Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Musings 2/29

One more day in February, and I can't wait for March.  March starts tomorrow, and I so hope it's a much better month.  I'm glad last week is over, because by the time Friday rolled around, this was my constant mood:

Friday I started a Scrubs marathon with season 3 when I got home.  I'm getting the discs from Netflix so I can't watch too many episodes in one sitting, but I can still plow through a whole disc of Scrubs without even trying.  Anyone have shows like that?  I piled in with Allie, who's great at sensing when I need some snuggles.

Saturday was a typical running and errands day.  I did feel a little bit out of alignment Friday night, so I wasn't surprised my scar tissue was talking a little bit at the very end of my 30 minutes, but I have another chiro appointment today.  I'll get back in alignment and more scar tissue.  This coming Saturday I'll be in Boulder and I'm hoping I can have a good run in.  I get tense when I'm flying, so keep your fingers crossed that my muscles will stay loose, and add in the yoga I plan to do too.  The schedule has 3.5 miles.

Sunday friends and I got together for the Oscars red carpet and ceremony.  I haven't seen any of the nominated movies, so I didn't have any interest.  I haven't cared about the Oscars for years, but I like being with friends.  The dresses are always fun to look at, and a good-looking guy in a tux?  Quite nice.

Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.


Monday: yoga

Tuesday: strength training, yoga

Wednesday: 2.25 miles, yoga

Thursday: strength training, yoga

Friday: yoga

Saturday: 2.5 miles yoga

Sunday: Pure Barre

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thinking Out Loud 2/25

One more Thursday in this month.  I know not to wish away time, but this month has been tough.  I'm focusing on the fun that I have planned in the next couple months to get me through this rough patch.  Don't worry, it's nothing to do with me, but elderly family stuff.

1) I booked my shuttle to and from LAX in May.  Now I hope Virgin America doesn't change my flight times again.  I know I can change the shuttle reservation if I need to, but I'd prefer to not have to do that.

2) I'm currently debating which Running Skirt to wear for the 10k.  I love the new skirt I got for Christmas, but I also have a Minnie Mouse skirt that of course would go with a Disney race.  I don't have any green skirts to stay with the Tink theme.

3) I'm already thinking about a post-race breakfast.  I know it's over two months away, but there's a Denny's and an IHOP along Harbor Boulevard.  I like pancakes and French toast, with maybe a couple strips of bacon on the side to celebrate.

4) I'm also trying to think of some fun things to add to the outfit.  Not clothes, but maybe some temporary tattoos.  I found a website that has a bunch of Disney designs, including Tink and her fairy friends.  Those are definitely a possibility.  I know Jamberry has Disney designs now, but those never stay on my nails, no matter what I try.  I feel bad since one of my friends sells them.

Thinking Out Loud with Amanda.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

TOTR: Race Medals

What are y'all's favorite race medal(s)?  Do you own them or are those races on a bucket list?  It's easy to get bling envy these days, and I will admit I was jealous of those who did the WDW 10k for a Minnie medal, and then the Tink medals are pretty sweet too.  I love the fairies on the 10k, and it may or may not be part of the reason why I'm "downgrading" to 10k races.  I have my WDW Donald medal, but Disney is coming up with some really good 10k designs.

I really like all the medals I own, the first half marathon, of course, being the Princess half in 2012.  I know they've changed the design since, but that was my very first Run Disney half.  I didn't have any expectations, I just wanted to finish the race, and in a way, I think I enjoyed the race more than the others I've done.  I won't deny I placed pressure on myself to do better with each successive half, but the Princess didn't have any pressure.  It was my first major race, and I wanted to soak everything in.

Heck, I didn't even have a blog yet when I did Princess.  In a way, I'm trying to return to that feeling of no pressure.  All I want to do with the Tink 10k is have a good training cycle, and just finish the race and have fun.

Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia

Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Musings 2/22

This week you might see more additions to my workouts.  Now that I've gotten yoga into my routine more, my next step is to do yoga every day.  I'm trying to do some quick, 15-to-20-minute yoga routines to now tackle my tight hips, then make Mondays and Fridays yoga days for longer routines.  Monday my chiro said my hips are still tight (granted this was a day after Pure Barre), and I need to keep up with stretching.  Roger that.  Youtube is my friend during this time so I don't get bored with the same routine.

Last week I saw Holly's post about a virtual run that had a Star Wars themed medal.  BB8.  This time I signed up solely for the bling.  I was feeling good enough after my chiro visit to do a 5k on the treadmill Wednesday.  I chose the treadmill to stay close to home because my knee was very tender after my sound waves therapy on Monday.  Ow!  It was almost like he was digging into my leg with the sound waves tool, but he wasn't.  I must have had a bit of crap in there that needed to be broken up.  I didn't feel a single twinge during that 5k run so the next step was, of course, running outside on Saturday.

Spoiler alert, I had a really good run.  The schedule said 40 minutes and that's exactly what I did.  I did feel a little bit of tugging where the scar tissue has been, at the very end of the run, but not twinging.  No twinging for two runs when I was building mileage!  I feel like I've had a really good building week, so next week will be a step back.  That's not what's on the schedule, but I feel like stepping back is the right thing to do after this week.  Remember, the training schedule is more guidelines than rules.

The rest of the day was spent foam rolling, icing, and post-run yoga.  Between the yoga I did before my run to loosen up my hips, and the post-run yoga, I did 40 minutes total on Saturday.  If it helps my morning runs, I'll continue to do it, even at Disneyland when it's time for Tink.   I'll have to memorize a good routine so I can complete it in the room before leaving for the start line.

Saturday night my friends and I went to our favorite painting place, and I chose this really cute picture of a penguin.  I did change a couple of things, but that's what's so great about this place.  You can choose what you want to do, and make any changes you want.  I needed another painting to go in my office at work, and this one should be perfect.

To wrap up Sunday, after Pure Barre, I hit the grocery store to finish off the errands, and I wound up with another box of Girl Scout Cookies.  I swear they jumped into my hands before I knew it ;-)  So that's a total of 7 GSC boxes this year, much more than the last couple years put together.  Oops.  And no weekend is complete without extra snuggles from Allie.  She and I hunkered down to watch the Disneyland special on ABC.

Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.


Monday: chiro visit, yoga

Tuesday: strength training, quick yoga

Wednesday: 5k, post-run yoga

Thursday: strength training, quick yoga

Friday: yoga

Saturday: pre-run yoga, 40 minutes (3.16 miles), post-run yoga

Sunday: Pure Barre, yoga

Friday, February 19, 2016

Dallas Favorites

Last week I had to get new license plates for my car because Texas requires it every 7 years.  Some sort of fraud prevention.  I was grumbling about it because I had my last license plate memorized and trying to learn this one turned into P Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.  But then I realized, I've been here almost 7 years!  When did that happen?  So much stuff has happened.

1) I got back into shape.  I let myself get out of shape with my first job, which I think happens to a lot of people.  You're learning a new routine after college, and the gym may not be a priority after a while.  I was good for the first summer and fall, but when winter set in, I stayed in bed more since it was cold outside.  After I got back into shape, I found this whole long distance running thing.

2) I got my job, and it's the same job I have now.  After a few months of hardwork, I landed this job through a temping agency, then went permanent a few months after that. 

3) I got Allie.  She's my furkid and my family.  She can be cuddly, feisty, and rambunctious.  She sleeps plastered up against me so I have to find ways to get comfy on a sliver of the bed while she had the rest of the bed, but doesn't use it.  Just this morning I woke up with her curled up tightly against me and I had to shift, but without disturbing her.

4) I found a great group of friends in the supporters' groups at FC Dallas and the Allen Americans.  Some of us support both teams and we're a fun bunch.

5) I got certified last year!  It was a couple years in the making but that's why I was at Disney World last March, for a review session at our spring conference, then I sat for the exam in September.  After 5 (!) weeks of impatiently waiting, I found my name in the database and screamed!  Allie went running and probably thought the human's finally gone crazy.

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

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

My Blog Hop Post

Welcome to everyone here from the blog hop!  It's always fun to do these things and network a little bit more :)

I'm still digesting my thoughts from the marathon trials, and I mentioned what I thought about Galen Rupp on my Monday post

I loved watching both races at once, and how each one was different.  Both were conservative, but the men's race didn't break up the pack until later in the race, while Shalane and Amy moved away pretty quickly.  I love how they worked together for almost the whole race, and talking to one another when one was in a tough patch.  They did show interviews that had been done the day before, and I love how determined Amy was after finishing 4th in 2012.  I truly believe this is why we need to experience failure during our lives.  She was determined, motivated, and she learned from the 2012 experience and what happens?  She wins the trials in 2016.

"I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down..." 

The whole time I was watching the marathon trials, I did have to put up with commercials.  Ugh!  American TV, just ugh!  Sometimes they showed the Olympic commercial for Rio, and all I could think of was "I hate Samba!"

Anybody else think of this?

The track and field trials aren't until July 1, so what do I do now?


So, a little bit about me for the new readers coming in from the blog hop.  I'm a 30-something living in Dallas.  I grew up hating running, but did it because I had to for the sports I played.  I hated it even more when my teams went for long runs together, and let's just say high mileage at high speeds is not my forte.  I hated every minute of it.  It wasn't until I moved to Dallas almost 7 years ago that I started getting back into shape and fell in love with running.  I really wish I had more fun like this when I was younger.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TOTR: Race Shirts

Races come with race shirts, and I have to admit, I'm not as excited about race shirts as I once was.  I've had mixed results in that department, and most of the time, I don't even wear them when I'm working out.  They do represent the race, and I do consider them a badge of honor, but it all depends on the shirt.

My favorite shirt is from Eugene in 2013, even if my leg did unravel in the last 5k.  I never knew how long 3.1 miles could be until that race.  But the shirt itself is excellent quality, a great color, fits me quite well, and Eugene is a running mecca.  Overall, a great shirt if I had a checklist of what I'm looking for.

My shirts range from all over, and some are certainly better than others.  I got two shirts when I did Dallas in 2012, and the long-sleeve participant shirt was so awful, I used it as a throwaway in Eugene.  The design was terrible, the fabric was terrible, the cut was terrible.  I knew right away I wouldn't be keeping it, then realized I had the perfect shirt to keep me warm in the corrals in Eugene.  It'd go to charity and hopefully the next recipient would like it.

So, what am I looking for in a race shirt?  I don't want white, because white shows stains, and trust me, I stain things.  I'm a klutz.  I also don't want the dreaded pit stains, which white shows quite easily.  I like fun colors and fun designs.  I'm also looking for technical material to keep the shirt comfy.  I may not wear them when I'm working out, but they can be great lounge shirts, which is also why I include the fit in my checklist.

The difficult part always seems to be the cut and size.  Some shirts I wear a small, some shirts I wear a medium.  The last race that had short sleeves had baggy shirts, so the medium I chose is too big.  But how can I know that in advance?  Most races (except the really big ones) doesn't seem to have a size chart.  I love bigger sizes though with long sleeves because they seem more comfy.  I am quite picky about what I wear.

Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday Musings 2/15

Happy President's Day, if y'all get the day off.  I don't :-/  I do like having these floating holidays given to us at the end of the year, but sometimes it'd be nice to break up a long stretch with a holiday. Mental health days, right?  But this week does start off Kristy's blog hop, which I'll be participating in.  If you're here for that, welcome!

If y'all watched the marathon trials, what'd y'all think?  I was nervous/excited for the runners, and was 100% ready when the broadcast started.  But it was NBC.  They leave a lot to be desired, frankly, between the commercials and commentators getting facts wrong.  I'm so happy Meb made the team, and I'm bummed that Kara finished 4th.  She couldn't make up the distance at the end, but I think she still had a great race.  A great way to forget New York 2014.  I'm on the fence about Galen Rupp simply because he still wants to do the 10k.  If he's not ready to let that event go, then don't run in the trials and take a spot away from someone who would be fully focused on the marathon.

It was some serious snuggle time with this girl, even if she didn't care about the race :-p  I also got plenty of snuggles with that valentine on Sunday.

I was able to get my 3-mile run done Saturday morning before the trials, even with a scar tissue flare up with .5 to go.  I got all 3 miles done, so I'm still on schedule, and I have another sound wave therapy session today.  I'm also thinking I need another medical massage on my calves because they're feeling tight again.  Last time I had some good bruises from the massage, on both calves.

The rest of the weekend was really lazy.  Sunday I finished up errands and went to Pure Barre.  For the first time, I forgot my socks, so had to buy another pair.  Oops.  I'm not the only one to have done that though.  I've heard even the instructors have done that.  I always make sure I have my socks and yesterday did not check first.  Now I have two pairs and can alternate.

Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.


Monday: yoga

Tuesday: strength training

Wednesday: 30 minutes/ 2.37 miles, post-run yoga

Thursday: strength training

Friday: rest

Saturday: 30 miles, post-run yoga

Sunday: Pure Barre

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Five: Disney Songs

Valentine's Day is Sunday.  Although I am one of those cynics when it comes to that "holiday", I still have fun with my Disney soundtracks.  I thought this would be a good mashup between Valentine's Day and my love of Disney.  My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast - so much so, choosing a bib for the Princess half was a no-brainer - so my top choice is that movie's song.

1) Beauty and the Beast

2) Kiss the Girl

3) Bella Notte

4) Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

5) I Won't Say (I'm in Love)

I may or may not have a couple of these songs on my playlist for Tink.  I'm going to be at Disneyland so I need Disney songs, right?

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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thinking Out Loud 2/11

This week has been the week in which I watch movies I've never seen before.  Friends and I watched Die Hard on Sunday, then I watched Tim Burton's Batman on Tuesday.  Yes, I would watch both movies again, but they're not ones I'd own.  Batman is mild compared to some of Tim Burton's other works, and Jack Nicholson is just, well, Jack Nicholson.  I'll skip the sequel because the Penguin looks even weirder.

I'm making progress with my post-run yoga, and when I set that goal, it wasn't necessarily to follow a yoga routine.  I knew I needed to start stretching more after my runs because I'm not at an age anymore where I can foam roll and leave it at that.  At 31, I have to stretch.  Yesterday, I stretched for 30 minutes, holding each stretch for 20 seconds, and doing that stretch 2 to 3 times each.  Remember what they say in PS I Love You?  "The moment a 30-year-old body doesn't recover quite as fast as a 29-year-old body."  That applies across the board.

I can't tell y'all how much I'm loving my Oiselle birthday gift.  My parents gave me the Flyte long-sleeve shirt, and I'm slowly becoming that kid whose parents have to sneak into their room and wash their favorite outfit.  Except I'm the one who has to the laundry.  I've done 2 runs with it on, and I plan on doing my Saturday run with it too.  By then it'll need to be washed again.

I'm reading all the preview stuff for the marathon trials, and I'm starting to feel nervous.  I know the runners I'll be cheering for, but this whole "live" business means I'll be on the edge of my seat.  It's exciting.  Right now in Frisco, we have the US women's soccer team in their qualifying tournament for the Olympics too.  I feel like London was not that long ago, but it has almost been 4 years.  Crazy.

Thinking Out Loud with Amanda.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This is the Week!

Saturday is the marathon trials!  Anybody watching?  I don't know if I'll be stressed watching it, but I can't wait to watch the broadcast, LIVE!  Yes, this year the marathon is going to be live on national TV.  It was tape delay in 2012, but this time around I'm going to be glued to the TV to see how it pans out.  I really hope NBC doesn't have too many commercials (I know, pipe dream).  Part of the marathon is watching the strategies play out and when the pack breaks on the second half of the course.

The broadcast starts at noon my time, which means I should have plenty of time to get my run done on Saturday.  I have 3 miles on the schedule, and I'm contemplating which route to take.  I do have some concrete running routes around my neighborhood, so maybe I can avoid the high school track.  It always seems to be busy Saturday mornings, between cross country, indoor track, and most likely outdoor track.  Plus running in a circle makes me feel like a hamster.

I wasn't going to write about the TOTR theme, but then I remembered the concrete trails go through fields of these:

I can't wait to get out there once spring hits. 

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Musings 2/8

Thank goodness it's a new week.  Last week was a bit rough, and I'm ready for a clean slate this week.  Last week wrapped up with Virgin America changing (both) my flight times for Tink, and now I have an early morning flight out instead of a late morning flight out.  I scheduled the late morning flight so I'd have time to drop Allie off at the vet hotel that morning before making my way to the airport.  Now I have to drop her off the evening before, which means I'm not going to sleep well.  It is too quiet, eerily quiet, when she's not in the apartment.  I don't like, and I don't sleep well.  I don't sleep well either if I fly out early, so two reasons why I'll sleep like crap.

Last week I did receive the rest of the birthday gifts I ordered, which consisted of my Raw Threads shirt and my new Oiselle bra.  I wore both on my run Wednesday to test them out, and they're both great!  The Raw Threads tank almost fits me like a glove, and the fabric is soft, and something I can picture myself wearing all 6.2 miles of Tink.  I'm glad about that because this is my first order with Raw Threads, and didn't know how things would fit.  I went with their Tank style and not a Racer because I felt the Racer would be too tight.  I'm slowly putting my outfit together to go with a pirate theme.  Captain Hook was my all time favorite Disney character when I was a kid, so I'm having fun with the theme.

I got back to regular Pure Barre on Sunday and the class mantra seemed to be "because it's super bowl Sunday..."  Um, what if you're not watching?  I went over to friends' where we watched Die Hard (because I hadn't seen it yet) and then the Puppy Bowl.  We did watch the halftime show, which I felt was very lame!  I don't listen to Cold Play, but that aside, there was nothing spectacular about it.  I'm now thinking of acts that could carry the super bowl halftime show by themselves, instead of needing many different artists.  I know the NFL wants bands to start paying to play at halftime, but I settled on Billy Joel as someone who could handle the show by himself.

I made it through week 3 of training, though I did feel tight in my 30 minutes on the treadmill.  I need to work on really loosening up in the mornings before my Saturday runs, and maybe get outside more.  I am trying to get outside, but it was chilly and misting a little bit this weekend when I walked to the fitness room.  I just got over one head cold, and I really don't want another one.

Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.


Monday: yoga

Tuesday: strength training

Wednesday: 2.25 miles

Thursday: strength training

Friday: rest

Saturday: 30 minutes

Sunday: Pure Barre

Thursday, February 4, 2016

My Strength Training

Tuesday I talked about my training plan, and today I'll talk about what I've been doing for strength training since I left PT last June.  I left PT partly because it was the same stuff, and partly because I was out of my covered sessions and paying out of pocket was expensive.

When I started looking for alternative options, Pure Barre came up and after research, I found 3 sessions of Pure Barre would be less than 1 session of PT.  I started going last April after finding Courtney's review and knew I needed to at least try it.  I got hooked after the first class.

I no longer use weight machines because after seeing results quickly from Pure Barre, I think relying so heavily on weight machines lead to my ITBS.  I relied so much on machines because I didn't feel like Pilates was working.  Now I think I just wasn't doing them right.  I know now how to engage the muscles as I work them, and feel like I am stronger.

Outside of Pure Barre, I use a lot of workout DVDs.  None of these are affiliated with this blog, but I'll post pictures in case y'all want to know which ones I use.  I have Jillian Michaels' DVDs, 10-minute Solutions, and yoga.  I built up the collection last summer as I was getting ready to cancel my gym membership.  Since I wasn't using the weight machines anymore, and my fitness room has 3 treadmills, I wasn't using the gym.

Add in YouTube videos when I need something quick and new, and voila!  I don't miss the gym, I don't miss the classes, and I'm getting a pretty good strength workout each week.  Add in all the extra construction and more traffic around my gym location, I don't miss the headache that was getting home afterwards.

I strength train on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the week, with short, multiple workouts and get anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes of good exercises.  Lately Tuesdays have been focused on legs and Thursdays have been legs and core.  I've found in my research the most important thing is to keep my muscles guessing and prevent them from plateauing. 

Sunday is either Pure Barre, or a longer workout, like Iron Strength, that gets the entire body.  Upper body is just as important.  I very recently bought Pilates for Runners, which is another long workout, that can be broken up into segments.  Sometimes I'll use that DVD's legs segment during the week, but I have some great options now for all days of strength training.  I haven't touched a weight machine since August.

* Editing to also include with Friday 5 :-)

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Training Plan

I've mentioned I started training for the Tink 10k, but I haven't discussed exactly what that training plan is.  I'm using the Jeff Galloway plan for runDisney as a guide, and modifying it to suit my needs/requirements.  It is a guide for beginners, and I thought that'd be a good start since I haven't built training for a race for almost 3 years.  I knew I needed a guide for long runs as I start this process again.  The first week had 1.5 miles for the long run, but I did 2.25 since that was what I was doing for my base in early January.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 2.25
2 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 2
3 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 2.5
4 Iron Strength yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 30 minutes
5 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 3
6 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 40 minutes
7 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 3.5
8 Iron Strength yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 30 minutes
9 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 4.25
10 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 30 minutes
11 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 5
12 Iron Strength yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 30 minutes
13 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 5.75
14 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 30 minutes
15 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 6 miles
16 Iron Strength yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 30 minutes
17 Pure Barre yoga strength train 30 minutes strength train rest 10k

The actual plan has running twice during the week, then long runs on Saturdays.  Since I need strength training twice during the week, for my weaknesses, I changed up that aspect and will only run once during the week.  Since I'm doing 6.2 miles, I think I'll be fine.  Some strength training will involve cardio, but no actual running.  I need to be focused and keep building up the strength to keep ITBS away as much as possible.

My shirt for Tink, front
Right now the scar tissue in my knee flares up with faster speeds, so while I'm getting that treated at my chiro's, I'm working on keeping my speed in check.  I also think I'll be in the crowd during the actual race, so I'm trying to train slower outside to simulate that.  I'm not speedy right now and will not line up with a time I have no hope of reaching.  The crowd should keep me in check, and I hope to have a good beginning that will carry me through the rest of the race.  I'm also keeping my intervals at 1/1 as well, until I feel like I can build my running portion.

The Iron Strength between Pure Barre Sundays is a suggestion, but I need a good alternative strength training day to mix things up outside of Pure Barre.  I think 3 straight weeks of Pure Barre, then Iron Strength or a different longer strength workout will be a good balance.  I did Iron Strength this past weekend and since I hadn't done it in a bit, I was sore yesterday (Monday).

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Musings 2/1

Welcome to February.  I can't really believe that because it was just New Year's Eve, wasn't it?

First, I made a slight change to the comment set up.  I've been getting some spam, and since I hate spam, I am moderating the comments so the spammers can't automatically post.  If anything, at least I can say no to publishing those comments and can delete them even before they're published.  If you're a real human, never fear, I'll publish yours :-)

This weekend was a relaxing weekend, and I finished spending my birthday money.  I ended up ordering a Oiselle sports bra, Pro Compression socks, a Raw Threads shirt for Tink, a Coppola bottle of cabernet, bought 3 more bottles of wine, in Dallas and some new running socks.  I know the running socks aren't glamorous, but I needed them.  Some of the socks I use I've had for years and were in desperate of replacing.

The other birthday gift was the Oiselle long sleeve Flyte, which is fantastic!  I used it on my long run Saturday and I absolutely love it.  I bought a size up from my cold layer gear so I can use it as an outer layer when I'm running, and it didn't ride up at all.  I can't wait to try out my new sports bra.

Friday my Girl Scout cookies came :)  A friend's youngest is in a troop this year and he posted her cookie webpage.  Yes please!  I always look forward to this time of year where I can find cookies, and I ordered 6 boxes.  3 Savannah Smiles, 2 Thin Mints, and 1 Shortbread.  I'll have to ration them out, otherwise they won't last long.  I'm already almost through a box of Savannah Smiles.  Oops.

Lastly, there is nothing better than tissue paper.  My last in-person gift had tissue paper, so Allie got to play with it.  It doesn't take her long to shred it, but she has so much fun during that process.

Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.


Monday: yoga

Tuesday: strength training
     10 Minute Solution Pilates - pilates for buns & thighs
     10 Minute Solution Butt Lift - butt and thighs, amazing abs

Wednesday: 2.5 miles, post-run yoga

Thursday: Oiselle Dozen - modified with 2 rounds

Friday: rest

Saturday: 2.5 miles, yoga

Sunday: Iron Strength, full workout