Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2015 in Review

I can't believe the year is almost over, and it'll be 2016.  Wait what?  2015 was certainly interesting, and lots of stuff happened, both running and non-running.  Due to my injury, I didn't have any goals this year except to make progress.  It's hard to set goals when I have no idea what I can do.  I'm happy that I did make progress and knocked off 2 5k's in the fall.


Progress was slow at the beginning of the year, in part I was still focusing on keeping my ITB loose by using the lacrosse ball, but I also didn't want to dive head first into a running program and hurt myself again.  If I had to sum up 2015 running with one word, it'd be patience.  That's not a virtue I possess, but I needed to be patient this year.  I was running between 1-2 miles in the spring, then was able to start building towards 3 when I switched back to Asics.  I didn't have anything against my Brooks, but it didn't feel like that perfect fit I was looking for.


At the same time, I started going to Pure Barre after reading about the classes on Courtney's blog.  I was constantly looking out for new strength training, and in the spring I started thinking about leaving PT.  But before I did that, I needed to find programs I could turn to to fill the void.  I loved Pure Barre at my very first class.  It targets all my weaknesses and I love challenge.  I've done so many different exercises between all the classes, and I can feel myself getting stronger.  Between that and keeping my ITB loose, I hope to continue making progress.


The 5k's brought to light the potential scar tissue I have on a nerve at the base of my ITB, so that's my first goal for 2016.  I'm waiting to start acoustic wave therapy, and I'm working the tender spot with my trusty lacrosse ball.  I'm probably taking a break from running while I'm in Colorado, so January will have some good stuff coming.


Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia

Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday Musings 12/21

Another week, and my last day to work for the year!  I'm taking tomorrow off so I can run errands and clean the apartment before I head out for Christmas.  Allie won't like being taken to the vet, but they love her and take good care of her.


You may have noticed I haven't done Friday Fives in a couple weeks.  Fridays have gotten hectic since December hit, and I've usually hit the ground running at work.  I hope things peter out with break and I'm back at it in the new year.  Though we do have changes coming, so I might have to write posts ahead of time.


This weekend was filled with stuff, mostly getting to see Star Wars.  Anybody else get to see it?  I was initially going to wait until Tuesday on my day off, but decided to get a ticket for Saturday instead.  The theater wasn't completely full, but it was almost full.  We cheered when the lights dimmed (after 6 previews.  WTF Cinemark, 6?!), we cheered when the scroll started, and we cheered when all favorite characters first appeared.  It was definitely worth going since everyone there was Star Wars fans.  I even had my Under Armour Star Wars shirt on :-)

And a side note on those previews, only two are maybes, and even then they would be Netflix movies.  Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia.  Zootopia, btw, got the biggest reaction from the crowd, with sloths at the DMV.

I ran before the movie so I didn't have to worry about getting it done after the movie.  I was up at 6:15, without an alarm, so why not?  I felt accomplished before going to the theater.

Sunday was more low key with only Pure Barre.  It was cloudy and humid, and perfect weather for cat snuggling.  Sometimes she asks politely, other times she plops down and hunkers in.  I didn't mind since she wanted to snuggle around my Pure Barre class.


Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.


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Monday: yoga

Tuesday: strengthening

Wednesday: 2.25 miles

Thursday: core work

Friday: rest

Saturday: 30 minutes treadmill

Sunday: Pure Barre

Thursday, December 17, 2015

3 Times a Lady

3 Things Thursday, and I'll include this with Running With Spoons.  Thursday seems to be the random posting day.


1) I'm so ready for Christmas break.  I'm getting cranky at work, and I'm focused on break coming up.  I'm trying so hard not to get sick this year, but I woke up feeling a little stuffy, so I'm pounding Airborne.  Even when I have a cold, I feel Airborne helps.  Doesn't do anything to prevent it once I have a cold, but I feel like the extra vitamin C packs a punch against the head cold.

2) When the cat asks politely, you snuggle.  Period.  She wanted to snuggle last night, and put her paw on my arm and started headbutting my side.  I aquiesced.


3)  The holiday cards are going to be even more late this year.  Even though I ordered with enough time before the order deadline to have the cards here by tomorrow, the tracking number is showing delivery on Tuesday.  That means I'll need to scramble to get them all out either that night or Wednesday morning before I head to the airport.  Duly noted, and I hope to be on top of everything next holiday season.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

That DNS

Today's Tuesday on the Run is the dreaded DNS or DNF.  Long time readers will know, I had a dreaded DNS back in 2013.  I'd signed up for a 10k that took place about 1.5 months after the Eugene half marathon, and I'd signed up for it before my leg blew up during the last 5k of Eugene.  That March was when I got hit with ITBS, but I was able to train through it and arrive at the starting line in Eugene.  My 10-mile training run went pretty well, and recovery was good too.  But the last 5k destroyed my leg and set me on a path of recovery that I'm still on the comeback trail.


The 10k was part of a half marathon and 10k series, benefiting Wound Warrior.  As my leg was not healing after my half, I had to make the difficult decision to not run.  I didn't even pick up my packet.  I did go to cheer on runners since my cousin and her husband were both running it.  I figured if I couldn't run it with them, I could support them.  I got up early that day and drove down to Irving, where the races were delayed more than hour because we had quite the thunder storm hit right before they were going to start.

Thankfully I found some shelter, but it was still outside since no buildings were open, and it was cold.  This wasn't a warm June thunderstorm.  The front came through before the storm and temps dropped.  I stayed through the whole thing, from storms and delays to runners actually starting, and meeting my friends at the finish line.  I was still so frustrated that I had to DNS, and I haven't been able to try the 10k again.  One day, I'm determined to start and complete it.




Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia

Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday Musings 12/14

What a busy week!  We are now steam rolling towards Christmas, and I almost have all the gifts wrapped up.  I only have two more, and those are types that can be taken care of this week, or right before Christmas.  All I need is my Christmas cards to send out, and I'll be done.  It sure feels good.

As posted on Thursday, my tree is up and decorated in my office.  I like this tree compared to my last tree the past few years.  I needed a fuller tree because I've collected a lot of ornaments over the years, so I went to Home Depot.  They need to put handles on those boxes.  The box wasn't heavy, but it's bulky, and getting it to my car was interesting, but not as interesting as getting it from my car to my office building.  The front of the building is cut off due to construction, so I had to carry the box from the parking garage to the building.  Not easy.


Monday was my medical massage and scar tissue diagnosis.  I'm going to start acoustic wave therapy when I get back from Christmas, and I hope it helps.  I'm still working on that spot with my lacrosse ball, but if it is scar tissue, I'm going to need help to break it up.  My chiro said he'd do the therapy on my entire leg, to break up the existing scar tissue, and to make sure other spots don't acquire scar tissue.

Saturday was a lazy day after Pure Barre.  I ran some errands, then put my feet up for the rest of the day.  I needed to nap because I'd been out Friday night for a holiday party (which was a lot of fun), and I watched Army/Navy, then the Santa Clause.  I have family who've served in both the army and navy, so I was pulling for both teams.  After the game and movie, I felt like baking, and made snickerdoodles.


Finally, I took an extra rest day on Sunday because I did Pure Barre on Saturday, and I woke up yesterday with two strategically placed knots in my glutes.  I'm trying to work on relaxing during my runs, and making sure my muscles stay relaxed too.  Those knots would not have been good for a relaxing run.  So I stayed home for some extra foam rolling, while watching the Dallas Marathon.  The race was having a fun Duo to Rio relay with elites, where the men ran the first half and the women ran the second half.

Anybody have races, or run the Dallas races?


Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.


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Monday: yoga

Tuesday: strength training

Wednesday: 30 minutes treadmill, yoga

Thursday: strength training

Friday: rest

Saturday: Pure Barre

Sunday: rest

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Random Thursday

Random Thursday!  I've had a few thoughts this week, so I'm up for Amanda's  Thinking Out Loud.


I've made some really good progress with buying Christmas gifts (and having vendors ship them out), but I fell behind on Christmas cards.  I finally ordered them yesterday, from the American Humane Association, and I should have them in time to mail them out.  I just need stamps.  Yup, I'm ahead in one area, and behind in another.  If anyone needs card ideas, I do recommend the AHA.  They've got great card designs, and purchases benefit the AHA's work.

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There's nothing like a massage to get you to relax.  And a relaxing massage is nothing like what I experienced at my first medical massage on Monday.  My chiro's office offers medical massages for its patients, and I decided to book an appointment for my calves.  I've had tight calves in the past, and I've had knots and tight Achilles this fall as well.

I can't say it was enjoyable, but this is exactly what I needed and was looking for.  He found knots I didn't even know I had, and those knots hurt when he was working through them.  It was one of those times of forcing myself to relax so he could work through the knots, but it hurt!  Obviously my calves needed this, but I have bruises!  Even after wearing compression sleeves to try to help the blood flow, I still have bruises.

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Monday I put my tree up at work, and I brought the ornaments in on Tuesday.  I have a good variety between Disney ornaments, homemade ornaments, ornaments from trips.  I love them all, and I couldn't use a lot of them last year with Allie.  If the ornaments break, I can't replace them.  I even have ornaments from Russia so those would take a lot to replace.


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'Tis the season now for parties.  I have two Friday, one for my office, and one at my cousin's.  And next week is one for my department, and one for my group.  4 in total.  Guess what I'm doing bright and early Saturday morning?  Pure Barre.  Let's see how well that goes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Race Expos

Today's link-up is race expos.  It's been a while since I actually stayed at an expo after picking up my bib.  The last major expo at Disney, I had my parents pick up my bib since they were going the day before I was flying in.  This was still when runDisney let runners pick up other runners' bibs, and there was no sense in us going twice if they were already going.  I didn't want anything at the expo and wouldn't have wanted to shop.  More time in the parks for me.


I find expos can be hit or miss.  Disney certainly puts on big expos, but after going to a couple, there's nothing special in it, for me.  I find a lot of the same vendors are there, so if they don't interest me, no thanks.  Other expos are pretty small, which surprises me given the size of some races.  It all depends on the organizers.  A lot of times, vendors I'd like to see aren't at expos, so I stick to online shopping if I want something specific.

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On a random note, has anyone done Acoustic Wave Therapy?  I found out the new trouble spot is actually an extension of the ITB, and the pain is from build up of scar tissue.  My chiro said AWT can break up the scar tissue much much faster than any manual technique.


Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday Musings 12/7

It's beginning to look more like Christmas.  I finally bought a tree this weekend and put it together in my office.  I have no place for it, and Allie brought the tree down last year.  No Disney ornaments, no breakable ornaments, and no sentimental ornaments went on the tree last year.  Now, I can bring in all my ornaments and decorate the tree before work tomorrow.  I wasn't kidding when I said I'd have a tree in my office instead of at home.  I still decorated at home, but the tree is safe and sound.


The weekend was a mix between good workouts, down time, and being busy.  Today is a friend's birthday so a group of us went out for Tex Mex Saturday at Chuy's, then played dominos and had sopapilla cheesecake.  I didn't get home until after midnight, and my mind wouldn't shut off for me to go to sleep until past one, and yet my body decided that 7am was the perfect time to be up and at 'em.  Ugh!  Pure Barre wasn't until 11:45, so why couldn't my body let me sleep in.

I also ticked off two more Christmas movies from my list: Love Actually and Elf.  Anybody live near a Cinemark?  Their classic series is showing Miracle on 34th Street on the 20th if anyone is interested.  That movie is on my Netflix list but I may not get it in time.


Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Sunday: Runner's World Iron Strength

Monday: yoga

Tuesday: Pilates

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: Kinetic Revolution Challenge days 1-3

Friday: yoga

Saturday:3.1 miles

Sunday: Pure Barre

Friday, December 4, 2015

Bucket List Vacations

Friday Five is bucket list vacations.

I love to travel, and have traveled in the past with my parents.  I love it, but sadly work takes most of my time now.  That darn work.  Some bucket list destinations are new, but I'd like to repeat some, to go back and explore more or go back since I understand more.

1) Spain.  Brand new.  I'd love to go to Spain and eat and drink wine throughout the country.  I did that in Italy and it was fantastic!  It's fun to try new foods when you're in a country that's known for food.  I'd like to go to Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, maybe the Alhambra.  I've thought this one out.

2) Scotland.  Kind of a repeat.  My parents and I were in Edinburgh when I was 16, but I'd also like to throw in Glasgow, some castle tours, highland tours.  Do a big tour of the whole country.  And avoid the haggis.


3) The Smithsonian Institute.  This is one to go back since I know a lot more.  When you're a kid, you look for kid things.  I recognized the Ruby Slippers right away, but a lot of other artifacts went right over my head.  I want to see specifically the American History building.  I know they're got way more stuff than they can display, but I'd like to "get lost" for a day.

4) Napa.  We went to 10 wineries in Napa this year and didn't even scratch the surface.  I'm currently coming up with a list of wineries for my next trip, whenever that may be.


5) Mediterranean.  This would have to be a cruise because there's so much to see.  My cousins have been on some good cruises that cover the Mediterranean in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.  Cruises are great because you can go to sleep and wake up in the next port :-)






Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?! 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

3 Things Thursday 12/3

A little late today, but that's what happens when I don't have a post ready to go, and work takes over right when I was in my office.  Now that things have calmed down a little bit, I'm ready to write.

1) I'm slowly making my way through Christmas movies, with the help of Netflix.  I should buy some movies to add to the collection I have at home, but I haven't gotten my rear in gear.  I watched Trading Places yesterday, and yes, I partly consider it a Christmas movie.  It starts before Thanksgiving and goes through the new year.


2) I've decided to join a challenge of sorts.  Kinetic Revolution is posting daily strength training exercises on Instagram, and I plan to do days 1-3 today.  I'm not breaking my schedule to include these, so I'm grouping them together to have a full strength training day.  So far there are six, and I'll finish that with planks (no for real, I will).  I'm always looking out for new/more exercises to do.

3) It may be moving into late fall in Dallas, and the temps actually reflect this, but I'm still wearing open-toed shoes.  I have closed-toed shoes, but the toe box is very narrow and it's making my toes cramp.  I need to stretch them out on the lacrosse ball each night to keep them from cramping.  I'm on the lookout for dress shoes that aren't so narrow, but those kinds of heels aren't easy to find.  You know you're a runner when...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

TOTR: TMI Stories

No, I won't tell any of my personal stories, but we as runners all have stories of TMI issues either before races or during races.  The running tip of finding a breakfast that works for you comes from experience.  There's nothing worse than trying a brand new to you breakfast on race morning, only to have it backfire at some point during the race.

No, my write up is an ode to Band Aids, thanks to a meme Brooks posted the day before Thanksgiving.  It made me lol.


OK, since I can wear sports bras, I've never had this issue, but it's running humor, and I love it.


Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Musings 11/30

Happy last day of November.  Wait what?  Yes, tomorrow is December 1.  This past week was a rest week after my 5k, and I wanted to spend time with my lacrosse ball, focusing on the area around the knew knot.  I found some exercises that are supposed to loosen up the calf along the shin bone, so I've been doing those before using the lacrosse ball (on both sides), then stretching the calf.  I hope this all helps.  I need to do stuff in between my chiro visits.


Sunday after my 5k I did Pure Barre, then did yoga on Monday.  That was the extent of my workout for the week.  I'm not of the mindset that I have to earn my Thanksgiving meal, and since it's only one meal I splurge, I enjoy it.  Tuesday I baked the second batch of pecan tassies, and I made a blueberry crumble.  Both were hits, and since we had 3 desserts at the meal, I did bring back some of each to enjoy for the rest of the week.


Thanksgiving itself was gray and rainy, so I was happy I wasn't doing a turkey trot.  The rain did hold out, but it was a humid day with the storm coming.  I slept in until 6:15 (!) and then took my time through the rest of the day.  Thanksgiving itself was great!  I can tell I'm getting older though because I could only complete one plateful, and I was too stuffed to even think about seconds.  I had turkey, Swedish meatballs, rolls, green bean clusters wrapped in bacon, cornbread stuffing with pecans, potato gratin, and sweet potato casserole.  I tried to have a light lunch so I could indulge in all of this. Does the meme below sound familiar to anyone?  That was one of my friends - she said she was full then 10 minutes later was ready for dessert.


We wrapped up the day playing a board game and putting Jurassic World on the TV.

Friday I decorated and started on my collection of Christmas movies.  I watched the Muppet Christmas Carol and 2 Big Bang Theory Christmas episodes.  Between the movies and TV episodes, I have to start watching early.


Saturday was a lazy, lazy day, with some quick errands and only going out at 8 to go to a pub quiz with friends.  We used to do pub quizzes by Geeks Who Drink until our pub closed last year.  We were able to get the team back together Saturday and we won the quiz!  Between errands and pub quiz, I didn't do anything.  The weather this whole weekend was gray, rainy, and cold.  Like, low 40s with wind chills in the 30s cold.  I know how to deal with cold, but it always seems colder in Texas.  I don't know why.

Sunday I finally got back on the workout wagon and decided to shock my system with the RW Iron Strength.  Let's see how I feel on Monday!


Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pecan Tassies

A couple readers asked for the recipe, so here it is.  It's a Martha Stewart recipe I got from my Martha Stewart Cookie book.


Ingredients

For the dough:

1/2 cup of ground pecans
1/2 cup (4oz) mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup (half stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt

For the filling:

1 large egg
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 T pure maple syrup
2 t pure vanilla extract
1 T unsalted butter, softened
1/4 t salt
3/4 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Make the dough: process pecans in a food processor until finely ground (you should have about 1/2 cup); set aside.  Put mascarpone and butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on medium-high speed until well blended.  Add flour, ground pecans, and salt; mix just until dough comes together.  Alternatively, stie together ingredients with a wooden spoon in a large bowl.

2. Roll dough into eighteen 1-inch balls, press into bottoms and up sides of cups of mini-muffin tins.

3. Make the filling: whisk together egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, butter and salt in a small bowl.  Stir in pecans.  Spoon about 1 1/2 t filling into each muffin cup

4. Bake pecan tassies until crust beings to turn golden, about 15 minutes.  Turn pan halfway.  Let cool completely in tins on wire rack.  Umold.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pumpkin Spice 5k

The first-ever Pumpkin Spice race series was held this past Saturday, put together by Run Project and sponsored by my LRS, Run On! Texas.  Even though this race was in Fort Worth (and 40 miles from my apartment), I opted for this one over the other races this past weekend.  I got bling for the 5k, and there was an easy packet pickup location on my side of town.  I love an easy packet pickup because it's one stress aspect that's taken away.  I picked it up on Tuesday and got the race long-sleeve shirt and some sunglasses with the race packet.  I didn't use the sunglasses.


During the week, the weather seemed ideal with temps projected to be in the 40s.  Perfect running weather, right?  Wrong!  Wyoming and Colorado had a weather system move through and we got the wind.  Oh my goodness, it was windy.  The road to Fort Worth is mostly highways/tollways, and my car was being buffeted about by the wind.  I made it to the event center and did not want to get out of my car.  But I had to use the port-a-potties :-/

For the race I was wearing my Nike winter shirt, a UA short-sleeve shirt and a running vest, with running tights and a Running Skirt (no picture).  I threw in a college boathouse jacket to have something to wear after the race, but I ended up wearing that too.  Initially I had my bib pinned to my vest, but that changed when I opted to wear the jacket as well.  I also had gloves and a winter headband for my ears.  When I say it was cold, it was cold.  I know cold, and Texas cold, for whatever reason, always seems to be worse than it should.


My cousin and her friend were doing the 15k, and the 15k and 10k runners took off at 8, with the 5k starting at 8:30.  Y'all, there were a lot of 5k runners.  One aspect that needs to be worked out is the running route.  We started on the road, but quickly reached the running trails that were utilized for the race.  It got narrow pretty quickly, and I ended up weaving around a lot of people.  Probably the same people because we all were doing run/walk intervals.  If I was running, others were walking.  Then they passed me when I was walking.  The crowd kept my speed in check, but I did a lot of weaving.

We didn't get a 1-mile marker or 3-mile marker.  Only 2, and I heard from my cousin the 15k course was also missing mile markers.  I couldn't use my Garmin because the GPS was taking forever to link up with the satellites in the waiting corral, and I needed my running intervals.  I have no idea what my average pace was and how much I actually did run.  With all the weaving I was doing, I know I did more than 3.1.  The good news is, my calf spot didn't twinge until the very end.  I just would like to know what distance it was when it started twinging.


 Would I do this race again?  I don't think so.  It was fun, and another race to check out my legs and see how the kinks are faring.  For now I'm going to take a break from races and focus on the right spots.  My chiro's office has massage therapists and I need to take advantage of that to get work done on my calves.  What work I get on one side must be done on the other.  My body's got a great talent of one side joining the other in muscle kinks and pain.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Musings 11/23


Weekly recap!  The end of last week was tough because part of me has mentally checked out for Thanksgiving.  The only problem is I work Monday-Wednesday this week, so these 3 days are going to be a little tough.  I have everything I need for what I'm bringing for Thanksgiving, including a celebratory adult beverage.  Our tour guide at Schramsberg said she thought the blanc de noir went very well with a Thanksgiving dinner, so I'm taking her advice.  Even if it's not paired with the dinner, it's still really good.


Dessert will be the same as last year since it was so popular.  It's a Martha Stewart recipe for pecan tassies.  It's not a difficult recipe, but there are quite a few steps that will keep me busy.  Since a couple hockey players will be at the feast, I'm making a double batch.  And I might taste test a couple, just to be sure ;-)  I included the Blue Bell to have a small side with the tassies, and since Blue Bell is back, why not?

This week's training stayed about the same, even with a race on Saturday.  I didn't do much before my last 5k and I felt a little tight during that race.  Tuesday I picked up my race packet at my LRS, since the company is a sponsor with the race series.  This was the first year for the Pumpkin Spice run, and there are a few things they could work on.  I'll recap the race tomorrow.


Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.
 
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Monday: yoga

Tuesday: strength training

Wednesday: 2.35 miles

Thursday: Jillian Michaels' yoga meltdown level 1

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3.1+ miles

Sunday: Pure Barre

Friday, November 20, 2015

Favorite Winter Drinks

Friday Five is favorite drinks.  I add in some hot drinks in the summer, and also stick to some staples through the year.  I've already opened a box of hot tea since I really needed help on Tuesday.  Tornado sirens went off at 4am that day and I really struggled to get through the day.


1) Lady Grey tea - my favorite hot black tea.  The bergamot flavor isn't as strong as in Earl Grey, and the citrus balances out the flavors too.

2) Hot Chocolate - I need to get more to start the winter off, but my favorites are Ghiradelli's.  There's was the first to have the mixture with hot milk, and I haven't been able to have water-based hot chocolate since.  The milk adds body to the hot chocolate and is the only way I drink it now.

3) Sleepytime tea.  Sometimes I do have trouble winding down at the end of the day, and Sleepytime tea is the best way I can help with that.  I really don't know if the valerian actually works, but the process of letting the tea steep and drinking something hot with no caffeine seems to help.  Plus the bear in his nightcap is so cute!


4) Champagne.  OK, this is more related to the holidays.  I'm taking a bottle of sparkling wine with me to Thanksgiving and will get it this weekend.  I avoid the stores the day before Thanksgiving because, like the airport, it's chaos.  I make sure I have everything ready to go beforehand.

5) Red wine.  It's not hot, but shouldn't be cold either.  I make some heavy, substantial meals during the winter, soups, stews, casseroles, and I need wine that holds up with it.  I still drink white when I make seafood, but red is definitely a lot more winter.


Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thinking Out Loud 11/19

Another Thinking Out Loud with Amanda.


I switched my Instagram account to private to cut down on the spam likes and followers.  I got tired of seeing Russian names with, ahem, revealing pictures.  Yes, it's my blog Instagram, but I'm tired of blocking these types of accounts.  If you want to follow me, please do :-)

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There is finally a Pixar movie I don't want to see.  Has anyone seen the trailers for the Good Dinosaur?  They remind me of the Land Before Time.  I used to watch the first movie as a kid, but the GD doesn't interest me at all.  I'm actually a little saddened since I love Pixar movies (except WALL-E).  I even have my phone case with a Pixar character.


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I'm very much a "holidays as they come" person, but I bought my Christmas candy.  Ghiradelli now makes their peppermint bark with dark chocolate, and I couldn't pass it up.  The squares will be my dessert from now until they disappear at the end of the holiday season.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Running Soundtrack

"What is dinner without a little music?"


For me it's what is running without a little music.  I've always loved running with music, and I have plenty of playlists to keep things fun.  I have a standard running playlist that I change up, but I have other themes.  I've got a Christmas list, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Patriotic, an all women-playlist, Disney, movie soundtracks, the instrumental soundtracks, '80s, you name it.

Music's always been important to me, and I love playing around and figuring out which songs are best to run to.  I use my phone as my iPod so I have both music and phone, in case I need the phone.  When they were separate, I felt weighted down because I was carrying extra stuff.


I have run without music, but I prefer not to.  The trick is to be responsible.  I do keep the volume down, especially when I'm outside, so I can be aware of my surroundings, but I get bored if I don't have my iPod with me.


Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Musings 11/16

Thursday I didn't do any cardio and instead watched videos of cardio and yoga.  Yeah, I wasn't feeling motivated, and the cat snuggled next to me on the couch.  "OK, I'm done, and going to lay here until she moves."  That was my Thursday.  I'm still experimenting with a different schedule, but since Thursdays are rather blah days most weeks, I'm thinking of going back to running on Wednesdays and using Tuesdays and Thursdays as strength days.  I still have weaknesses that I need to focus on, if my chiro appointment last week was any indication.


The reason why my calf is tight along my shin bone was my hip was tight and I was out of alignment.  He had to use Graston to get those calf spots to loosen up, and he said running on banked surfaces during the Showdown 5k was enough to pull me out of alignment.  The whole second mile was on a highway access road that banked down to the right, and only one lane was closed off.  That meant I couldn't move to the center of the road to get away from the slope.  If that was enough to pull me out of alignment, I still have a lot work to do.


Since I no longer have my gym membership, I've been looking at different workouts and combining shorter ones to help me on my strength days.  I've upped Pure Barre to 3 times a month, and even splurged on a class package.  That should last me a little over 3 months.  I have DVD workouts I add together, and I've been looking at workouts from Muscle and Fitness Hers, plus a video I found from Pilates Happy Hour and some of the Oiselle Dozen.  I don't do all 12, but combine them with exercises from the other workouts, and it's fun to do.  I've been doing two reps but might up it to three.  I've even found more yoga routines to do.


As a side note, I mentioned to my chiro I have another 5k on the 21st and he said to come in before that to make sure I'm in alignment.  When I looked at the calendar to make that appointment, I realized the 5k is this coming Saturday.  What?  When did that happen?  It's the Saturday before Thanksgiving and it's this coming weekend!


Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Monday: yoga

Tuesday: 3 miles (treadmill)

Wednesday: strength training

Thursday: extra rest with foam rolling and extra stretching

Friday: rest

Saturday: 2.6 miles (track), lower back yoga

Sunday: Pure Barre, lower back yoga (my lower back was tight this weekend)