Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Five Alaska Preparation

I'm that much closer to Alaska!  Fridays may now be updates as I get closer to the trip.

I went out to Kohl's this week and got a suitcase to check for Alaska.  I've made do with a carry-on for years, but this time I need more suitcase room.  I can pack perfectly for a racecation, but a cruise demands much more.  I have to pack clothes for layering, workout clothes, jeans, dresses, and liquids for a week, without being able to rely on Walgreens, like I did in San Francisco.  Kohl's has Samsonite, which is wonderful, and they were having a luggage sale.  I got this suitcase for almost half off!  I hope to get many good years out this one too.

To help with packing, I started writing out a packing list for the cruise.  I've taken up left and right sides of an 8x10 notepad since I don't want to forget anything.  If I come up with anything else, I'm going to have to flip the page over!  Good thing I have two suitcases now, and I'll figure out how to pack between the two.

I've also bumped my training up a couple weeks.  I'd been hoping to shorten the training cycle this time around, but since training would've started the weekend I start the cruise, I decided I wanted some consistent training before boarding the plane out of Denver.  I'm now doing the full training plan for my 10k, and I'm OK with that.  I'm currently up to 2 miles, and some guidance early on is always appreciated.  This way I can have some miles under my belt and not stress too much about getting miles in on the ship.

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Running on Vacation

Do you run while on vacation?  I know plenty of runners, myself included, plan racecations, so of course we run during that time.  I need to get better at planning actual vacations so I can see more of a place and not worry about resting my legs.  Plus, a longer vacation means more time off from work.

I've done plenty of racecations, whether it's at Disney, or Las Vegas, or San Francisco, racecations are a balance of having fun and saving yourself to have a good race.  Or sometimes, not save your legs.  I had a huge knot in my calf at Disneyland because I walked so much.

Anyone plan big vacations, and run during them as well?

When my parents and I went to Napa in 2015, I didn't pack any running gear.  I packed clothes to relax in after a day in the vineyards, but I didn't plan any runs, and that's OK.  We trekked around San Francisco our first full day in the Bay Area, and I swore I'd never do a race there.  HAHA!!  Oh running bug.  You got me :-p

The next big vacation, I may have mentioned once or twice (or more), is Alaska.  I'm less than 4 weeks away!  I hadn't initially planned on running while on the cruise, but since I signed up for a 10k on Oct. 7, training is going on during that week.  I'll take advantage of the fitness center, but I won't sweat it if I miss a day.  The cruise is all about having fun and seeing a state I've never been to before.

My next racecation will be at Disney.  Again.  My mom and I have our bibs paid for, and the trip has been booked by the wonderful Patty.  I'm already planning too.  I ordered a Minnie Mouse Sweaty Band to go with my planned theme, and it arrived yesterday.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Monday Musings 7/16

A short weekend after a long week.  After I worked from home on Thursday, I so did not want to go in on Friday.  I even slept all the way until my alarm, and since I was still dreaming, it took me a bit to realize the music was my alarm.  Ugh!  If I didn't have an alarm, who knows how long I could've kept sleeping.  At least I got to test out my Aftershokz on my short run on Thursday.  Due to the weather, it was on the treadmill.

Friday ended with my third chiropractor edit: acupuncture appointment.  We're increasing the time between appointments now, and my next one is two weeks from Tuesday.  I asked for the sinus treatment too since the allergies are still bad right now.  Add in the wildfires around the state, and the air quality is not that good.

I had a lot going on this weekend, and no running.  I like the off season so I don't have to sweat a missed run.  Saturday morning was breakfast out with my parents before the World Cup 3rd place game (yay Belgium!), and then naps all around in the afternoon before my family got together for my Grandfather's 90th birthday celebration.  We met at the Cork in Boulder, and had an amazing meal.  The only picture I took was of the dessert I got, the Belgian chocolate mousse.

They like footie too
Sunday was a slow morning, and I got to enjoy the World Cup final.  I was fine with either team winning, and it was an entertaining game.  That's what I hope for with these finals, since I'll be honest, sometimes they're a boring stalemate.  After lunch, my mom and I went for a walk around the neighborhood before the rain moved in, and then we all met friends for dinner in Louisville.  Yes, we finally got some rain!  I can't remember the last time we got a good rain storm.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday the 13th Five

Sorry for the no post on Tuesday.  I woke up around 3:45 Tuesday morning with a very upset stomach.  I also knew I couldn't use a sick day since I had a mandatory meeting I had to attend, in person.  The drives in was interesting.  Thankfully I started getting hungry growls around lunch time instead of the sick feeling, and after eating, felt a little better.  I hope it was just something I ate the night before.

It was Christmas in July this week (and I wish the temps would come down a teeny bit from high 90s and 100!).  Each July, the Disney Store releases just a few of their 2018 ornaments, and I've already ordered one.  It's Mary Poppins with the penguins.  There's an Alice one too, with the singing flowers, that I'm tempted to buy.  Most likely these will be on the fireplace mantle again this Christmas, with Allie still climbing Christmas trees, or taking a flying leap at my ornaments.

My headphones arrived Monday, and a surprise to me was there was no USB charger.  When I called REI, they said what they sell doesn't have the charger.  Interesting.  It shows on the back of the box it should include the charger, so is Aftershokz taking those out when sending them to retail outlets?  I saw the little zip lock bag they should've been in.  Luckily I have a spare charging battery for electronics, with all kinds of charging attachments.  One of them is the one for the headphones, so I was able to charge them over night.  Since I still wasn't feeling 100% Tuesday when I got home, I skipped my run and worked on pairing up the headphones with my iPod.

I also have a special shout out to my Grandpa!  I don't think he even knows I have a blog, but I'm putting this here anyway.  His 90th birthday was Wednesday, and the family has planned a big dinner celebration tomorrow.

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

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Monday Musings 7/9

It's Monday, and a full work week at that.  Anyone else thrown off with the holiday in the middle of the week?  I worked 3.5 days last week, so 5 days will be rough, even if it is back to normal.

I got my stitches out Thursday afternoon!  I can't yet eat whatever I want because I still need to be careful with the new gum tissue, but I have more flexibility about what I can eat.  If I want to have crunchy food, I'll chew on the left side of my mouth.  My dentist said everything is looking great, and in 3 weeks, I can add back more foods to eat.  Everything should be fully healed by Alaska, and I'll have no restrictions.

My running continued this week, all outside too!  I got my run done early Tuesday before I started work, Thursday I had the afternoon off for my dentist appointment, and I got out Saturday morning, still a little too late.  It was 75/feels like 80 when I got out, and I pushed it to two miles.  It was 80/feels like 86 when I finished.  I was wiped too for most of the afternoon.  I slept until 7 both mornings, and it's obvious my body needs sleep.  I hope this means the acupuncture is working.   I am trying to avoid the treadmill, but I will use it if I need to with the extra sleep and this heat wave.

I continued to watch the World Cup Friday and Saturday, and I am disappointed Sweden is out.  I was pulling for them to continue their run.  All the experts never really gave them much thought, and said they overachieved by making it to the World Cup.  Well, they won their group and made it to the quarterfinals.  This World Cup has been nuts, and it makes me wonder what would've happened if our team had qualified, if our veterans could've pulled their heads out long enough to beat Trinidad.

I'm still bitter.

Sunday was a lazy day after my strength training session.  I had thought to postpone my run Saturday morning to Sunday, but Sunday was just as hot.  It was already 80 degrees when I was driving to Target at 8am.  Ugh!  I call Sunday a two-shower day.  I showered after my lifting session, and before bed.  Anybody else do this on hot summer days?  I got out for a couple more errands, including stopping to pick up more Rock Tape.  I have two rolls, one with pre-cut strips.  I'm curious if I'll like the pre-cut strips.  They're set at 10", and I don't think it'll need all of that.  If I have to cut them shorter, I will.  When I was looking online at Rock Tape, I saw there's a design with autumn leaves.  Of course that got the wheels turning, and wanting that for my fall race. 

I also got 3 tubes of Nuun.  It's hot enough that I need to replenish the electrolytes after each run.  If I don't, I get a horrible headache.  I finished the book I was reading too, and on to the next one.  The next book is a new one by Victoria Thompson, who did the Gaslight Mystery series.  While I couldn't get in to the Gaslight series, I'm willing to try this new series.  The first book is called City of Lies.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Five Short Week

Did everyone have a happy and safe 4th?  It got pretty warm here, but I did get out to see my neighborhood bike parade.  Each year they encourage everyone to decorate their bikes, and give prizes after the parade.  I don't have a bike, but went anyway to watch and socialize.  They were giving away snow cones and otter pops, and the adults chatted.  Someone mentioned we should get the 5th off as well.  Yes!  It's hard to stay up for fireworks at 10pm when I need to be at work the next day.  And let me tell you, traffic was quite light heading into work yesterday.  Moreso than normal summer traffic.

I finally decided to try a wireless headphone, and I bought Aftershokz Titanium wireless through REI.  I had a membership dividend to use, and I hadn't yet decided what to use it on.  Between that, and the lower price at REI, I got it for $40 off the vendor price.  Sweet!  They should be delivered early next week, and I will certainly post about them once I've had a chance to test them out.

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

4th of July Plans

I have two straight days at home this week!  Today I work from home, and then tomorrow is the holiday.  I guess Allie is going to be plenty of snuggles, if she wants.  It will be a warm week, but she has her ways to get attention when it's warm.

Is anyone racing tomorrow?  I had thought about it since there are a couple races in the area.  After trying to go 2 miles Saturday, I'm happy with my decision to not run a 5k.  I'm nowhere near ready :-p  The other issue too is when there's a holiday in the middle of the week, I don't want to have to get out the door to meet a deadline.  I do that each morning I commute in.

Thinking back on 4th of Julys, 2005 was quite fun, in Russia.  Since the World Cup is in Russia this time around, any footage of St. Petersburg brings back great memories.  That was the last cruise my family did, and our Alaskan cruise is on the same ship.  You can't plan that one!  The day itself was spent with 3 tours.  The morning was a bus tour of St. Petersburg, the afternoon was spent at the Hermitage, and the evening was at the Yusupov Palace.  As my mom said "when's the next time we're going to be here?"  Good point.  Enjoy some pictures from that day :)

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Monday Musings 7/2

Hello, July.  The month that stands between me and August, which is the month for Alaska.  June 30th was fiscal year-end, and July is all about compiling those quarterly financial reports for our grant sponsors.  Thankfully I don't have any final reports due this month.  Hopefully this week will be calm since we're waiting on month-end close.  We have a holiday on Wednesday, and I'm taking Thursday afternoon off to get my stitches out.  Yes, it's been almost 3 weeks since my gum graft, and whatever stitches are left will be removed.  I'm pretty sure the dissolving stitches aren't there anymore.

That Friday feeling
Did anyone see the medals Run Disney released for Disneyland Paris?  This is why I keep coming back to Disney.  Each year I get medal envy, so I hatched my Disney plan for Princess next year.

I started looking at wireless headphones since my Yurbuds went kaput, and I'm not sure I'm ready to spend that much money on headphones.  I've looked at Bose, Jay Runs, and the same company that has Yurbuds, and the complaints are the same.  If the sound goes out, it's not $40 or $50 to replace, it's $150+.  What to do?  I'm currently using the buds that came with my iPod, and those aren't ideal.  They're getting the job done, but they aren't super comfortable either.  It would be nice to not have to deal with that cord.  It was flapping around a little bit on my Saturday run.

I did do some shopping Saturday, for a couple more short sleeve running shirts.  Since I don't have to use my treadmill for hills this time around, I can do more of my runs outside.  That means I need a couple more short sleeve shirts to protect my shoulders.  One thing I noticed is the trend seems to be going towards crew necks right now.  I much prefer v-necks for comfort around my throat, and I did find a UA one, so I ordered it.  The other is a Saucony crew neck, and I figured it was on sale, so worth a try.

I also did some shopping Sunday.  Some flowers my mom and I got weren't doing well at all, so I got some replacement flowers and planted them in the big pot.  They surround a zinnia as a filler in the "thriller, filler, spiller" theme.  They're very pretty, and I hope they take hold.  I also bought a 10-lb kettlebell since I'd been wanting one for the past few months.  Now I need to find exercises for it.

Around all of this, I got my run done on Saturday, and I did Pure Barre Sunday morning.  Holy crap!  I hadn't done that workout in a while, and my glutes were shaking when I was standing and my quads protested when I went up my stairs.  My arms are rather noodle-y too.  I know I need to get back to upper body work since my arms and torso are tired from my cardio.  Gotta get everything back before training starts!

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Five Summer

The heat definitely settled in this week.  After I started back into cardio, of course.  I did get my mile run done early Tuesday morning.  I figured with the forecast, it would even be too hot at lunchtime, and I was right.  This way I got my run in and didn't have to worry about it after work.  Now if I can continue to do that on Tuesdays in the summer, I can figure out something on Thursdays.  I have to commute in on Thursdays, so I won't have the time those mornings.

I had my second acupuncture appointment this week.  We did the basics again, plus a couple more pressure points, including for my sinuses.  Allergy season here has been nonstop since the fall.  Of course we had winter, but it was mild enough for these parts, it did  nothing to kill the pollen.  June has been awful with all the cottonwood pollen floating around like snow.  She put a needle on either side of my nose to get the sinuses, and she said they were quite inflamed.  I should start to feel them open up and drain today.  Sounds nasty, but I want it to work.

43 days till Alaska.  I'll include the countdown each Friday since I really need that vacation right now.

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Rating June

Today is rate your month... can I give it a big fat F?  Unless I can rate my goal of taking time off.  Then it's a 10.  I did do some prehab during the month, and I saw my chiropractor last week.  She did have to do some work, and said my hips were tight.  I'm working on stretching and getting that lacrosse ball into the hip crevices to work on those tight spots.

Now that I'm getting back on the workout wagon, I can get back into my routine.  My goal is to work up to 3 to 4 miles before my cruise in 47 days (!).  While training does kick off the weekend I leave for Alaska, I don't want it to consume me.  I have 3 excursions booked, which will keep me busy.  I think consistent 4 mile runs on the weekends will be a really good base to kick things off after the cruise.  

The trick will now be navigating the summer weather.  Since I just had my first run since my race, I need to figure out the whole running in the heat thing.  I don't want to be confined to my treadmill, and yet I know there will be some days I'll need to use it.  Thursday is forecasted to hit 98 degrees.  With the strength of the sun, it'll be quite warm that day.  Since I work from home Tuesdays, I'm considering getting my runs in early morning, before the heat settles in.  Since I run around my neighborhood, it'll be easy to get out the door and back.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Monday Musings 6/25

Monday... again.  I can't wait for Alaska since I'll have a whole week off.  Two days is just way too short.

I got out for a run Saturday morning, and holy craptastic!  The first run back is always rough, and I stuck to one mile.  My cardio system got quite the shock after having a month off.  I didn't even bike during that time.  I did a one-mile loop around my neighborhood, then came back home and sprawled out on the living room floor.  Once I recovered, I did some prehab before hitting the grocery store.  I'm still sticking with pasta dishes from the frozen section.  It's super easy, and I'm not wracking my brain about what I can eat.

The rest of Saturday was spent watching the World Cup, USA track and field championships, and then Home Improvement on UP.  It's funny to see the kids so young, and the 90s fashions.  It's like when Friends started - the hair, clothes, phones. 

I broke down and bought NBC Gold's pass for track and field.  The thing that got me was "commercial free."  I'll be able to watch all of the track and field, and fall marathons, without commercials.  It's not something I usually go for, but when NBC can't even show a full 3000m steeplechase race without going to commercial, I get irritated.

Sunday was lazy again, watching the World Cup and reading a new book I downloaded.  I still don't know who I want to win the Cup, and it's been a strange tournament so far.  None of the favorites are playing well, and the top 3 scoring teams are England, Belgium, and Russia.  It's a bit unexpected, and I like it.  While I was watching Japan and Senegal, I did some weight training to jump back into that.  Once I'm warmed up and in this routine, I'll break out the full Pure Barre routines. 

We had storms roll through, and I was hoping to read outside and enjoy the cooler air, but it was a bit too cool, with wind.  Wah wah.  At least I got to spend time snuggling with Allie while I read.  We don't really snuggle that much in the summer, with the heat.  She piled almost on top of my shoulder, purring in my ear.

I wrapped up the evening watching Hidden Figures.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Five Randoms

Friday!!  The only plans I have this weekend are to get out for a run, if the weather is nice.  My new Oiselle singlet arrived, and of course I have to take it for a test run :)

I tried acupuncture for the first time on Tuesday, for my anxiety, and it wasn't too bad.  It certainly didn't feel anything like dry needling (which is good!).  I did feel quite relaxed driving home, and all I wanted to do was nap.  Sadly, nope.  I work from home on Tuesdays.  I do have the TV on for background noise, otherwise it's waaaaay too quiet, but I'm good and get work done.  My next appointment is next week.  She said it usually takes 3 appointments for the affects to kick in.  I don't feel a huge difference yet, but my homework is to track how I feel for the next appointment.

While there isn't usually anything worthwhile on TV, right now it's the World Cup.  Except if parts of the state are under a tornado watch.  I think local weather affiliates should be in a public stockade.  It's not enough we get beeping and scrawling, they have to interrupt the national broadcast entirely.  And we miss action in the game.  I got really angry in May when PBS did the same thing while I was trying to watch Little Women.  I wait and wait and get really excited for stuff like this, and I'm ready to punch whoever's in charge of the local stations.  If they interrupt my fun, I don't give a rat's ass about the weather.  It may not be much, and it makes me seethe.

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Plans

It's been almost a month since my last race.  Tomorrow marks the one month point.  I see my chiropractor tomorrow, and I can feel I'm out of alignment.  I haven't seen her since before my race.  It's been good to take a break, even when my mind was ready to run a week after the race.  We've been having cooler weather too this week, and if it holds into the weekend, I'll want to get out for a mile or two.  Getting back to it will be nice.

I don't have any races this summer, and the next one on the calendar is in October.  Would you believe the first weekend of training is when I'm flying up to Alaska?  Umm... I'll see what I can do on the ship.  I have a few hours in Anchorage before my parents arrive from their Denali portion.  Maybe I can ask the front desk people if there are any good running routes in town.  Otherwise I'll start my training on the treadmill, on the ship.  The view should be nice out of the fitness room.

Normally I keep a base of two or three miles, but I want to stretch that to three to four miles.  If I can do 4 miles out of the gate, it'll shorten the training period.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Monday Musings 6/18

Monday... do I have to go back to work?  It's been so nice having these days off.  I did check my email Saturday morning to sort through which ones I'll need to look at today, and that's all I did.  After such a chaotic spring, I could put my feet up and not think of work at all.

I'm feeling a lot better after my gum graft, and I'm almost done with my antibiotics.  I think I miscounted one day and took 4 instead of 3.  I only remember taking 3.  Oh well.

After taking it easy most of the week, my mom and I did get out and got pedicures Friday.  I hadn't had one since Good Friday, and it felt so good to pamper my feet and legs.  I go with the deluxe pedicure at the place I go, and it gives us great smelling soap, the paraffin wax, massages for the feet and legs, and hot stones.  My feet certainly appreciated this since I hadn't had one since my race.  I'm always ticklish when they're filing down my calluses.  I bet a lot of people are.

My figurine was delivered Friday too.  It's now on the mantle next to Lilo and Stich.

Saturday was a slow day, until the evening.  We had the big fundraising event in Denver for Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies.  My family bought these tickets in February, and it's here already!  Where is this year going?  In the meantime, we went into Boulder for breakfast at Snooze, where I had two eggs scrambled and one sweet potato pancake.  Soft foods, remember.  It was delicious as always, I just wish I could've eaten the candied pecans that come on the pancake.  I'm eating all the crunchy food once I get my stitches out!  Then we watched some of the World Cup games, as we did on Sunday.  My family bid on a few things for the silent auction, and we won 3 baskets.  I didn't really see anything I wanted, and I decided to donate during the donation appeal for the Angel Fund.  This is the medical fund set aside for surgeries and treatments for the dogs they rescue.

The live auction was incredible, and I posted a video on IG of the auctioneer.  They had a real auctioneer, and I got so tired just listening to him.  Now I understand why live auctions can be frantic.  It's hard to even know what he said, he was talking so fast!

Sunday was Father's Day, and my parents and I went over to my uncle's house in Golden to celebrate with them and my grandfather.  My cousin was even there from the Ukraine.  She's with the Peace Corps, teaching English in a small village, and she flew over after their big family vacation in eastern Europe.  She has a few months to go once she flies back, I think until the end of the year.  It could be earlier.  Then we came back and watched Finding Nemo on Freeform.  Can y'all believe it's been 15 years since Nemo hit theaters?

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Five: Checking In

Hi everyone!  I'm checking in after 3 days post-dental procedure.  The procedure went well, though I've been tired due to the healing process, and the liquid diet.  I was told to rest for the first 48 hours since the body was going to go into healing mode and use up some energy.  I started on soft foods yesterday, and all I want is something crunchy!  My next appointment is Tuesday, for them to check the healing, and then in two more weeks to get the stitches out.  I have both regular stitches and dissolving stitches.

In the meantime, I received the room booking form from Park and Preston, for Princess weekend.  My mom and I chose Coronado Springs for our hotel.  I haven't stayed there yet, and I like all the food options listed on the website.  I will make sure to pack my bikini to enjoy the hot tub after the race, weather permitting.  I've known it be chilly on Princess weekend, and warm and humid.  

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monday Musings 6/11

Welcome to Monday, and quite a short week this time around.  I don't think I mentioned it before, but I'm getting a gum graft tomorrow afternoon.  I'm working today in the office, then at home tomorrow morning.  I'll be checked out and recovering for the rest of the week.  I had to start my antibiotic regimen 3 days before the appointment, and that meant Saturday.  Yipee.  At least I'm taking time off and won't be plugged in.  My parents are coming down this week since we're going to a GRRR fundraiser Saturday, and my mom said she'll take care of me.  No matter your age, there are some things you want your mom for.

To make myself feel better,  I ordered a Jim Shore Disney figurine Friday that I'd been looking at for a few months.  It'll go on the mantle next to my Lilo and Stitch figurine.

The weekend was low-key, and no, I did not go back to Echter's, even though I wanted to.  I wanted to look at more flowers because my snap dragons are struggling.  I have 3 that look like they're doing really well, and the rest look pathetic :-/  The soil is moist, so I don't think they're starving for water, or have too much.  I don't know why there's wilting, and I'm trying to get them to hold out until my mom can look at them today.

I finally went to see the Avengers, since I'm on a training break, and I gotta say, I was disappointed in it.  I know all of the individual Marvel movies have been building up to this, and after the movie I was thinking, now what?  I've enjoyed the other Marvel movies, so what are they planning for the next big Avengers movie?  It was good to enjoy someone else's air conditioning since we're in a heat wave, which I think ends today (I hope).  In the midst of this heat wave is the Boulder Ironman.  A coworker is doing this year, and I hope he and the other triathletes did well.  The past two years have been rather hot on the Ironman date.

Soooo, I finally came across something that would spur me into hiring a running coach.  Several Colorado Oiselle ladies did the Ragnar Snowmass race this past weekend, and I was on Ragnar's website to see when the race would start.  Then I saw on their Facebook page they're adding Sweden to the list of locations.  Umm, what?!  The first race is next summer, and it definitely got the wheels in my head turning.  I was in Stockholm for a day in 2005 on my cruise, and this race would start in Mariefred and run to Stockholm.  I certainly wouldn't mind heading back to the land of some of my ancestors and spending more time there.

The rest of the weekend was resting, and snuggling with Allie.  I grilled a flank steak Saturday for dinner, and while it was a good marinade, I think it was missing something.  If I did it again, I'll add some pineapple juice.  Sunday was shrimp, and tonight will be a casserole I can heat up when I'm off the liquid diet.  The instructions for the graft recovery say a liquid diet for 2 days, and I know I'm not going to last that long.  I can chew on the other side of my mouth, and be careful.  The side I get the graft will have a guard to protect the stitches.

Wish me luck.  I have chronic low blood sugar, and I absolutely get cranky when I'm hungry.  They should use me in a Snickers commercial.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Would You Rather?

I saw a few of these, starting with Wendy, before or on Global Running Day.  Since I normally take Wednesday and Thursday off from blogging, I thought it would be fun to answer these questions today.

Would you rather...

Run with no socks or no sports bra?
No socks.  Even though I'm far from chesty, the girls need support.

Run a mile naked or in a snowsuit?
Snowsuit.  All the naked people I saw during Bay to Breakers were walking.  I'm sure certain body parts need support to make running comfortable.  And imagine the possible chafing without clothing.  And the sunburn...

Run in the freezing cold or sweltering heat?
Freezing cold.  I melt in heat.

Run with an empty stomach or a full bladder?
Gotta say empty stomach.  I absolutely could NOT keep going beyond the first mile in San Francisco without a potty break.

Run uphill or into a headwind?
Depends on the hill, and headwind :-p  If it's a shallow-ish hill, I'd run up it.  Headwinds zap my energy.

Run without music or without a GPS watch?
GPS watch.  I need my music.  Speaking of which, I still need a new pair of headphones.

Skip deodorant or Body Glide?
I rarely wear Body Glide.  I've been lucky (knock on wood) but on hot days, I do use it, just in case.

Run as much as you want on the treadmill, or only once a week outside?
Once a week outside.  I did a lot of training on the treadmill this spring, and I got cabin fever.

Run a beer mile or a color run?
I've already done a color run, and I don't like beer.

Run on a trail or the road?
For now, road, but I need to get on single tracks and gravel to prep for my next race.

Run an out and back or a loop?
I do both in training, but during a race, an out and back is tough.  All those runners heading back to the finish line when I'm still heading towards the turn-around spot...

Eat a slice of pizza mid-race of drink a milkshake?

Run in the rain or snow?
I've done both, and if I had to pick, snow.  There's something peaceful about it.

Beer or chocolate milk at the finish line?
Ice cold chocolate milk.

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