Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Getting Back to It

Ever since I got back from the holidays, I've been trying to get back to my cardio and strength training routine.  I'm focusing more on strength training since Bay to Breakers training doesn't start until 2/19, and I have some extra time to focus on my muscles.  I'm also working on sharpening my base, but I found one problem:

I don't seem to have a base.

I took a month off after RnR Vegas, for a physical and mental break, and at that point, we were fully into the December holiday festivities.  It was hard to motivate myself to run, which is why I signed up for the Bay to Breakers.  That seemed to help, but then Christmas break came, not to mention I got sick the day before my last day before break.  Then came all the holiday foods, extra wine and champagne, and no working out.

My base is shot.

I've done 5 runs since the new year, and each of those runs have been a struggle.  1 mile, 2 miles, 2 miles, 1.5 miles, 2.25 miles.  I'm still doing my run/walk intervals, and I think those are saving my bacon at this point.  I can keep pushing, even when my legs are protesting, and my lungs are burning.  The only thing I can do is just keep going.  I know I'll get my base back, but I do hope it's before 2/19.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Musings 1/15

Welcome to a snowy Monday morning.  We're supposed to get a couple inches of snow, but we also got some freezing rain before that.  Good thing my only plan was being lazy today.  I may use the treadmill to get a run in, since my schedule's a little wacky this week.

Nothing much happened this weekend, but my parents came down, and we went to see Darkest Hour.  I know Gary Oldman won a Golden Globe for the role, and he's almost unrecognizable in the movie.  I'm not usually one for Oscar hype, but I've wanted to see this movie since I heard about it during the summer.

I also made 2 more recipes from Run Fast, Eat Slow.  Even though I do have some Super Hero muffins left, I made the blueberry-lemon-cornmeal scones before heading to see the movie.  I used fresh blueberries instead of frozen because there's plenty of fresh blueberries at the store right now.

The other recipe was the burst cherry tomato linguine with shrimp.  This one is definitely a keeper.  It's super easy, and the longest cooking aspect is the linguine since I needed to boil the water.  Cooking the tomatoes and shrimp takes about 5 minutes, and the sauce is really light.  It's not a heavy tomato sauce at all.  I have leftovers for some point during the week.

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Staying Warm in the Winter

Ever since I knew I was moving to Colorado, I've had to up my game about running outside.  It was much easier in Texas, but I've had to brush up on tips and tricks in Colorado, especially since I hate being cold.

Our winter's been mild so far, and in fact a drought has been declared.  The spring brings the big storms, so we'll see how that goes.

1) Layering is key, especially since I warm up quickly when I start running.  I was never really a vest person, and a few years ago my parents gave me a vest for my birthday.  My thought was what the heck am I going to do with THIS??  Now I use it all the time, and I've asked for another vest for my birthday this month.

2) Bundle under layers inside.  I have a couple throws for the living room, one of which I got for Christmas.  There's nothing like yoga pants, sweatshirts, and blankets to veg out after a run.

3) If it is cold outside, I recommend some hot chocolate after the run.  I love the hot chocolate made with hot milk.  A lot of studies have shown milk is great for recovery, so why not recover from the run, and warm up at the same time?

4) If it's too cold, or icy, or blizzard conditions, staying inside is always an option.  It's gotten better since I got my treadmill, but if runners need to switch things up and do a home workout instead of run, that's OK too.

5) Get a cat!  Allie produces her own heat, but she loves to snuggle when it's cold out.  She's my ultimate thermometer.

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Guilty Pleasures to Celebrate a Race

Today's TOTR topic is guilty pleasures for runners.

Since I was just in Vegas, the first one will be easy.  All the chocolate I bought from Ethel M's.  Granted, not all of it was for me, but the chocolate boxes were the big purchase of the trip.  The only other item I bought was the Starbucks You Are Here mug.  I wanted something that wasn't food.

I also know what I'm going to do after Bay to Breakers.  San Francisco is home to Ghirardelli.  I know we shouldn't turn food into guilty pleasures, but it is food I don't have unless I'm in particular places.  I made sure to stop at Ghirardelli in 2015 when my parents and I visited for my 30th birthday trip, and I got the Nob Hill Chill.  What other concoctions can I order?

Disney of course has the Dole Whip, and EPCOT has a great drink at the French pavilion.

There are many other ways to splurge after a good race.  I try to get a pedicure after a training cycle because my feet do need it.  I didn't opt for one after Vegas since I'd gotten one before my cousin's wedding, but I'll schedule one after the Bay to Breakers.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Monday Musings 1/8

Another Monday, and now the first 5-day work week of the year.  Ugh.  Anybody else have a really difficult time getting back into the work routine?  I was exhausted last Thursday when I got home, and I'd only worked 3 days at that point.  How am I going to get through these 5 days?  We do have a 3-day weekend coming up, and I'm taking my birthday off for a vacation day.  So two weeks in a row where I only work 4 days.  OK, I'm feeling a little bit better.

Anybody have a good weekend?  Last week I ordered Run Fast, Eat Slow with a giftcard my grandfather gave me for Christmas, and I went through the book to look at the recipes.  I'm a really picky eater, but I found quite a few recipes I'd like to make, and I'd only have to omit an ingredient, or substitute one in.  The breakfast frittatas, for example, call for kale, but I'll swap in fresh spinach instead.  I made the Super Hero Muffins, minus the zucchini, and they smelled really good when they were baking.  I also made the bison meatballs, with pre made marinara (I cheated!), and they are really good!

After following so many people on social media who were down at Disney for marathon weekend, I got a crazy idea.  I'm thinking Princess weekend, 2019, and seeing if I can register for both the 5k and 10k.  My own mini challenge.  I'd sign up for the 10k first, and then see if the 5k is still available.  Crazy?  Or typical runner goals?

I'm jumping back into strength training, and my muscles are protesting.  A break after my race felt good, but now my muscles are being jolted, and it hurt a little bit being on the treadmill Saturday.  I played with the incline setting, to get a feel for San Francisco hills.  Now that is definitely crazy.  I'm starting to wonder what was I thinking???

I wrapped up the weekend by watching Victoria reruns on PBS.  The new season kicks off next Sunday, and I can't wait.  Since I only watch a couple shows now, it'll be good to have this back.

Linking up with Hoho Runs for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, January 5, 2018

5 Workouts for Quads

It's now 2018... still feels like 2017.  The weather is still messed up, but shout out to those on the east coast.  Stay safe!  My cousin got a snow day in DC yesterday, and I was jealous.  I know I just got back into the swing of work after holidays and vacation days, but it's always depressing when the festive decorations get taken down :(  Not to mention I was exhausted last night, after 3 days of work.

Since I don't do resolutions, and I talked about my one goal (push my mileage in training for the 12k), I'll go off topic.

Who else read Calvin and Hobbes growing up?
After I told my chiropractor my next race will be in San Francisco, she said I'll have to do a lot of quad work.  If we go up the Hayes Street hill, we'll have to go downhill at some point to get to the ocean.  So I've been mapping out some good quad exercises.

1) Lateral lunges - I don't do them often, and I shred my inner thighs whenever I do them.  I did them yesterday for the first time in forever, and yeah, I was already feeling it.  You don't know how much work the inner thighs do until they're shaking and don't want to work.

2) Lunges - Good ol' lunges.  What to double up?  Do a twist at the same time for some ab work.

3) Pure Barre thigh work - I've been doing so much hip work with Pure Barre, and now I need to make sure I do the thigh exercises as the same time.  Good thing there's a lot to choose from.

4) Goblet squats - I love to hate goblet squats, but it's another exercise that works more than one muscle group.  My Runner's World workout says get low enough, and it'll engage the glutes too.

5) Stretching - Last but not least, stretching.  I always stretch my quads when I'm doing my stretching routine.  I took the pose from Pure Barre, when we stretch after the thigh workouts.  It can hurt so good sometimes.

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

So It Begins

Initially I was going to wait until I got to work because my training plan from Vegas is on my work computer, BUT I found a printout of it at home this weekend.  Since I bought a new 2018 planner, I knew I needed to sit down and map out my B2B training.  It's always good to know when training begins.

Ta-da!  February 19th, and this makes is practically 3 full months (13 weeks) of training.  Race is May 20th, so I have one extra day, plus the 3 months.  I'm still figuring out what I need to do during the week, but my long runs have been entered in, in pen no less!  I know I need to get hill work in, and my treadmill will come in handy for that.  I put it at a 12% incline a couple weeks ago to find out what I'm getting myself into on Hayes Street.  Yikes!  I know I mentioned it before, but I'll be walking up a bit of that hill.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.