Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

When the crypt doors creek and tombstones quake...

Spooks come out for a swinging wake...

Happy haunts materialize...

And begin to vocalize...

Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Busy Week

I know I really shouldn't do this, there are two possible races for my next half.  Both are in California.  One is in San Diego and the other is in Monterey.  I spent many childhood vacations in California, and I absolutely love the idea of running in Monterey.  Big Sur may have a marathon, but they also have a half marathon.  It's along the coast, so I know it would be a windy race.  So I'm looking at windbreakers.  Yes, this is what gets me in trouble.  And watching this.

This past weekend was the MCM marathon and this weekend is the NYC marathon.  We are fully in the swing of marathon season.  I know I mentioned before that I had marathons on the brain, but if I can get through this season without signing up for one, I might be safe for another year :-p

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 10/27

This weekend I didn't plan to do much at all.  The last two weekends were filled with activities so I carved out this weekend to put my feet up (around my workouts) and try to relax.

I'm in the process of revamping my running list.  Mostly I'm changing up my music because my usual staples aren't cutting it right now.  I'm trying to find songs that are good to run to but I haven't listened to that much.

I finally got Little Shop of Horrors from Netflix, so I've been able to keep up with the Halloween movies.  I may go over Halloween for some movies, but they're on my Netflix queue so why not?  Next up is Van Helsing.


Weekly workouts:

Saturday: 20 minutes bike
     Upper body weights: 2 biceps, 2 triceps, 1 shoulder, 1 upper back, 1 abs

Sunday: rest

Monday: 2.5 miles

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels' "Killer Buns and Thighs" level 2

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3.5 miles

Thursday, October 24, 2013

3 Miles!

I did 3 miles on Tuesday.  I'm oh so trying to stay cautiously optimistic, but this is what I really want to do:

"I must scream it to the world, my excitement from the top of someplace very high!"

Source: Pixar Animation Studios

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Custom Sweaty Big Reveal!

Drum roll please :-)

Ta da!  My new custom Sweaty Band themed on Frozen!  It fits the theme, and if the weather turns out to be cold, it'll fit in with that as well.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 10/20

Remember the virtual 5k I did?  The medal came!  Thanks Meg!  It's an impressive medal and now a part of my medal display :)

I finally got down to business and started watching Halloween movies.  I'd only watched the Great Pumpkin and Hotel Transylvania during the last weekend in September, and 16 days of October had passed before I watched another Halloween special.  16 days, y'all!  That is so unlike me.  On Wednesday I watched Nightmare Before Christmas and then Young Frankenstein.  I felt I had failed Halloween so I needed to have a double-feature.  I've been trying to get Little Shop of Horrors from Netflix but they don't seem to want to send it to me, even though there's no wait label by it.

I also can't stop the thoughts of future races.  Do this half, no that half, no do a full!  I'll blame it on the Fall racing season.  So many races are coming up, all over the country.  Anyone have big races coming up?  MCM, NYC?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Coming Together?

Well, I've done two miles on two different days, pain free.  Back in August and September, two miles was the barrier.  I'd have pain in my right knee before two miles, and now I've done it twice.  I'm doing exactly what I'm being told to do.

I found the black top I'm going to wear for my Anna costume.  I don't think it's a secret I absolutely LOVE Under Armour, and I've ordered a black tech, semi-fitted tank top for the costume.  Now I just need the arm sleeves, and I know I've got time to order them.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Marathon on the Brain

The WDW half in January will be my 4th half marathon, and I can't help but start thinking what about a marathon?  I'm trying to hold off on that idea since I'm not exactly 100% healthy, but I don't back away from a challenge.  Part of my brain is asking what am I thinking?  I'm intimidated by the distance and there's no way I'm ready.  Then another part of my brain is asking will I ever feel ready?

I want to see how training goes for January, combined with my PT sessions.  Because I am crocked, I'm trying to hold back the thoughts of a marathon.  Then inevitably, destination marathons crop up.  Disney?  LA?  Should I start the whole NYC lottery process?  Definitely not Dallas.  No offense to the city, but if I'm going to slog through 26.2 miles, I need to have some fun as I drag my battered legs around a place I can play tourist.  If I stay in Dallas, I'll return home after the race and wipe out on the couch.

I want to stop these thoughts, but I can't.  As always, I will be taking time off after January, so I will have plenty of time to assess my knees and see how I feel.  And maybe decide on where I will run said first marathon.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 10/13

I bought my two top 2013 Disney ornaments.  The Disney Store in town had the Merida ornament but not Mrs. Jumbo, so they ordered it for me.  Mrs. Jumbo was delivered on Friday, so check them out :)

I love this Merida ornament and think it's better than last year's.

This one is so cute!  

When I was at the store, they asked if I had a Disney tree.  I only have three so no, but does anyone here have a Disney Christmas tree?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Custom Sweaty Band

I've sung the praises of Sweaty Bands on here before.  I just love Sweaty Bands and I have around 10 of them.  Since my costume for the WDW half is based on Frozen, I'd thought I make a special Sweaty Band to go with the theme.

I found there are two ways to design a custom Sweaty.  Either submit a design on their website, or contact their customer service.  I contacted their customer service since the patterns online didn't include what I was looking for.  After sending an email to their custom team, I emailed back and forth with Sheila, who used my specifications and came up with 4 designs, and I loved the 4th design.  My initial design had a blue background and white pattern, but this design had some color in the pattern and I felt that added a wow factor I hadn't considered.

I was told it'll be ready in about two weeks, and I can't wait to show it off!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Newtons

As I promised, once I got more runs in wearing the Newtons, I'd post a review.  Here goes.

What I love about them is they are built to force runners up on the forefoot.  This is done by the design on the outside of the sole, called lugs, which sit under the balls of the feet to get the heel up while running.  Without a shoe doing that for me, I don't think I would've understood where I'm supposed to land on my feet while running.  I've read some reviews that say these shoes should be used as a tool to switch to proper running form, and that's exactly what I'm using them for.  I can also wear my SuperFeet inserts with them.

The full market price tag for the Newton Gravity is $175 (yeah ouch!).  I lucked out though because these were marked at $99.99 since the pink and black combo are last season's color scheme, and the store was obviously trying to move last season's stock to make room for this season's.  What's more, they were marked down further in the computer, and I had $20 rewards to spend.  I didn't think twice about adding those rewards to the purchase, so I really lucked out. This NEVER happens when I go buy shoes, ever!

I've been alternating between the Newtons and Brooks during my runs, and as mentioned in an earlier post, I was up on my toes in my Brooks, even after I had only done two runs in the Newtons.  Now that I can feel what I'm supposed to do, I can do them in the Brooks.  I intend to use my Brooks for the half marathon, so I'm extra happy to have gotten the Newtons on sale x3.

If anyone is planning on buying these shoes for the first time, ease in to them slowly.  Even after just two runs of half a mile each, my calves were sore, and I had to switch to my Brooks to give them a break.  My chiro has me doing some calf exercises to build up strength to handle this strike change.  He said some patients don't take the time to get used to the zero drop shoes and they get Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, so please be careful!  I make sure to stretch out my feet every evening and roll them with a golf ball.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 10/6

It's that time of year again.  All the studios are saving their big movies for the end of the year.  The 2nd trailer for the Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug was released this past week, and I realized there are 4 movies I want to see between November and December.

Thor: the Dark World


Saving Mr. Banks

the Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

Thursday, October 3, 2013

First Run in the Sparkle Skirt

I did another mile on Wednesday, and I wore my new Sparkle Skirt!  It's very lightweight, and, because of the wind, I almost had a Marilyn Monroe moment.  Thank goodness for my compression shorts.  I bought the SparkleLight, which does not have compression shorts attached.  My Running Skirts have briefs attached, but the SparkleLight is only the skirt.

I may need some help with getting arm sleeves for my Princess Anna costume.  Anna's shirt is aqua, and the closest I can find is Running Skirts arm sleeves in Caribbean Blue.  I also looked at Zensah, Sparkle Skirt and Team Sparkle, no aqua, and Bondi Band has an aqua choice, but no color swatch so I don't know how aqua it is.  Does anyone have suggestions where else I could look?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Running Update and Sparkle Skirt

Happy October!

I saw my chiro on Monday and he cleared me to run one mile each day till the next appointment on Thursday.  I did my mile after the appointment, and the knee was feeling good.  I did not use intervals, just switch to run/walking when it felt good to, and did my mile.  He's also used Rock Tape on my knee, and I'm having way more success with Rock Tape than I have with KT Tape.

My Sparkle Skirt came.  A review will come later when I've had a chance to run in it, but I'm already impressed by the customer service.  I ordered the skirt Friday morning, it shipped less than 2 hours, and arrived in my mail box on Monday, with a hand written note on the washing instructions card.

So why did I order the Sparkle Skirt?  I was thinking of ordering one for a while but couldn't decide on the color.  Why blue?  Well, while watching the trailer to Frozen, I was inspired by Anna's winter dress, with the blue skirt, black top/corset, and aqua shirt under the corset.  I do know Florida weather could render the costume moot, which is why I'm going with all running gear for the costume.  The Sparkle Skirt, a black tank top and aqua running arm sleeves.  I haven't decided whether to have my hair in braids to match hers.  I'd need a good amount of shallack to keep the braids in place.