Friday, September 29, 2017

Going into October

I have to say I haven't been that impressed yet with my first Colorado fall.  The first day of fall was last Friday, and I haven't seen the sun since that day.  It did TRY to break through the clouds on Monday, but didn't really succeed.  The temps have been great, but the clouds need to clear out.  Will today be the day?

I'm excited for this weekend because it's going to be busy.  I'm thinking I should've taken Monday off to recover, but oh well.  I only work half a day today (Friday), then Saturday is the pumpkin patch with family and friends, and Saturday afternoon/evening is my cousin's rehearsal dinner.  It's up in Longmont, with catered BBQ.  That makes me happy.  Then Sunday is his wedding.  I'm going to try to get my training in between, so it'll be quite a fast weekend for sure.  Next thing I know, it'll be back to work.  I did extend both my weekday runs this week to keep mileage up, but give me wiggle room on the mileage tomorrow.

Tonight will be the first Halloween movie, even though we still have 2 days to go till October.  Since my parents are down from their house, I'm going to show them Hocus Pocus.  It's just a fun movie, and they haven't seen it.  Did anyone see yesterday's news about the remake.  Seriously Disney?  If you want the movie for TV, show it on TV.  Freeform does every year with its 13 Days of Halloween.  No one can do Winifred like the Divine Miss M.

At least I don't have to hide my Halloween playlist anymore.  I have gotten it out for a couple of my runs, secretly, and now I can use it all month!  Phantom of the Opera anyone?

I also have good news about my ankle.  My chiropractor checked it out, between exercises for the ligaments, and using a sound tong for waves on my ankle bone.  Nothing hurt, so it's just tender for whatever reason.  I'm sure I wacked it on something, and I just don't remember.  That was good to hear, so I'll keep up with my icing, and using Rocktape when I run.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My Month of September

I can't believe September is almost over.  New shows started this week, and I feel like it was only a couple weeks ago they were wrapping up their previous seasons.  I did watch the first episode of the BBT last night, after PBS's Vietnam, to see how that cliffhanger was resolved.  I'm not sure I'll keep watching the season because I felt like it really got away from the core ideas last season.

Now, onto rating my month.  September has been all about training for Vegas.  My training plan kicked off the last week of August, and so far I feel like I've had really good success so far.  The first week was spent on the treadmill, which wasn't ideal, but it was HOT that August week.  I'm happy to report all my runs after that have been outside.  I hope to continue that today after work when I do my scheduled run.

Strength training has been going very well too.  It is my primary focus with my knee, and even though there have been days where I haven't done any strength after a run, I feel like I am stronger, and will continue to build.  My 10-minute DVDs are a saving grace when I'm crunched for time.

Biking has even happened too!  I've been biking every Sunday to try to incorporate cardio cross training, and I've checked off each Sunday up until now.  This Sunday will probably be a miss because my cousin's getting married.  Unless I get up super early to get the 40 minutes done, Sunday will be a rest day.

Overall, I'd give myself a B+ this month.  Last week was a recovery week, and I skipped a day to wisely rest my ankle since an ache has developed.  Part of me wanted to make that up on Friday to get all runs in for the week, but my sensible side actually won that argument.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Monday Musings 9/25

Happy Monday!  I hope those who raced this weekend had good results.  I did DVR NBCSports' coverage of the Berlin Marathon Sunday morning, which was a slow morning.

After taking a couple extra rest days last week, during the recovery week, I got back to it on Saturday with 2 miles done.  My ankle's ache comes and goes, even when icing and resting, so I'm going to continue training.  How much of a runner thing is that?  The weather Saturday morning was gray and chilly, but pretty good for running.  The one thing I needed was ear protection, since both ears were quite cold when I completed my training run.  Needing that in September is something new for me.  High country even got snow, and I'm NOT ready for that.  I want my Fall first.

After my run, I went to Target to get Wonder Woman on DVD, then the mall to Bath and Body Works.  I was almost out of the Love and Sunshine, but this time I got White Citrus.  Both my mom and I love that scent.  I feel Love and Sunshine is very much a summer scent, and I hope they have it next year.  Now it's time to switch things out for Fall and Winter.  The rest of the day was spent watching the special features for Wonder Woman, and then the movie itself.

Sunday morning was a slow morning.  The weather the whole weekend, after my run, was gray and chilly, with drizzle.  I turned the heat on, to get that dormant smell out, and still have the thermostat set to heat.  With the drizzle Sunday morning, plus a demanding cat, I moved through the morning slowly, which came back to bite me a little bit.  Once I watched both the men's and women's elites win Berlin, I went to the gym for my 40 minutes on the bike, then to King Soopers to finish my grocery shopping.  Since I don't watch football anymore, I wasn't expecting the mad rush to the store before the Broncos game.  I survived!

That afternoon was all about nesting.  With such gray weather, it was time to bake and cook.  I made blueberry muffins for the week for breakfasts, I made tortilla soup for dinner, and I made an apple pie.  It's now officially fall, and this weekend definitely felt like it.  I did make apple pies in October in Texas, but it could still be quite warm.  If Outlander and PBS' Vietnam hadn't been on, I would've started my Halloween DVDs, with Hocus Pocus.  I did start with a Halloween Big Bang Theory episode.


Monday: Pre-hab exercises

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: recovery, with foam rolling

Thursday: extra rest day

Friday: lower body Pure Barre + core

Saturday: 2 miles

Sunday: 40 minutes bike, total body strength training

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

It's Finally Fall!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Monday Musings 918

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

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

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

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

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


Monday: lower body pre-hab exercises

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: lower body strength training

Thursday: 2 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 4 miles, PB seat and thigh work

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

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Five Randoms

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

That Whole New Schedule Thing

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

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

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

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday Musings 9/11

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

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

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

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

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


Monday: lower body strength training

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: lower body strength training, ab work

Thursday: 2 miles, lower body Pure Barre

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3 miles, prehab exercises

Sunday: 30 minutes bike, total body Pure Barre

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Getting Ready for Fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Why I'm Sticking With 10k Races

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Monday Musings 9/4

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

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

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

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

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


Monday: 2 miles

Tuesday: Pure Barre at home

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: rest day

Friday: lower body strength

Saturday: 2 miles

Sunday: 30 minutes bike, whole body strength

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's September!

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

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

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

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

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

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