Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Starting Wave

I got an email yesterday saying my BolderBOULDER packet is ready for pickup, and my wave starts at 7:31am.  I think my wave is FG since my bib # starts with those two letters.  This is the earliest my packet has been ready, but it makes sense that they want the locals to pick up their race packets early.  This is a race that has 40,000 runners, and if all 40k packets were being picked up in one weekend, they'd need the space that Disney has.

I looked up the wave list, and it looks like FG is the first wave after of the qualified ones.  What I mean by that is the first chunk of waves is for those who are going to complete the race is 68 minutes or less.  Then comes the non-qualified running waves, the jogging waves, then the walking waves.  The 68 minutes or less waves do require proof of time to get in, and they do require the time to be within one year of the BB.  You can use any race from 2 miles and up as proof of time, or a treadmill run at the BolderBOULDER store.

The first wave starts at 6:55am, and the first 30 waves are for those who qualified.  My FG wave is the first non-qualified running wave, and I put my projected time down to 11:30 a mile.  I ended up running faster than that on my last training run, when I was working on a faster cadence.  The last piece of the injury puzzle seems to be my cadence, but I haven't trained at that speed yet.  I'll do my best to continue the faster cadence, but we'll see what my cardio can hold up to.

Wondering where the elites are?  They actually go off after all of the other runners.  Runners need to finish by 11:45 to allow time for the elite races.  The last walking wave starts at 9:22, and the elite women start after 11, with the elite men shortly after that.  The Memorial Day tribute starts at Folsom when the elites cross the finish line.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monday Musings 4/24

What a weekend!  Last week was busy, starting with the Boston Marathon documentary, and then Friday.  My family had been waiting for Friday since early February, when we got tickets as a birthday gift for my mom.  The Denver Paramount Theater was hosting two nights of the Princess Bride, followed by a Q&A with Cary Elwes, and then VIP people would meet him really quickly, and have their picture taken with him.  OMG!

The Q&A started with the moderator asking questions about the movie, and his answers were hilarious.  Some of the answers can be found in his book, but he also talked about other things.  Then the moderator asked questions members of the audience submitted prior to the movie.  Then after that was when the VIP people went upstairs to meet him.

Y'all, he hugged me!  I played it cool, but I was spazzing out internally.

I ended up only getting 4 hours of sleep going into Saturday since I fell asleep after 1:30am, and of course I woke up at 6:15.  Ouch!  4 hours of sleep, and I didn't do any hydrating the night before for my run.  Even though I've seen the Princess Bride hundreds of times, I didn't want to miss anything.  I didn't have anything to drink after dinner, and only a gulp of water before bed.  I pushed my Saturday run to the afternoon so I had time to hydrate, and I passed out for an hour after lunch.  Whatever this combo was (and I don't recommend it), I knocked off 4.75 miles and maybe could've done more.  I did feel something slightly pop in my hip near the end, and I didn't want to risk pushing it to 5, but this was a great run.  I focused on speeding up my cadence, and each mile split was faster than the previous one.

Maybe it was the pancakes I had that morning.  I had breakfast at Snooze in Boulder, and since I hadn't had anything to eat since dinner before the movie, I kind of inhaled my breakfast.  I got a pancake flight, which I LOVE!, and I got Snooze's specialities of pineapple upside down pancake and sweet potato pancake, plus a chocolate chip pancake.  Maybe the pancakes helped fuel my run.  Soon I won't have to drive to Boulder for Snooze because there's one coming to Westminster, which is one town over from where I live now.  I'm happy :)

Sunday I DVR'd the London Marathon since the broadcast started at 1:30 my time.  I had no intention of being awake at that hour.  I'd been awake at 1:30 the night before, and I really needed more sleep than 4 hours.  Mary Keitany broke the women's-only world record, and I only hope she's doing things honestly.  She took off from the pack, with a pace maker, and was out by herself the rest of the race.

The rest of Sunday was spent recovering.  Foam rolling, stretching, and little bit of strength training to help my hip out.  I felt good Sunday, but it's the little things that go a long way in recovery.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Boston Marathon Documentary

Wednesday night was the one-night screening of the Boston Marathon documentary, put together by the same team that did Spirit of the Marathon and Spirit of the Marathon II.  If any of y'all missed it, I do highly recommend seeing it when it hits DVD.  At least I hope it hits DVD because I want to buy it.  Here are 5 thoughts on it:

1) It's very inspiring, but I didn't expect anything less.  It not only covers the history of the race, but it covers what the planning was for 2014.  The history mentions the inspiration for the race, the past winners, Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer, and yes, even Rosie Ruiz.  What I was surprised about was they didn't mention the Duel in the Sun in 1982 when Alberto Salazar won.  They mention how erratic the weather can be, but didn't show this race.

2) It does cover the bombings.  As the race director said, the bombings are sadly part of the history, but the documentary follows the recovery process and Boston taking its marathon back.  In fact, the documentary never once mentioned the terrorists names.  It focused on what happened at the finish line to help the victims, and then what the city did to help the runners who were stopped mid-course.

3) Tuesday's posts were running mistakes, and not wearing cotton and getting the right shoes.  Of course, that's only new to running.  Some of the artifacts shown from the early races were amazing.  The shoes worn could've been loafers at the time.  Today's loafers actually have more padding and heel than those running shoes did.

4) I did get angry all over again when the ending showed the 2014 races, and seeing Rita Jeptoo cheat her way to the top.  I know it happened, and that's the footage from race day, but it made angry just the same.  One common theme was Boston being the people's marathon, and the spectators and cities making the race unique.  I still feel protective of the marathon, even though I left Boston in 2009, and there's no place for cheating.

5) We got a behind the scenes with the planning and safety for 2014.  The documentary ends with that year's race and showing the human perseverance to come back the next year and not give in to the fear.  It was Boston saying "we're back!", and I thought it was a great way to finish.  It started with 2013, and then the history portion ended with 2013.  2014 was the final statement saying the marathon is still here, and runners and spectators came back.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Running Mistakes

Today's topic is running mistakes, but I haven't really made any mistakes during a race.  I was OCD with getting everything down, and I was asking for advice left and right before my first half.  But I made plenty of mistakes before I started running, and it's no mystery why I was injured so much in high school.

not cotton
1) Cotton.  Cotton, cotton, cotton.  It makes me cringe what I used to wear.  I definitely wasn't wearing tech gear while training for sports, or practicing said sport.  I had cotton socks and wondered why I was always getting blisters.  The only cotton I didn't have was for my shorts.  I had compression shorts and shorts from my soccer catalog.

2) Shiny shoes.  We've all been there, right?  We walk into the sports store and immediately are drawn to the colorful, shiny sneakers.  Never mind that they may not be a good fit.  "I'm going to look amazing with those on my feet!"  It's also no wonder I had ankle and knee issues in high school, and needed orthotics by my senior year.  I couldn't do much about the lack of support in soccer cleats, but you'd think I would've wised up way beforehand and gotten fitted for running shoes.

3) Not taking advice.  Another place we've all been, right?  Over confident teenagers and we don't need anybody's help!  This is why I made sure to ask plenty and often to get this running thing down.  I hadn't listened at all growing up, and I was starting from scratch.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Musings 4/17

Happy Patriots Day/ Marathon Monday!  Good luck to everyone running today!

I'm not a big Easter person, but the weekend was still rather busy.  Since I'm figuring out the routes around my new home, I drove up to Boulder for my Saturday run.  I wanted to do 5 miles, but I had to stop at 4 since my knee started twinging.  It hadn't twinged for a few weeks, but I'm hitting the weights extra hard since I have a month and a half until the BolderBOULDER.  If I had to look on the bright side, I'm able to hit 4 miles more frequently than I was this time last year.  I started PT since I couldn't do a 5k without my knee twinging.

I finally stopped by the Apple Store after my run since I've needed a separate iPod from my phone.  I hit the point where space on my phone was fighting between pictures and music.  I got a nano since I didn't need anything big, but I'm able to have a lot more music on my nano now, and that lets me have a lot more music choices when I run.  Also, anybody notice weird things with the last iPhone software update?  My battery drains a little faster and the volume control on my headphones wasn't working with the phone.  It worked with my nano.

Saturday was also the start of the new Dr. Who season!  I recorded the episode since I was watching Life of Brian for my Easter tradition, then watched it Sunday.  Rumors are this could be Peter Capaldi's last season as the Doctor, and I like him.  My favorite Doctor is Matt Smith, but I've liked Peter Capaldi.  This season also has a new companion, and I hope she's better than the last one.  I don't know anyone who liked the last companion (Clara).  Side note, Jenna Coleman was Clara, and I REALLY didn't like her character, but I've loved Jenna Coleman in Victoria.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

Running in Spring Time

After getting snow last Tuesday, it seems spring has come back, at least for now.  It is supposed to cool off a little bit this weekend, and hopefully I'll get a good run in tomorrow morning.  I did 3.75 miles in my new inserts, and I want to push myself beyond that.

1) After talking hydration, it becomes more and more important as the temps rise.  It was 80 degrees when I was driving home yesterday, and I started hydrating immediately when I got home.  It's important to start the fluids before the workout, and I was sipping water as I was changing into my running gear.

2) It's also important to adjust the speeds for warmer weather.  I did two runs in my new neighborhood this week, and both were a cardio struggle.  It'd almost been a week since I ran when I was out on Monday, but yesterday the temperature was warmer and I had to slow down.  At least my new inserts felt OK.

3) Hats and sunblock become ever more important when the sun is setting later.  My new dermatologist said it's important to reapply, and reapplying is more important than a higher SPF.  High SPF is good, but if you forget to reapply, you'll still get burned.

4) I don't know if it's time to put the tights and capris away, but I've defintiely brought out the compression shorts and Running Skirts.  And calf sleeves.  Those are proving to be very important as I deal with my calves. 

5) Finally, and not running related, since the temps are rising, it's my annual phase out the red wines and bring in the whites.  I still do have two red wines in my wine fridge, but summer means Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, and Pinot Grgios.  It's always fun to be able to get the spring/summer recipes out, and I'm thinking fish this weekend.  It depends what I can find at Whole Foods.  They may be expensive, but they had a great fish selection in Dallas, and I'm hoping they'll have that selection here.

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

3 Things Thursday 4/13

Now that I'm in my new home, I'm taking a different route home from work.  I took the highway home Monday, which wasn't bad, just a little slow, then there's a backroads way using Broadway, which I took Tuesday.  I actually had to stop at the running store on Broadway, Flatirons Running Company, because I needed more Rock Tape, and new inserts.

If you think back a few weeks ago, when my chiropractor said inserts weren't necessary?  Well, they became necessary because I was using the inserts that came with my shoes, and I kind of started shredding them where my small toes are.  When I say I'm tough on shoes, that includes the inserts.  So I got Superfeet orange, which definitely feel different with the additional support, and then two boxes of Rock Tape.  Might as well stock up more than one box at a time.  I'll run a couple miles today to see how the inserts are working, but this place said my ankles were rolling in a little bit, hence the color with more arch support.  My arches may have dropped slightly, but they still need to be supported.

I also got the comp codes for BolderBOULDER and have one left.  If anybody wants to run the race, or know someone who does, let me know!  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Boston Marathon

TOTR is all about the Boston Marathon.  This used to be my backyard... OK, a few miles down the road, but I grew up in Wellesley, which is the 13.1 mile point of the course.  Wellesley College is famous for the fans, 13.1 miles, my high school fields, and the apartment my parents lived between selling their house and moving to Boulder.

The first spring we lived there was 1998, and we parked at the high school and walked across the fields to cheer on the runners.  I didn't understand why people would do that for fun, but we saw the elites, and then the first couple corrals after the elites before we headed home.

In high school, I learned about Bobbi Gibb and Katherine Switzer, and couldn't fathom why women were prevented from running marathons.  I'd always been active, and my parents encouraged me to be in sports as much as I wanted.  My uterus was supposed to have fallen out beyond running beyond a mile?  WTF???  I started learning the history of the marathon, and even though I still thought people were crazy, Marathon Monday feels so electric throughout the city and suburbs.  The towns on the course are shut down since the race runs right through the middle of each.  Marathon Monday is on Patriots Day, which is a holiday in Massachusetts.

The past few years I've "watched" the marathon online while I've been at work.  The BAA has a live feed on their website, and this year NBC Sports is covering the race.  I'll record the marathon because I'm in the chaos of financial reporting for research sponsors, and I really don't know if I'll be able to keep track of the race.  If not, I'll avoid the race and wait until I'm home that day.  Then two days later, I'll be watching the documentary on the marathon.  Yay!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monday Musings 4/10

Greetings y'all from my new address!  I'm settling in and unpacking and well, running just hasn't happened.  I last ran on Tuesday, on the treadmill because of the snow, and I was itching to get out for a run all weekend.  The only problem was from Friday's packing and traversing up and down stairs between the apartment and my car, and then stairs in the new place, my calves were tired Saturday, and really needed some TLC on Sunday.  If my hunch is right, and my calves are causing my issues, I didn't want to push a run that wouldn't be beneficial.  I spent all of Sunday in compression sleeves, and I finished a book.

The new place is about 15 miles from work, so I'll be spending this coming week figuring out when I need to leave, and if I need to adjust when I start work.  It all depends on traffic, and then getting back after work.  I haven't checked out the nearest gym yet, but I know where it is.  That might happen this weekend since I won't have any unpacking to do.

I'm starting to update my addresses, and I bought the first purchase for the townhouse.  Is it for me?  Heck no, it's for Allie!  I've been eyeing a bigger cat condo for her, and had this one bookmarked for the past couple of months.  I'm pretty sure assembly will be required, but it's perfect, and when my parents' cats visit, Hudson can have the den in the base.  My parents have a cat condo with that same style den, and he loves it.  All 3 cats will be happy, with all posts made of sisal for scratching.

I did finally get my butt in gear and did some Pure Barre workouts with a DVD with 10-minute segments.  I have two of these, and each one is pretty good.  If they're broken up in 10-minute bursts, I find myself doing many, if not all, of the segments.  I haven't been to a PB studio for a few weeks, but I'm still challenging myself at home.

I also think I've finalized my playlist for Bolder Boulder.  It's almost 1.5 hours, about the sam length I had for Tink.  Since I want a better time than Tink, I think it's a good list, and I love all the songs.  As I get closer to race day, I'll post the entire list.

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Five: Busy April

April is already quite a busy month, and we're only 7 days in.  This weekend I'm moving into my new address since I'd been at a temporary address until this one was ready.  Last Friday I met movers at the storage facility to get all that stuff over, and things should be finalized today.  It's been a busy week of packing.

Next up in April is my first full month of reporting at work.  My major sponsor has quarterly reports due in January, April, July, and October, and this month is the first time it's all on me.  I'm certainly not alone, since my supervisor checks my work, but it'll be a busy month since I'm doing the whole workload instead of half, like I did during training in January.

Also in April is the Boston Marathon documentary.  One night only, on April 19th.  Since I'm in Colorado, I knew theaters would be showing it.  I bought my ticket last month, and can't wait to see it.  It's the same production team from Spirit of the Marathon, and I loved both of those.

April 21st brings the Princess Bride showing at the Denver Paramount, with Cary Elwes.  The move was on TV Wednesday, on CMT, so I could get the quotes out since I need to be quiet at the theater.  I don't mind, but it is fun to quote a movie you know almost by heart.

The only weekend I don't have anything planned this month is Easter weekend.  I'm not an Easter person, so I'll use that weekend to explore my new home.  I saw running paths in the development, and of course I want to check those out.  What better way to check out the new place than on foot?

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Today's topic is hydration... It's important for me to stay hydrated through the day, during my runs, and after my runs.  I get headaches if I'm not hydrated enough, and they can be back.  During my training for my first half, I learned the hard way what happens if I don't replenish my electrolytes, and that means I feel like I got a migraine.  I could hardly keep my eyes open, and my head hurt so much!  Lesson learned.

As I've mentioned lately, it is dry in Colorado, and I got a running belt to help me carry water on my runs.  My first longer run outside was on a day when the water fountains were not on along the running path, and I felt parched.  Another lesson learned.  Even if I'm going for 2 miles, I need water with me.

I recover with Nuun to get those electrolytes, and it's one of the best things ever.  I always had to cut Gatorade and Powerade with water, but Nuun just goes into water, and I don't have to deal with all the sugar from Gatorade.  Seriously, that stuff leaves a sticky coating on the back of my throat that I can't stand!  Once I tried Nuun, I've never gone back.  I can find it at the running stores, REI, and even Whole Foods.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Musings 4/3

Happy April!  I'm also happy to announce we did not get snow on Saturday.  Initially they were calling for 8-12 inches, and we got 0!  I'm perfectly fine with that.  It misted all day Friday so we did get moisture, but I didn't have to shovel it.  Saturday was one of those gray and cold days, so I did a lot inside, and ran outside yesterday.  The public track in Boulder is at Fairview High School (which is my mom's high school!), and I did a 5k there yesterday afternoon.  Our high yesterday was in the low 60s, so I delayed my run by a day to enjoy the sunshine.

Friday was a holiday from work, to give us one day of spring break, and I didn't do any activity.  Since I did 4.5 on the treadmill Thursday, I took Friday as a full recovery day, then did strength training on Saturday.  I tested out my new PB DVD for resistance training, and I like the workout.  I also started looking at the gym in Arvada, online, and I can sign up on their website when I'm ready.  I need a tour though to decide if that's the gym I'd like to use.

And good news for us Texans in the Denver/Boulder area.  Blue Bell ice cream is back!  When I was driving to get gas on Friday, I saw a Blue Bell truck drive by!

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Five: How was March

Tuesday's topic for the linkup was grade April, but I still had two running days left before April 1st, and I wanted to talk about the whole month.  I finished up the month with two treadmills runs since my calves have been cranky.  As much as I wanted to be outside, I played it safe.  I wanted to take it slower and be able to step off if I needed to.  I'm happy to say my run Tuesday was 3.1, and my run yesterday was 4.5!  My hope is to continue that progress outside.

My March mileage was 36.05, and I met my goal of wanting to exceed my February mileage.  Since I had taken multiple rest days in February, I wanted to be diligent and not skip as many.  I did take an extra rest day for my calves, and I skipped another because I needed a mental break.

March was also when I started missing weight work.  I love the Pure Barre classes, and they are certainly a challenge, but I'm wanting to branch out now.  I'm getting more Pure Barre DVDs, but I'm also looking into signing up with a personal trainer once I'm at my new address in a couple weeks.  It would mean joining a gym, and I haven't had a gym membership for almost 2 years.  I'll miss the convenience of the fitness room.

I did have a scare in March, when my calves were super tired, and it felt like my left ITB wanted to join the party.  To say I'm paranoid right now would be an understatement.  My left leg has been my good leg, and now I'm taping both legs to be safe.  The training has been going well, and I really, really, really, REALLY don't want another injury.

The Bolder Boulder is 60 days from yesterday!  I keep thinking I have less time to finish training than I really do, and the 60-day social media post reminded me I have more time to build.

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

3 Things Thursday 3/30

The last Thursday in March.  Yikes!  Where have the last 3 months gone?  I've been at my new job for those 3 months, and I'm heading into month #4.  Really, where has the time gone?  Today is also my Friday since the university is closed tomorrow.  This week is spring break, and while students and professors get the week off, staff doesn't.  But tomorrow we have one day off, so 3-day weekend for me!!

I tested my legs, well calves, out on the treadmill Tuesday for a 5k, and I want to get outside today before the rain and snow move in this weekend.  Yesterday was gorgeous when I got home, but it was a strength training day.  I'll tape up my legs and head out, hoping for another good run.  My left leg better behave because I do not need it to need attention too.

Finally, I broke down and ordered another shirt from Raw Threads.  I got the Red Queen shirt so now I just need a Disney race.  I don't think next year will happen, so 2019?  If Raw Threads keeps coming out with more designs, I'll need a space in my running drawer just for them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Runner's Aid Kit

I made 3 purchases since last Friday to help with my running, and it's all, ALL, for loosening up my muscles and keeping my legs together.

Anybody else have a budget set aside for things like this?

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Musings 3/27

This weekend was busy and I'd like a weekend to recover.  The townhouse is getting ready to close, and things are picking up.  I needed an extra rest day for my calves and I took it Saturday.  Sunday I got back to strength training with my staple exercises, plus some extra.  I ordered two Pure Barre DVDs to go with the 5 I already had, and I was slowly doing exercises from that during the week.

Since my calves have been cranky, I looked into getting better massage equipment, and I splurged on an Addaday roller.  I even had $20 rewards I could use.  I love the Stick, but the extra rolls on this one give me more leverage.  So far, I love it.  I worked my calves and found knots I didn't know I had, so hopefully that'll help.  I'll keep working on them.

This week will be interesting, schedule wise, since it's supposed to rain Tuesday and Wednesday.  Since I'm trying to do more running outside, dealing with rain may be interesting.  I do have a rain jacket, but it's not a running rain jacket.  We do need the rain, and we did get some yesterday.  It made for a lovely, lazy afternoon.

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Crazy Spring

We're almost in April, but March is still looking a little crazy.  We're in a red zone with fire danger, and eastern Colorado is getting snow today.  Boulder got rain, which I'm fine with.  The forecasters got it wrong before.  March is unpredictable, but I've been enjoying the spring temps.  Oh, and my new phone case came, from Karen Hallion.

One thing I'm happy with running outside is I've been given cadence homework.  I always suck at cadence and slip into my natural running stride.  A few years ago, I switched from a heel striker to a more midfoot-to-frontfoot striker, but I've struggled with cadence.  I know the number should be around 180 per minute, but I honestly couldn't tell you what my number is, except way below that.  180 seems fast, for sure, and I've never kept track.

I tried the cadence thing yesterday on my run, and my left calf got really cranky.  Understandable because this was not my natural stride.  It was cranky near my Achilles, and in a spot that made me worry it was my IT band on that leg.  Oh, I so don't need that.  Considering my left leg hasn't given me issues, I'll chalk it up to the cranky calf.  I did some calf raises during a Pure Barre DVD workout, and the last time I did those, my calves were in fact cranky.  I almost didn't do those, but I did.  Lesson learned.  I'll skip those from now one.

I've also been working my calves hard with the exercises I've been given to strengthen said muscles.  Today is my full rest day of the week, and I may skip my run tomorrow to give my calves some extra rest.  I've only skipped one run this month, since I needed a running belt.  I don't feel too bad if I need an extra rest day, especially if my calves need it.  I've learned there's nothing wrong with an extra rest day here and there, and it doesn't drive me crazy anymore when I decide to take one.  Since I almost took one yesterday, and my calf spoke up, it may be a good idea to rest a little bit more.

I feel like I've been doing well since my "official" training began for Bolder Boulder.  It's hard to find a good 10k plan that takes time and isn't too short.  I need time to push my distance, then recover, and slowly build again.  I have an idea for my training, and if my left leg is OK, I'll continue on my schedule.  I'm in a better place than I was last year at this time, and I've checked off 4.25 miles this week.  I'll continue to push if I feel good, then see what happens on race day.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

3 Things Thursday 3/23

I'm less than 10 weeks out from BolderBoulder, AND I bought my parking pass yesterday.  There's paid parking at CU for the event, which makes it easy (hopefully) to get out after I'm done.  $20 is a fair price, and to know where I'm going to park.  Parking logistics always stress me out, but that is done!

I bought the Red Queen tank top yesterday, and now I just need another Disney race.  I already have an idea of the theme for the outfit.  Anybody else do this?  I know, cart before the horse, but I know I'll do another Disney race down the line, I just don't know when.  I know there will be red in the theme, because how can there not be?

I'm taking steps forward and backwards with the ITBS, but Tuesday I stepped forward and did 4.25 miles.  I even cut down my walking interval to 30 seconds.  That certainly doesn't feel like much, but I think it helped keep my rhythm.  I'm still dealing with my calves, but my balance disc arrived last week, and I'm working on getting better with that.  I worked on my balance last year, and then kind of stopped since I didn't have a balance disc or bosu ball.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Bolder Boulder

Tuesdays on the Run is talking about local races.  The timing's funny since I became a Bolder Boulder Blogger last week, and I got the badge for my blog yesterday.  I was going to talk about this race anyway since it's the only local race I know of right now.  I've only been in Boulder a couple months.

The Bolder Boulder is a 10k, and probably the largest 10k in the country, and the past few years there have even been satellite races at military bases.  It's run every year on Memorial Day, and anyone can sign up and run.  There are qualifying waves if you're speedy, jogging waves, walking waves, and then, when all those runners are off the course, the elites have their race on the same course.  It's huge, with maybe 40-50k running.

If you think Disney is the only race with costumes, you haven't been to Boulder.  There are all kinds of costumes, and I can't wait to see what people have in store.  There are beer stops and slip n slides, which I'll pass on.  Since I hurt myself on a slip n slide last summer, I'm very careful around those things.  No need to hurt myself during this race.

The course itself is within walking distance of the apartment I'm in, but I'm moving to Arvada in April.  Boo!  I could've slept in, rolled out of bed, and walked over when my wave started.  BB has tons of waves, and from what I hear, they've perfected the wave start since there are so many runners.  I certainly not fast enough for a qualifying wave, but a jogging wave is fine.  The course runs through Boulder, and finishes at Folsom Field.  And good thing I was at Folsom for the event with Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson.  The road up to Folsom is a hill!  Who put an up-hill before mile 6 of a 10k???  I'll have to have a strategy for that.

This will be my first race in my Oiselle singlet.  I'm looking forward to that.  I got the singlet after I ran Tink last year, and since Tink was my only race of 2016, I haven't had a chance to wear my singlet yet.  It's got a special place in my closet, just waiting for this race. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Musings 3/20

After a week of adjusting to the time change, I hope I'm with it again.  It's a struggle to get to the weekend, then I can sleep in and nap when I need to.  Last Monday morning found me like this:

There's a reason I think Disney secretly animated me for Anna.  She is me in a lot of ways.  Even my parents agree.

Big news too!  I hadn't said anything on here, but a couple weeks ago I applied to be a Bolder Boulder blogger, and I was accepted!  Y'all will see some extra posts about the race, gear to review, and more activity on social media.  I didn't know what kind of blogs they were looking for, and I almost didn't apply since my blog is small, but I have a blog, and I'm running the race.  That's all the qualifications they listed.

This weekend was gorgeous!  I got out Saturday morning and did 3.7 miles... I had to cut my run short because when I was heading down hill, going home, I jammed my leg a little bit, and it took a few minutes for my ITB to get cranky.  I would've loved to have done 4 miles, but I didn't want to keep pushing it.  I've learned to play it safe, as much as my pride hates it.

I've also learned I need more short sleeve shirts for running outside.  I like to keep my shoulders protected, but I only have 3 shirts with short sleeves. They're all Under Armour, but I'm going to start doing some online shopping to see what I can find.  The only clean shirt I had Saturday was pink, and boy was I in pink for my run.  My vest is pink, my tight calf sleeves are pink, I wore a pink running skirt, pink socks... pink, pink, pink.  I need some more colors.

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Five: Spring

Sorry for the no post yesterday.  I was really struggling with the time change.  After 3 days of sleeping right up to my alarm, I was awake at 4:45, and couldn't get back to sleep.  That seemed to throw me off for the day, and I even needed an extra cup of tea after lunch.  It's been gorgeous, and I wanted to have enough energy to run outside.

1) Now that I have my running belt, the water fountains are on at the running path.  Typical.  I waited so long to get one, it's now warm enough that the water's on again.  But the spring temps is the reason I need the extra water.  Between the dryness of the altitude, and the warmer temps, I need to bring water with me.

2) Tuesday was 70 degrees for my 3.5 miles, I couldn't help but dress in spring.  I had my "spring" Running Skirt, and a yellow tank top.  I call the skirt my spring skirt because it's got all kinds of bright colors.  Almost like Easter eggs.

3) I'm loving the longer days, despite my struggle to adapt to the time change.  I finished my run Tuesday after 5, and it was still light out.  Not even dusk, light, and I had plenty of time to stretch and foam roll before needed dinner.

4) Another spring staple is of course, Boston.  This year, the same team from Spirit of the Marathon is releasing a documentary about the Boston Marathon.  It's one night only on April 19th in various theaters.  I figured the Cinemark in Boulder would show it, and they are.  I've bought my ticket.

5) Spring time also brings lots of races.  I know there are a lot this weekend, from RnR Dallas, to the Shamrock races, to the LA marathon, and the NYC half, this seems like a BIG weekend of spring races.  Good luck to everyone!

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Green Tradition

Today's theme is on St. Patrick's Day, and I'll confess, it's a non-holiday for me.  I'm not Catholic and I'm not Irish.  I have heritage from England, Scotland, and Wales, but not Ireland.  I don't like beer, I don't like Guinness, and of course once fun leprechaun activities stopped in elementary school, it was just another day for learning.

I do have some good memories of St. Patrick's Day though.  None of them include a race, and the one bad memory I have is being hit with ITBS.  It's now been 4 years, can we talk?

The first good memory is being in London in 2007 for spring break.  Since I played lacrosse for 3 years in college, I didn't have a spring break until senior year.  While most people I know went to someplace warm, I went to London and Paris.  I was at an EPL game on March 17th, and saw one of the goalies score.  Who would've though that?

The other one was when I moved to Texas.  I either arrived on the 17th or around the 17th.  Even with St. Patrick's not being a holiday, it's easy to remember when things happened because that date stands out.  8 years ago I was just days away from driving away from my parents' house in Wellesley, and moving out of the time zone to Dallas.  I think it worked out pretty well.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Musings 3/12

Another Monday, and are any of us groggy because of DST?  It is nice to have the extra light in the evening, but it's not good when my sleep time is messed with.  Not good at all.

The weekend fun started Friday after work.  I headed to Boulder Running Company to look at running belts, and double check the fit of my shoes.  Good news on both fronts: I got a running belt, which worked well on my run Saturday, and my shoes are a good alignment.  BRC films their gait analysis, so they could see I'm getting good support from my shoes, and they didn't think I even needed inserts.  They said I could go with inserts, but that it would only be a comfort thing.  I stuck with the running belt, and felt happy the store didn't try to push for new shoes when I didn't need them.

Saturday's run was shorter than I've been running, but I was pushing my intervals a little bit, and I did a hill workout.  When I got back to my complex, I was under 3 miles, but I felt good and didn't feel the needed to push for 3.  The running belt past its test, and two bottles should be OK, especially once the water fountains on the running path are turned on.

During the weekend, I started and ended a new book by PJ Tracy.  If anyone likes mysteries/thrillers, PJ Tracy is a mother/daughter team that writes thrillers based in and around modern day Minneapolis.  Their stories are the type that take off really fast and are hard to put down.  It's known as the Monkeewrench series, and the book I read is called the Sixth Idea.  It's the 7th in the series, and the 8th book is being published in August.

Sunday I actually postponed Pure Barre for another day because I was missing weights.  I want to get back to challenging myself with free weights, and I got my 5lb weights out and did Iron Strength.  I figure jump in with both feet.  I'm still enjoying Pure Barre, but now I want to push myself in other workouts too.  I have kind of been looking at Cross Fit, but I don't know much about it, and I'm not looking for HIIT.  I'm looking for a method where I can take my time and focus on my form and muscle activation while challenging myself.  Any thoughts?

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