Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Denver Color Run

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Monday Musings 8/28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Five

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Training Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Some Randoms with the Eclipse

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

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

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

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Monday Musings 8/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Looking at Treadmills

In yesterday's post, I mentioned I went to Dick's Sporting Goods over the weekend to look at what treadmills they had in the store.  There were 3 I liked the look of, but now I have to go online and look at the specs and stats of each of the 3.  I may be a visual person, but just like with running shoes, a shiny, good looking treadmill isn't always the best.

Most of the comments from yesterday were about having the treadmill as a backup plan.  That is my plan at the moment, because when the weather is good, I want to be outside running.  But this is Colorado, and the weather can be wacky.  I thought weather in Texas was wacky, but Colorado weather is just as bad, like the snow storm we had May 18th.  Umm, not my favorite.  While I made it home and worked from home that afternoon, I did not want to venture out again that day.  That was a running day too, leading up to the Bolder Boulder, and I wasn't happy that I lost a day of training.

I know what I want in a treadmill, and now it comes down to what the bells and whistles are, will I use them, what's the cushioning like, how much weight does it hold, what the reviews are, and am I getting a good deal with the price.  All of those will be important, and I'll be doing my due diligence before deciding on which one I want.  It may not be up there with car shopping, like I did last year, but it's the same pattern.  I know I can't test drive these, and my gym has other brands, but I will absolutely draw up comparison sheets to figure out which one would be best.

I'll be looking at various websites to compare what they have, the reviews, and the price.  I did price comparison when I bought my new Garmin, and I'll do the same here.  Right now the weather is OK, and while it was gray yesterday, it never rained, and I got a run in outside.  I think I have a little bit of time before winter sets in, and then I'll have to have a treadmill at home, for these Colorado snow storms.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Monday Musings 8/14

Happy Monday, and it's a short week for me!  I'm taking Thursday and Friday off as staycation days.  I haven't decided on anything fun, but I'm taking my car in for an oil change, and I have my chiro appointment, both on Thursday.

The weekend started Friday, with my parents coming down to drop off their cats.  They flew out to California for vacation Sunday, and I'm cat sitting for them.  Allie enjoys being an only cat, but Hudson and Hathaway are here for more than a week.   Friday we watched the World Championships I had DVR'd, and now I can say I've met a world champion.  That race was unbelievable.

Saturday, we took my grandfather out to lunch in Old Town Arvada, and then went to the Army Navy Surplus store since he wanted a hat (he served in the navy), then we went to one of the best bakeries.  It's called Rheinlander German Bakery, and it's amazing.  You can smell it when the doors are open, and it smells like baking cinnamon.  My mom and I get our sweet tooth from my grandfather, and we all enjoyed getting some sweets from there.

I had planned on maybe an afternoon run afterwards, but it started thunder storming when we were driving back.  Saturday morning I'd gone to Dick's Sporting Goods to look at the treadmills they have.  I have pictures of 3 that looked good, and now I'll be doing some research in my free time.  Since afternoon weather is a bit unknown each day, I really am looking for a treadmill now.   So Saturday ended up being an extra rest day, but this is also what I like about not being in training yet.

Sunday I got to the gym for biking, and took it easy this day.  My parents left for the airport at 5:45, and I woke up in time to see them off.  Even though I went back to bed, I didn't get back to sleep.  After biking and doing the grocery shopping, I got home, and did one of the new Pure Barre workouts.  I even had help from Hudson.  He's such a sweetie, and it did get interesting while I was trying to balance for some exercises, and giving him belly rubs at the same time.  When I was on the floor, he wanted to lick my face.

The afternoon was spent napping, and then starting a new book.  Two books I wanted were released at the beginning of August, and I ordered both from Amazon.  I started On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, by Rhys Bowen, and I love this series.  It won't take me long to finish it.

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Running Schedule, and Then Some

This week was all over the place, but it marked one year since I made my decision to move out of Texas.  I was in DC for a conference, and met up with family to go to the Nats game my last night there.  It was such a huge difference from Dallas because I was actually enjoying being outside on an August evening.  Dallas keeps roasting, even when the sun goes down.  I did have a bottle of water with me, but I was enjoying myself, being outside, at a game, not sweating buckets.  I even remember there was a breeze, and I realized I was enjoying a DC night over Dallas, and DC is infamous for its humidity.  It made me think, and I realized I was over the Texas summer heat.

To go off that, I ran outside Wednesday around my neighborhood, on my new running day.  I had my bag packed for the gym, and I was heading that way, but my car gauge said 77 when I got south of Boulder, and I knew there was a breeze.  I changed my plans, went home, slapped on the sunscreen, and headed out for my run.  I started my Garmin, but I quickly realized starting the run activity wasn't the same as starting the intervals.  I figured out how to do that after my run.  While a faster cadence was quite the test off the treadmill, it was 76 when I was running, with wind.  So much more enjoyable, both off the treadmill and not in the Texas heat. 

I also bought two more Pure Barre DVDs.  As I found myself doing segments combined with weight work, I realized the at home workouts work better on my schedule.  I haven't been to a studio class since I moved out of Boulder.  I mix up segments since I'm familiar with some of the discs, and I'm doing them a lot during the week.  As Pure Barre seems to be moving more towards a streaming service, I got these two, on sale.  Bonus!  By doing these workouts at home, I can also get to the gym and hop on the stationary bike for some cross-training on Sundays.

My intent for my Vegas playlist to be all rock n roll may be slipping away.  I need fast songs, and some songs I've thought of are a little too slow on the beat.  I'm now looking for more fast songs, but I will definitely have rock n roll songs on the list.  How can I not?  If anyone has fast rock n roll, songs, I'm open for suggestions.


It's EPL season day!  The new English Premier League season kicks off today with Arsenal vs. Leicester!  I have survived the summer break!!

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My New Garmin

I hit the gym yesterday after watching Jenny Simpson take silver at Worlds.  Anybody else see it?  Wow!  I was so nervous for those 4 minutes.  My plan had been to try to run outside after work, hoping the front had pushed through.  I don't mind wet roads and sidewalks, but it was raining a bit when I left, so I headed to the gym.  Since I had my Garmin with me, I tested out the indoor run setting.

The Garmin has a few activities to chose from, but I've only set up my running intervals.  I do wonder if the bike setting would work with a stationary bike.  Since the watch has a built in accelerometer, I don't need a foot bad to track my distance.  It did put me at .10 more than the treadmill, and I don't know which one was off.  So I did 2.25 on the treadmill/2.35 on my watch to round it out.

What I like about this Garmin, and it's a small feature, is it buzzes instead of beeps.  My last Garmin only beeped, and sometimes, even with low volume, I couldn't hear the beeping alert.  I had to keep looking at my watch to make sure I didn't miss an alert.  If this buzzes for all of that, I don't have to look anymore.  I'll feel it buzz and know to start the next interval.  Pretty sweet.

You can also see in the picture above, the last stat is cadence.  Cadence is built in too, which I was happy to see after Googling how to set it up.  The manual wasn't very helpful, other than what each button does, so I've had to search online to figure out how to navigate the menu.

I can't wait to actually get this thing outside for a run.  I've set up my intervals to have faster running intervals than walking, but both are shorter than what I've been using on the treadmill.  I'm always slower on the treadmill, and I'm looking forward to continuing my speed work on the roads.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Monday Musings 8/7

Another low key weekend, and I got more sleep too!  I ended up sleeping in until 7 on Saturday, and 6:30 Sunday morning.  Even though I'm not ready for shorter days, it's been nice to not have the sun's rays zinging into my bedroom at 5:30am.  Sunday morning was also pretty cool and cloudy, which made for a lazy morning while I watched Worlds.  I did do some strength training after breakfast so it wasn't completely lazy.

The past week had been a lot better than July, but I knew my fuse was still short.  Some people just know how to push buttons, and I didn't want to be set off after making it through to August.  My Garmin arrived Thursday, and I've been having fun playing with the new features.  Thursdays are a little tough staying motivated, and I skipped the gym.  Instead, I did a Jillian Michaels workout, plus a little bit of Pure Barre, and I had DOMS even on Saturday morning.

Even though the weather was cooler Saturday morning, I didn't get outside to run.  Since I slept until 7, I was moving a little slow that morning.  I didn't want to rush through breakfast, so I opted for the gym, and I pounded out 2.5 miles.  I'm up to 6.7 and 6.8 for my running intervals, and I haven't had those speeds in years.  The treadmill always seemed a struggle at those speeds, but the faster cadence makes it a lot easier.  I keep increasing the speed once I start running into the control panel.  Then I did some Pure Barre for my seat Saturday afternoon.  I'm starting to feel like a pro with two workouts Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday I had a morning appointment, so I didn't get to bike, but I did some strength training before the appointment, while watching Worlds, and then I did a quick upper body PB workout after lunch.  I noticed Saturday my arms were tired with my faster speeds, and I need to be consistent with upper body strengthening too.  In between those, I got dinner in the crock pot since the temps are much cooler at the moment, and I was watching the women's marathon.  I'm so happy for Amy Cragg!

Thursday motivation?
This week I'm going to try something, and shift my workout schedule.  Since Thursday has proven to be difficult with motivation, I'm going to try running Monday/Wednesday, and bike on Tuesday/Sunday.  If all I want to do is head home on Thursday, then I'll accommodate that and head home for some total body workouts.

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Five

After being tired all week, another low key weekend is called for.  It seemed as I got into August, I had a sort of July hangover all week.  The good news is I rattled off two miles on the treadmill on Tuesday, and it was the fastest I've gone on the treadmill since college.  That felt good.

1) I've been thinking about my goals for the month.  I've had success in upping my speed on the treadmill, and I want to push a little more.  I need to get biking into my cross-training routine, and I also want to work on my core, with all the other strength training I've been doing.  Speaking of strength training...

2) I'm in the process of overhauling my work pants.  Lately, my slacks have felt a little tighter as I've worked on all the strength training for my hips and glutes.  After looking online to try to get some new pairs, I keep seeing cuts that are "narrow in the hips and butt."  That just won't work.  This goes with the skinny jeans fashion that I can't wear.  My strong athlete's legs and butt can't squeeze into what's fashionable right now.

I think it's time I said "f-it!" and embraced the Boulder culture.  Jeans.  A lot of people at work wear jeans, and I've put up a good fight in the 7 months at work.  I've worn slacks and skirts to work for 10 years, and it doesn't feel right to wear jeans all the time.  I may not have a choice if companies aren't making slacks that I can fit into.  I ordered another pair of jeans yesterday, and I'm looking for a third pair, probably a dark wash to have options.

3) My Garmin arrived yesterday, and I was playing with the settings while I was watching Hidden Figures.  It amazes me that my Garmin has more computing power than the computers on the rockets that took men to space.  It probably has more power than the computers for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs combined.

4) Yesterday also marked 100 days until the RnR race, unless I counted wrong.  I checked twice on my calendar and kept getting yesterday.  That's good enough for me.

5) Finally, Worlds start today!  I noticed a few weeks ago, my Xfinity service added the Olympic channel to my NBC line up.  I've got all the new broadcasts ready to record on my DVR, and I hope being on the Olympic channel doesn't mean that many commercials.  The first session to record will be during the day, so hopefully I'll have something to watch when I get home.

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wrapping Up July

It's August y'all.  This is how I feel this morning.

I made it!  My Garmin shipped yesterday so I'll be stalking the tracking number.  I'm excited to get it and figure out the new features, and figure out how to set up features I know, like my intervals.

Since last Tuesday was a little too early for me to recap my July, I'll do it today.  There were 2 weeks in which I only had one run, but that's OK.  It was a busy month, and July was simply meant for getting back into cardio.  I did 19.25 miles total, and I hope to get more in August since it won't be as hectic, and I have a new Garmin to use :-)

Plus I have the Color Run to look forward to.

I don't have any set plan for August, just to get to the gym more and get a good schedule going before training kicks off after Labor Day.  I need to get more biking in there, as cross training, instead of just using my strength training as cross training.  The plan I'll be consulting has cross training and strength training as separate categories.

So welcome, August. 

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.