Sunday, April 29, 2018

Monday Musings 4/30

Welcome to the last day of April.  Crazy!  I'm now officially in taper mode, and have work to do.

First thing's first, my cousin is a marathoner.  She finished and I'm sure is ready to take a break.  She said the last 7 were hard, and she took it mile by mile.

Recovery with a cat
I had my last long run Saturday, which ended up being a little mixed.  I had to cut it short to 6, because my IT band started twinging after 5.5 miles.  It's the first time all training cycle, and not really a good time.  I was heading downhill, finishing up my last big loop, and it hit.  thankfully it wasn't too bad, but it's in my classic spot.  I finished up 6 miles when I got home, so I played it smart, and stopped.  I didn't even walk the last mile on my treadmill.  I didn't want to chance making it worse.

The up side of the run is those were my fastest 6 miles in quite a while.  I'll take the positives as well as knowing I've got work to do with strength training.  I haven't done as much Pure Barre this cycle, opting for other stuff, and I think that has affected things.  I will be calling my chiropractor's office Monday morning to schedule some dry needling.

The rest of the day was spent recovering.  Lots of foam rolling, stretching, getting the lacrosse ball in there, and epsom salt soaking.  I felt good Sunday morning.

Sunday was a gorgeous day, just in time for the inaugural PAC-12 women's lacrosse championship.  It was CU and Stanford, and I would've gone if CU hadn't made it.  I love the game, and played from 8th grade through my junior year in college.

It was not a good game for CU.  They won the regular season title, but fell to Stanford by 9 goals.  It wasn't competitive, and now they wait for the selection committee choices after other conferences have their championships next Sunday.  They had a good regular season, and I hope they get a wild card.

I did do strength training both days, and I know I have neglected Pure Barre a little bit.  It wasn't that I felt weak doing those exercises, but my muscles weren't used to some things, and my plan is to do some PB exercises as often as I can before Bay to Breakers.  I hope between that and dry needling, I can get my ITB to behave.


Monday: 30 minutes bike

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: strength training

Thursday: 10 minutes PB seat

Friday: rest

Saturday: 6 miles, Pure Barre seat

Sunday: Pure Barre upper body, seat, core

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Five: Good Luck!

I want to give an early morning shout out to my cousin Jessica, who is running her first marathon this weekend.  She's been training for the Oklahoma City marathon, which is Sunday.  I'll be here, cheering her on!

I've kind of started a mini collection of You Are Here mugs for my races, and I started it by accident.  The first one was from Disneyland, for Tink, and I bought it because it was super cute.  Then I wanted a souvenir from Las Vegas beyond all the chocolate I bought.  Then I wanted the Texas mug I saw at Houston's airport, but I didn't get it since our flight gate was changed to a different concourse.  Hello Amazon!  Since I was going for the Texas mug, I also ordered the Oregon mug.  Half marathons #2 and #3.  I really like both mugs, but the Texas mug needs some bluebonnets.  It's got everything else.

I have one more long run of this training cycle, and it's on the schedule tomorrow.  It's actually looking like spring weather, so I'm trying to find a good running route in and out of my neighborhood to keep me entertained.  7 miles will take a bit, and I don't want to get bored.  I did do 3 miles in my neighborhood yesterday, and it was almost perfect weather.

 Finally, I joined Athlinks after seeing it pop up a lot online.  Kind of cool.  I joined Monday so I haven't had much time to look around on the site.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Gearing up for San Francisco

There are less than 30 days from today to Bay to Breakers.  Crazy.  Almost as crazy as this weather has been.  I grumbled my way through some training last April and May, saying I wouldn't train for a spring race again, and here I am.  This spring has been absolutely nuts, and most of my runs have been on the treadmill.  A runner's gotta do what a runner's gotta do.

I'm starting to get my gear ready, and I sprung for a brand new Running Skirt.  I'll pack a couple with me, just in case.  This one is of mountains, and I think it'll be a fun combo with my aqua Oiselle singlet.

I'm going to reach out to readers, and ask what kind of headphones y'all use?  I bought a new pair of Yurbuds last November since the pair I used to have was close to dying, after 4 years of use.  This new pair isn't up to par of my first pair, and the sound keeps going in and out in the right earbud.  I need headphones I can rely on.

April's been a really busy month, and I moved some workouts around so I wouldn't be so bogged down.  I did 6 miles on the first weekend so I wouldn't have to worry about doing that much in Houston.  I've also missed a couple workouts, due to a big sinus headache, and then resting my quad.  Both good choices since I would've been miserable or completely worried.

The month's not done yet, and I have 7 miles on tap this Saturday.  That will be the longest I'll have gone since walking the WDW half in 2014.  I tried finding a local race to help with the miles, but I didn't find any.  There's a race series in Denver, but I don't want to go that far.

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

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.