Sunday, April 22, 2018

Monday Musings 4/23

Happy Monday!  I really tried to take it easy this weekend after my trip to Houston, and then a busy week at work.  I really tried to catch up on my blog reading, and if I missed yours, sorry.  I had all-day training Monday and Wednesday, and then I was getting quarterly reports finalized and submitted to our sponsors.  Whew!

My main goal for this weekend was to relax.  I owed Allie snuggles, and she made that clear on Sunday and Monday.  I'm not to leave on a vacation again!  (well, I still will).  She's happier now that we spent some quality time together.  It helped that Saturday's weather was crappy with on and off snow all day.  I can gauge the weather by how much Allie wants to snuggle.

So how about that Boston Marathon???  I missed following it live due to work, but I watched it immediately when I got home.  I played in enough games and endured enough practices between soccer and lacrosse seasons in that weather.  It's not fun, and may be responsible for my fair-weather running.  That and Texas thinned my blood a lot.  It was amazing watching the race, and there had to be complete carnage in the elite field with so many East Africans not making the top 10.  The top 10 spoke for itself.  I'm so happy for Desi, and poor woman looked freezing during the national anthem.

At one point I wanted to make some hot chocolate while I was watching it!

Spring time on Wednesday
Through all of the busyness that was this week, I got my run done on Tuesday, inside due to 40mph winds, and then I skipped Thursday's run because Wednesday when we were walking back from the training, back to our building, my right quad suddenly felt tight.  It definitely did not feel pulled, thankfully, and I focused my strength sessions on Wednesday and Thursday on my quads to help build up strength.  Better to take an extra break then pushed myself and get injured.

Snow on Saturday
Instead, I biked for 4 miles to still get some cardio, and then focused on strength training.  I was tempted to still run on the treadmill Saturday, just in case my quad bothered me, and Saturday's weather made that decision for me.  I'm happy to report, with some Rocktape, I completed my 4 miles without any worry.  Sunday's workout was lower body and core Pure Barre to wrap up the week.


Monday: Pre-hab exercises

Tuesday: 2.5 miles

Wednesday: lower body Pure Barre

Thursday: 4 miles bike, upper body and quads

Friday: rest

Saturday: 4 miles, leg work

Sunday: lower body Pure Barre + core

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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Five: My Heritage

In February, I ordered a 23 and Me kit for fun.  I only did the heritage since that's all I wanted to know.

Last weekend, right before I flew to Houston, I got the email that my results were in.  Yay!  Results normally take 6-8 weeks, and this was right about 6 weeks from the notification email saying the lab had received my DNA sample.  I already had a pretty good idea of my heritage, and some of it was absolutely confirmed, and there was one surprise.  0.8% Balkan.  Huh??

I knew my heritage was very much northern European, with some Hungarian thrown in since my great-grandmother and her family immigrated through Ellis Island.  Add in the two Native American nations in my family, and I'm the American mutt.  But Balkan?  The results say a 6- or 7-time great-grandparent.  Now I'm curious.

The one country they specifically pulled out was the Netherlands.  I knew about that too.  I'd love to visit the Netherlands at some point.  I haven't been to Europe since 2008, and the Netherlands is on my bucket list.  My parents visited Amsterdam when I was in college, but I haven't been yet.

I'm 99.1% European, so that other .09 is the Native American.  I knew the amount was small, and now I know how small.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring in the Rockies

It's no secret that spring has been tough this year, not just here in the Rockies.  Across the whole country.

Spring time blizzards :-/
I've been delaying my Saturday runs until the afternoon because it's not warming up that fast in the mornings.  It took me awhile to realize that, since I was out every morning last fall, training for Vegas.  It didn't get as cold at night during September and October as it is now.  The sun would warm things up quickly, and I'd be out running between 8 and 9.  Now if I get outside, I'm out between 2 and 3.  I have 7 miles on schedule at the end of the month, and I'm hoping, hoping, and hoping that I can do it outside.  6 miles on the treadmill was not a favorite thing to do.

All that being said, Houston made me realize why I moved up to Colorado.  We flew in before a front, and my feet were sweating when we were out to dinner.  I do miss Texas, and my friends and family, and at hte same time, it's nice to have a prolonged spring in Colorado.  Memorial Day doesn't usher in the oven for 4 to 5 long months.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monday Musings 4/16

I'm back from Houston, and I'm exhausted!  I knew it would be a whirlwind weekend, but that still didn't stop me from being exhausted when I got home.  Allie was very happy to see me home, and she was demanding attention.

I did a lot of Texas things this weekend, but I didn't see any blue bonnets.  I was staying along 290 where there's a lot of construction, and blue bonnets like to grow along highways.  There were no fields :(  I did get to enjoy some good TexMex, and breakfast at La Madeleine.  If anyone travels to Dallas or Houston, stop in there.  It's a great French bistro with great breakfast choices.

I also slept through a pretty good thunderstorm Friday evening.  We got lucky with the weather, though it was bumpy descending into Houston.  Our pilot had the flight crew seated early, but it wasn't too bad.  I actually thought landing back in Denver was more bumpy.  So the thunderstorms rolled through Friday night, and into Saturday morning.  Since I was still seeing lightning in the area, and it was warm enough, being Texas, I did my 3 miles on the treadmill.  And felt so strong!  I felt awesome, even with the humidity.  It wasn't until after the run I realized I've been training at altitude, and Houston's at sea level.

Saturday lunch was the awesome TexMex at Chuy's.  I got a great taco salad with grilled fajita chicken, cheese, tomatoes, and guac!  Delish!  Dessert was sopapillas.  Gotta enjoy them when you get the chance.  I went back to the hotel and napped a little bit before getting ready.  The ceremony was so nice.  My cousin looked so beautiful!  It was so good to be back with family and friends, and in Texas.

Dress from Stitch Fix
Sunday was the flight back, and my body decided waking up at 5am would be fun.  I was tired for most of the day, and trying to do grocery shopping and cleaning.  Thankfully I napped a little bit, and I made sure dinner was easy.  Throw it in the oven, with a chopped salad, and voila!

A big shoutout to all Boston runners tomorrow.  I'm recording the race and will watch it when I get home.


Monday: Pure Barre

Tuesday: 2 miles, prehab exercises

Wednesday: lower body strength

Thursday: 2 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3 miles

Sunday: rest

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Five: a 3-Day Weekend

I'm flying off to Houston today, for my cousin's wedding.  I don't know how much social media I'll be doing, but I certainly hope to see these.  I miss them.

I've packed running gear, and will be doing 2-3 miles, maybe inside.  Saturday morning currently shows thunderstorms, and in Houston, those can be strong storms.

I might be moping a little bit because Run Disney announced they're trying to streamline registration, and all registrations are delayed.  I had June 12 circled on my calendar for Princess registration, and now I have no idea when that will be.  With my luck, it'll be when I'm in Alaska.  I'll be on top of a glacier, trying to get Wifi, or at least the highest point on the ship.

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Race Sights

Sunday was the Paris Marathon, and I DVR'd the coverage on the Olympic Channel.  It started at 12am, and no, I'm not up at that hour anymore.  Not by a long shot.

While I enjoyed watching the race, I found myself enjoying the sights and sounds of Paris they showed.  They showed a lot of Paris vs showing the race.  While I'm normally cranky when broadcasts pan away from the actual race to show sob stories, I didn't mind seeing Paris on my TV.  I've had some good vacations in Paris.

It got me thinking.  What location would I choose, if any, based on the race course and landmarks, for a big race?  Runners may choose races based on the medal (guilty!), but what about location?  I know it would be a great racecation, but how much of the course would I actually remember?  I call it race brain, when I'm so focused on running, I'm not taking in my surroundings.

I'm not sure if I chose Bay to Breakers because I'd be in San Francisco, because I know I won't enjoy those hills.  It's great to visit SF, but the last time I was there, I didn't want to run any of those hills, and declared it.  Oops.  Here I am, training for a race, that will go across the city, and up one of those honkin' hills.

Maybe those hills have been the saving grace though.  When I've been relegated to the treadmill this spring, I play with the incline so I'm not bored.  I broke up my 6 miles on Saturday that way.  Half a mile flat, then a quarter mile with incline, all the way through.  6 miles is the longest I've done on the treadmill in quite a while, and that hill training got me through the run.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Monday Musings 4/9

Another weekend, another round of snow.  We're all saying how done we are with the snow - family, friends, and coworkers.  The calendar says spring, and it should be SPRING!!  I had 6 miles to do this weekend and where did I do them?  Inside!!

I'm heading to Houston for a wedding this coming weekend, and I'm pondering staying there.  I can complain about the humidity.

I know I could've waited until the afternoon, when it was warmer, but I need to get back to morning long runs.  The race starts at 8am and I need to get that in my routine again.  At least I could continue to play around with the incline setting and get my legs prepared.  The outside of my right leg, high up in the abductor, or quad, needs some strengthening, so that's what I focused on Sunday.

I spent the rest of Saturday foam rolling, stretching, epsom soaking, and watching the Boston documentary.  It was released on DVD this past week, and I ordered it through Amazon.  It arrived Saturday afternoon, so I immediately opened it, and watched it.  Anybody doing Boston this year?  One week left!

I used up my energy chews during my 6-miler, so I stopped at a running store Sunday to get more chews, a tube of Nuun, another box of Rocktape, and some longer compression shorts.  My current 2 compression shorts have a 4-inch inseam, and it's just not long enough.  The legs keep riding up, which makes me concerned about chafing.  Now I have a new pair with a 6-inch inseam.  I hope that's plenty of length, and I won't have to worry about chafing.  Good to know all of this before my race, right?

I also renewed my Oiselle membership, on Thursday, and chose the black singlet, with white trim.  If I can get into the Princess 10k, I think that singlet with my "Minnie Mouse" Running Skirt would be a good combo.  If I can get in to that race, I'll need to think about what I want to do this fall.  An early fall race would mean training through the summer, to have enough time to recovery mentally.


Monday: Pure Barre

Tuesday: 3 miles, upper body

Wednesday: lower body strength

Thursday: Sinus headache - rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: 6 miles, recovery yoga

Sunday: lower body and core

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

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Five: Alaska Excursions

Welcome to the new Friday Five format.  My first posting, and I'll try to keep it short :)

I've booked all 3 of my Alaskan adventures.  I was trying to wait until April to book 2 and 3, but why wait?  I don't want them to fill up.

Source: Holland America
1) Haines/Skagway: A railroad adventure that takes us into the Yukon.  My parents will also be doing this one, but I go my own way for the next two.

2) Juneau: visiting a mushers camp, where they'll take us on a training ride with a full sled dog team.  Then we'll learn some history behind dog sledding, and finally (which is what sold it), playing with husky puppies!

3) Ketchikan: an afternoon boat cruise to see the Misty Fjords.

There are also two days at sea, so I'm sure I'll check out the spa.  I really have no clue if I'll want to take advantage of the fitness room, but I'll pack gear, just in case.

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Splurging for New Gear

I've mentioned it before, but this training cycle has been tough.  I don't seem to be the only one to think so.  I know multiple people who haven't gotten a groove, or gotten the fire back this season.  Is it this spring itself?  I know the weather has been awful in some areas of the country, especially the east coast with so many Nor'easters walloping y'all.  I don't miss those storms whatsoever (and shoveling that ridiculously heavy snow!).

I tried to get myself out of the funk by ordering some new tank tops, in fun colors.  I ordered two Oiselle flyout tank tops in purple and blue, and now I can pair my sports bras with them for some fun color combos.  They arrived last week, and after throwing them in the wash, I couldn't wait to do both my runs at the end of the week.  It meant I was inside, but again, the weather hasn't been great.  We got snow on Wednesday, and I encountered slippery surfaces Thursday while doing some errands, and then chilly temps on Sunday.  The treadmill was the perfect place.

My new socks also seem to be doing well.  I'm wrapping my blistered toe with Rock Tape before running, and so far, it's worked.  It does feel weird, but it's prevented additional blisters.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Monday Musings 4/2

Ugh, Monday.  After taking 5 days off from work, it's back to reality.  Wednesday started with a teeth cleaning, and seeing my chiropractor.  I did have to make appointments for a gum graft :(  The first one is explaining the logistics, then the appointment in June is the actual procedure.  Yay me?  I spent the rest of the afternoon continuing to binge on Friends.  I'm through season 5.

Thursday was spent doing some chores, more Friends binging, and doing my run.  I'll admit I skipped my run on Tuesday, since I was going into my extended holiday.  Thursday I did 3 miles before my mom arrived.  Our ladies' weekend kicked off, and Friday was spent at Snooze, at the mall, and pedicures.  Snooze has their spring items out, and they have a pancake inspired by the Girl Scout cookie Samoas.  It's amazing how this place keeps coming up with awesome breakfast items.  This pancake is a buttermilk pancake with chocolate and caramel drizzle, with crumbled shortbread and coconut shavings.

Pancake flight!
We went to the mall to stock up on Bath and Body Works lotions, lunch out, and then pedicures.  I hadn't had a pedicure since the very end of September, to get ready for my cousin's wedding, and now I have a wedding to go to in April.  Pedicure time!  I went with a spring color to get ready for the season.  After we got snow Wednesday, I'm really hoping spring would be around the corner.

Friday's entertainment was the Last Jedi.  I found the DVD at Target, and it was nice to watch it again.  This time I wasn't in the second row, looking directly up at the screen.  Ray's nose was 10 feet long on the screen.

My mom went back home Saturday :(  More Friends binging!  I biked 30 minutes and did some strength training, which I felt when I woke up on Sunday.  Right in both of my pirformis(es).  I felt both of those spots when I was running on Sunday.  I also found a killer ab workout.  I was doing a dead bug version with my stability ball on Thursday, and I felt it through Saturday, and I did another set.  Ouch.

I had Easter lunch with family, with quite a few choices.  I had a small salad with spinach, strawberries, and almonds; tangerine ham with veggies and mashed potatoes; and bourbon pecan pie. That's right.  Bourbon.  I napped when I got home, prior to my run.  I also got to test out some new workout gear.  That's always fun.  I bought a couple new tank tops, in spring colors, and got to test out one of them on my 3 miles.


Monday: Whole body strength training

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: quick Pure Barre

Thursday: 3 miles, one Pure Barre sequence

Friday: rest

Saturday: 30 minutes bike, strength training

Sunday: 3 miles

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My DNS after ITBS Hit

Today's topic DNS or DNF.  I've had one DNS, and it was certainly a blow to my ego.  After I did my first half marathon, I got bit hard by the running bug, and I was signing up for races, getting caught up in the moment.  I went from my second half to signing up for my third before even completing my second, and I threw a 10k in there after my third half marathon, not even halfway through training for that one.

While training for my third half marathon, Eugen 2013, I got my ITBS.  I didn't think it was a big deal, and I was able to do my training runs for the half.  Then race day came, and my leg blew up during the last 5k of the course.  I was pushing for a good time because hey, I was going to sign up for the Disney World half for 2014, and wanted a good time for corral placement.  Pushing through that last 5k was not smart, and I ended up with an ITBS battle that lasted for 4 years.

I ended up DNS-ing the 10k, which was for Wounded Warrior.  I didn't even pick up my race packet. I wasn't too mad to lose the registration fee since it went to a great charity, but I couldn't help but mope.  My knee was supposed to be healed with a little bit of rest, and everything would be fine by the summer.  (Yeah, no, that did not happen).

I went to the race to cheer on people I knew, and I actually ended up not minding that I DNS-ed.  Why?  The race was delayed, by a lot, due to some pretty spectacular lightning and thunder.  I was cold even under layers, and I would've been miserable trying to wait it out to run a race.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Monday Musings 3/26

Another week, but it's a short week for me!  Since CU gives staff the Friday of spring break off, I decided to take Thursday and Wednesday off too.  I have a couple appointments Wednesday, but I'm looking forward to the staycation.  I'm spending Thursday evening, and all day Friday with my mom, and so far, we're scheduled for pedicures.  My dad will probably be trying to get some skiing in, before we head into April and ski resorts start winding down for the season.

Speaking of breaks, I booked a trip for this August.  My mom's retiring at the end of May, and my parents are planning a Denali adventure and Alaskan cruise.  I'm now booked on the cruise portion :)  I bought my airfare, and I'll be flying into Anchorage to start the trip, and flying out of Vancouver.  I'm taking 6 days off from work, and that will be much needed.  July is fiscal year-end activities, and quarterly reporting.  I don't know when I'll have another opportunity to visit Alaska.  Now it's time to look at the excursions.

The funny thing is it's the same ship we did a cruise on back in 2005, around the Baltic.  Now I'm old enough to drink on board.

I ended up switching around my workouts for the weekend.  I wanted to give my blister a chance to clear up, so I pushed my run to Sunday, and biked on Saturday.  I also picked up 4 new pairs of socks, to replace my older Balega pairs.  Two pairs had holes, and my blister absolutely proved I couldn't putt off replacing my socks any longer.  I got 2 pairs of plain white, and 2 pairs with fun colors.  I biked 5 miles on Saturday, with some upper body work, and 5.12 miles run on Sunday.

Long story short, I had to split the run because my blister came back.  Anybody have any suggestions?  It's on the bottom of my "middle" toe.  I was close to 2.5 miles and had to head home because I felt the blister coming on again, but I didn't want to stop.  I hopped on the treadmill, since my feet/shoes don't slip around as much, and I did running intervals, with incline work thrown in.  This time I got all the way up to 12% for a small portion of the workout.  When all was said and done, I ended up doing 5.12 miles.

For recovery, from both workouts, I put my feet up and binged on Friends.  I got tired of waiting on Netflix, and Target had the entire series, for cheaper than Amazon.  Sold!  There are quite a few older episodes I haven't seen, and I'm having a good time laughing at everything.  Chandler's behavior with the hypnosis tape anyone?


Monday: Pure Barre

Tuesday: 2 miles incline work

Wednesday: lower body strength

Thursday: 3.75 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 5 miles bike, upper body strength

Sunday: 5.12 miles

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Five: Traditions

Today's topic is traditions, but truth be told, I don't have many traditions.  Once I outgrew Easter egg hunts, I didn't really have traditions.  I don't have spring break anymore (wish I did!), and my family's not religious, so no Easter things.  Unless you count me watching Life of Brian every Easter weekend.  TCM shows Ben-Hur, I watch Monty Python.  It's more fun.

One thing I have done is ordered a couple new running tops, in fun colors.  I'll post pictures when they arrive.  This training cycle has been tough thanks to me getting sick, me getting upset at positive splitting my 4-mile run a couple weekends ago (which also was a week since being sick, I wasn't recovered enough), and the ridiculous March weather that exists in Colorado.  Gone With the Wind anyone?  That's a cause and effect here.

Helping me recover
Thankfully the weather was perfect! yesterday.  68 degrees when I got home, and overcast.  I did 3.75 miles, and I felt strong.  I could've done more but I got a blister on the bottom of a toe, which proves that yes, I need new running socks.  I've had some pairs of Balega thin socks for a couple years, and they've been looking worn on the bottom.  I'll head to Runners Roost this weekend and get more.

Another annual spring thing is renewing my Oiselle Volee membership.  I get to order another singlet, and the tough decision is always which color.  I have one aqua singlet, one ombre singlet, and one long-sleeve aqua shirt.  The other choices are black with white trim, white with black trim, slate with blue, and pink with black.  Hmmmm?

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Interval Running

I'm straying from today's topic since I don't really get spring break, though I wish I did.  I'm even taking some days off next week, during CU's spring break.  They give us the Friday of spring break as a holiday, and I'm taking Wednesday and Thursday as vacation days.  It's very much needed, since I haven't had a break since December.  I need to get better at taking vacation.

As many readers know, I use run/walk to keep me going, and to help my ITBS.  I've used run/walk ever since I trained for my first half marathon, and I like it.  A lot!  I found my sweet spot, to keep my cadence up, and keep me going.  The only issue is, I tend to test that sweet spot, and push the intervals.  The results aren't pretty.

I realized one of the reasons I may have been struggling so far is I extended the running portion.  I want to challenge myself, but when I did 4 miles a couple weekends ago, I really positive split them, and then ended up in a funk.  Did that happen because I moved out of my normal intervals?  I'll find out this week.  Last week was a pull-back week, with 2 miles for each run.  I've put my intervals back to what my body likes, and I'll find out.

In other news, I got one more piece for my home gym.  I bought a Pilates ball, and I used it for the first time yesterday.

Someone obviously wanted to check it out too.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Monday Musings 3/19

This weekend was all about small things I could enjoy.  My anxiety returned head on last weekend, and I was determined to have fun this weekend.  I already had a book club scheduled from a few weeks ago, and I decided to check out a movie Saturday, as well as getting out of my neighborhood and checking out a running path just up the road.

First thing, I took an Epsom salt soak for the magnesium, and I went to bed at 8:30 Friday night.  I didn't get out of bed until 7 Saturday morning.

I live by Standley Lake Park, but in the now almost year I've lived in Arvada, I never ran the routes by the lake.  I've realized I need a change of scenery some days, and need to get out of my comfort zone, and neighborhood.  Shake things up so to speak.  Since I was going to the movies Saturday afternoon, I headed over in the morning.

What I didn't know is the trails there aren't paved, and in Colorado, any open space without paved trails means prairie dogs.  I made it half a mile before turning around and moving back to the pavement outside the park.  I had to constantly be looking down, otherwise I would've stepped in a prairie dog hole and wrench something.  Even on pavement, I heard their chirps since their colony is all over Standley Lake.  I'm a big scary human, and I'd see them scrambling into their holes for safety.

After running and getting lunch, I went to the movies to watch Tomb Raider.  Another movie with a strong female lead, and I like that this Lara Croft doesn't have flotation devices on her chest.  When I read what Alicia Vikander went through, training wise, it is inspirational.  I don't have the discipline to cut out bad food, which is why I'm not happy with my midsection, but I can lift weights and strength train all the same.  Which is what I did Sunday.  I got the bigger for me weights out and did an all-around strength routine.  I'll see how I feel in the morning.

Sunday was a book club with some Oiselle volee.  I tried to read the book, a Gentleman in Moscow, but I'll confess, I only got about halfway through.  It wasn't my cup of tea, and normally New York Times bestsellers aren't.  I'm all about historical novels and mysteries, and while this was historical, it could get downright depressing, or boring.  I read to feel happy and get lost in the story.  I signed up for the book club for the social aspect, so I didn't feel bad about not finishing the book.  I wasn't the only one who didn't finish, and it was fun to just chat and socialize.

I came home and started a Friends season 3 marathon.  There was so much food at the book club, all I wanted to do was veg.

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


Sunday: Pre-hab exercises

Monday: Pure Barre upper body and seat

Tuesday: 2 miles, PB thighs

Wednesday: PB seat

Thursday: 2 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 2 miles

Friday, March 16, 2018

5 Signs of Spring

It's Friday, and almost the weekend.  I can take my time this weekend and finally finish adjusting to the time change.  It now takes me a good week, because it takes until the next weekend for me to catch up on my sleep.  I've been doing yoga in the evenings and going to bed at 9, but the early wake up call is still challenging with the dark mornings.

Since Tuesday is the first day of spring, I thought I would write about the first signs of spring.

1) Getting through February.  February can really be a downer, and after December and January, February is just dreary.  It's a short month, but seems to take a while to cycle through.  I know the saying is March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but this February had a lot of snow and cold.

2) DST.  As much as I gripe about losing an hour of sleep, the longer days are great.  I don't feel as crunched for time when I get home from work, and I have more sunlight to work with.  I got home a little late Tuesday since I had to pick up my new order of contacts, and mail off a package, but I didn't have to worry.  There was still plenty of sun for my run.

3) Shorts!  I've done all my outdoor runs in shorts, despite the wind.  Maybe I'm trying to prove a point?  I do layer up on top since my arms and torso get cold, but my soccer legs can withstand a bit more weather.  The wind is no joke in the spring, but I can still wear shorts when I'm running :)

4) Furry animals.  The prairie dogs are out in force, and when I ran by the colony on Saturday, I could see a lot of them chasing each other around.  I've also seen geese in the neighborhood, and hawks flying overhead.  I didn't see any of these groups when it got cold in December.

5) Flowers and buds.  If my allergies are any indication this week, the trees are starting to bud, and flowers are starting to bloom.  We haven't gotten our big, wet spring blizzard yet, and it's nice to see the plants coming back to life.

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