Sunday, April 30, 2017

Monday Musings 5/1

It's May!  April snow showers over the weekend, and I'm wondering how the trees and flowers will rebound.  We got snow showers for 24 hours starting Friday evening and finally tapering off Saturday evening.  I know late spring snow is the norm on the Front Range, but I still can't help but think it's late April, why are we getting this?  The only good thing is staying in on Saturday gave me the motivation to unpack some stuff and decorate.  I have one box to go.

I unpacked the picture gallery I had up in my apartment living room and hung all the pictures up on the upstairs landing.  I have two more pictures on their way that I will need frames for, but all of these are places I've been.  It's always fun to see them and remember the trips.  The pictures that are coming are from my Disneyland trip last year, and will go on each end.

A snow day is a perfect snuggle day
I also unpacked a box of clothes that was hanging out in my room, and those boxes are broken down and out of sight.  My room is almost clear of clutter, but I need to stop at Michaels next weekend to get some last minute stuff for other decorations.  But I finally have all the floor space and of course it looks nicer to have the boxes gone.

Sunday I got to the gym down the road that I checked out last week, and I did 5.25 miles on the treadmill.  Since the snow was melting, the sidewalks were wet, and I've found if they're wet, they're also slippery.  I didn't want to slip funny and hurt something, and a faster speed on the treadmill let me work on my cadence.  I felt good the whole time, and when I got to 5 miles, I wanted to test things out a little bit more.  My calves were getting tired by the end, so even though my IT band wasn't talking, I decided to stop at 5.25 since it'd been a successful run.

That run brought my April total to 37.3 miles.  I ended up skipping a couple runs at the beginning of the month due to moving, but it's been a good month overall.  I continue to keep up with my calf strength training, and now my goal for May is to keep up with my cadence.

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Whole Lotta Stuff

Tuesday I got a run in before the rain hit, and while I was happy to run outside, it was one of those awful runs.  I'll call it a shakeout run since it was my first run since my 4.75-mile run on Saturday.  I couldn't find a rhythm, my legs felt tired in some places, and I was running in a front, so it got chilly and really windy.  I wrapped it up at 2.5 miles because I just wanted to be done.

I'm researching treadmills since this weather is making me frustrated, and I don't have a fitness room for the first time in years.  It was nice to not have to worry about a gym membership, and I'm not sure I want to go down that road again.  I did find a Planet Fitness not far from where I live, and their no-bells-and-whistles membership is $10 a month.  That is a possibility and I wouldn't feel bad only going maybe once a week.  I haven't decided yet, and may not until after my 10k.

Speaking of crazy weather, we're getting snow on tomorrow.  Yup, it'll be April 29th, and we're getting snow.  I know people here say we get more snow on the Front Range in the spring vs. the winter, but it's hard for me to wrap my head around that.  It's late April!!  I'm stocking up ingredients to make this recipe, but I substitute in gnocchi instead of regular potato chunks.  I feel the gnocchi adds more substance.  And I use spinach instead of kale.  I haven't gotten the hang of kale yet, and spinach is just fine with me.

I'm running out of shows to watch.  I've lost interest during this season of the Big Bang Theory and I don't miss it when I skip new episodes, and I'm losing interest in NCIS New Orleans.  I like the characters, but the writers have been obsessed with two storylines the entire season.  I've gotten tired of it, and there are only a couple episodes left.  I'll record them and then decide if I want to watch.  CBS hasn't made a decision on Elementary, and Vikings and Victoria are on break between seasons.  I did find out my new cable package includes Starz, and I've been watching the White Princess.  I read the book earlier this year, and since the books aren't quite historically accurate, I'm OK with the show not being either.

For something fun, I picked up my packet for the BolderBOULDER on Tuesday, and the shirt is so pretty!  I saw pictures of it on social media when the design was released, but it's prettier in person.  I haven't tried it on yet, and call it a superstition.  The race is a month from tomorrow, and my athlete's mind is saying don't jinx anything!  I've put the packet aside, and won't put the shirt on until after the race.  It'll end up in my shirt quilt whenever that actually happens.

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

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.