saw my excursion in Ketchikan starts at 12:45, I immediately went to some websites for road races in Alaska.  Sadly, no Ketchikan.  If they let us off the ship around the excursions, I may have to lace up for a quick run.  I'd be on Alaskan soil, and how cool would that be?  I know I'd have to be careful about wildlife, and it all depends on the weather.  Everything I've read on Holland America's website says wear layers, bring gloves and scarves, etc.

I looked at my packing list, and I'm packing about half my workout gear since I want my running capris for the excursions.  I'll pack a couple pairs of jeans, and then a couple dresses for the fancy restaurant.  It's like a runners dream, right?  I get to wear my workout gear all day long.  I'll also pack my CO Volee hat and really test it out.  If the weather's wet, the hat should do it.

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Reflections on July

July has gone by fast.  I feel like we were just celebrating the 4th.  It's hard to imagine tomorrow is August, and it's welcome nonetheless.  9 business days stand between me and Alaska.

New running toy
Running has been going well.  Since I decided I wanted some miles on my training schedule before my trip, I've been using the full 10k training plan as a guide to help me build up mileage.  I only started running again at the end of June, and getting back into things has been interesting.  Mainly I've gotten my butt kicked by the heat and humidity combo, which seems worse here than Texas.  I don't know why.  We finally have some good weather, and I want to head out for a quick run this morning temps in the (!) high 50s.

Strength training is going too.  I bought a kettlebell at the beginning of the month, and I've been enjoying using it and seeing what exercises I can do.  I'm also incorporating prehab and PB more than I did in the spring.  I learned my lesson when I skimped on those.  I am lifting too, and some days I'll do a PB + lifting combo to shake things up.  I did that on Sunday, and my mid back was definitely feeling it yesterday.

Christmas in July
Self-care is going well too.  I had a chiropractor appointment yesterday, and I have acupuncture today.  Gotta take care of myself if I want a good training cycle.

Family time happened too.  We had a big family gathering to celebrate my grandfather's 90th, and then my cousins and I got together for dinner the next week.  We get so busy sometimes, and it's good to check in and have some laughs with good food.

No wonder July went by so quickly!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Monday Musings 7/30

Only two more days and it's August.  I can tell summer is coming to an end with traffic increasing in the mornings.  It's been quite nice the past month plus to have little traffic heading into work, and getting in 5-10 minutes early.  It means I could leave 5-10 minutes early.

This past week was my first week of training.  I had a couple good runs on the treadmill, and some good strength training sessions.  I was quite sore Monday after my PB session Sunday.  I definitely felt the knots in my hamstrings.  Foam rolling hurt so good.  I got runs done Tuesday and Friday.  I woke up at 2:30 Thursday with a storm and couldn't go back to sleep.  Since I was tired when I got home, I shifted my second run to Friday.  I figured I could take my time Saturday morning and I wouldn't have to get out the door before it warmed up.

Thursday I got a Stitch Fix box, which I almost didn't do since the last two were awful.  I don't think my style is that difficult, and sometimes I think the stylists are sending what's popular right now.  I wanted to see if they would send me anything for the cruise, and they did!  There's a skirt that I absolutely love, and can't wait to wear it.  Good thing I like it too, since Allie likes it too.  There was also a tank top I kept, something I can wear to work. 

As I get closer to Alaska, I'm setting aside things to pack, and making sure I wash things that have been put away for the summer.  I ended up watching Buying Alaska Friday evening, and these people agree to outhouses?!?!  Oh hell no!  That would be grounds for divorce, if I was married.  I require indoor plumbing.  There's a reason things like that have been invented.

Even though I recently bought my shoes, I decided to head to Roadrunner Sports because my right foot seems to be pronating a little bit more than the past couple years.  It was worth a shot to see what their opinion would be.  I ended up getting custom inserts that they process in the store.  After analyzing my gait, they said my shoes are what I need, and they suggested these.  I could tell a difference almost right away.  I did one mile on Sunday to help me get used to them.

I finally downloaded City of Lies onto my Kindle Saturday afternoon.  I can't believe it's been a month since I bought a new book.  I knew it had been a little bit of time, and I was shocked I spent all of July not reading a new book.  The month went by so fast!  Seriously, how are we in the second half of the year already?

I decided to make Superhero muffins this weekend too, and I discovered I want a food processor for Christmas.  The recipe calls for grated carrots (and zucchini, which I don't include), and grating the carrots takes a lot of time since I use the small grate.  Too the point where my fingers feel cramped.  I know a processor would really speed it up, and I can use it for other baking/cooking needs.

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


Sunday: Pure Barre

Monday: Foam rolling and stretching out those hamstrings

Tuesday: 2 miles, prehab exercises

Wednesday: Upper body strength

Thursday: rest

Friday: 2 miles

Saturday: Pure Barre seat

Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Five: Oh Disney Store

Y'all know how I ordered the Mary Poppins ornament for Christmas?  I've ordered another ornament from the Disney Store.

They're doing a legacy series, 10 in total, and they released 3 this past week.  One for Mickey's 90th birthday (same age as my grandpa), 30th anniversary for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and 10th anniversary for WALL-E.  I'm not much of a WALL-E fan, and I have enough Mickey Mouse stuff.

The first time we took a trip to Disneyland after Toon Town opened, we picked up my mom's parents as my dad drove from Tucson to Anaheim.  When we all went on Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin, my grandmother did not want to spin.  She and my mom rode in one car and went straight through the ride.  The other car had the 3 of us who wanted to spin, and we spun all the way through.

Not only do I love this ornament design, it reminds me of my grandmother.  Her spirit will be on my Christmas tree (and I need a bigger tree this year.  Home Depot!!).

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