Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Always Planning a Playlist

Today's TOTR is rating my month.  I'm still technically in my off-season, though I have started my summer homework.  I'm not really going to know how this work in July and August is helping until my 5k at the end of August.  It is a fun run, but I still want to use it to see if I can keep my faster cadence off the treadmill.

With all of that, I'm continuing my prep, and I started taking songs out of the playlist I created for the BolderBoulder.  I'm starting to think about what songs I want for Vegas.  I always have staples, but I need new songs to keep me excited for training.  The other night, this song shuffled on, and it's an absolute must:

I mean, "I really love that rock n roll!"  I have to have it for an RnR race, right?

I need to go through the classic rock songs I have in my iTunes, and there are a lot.  Before I started finding my own music, I listened to whatever my parents listened to. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Monday Musings 7/24

This weekend was a lovely lazy weekend.  Last week, work was quite tough and I was so happy to reach Friday afternoon.  I still had to work to get home because there was quite the downpour once I reached highway 36.  It was such a downpour that traffic was going 35, when the speed limit is usually 65, my wipers were at their fastest speed, and I was very focused on the car in front of me.  Thankfully when I exited the highway and took the road home, the rain disappeared.

I didn't know how tired I was Friday afternoon, but I ended up going to bed at 9 that night, and woke up at 6:30 Saturday morning.  I felt a lot better, and even knocked off 3 miles at the gym.  I did head back to Boulder for a hair cut, but I finished up my Saturday errands on my way home, this time quite dry, and no rain.  After lunch, I did a Pure Barre DVD workout, which I felt Sunday morning.

Sunday I went back to the gym because I need to start getting biking back in my cross training.  Since the gym is right next to a King Soopers, or across the street from a Sprouts, it makes it easy to knock off some cross training cardio, and then finish my errands for the weekend.  I biked 5.5 miles, and I hope to keep that up each week.

I also wrapped up stitching the Rudolph ornaments.  I'll finish them at some point, but now they're all done, and I just need to cut them out, and get the red thread on them for hanging on the tree.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Darlene at My First 5k and More.

Friday, July 21, 2017

the Buildup to Vegas

It seems like this week is all about stuff I'm doing to get everything in place before my training cycle begins.  I need something to hang on to at the moment.  Work got stressful this week, and by Wednesday I was done with humanity.  It just got to a point where people were snipping, and I got cranky.  A couple times this week, I've gotten home all wound up, even after doing cardio.

RnR announced the headline band for Las Vegas, and it's the Goo Goo Dolls.  Too bad the 10k starts up the strip from the half marathon and full marathon.  The 10k starts outside the SLS, and the half and full start outside Mandalay Bay.  I'd put a song in my playlist, but I only have 4 songs by the Goo Goo Dolls, and they aren't really running songs.

My packet for the Denver Color Run arrived last week.  I'm going to wear my blue Sparkle Skirt, which I haven't worn since the WDW half in 2014, and go from there.  I won't wear the race shirt since I never do that, and it's a regular unisex shirt.  I do want to use this as a test run and see what my work this summer has done.  I'm using faster speeds on the treadmill, but I need to see if I can hold that speed on the roads.

I posted Tuesday how I'm looking at treadmills and bikes for my basement, but I'm also looking for a new Garmin since my current one had episodes of not holding the battery charge this spring.  The Forerunner 235 has caught my attention, and while it has some bells and whistles I've never used before, the other watches have more bells and whistles.  This even has a cadence counter, which I'm interested in.  With the way this month has gone, I would be very tempted to buy it, rewarding myself for getting through the July chaos.

I found out Ethel M's has a tasting room.  This makes staying in my normal eating routine difficult, but I'm still going to the chocolate factory probably on Saturday.  If not for a tasting, I'll raid their selection.  Between the factory and the stores in the airport, I'm still trying to figure out how many boxes is too much.  Maybe I need to get a check-in bag to make sure I get enough back to Denver.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Looking for My Home Gym

Happy Tuesday.  Today's topic is what do I love/hate about summer running.  My summer running always ends up on the treadmill since I workout in the afternoons during the week, and this year I'm working on speed.  I've upped my speed well past 6.0 mph when I'm in my running intervals, and will continue to tick that speed up each week.

One thing I'm looking to do is getting a couple cardio machines for the basement.  My parents have a recumbent bike that I like, but I'd also like a treadmill.  I have specifics, like it needs a fan, and speed buttons, not just arrows.  I need to be able to change my speed quickly, like I can do outside.  I know I just joined a gym, but this summer I haven't necessarily wanted to go to the gym straight after work.  There have been days this month where it's nice to relax about 30-45 minutes before doing my run.  I did that yesterday before doing my strength training and I felt rejuvenated during my workout.  The issue is once I'm home, and then head to the gym, I won't really head to the gym.  It's hard to leave again during rush hour.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday Musings 7/17

Happy Monday y'all, and I hope those who ran RnR Chicago has good races!  Last week was really busy at work, but I somehow stayed awake for all of Hamlet, and then Saturday was my cousin's wedding shower.  They're getting married in October, and I already have a dress.  It's the same dress I wore for a friend's wedding reception two years ago, on Halloween.

For the wedding shower, I went with Stitch Fix.  Even though my most recent box wasn't successful at all, two boxes ago had the dress I wore, plus a maxi dress.  I wore the maxi to Hamlet, and wore this dress to the shower.  It's really light, and perfect for summer.  I even wore it to work a few weeks ago as a test run.  I even straightened my hair, which isn't something I do often anymore.  I've needed a new straightener since my old one died, but a $25 one suits me perfectly.

Sunday was a low key day.  My parents and I went to the Snooze location in Westminster, which opened at the end of June.  We had been going to the Boulder location, but Snooze is slowly adding more locations.  This location is about 15 minutes from home, and I had a pancake flight.  Sweet potato pancake, pineapple upside-down pancake, and blueberry Danish pancake.  Sometimes I can finish the flight, sometimes not, but not much is left if I can't.  I had small pieces left, this time but I was quite full, with a pancake baby.   Totally worth it.

My parents left after breakfast, so I finished my grocery shopping, and watched some movies.  I'd gotten the Mummy from Netflix, and I ordered Tarzan from Amazon, along with another movie and the 5th season of Rizzoli and Isles.  I didn't run this weekend, but I did strength training Sunday.  I followed a video from Fitness Blender, and then some of my PT exercises.  My chiro stressed to keep doing those exercises, which is what I've been doing anyway.  I know the importance all too well of continuing those.

I'm not ready for the work week yet, but this week should be more calm than last week.  I got my first batch of reports in, and I have the rest of the month for the second batch.  I hope things will settle and I won't be as stressed.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Janelle at Run With No Regrets.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Surviving the Week

This week has been super busy at work, but I've almost survived it, and I have one more report due today.  After that I have until the end of the month to get the rest of my reports in, so I can slow down a little bit.  This week was crunch time since we lost a day before month-end closing due to the holiday, and then we lost another day due to some year-end activity on Monday.  Normally I'd have more than 4 days for this first batch of reports.

I finally finished the book that I'd bought in early June, and I'm on to my next one.  I read Gilded Deceit by Tracy Grant, which I think is #13 in the series, and now I'm reading What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson.  I'm a little behind on my reading, since I've been working on the Rudolph Christmas ornaments, but I'm almost done with those, and I have more time for reading.

I've been sitting here, waiting for RnR to release the medals for Las Vegas.  I know they have other races coming up, and this week has all been about Chicago, but I'm twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the new designs.  I'm not quite impressed with the participant t-shirt, and it seems to be the standard design this year.  The medals have been really good though, so I'm over here with Jeopardy music in my head.

This weekend will be busy, but hopefully a fun one.  My mom and I are co-hosting a wedding shower for my cousin and his fiancee.  My aunt and the bride's sister are also hosting, and we've been planning since February.  The theme is "blooming into love", and we've tried to stick with that for the decorations.  I have no creative, artsy skills, but I think what we've all come up with will be exciting once it's all put together.

My parents and I are also seeing Hamlet tonight for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  Every summer, CU hosts the festival and 4 or 5 plays are performed between the outside amphitheater, and the indoor auditorium.  Hamlet will be inside.  The twist on the play is Hamlet will be played by a woman, as a woman.  I've never seen Hamlet performed live, and I'm looking forward to it.

And my Oiselle capris arrived.  They're pretty comfy, and I'm looking forward to testing them out with strength training.  It's still too warm for running in them, but that'll come in the fall.

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesdays on the Run: Running Items for Non-running Things

Running gear and accessories can be incredibly versatile.  My favorite lately has been running capris, although it's been a little too warm for that in the Colorado summer.  Certainly not as bad as the Texas summer, but I can't wait until I can wear capris more frequently.  I started the year with only 2 pairs, but I was sent a pair from Skechers, and I bought a pair from Oiselle over the weekend.  I'd gone online to look at ordering another pair of Roga shorts, and saw the capris I've been wanting for a while was the flash sale item of the day.  I got them for $28!  So pair #4 is on its way.

What I like about the capris is they're great to lounge in after work, and if I'm struggling to get a workout going, I can wear them until I'm ready.  I was exhausted after I got home from work yesterday, and I didn't start my strength training until later in the afternoon.  At least I got to be comfortable while I gathered up my motivation.

The other item I use outside of running is Body Glide.  Anybody else do this?  If I'm wearing a dress, I'll use Body Glide, and if I'm wearing a fitted camisole under a shirt, I'll use Body Glide too.  My sports bras and fitted camisoles will chafe the same area, if I do get chafing, and Body Glide works just as well with both.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Monday Musings 7/10

Another week.  After today, my month is going to be super busy with quarterly reporting to sponsors. I have reports due this Friday, and then the next batch is due by the end of July.

This weekend was spent with naps since I was still tired after last week.  I don't know if the holiday on Tuesday threw me off, but the week did feel weird.  I spent Saturday strength training since I had a window tech coming to look at a couple windows that needed to be fixed, and then I was on the treadmill again on Sunday.  I've gotten back into my schedule, but I'm not doing much beyond 2/2.5 miles to work on my speed.

I have an impromptu race at the end of August!  My cousin's fiancee is putting together a team for the Color Run - Denver, and my mom and I have signed up.  I think my uncle and aunt have signed up too.  The race is a couple weeks before training starts, and I'd like to use it as a way to gauge how my work this summer will have gone.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Christine at Into the Glimmer.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Free Friday Five

This has certainly been a strange week since I worked Monday, had a holiday Tuesday, and then 3 days for the rest of the work week.  I'm taking the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off, but I'm thinking if I do work before a big holiday, I may just come into the office in the morning and take the afternoon off.  I had one whole email that needed answering on Monday, and the afternoon was dead.

Happy Independence Day!
Tuesday I actually went to the mall (shocking!) since I needed more stuff from Bath and Body Works.  While there, I learned they're moving one of the scents I love, Tahiti Island Dream, out of stores and making it available only online.  Last time they did that, they eventually phased it out entirely :( I did find Love and Sunshine as something to try, and it reminded me more of summer.  I will order Tahiti Island Dream and try to stock up to last me a while.

There seems to be some drama for Run Disney out in Disneyland.  I know some readers love doing Run Disney races, but right now, they haven't been able to get permits for the Star Wars Light Side race, and the public registration was supposed to be March 13th.  Now Tink's getting in on this since registration for that weekend was supposed to be June 27th, and the website hasn't been updated with any 2018 information.  I thoroughly enjoyed doing Tink in 2016, and I hope RD and Anaheim can work things out.  It does seem to be just out in Disneyland since WDW races are up to date, and registrations are open, or sold out.  No surprise there since Walt Disney World is basically its own city.

I've started planking again.  I was only planking while going to Pure Barre classes, but since I've been using the PB DVDs I have, I've been skipping the planking section.  It's not my favorite, but I've been working on my core, and I know I need to do more.  I've worked up to anywhere between 45 seconds and a minute, and doing it a couple times a day.  Again, not my favorite, and I'm a little sore on my obliques.  Time to woman up and get those back in my circuit.

I'm also still working on the Rudolph ornaments, but now I only have one more to go.  I finished the Abominable Snowman this week!  The last one will be Santa holding the train toy from the Island of Misfit Toys.

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

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Monday Musings 7/3

Happy Monday!  Anybody have today off?  I have a feeling today is going to be very quiet at work, but I can use that time to start prepping a little bit to get reports ready.   July is a quarterly reporting month, after June month-end is complete, and after last week was constantly busy from Tuesday through Friday, I hope I can take advantage of the quiet.

This weekend was low key, but it's what I wanted.  After a 4-day weekend out of town, and busy at work, I was looking forward to not having much to do.  I needed to recharge after the week, and this picture is a good reflection of my weekend.

I started my weekend by first stopping by the running store I went to on Wednesday to return the Mizuno Enigmas.  Things weren't getting better, and I didn't even want to try them on a treadmill run.   I should look forward to testing out my new shoes, and these didn't feel good at all.  There was no sense in trying to get them to feel better.  I always feel bad whenever I have to return shoes, and the sales people apologize.  It's not their fault the shoes didn't work out.

Friday evening was spent watching my second favorite movie.  Daniel Day Lewis announced he's retiring from acting, and I love the Last of the Mohicans.  I've only seen DDL in two other movies, Gangs of New York and Lincoln, but Mohicans is by far my favorite of those 3.  Top two overall of all movies I've seen.

I went back to Boulder Saturday morning, to Boulder Running Company.  I think I should've gone here before.  The other store didn't have any of the shoes I wanted to look at in stock, but BRC did.  I tried on the New Balance 860v7's, and the Mizuno Inspires.  Both shoes felt really good, but the 860s had a little something that decided they were for me, so I'm staying with the 860s for now.  The 6's were great for Bolder Boulder training, and I hope the 7's are good for Vegas training.  Since I'd already done my run on Saturday, I'm looking forward to another treadmill run on Tuesday.

Speaking of my run Saturday... it was ugly.  My first run after I take a break is always ugly, and I'd taken slightly more than a month off.  1.5 miles was all I could do, but I hope it's out of my system, and that Tuesday's run will be better.  They usually are.  I need to shed any rust during that first run, so it's usually short (but not sweet).

Sunday was generally a lazy day.  I slept until 7!, then finished up my errands.  I didn't do strength training since I'd done a good version Saturday afternoon, and I was a little sore Sunday morning.  DOMS started settling in during the afternoon, which is always a kinda good feeling.  It means I did something, but I still have to deal with the soreness.

I did celebrate a little bit this weekend too.  Since I made it to fiscal year end, I also realized I passed my 6-month mark on the 27th.  I started my job at CU December 27th.  It doesn't feel like 6 months have passed, but as I Friday, we are halfway through 2017.

Coppola makes their sparkling Sofia in bottles and cans, and I love the cans.  They're single serving and perfect when I want a little bit, but not a whole bottle.  Champagne bottles don't seal like regular wine does.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Kim at Running on the Fly.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Five Randoms

For those who didn't see my post yesterday, I bought new shoes on Wednesday, the Mizuno Enigma.  I've tried wearing them and I'm not sure I like these :(  There's plenty of cushion in the shoe itself, but it's way too snug across the top of my foot, to the point where my toes would start to tingle, and there's pressure on my toes  The left shoe is fine, I didn't have a problem with that one, but all of this was happening in the right shoe.  I wore them on and off at work yesterday, and my foot was more comfortable in my heels!  I'm wearing them today and will make a decision about whether to return them.  I bought them in the box so I have the option of taking them back before heading home.

Fairytales and Fitness suggested the Riders, which the store I went to didn't have.  There is another store in Boulder that I'll head to after I return these shoes and see if they have Riders I could try, along with the next NB 860.

I went to the store during the week so I could have shoes ready for the weekend, because guess what?  I have the itch again to run, and what better way to kick off July then to start it with a run.  I'll still head to the gym, in my old New Balance 860s, then drive up to Boulder.  Good thing the towns aren't that far apart.

My car is in desperate need for a bath, and there's a good car wash in Boulder too.  I have bugs on my windshield from my drive up the mountains, the car is dusty, and needs a vacuum.  This place takes care of all of that, and it's not far from Boulder Running Company.  I can get the car washed first, then head to the store.  I'm trying not to fill up my weekend, but I need to get things done, and I'm doing a couple things on Sunday too.  After a 4-day weekend last week, I only have two days to get all this done!

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Couple Randoms

It's Thursday, and I can't wait for the weekend.  I've been really busy the last two days at work as we get to year-end, and I was really cranky yesterday because as always, people wait until the last minute to do stuff with their expenses, and want us to do it for them.  Umm, that's a no.  I have my own deadlines, my supervisors says to focus on getting my tasks done, and we don't do other departments' stuff.  Since I was cranky, I decided to stop by the running store on my way home, and get a new pair of shoes.  A little early, but since I have them now, I can test them out on Saturday.

The Mizuno Enigma.  I guess these run narrow because I was given a "wide" to try, but they don't look or feel wide to me.  They have more cushion, but the saleswoman said they have the same kind of support as the New Balance 860v6 has.  They didn't have the 860v7, which I did find strange.  They have an 860v6 that they have put on a mannequin earlier in the season, but they didn't feel new.  I didn't feel the new type of cushion you get with new shoes, and when I tried on the Enigmas, it was night and day. 

Yesterday was also the release of the t-shirt design for RnR Las Vegas.

I've noticed a lot of the shirt designs is this generic type, with only a slight difference for each city.  I'm rather "meh" on it, so I hope there are other designs available at the expo.  Now I'm just waiting on the medal design, which the website states will be released sometime in July.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 Midway Point

It's hard to believe we're almost halfway through 2017.  I'd say the first half of my year has gone pretty well, not only with running.  I keep making progress with my ITBS, and I've settled into my new home, job, and state. 

My first and only goal for June was to relax and recover from the Bolder Boulder.  I took a complete rest for 13 days before I got the itch to start strength training again.  I'm now getting the itch to start cardio again, so my goal for July will be to work on that cadence, and build my base back up.  I'd also like to finish acclimating to the altitude, but that'll come on its own.  I'm almost there.  And then my race for Vegas is at a lower altitude than Denver, so maybe I'll benefit from acclimating?

I'm going to get new shoes this weekend, and then get back to the gym.  I haven't been to my gym at all in June, which is why I didn't want to sign up until the summer.  Darn that Colorado weather!  I have been looking at training plans for Vegas, and I think I'm going to stick with the Hanson's 15k plan, and adjust it to 10k.  I've looked at my calendar, and if I push the plan to 11 weeks, training starts in September!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Monday Musings 6/26

I'm back from my 4-day weekend in the mountains.  Buckle up, because while I was still relaxing, my parents and I did quite a bit.

I drove Allie and myself up to my parents' house Thursday morning, leaving around 9am to let rush hour thin out.  Thursday was low key once I got to their house, and unwind from the drive.  It's not a difficult drive, but I'm more stressed whenever Allie is in the car.  She doesn't like traveling at all, but she loves my parents' house.  The last time she (and I) was up there was New Year's weekend.  Now that it's summer, it's a cat paradise.  Tons of windows, lots to explore, and wildlife to watch.

Friday was my first full day, and we decided to hike Adams Falls, which is reached by driving through or around Grand Lake, and not through the gate of Rocky Mountain National Park.  The melt off rushing down the waterway was amazing, and there's still snow that hasn't melted yet.  Even though the snow was slow to arrive this past winter, the mountains got a lot.  The lakes are almost full, and still expecting more.

After hiking, we went to a Grand Lake summer establishment, Myauchi's, for lunch.  I also splurged on a soft serve since this was technically vacation.  The rest of the afternoon was spent showing my parents Guardians of the Galaxy, since they had never seen it, and having dinner at home.  It's hard to tell how busy afternoons will get in town during the summer.

Saturday morning was spent at the house while my parents went to their gym's weight lifting circuit.  I actually did some weight training too since they have a weight bench and free weights.  Whatever I did, I ended up doing some back work too because I've been feeling my muscles between my shoulder blades all day today.  I did a little upper body work, but nothing that really targeted my upper back.

Proclamation recognizing the theater group by Gov. Hickenlooper
Saturday night was spent at the Rocky Mountain Rep Theater.  This is a high quality, Broadway-type talent troupe, and they have 3 summer shows each year, plus a fall show.  When they released the schedule back in the winter, I saw they were doing Mamma Mia! this year, and I really wanted to go. I love the movie since I find it so much fun, but I'd never seen the show on stage.  Of course now I'm listening to the movie soundtrack.

Sunday morning was spent in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We spotted moose, elk, more elk, and a deer.

I left a little after noon to try to get through the weekend traffic, which wasn't too bad.  The only slow spot was once I got on I-70 from 40, but it was never a stand-still.  One thing I noticed going up and over the mountain pass was there must've been some sort of cycling event going on.  I saw so many cyclists going down the pass the other way as I was going up, and then there were cyclists on the eastern side too, peddling up the pass.  I'm not sure what it was, but I'll keep looking.  There were a lot of cyclists.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Planning for Vegas

Today's topic is scenes from my run, but since I haven't done any running since Memorial Day, a scenic picture would be of my couch.  I have been doing strength training, but in my living room so the picture would be very similar.  With the ever-present snuggler.

What I have done is bought my airfare for Las Vegas!  I'll be flying in Friday, and flying out Monday.  A quick turnaround, but with the race Sunday evening, I can have one last hoorah before flying home.  And shopping at the airport.  I'll be stocking up on Las Vegas chocolate, from Ethel M's, before my flight.  How many boxes do you think I could fit in a carry-on?  I'll have to be careful packing and leave enough room, which means no shopping at the expo.

I'm also excited because I'm taking a long weekend up in the mountains  at my parents' place starting Thursday.  June 30th is year-end, so there's extra stuff I'm going to have to do at work.  I figure a couple days in the mountains, and I can relax a little bit.  A little hiking and hitting up the restaurants, plus seeing a show.  Grand Lake has a great live theater group in the summer, and we'll be seeing Mamma Mia!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday Musings 6/19

What a week!  I was exhausted on Saturday, so not mud happened, but I did a little Pure Barre.  I was sore on Sunday, but the good kind of sore.

The weekend started great since I got my new Oiselle singlet.  This year they had various colors members could choose from when we renewed our membership.  My eye immediately went to this one, and it's beautiful!  *insert heart eyes emoji*

I think I'll wear this one for Vegas.  It reminds me of a desert sunset, so it'll fit in at Vegas.  I'll pack both singlets, but this one is gorgeous.

Allie started climbing the cabinets again.  It seems to be a summer activity.  She jumps from the counter top, to the top of the fridge, then the top of the cabinets.  I can't do too much about it, especially if she's doing it when I'm at work.

After Saturday was low key, Sunday was pretty busy.  I met my parents for brunch at Blue Sky Cafe in Lakewood, and then we picked up my grandfather for a get-together at Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies.  My grandfather loves golden retrievers, and they were having the meet up for their Turkey dog program.  They're working with a woman in Turkey who's working on rescuing stray goldens from the streets of Turkey.  They love golden puppies, but not the adults, so they turn the adults onto the streets and abandon them.  The woman is wonderful, and she's working with a number of rescue shelters in the US.  My mom sponsored one of the dogs, to help cover the costs of transportation, and the group arrived two Thursdays ago.  The dog my mom sponsored was adopted last Sunday, and is just a sweetheart.  We didn't see him before we left, but he was adopted by a longtime shelter volunteer who just fell in love with him.

Despite everything, the dogs are very sweet, and so energetic.  Most of them were running around the yard at the headquarters, then retreating to the shade.  I'd say there was somewhere between 20-30 dogs there.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Tara at Run and Live Happy.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Homework

Now that the temps are matching summer, I'm starting to come up with a plan for what I need to work on this off-season.  Having a race in November gives me plenty of time to keep up my strength training, and adding in work my chiro wants me to do.

#1: Cadence.  I've mentioned this before, but this is the number 1 priority of the summer, which is why it's first on the list.  I really need to work on my cadence this summer, and since it is summer, what better way to use the treadmill?  I want to get this in my head so I don't have to be thinking about it during my next training cycle.  I zone out when running, and don't want to think.

2) New shoes.  I haven't done any cardio since my 10k, but I have a chiropractor appointment next week, and I'll start up cardio after a mini vacation.  I do think I'll get the next New Balance model, but I'm doing the whole process of getting fitted to make sure the new shoes are right for me.

3) Revamp my workout list.  I'm phasing out songs that I've listened to all spring.  They're great songs, but I've heard them too much and need fresh songs.

4) Figure out strength training.  Now that I have a gym membership again, I need to balance body weight, Pure Barre at home, and weight training.  Doing this should give me a good all-around schedule, but I need to figure out which days are which.

5) A 10k schedule.  I don't want to be training as much as I was for Bolder Boulder since I was ready for the race, and ready to be done at the same time.  I've found Hal Hidgeon's 15k plan for a novice, and I like the aspect of having more time to work on a 10k compared to his 10k plan (8 weeks vs 10 weeks).  I'm tweaking the plan, but it has 3 running days, which is my normal number, and on my normal running days!  It would take me to 6 miles, and I hope not to hit the wall at 5.5 during the race.

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Gear

Summer is here, even in Colorado.  I know it was 52 when I woke up this morning, but that's the beauty of Colorado vs. Texas.  It cools off at night, and it isn't a steamy 87 when I leave for work before 7am.  We have had 2 days already of 90+ degrees, and poor Allie is adjusting.  I'm pulling brush fulls of fur out of her each day, and her fur is still flying around.

The key to summer is light clothing that breathes and wicks, and lighter colors.  I love how the Skechers tank top felt when I first wore it, but it's black, and I'm not going to be running outside in dark colors.  Gym, yes, and even in the gym, I need gear that breathes.  Those built-in treadmill fans don't really cool me off.

Since I'm also extremely pasty, I always recommend sun screen.  I know some woman run in sports bras without a shirt in the summer, but my body would sear, so I opt for the shirts.  I've been meaning to get more shirts with sleeves, but I didn't make much progress with that.  I only got one New Balance shirt, so I should get back to that.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Musings 6/12

This was another week of rest, but this time around I had to force myself to take another week off.  I really got the itch about Tuesday to start up again, but I wanted to take 2 weeks off.  In total, I took 13 days off since I did strength on Sunday.  It felt like the right time.  I don't know yet when I want to start cardio again, but it could be this week as well.  I'll only do small mileage, but I'll get to work on my cadence.

Saturday another movie day, for Wonder Woman, and I cut it super close to showtime.  I got in my seat when the first trailer was running, but I could've taken more time since we got another 8 trailers, just like with Guardians 2.  This time, there was no Star Wars trailer, so this was 0 for 8 with movies I wanted to see.  Some of them were repeats from last week, and they're still a no.

Now part of me wants to know what the workout routine was for the Amazon actresses, because I'm a sucker for pain?  I'm always interested to see if it's something I could do, or incorporate some exercises into my trainer.  Obviously no horseback, or sword fighting, but what was the strength training?

Sunday was finishing up errands, and doing some more decorating.  My mom is in to quilting, and she made me one for Christmas.  Yes, it's taken me this long, but I was in a temporary place, so maybe 2 months in my new place.  I wanted to get a wooden dowel to help with hanging it, but I couldn't find one long enough.  I finally used tacks in the top corners and put it up in my room.  There's also a matching pillow.

I also put up some of the paintings I did in Texas, at the studio my friends and I would go to.  I have quite a few hanging in my office, but I still had some that I wanted to put up at home.

Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up, with guest host Kim at KookyRunner.