Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fun with Planes

Has anyone here flown on a plane that was painted a different way from the typical airline's theme?  When I flew back from Denver, the Southwest plane I was on was painted like Shamu.


Even in the inside was in on the theme.


I know other airlines paint some planes differently as well.  I saw this plane when I was flying back from DC in August.  I don't think it's the Steelers plane, but the theme is the Steelers.


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Today is a sad day... I have to take down my tree :(

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 12/29

This past week I've been with my parents over Christmas break, and I've been unplugged for most of the week.  It's been wonderful!  It really started on the travel day up to Colorado because I am unplugged on every flight I'm on, and I just decided to make it a thing, starting Monday after lunch.  Starting at 1pm Mountain Time, my parents got the tree out of storage, put it together, and we decorated it while watching Chelsea/Arsenal, which ended in a 0-0 draw.  Boring yes, but it was fun to decorate the tree.  I think they're going to need a 2nd tree with all the ornaments they have.  I did continue my Strong Curves exercises, but it really did feel good to pull away and not worry about what was going on outside my vacation world.



Christmas day we drove to Ft. Collins to spend time with my mom's side of the family.  The last couple years, we've done a big heavy meal around 1, and I felt like doing something different this year.  I suggested brunch, and we brought ingredients to make two frittatas, stuffed tomatoes and roasted potatoes, my uncle and aunt brought sausages from Lucky's in Longmont, my other uncle and aunt brought a pineapple upside down cake (complete with rum!) and the makings for Mimosas, and my grandparents made a fruit salad with clementines, strawberries, grapes, pineapple and apples.


The other days were spent vegging at the house or having fun in the valley, like doing some snow-shoeing.  We even visited our friends at the alpaca farm.  They also have 4 or 5 guard llamas, and the Forest Service is boarding their two llamas at the farm for the winter.  If any of y'all have seen Disney's Emperor's New Groove, I'd say the animators certainly got the llamas correct.  These llamas and alpacas are just adorable and have great personalities.


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Sunday: rest day

Monday: Strong Curves, workout A

Tuesday: 5k on the bike, Strong Curves workout B

Wednesday: Christmas, rest day

Thursday: 60 minutes snow-shoeing

Friday: Strong Curves, workout A

Saturday: 20 minutes bike, Strong Curves workout C

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 12/22

Have any of y'all done boxing?  There's a boxing gym that has boxing and kickboxing classes in the same complex as my PT doctor, and I'm very curious about it.  I've never done boxing, but it has my interest and I'll definitely check it out after Disney.  I need to go in a different direction for a while after the half, and this might do it.

"And now for something completely different."

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Sunday: Strong Curves, workout A; 2.5 miles bike

Monday: PT; rest

Tuesday: Treadmill 25 minutes, Strong Curves workout B

Wednesday: core work

Thursday: 2 miles, Strong Curves workout A

Friday: rest

Saturday: 5k, Strong Curves workout C
     2 weeks out of 4 for the first phase of Strong Curves beginner workout are complete


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas List

I have a huge Christmas list I seem to keep adding to each year, but I only find a handful of them are great to workout to.  I like Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for some good workout songs, but I love others too.


Deck the Halls - Mannheim Steamroller
Good King Wenceslas - Mannheim Steamroller
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Mannheim Steamroller
Hallelujah - Mannheim Steamroller
Fum Fum Fum - Mannheim Steamroller
A Mud Russian's Christmas - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Can-Can - Straight No Chaser
Sleigh Ride - Boston Pops
Run Run Rudolph - Jimmy Buffett
Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum - Jimmy Buffett
O Come All Ye Faithful/ O Little Town of Bethlehem/ the Little Drummer Boy - Robert Greenidge and the Coral Reefers
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing - Jessica Simpson
Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
All I Want for Christmas is You - Love Actually


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WDW Plan of Attack

I've had a lot of time to think about this plan of attach since my training hasn't gone well, between injury and losing weekends.  I had 2 rest weekends scheduled because of traveling, but then I lost one weekend due to sickness and one weekend due to an ice storm.


I've decided I will be walking this half marathon, and in fact, I won't even use Runkeeper during the race.  I'll just pull up iTunes and try to enjoy myself and not worry about being passed.  This half marathon will be for fun, between the race and the parks, and I'll also be looking for Frozen characters.  I have no idea if they'll be on the half course since they're brand new, and if they're not there, then I can find them in Norway.

I talked this over with my PT and he agreed it's a good plan.  This way I can accomplish the race and still have healthy legs for the parks for the rest of vacation.

Anybody else doing races Marathon Weekend?  What are your goals?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 12/15

I did it!  I walked 8.25 miles on Saturday, outside, up hill (both ways).  My knee did not twinge, and I was walking faster than 15m/m.  It was slow, but I got it in and I feel much better about this half marathon.  Part of me just wants to get it over with since training hasn't gone well, but I know I'll have a good time once I get to Orlando.  I also got excited when waivers were posted so I could see my bib number.  I'm still excited for the race and the fun time we're going to have.


There's a route along major roads near my old apartment that a little over 4 miles, and I did that loop twice.  Part of it is along a shopping area, and I parked by Dunkin' Donuts.  It was chilly and windy and the longer I went, I started thinking that it would be great to get some hot chocolate from DD's once I was done.  It did not disappoint, and I also got a plain bagel with cream cheese.  Yummy!

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Sunday: Strong Curves, warm up and workout A

Monday: 3 miles on the treadmill, 30 minutes stretching yoga

Tuesday: Strong Curves, warm up and workout C

Wednesday: 2.25 miles

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: 8.25 miles

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cheddar Corn Chowder

This is one of my favorite recipes, and even when I cut it in half, it still makes a ton.  Like 4 tupperwares full of chowder, in the freezer for later in the winter.  Plus 2 tupperwares in the fridge so I can enjoy the chowder this week too.  I don't remember when my mom started making it, but it's courtesy of Ina Garten.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/cheddar-corn-chowder-recipe/index.html

I felt it was perfect to make last Friday, especially if we were going to get the ice storm that was forecasted.  Which we did. I grabbed the ingredients that I needed, which was everything except the bacon, on Wednesday, along with other groceries I knew I needed.


It definitely hit the spot on Friday, and I have leftover chowder for lunch on Saturday.  On Sunday I even finished up the tortilla soup I had in my freezer, so overall, this weekend was filled with soup.

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Waivers and corrals were posted yesterday for Marathon Weekend.  My bib number is 44770 and I'll be in corral I.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cabin Fever!

"This once proud vessel has become a floating psycho ward!"

Yes, after 3 straight days of being cooped up inside, I got out on Monday!  Glorious, slow driving through streets that made is seem like I was back in the northeast.  I got to the gym and the grocery store.  I did 3 miles on the treadmill, run/walking two miles, and after a slight IT band twinge, I walked the last mile.  I have noticed if I go through a few days without running, my IT band will twinge, so this did not surprise me - I hadn't run since last Tuesday due to the ice storm.  I also had tight muscles from the buns workout I did on Sunday, which also makes me hopeful.  If I can feel it in my muscles, then the workout must be working :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 12/8

This time around, the weather forecast got it right.  Dallas got slammed with an ice storm Thursday afternoon, going all the way through Friday morning.  I went straight home Thursday after work since it was already raining, so I missed a running workout :(  When the weather is like this, I could easily follow the cats' example:


This has certainly been a frustrating training round, and I'm still not sure what to do during this half marathon.  The plan I have involves a lot of walking, which I'm not happy to admit, but I don't want to kill my knee with 3 full days remaining at Disney.  I want to see how my 8- and 9-mile runs go before I make a decision.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Sunday: yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: Warm up and workout A, beginner program of Strong Curves

Thursday: Home workout due to weather; Jillian Michaels' core work, level 2

Friday: Warm up and workout B, beginner program of Strong Curves

Saturday: rest

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Strength Training Approach

I may feel like I'm making strides in my battle with ITBS, but I've started to feel there's more I could be doing.  A few months ago, a friend recommended getting Strong Curves: a Woman's Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body.  This isn't a review of the book since I only just got it, but I'm excited to start.  Yes, I have experience with weight lifting, but my butt still leaves much to be desired.


After flipping through the book on Tuesday, my butt is in the "bad butt" category.  It's funny, I'm a life long athlete, yet my booty isn't nearly as strong as I think it could be.  I know that in itself is a major reason why I've been having such trouble with my IT band.  I've enjoyed (yes, enjoyed) the Jillian Michaels' workouts I've done, but I think it's good to have a change of direction and try something new.  I know I'll be focusing much more on this after the WDW half, but I do want to start the workouts now to see what I can achieve before January 11.  I've already done the first workout of the beginner series, and since I'm not sore, I know right away I can add more weight to the exercises.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Making Progress

I had another PT session yesterday, and my therapist likes how my leg is feeling and it's obvious I'm making progress on this ITBS.  He said my IT band is healing, but this type of injury takes a while to heal.  I know that fact all too well.  He also taped up my IT band so I can see how to do it on my own and hopefully keep the pain at bay.


It looks heavy duty but it's not.  He said it's not just about taping the IT band, but the quad as well.  The patella needs support as well, hence the two other strips of Rock Tape.  I'm going to test it out today after work and see how everything feels.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 12/1

Happy December!  How was everyone's Thanksgiving?  I stayed in Dallas and spent the day with friends.  My contribution was a chocolate mousse that included 3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier in the recipe.  It makes a lot of mousse, but the mousse itself is quite rich.  I brought a good amount home, so guess what I have for dessert for the week?? ;-)

I did get 6 miles in on Friday since I don't do the Black Friday stuff.  My knee held up until the very end.  I'm going to start to incorporate weight machines back into my strengthening routine to try to help out.  Afterwards I participated in my own Black Friday tradition: set up the tree and decorate while watching the Muppet Christmas Carol.


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Sunday: yoga

Monday: 20 minutes Yoga for Fitness, lower body

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels' Killer Buns and Tights, level 1

Thursday: rest

Friday: 6 miles

Saturday: weight work - 3 back, 3 chest, 2 bicep, 2 tricep, 2 shoulders, hamstring curl, abductor, adductor, glutes machine, leg press, squat press, calf raises, hip thrusts