Friday, September 22, 2017

It's Finally Fall!

Now the forecast is finally looking like fall.  We've had teases, but now it's officially the first day of fall, and this weekend seems to prove it.  The high temps will be in the 50s!  That should feel good with my scheduled run tomorrow :)

I did skip my run yesterday because it turned out warmer than predicted.  My app said a high of 87 and I thought 2 miles wouldn't be a big deal when I got home.  Well, it was 91 after work, and I didn't feel a hint of any autumn coming in.  Whatever breeze there was felt warm.  Ick.  I know I should've packed a bag for the gym, but I've done 2 miles in high 80s before.  I also decided on another rest day for my ankle.  I still think it's a bruise because none of the ligaments feel tight, or tender, or tendonitis - I can do calf raises perfectly fine, without anything bothering me.  This is what recovery weeks are for, right?  Instead I did some lower body Pure Barre, plus core.  I also got a big stock pot out and filled it with cold water and ice, and dunked my feet in.  I barely made it 10 minutes, it was so cold!

One fall activity I've started is cooking hearty recipes for dinners.  With the forecast the way it is for Sunday, I'm making tortilla soup!  It's so easy to make, and once everything is in the pot, it simmers for an hour.  It makes the house smell fantastic. 

I've also started decorating my office.  I have a couple Halloween things I haven't brought in yet, but I've had these window clings for a couple years.  They're mainly fall, with a little bit of Halloween.  I'll also do this for Christmas.  I love window clings, and they add just a little something festive.

It's also one more weekend until I go to the pumpkin patch in Erie.  Next weekend my parents are coming down because my cousin's wedding is Oct. 1.  I'm taking the afternoon off from work next Friday, and my mom and I are pampering ourselves with pedicures.  I haven't had a pedicure since February.  I know I have a dress the polish should pair with, but I kind of want to see if they have any fall colors.

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Schedule

Today's post is a little late since work took off almost right away when I got in.  I didn't have time to post, but here it is.

The topic today is the fall race schedule, and I know I've talked about RnR Las Vegas a lot already.  I'm onto week 4 of training, and it's a recovery week!  I felt so good doing 4 miles on Saturday, but it's nice to have a couple recovery weeks before my 5-mile run.  Bullet points so far for Vegas are:

* I'm doing the 10k
* I have a room booked at the SLS, which is right at the 10k start line 
* I get to break out my new Oiselle singlet

The SLS was formerly known as the Sahara, and is on the northern part of the strip.  It's about 2 miles from the finish line, and the walk back will keep my legs moving and start recovering right away.

I haven't gotten much planning beyond that.  I don't know much about what's available, aside from Margaritaville, and I haven't been to Vegas since I was in elementary school.  That was when they were building the Luxor, and the paws had been set.  Yes, it's been that long.

I've only been doing one major race a season since that's what my knee can do, but I also need breaks from training.  It'll feel good to be able to relax on Thanksgiving, but I am looking at a smaller race in December to help keep me going a little bit during the holidays.  I didn't do a single race last fall since I was packing up my life and getting ready to move up to Boulder.

I've started looking at the December calendar for local 5k races.  I know December will be interesting for this Texan.  I may deem it too cold and decide to go with a Christmas movie and hot chocolate instead.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Monday Musings 918

Happy Monday!  I think we've finally turned with the weather, and fall is coming!  Appropriate too since Friday is the first day of Fall.

The weather Saturday could not have been any more different from last Saturday's run.  We had a front move through Friday evening, with rain, and it was incredibly cloudy when I woke up Saturday morning.  The temp was around 50, with a little bit of wind, and enough humidity that it threatened to rain most of my run.  It finally did during my last mile, but it wasn't too bad, and I didn't get too wet.  I felt so good after my 4 miles, I knew I could go more, even with my ankle being a little tender.  I think I have a bone bruise on the knobby part, because the tendons feel fine.  It didn't bother me on my run, which was good.  If I can get this weather for my 5- and 6-mile runs, that would be great!

How we recover from my runs
I spent Saturday morning up in Boulder getting my hair cut, and stocking up on ingredients for chili!  I love when the weather changes because I can get more recipes out, recipes I haven't cooked at all during late spring and all of summer.  I have many more options of what to cook.  I started with chili since it's relatively easy to make.  It also makes a lot, so I've got leftovers :)  Those always make cooking during the week easy.

Sunday was more low key, but I did have some errands to run after getting my biking done.  I needed some organization things from Target, and I picked up another pair of Superfeet inserts.  I've had my current ones since before the Bolder Boulder, and I was starting to think I needed a new pair.  Since the next couple weeks are recovery weeks, I know it'll be good to use this time to break those in.  After completing 4 miles Saturday, this week my long run is 2 miles.

I also kind of got caught up in a Target sale, and got some Halloween candy.  They had a 3 for $8, and I got some good stuff.  Now I have to be good and not eat it, because when I say I got the good stuff, I did: Reese's Pieces, Peppermint Patties, and Kit Kats.  This'll be tough.


Monday: lower body pre-hab exercises

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: lower body strength training

Thursday: 2 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 4 miles, PB seat and thigh work

Sunday: 30 minutes bike, 10-minute PB upper body and abs, 10-minute PB seat and abs

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Five Randoms

Happy Friday!  After battling a sour stomach for a majority of the week, I'm happy we're coming up on the weekend.  I still managed to get both my runs in this week, because I have to be half dead to admit I'm sick.  I have 4 miles on the schedule tomorrow, so my stomach better toughen up!  I'll do some loops around my neighborhood in case I have to stop, but fingers crossed I don't have to.  I did 2 miles yesterday, and felt fine.  It was rather humid yesterday afternoon, and it was enough for this Texan to feel.  What gives, Colorado?

Tink arrived!  The tracking number showed an ETA of Wednesday, and she came Tuesday.  The figurine is smaller and lighter than I thought, but it's great!  Since it's smaller than I thought, it fits perfectly on the mantle.  As much as I would love to find more Halloween decorations for my office, she'll stay home.  Now, I'm kind of tempted to get the other figurine, where she's dressed up as a witch.  Or I can wait to see what Christmas decor comes out.

Speaking of Christmas, I know which Disney ornament I'll get this year.  There aren't that many that jumped out at me with this year's batch, but the Lady ornament is absolutely adorable. I just have to figure out where the tree is going to go, and how to prevent a certain cat from climbing it.

I've also booked a hotel room for RnR Vegas.  Even though my friend said she has a spare bedroom available, I haven't heard anything from her in a few weeks, and that includes her address.  I was getting that antsy feeling, so I started looking at RnR's website to see what they've got.  Even if I booked and then cancel because she gets back to me, I now have something so I know where I'm staying.  I went with the SLS because the Trip Advisory reviews say it's clean, the rates are pretty decent thru RnR, and the 10k start line is right outside.  It also has a monorail stop, which would make it easy to access places on the strip, and the convention center.

Now the question is do I still get a rental car?  I want to go to the Ethel M chocolate factory, because my parents will give me a list of things they want from Vegas, and I have my list.  Some people go to Vegas to party, I'm going for the running and chocolate.

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

That Whole New Schedule Thing

I wrote back during the summer that I was switching up my running during the week to Mondays and Wednesdays, and it was going well.  Now it's not.  This is the second week I've switched up my weekday runs and pushed my Monday run to Tuesday.  Last week was due to air quality on Monday, and Tuesday's high was going to be 70.  This week I switched around Monday and Tuesday because I woke up at 4:30 yesterday morning, for no reason.  Certainly no good reason.  I felt exhausted, so when I got home, I threw dinner in the crock pot, and did some easy strength exercises.

Watching me make dinner
I'm also starting to think one day in between won't be enough to recover from my long runs.  This Saturday is 4 miles, and then I have a couple recovery weeks.  A 2-mile run on Saturday, then a 2-mile run Monday is OK, but I need more recovery time after a 4-mile run.  So, I'm back to contemplating what the best schedule is.  I always like Tuesday/Thursday, but the summer weeks were tough on Thursdays, July especially.  Now that the weather should be improving, I can go home, relax if I need to, then head out for 2 or 3 miles.

The good news is, if I do go back to Tuesday/Thursday, I'll be back on schedule with what my training plan calls for.  My last run before flying to Vegas will be on Thursday, instead of Wednesday.  I was worried about what I was going to do, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as rest days, but now it could only be Friday and Saturday.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday Musings 9/11

Week 2 is done!  It was quite a successful week too.  After shifting my run to Tuesday after Monday's air quality wasn't the greatest, I got two good runs during the week, and the second run was on Thursday.  I know I shifted my running days to Monday/Wednesday/Saturday from Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday because I was getting so tired on Thursdays, I'd skip it.  This week I was revved up and ready to go on Thursday, and the shorter week probably helped.  My felt like my days were off with the holiday on Monday.

Saturday morning felt fantastic when I woke up, and even though it was warmer than I anticipated on my run, it was still a great morning for training.  The whole week had been hazy, and Saturday morning it was almost crystal clear.  Not only could I see the Flatirons, but I could see the range behind them too.  When I got to the other side of the neighborhood, I had to take a picture.

There's even hints of fall as trees are changing color.  The trees around my building at work are starting to get yellow borders on their leaves.  Most of the trees are still green, but it's exciting to see color this early since Texas's fall was so late every year.  I can't wait to see what the colors are like at the end of the month.

Not only am I getting ready for Fall, I got some more Halloween decorations.  Even though my mom and I were at Michael's 2 weeks ago, I went again, to a different store location to see what they had.  It was successful, and the store had their Halloween and Fall aisles ready to go.  I bought a couple more decorations, that I put on the mantle when I got home, and I'll see if Tink fits up there when she's delivered.  I got the email confirmation that she shipped out Saturday.  It was a pleasant surprise since the store said allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Sunday was low-key, as usual.  I got to the gym early so I could do my biking, and then finish up the grocery shopping.  I wanted to get home with enough time to do a Pure Barre workout before the 5th Avenue Mile was on NBC.  The afternoon was spent finishing up laundry and cleaning, and getting ready for another work week.  I watched the first disc of Big Little Lies that I got on Netflix, and I'm not sure I'll continue with the series.  I don't like any of the characters.  The good news is Outlander season 3 premiered!  Anybody else fans of the show?


Monday: lower body strength training

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: lower body strength training, ab work

Thursday: 2 miles, lower body Pure Barre

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3 miles, prehab exercises

Sunday: 30 minutes bike, total body Pure Barre

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Sara.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Getting Ready for Fall

After my run outside Tuesday, I'm aching for fall.  We still have warm temps, and wildfires in the state, and others, is wreaking havoc with the air quality.  Thankfully Tuesday was 68 when I got home, and the air wasn't too bad.  I used my inhaler to be safe, and knocked off the 3 miles I had on my schedule.  I'm still playing around with intervals, but I felt like I could go further than 3 miles, which made me feel good.

I'm still shopping for Halloween, and my latest purchase is a Jim Shore figurine of Tinkerbell, from the Disney Store.  I need to find a safe place to put her, due to the cat, and I'm thinking I'll take her into work.  Allie is normally good when it comes to stuff like this, but I'm not taking any chances.  There is also a Tinkerbell witch figurine, but I liked this one better.  I like that her hat looks like candy corn, but the pumpkin and coloring means I can have her out for most of the fall season.

More Halloween and Christmas movies are arriving.  My mom put in an order to Amazon, and I asked for the Witches of Eastwick and Elf.  I've been watching Elf for years, either on ABC Family or Netflix, and just like Hocus Pocus, it was time to buy it.  I haven't seen Witches of Eastwick in years, but it sounded good to add to the Halloween collection.

The second week of training has been going well.  I've added a couple more songs to my playlist, and they work really well.  I tested it out yesterday during my 2-mile run.  I didn't know if the run would happen because I got stung by a yellow jacket yesterday, and that's only the second time I've been stung.  Thankfully, I'm now sure I'm not allergic.  I was going to have to be careful because I got stung on the inside of my bicep, and if I needed to go to the gym because of weather, I was going to have to run with my arm at an angle.  Thankfully it was cooling off, so I headed home to run outside, and I wrapped my arm before heading out.  It seemed to work well.  This morning there's just a little redness, with a little skin flaking.

Pro tip... I didn't know vinegar neutralizes sting venom.  I was over on campus at the sports facility for a suppliers showcase, and one of the workers brought me vinegar to put on the sting site.  I knew about baking soda and water, and Benadryl, but vinegar was a new one.  After the swelling went down, I saw there wasn't a stinger.  Really makes me think it was a yellow jacket.

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Why I'm Sticking With 10k Races

With training kicking off last week, and fall just around the corner, it's time for another round of 10k training.  Today's topic is how will my running change this fall, but it's pretty basic that I'll be training after not training in the summer.  I decided to put a small spin and talk about why I like 10ks, and their training cycles.

A BIG reason I'm doing 10ks is because it's what I can do with my knee right now, but I'm also having the most fun I've had since training for my first half.  My first half was a challenge, and I embraced it all.  Then I felt like I kind of had to keep it up since I'd already done one, and by the time I did my last half, I wasn't having much fun.  I can have fun with a 10k, and still push myself in training.

Speaking of that training, I can switch runs around if I need to, like yesterday, and I have a flexible enough schedule.  If I have to miss a run, it's not the end of the world either.  I panicked every time I had to miss a run during half marathon training, due to life happening.  Life is busy, and whether it's something social I wanted to do over training, or work was stressful and I need to rest, I'd stress out if I missed a run.  Now I know it's not too bad, and if I have to miss a run, I'm most likely missing a 2-mile run during the week instead of 5 miles.

A lot of race series are adding 10k races too, so I get all the fun of traveling to fun places and get great medals (most of the time).  I started noticing when Disney was adding 10ks, I wanted those medals so much more than the half marathon medals.  I'm still quite jealous of those who have done the Minnie Mouse 10k at Disney World.  I don't know when, but some day I'll do that race just for the medal.  I mean heck, I signed up for the Tinkerbell 10k just for the medal, and then I had a blast that weekend.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Monday Musings 9/4

One more day for the long weekend!  Did anybody race this weekend?  I have family friends who ran at Disneyland, and my oh my, those temps looked awful.  One posted it was 81 at 4:30am Sunday for the half marathon.  Holy cow!  I keep thinking it would be fun to do the Labor Day race weekend, but then I see temps like that.  That's more like Texas heat with it being that warm that early in the morning.

Helping with recovery
Training started this week for RnR, so one week down, 10 to go.   At the moment, since I'm doing low mileage, I'm trying to do these runs without Rock Tape.  I know at some point I'll want that security blanket, but I'm trying not to rely on it too much.  So far, each of my 2-mile runs have felt good, but they've also all been on the treadmill.  It's been warm this week, and then this weekend, we had haze thrown into the mix.  I did my run Saturday on the treadmill, and I could still feel how bad the air quality was that day.

I did do some shopping though, and that was fun.  I bought a stability ball since I'm slowly building a home-gym, and I inflated it Sunday to use during my strength training.  I haven't been happy with my low abs, despite the work I'm doing, and I was looking for new ideas.  I haven't used a stability ball since I canceled my gym membership, and it was time I get one.

I also bought a new running belt.  My other one keeps riding up, and it's so bad, I don't want to run with it anymore.  The new one has straps that aren't elastic, so I'm hoping that'll solve the issue.  It has one bigger bottle instead of two smaller ones, and the bottle holder is in the back.  I'm looking forward to testing it out.

The best purchase of the weekend though was from Sur la Table.  My family is so not into pumpkin, but Sur la Table has their apple collection out, including baking mixes for apple cider donuts.  OMG, these are the best, when they're straight out of the oven.  The person ringing up my purchase gave me a tip too, to take a Granny Smith, chop it up small, caramelize the chunks, and throw them into the batter.  I've got to try that.


Monday: 2 miles

Tuesday: Pure Barre at home

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: rest day

Friday: lower body strength

Saturday: 2 miles

Sunday: 30 minutes bike, whole body strength

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Teresa.

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's September!

Happy September!  I can't believe we're now heading into fall, though this weekend's temperatures would fool you.  We've had warm air since Harvey pushed it up as he was making landfall, but now that's he's breaking up, we're are supposed to get fall temps soon.  I need to get more sun screen this weekend to prep for my outdoor training runs.

Speaking of training, I got this article in my inbox this week, and after feeling like a deer caught in headlights, I do feel excited about Vegas.  The first week of training has been 2-mile runs, including tomorrow's run, so nothing big to start off with.  That made me feel better since I had already been running between 2 and 3 miles at a time this summer.  Once I got my first training run done on Monday, I felt MUCH better about this cycle.

I need to get a couple things this weekend to help with training.  I need new inserts, so I'll head back to Boulder one day during this 3-day weekend.  All I want to do today is get OUT of town since the Rocky Mountain Showdown is today at 6pm at Mile High.  That's the football game between CU and CSU, and I have no idea what the traffic is going to look like commuting out of town.  I normally leave a little before 4, but I don't know when students are going to be heading down, or what long-weekend traffic will look like.

Other than errands and my training run, I don't really have plans for the weekend.  Last weekend was busy, but fun, so I'm going to use this weekend as a recovery weekend.  Sleep, run, strength train.  I absolutely love fall, and my family has a few things planned, starting at the end of the month.  We're heading to a pumpkin farm to get everything we need to Halloween, and my mom and I were going through my Halloween movies.  She told me she's never seen Hocus Pocus.  OMG!  You bet I'll show it to her.  Starting Oct. 1 the Halloween movies and TV shows come out!

And is anyone watching the US Open?  I always associated the tournament with the start of fall when I lived in Boston.  Labor Day marked the end of summer, with some hot days, but it cooled off pretty quickly.  I don't know if I'm pulling for any specific player, but there have been quite a few scares and upsets. 

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Denver Color Run

Saturday my mom and I did the Denver Color Run.  The race wasn't timed, and to keep it fun, we ran it together at her pace with 2 minutes walking/1 minute running ratio.  It was a fun way to kick off a busy day, outlined in yesterday's post

We had our alarms set for 5:15 because the light rail runs only every 30 minutes on the weekend, and we wanted to get to Union Station with enough time to walk to Coors Field.  The ride took about 45 minutes, and Coors Field is only a couple blocks down from the station.  We had to walk around to the other side of the stadium coming from Union Station since the parking lot was not only the staging area, but it also had some of the course.

The starting line was open from 8 to 8:45, and my mom and I started a little after 8 with some rolling waves.  There were 4 color stations, yellow, pink, purple, and green, and a foam station was between the purple and green stations.  We walked through all of the stations so we wouldn't slip on the colored powder, or the bubbles and foam.  No point in getting hurt during a fun 5k, especially with training starting this week.  The difficult part after each station was breathing.  There was some much powder in the air, it was hard to not inhale the stuff.  Despite my best efforts, I still felt the powder on my teeth.

The powder also got everywhere.  It was easy to brush it off, but once it was in the clothes, those certainly needed to be washed.  When we got home, I chose the heavy duty setting on my washer, and the clothes came out clean.  The powder got on my torso, neck, face, ears... I had to scrub pretty good in the shower, and even then I needed to use my Clean and Clear face cleanser.  Yellow powder came out when I blew my nose after the race, and then my q-tips have been getting yellow powder out of my right ear!

I don't know if I would do this again, but it was certainly a fun race to do.  We did get bling, and now my medal hanger is full.  That means I can look at other designs and put one on my Christmas list.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Monday Musings 8/28

It's the last Monday of August, and RnR training starts today.  Part of me just can't believe it, but we're steamrolling into Fall.

This past week involved post-work drinks with coworkers at a local brewery, running at lunch, and then my mom came into town for the Color Run, which I'll post about on Tuesday.  I don't normally drink beer, but I found one at the brewery that doesn't taste like beer.  Bonus!  It's a lighter beer, very fruit forward, with a little bit of tartness.  I will admit I chose to try it based on the label on the website.  Pretty cool!

Saturday was quite the busy day.  After getting up at 5:15 to catch the light rail in Golden down to Union Station, my mom and I walked over to Coors Field.  It was pretty easy to get into town, and I'd never been to Coors Field before.  Now I should go to a game...

After the run, we caught the light rail back to Golden, tried to wash off the colored powder as it went every year, and then headed out to lunch and some shopping.  My cousin is getting married October 1 and my mom was looking for a dress and an outfit to the rehearsal dinner.  Lunch was at Panera, which I'm going to again since they brought back the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad!  Yay!!  My mom was also quite successful and found what she was looking for.  Next will be shoes, including for me.  I'll head to DSW or Famous Footwear to see what they have.

The rest of the afternoon was spent at Michaels looking for Halloween decorations before they bring out the Christmas decorations.  That seems to be happening earlier and earlier every year, or stores don't put away the Christmas decorations.  I found 2 signs and a decorated broom as a start.  I'll look again every so often and see what else I can find.

They won't come out until October 1, but I can't wait.  Since I'm in a neighborhood with kids again, I'm looking forward to trick-or-treating.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Teresa.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Five

As I posted yesterday, I have my training plan set, and it kicks off Monday.  Eek!!  Where has this summer gone?  My 5k tomorrow is just going to be for fun and I'm sticking with my mom, at her pace.  I've also heard it can be crowded, which isn't the best to push for a fast pace.  I intend to enjoy the weekend.  Since I'm not running for time, I'll have my phone with me to actually take pictures.  I NEVER take pictures during a race, not even a Disney race.  This could be new.

I honestly don't know how I feel about training yet.  It completely snuck up on me, and now I'm kind of feeling the crunch a little bit.  I knew it was coming, but I thought I had another week.  Surprise!  Seriously, where has this summer gone?  I feel like a deer caught in headlights.

Who else loves Scrubs?
I don't know what's going on, but my right ankle has been a bit wonky this week.  Am I freaking out over training?  I don't know what I did, and thankfully it hasn't bothered me on my runs.  I'm playing it safe and icing it, taking ibuprofen, and I wrapped it last night before I went to sleep.  I don't need any phantom pains, and this can go away any time.

I ran outside yesterday during lunch since I skipped my run on Wednesday.  There are days where I'm just tired from work, and need to recharge before working out.  The issue is when I'm ready for a run, and I'm already home, if it's hot, or bad weather, I'd have to fight ridiculous traffic to get to my gym.  So I opted to postpone my run, and run on the Boulder Creek Path yesterday, which runs behinds my building.  I remembered everything except a hair brush.  Oops.

I found out I need to work on pacing.  I was really struggling during my second mile, and after looking at my stats, I can see why.  My first mile was almost 1.5 minutes faster than the second.  Hello!!  No wonder I was sucking wind at the end.  I have to get better at that, otherwise I'm going to die during RnR.

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Training Plan

Yesterday was incredibly slow at work as students moved in.  People either took the day off, or were working from home.  It was sooo quiet, and it certainly was a lull during the week.  However much work I got done on Tuesday, Wednesday crawled along.

So what does one do when there's no one to do business with?

I mapped out my 10k training in my planner.  I feel like it's official now, and I felt like I had accomplished something - there's only so much busy work I can take.  Training starts Monday, after the Color Run.  I've been working on my speed since I started running again in July, and now training is almost here.  I can't believe how fast this year has gone by, and I will admit to losing track of time.  I thought I had a week between the Color Run and training starting.  Due to that, I'm just going to have fun during this 5k so I can ease into training.

I posted earlier this summer that I'm tweaking Hal Higdon's novice 15k training plan since the 10k plan was too short.  I need more time to build up mileage, and then have back-off weeks too.  The plan is 10 weeks, and I added another one to have 11 weeks of training.  Here's what my long runs should be, if I'm able to follow the plan:

Week 1: 2 miles
Week 2: 3 miles
Week 3: 4 miles
Week 4: 2 miles
Week 5: 3.5 miles
Week 6: 5 miles
Week 7: 3.5 miles
Week 8: 6 miles
Week 9: 3 miles
Week 10: 4 miles
Week 11: RnR Las Vegas 10k

My focus during the week will be the shorter runs, which don't go over 3 miles, and then continue with my strength training.  I'm also going to continue with biking on Sundays to get some cardio cross training in.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Some Randoms with the Eclipse

If anyone saw my IG yesterday, I actually did get my hands on some eclipse glasses.  There's an advantage to working with researchers at a tier 1 research university, with a famous space science center.  The center donated glasses to us, and I'm pretty sure my whole building was empty, between those of us in the parking lot, and those who walked over to Scott Carpenter Park.  It was a fun diversion before we all had to go back to work.

I'm not sorry at all that I didn't head to the path of totality.  The closest place was Casper Wyoming, and I'm really happy I didn't head up there yesterday.  The news this morning said there was gridlock the whole way, and it was taking people 9 hours to get from Casper to Cheyenne.  Not to mention stations were running out of gas, and people were camping in their cars on I-25.  I-25 is usually a mess, and a road you want to avoid at all costs.  I'm so happy I stayed home and saw 94% coverage.  I was able to hit the gym after work, and there was very minimal traffic getting home.  Was it the eclipse, or are people back on normal schedules with schools in session?

My running schedule on Monday/Wednesday seems to be better than Tuesday/Thursday, and I'm getting 2 runs in each week, then my Saturday run.  I hope to stick with this when training starts.  The only issue I'm worried about is with a Wednesday then Saturday schedule, I'll go 3 days between my last run, and then the Vegas 10k on Sunday.  I'll have to decide what to do that Thursday, because I don't want to go 3 days without some activity, so maybe biking will be in order for Thursday.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Monday Musings 8/21

After a 4-day weekend, I'm back on my normal schedule, and it's back to work :-/  Staycations are great for just relaxing, and getting things done in between the relaxing.  I started Thursday with a trip to the Mazda dealership for an oil change and parts recall replacement, then after lunch, I headed to Boulder for a chiropractor appointment.  When I was leaving, there was a woman sitting in the main area wearing the Oiselle top I wanted, and I was going to say something, until I realized it was Kara Goucher!  OMG!  At that point I didn't know what to do.  I ended up not saying anything, and just paid for my appointment and left.  I had no idea she saw one of the specialists at the office.  I'm usually there after work!

Staycation mood
Friday I headed back to Boulder to REI since they carry some Oiselle gear, and I wanted that tank top.  I also used up the rest of my Nuun recovering from my Thursday run (it was quite warm).  They had signs on both doors saying they were out of the eclipse glasses, which I didn't really care about.  Anybody going to be gazing at the sky today?  I'll be inside, working.  And for the eclipse, just a little humor.  This was floating around Facebook, and it gave me a good laugh.

It felt good splurging a little bit and buying a new outfit.  I was also looking for the purple Roga shorts, and the Oiselle website was out of my size for that color.  Thankfully REI had my size in stock.  So a tank top, plus shorts, and Nuun.  I feel like I'm ready for training, which will start after my 5k this Saturday.

I ended up doing 3.1 miles on the treadmill Saturday morning because my Thursday run was a bit of a struggle.  I had difficulty finding a rhythm, and my water belt kept riding up.  It wasn't doing that before the Bolder Boulder, so I'm a bit frustrated with it at the moment.  The treadmill kept me going at a steady pace, and it has a holder for my water bottle.  I did some strength training that afternoon, and then a full body workout Sunday.  I ended up living in the Oiselle tank Sunday.  It is SO comfortable.  It's a loose tank, which I love, and the material is so soft.  They also have the same design with the colors inverted, so white with black slashes.  That could be a September purchase.

I wrapped up the staycation by finishing up the book I started last Sunday while I was waiting on my car, and then I started the second book.  PJ Tracy's Monkeewrench series is one I'm not able to put down, and I read it in 3 days.  I haven't read a book that fast in a while, and sometimes it's needed.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Madhuri.