Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday Musings 10/31

Happy Halloween y'all!  Even though it doesn't feel like it here in Dallas :(  I do hope north Texas kids didn't choose hot costumes, because they'll be sweating.

This week was a good milestone since I completed my virtual run.  The rest of my cardio workouts were low key to let my legs recover.  In fact, I only ran twice this week and then biked yesterday.  I went to Pure Barre on Saturday because they advertised spooky tunes for all of Saturday's classes, so I switched up my weekend schedule.  The outside of my knee has felt bruised since Friday, and since I was also sore from Saturday's class, I decided to bike yesterday to still get some cardio in.  I think I also need new shoes, so I'll focus on strength training until I can get to my LRS.  My right arch was sore Friday and Saturday, and sometimes that an indication that I need to replace my shoes.  Thankfully pay day is tomorrow.

I also got some workout goodies in the mail.  I did some retail therapy two weeks ago, and the goodies arrived Thursday and Saturday.  The Oiselle tank is for both running and strength training, and I tested it out on my 2-mile run on Thursday.  I figured 2 miles was good to test it out, and get my legs going after Tuesday's 4 miles.  The Red Wings tank is strictly for strength training since it's not tech material.  I used to wear non-tech gear all the time, but runners are spoiled and I now have to have actual running gear.

The rest of the weekend consisted of this:

Lots of it.  She was quite demanding when she wanted to snuggle, and she wanted to snuggle a lot this weekend.  I didn't have much planned, so I obliged when I could.

Big shout out to those who ran this weekend.  I follow the MCM on Facebook, and the 10k is on my to do list.  I wish this was one that was on national TV, but I'll look at all the pictures on Instagram.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Five: Tim Burton

We're almost to Halloween, and I'm almost through my stash of Halloween movies.  I haven't watched all on this list yet, but I've been saving them.

While looking for some fun Halloween clips yesterday, I found that they'd done live versions of Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl last year.  How great would that have been to see?  I love Tim Burton movies, and here are my top 5.

1) Nightmare Before Christmas.  This was my first Tim Burton movie.  It's weird and different, and I love it :)

2) Sleepy Hollow.  My mom's not a fan of the movie, but it's got a great twist on the legend, and Burton even has a homage to Disney's animated version.

3) Beetlejuice.  The famous dinner scene is worth the whole movie.

4) Corpse Bride.  The title song hits later in the movie, but it's sung by none other than Danny Elfman.  It's also on my Halloween playlist.

5) Frankenweenie.  Burton turned his short story into a full stop-motion movie that hit theaters a few years ago.  I love that there are dogs in Nightmare, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie.  They're all adorable.

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I Voted, It's Over

Thank goodness Texas has an early voting window before the election.  I voted Monday, and I'm done.  I don't have to listen anymore to the news, or even my friends banter back and forth.  I love the early voting period too since I don't have to battle the lines and times on Election Day.  I went by a location on my way home Monday and voted.  We're not assigned one voting precinct, at least in DFW, but we should be voting within our county for county elections.  Everything is electronic so they scan whatever ID we bring, load that info on a card, and we vote on a computer.  Voila!  The choices were awful but I still voted.

Speaking of the election, I managed to do the 4 miles for my Gone for a Run virtual run on Tuesday.  I was on the treadmill since it warmed up a little bit, and was a little humid, and I don't have a running belt.  Birthday idea?  I didn't get on the treadmill with the goal of knocking off those 4 miles, but my knee was feeling good, so I decided to push the mileage a little bit since I was on a flat machine.  I figured if my knee started twinging, between 3 and 4 miles, I'd walk the rest and complete the challenge.  The good news is I was able to keep with my intervals and get it done.  It felt good getting that number too.  Today's run will be a shorter, slower run to take it a little easier.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Do-Over

TOTR is about a race you'd want a do-over.  I really would have to choose the Eugene half, but change my training.  If I knew then what I knew now, my strength training would've been quite different to try to avoid my battle with ITBS.  If I knew about Pure Barre, and doing body weight exercises correctly, and if I knew my body was out of alignment and to get a chiropractor, I'd say everything in that training cycle would get a do-over.

I thought I was doing training correctly since I didn't have an issue during my first two half marathons, but the Eugene half proved me wrong.

Speaking of strength training, I had my annual exam yesterday, and I've gained 4 pounds.  I'll attribute that to my strength training because I know I've gotten stronger.  I had another 3.5-mile run last week, without Rock Tape this time, so I know I have to be getting stronger.  The best part is my clothes still fit, so it has to be new muscle, right?

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.   

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Musings 10/24

Welcome to Monday.  I have my annual physical today and am currently fasting.  Yeah.  I have to fast every year for bloodwork, and of course, I'm one those who gets very cranky when I'm hungry.  It may turn into hangry.  They wanted me to subsist on water this morning but no.  I'm not following that rule since I need my caffeine.  I do think I've started getting caffeine headaches, so that's a no, I won't just stick with water.  If you take away my food, you will not take away my tea.

I made quite a bit of progress this weekend on watching Halloween movies.  I watched Hocus Pocus Friday evening, then got Coppola's Dracula on Netflix.  I'd never actually seen it from beginning to end, and only saw clips here and there.  I think the clips made it look scarier than it is.  I still have some movies to watch, and even though I set out to watch the Harry Potter movies and didn't quite get there, I also watched Prisoner of Azkaban. That's my favorite Harry Potter movie.  I love the re-imaging Alfonso Cuaron did when he became the director.

I had a good week of running too with 3.25 on Monday, 3.5 on Thursday, and 2.75 on Saturday.  I made it one of my current goals to be more consistently running around 3 miles or more if I'm feeling good.  This was the first week I was able to get 3 runs at the distance I wanted.  I pulled back a little on Saturday since the week's runs had been so good, and my legs did feel a little heavy.  I also ended up getting a massage on Sunday since my quads were feeling knotty, but the therapist spent the whole hour on my upper back.  I ended up having so much tension in my upper back and shoulders I didn't know was there.  It did make sense with everything going on right now, but I hadn't felt anything.  I hope releasing that tension will help release tension I felt in my lower back.  It hasn't been bad, but there are times it does feel tight.

I also nested a little this weekend.  Fall temps mean I can actually use the kitchen more, and I made chili on Saturday, and muffins Sunday morning.  It's fun to get more recipes out as it continues to feel like fall.  It was in the 50s Saturday morning when I ran, and I knew it was perfect to make my first batch of chili.  I don't put beans in my chili.  Not only is not chili, according to Texans, but I also don't eat a lot of beans.  I won't put it in if I'm making it for myself.  I got 3 meals out of it with leftovers, so cooking will be easy this week.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Five: Female Artists

Sorry, couldn't help it.  I don't normally talk politics as a rule, and I haven't watched any of the debates, but when I ran yesterday, I had to listen to my "girl power" playlist thanks to the Nasty Woman comment.  It has changed a bit since I posted the list last year, but it still makes me feel empowered.  I've done song lists for Friday Five before, but here are some of my favorite female artists.  I don't have all their songs, but I love when their songs do come up on my iPod.

1) Madonna

2) Stevie Nicks

3) Faith Hill

4) Carrie Underwood

5) Christina Aguilera

It's difficult to keep it to 5, but y'all do get a sense of what a wide range I have for music. 

I also couldn't help by think of this:

Has anyone here seen the First Wives Club?

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ready for Fall

Please tell me fall is coming.  I don't need winter, just fall.  Fall is coming?  We're getting rain this morning because of a cold front, and I so hope cooler temps are on the way.  At least tomorrow morning and Saturday morning are looking good with lows in the high 40s.  I may have to switch up my Pure Barre class on Saturday for one on Sunday, just so I can run outside Saturday morning.  This meme has been making the rounds, and it's so true.  To quote a friend "I have hoodies I would like to wear!!"

I did my run inside on Monday because it was 94 when I got home after work.  How is that even right, let alone fair?

I did a little retail therapy yesterday and ordered another shirt from Oiselle.  I also thought about buying a pair of Brooks Ravenna, but I'll wait a little bit until I do that.  I've now had my New Balances since July, and while they're still going strong, I would like another pair of shoes in the rotation.  Since the New Balance 860s and Brooks Ravennas felt practically the same, it's time I tried the Ravennas.  I hope I can log more miles outside now, and since I'm trying to be more consistent around 3 miles or so, I'll be increasing the amount of miles I do each week.

Or not.  I had this plan to run yesterday when I got home from work, but I ended up passing out for about 40 minutes.  I very rarely nap when I get home after work, but I needed to yesterday.  Combine that nap and my usual 7-ish hours of sleep, and I should be well rested today.  Should be, but driving in the pitch dark, in the rain, with flashes of lightning isn't the way to help me wake up in the morning.  I need the sun, but we don't fall back until after Halloween.

Thinking Out Loud with Amanda.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Any Remaining Goals?

It's amazing how fast we're going through October, but that also means we're getting close to the last day for the virtual run I signed up for.  Honestly, I don't know if I'll complete it.  I didn't sign up for a physical race because I didn't want to deal with the pressure of needing to be ready, and I'm feeling the same way with the virtual run.  With everything going on with my decision to move, packing, and my quick trip to Boulder, I'm feeling OK with not making it to 4 miles.  I got to 3.5 miles a couple weeks ago, and I'm getting more consistent with building mileage closer to the 5k distance, and yesterday I did 3.25 on the treadmill.  I'm enjoying October.

I'm fine with not meeting the virtual run goal too.  Most of the time, I'd be freaking out, but I know these races have a good benefit, and the proceeds for this Election Day run is the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  Just like my DNS with the Wounded Warrior 10k in 2013, the funds are going to a good charity, and I'm more than happy to consider the registration fee a donation.  If I get a good run and get to 4 miles, great, but I'm not going to force it.

My post on finding balance says it all.  I'm still heavily focused on strength training, and I'm dealing with that persnickety hip flexor I tweaked in July.  It pops up on occasion, so I need to focus on getting that to fully heal too.  I signed up for the virtual run because I was feeling a little antsy, but I'm not going to force it like I would in the past.  I have to control the competitive streak that I have, and take care of my body, so I'm ready for the Boulder Bolder.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.   

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Musings 10/17

Sorry for the blogging disappearance last week y'all.  I had to jet off to Boulder at the last minute, which meant I was scrambling huge Tuesday afternoon.  Most importantly, I needed to make sure the vet could take Allie.  Poor girl really did NOT want to be taken from her home.  When I scooped her up to take her to the vet Wednesday morning, she turned to burrow into me, then clung to me with her front claws.  THEN she tried to push the carrier door open while I was trying to close the latch.  I felt like a horrible fur-mama.  I got back Friday and immediately went to pick up my girl and get her home.  We've had a lot of snuggles this weekend.  I owed her.

Since I was out of town, my workout routine got thrown a little bit, but I still did my best to remain active and get strength training done.  When I got to Boulder on Wednesday, I ended up walking around CU for most of the afternoon.  It's times like this I'd like a Fitbit to see how much walking I did do.  It was great to get out and walking since I'd been sitting on a plane, and flying makes me tense.  I just don't know how much walking I did.  Due to the walking, I'm not chalking Wednesday up as a rest day.  I was out and moving my legs, even if it wasn't running.  Thursday I did 2.75 miles on the treadmill, staying inside due to my ITB flare up on Sunday, and then when I got home Friday, I did more strength training.

Saturday became a full rest day.  I slept until 7:30, which meant I was exhausted after a whirlwind week, so I opted to let my body rest, even though my mind seemed hell-bent on running.  Gotta reel those horses in for a day and let me recover from everything.  Plus, as mentioned above, I owed Allie snuggles.  I'd say we achieved snuggle level on Saturday.  I took this picture as she was talking in her sleep, with her paws moving and her tail thumping.  I guess she was dreaming.

Sunday I finally got back into my routine, between Pure Barre, finishing up errands, and heading to the Allen Americans hockey game.  I skipped opening night and banner raising since that was Saturday, but I bought a ticket for yesterday since it was time to socialize. 

Oh, did anyone see the Rogue One trailer?  Even in Boulder, I caught it on social media.  My mom and I are planning to see it after the big opening weekend crowd disperses.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Still Finding Balance

I mentioned yesterday that my ITB perked up near the end of my run on Sunday.  I'm still trying to find balance between strength training and running, and I may have been slacking on strength training.  After my run in the morning, and getting my flu shot, and finishing errands, I did 4 strength training exercises, and my glutes were so tired, especially my right side.  I was doing a series on my side, on the floor, with a clam shell, leg lifts, forward motion, and leg circles, and my right glute was protesting pretty quickly.  I'm re-evaluating my schedule, and I think I need to start strength training after my runs during the week.  I'll rest after my weekend run.

When I started running again this fall, I was just running, heading home to foam roll, stretch and ice.  It's what I've always done after a run, and nothing after.  Now I realize I should still be strength training after those runs to keep on challenging my stability.  It doesn't have to be a big strength session, but maybe 4 or 5 easier exercises that focuses on my hips and glutes to keep them firing.  I have so many exercises to choose from, so I won't run out of ideas, but I don't think I've been doing enough to help my legs now that I'm outside again.  I know part of this is getting used to outside, but Sunday was a wake up call.  The 3.5 pain free miles was great, but I was reminded I still have work to do.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.   

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Musings 10/10

Happy Columbus Day?  I don't know, but I don't get the day off.  It would be nice to because this weekend was busy.  I missed my run on Saturday due to errands and such, so I pushed it to yesterday, along with normal errands, hitting up the wine store, getting my flu shot, and hanging out with friends.  It was a busy two days, and I want one more day to sleep in.  And my arm hurts where I got the shot.

Saturday was an early start and I didn't stop the first time until noon.  My car had its first oil change, for free, and there's been some rattling going on in the trunk, and the they figured it out... it's the tools in the spare tire compartment.  Great to know it's not the car itself, but now it's annoying.  Why should I keep the tools in there if they're rattling?  I don't know how to change a tire, I can't budge the spare tire for the life of me (I've tried), and I have Triple A.  If it keeps up, I'm going to wrap everything in that compartment in bubble wrap.  I want QUIET!

The rest of Saturday was low key, and I made an apple pie.  I've stated before I'm not a pumpkin person at all, but I love apples.  I bought 3 different apples, and made a pie.  I also bought vanilla ice cream because a hot slice of apple pie plus ice cream is heaven!  I watched the first half of Pride and Prejudice because I'm trying to save my Halloween movies.  Between what I have, and Netflix, I think I'll be good for the month.

Sunday I finally ran outside in some great fall weather.  It was in the high 50s when I started my run, which was about 8:30 in the morning.  I'd watched about an hour of the Chicago marathon during breakfast, and with all the different races going on this weekend, I had to get outside too.  Some of my cousins were doing the Army 10-miler, so I was in the spirit.  I ended up doing 3.1 miles, which is short of what I wanted, but my hip ended up being tight, with affected my ITBand.  Boo!  But it was 3.1 miles, and I'm still getting used to the outside terrain.  I hadn't been doing some hip stretches either, so that's my fault.  I can't help but look at the pain-free 3.5 miles I did 10 days ago, but I have another month to complete my virtual run.  It won't break my heart if I can't yet do 4 miles by Election Day, but I want to try.

Saw this guy at the end of my run
I wrapped up the morning with my flu shot.  I know 3 people who were sick last week, but one ended up being a sinus infection.  I don't care.  Obviously the fall sickies have started, and since I work at a university (petree dish), I didn't want to wait until work is offering them, which is Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.  Too late in my opinion.  My arm hurts this morning, but that'll wear off.  When I got home, Allie grabbed the grocery receipt out of my purse and started playing with it.  She has all the toys in the world, and she wants a grocery receipt??

The afternoon was spent with friends, playing Secret Hitler.  It was the first time I played the game, and you need a minimum of 5 players.  The group grew and shrunk, and there's a different variation of the game, depending on the number of players.  I think we played close to 3 hours with so many different rounds.  Not something I'd say in real life, but the "Fascists" have more fun in the game.  They have an advantage and know who the other Fascists are, but those who get a Liberal card don't know who's Liberal and who's Fascist.

And that's the weekend.  Yeah, I would've liked another day off.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, October 7, 2016

5 Strength Exercises

I've made no secret of all the strength training I've been doing this year.  Despite all the progress I made with Pure Barre last year, I was still in dire need of PT help when I was training for Tink.  After the race, things winded down, and I focused a lot on the strength training aspect since it was getting really hot outside.  When the AC was out in the fitness room while the leasing office was going through renovations, not a whole lot of running was done.  Here are some exercises I've been doing frequently:

1) Squats (and one-legged squats)

2) Bridge (and one-legged bridge)

3) Dead lifts (and one-legged deadlifts... see a pattern?)

4) Side lunges

5) Pure Barre at home

Pure Barre at home and in the studio allows me to work on a total, or sections, of my body to compliment all the PT exercises I do.  I have 3 full workout DVDs, and I have 2 DVDs that are broken into 10 minutes segments.  In fact, the second disc arrived yesterday, so I can't wait to see what's different from the first one.

These aren't the only exercises, trust me.  I do a series of clam shells, leg lifts while on my side, forward leg movements, bird-dog from yoga, and other balance techniques.  My balance was awful, and still kind of is.  The one-legged exercises focus on balance, and also lets me focus on that one side without the other side helping it cheat.

I've also gotten ideas from the elite athletes I follow on Instagram.  I see their short videos of their exercises and think "I could do that!"  My brain gets away from me at times.  Sadly, no, not even close, but it's nice to see them wobble while doing balance exercises too.

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Lots To Do

Now that I have Tuesday's announcement out of the way, I feel lighter, but very busy.  It kind of hit me all at once Tuesday afternoon what I have to get done between now and Dec. 16th, and I got rather overwhelmed.  Moving is no joke, even when I was moving a few miles down the road to a new apartment.  This time, I'm moving time zones (again), and there's lots to do.  I'm packing what I can, but I can't pack much yet since I still need a fully functioning apartment.

At least I don't have to figure out where to live.  I'll be living in my parents' apartment in Boulder, and I'll be on my own for the weekends.  If I need a break from Boulder, pack up the car and cat, and drive up to the mountains.  I hate that mountain pass, but I'm going to have to actually drive it one day.  Boston doesn't have mountains, and I certainly didn't grow up driving in them.  Flat, narrow cowpaths is what Boston's got, and Dallas certainly doesn't have mountains either.  It took landing in El Paso for a change over for me to realize Texas does have mountains, out there.  Certainly not east of El Paso.

Allie gets two stepbrothers, but the intro will be slow.  Neither of the boys is alpha, but it's still their turf and she'll be the newbie, and youngest of the 3.  Hudson will be 10 this month, Hathaway is 7, and she's 4.  Her foster mom said she got along great with the other foster cats, but she's been an only for the past 2.5+ years.  She has seen cats before though at the vet's office, and hasn't hissed.  She was nose to nose with one in her carrier, and she didn't hiss at all.  That one hissed at her, but she didn't say anything.  We have a cat whisperer too, and lots of space in the house.  I'm sure the boys will be glad to hand the reins over to someone else.  They don't have an alpha bone between them.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bucket List Bolder Boulder

Today's TOTR is about bucket list races, and I signed up for one when I registered for the Bolder Boulder.  When I registered, I thought I'd be buying airfare to fly up and stay with my parents.  Easy for a trip that doesn't involve a hotel.  But now, I've got big news that means getting to the BB will only involve a car:

Yes, after reading that Lora moved, and Heather is moving, and Kristy moved to start grad school, I'm finally announcing my plans to move too.  I hadn't said anything yet since I was waiting until I told friends and family in Dallas, but I'm moving up to Boulder.  Allie and I will be mountain girls, and Allie will gain two stepbrothers (my parents' cats) who aren't tough at all.  They're marshmallows, but I love them and miss them.  It'll be good to be back with family, but I'm going through phases of being sad that I'm leaving because I have a great group of friends here :(

This certainly wasn't an easy decision because part of me isn't ready to leave, hence being sad.  It's not like when I fled left Boston, but it'll be good to be closer to family, and it's time for a change.  I knew, deep down, when I started looking into getting certified two years ago, I'd most likely have to leave the university if I got certified, and that meant leaving Dallas.  Since my parents moved to Colorado in spring 2014, I also knew, most likely, I'd be heading up to the Denver area.  My mom's been trying to get me to move up there the past two years, and she's very happy.  It'll be nice to live somewhere that has 4 seasons again, and be able to do stuff outside in the summer.  Heck, I could even learn how to ski, which would be very entertaining at least. 

I'm currently applying for jobs in Colorado, hoping to have something in place before moving up.  If I get something early, great!  If not, I'll be moving up before Christmas since I've set mid-December as my deadline, and I've already contracted with movers.  I've thought about all of this since maybe March, after I got back from Boulder after my grandmother's health scare, but I didn't make my decision until late July or early August.  When my dad was here in September, he took some boxes up that I had already packed, but I still have much more to go.

There are certainly things I'll miss about Texas, but the time has come to move on.  I didn't know anyone in Dallas when I moved here, aside from my paternal grandmother, and I'll know more people in Colorado.  Plus I'm already a runner, and I can reach out to the running community, not to mention Oiselle.  I'll definitely reach out to the Colorado nest when I get there.  Moving is scary, but I have a plan, and a support network that's already in place.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday Musings 10/3

Happy October y'all!  Sorry for the no-post on Friday.  I couldn't think of a good topic for Friday 5, and I didn't want to force it.  I was also tired since fall is here and the mornings are dark.  The caffeine had not kicked in yet and I wasn't feeling creative.

It may be fall, but it's still staying light enough for me to run outside after work.  Friday I ran 3.5 miles outside, and it was the first solid time I ran outside since Tink.  I was doing good with 2/1 intervals until about the last 2/3 of a mile, then I had to adjust to 1/1 due to my cardio and heavy legs.  I didn't have much left in my legs at 3.5, and by that point, I was back at my apartment building.  I was at 3.25 when I got to my complex, then ran through the roads for another .25 miles.  I don't think I could've done another .5 to get to 4 miles and wrap up my virtual run.  I'll aim for 4 at a different time.  Now that I can get outside, I need to sharpen my cardio and get my legs used to the terrain again.

Saturday was Pure Barre, errands, then a painting class.  I wanted something Halloween, so I painted this:

I also really like the musical and have been listening to the soundtrack.  It ties in to Halloween.  I started my Halloween viewing with an episode from the Big Bang Theory and the first Harry Potter, and should be getting Rocky Horror from Netflix tomorrow.  Yes, it's quite weird, but I really like the first part of the movie, with some good songs.  After that, I'll decide whether to keep watching.  Hence, it's a Netflix movie and not one I own.  I like weird things, but Rocky Horror is on its own.

Sunday was another great day for fall weather, and I met my cousin for lunch.  Our routine is to eat lunch, then do window shopping in the outdoor shopping complex.  It was so nice we even sat in the outdoor patio for lunch, and it felt great.  A little breeze, and shade on the patio.  I made sure to get something for leftovers since that means no cooking for one night during the week.  I'm in favor of those days, and include them with meal prep.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a big announcement tied in to TOTR.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.