Monthly archives: May, 2015

Thankful Thursday 5/28/2015

The last Thankful Thursday of May – how time flies! As Gretchen Rubin wrote, “the days are long, but the years are short.”

Especially thankful this week for:

  • The patience of DH
  • Coworkers & friends who listen to me, understand me and help me feel better
  • That I’ll have had 5 years in this house I love, the first place that has felt like my home since leaving my parents….this will always be the place where I trained for my first BQs and my first Boston Marathon and dear to my heart
  • Being able to find a new place that seems like it can work and has its own pluses (as most things do), though the price may cause us to make some new choices – still so very lucky
  • The opportunity to “leave behind” in the move things that don’t serve me – whether donating tangible items, changing habits or thought patterns or starting something new.  A move is by nature disruptive, which can create the space to view and think about parts of my life with fresh eyes. A new place is a clean-ish start is a huge challenge for someone like me who lives by, loves and NEEDS routine and repetition, schedule, structure and plan – but it’s a also a chance to make changes for the better.
  • That we might – everybody cross fingers & toes – be able to move a few days before Beach to Beacon, so I can still go
  • Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, watermelon
  • Single-serving bags of baked chips delivered straight to my door
  • Running an errand, a side trip to CostPlus gives me some amusement and brings back fun memories – and with my iPhone, I didn’t buy anything!
blinky lights for shoes

blinky lights for shoes

pop rocks

pop rocks

razzles

razzles

distretto - a new term

distretto – a new term

spinner - blue and yellow

spinner – blue and yellow

First video on the blog, of the spinner spinning! (aided by me blowing on it….)

On Wednesday, saw a rainbow on leaving Costco! Rare to be able to see all the way to the violet side.

rainbow

rainbow

What’s been making you thankful lately? 



Training Recap Week of 5/18/2015

Here’s the training recap for base phase week 3. Still recovery/easy pace runs on the plan.

RUN miles for the week: 45!

Monday 5/18

30min core workout plus a bit of arm work, then 35min bike.

At work: assisted bicep/tricep/lat pull-ups (2×10, 1×10, 5), 40 min bike

Whartons before dinner.

Tuesday 5/19

10 miles, in easy pace range, but slower than I’d wanted.

After: light Ohnos, leapfrogs, LC #1, squats on board (less reps, feel soreness in knee, quads), NO drills (legs felt heavy), Meb exercises but less Myrtls. Chiro says knee is VMO, e-stim’d & Graston’d it.

Whartons before dinner.

Wednesday 5/20

6 recovery pace miles. Core before, some pushups/tridips on my balance ball. Drills & Myrtls after.

Not sure how much I ran at the gait lab – less than a mile, probably. I must say the 2.5 hour car ride each way was incredibly painful on my cranky L hamstring, even though we stopped once in the middle each way. I expect my hips to lock up on “long” car rides, but I hadn’t expected to have to dig into my hamstring just to keep the pain tolerable. Fortunately, the guy at the lab showed me a “nerve flossing” exercise that helped it a lot, which I was able to do when I got home.

Thursday 5/21

7 recovery pace miles, no quad sleeves (first time since race). Lateral leg swings showed me exactly where the gait guy’s glute exercises had hit. He suggested a change in shoe tying to lock in my heel more tightly, which helped, though the top of my foot was somewhat annoyed with the additional pressure. I felt good enough that I considered going longer, but stuck with the minimal amount on the plan for today, figuring that was best given the strain of Wednesday.

No strength or drills after – legs just too sore and heavy from yesterday, and R knee cranky. Did Myrtls.

Whartons before dinner.

Friday 5/22

Woke up way too early, and tired. Decided not to run – Friday is usually XT anyway, but I’d wanted to run for some reason.

30min core workout, along with some upper body work on the balance ball. 30 min on bike. Think I made the right choice to take it easy.

E’stim’d the heck out of my R VMO while watching TV – 45 minutes. It helped.

Saturday 5/9

15 easy pace miles. Did 1/4-1/3 mile at 2% each mile, the rest at 1%. Salted Watermelon GU at mile 6, Strawberry Banana at mile 11.4 – first try. It’s okay, at least it doesn’t have caffeine, but probably not a fave  Did Myrtls after. My legs were too sore and tired (from run & my trip to the gait clinic) to do more. Wore my 110% knee compression sleeve in the evening as my R knee was a bit cranky. It helped a lot.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with “North East running legend” Jim Alder, who I’d never heard of. Quite an accomplished runner, fun to listen to.

Also listened to Susan Loken on this ep of the Runner’s Connect podcast.

Sunday 5/10

7 recovery pace miles, better than I’d been expecting after W/Th and yesterday’s 15 miler. Followed that up with a starter version of the exercises I got from the gait analysis folks and my Myrtls.

Listened to Runner Academy‘s ep with Dr. Nicholas Romanov. He’d been on a number of podcasts last year since he released a new book, but I hadn’t listened to any of them. After listening, decided to get his book – I’ll give almost anything a try if it makes sense to me. And we know I need another running technique/training or running-related book, right? I might listen to Romanov on Trail Runner Nation but usually one podcast is all I need to get a sense of whether I’m interested. I’ll only multi-listen if I think I’ll get different perspectives or info or hear things a different way. (may do that with Travis Macy – he’s been on Trail Runner NationRunner’s Connect, and UltrarunnerPodcast – I know I’ve listened to him on Runner Academy already….I did that with Margaret Webb, who was on a number of podcasts)

How’s your training going? 

 



Weekend Update May 23 & 24, 2015

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup! Visit her linkup page and check out how everyone spent their weekends.

RUN

Saturday – 15 easy pace miles. Did 1/4-1/3 mile at 2% each mile, the rest at 1%. Salted Watermelon GU at mile 6, Strawberry Banana at mile 11.4 – first try. It’s okay, at least it doesn’t have caffeine, but probably not a fave  Did Myrtls after. My legs were too sore and tired (from run & my trip to the gait clinic) to do more. Wore my 110% knee compression sleeve in the evening as my R knee was a bit cranky. It helped a lot.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with “North East running legend” Jim Alder, who I’d never heard of. Quite an accomplished runner, fun to listen to.

Also listened to Susan Loken on this ep of the Runner’s Connect podcast.

Sunday – 7 recovery pace miles, better than I’d been expecting after W/Th and yesterday’s 15 miler. Followed that up with a starter version of the exercises I got from the gait analysis folks and my Myrtls.

Listened to Runner Academy‘s ep with Dr. Nicholas Romanov. He’d been on a number of podcasts last year since he released a new book, but I hadn’t listened to any of them. After listening, decided to get his book – I’ll give almost anything a try if it makes sense to me. And we know I need another running technique/training or running-related book, right? I might listen to Romanov on Trail Runner Nation but usually one podcast is all I need to get a sense of whether I’m interested. I’ll only multi-listen if I think I’ll get different perspectives or info or hear things a different way. (may do that with Travis Macy – he’s been on Trail Runner Nation, Runner’s Connect, and UltrarunnerPodcast – I know I’ve listened to him on Runner Academy already….I did that with Margaret Webb, who was on a number of podcasts)

NON-RUN

Saturday – After my run, I sat on the porch for a few minutes and reloaded my glycogen stores with the frosting (and a little cake) of the coconut/coconut and coconut/chocolate gluten-free cupcakes DH had surprised me with on Friday from Hello Cupcake – what a sweetie! My fave is their gluten-free banana cake with peanut butter frosting, but which gluten-free variety they have varies daily – you have to call to find out (wish they’d put the GF flavor of the day on Facebook or be on Twitter – they’re not – and put it out that way). The chocolate frosting was so dense and overwhelming that I took a bit, gave DH a bit, and put the rest of the frosting – which peeled off nicely – into a container to have later. One bite was plenty. (sorry, no pictures)

Then I spent a little time inside online and had a Japanese sweet potato (JSP) with some Nuttzo on it along with some asparagus and watermelon. I did a load of laundry and spent some time out on the porch reading.

porch reading

porch reading

Did not get through all of these, but at least I had a plan. Spent some time chatting with DH on shoes and gait and running stuff. Then we took ourselves into the basement to go through our chest freezer to make sure we knew what we had, pitch old stuff and bring some items upstairs for use. Then I came back out to the porch to do a few things online before prepping for dinner.

For dinner, we split a “basement find” – a hunk of smoked turkey breast we’d ordered last fall from Salt Lick in Texas. So very good. Their brisket and ribs are terrific too – I kept saying “we have to order from them again” as I was eating. I combined that with some homemade veggie spring rolls with carrots, mushrooms, zucchini and romaine, and a bit of peanut sauce. We opened some potato chips, but it turned out I didn’t really want any. I had about half of the gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookie DH had brought along with the cupcakes but it was too sweet and not peanutty enough, so DH nicely finished it for me. (I hate feeling like food is going to waste, which is a problem for me sometimes.) We watched episodes The Flash, Person of Interest, and Elementary – all have been renewed, yay! (as opposed to Forever, which got the axe) We’re a few months behind in our watching but that’s fine.

Then some Arctic Zero (chocolate, with frozen cherries) and baked potato chips while reading the new Anne Hillerman, Rock with Wings. I’d never read the Tony Hillerman series, only picked it up starting with Anne’s first continuation of her father’s work. I went back and read a bit of some of Tony’s books, but I like Anne’s better, probably because she added a female protagonist.

Sunday – After my run and my exercises, quickly ate some asparagus, a piece of coco bread with jam, and a small JSP with Nuttzo. I was cutting it close in terms of how soon my massage appointment was, but I had been hungry since I woke up at 4AM. (I got back to sleep till 6.) Headed off to my massage – didn’t have one last week due to my massage therapist having a family event, so it was nice. I can tell I’m not quite in full-up training yet though, the time will come when I really NEED the massage but I’m not there just yet.

I ate a Quest bar in the car on the way back – they’re so handy, my go-to meal replacement when I can’t prepare and eat my lunch on schedule, especially on Tuesdays. Got home, hung up some laundry I’d started and then tackled cleaning out old food in the pantry. I was still super hungry, so I ate a little watermelon, a few blackberries and blueberries, and half of a frozen banana topped with almond butter.

Then I headed out to the porch to enjoy the mildly warm weather (less so the neighbor’s music, though at least the landscapers finally left) and write this post. Soon it will be time to get inside for dinner. Maybe a gluten-free pizza (BBQ sauce, chicken, goat cheese, artichoke) from nearby Naked Pizza, or perhaps something from Baja Fresh or Rockland’s. That, along with some TV, will make for a relaxing “second Saturday night”, one of the things I love about three day weekends.

Tomorrow, Memorial Day, is a holiday.

I plan a short run and then “Sunday” breakfast with DH. Perhaps he’ll grill, and I’ll do a few things in the house before succumbing to the lure of the porch. A weekend-style dinner, a bit of TV, then back to work (telework) on Tuesday, when I’ll get to see my chiro and discuss the gait analysis. Wednesday, back in the office. Thursday telework as usual, Friday not sure if I’ll telework or not. I think I’m going to add alternate Fridays to my telework schedule – we are allowed a max of 39 hours in a 2 week pay period, and I can fit in that day under the cap. It’d be nice for summer, and I think I can make use of it once training ramps up.

Speaking of training, the coming week is week 4 of my base period, a “cutback” week. That’ll be followed by week 1 of the workout base period, where I’ll try to start picking up speed. I think (hope!) that taking recovery and return to running more slowly than I have in the past is going to pay off. Today is 21 weeks to Baystate, and it’ll soon be 2 months to Beach to Beacon. Hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Boston.

Hope you had a great weekend! What are you looking forward to this coming week?



Thankful Thursday 5/21/2015

It’s Thursday, time for the thankful list!

  • strawberries
strawberries

strawberries

  • Thai food
  • a road trip with DH through lovely rolling hills and farmland – having time alone to talk is something I really enjoy when we travel
  • porch time
  • bunny in the yard (sorry about the screen)
bunny in yard through screen

bunny in yard through screen

  • finding most of the gluten-free bread products I was looking for (it was a hunt, believe me)
Canyon Bakehouse gluten free

Canyon Bakehouse gluten free

  • my chiro’s enthusiasm and encouragement for upcoming training cycle
  • a break in the hot weather
  • being reminded again how lucky I am in my job in so many ways
  • a long weekend to look forward to, may have to do more “to-do” stuff than I’d prefer, but hoping to work in some relaxation and fun too!

What’s on your list? What are you looking forward to? 

 



Training Recap Week of 5/11/2015

Here’s the training recap for recovery week 4 or base phase week 2. Still recovery/easy pace runs on the plan.

RUN miles for the week: 40.5 miles, woot and yay!

Just a reminder (or for anyone new to the blog): my runs are on my treadmill unless otherwise specified, and are done in the morning before work. Before I run, I do a 15 min walk as a warmup, then Coach Jay’s Lunge Matrix, then drills including (all forward and backward) skips, high knees, butt kicks, hamstring kick outs (Monty Python walk, I’ve heard it called), straight leg skips, carioca (both directions), calf stretches, lateral/forward/back leg swings. Then, I run.

Monday 5/11

AM: core workout (mine plus some of Meb’s, now including his exercises in my routines), tricep dips, down dog pushups. Yanked L neck & shoulder trying a new exercise. Running late due to email re house.

At work: Tricep and bicep machine-assisted pull-ups, 30 min bike (aggravated R knee), 5x30s intervals on rowing machine

Whartons before dinner

Tuesday 5/12

9 miles, easy pace zone. R knee still cranky.

Post-run: Drills, Ohnos & leapfrogs,  LC#1 w all squats on board, some Meb lower body exercises (modified some, did less reps some), Myrtls. Forgot pushups/dips, skipped.

Whartons before dinner.

Wednesday 5/13

After a bad night of sleep (awake every 2h, really awake 5a) did core workout then

4 miles, easy pace

Post-run: Drills & calf stretches after, 10 pushups, dips.

Myrtls and Whartons before dinner.

Thursday 5/8

8 miles easy pace zone. Harder than it should have been.

Post-run: Legs too heavy for post-run drills, did some but clumsy. Knees sore on jumps. Did Ohnos, leapfrogs. Squats on board. LC #1. Some modified Meb lower body, Myrtls. Hams. R VMO v tight.

Whartons before dinner.

Friday 5/8

Core then 40 min bike.

Saturday 5/9

14 easy pace miles, no gel. The first 2+ hour run since Boston! Did Myrtls after, along with a few Ohnos. My legs were too sore and tired (from run & resuming leg strength work this week) to do more. Push just enough, not too much.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with Jim Barahal, who is the RD of the Honolulu Marathon & founder of the Hapalua Half, which has sort of a “race within the race”, a handicap (like in golf?) “chase race”. In addition to the “open” half, there is the “Team Hawaii vs the World” chase:

In the Hapalua Chase, the best local runners from Hawaii get a head start on some of the best professionals runners in the world. The pros will chase down the local guys and girls to the finish line.

Also listened to Ray Zahab (I’m a fan) an ultrarunner & founder of Impossible2Possible (please check them out, especially if you’re a teacher or know someone age 16-21, they do great things in expeditions and education FOR FREE) on this ep of the DizRuns podcast. Yay for the return of multiple podcast runs!

Sunday 5/10

5.5 recovery pace miles. I get a gold star for not making it 6. Left ham a little cranky and whatever’s up with my right knee (started bothering me yesterday) didn’t act up till the last mile. It seems to improve with a bit of rolling along the VMO as well as post-run compression, with or without ice. I suspect a tight VMO is pulling my knee a bit. I’ll keep an eye on it and mention it to my chiro. Other than that, less sore than I would have expected after yesterday’s long run, so perhaps there is something to this longer recovery and slower build back. Let’s hope!

Listened to Another Mother Runner‘s latest ep – glad to hear Sarah’s recovery is coming along well. Their guest was 82 year old Katherine Beiers, who was this year’s oldest Boston finisher. I learned that the people I saw on Commonwealth during the race with blue age-related bibs on their back were the prior year’s winners in those groups!

How’s your training going?

How and when do you choose add new things to your routine?

 



Weekend Update May 15 & 16, 2015

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup! Visit her linkup page and check out how everyone spent their weekends.

RUN

Saturday – 14 easy pace miles, no gel. The first 2+ hour run since Boston! Did Myrtls after, along with a few Ohnos. My legs were too sore and tired (from run & resuming leg strength work this week) to do more. Push just enough, not too much.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with Jim Barahal, who is the RD of the Honolulu Marathon & founder of the Hapalua Half, which has sort of a “race within the race”, a handicap (like in golf?) “chase race”. In addition to the “open” half, there is the “Team Hawaii vs the World” chase:

In the Hapalua Chase, the best local runners from Hawaii get a head start on some of the best professionals runners in the world. The pros will chase down the local guys and girls to the finish line.

Also listened to Ray Zahab (I’m a fan) an ultrarunner & founder of Impossible2Possible (please check them out, especially if you’re a teacher or know someone age 16-21, they do great things in expeditions and education FOR FREE) on this ep of the DizRuns podcast. Yay for the return of multiple podcast runs!

Sunday – 5.5 recovery pace miles. I get a gold star for not making it 6. Left ham a little cranky and whatever’s up with my right knee (started bothering me yesterday) didn’t act up till the last mile. It seems to improve with a bit of rolling along the VMO as well as post-run compression, with or without ice. I suspect a tight VMO is pulling my knee a bit. I’ll keep an eye on it and mention it to my chiro. Other than that, less sore than I would have expected after yesterday’s long run, so perhaps there is something to this longer recovery and slower build back. Let’s hope!

Listened to Another Mother Runner‘s latest ep – glad to hear Sarah’s recovery is coming along well. Their guest was 82 year old Katherine Beiers, who was this year’s oldest Boston finisher. I learned that the people I saw on Commonwealth during the race with blue age-related bibs on their back were the prior year’s winners in those groups!

NON-RUN

Saturday –

Got up around 6:15 or so, after losing several hours during the night to bad GI pain that also affected my hips and lower back. Seems to be a combo of GI/female hormone issues, and it stinks. I don’t know if my PB2/coconut aminos at dinner last night, or some older applesauce or something else (or nothing at all) triggered this “episode”. (FYI TMI, at one point I was “diagnosed” with IBS, before the hiatal hernia/GERD/ulcer diagnoses…and then there are the foods that I don’t tolerate well – so between my GI issues and female hormones, which affect digestion, it really could be almost anything. Including stress.)

This is the second week of increasingly bad/less sleep, and the 5th night in a row. I was really tired, groggy and a bit woozy/unbalanced (maybe from allergies) for my run, and it really took a lot to get me going. After my run, I ate a mixture of applesauce, Beet Elite (figured why not) and collagen, then gluten-free toast and the dregs of a jar of peanut-free nuttzo. (Just realized I could try their peanut/chocolate flavors now.) Sorry, needed to eat quickly so no pictures of my applesauce concoction.

DH and I sat on the porch and chatted for a while, then he went off to be productive and I continued to laze on the porch, writing this post and reading. I watched a little bit of the live stream of the Night of 10,000 PBs. My stomach started hurting again during the afternoon. Ugh.

For dinner – a change! Thai food. SO good. Panang curry, first time in sooooo long, along w pad thai, chicken satay, spring rolls (yum peanut sauce). The restaurant is only a couple miles from us and is good at takeout, delivery and customizing orders. Major win. Also, enough food for at least 2 dinners for both of us.

Sunday –

Post-run, DH made a lovely egg white puff for breakfast. I expect to see pix like these from you soon, Tara!

egg white puff 1

egg white puff 1

egg white puff 2

egg white puff 2

I followed that with some coco bread toast with coconut manna, jam and honey, and many of these incredible strawberries DH got at WF.

strawberries

strawberries

While I was doing some stuff online, DH planted these 2 rosebushes next to the porch to replace one that didn’t make it through the winter.

new rosebushes

new rosebushes

Several bushes of different types just didn’t survive, and a few more are pretty unhappy looking, including the ones that line the front walk and my potted rosebushes in the backyard. Not sure how the potted blueberry bushes are doing – that said, we’ve had them for two years and I’ve gotten pretty much no berries (birds, despite caging). But I do enjoy looking at them if nothing else.

blueberry bush

blueberry bush

My Boston flowers are still going strong! They have to be watered daily – kind of like running, daily maintenance is required. You can see the unhappy bushes lining the walk.

Boston flowers May 17

Boston flowers May 17

I decided it was time to get moving on food and supplement prep and doing some stuff in the house before porch time. I kept myself engaged by listening (or maybe re-listening) to an older Runner’s Connect podcast ep with one of my fave runners, Nate Jenkins. Nate’s got a good blog and shares a lot of training details. He’s one of the few runners using Renato Canova‘s training methods that I know of (other than maybe Lucho from Endurance Planet). He’s also a running geek, with a wide knowledge of training information, theories, statistics and history.

During Sunday afternoon food prep, I chewed a piece of try a piece of Trident gum “Splashing Mint” – it’s pretty tasty!

Decided to take a risk on the gum (gum costs so much now!). I don’t usually chew gum because:

  • it’s been hard to find good gluten-free gums (there are dedicated ones like Pur but I don’t like them that much) – then I found this list
  • I’m sensitive to sugar alcohols in sugar-free gum sometimes (and chewing can introduce air into your stomach, not good),
  • someone like me who grinds her teeth sometimes is not “supposed to” chew anything but food – not gum, ice, anything, and
  • because of the GERD, I have to be careful and very limited with mint

But I find it when I’m doing food prep or teleworking (or even in the office doing editing review) that I just want to keep eating – and actually do keep eating sometimes, even if it’s produce – when I’m no longer full. This “wanting to eat” is distracting if nothing else, and adds to the challenge of getting back down to race weight…and frankly, I’m not looking for any new challenges like that right now. I drink tons of water and decaf tea, but it’s not the same as eating. I’ve managed some with TicTacs, Lemonheads and little cinnamon candies I got online. But something about the chewing of the gum helps, as does the longer lasting taste especially the mint varieties. It can make me kind of feel like I brushed my teeth, which can help dissuade me from eating for a while (kind of like flossing after meals, another tactic I sometimes use).

So while I was getting the car inspected this past week, I bought a pack of Trident and a pack of Big Red (not sugarless but I used to love it). The selection at the service station wasn’t great but I wanted to have some around. I’ll probably take some to work and see what I can buy there or at the nearby CVS so I can have some at home and at work, and maybe in my purse. I don’t want to become someone with gum in her mouth all the time, so I have to be cognizant of that, but in a pinch, there are worse things. (I know, Tawnee, I’m going to try not to get hooked on it!)

As I was finishing up the limited amount of stuff I did in the house after food prep (willpower/energy fail), I did manage to put this sticker on a magnet and put it on my fridge.

wicked fast runnah

wicked fast runnah

After getting one suitcase emptied out and a bit of laundry done, I finally called it quits and headed to the porch. Soon it’ll be time for leftover Thai food and some TV before – yet another Monday? Really?

This week, Monday is my only office day. T/Th teleworking as usual (T chiro, Th a/c part 2 & plumber “after noon”). Teleworking Friday just because.

But Wednesday is the big day – DH & I will drive to Charlottesville for my gait analysis, 1 month post-Boston! I’m really hoping they can help me get faster and stronger while training (like they did for Tina Muir, she discusses the analysis process here).

I also hope they can give me some guidance in terms of shoes/orthotics as I’m on 2 years with this pair of orthotics (and feeling it) and on my second to last pair of Adrenaline 13s. I’ve mostly walked in the Asics Fortify that are the only potential replacement. I think I ran a few miles in them and they were okay – not sure if they’re better with orthotics or without – but I need to adjust lacing as they’re a men’s and the heel slips a little.

In terms of errands, I plan to renew my passport (no particular reason, just realized it was expired when I went to do the TSA PreCheck) and maybe get to Costco to order contacts even if I don’t choose glasses. But these are things to do on top of regular errands and work so we’ll see what gets done.

Other than that, dealing with the uncertainty about where we’ll be living after the next couple of months is taking a lot of bandwidth and sucking energy – emotional in terms of thinking, researching and discussing as well as physical (decluttering and stress). But, as I said before, doing what I can to stay positive and roll with it. This isn’t a problem, just something to be dealt with and questions of money, preference, logistics and time. I’m very very lucky.

How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this coming week?



Thankful Thursday 5/14/2015

Hello, Thankful Thursday, how are you?

Here’s a brief list of things that have inspired thankfulness and/or gratitude lately in me…..must ponder if/what the difference is between the two.

  • mango
  • strawberries (thought I’d start with that, didn’t you?)
  • microwaves
  • a fridge full of produce
  • porch time – and a cool evening!
  • old-fashioned roses blooming outside my chiro’s office….by old-fashioned I mean they’re fragrant and a little less bouquet-like than some you see, these remind me a bit of a bush in my parents’ backyard that bloomed every year just before my birthday (they bloom earlier here)
roses at chiro's

roses at chiro’s

  • finding ideas for ways to increase happiness and improve my life – just finished The Sweet Spot (from the library) and picked up a couple
  • books, books, always books, especially when they arrive on my doorstep  (I’m also thankful for magazines and web sites and app content – anything I can read!)
  • someone I’ve worked with from another department at work sent me an internal job posting in her department and asked if I wanted to apply…It’s basically mostly my current job but touching even more subject areas, perhaps shorter products, and possibly more public-friendly writing. (probably tighter schedules and a bit more deadline pressure) It’s an interesting opportunity, and could make me a smidge more marketable if the need arose. I’m flattered that she thought of me, and it made me think about how good I really do have it in my current position and department – I’m not sure I want to leave it!
  • that I can sometimes short-circuit my less-than-beneficial habits….in a flurry of emails on Friday, I made a small mistake – not an inaccuracy per se, just using something older we didn’t want to use – and it got some attention on Monday. It’s no big thing, I’d probably even call it trivial, but I felt horrible. (because I apparently am supposed to be perfect, you know?) So of course I got it corrected and apologized – but I didn’t let myself go too overboard with the apologies. I was starting to beat myself up about it, and then started talking myself out of doing so, pointing out that “no one died” (in past jobs, I could have made mistakes that had that eventual consequence) and that plenty of other folks had made mistakes. I also let my supervisor know that it was my mistake, not the new person’s, and her response was “eh, don’t beat yourself up”. (see what I mean about how good I have it?!) This is progress, and I am thankful for it, even though it’s hard work!
  • things that go more smoothly than I expected – like my applying for TSA PreCheck. I filled out the application online Monday night and was able to do the in-person stuff on Tuesday. I had to wait a few minutes because I was a walk-in but the guy was efficient and nice. It was entertaining and enlightening to watch my mind bounce around as each new person walked in with an appointment (they preference appointments over walk-ins) and listen to myself stress and then talk myself down.
  • cold brew decaf – thanks to the encouraging of Sara and Megan/Mo (who shared this recipe for quantities and basic instructions), I set it up in a French press Tuesday night, and took a bit to work with me Wednesday. It surprised me – when I poured it out after pressing it, it was more the color of dark tea than coffee.
cold brew view 1

cold brew view 1

cold brew view 2

cold brew view 2

Rich, decadent and easy to make, didn’t even kick up my acid (though I also took some stuff to help just in case). It uses so much coffee – it took all the decaf we had in the house – will likely keep it a “sometime” thing (thanks Cookie Monster). But it was a treat for me on a busy day in the office!

What’s on your list? Share in the comments! I hope you’ve got a long list, however much you choose to share.



Training Recap Week of 5/4/2015

Here’s the training recap for recovery week 3 or base build week 1. All recovery/easy pace runs on the plan this week.

RUN miles for the week: 32.75 woot! That’s a definite plus for my mental state. I was starting to get nervous and twitchy about my mileage.

Monday 5/4

AM Bike 40 min, skipped core. No Whartons.

Tuesday 5/5

6 recovery pace miles wearing quad sleeves, some at 1% incline, some at 0%. Sore from Sunday massage. Too warm in room due to a/c issue. Can tell my legs aren’t quite back yet. No notes about Whartons, so I suspect it didn’t get done.

Wednesday 5/6

3.5 recovery pace miles wearing quad sleeves, some at 1% incline, some at 0%. Too warm in room due to a/c issue.  Skipped core. Whartons before dinner.

Thursday 5/7

7 recovery pace miles wearing quad sleeves at 1% incline. Too warm in room due to a/c issue, humidity above 50%. Did Myrtl stretches after. Apparently again skipped Whartons.

Friday 5/8

AM Core, bike 35 min. Whartons before dinner.

Saturday 5/9

10.25 recovery pace miles, no gel. The first double digit run since Boston! And the first to feel reasonably decent. Getting more sleep seems to be helping (foreshadowing here…) as does having had the a/c at least partially repaired. It only hit 64 in the room. Did Myrtls and – new – repeated some of my pre-run drills after, including skips, high knees, butt kicks. Why? Because I’d read about Meb doing post-run drills, Tish mentioned it in her periscope chat this past week, and I’d been tempted to try strides at the end of my run but made myself NOT do it. (no speed this first month) I actually liked the way it felt. It also reminded me a little of Coach Jay having some pushups in his GSM in the later weeks, to make some chemical changes after endurance work….so I added some counter pushups and stair tricep dips. I may continue this routine at least on the weekends. Looking to add more leg strength after most runs during the week.

Listened to the most recent Marathon Talk, part 2 with James Cracknell. Also, a great explanation of the Wings For Life World Run that makes it sound like a lot of fun to run in or watch! (video on their site) And the Night of 10,000 PBs – brilliant, just brilliant!

Sunday 5/10

6 recovery pace miles in a room that topped out at 62 degrees and 42% humidity (yay). Tired in miles 1-2, better in 3-4, tired again in 5-6. I’d wanted to run the length of the podcast, and knew what my mileage total would be if I stopped at different points. I think I get a gold star for not running the extra 0.25 that would have brought my weekly mileage to a round number. Afterward, Myrtl stretches and drills again.

Listened to local Lyme Disease Warrior and ultrarunner Amy Pope Fitzgerald on the DizRuns podcast.

How did your training go last week? Try anything new?



Weekend Update – May 9 & 10, 2015

I’m joining Tara’s Weekend Update linkup! Visit her linkup page and check out how everyone spent their weekends.

We’re entering a phase where there will be a lot of perturbations to my daily & weekly routines, many of them not of my choosing. You know how I love my routine. So one of my challenges will be trying to roll with it as I can, stay positive and relaxed, laugh about it and find ways to reduce stress.

RUN

Saturday – 10.25 recovery pace miles, no gel. The first double digit run since Boston! And the first to feel reasonably decent. Getting more sleep seems to be helping (foreshadowing here…) as does having had the a/c at least partially repaired. It only hit 64 in the room. Did Myrtls and – new – repeated some of my pre-run drills after, including skips, high knees, butt kicks. Why? Because I’d read about Meb doing post-run drills, Tish mentioned it in her periscope chat this past week, and I’d been tempted to try strides at the end of my run but made myself NOT do it. (no speed this first month) I actually liked the way it felt. It also reminded me a little of Coach Jay having some pushups in his GSM in the later weeks, to make some chemical changes after endurance work….so I added some counter pushups and stair tricep dips. I may continue this routine at least on the weekends. Looking to add more leg strength after most runs during the week.

Listened to the most recent Marathon Talk, part 2 with James Cracknell. Also, a great explanation of the Wings For Life World Run that makes it sound like a lot of fun to run in or watch! (video on their site) And the Night of 10,000 PBs – brilliant, just brilliant!

Sunday – 6 recovery pace miles in a room that topped out at 62 degrees and 42% humidity (yay). Tired in miles 1-2, better in 3-4, tired again in 5-6. I’d wanted to run the length of the podcast, and knew what my mileage total would be if I stopped at different points. I think I get a gold star for not running the extra 0.25 that would have brought my weekly mileage to a round number. Afterward, Myrtl stretches and drills again.

Listened to local Lyme Disease Warrior and ultrarunner Amy Pope Fitzgerald on the DizRuns podcast.

NON-RUN

Saturday – slept till oh, 6:15 or so. After my run and eating some gluten-free toast (yum) and leftover chicken and veggies, went to the local Giant store for cheaper produce, to Mom’s for Arctic Zero and a couple other things only they had, then back to Giant to pick up a couple rosebushes to replace the one on the side of the house that appears to have died.

After dealing with all the stuff I’d brought into the house, I finally got out to the porch for a bit. I brought some issues of Like the Wind, Trail Runner and UltraRunning magazines with me (so behind) but spent most of the time reading just a bit of the May Runner’s World and then online.

We had a “throw together stuff in the house” dinner. I made spring rolls out of leftover bbq meat and veggies (very much like Friday night and perhaps like Sunday night). I made a dipping sauce out of coconut aminos and some PB2 (had gotten regular and chocolate to try).

Finished “From Last to First” by British Olympian Charlie Spedding, really enjoyed it. Going to hunt up his interview on Marathon Talk, and I hope they have him on again. Interesting mental aspect to his approach. I’m close to finishing one of my few non-running reads, A Murder of Magpies, and can say it’s at least worth checking out from your library if it appeals to you. Funny, set in London and the publishing world, with a 40 year old main character!

I’ve ordered  Paula Radcliffe‘s memoir as well as two books about British Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell‘s adventures – one on his Antarctic Pole trek, another on his cross-Atlantic row. He’s recently been on both Marathon Talk and Talk Ultra episodes, perhaps twice each. I wish he’d also write about his Olympic, Marathon des Sables and Yukon Arctic Ultra experiences – perhaps he’ll write about his upcoming Badwater! (and note his book on recovering from a vehicle hitting him as he cycled across America – and I want to watch what I found on youtube about his adventures)

I also ordered this book, about a PE teacher who becomes a yachtswoman who goes around the world, as Cracknell wrote the intro. I may also try this book – about kayaker Freda Hoffmeister, who – at 51 – recently completed a 857 day kayak trip around South America, the first time it’s been done. I’m not so much into rowing or sailing, as people who do unusual and challenging things. I can appreciate the concept of climbing Everest (another topic I binge-read on a while back) without ever intending to do it myself. Books are great that way!

Until those books arrive, I may continue reading When Running Was Young and So Were We, or I may start Toby Tanser’s More Fire about Kenyan running. Yes, I’m on a binge. Expect it to continue.

Sunday – Worst night’s sleep in a couple of weeks. Wondering if it’s because I missed taking a “greens” supplement I’ve been taking yesterday. Whatever the reason, I was AWAKE well past midnight, dozed a while, finally got some solid sleep after my 3AM pills,then went back to sleep when I woke up at 5:30, so I didn’t get up till almost 7:30. Hoping my PB2 concoction didn’t add to my poor sleep/weird stomach as I’d like to use it again. It’s not quite as yummy as the same combo with a full-up sunflower seed or almond butter, but it’s also less calories and fat. Indulge occasionally, be smart most of the time – or as I try to remind myself, “it’s not a treat if you have it all the time!”

My brain was ping-ponging about our potential need to find a new rental home (one of the stressors I mentioned). We viewed one home before dinner on Saturday. It was something we could make work, but a bit cramped, not great a/c, and more than we’re paying now (as anything is likely to be). Even my standbys of thinking about my next race and training or doing breath meditation didn’t work, and neither did any of the sleep aids I took. I was convinced I must have a high HR and BP as my face was hot and I was so edgy/anxious, but my handy monitor told me it was my usual resting of 47 HR and BP <100/60. All mental/psychological. You see now why I’m trying to think about ways to be flexible and reduce stress.

After my run, had some coco bread toast and a Japanese sweet potato with some nut butter. Started a little food prep, but with a massage at 12, ran out of time. After my massage, ran a couple errands, then home for a couple hours of food and supplement prep. Followed that up with porch time to write this and try to figure out some strength exercise plan for the coming week while juggling laundry and trying to think about dinner, which will likely be whatever we have in the house instead of some takeout treat. (Breathe…..)

I’m sure many of you live very hectic lives (way more than I do), especially those of you with kids, taking care of family members/friends or both. I have mad respect for the amazing ways you get done what needs to get done, satisfy the needs of those in your life, fulfill your obligations and commitments, while having going after your dreams, sharing your love and having some fun (if little sleep). Some of you may prefer to stay really busy even if you don’t “have to” and love having every moment filled. Kudos to you. You all impress me so much!

There was a time when I had full-time school, full-time job, attended social activities, belonged to and supported groups, hung out with friends and managed to juggle it all and even draw energy from it. Right now, that’s not where I am in my life, my energy and what I can do or what I want.

I like routines, schedules, and blocks of time to use as I choose. Knowing we may have to do a massive declutter/clean, move (hate moving!) as well as deal with all the appointments that got put off, DH’s job stress and whatever else life may toss at is is making me breathe more shallowly just typing it out. Going full throttle from wakeup to bedtime doesn’t work well for me these days, at least not over any kind of long term, even weeks (and messes with my sleep) and I’ve been very lucky to be able to architect my life in a way that works for what I need. This too shall pass.

I’m incredibly lucky as the things I’m stressing about are really “first world problems” so while I will vent, I will try not to whine or complain (too much), and do the best I can. I need to “run the mile I’m in” and do what I can do to prepare but then put the future stuff aside and not worry about it so much I’m not in the present, which is all we have to enjoy and do good in!

This week, M/W in office, possibly teleworking Friday. The a/c repair, to be really complete, needed a part they had to order, so that’s still to be scheduled. I need to get my car inspected and get blood drawn, preferably this week. I may also sign up for TSA PreCheck which requires an in-person appointment, fortunately close by. T/Th is regular telework and chiro on Tuesday. It’s looking like a warm start to the week, then some storms to break the heat and make it more tolerable. So grateful for the a/c!

How was your weekend? Hope you have a great week!



Thankful Thursday – May 7, 2015

The first Thankful Thursday of May…..May flowers here, hope there are some where you are.

May white flowers

May white flowers

May pink flowers

May pink flowers

If you’re feeling especially thankful (or especially down), consider – if you can – helping someone who is in need or distress. Whether you send good vibes in a form that works for you, take an action big or small or otherwise give of your time or experience, help an individual you see (or don’t) or donate to a campaign, to a fund, to assistance for an event like a natural disaster, or to a cause – it’d be appreciated. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)

I’m thankful for….

  • BBQ sauce and baked fries
  • the best strawberries yet
  • a new find at the library – a mystery set in the book publishing world in London
  • getting the next books in some favorite series
  • finding more running books, old and new – yes, I’m still nervous about running out, so write, folks!
  • an abundance of running magazines, paper and electronic (perhaps someday I will feel caught up, but not soon)
  • the weather at Boston being what it was rather than the warmth of this past Monday (or the weather the Pittsburgh and Lincoln marathoners had)
  • my new contact lens prescription….and new readers, even more needed now
  • the ability to call a service provider to come get the a/c back in line
  • having someone say nice things about my efforts in a meeting at work
  • running again! regardless of miles, pace… and thus listening to podcasts while running…when you start getting that “my world is getting a bit back to normal” feeling at least in regards to running, or perhaps it’s that “whew, I sort of still remember how to do this, though it’s not pretty right now”
  • being back on a training plan
  • technology like Periscopeco – fun to watch Tish and David Willey‘s chats for Runner’s World this past week (think I missed a Bart)
  • being inspired by people I find online facing great challenges daily with amazing attitudes
  • that people are creating things like Happy Cafes

What are you thankful for this week?