Monthly archives: July, 2015

Thankful Thursday 7/30/2015

The last Thankful Thursday of July….

As you read this, I’m heading to Maine for the Beach to Beacon 10k…..I’m excited and looking forward to the race and the weekend and the bonus of getting to see my sister and brother-in-law! Think speedy and strong thoughts toward me Saturday morning 8AM ET.

Here’s a short sampling of things I have been thankful for lately, in no particular order:

  • Nectarines and peaches
  • BBQ sauce and pickles on my turkey breakfast sandwich
  • Getting a haircut last week – needed it AND it’s a pre-race thing
  • Making a new race playlist
  • Support from DH and dear friends
  • Seeing my chiro and massage therapist after a two-week break, makes me even more appreciative of my usual weekly visits
  • That our new landlord is not only responsive, he’s a cool guy, good to talk to, and doing everything he can to make the place work for us
  • Getting one more pair of shoes (Cumulus) to try post-race, suggested by the elite marathoner Blake Russell via twitter. (How cool is that!) They’re very much like the Nimbus but just slightly different – she thought they might be worth a try with my blisters and need for orthotics (she wears one too, and loves the Nimbus but wears the Cumulus sometimes). I’m still loving the Nimbus and trying to make it work.
  • Amazon Prime – they must really love me too, given how much business I’ve been giving them
  • New insoles to try – and more I’m considering ordering…the shoe/insole quest continues
  • Porch time in the new place
the porch

the porch – chaise, my parents’ rocking chair with cushions my mom made, and our landlord’s table and chairs

one view from the chaise

one view from the chaise

another view from chaise

another view from chaise

  • Salt and vinegar PopChips
  • Returning to routine, at least a little….you all know how important that is to me.
  • People who inspire me
  • Good things happening in friends’ lives
  • Putting together my Baystate training plan – it’s a little scary-ambitious, but you have to set ambitious goals to improve, right? Even if I don’t get there in one cycle, I’ll make progress, learn and get better than if I don’t go for it!

What have you been thankful for lately? 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 7/23/2015

First Thankful Thursday in the new place!

I’m writing this sitting on the porch of the old place Monday night while we still have internet and setting it up to post on Thursday just in case we don’t have internet at the new place by then (we should, but…).

I started this list LAST Thursday after completing my post, so we’re catching up a bit as well as covering this week so far…

  • That DH’s xray was clear, he can finish antibiotics and move back toward regular light activity, then work his way back to running!
  • That people think to do things like this inclusion race – wish they hadn’t needed to, but what an awesome event! I hope the idea takes off and we see many more of these.
  • That we have the resources we do….so much about our life and the move is made so much better and easier because of it. I don’t take our good fortune lightly, and am very grateful.
  • That the paint job at the new place came out so well, and got done in only 2 days. I’m amazed. So glad we decided to do it and that my friend suggested thumbtack.com to find a painter. A good job, and over $1k less than the first estimate I got from someone well-reviewed by the Checkbook site.
  • The treadmill made it safely to its new home! As I anxiously watched the specialists moving it, it occurred to me that – of the things I’m letting someone else move – this was the most important one. Anything else could be replaced fairly easily, but…. I’m hoping my first run on it will be Thursday. I don’t rule out Wednesday but suspect I’ll need the rest.
  • The window a/c unit has been installed (a mere 2 hours after the treadmill made its trip) and is pointing at the treadmill….and I can tell it’s going to be needed. Granted, today was incredibly hot, but the room was too warm for a run. And, it looks like I may be able to set it to 60 instead of 64, which is almost cold enough (57-59 preferred). In the winter we’ll likely take it out and open the window if the room isn’t cold enough.
  • TaskRabbit – What a great service. I’ve had Taskers do 2 heavy lifting/donation jobs, mow/weed/trim bushes, paint the back deck and install a window a/c unit. They were all good, the a/c guy was awesome and the heavy lifter guy very impressive.
  • That we did generally okay – at the time of this writing anyway – planning what food to have in each house, what items we’d move ourselves before, during, and after the move, when utilities would change, when certain service providers would show up – all things we worked on to make ourselves as comfortable as possible at both locations during the move and reduce stress to the extent possible.
  • That our new landlord seems very nice and is doing things for us around the house – filling holes in the wall, changing filters, fixing a door panel.
  • That phase 1 of the move – the biggest part, involving other people – is OVER! Let the unpacking, attempts to organize and put things in good places, adjusting of habits and routines, and discoveries of things I thought we’d gotten rid of or forgotten we had, begin. And of course, the search for things to love and enjoy about the new place.
  • That everyone in my life, online and in the physical space, has been supportive and understanding of my venting and stressing over the move and everything related, even though it’s a serious first world, so very lucky, thing to be stressing over. Thank you.

What are you thankful for this week? Any big changes on the horizon in your life?

 



Training Recap Week of July 13, 2015

RUN miles for the week: 40.1

While I’d like it to be more, getting 40 will have to do with everything else going on, and is probably plenty for my body to handle right now anyway.

Monday 7/13

Got up early, but slow, tired and sore – only did my core workout.

Tuesday 7/14

11mi with 3x2mi at different goal paces. Did my walk in Kayanos no orthotics. Ran 3mi warmup (increasing pace each 0.5mi for first 2, then holding a bit faster the last mile.) Shoes felt slappy, feet felt sort of cold/numb. Stopped, took Caramel Macchiato GU, changed to Nimbus w/orthotic. Then 3x2mi at 3 goal paces, increased pace 7s each set. 0.5 recovery between sets 1/2, 2/3, after set 3 did 0.2 at 7s faster, then 0.5 recovery 7:43. Took a sip of Salted Watermelon GU after set 1, rest after set 2.

Pronating more on L (visibly) in Nimbus – may be ok, but both PTTs sharply cranky in calf after. (could also be from wearing Oofos clogs all day yesterday, maybe not enough support) Orthotics push on arches. Big toenails push on Nimbus. R 3rd or 4th toenail feels odd after (Sun too) Still think Nimbus so much lighter, easier to run in (tho made a little noise at start) – is it worth pronation risk? Wonder if even with the exercises, I’m strong enough.

I need to work on foot strength – not been doing toe yoga or Whartons. Need to start those and looking at this AFX “ankle foot maximizer” – anybody used it? It’s not like I need one more device, and one more thing else to take 15min of time at least 1/day – but if it got me into more neutral shoes and made me stronger, it’d be worth it. If you’ve used it, I’d really appreciate it if you got in touch via comments or tweets with your feedback.  

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills. However, I did note an interesting difference. I did my usual preruns in Kayanos without orthotics. I did the postrun in the Nimbus with orthotics. The exercises after felt easier, both the leaping ones and the floor ones (balance better, felt stronger) even after a fairly tough workout. I wonder if that means anything. If so, would seem to tilt toward the Nimbus, wouldn’t it?

Wednesday 7/15

2mi recovery pace in the Nimbus, then 20s at a fast pace at the end – one stride.

Got up 545 (late), R knee feels a bit off, woke to alarm out of dream. Put on Kayanos but feel like they’re cutting top of R ankle so switched to Nimbus.  Big blood blister front edge 2nd toe on R in Nimbus, start of one outer R 3rd. Oh boy, blood blisters!

Top of R foot annoyed w/ laces on & off, L PTT at arch a little (arch got better after warmup). R ham, esp upper. Trying to watch form, run quieter.

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills. (Part of why I only ran 2mi is that I still did my full walking warmup and pre-run work, and planned time for my post-run exercises.)

Thursday 7/16

10mi with Lydiard hill circuits, Kayanos with orthotics (and bandaids over the blood blisters). Ran 3 warmup miles increasing the pace every 0.5mi. Took part of Caramel Macchiato GU mi 2.5. Then – using a higher end ez zone pace as “base pace”: 

4x (1min 2%, 1min 3%, 1min 2%, 15sec 1%, 30sec 1m20s faster pace, 15sec 1% at base pace, 3min base pace at 0% to simulate downhill, 15sec 1%, 30sec at 1m20s faster pace, 15sec 1% at base pace) then 1mi a bit slower, 2mi a bit slower. Tried to go one more notch (0.1mph) slower but slower felt bad! 🙂 So sped back up. Cardio ok, muscles working HARD. Glutes, hams, hip flexors, feet. Calves after, lower back.

Such a gift when you “need” a run to go well and it does!

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

Friday 7/11

Skipped core, skipped XT. (My core is just going to heck in a handbasket lately, and every time I pick it up again, I can tell how much I need to do it. Trying to be patient with myself.) Walked to RiteAid and back, about 1.3 miles. I’m sure I got more walking in than that in the rest of the day, but no way to know.

Saturday 7/19

Saturday – 13.1 miles. I really didn’t know what to do for this run. My brain wanted 20+ miles again, but knowing what the next days would be like with the move, how much I had to get done Saturday (and how stressful Friday was), I didn’t know if that would be wise. Plus, I wanted to do more speedwork for Beach to Beacon, and to get a better sense of where I am to start marathon training (next week!). So I decided to try to repeat a workout I’d done earlier in the week – 3x2mi – at a slightly faster pace. Didn’t go quite as I wanted, and I probably knew it wouldn’t. Repeat the speedwork done Tuesday as part of Saturday’s long run, with also having done some hill and speed intervals on Thursday, being tired and stressed and not getting enough sleep? Predictable results, but sometimes you hope you might pull it off anyway, so you try.

I ran 3 warmup miles, increasing pace every 0.5mi. Caramel Macchiato GU mi 2.5. Then 2mi at my goal pace, 5 min recovery and a Blue-Pom Roctane. Then 1 mile at goal pace, felt hard on sore legs, took 5 min recovery after. Then decided I’d switch to 1k reps instead of 1 or 2 miles, but the legs just weren’t there. Did the rest of the run 75s slower per mile than goal pace, which felt harder to hold thatn I’d like. I did push the last 0.1, basically sprinted it. Trying not to be too irked, at least I got some speedwork in, right?

I AM frustrated with the Nimbus, which I love – except for the 2 blood blisters on my R foot and the pending blister on my L big toe that suggests lack of pronation control. I’m thinking that my old orthotics are not enough control in the neutral Nimbus, so I’ve ordered these insoles to try. I really don’t want to give up on the Nimbus – they’re light and springy and they make me feel fast. This run is my longest run in them. I think I’m going to wear them for my 10k, bring the Kayanos as a backup, and maybe start one of the “new/old” pairs of Adrenalines that I found and DH persuaded me to keep and try.

I’ve GOT to nail down a shoe shortly for marathon training. Right now, I’d love it to be the Nimbus, but I’m just not sure with these blisters. Once we’re in the new house, I’ll be ordering the new Adidas Sequence in wide (doubt it will be wide enough but I’ll try). I also need to decide if the Kayano 21s are “good enough” that I want more pairs, as the 22s come out in September. I could just wait for the new model, but that’s risky. I think the Kayanos are fine, they’re tolerable without orthotics for shorter runs (I hope to work toward longer runs that way) and with orthotics for longer runs, but I don’t love them. Of course, usually I don’t get to love a shoe, it’s just the only option that works tolerably, so perhaps I’m setting my sights too high.

Fueling: 5 FRS chews and a Vespa before. 2 GUs, mi 2.5 and 5.5. SOS Rehydrate citrus every couple miles. Water with gel and as needed. 

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with “guru” Greg Brock (who’s done IT for the site since the beginning), about his completion of the Bob Graham Round, a tough challenge of 42 peaks in 24 hours….I believe Greg beat Scott Jurek‘s time.

After, 3 SportLegs and 1 scoop of Ultragen within 15 minutes of finishing the run.

All the usual pre and post run drills and exercises.

2 weeks to Beach to Beacon 10k!

Sunday 7/20

4 recovery miles, Kayanos without orthotics. Did mi 3 at 2% as shoes were cutitng into ankle. Decided there was no point in pushing. Yesterday was physically stressful with the move, today will be too and very hot. Walked another mile after.

Listened to part of this ep of Endurance Planet with Phil Maffetone, listened to the rest during walk and drills/exercises.

All usual pre & post run drills and exercises but feel very wimpy. Legs sore, no energy.

13 weeks to Baystate!

Are you counting down to a race? Which one? 



Weekend Update July 19-20, 2015

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

RUN

Saturday – 13.1 miles. I really didn’t know what to do for this run. My brain wanted 20+ miles again, but knowing what the next days would be like with the move, how much I had to get done Saturday (and how stressful Friday was), I didn’t know if that would be wise. Plus, I wanted to do more speedwork for Beach to Beacon, and to get a better sense of where I am to start marathon training (next week!). So I decided to try to repeat a workout I’d done earlier in the week – 3x2mi – at a slightly faster pace. Didn’t go quite as I wanted, and I probably knew it wouldn’t. Repeat the speedwork done Tuesday as part of Saturday’s long run, with also having done some hill and speed intervals on Thursday, being tired and stressed and not getting enough sleep? Predictable results, but sometimes you hope you might pull it off anyway, so you try.

I ran 3 warmup miles, increasing pace every 0.5mi. Caramel Macchiato GU mi 2.5. Then 2mi at my goal pace, 5 min recovery and a Blue-Pom Roctane. Then 1 mile at goal pace, felt hard on sore legs, took 5 min recovery after. Then decided I’d switch to 1k reps instead of 1 or 2 miles, but the legs just weren’t there. Did the rest of the run 75s slower per mile than goal pace, which felt harder to hold thatn I’d like. I did push the last 0.1, basically sprinted it. Trying not to be too irked, at least I got some speedwork in, right?

I AM frustrated with the Nimbus, which I love – except for the 2 blood blisters on my R foot and the pending blister on my L big toe that suggests lack of pronation control. I’m thinking that my old orthotics are not enough control in the neutral Nimbus, so I’ve ordered these insoles to try. I really don’t want to give up on the Nimbus – they’re light and springy and they make me feel fast. This run is my longest run in them. I think I’m going to wear them for my 10k, bring the Kayanos as a backup, and maybe start one of the “new/old” pairs of Adrenalines that I found and DH persuaded me to keep and try.

I’ve GOT to nail down a shoe shortly for marathon training. Right now, I’d love it to be the Nimbus, but I’m just not sure with these blisters. Once we’re in the new house, I’ll be ordering the new Adidas Sequence in wide (doubt it will be wide enough but I’ll try). I also need to decide if the Kayano 21s are “good enough” that I want more pairs, as the 22s come out in September. I could just wait for the new model, but that’s risky. I think the Kayanos are fine, they’re tolerable without orthotics for shorter runs (I hope to work toward longer runs that way) and with orthotics for longer runs, but I don’t love them. Of course, usually I don’t get to love a shoe, it’s just the only option that works tolerably, so perhaps I’m setting my sights too high.

Fueling: 5 FRS chews and a Vespa before. 2 GUs, mi 2.5 and 5.5. SOS Rehydrate citrus every couple miles. Water with gel and as needed. 

After, 3 SportLegs and 1 scoop of Ultragen within 15 minutes of finishing the run.

Pre-run dinner (Fri) Repeated the BBQ chicken GF pizza from Naked Pizza.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with “guru” Greg Brock (who’s done IT for the site since the beginning), about his completion of the Bob Graham Round, a tough challenge of 42 peaks in 24 hours….I believe Greg beat Scott Jurek‘s time.

All the usual pre and post run drills and exercises.

Sunday – 4 recovery miles, Kayanos without orthotics. Did mi 3 at 2% as shoes were cutitng into ankle. Decided there was no point in pushing. Yesterday was physically stressful with the move, today will be too and very hot. Walked another mile after.

Listened to part of this ep of Endurance Planet with Phil Maffetone, listened to the rest during walk and drills/exercises.

All usual pre & post run drills and exercises but feel very wimpy. Legs sore, no energy.

NON-RUN

Anything BUT the move and move-related stuff this weekend? Not really….FYI, it’s really hot and humid here. Heat index 105+.

Friday – I’m including Friday because I took the day off thinking I’d get ahead, but that’s not exactly how it went….

I woke up at 5:15, tried to sleep and gave up at 6.I skipped my core and didn’t feel like biking (quite tired). At 6:30, I decided to walk the few blocks to Starbucks to get some decaf espresso for cold brew, say goodbye to the shuttered running store, and stop by RiteAid for a few things.

I saw a beautiful and unique plant that I’ve enjoyed walking past many times – but this time I got to compliment the homeowner (out watering) on his beautiful garden and ask him what the plant was.

amaranthus

amaranthus

Apparently it’s amaranthus. He said if I came back in October, I could have some seeds to plant the next May. They’re so unusual and so vivid and vibrant that I may just take him up on that. I think there might be a spot in the backyard beds at the new place that gets enough sun. I’m considering what other flowers, veggies, fruits and herbs to plant, but may not be planting this year.

I got back home and noticed a car from the city sitting out front with a guy in it, unusual. A half hour or so later, I heard something on the porch. I peeked out the window – the car was still there, and now I saw “no parking” signs across the street. I opened the door to go look at the sign, and discovered a hang tag on the door telling me that the water and sewer would be turned off for sewer relining work ON OUR MOVING DAY. I ran outside and got one of the guys to call his supervisor, but there was no changing the date. So, over 90 degrees, humid, movers, no parking on our street, and no water or bathroom use?!

After a quick consult via phone with DH, I called the moving company, and we were able to shift both the packing and moving one day earlier. Yes, EARLIER. (We have cleaners coming to the old house the day after our planned move, and then we start to run toward the weekend in unpacking at the new place and closing out at the old.) Then I contacted the treadmill mover to get him to come Monday instead of Tuesday, and let the painter know he’d HAVE to be done by COB Monday.

I am amazed that – so far, and with the help of many others – it looks like we may pull this off. That flurry of activity, rescheduling, calls, emails, etc. was a couple of stressful hours, and I was spent afterward. Had something to eat, and then texted the old tenant at our new place again, as she was supposed to let me know when she was there so I could get keys (and confirm she’d canceled her cable/internet so we could start ours).

I spent some time at the new place geting the keys from the old tenant, who was still cleaning. She explained more quirks of the house to me, most of which I promptly forgot. Met the landlord (younger than I’d thought) who seemed, to use my old boss’ term, “aces”. Nice, friendly, helpful, pleasant to chat with…and super-willing to help us out in any way he can. For example, the current tenant had a HUGE TV mounted above the fireplace (apparently the landlord’s prior had been even bigger). Since our TV is not that big, we asked her to have the mounts taken down. Not being a TV/electronics geek (DH takes care of that for us), I didn’t quite understand what that might mean. Imagine my surprise at seeing this the day before the painters were to start:

what the tenant left behind

what the tenant left behind

But the landlord pulled the cable back into the wall, told me to have the painters paint around it, and said he’d do the special patching required, sand and touch up the paint himself. Apparently he’s very handy, turned the basement into 3 rooms himself and has done a lot of work on and in the house.

Got home to find my Boston finisher’s certificate and Runner Results book. So glad it came before the move! (and just before 9 months to the race)

Boston Runner's Results book (back)

Boston Runner’s Results book (back)

I had my GF BBQ pizza for dinner. DH didn’t want that, so had a calzone instead. I have the ability to repeat a certain meal weekly (or even daily for breakfast) but don’t want him to burn out on it, so he can get their calzones, cheesy bread, or other items while I stick with the pizza that works. I just had leftovers, which worked out well for the weekend, light lunch Sat and Sun. I ate half the pizza (cracker-type crust, very light on toppings) and was still hungry. For some reason, with all the move stuff going on, I’m hungry ALL the time. I mean REALLY hungry. Usually I need to eat every 2 hours at least, but I seem to be even hungrier at those points, and am hungry after an hour quite often. I’m balancing protein, carbs and fat in my snacking and meals, so I don’t think it’s a blood sugar thing – hoping I’m just burning tons of calories with added activity and from stress.

We watched the finale of Grimm (wow, that was a shocker) and an episode of Castle.

Saturday – The painters started at 8am at the new place. The living room, office alcove and stairwell had been shades of dark green, gray, and lavender, the backsplash in the kitchen dark red, and the treadmill room, well, let’s call it mushroom brown.I wanted the whole house to match the color of the rest of the house – a neutral, sunny-ish light yellow/cream color. (and the landlord was able to give me the paint info) The painters suggested updating the trim in the dining room from dark red/brown to white to match the rest of the house, I’m glad they did.

DH was a champ and supported my running as usual by going over to let them in at 8AM both days so I could run. After the run, I had breakfast then started taking stuff over to the new place, talking to the painters. Lots of back and forth car trips, and then doing whatever I could in the kitchen and bedroom at home to get ready for the move. Had a couple pieces of leftover pizza from Friday and half a Quest bar different times I was back at the house between loads.

Dinner of some chicken from the Chinese place with carrots and shrooms out of the fridge, made into “rolls” along with one of their “summer” rolls. We watched the finale of The Flash, and then I got started doing stuff for the move again and just kept going till it was time to snack and read. DH watched the finale of Castle while I worked on getting the running books/magazines I wanted handy safely bagged and sorting other running-related items. My extra chair in the sitting room is usually loaded with running stuff, and having it be bare is quite odd. The fact that I kept going so late on so little sleep Friday night shows I was a little wired, which probably didn’t help me sleep Saturday night….nor did the 1-2 ounces of caffeinated cold brew from Starbucks I took out of DH’s cup around noon…and the 2 gels I had had caffeine also, as do FRS chews – I guess I may actually be that sensitive to caffeine but it’s hard to tell with everything else going on ramping up my system.

Sunday – Post run, DH and I had breakfast on the porch for the last time….egg white puff and artichoke and some bacon out of the freezer. (Bacon freezes and reheats ok, but doesn’t crisp up well and loses some of it’s bacony oomph.)

For lunch, more leftover pizza, then later a snack of half a Quest bar and one of the summer rolls during the afternoon, along with SOS Rehydrate in berry (had some on Saturday as well, and have plans to use Mon & Tues). With the heat, added physical activity, an odd schedule and stress, I’m trying to stay on top of hydration. I don’t know that I’m doing well – I keep getting headaches and my digestion is off – but I’m probably doing better than if I weren’t trying.

Back and forth with carloads of stuff in the heat. The landlord called to let me know he was going to caulk one of the showers and changethe air conditioner filter. DH went over to meet him, and told me that the landlord offered to help me carry things if he was there when I got there, but unfortunately he was already gone. The new place has SO many stairs, inside and out. It’s up on a hill, so there are steep angles as well.

The painters finished in 2 days! They did a really nice job, did some extra caulking behind the baseboard heaters that needed to get done too. I’m having them estimate what it would cost to lighten up the inside color on the back screened porch. We’ll see, as the owner is fine with us painting, but he likes the outside color and would want it repainted with the same colors when we left, so it would be 2x the cost. I think we’ll likely live with it a while, maybe get it power-washed and touch up the white parts of the ceiling (the suggestion of the painter).

Here’s what the wall looks like now

the wall now - no cable, nicer color

the wall now – no cable, nicer color

Dinner of BBQ out of the freezer, the rest of the carrots and shrooms from the fridge and peanut sauce from the freezer made into homemade “rolls” while attempting to clean out the DVR and catch up on the TV season. In theory, the programs on the DVR should be there when we hook up at the new place, but just in case, we tried to get through at least the high priority ones. We watched the finale of Bones and Elementary. Interesting episodes, lots of open questions and not exactly cheerful. Elementary was enough of a downer that we watched a few minutes of Tour replay just for pretty pictures and the soothing dulcet tones of Phil and Paul.

I read a bit – finally reading A Race Like No Other, which I picked up after reading and really enjoying this short e-book on Grete Waitz. I’d really like to read more about her. I’m also reading Hal Higdon’s The Marathoners and David Epstein‘s The Sports Gene (yes, only now, heard him on the House of Run podcast last week, listened to multiple episodes with him, and wanted to read the book). I have a bag of library books waiting at the new house, but I need people to keep writing running books, PLEASE, as it’s what I really want to read.

I had a hard time settling down. Set alarm for 4:15AM, but didn’t sleep much after 3. Welcome to Monday, aka packing day!

Hope you had a great weekend! 

Reminder – Some great words from Deena in this piece. “Our choices become our habits.”

 



Thankful Thursday 7/16/2015 – moving on

Last Thankful Thursday to be published from the house I’ve loved living in for the last 5 years…..

Thankful for

  • The room where I trained for my first BQ, Shamrock 2014 (& for my 2016 BQ and PR at Baystate 2014) and my first Boston Marathon
my beloved Landice L8

my beloved Landice L8

unicorn and treadmill

unicorn and treadmill

  • The front porch where I spent so much time reading running books and magazines, making training plans, resting after tough long runs, having weekend breakfasts with DH, listening to the birds as the sky darkened, stretching after a run…..
porch time!

porch time!

chaise lounge on front porch

chaise lounge on front porch

  • The two separate a/c units that allowed me to freeze the downstairs for my runs while keeping the upstairs sort of tolerable for DH
  • The sitting room in the kitchen where my comfy recliner and stack of books, running and otherwise, awaited me every evening
five of the books I'm reading right now

recliner with books

  • The freezer that made plenty of ice for both of us and stored my yummy AZ pints

sad fridge/freezer & remains

fridge/freezer

  • The open floor plan kitchen, island and sitting room combo – the layout worked so well for running drills and exercises, stretching, keeping track of goings-on on multiple computers while multi-tasking and doing food prep, chatting with DH while we each did things
  • Multiple bathrooms, including one very close to the treadmill, and a place to take an epsom salt or ice bath
  • The backyard, always pleasing to look out on from the treadmill or bike or kitchen, showing me greenery, snow, birds, bunnies and the occasional stray cat….and the back deck I occasionally did yoga on
snowing, seen from tmill room

snowing, seen from tmill room

  • The basement with washer/dryer and plenty of room for storage
  • Being a 4 block walk from the library
  • The short walk to the local running store (until they recently closed), a pharmacy, our Chinese place, a Starbucks and Naked Pizza
  • Mostly quiet neighbors, beagles, landscapers and guy-who-blow-dries-his-cars notwithstanding
  • That we’ve been safe in this house despite earthquakes, roof leaks, kitchen cabinets falling off the walls, derechos, power outages, hefty snowstorms, and other miscellaneous issues
  • The wood floors throughout which help with my allergies
  • The high ceilings and light paint colors making for a bright and cheery feeling, especially when the kitchen is flooded with sunlight
  • That I’ve found so much to love and enjoy in this house – it’s the first place that’s really felt like HOME since I left my parents’ house in 1985….and home is a really important feeling to me.
marathon door wreath

marathon door wreath

Now, we turn the page to a new chapter.

Onward to the new place and discovering all the things I love and enjoy there!

What are you thankful for this week? Do you have a strong sense of HOME?

 

 



Training Recap Week of July 6, 2015

Training recap for hill module week 2 – I’m combining that with a bit of catch-up on the base workout speed sessions and a bit of 10k/marathon training.

RUN miles for the week: 46.11 Over 45, woot!!

Monday 7/6

Off from work so…

4.25mi ez pace in Kayanos without orthotics. Cranky at the Adrenalines for cutting into my ankle. Skipped core.

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

Tuesday 7/7

10.66 mi – 3.16 mile warmup then had to stop to put moleskin on R ankle. (think I did this run in my Adrenalines) Caramel Macchiato Gu at 2.65. Then 0.25 at faster pace, then 2mi goal pace-ish, 0.5mi cool and Salted Caramel Gu, 0.5 mi at goal pace-ish. Felt really hard in legs, not sure if I’m pushing too hard or not hard enough! Backed off 0.5mi 13 seconds slower, then 2.75mi at about 1:15/mi slower than goal, then 0.5mi 25s faster, then 0.5 mi cooldown. Trying to find the right balance between pushing and acknowledging the “stress/life pie” including shoe/orthotic changes, how busy work is, the move stuff, being concerned about DH’s health….

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

Wednesday 7/8

Felt really tired. Poor sleep, lots of trouble getting to sleep, woke up a lot, last time at 445, was slow getting going, didn’t feel like doing anything.

Convinced myself to do the warmup walk in my Kayanos with moleskin, which felt ok. I started my pre-run drills and noted how tired adn heavy my legs felt when doing lunge matrix. Decided not to push, walked 4 miles instead.

Thursday 7/9

Took the day off work as I had a 9AM appointment to get my MRI results, and plenty to do after.

6.2 mi – steep hill reps and leg speed combo – Lydiard set but without downhill (no time). 6 x (30s at ez pace/5%, 90s recovery, 30s at 17s faster than goal pace, 90s recovery) Managed this in Kayanos w orthotics, even though R calf had a knot in it and I was again tired (up 4:45). 

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

Friday 7/10

I’d planned to do an ez run in the Kayanos, but….while I slept hard 11-3 and woke at 5:45. I was groggy and tired. I stopped taking allergy meds to help with dizziness (and I think it has) but the flip side is my allergies are acting up, congesting my sinuses and perhaps affecting my sleep.

So, despite my tired, feeling wimpy and pretty unmotivated state, I did some planks, part of Sage’s core routine (usually her whole routine is only part of my core w/o) and a couple other moves, then did a 35min ez fast spin on the bike, which temporarily made me feel better. (sometimes it’s like that for me – I feel pretty bad until I’ve been moving for a while)

I could have bailed on doing anything today, but I didn’t!

Saturday 7/11

21 miles! So pleased with this, my first 20 miler since Boston. I’d been trying to get there in past weeks, building up, but having tough runs. This run was about perseverance – to start it, and to keep going when after 5 miles, the Adrenalines were cutting into my R ankle so badly I had to stop and put moleskin/molefoam on, and after another 2 miles, had to stop to change to Kayanos with my orthotics as the ankle was just too painful. I got 14 miles on the Kayanos! Long run pace zone, kept it on the easier side.HR 140 at end, good.

Fueling: 5 FRS chews and a Vespa before. GUs – mi 3 Vanilla Bean, mi 6 Salted Wmelon, mi 9 Strawberry Kiwi Roctane, mi 12 Salted Caramel, mi 16 tried Big Apple for the first time. SOS Rehydrate citrus every couple miles. Water with gel and as needed. Whether it was the pace or the added electrolytes from the SOS (or two stops), I didn’t get hot enough to have to pour water on myself.

Regarding the Big Apple GU – I think I’d describe it as “nasty”. I knew it didn’t have cinnamon in it (disappointing) but was hoping for something like apple cider or like a Jolly Rancher green apple. Instead, it was a strong taste, but a little on the bitter side. After the first taste, I thought about either tossing it and taking another gel or just not finishing it, but knew I needed the calories and figured even if I didn’t like the taste, it wouldn’t upset my stomach (true). However, I won’t be using the 2nd pack I got – DH can try it, or we’ll pitch it.

After, 3 SportLegs and 1 scoop of Ultragen within 15 minutes of finishing the run.

A bit different dinner the night before – BBQ chicken GF pizza from Naked Pizza. I’ve been having so many GI issues lately that I was wondering if too much fiber the night before might be a problem. I read/heard somewhere recently that it can take 16 hours to fully digest a meal, suggesting that I needed to make dinners easier to digest (and that my plan of a pre-race big lunch and snacks is reasonable). Seemed to work well enough that I’ll try it again.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with Mark Berry who ran the South West Coast Path in England, setting a new record.

Then listened to Joe Friel talk about being Fast After 50 (his book) on this ep ofTrail Runner Nation.

Finished up with this ep of Runners Connect, with physio/chiro/researcher Greg Lehman.

All the usual pre and post run drills and exercises.

3 weeks to Beach to Beacon 10k!

Sunday 7/12

4 recovery miles, trying the Nimbus with my orthotics. WOW. SO light and cushy, springy! This was the first time I really understood – from feeling it – what a difference it makes to wear a lighter shoe. I have long legs (levers) but having heavy weights on the end makes my efforts harder, including pulling my leg up behind me, which felt so much easier in this shoe than it’s ever felt. I also noticed that my footstrike was much quieter.

My muscles felt much better than I would have expected after yesterday’s run, they could have gone farther (though my ankle was cranky from the Adrenalines yesterday) but overall I felt tired and low energy, so kept it short. No reason to push right now, lots going on in the life/stress pie, time to be smart about it!

Listened to another Runners Connect episode, with Sarah Russell, who went from being an athlete to not being able to eat solid food for 5 months, to living with an ileostomy (colostomy bag) and adapting to complete a 100 mile, multi-day event in the Himalayas! Here’s a piece Sarah wrote for the Telegraph. Sarah also blogs about her running and the group she started, as well as life with an ileostomy. Her last post on the latter is a good window into how challenging her life can be, and how determined she is. Rethink possible.

(Also, I found it interesting that Sarah uses SOS Rehydrate – gives credence to their claim of being a medically-based oral rehydration solution. I’m finding it helpful on my long runs and for recovery.)

All the usual pre and post run drills and exercises.

14 weeks to Baystate!

How’s your training going? Trying any new shoes?



Weekend Update July 11-12, 2015

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

RUN

Saturday – 21 miles! So pleased with this, my first 20 miler since Boston. I’d been trying to get there in past weeks, building up, but having tough runs. This run was about perseverance – to start it, and to keep going when after 5 miles, the Adrenalines were cutting into my R ankle so badly I had to stop and put moleskin/molefoam on, and after another 2 miles, had to stop to change to Kayanos with my orthotics as the ankle was just too painful. I got 14 miles on the Kayanos! Long run pace zone, kept it on the easier side.HR 140 at end, good.

Fueling: 5 FRS chews and a Vespa before. GUs – mi 3 Vanilla Bean, mi 6 Salted Wmelon, mi 9 Strawberry Kiwi Roctane, mi 12 Salted Caramel, mi 16 tried Big Apple for the first time. SOS Rehydrate citrus every couple miles. Water with gel and as needed. Whether it was the pace or the added electrolytes from the SOS (or two stops), I didn’t get hot enough to have to pour water on myself.

Regarding the Big Apple GU – I think I’d describe it as “nasty”. I knew it didn’t have cinnamon in it (disappointing) but was hoping for something like apple cider or like a Jolly Rancher green apple. Instead, it was a strong taste, but a little on the bitter side. After the first taste, I thought about either tossing it and taking another gel or just not finishing it, but knew I needed the calories and figured even if I didn’t like the taste, it wouldn’t upset my stomach (true). However, I won’t be using the 2nd pack I got – DH can try it, or we’ll pitch it.

After, 3 SportLegs and 1 scoop of Ultragen within 15 minutes of finishing the run.

A bit different dinner the night before – BBQ chicken GF pizza from Naked Pizza. I’ve been having so many GI issues lately that I was wondering if too much fiber the night before might be a problem. I read/heard somewhere recently that it can take 16 hours to fully digest a meal, suggesting that I needed to make dinners easier to digest (and that my plan of a pre-race big lunch and snacks is reasonable). Seemed to work well enough that I’ll try it again.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with Mark Berry who ran the South West Coast Path in England, setting a new record.

Then listened to Joe Friel talk about being Fast After 50 (his book) on this ep of Trail Runner Nation.

Finished up with this ep of Runners Connect, with physio/chiro/researcher Greg Lehman.

All the usual pre and post run drills and exercises.

Sunday – 4 recovery miles, trying the Nimbus with my orthotics. WOW. SO light and cushy, springy! This was the first time I really understood – from feeling it – what a difference it makes to wear a lighter shoe. I have long legs (levers) but having heavy weights on the end makes my efforts harder, including pulling my leg up behind me, which felt so much easier in this shoe than it’s ever felt. I also noticed that my footstrike was much quieter.

My muscles felt much better than I would have expected after yesterday’s run, they could have gone farther (though my ankle was cranky from the Adrenalines yesterday) but overall I felt tired and low energy, so kept it short. No reason to push right now, lots going on in the life/stress pie, time to be smart about it!

Listened to another Runners Connect episode, with Sarah Russell, who went from being an athlete to not being able to eat solid food for 5 months, to living with an ileostomy (colostomy bag) and adapting to complete a 100 mile, multi-day event in the Himalayas! Here’s a piece Sarah wrote for the Telegraph. Sarah also blogs about her running and the group she started, as well as life with an ileostomy. Her last post on the latter is a good window into how challenging her life can be, and how determined she is. Rethink possible.

(Also, I found it interesting that Sarah uses SOS Rehydrate – gives credence to their claim of being a medically-based oral rehydration solution. I’m finding it helpful on my long runs and for recovery.)

All the usual pre and post run drills and exercises.

NON-RUN

Saturday – Post run, we were already at lunchtime. A JSP/NB breakfast followed by some roasted kabocha, and doing miscellaneous things around the house, going through cabinets and moving like to be with like. Soon enough, it was time for an epsom salt bath before a (mildly disappointing) dinner of takeout Thai and catching up on Arrow, Person of Interest and Elementary. For reading, I’m now on Paula Radcliffe’s memoir, skimming the later parts. Fascinated by all the injury and GI challenges she had in training and racing.

Sunday – Post run, breakfast on the porch, then some time online and food prep. Bought the a/c unit for the treadmill room at the new place. After my massage, finished food prep, did some other things and headed to the porch. Not much got done this weekend for the move, just means more needs to get done during the week and next weekend – when the painters start at the new house. Another donation pickup Friday, so another opportunity to lighten the move. Tasker comes Tuesday (hopefully, supposed to storm) to paint the back deck. Working on final details of utilities transfers and such too.

Saw and loved this, via  Fit is a Feminist Issue :

101 Year Old Woman Breaks Abseiling Record (abseiling appears to be like rappelling)

For more inspiration, check out these photos and follow Alex Rotas. You could also buy her book. I want to listen to some of her interviews.

Dinner of BBQ out of the freezer, veggies and homemade “rolls” while we catch up on TV, then some snacking and reading and hello, it’s Monday again?!

This coming week is a full week of work (seems unusual by now!). Monday, Wednesday in the office. Wednesday I give a training presentation. Tuesday telework and chiro. Hoping the Tasker can paint the back deck on T as scheduled, but looks stormy. Wednesday in the office. Thursday and Friday I’ll telework.

Hope you had a great weekend! 

Reminder – Some great words from Deena in this piece. “Our choices become our habits.”

 



Thankful Thursday 7/9/2015

Welcome to Thankful Thursday!

i was able to start this list just after waking LAST Thursday…..let’s do it!

I’m thankful and grateful……

  • That I was able to sleep later than normal after being up for several hours in the middle of the night for some test samples W/Th of last week
  • For these absolutely fantastic words and practices to live by from my inspiration and role model Deena Kastor. I want to live my life the same way, full of joy, purpose, gratitude and choice.  She’s set a very high bar, sp I’m encouraged to read that she wasn’t always like this, that it was a matter of effort and forming habits and practices and making choices that helped her become who she is because that means I can do it too!
  • For e-friends like Thumbholes, who shared the Brave Girls Club with me – loving their emails! Please check out Thumbholes’ Small Change initiative and consider donating with your next race. She’s also featuring some interesting runners on her blog and is involved with Girls on the Run where she lives, I’m sure she’d love to talk about either of those topics if you’re interested.
  • For DH and his constant and unwavering support of my running and my efforts to improve myself and my life and to live joyfully
  • Heard good news from a friend about her job hunt – phone call generated a face to face meeting. Hope it goes well!
  • A tip from a friend (in response to a frustrated text message) points me to thumbtack.com – a service where you can have service providers bid on a job, like the painting we want done in the new place. Had 5 interested bidders within hours, went back and forth with them for several days (over the holiday), and finally chose one. We’ll really know how it worked out once the painting is done, which might take a bit longer than I wanted, but the estimate was half of the first painter’s estimate.
  • For TaskRabbit.com – they magically made some big stuff vanish from our house, and a Tasker is coming to paint the back deck so DH doesn’t have to. If that goes well, thinking of hiring the same person to install the window a/c unit I’m going to buy to help keep the basement treadmill room cooler.
  • Someone thanked me for running advice and running book suggestions, and let me know how well they’ve done in recent racing. This meant so very much to me. I’m happy to have been of any help, grateful for the opportunity to have been of use and support. Congrats to the runner who put in the hard work and set a new PR!
  • My annual breast MRI results came back normal!
  • A friend, who I’ve known since she was a college intern working for me, just got promoted to manager (job I used to have) and her daughter is finishing first grade, her husband’s work is going well too – such good news for one of the sweetest people I know.
  • For ostrich, baked fries, BBQ sauce and mustard on a Wednesday night
  • Kabocha returns! (it’s still not quite the season for it but I’ll enjoy it as long as it lasts)
  • For chocolate PB2….mixed into chocolate or vanilla AZ, and now I’m trying it with goat yogurt too
  • For charities that will pick up donations from your front porch and put them to good use

What’s on your gratitude list this week?

 

 



Training Recap Week of June 29, 2015

Training recap for hill module week 1 – I’m combining that with a bit of catch-up on the base workout speed sessions and a bit of 10k/marathon training. The last bit of June and first bit of July, how time is flying!

RUN miles for the week: 43.7 Directionally correct (up)

Monday 6/29

Core w/o. Walked 15 min in NB 860v5 to try them out. Felt ok (so light and cushy) but I ran 1 min in them and immediately the insides of my big toes were being thrown into the shoe. Nope.

Tuesday 6/30

11mi with 6.2mi at a good steady state pace. Threw in a half mile of 2% toward the end of the run.

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

I was thrilled to have my chiro tell me he could see/feel muscle development in my glutes! I used to have large hollows, now they’re filling in/out. It’s great to hear someone objective and experienced tell me that the effort is starting to yield results. I think i feel some benefit, but it’s great that there is an actual observable difference.

Thought about and suited up for a 2nd run after work, but walking felt like enough so I did 2.25 miles at my warmup pace, 1% first mile, 2% 2nd mile, 3% last 0.25.

Wednesday 7/1

No workouts as I was doing some medical testing that might get screwed up if I did.

Thursday 7/2

Took the day off work, yay!

7.25 miles with what McMillan calls “Lydiard hill circuits”. 3mi warmup, then 6 x the following: (60s at ez pace and 3%, recover at 1%, 20s Leg Speed at 20s faster than goal pace at 1%, recover at ez pace and 1%, 60s at ez pace 0% (“downhill”), recover at 1%, 20s Leg Speed at 20s faster than goal pace at 1%, recover at 1%) then coldown. I like this workout!

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

Friday 7/3

A holiday Friday, lovely!

Core workout then a run of 4.25 miles trying out the Kayano 21. Ez pace run, increased pace every 0.5 miles.

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

Saturday 7/4

14.2 miles. This was again a desired 20 mile day (or even 18 or 16) but I’m getting to the point where I want to maintain form and only inflict so much soreness on my body so I can recover for the next run, the week’s speedwork, etc. Increased pace each mile through mile 7 – my R rec femoris complained a bit in mile 6-7, suggesting my use of my glutes/hams was diminishing and I was overusing my quads. Backed off speed thru mi 8-11, then held to end, still a decent pace though not as fast as I’d have liked (if I am not going to go long, I’d like to get some speed in). I’ll try another “short long run” tomorrow and see how it feels. The rec fem stayed cranky for a mile or two as I backed off pace, then settled down to a tolerable grumble. Glad I put quad sleeves on after my warmup walk.

Took Vanilla Gu mi 4, Salted Caramel GU mi 8, SOS Rehydrate at mi 2,6,10 then each mi to end. Maybe 7oz of that, 6oz water. Not enough in terms of hydration OR carbs I think. After I stopped, I seriously smelled like ammonia.

At beginning, felt pretty good, trying to pull legs/hams up behind, use good form, rotate more. As I tired, got harder, form got off. Shins hurt toward end and after as well as glutes/hams. Calves tight after. In the last few mi, R tongue of shoe shifted, sharp ankle pain from time to time. I also had some odd pre-run dizziness/wooziness that hit me again in mi 8-9 and mi 12-13, where I felt like I was tilting, off balance somehow. (I listed to the side a scary amount at one point during yesterday’s run, not sure what’s up with this.)

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, which had a LOT on Salazar, Goucher, etc. but also had a really nice interview with Maine runner Michael Westphal, who just ran a BQ despite having Parkinson’s for the last 9 years. Inspiring, rec a listen. (support his efforts for Michael J. Fox Foundation research here) In this ep, we say farewell to Duncan, Boy on the Run. I’ll be interested to see who the MT hosts get to alternate with Tony’s Trials – I’m hoping for a woman, perhaps Laura Fountain, a runner and author who’s guest hosted before.

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

After, took 3 SportLegs and a serving of Ultragen (1 scoop) within 10 minutes, trying to stay on top of this part of nutrition/hydration/recovery, though it took me 2 hours post-run to actually EAT something – my JSP & NB. I have this problem Tuesdays and Saturdays, and some Thursdays. Something to improve.

4 weeks to Beach to Beacon 10k!

Sunday 7/5

7 easy pace miles listening to Another Mother Runner ep about running in the summer. I enjoyed the “Sarah and Dimity chat” format – have missed it. They made me think about trying acupuncture again. We heard how Dimity’s DH Grant has a great attitude after missing BQ by only 11 seconds – ouch! (but he took 10 min off in 2 months between marathons – want to know how!) Sarah’s ankle is improving, yay. Dimity asks Sarah for advice about a race, and I love the discussion.

I ramped up the pace by 0.1 miles for the first 6 miles, and did half of each mile at 2% incline. Felt pretty good. Wore calf sleeves as well as quad sleeves as my calves have been very tight. Probably time for a fresh pair of shoes as the tongue of the R shoe keeps sliding and cutting into my ankle – started yesterday. No gel today, but some SOS Rehydrate to make sure I stayed topped up. Think I got dehydrated yesterday, and I want to make sure I stay hydrated to recover well and get ready my runs this week.

All the usual pre and postrun exercises and drills.

How’s your training going? When’s your next race?



Weekend Update July 4-5, 2015

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

RUN

Saturday – 14.2 miles. This was again a desired 20 mile day (or even 18 or 16) but I’m getting to the point where I want to maintain form and only inflict so much soreness on my body so I can recover for the next run, the week’s speedwork, etc. Increased pace each mile through mile 7 – my R rec femoris complained a bit in mile 6-7, suggesting my use of my glutes/hams was diminishing and I was overusing my quads. Backed off speed thru mi 8-11, then held to end, still a decent pace though not as fast as I’d have liked (if I am not going to go long, I’d like to get some speed in). I’ll try another “short long run” tomorrow and see how it feels. The rec fem stayed cranky for a mile or two as I backed off pace, then settled down to a tolerable grumble. Glad I put quad sleeves on after my warmup walk.

Took Vanilla Gu mi 4, Salted Caramel GU mi 8, SOS Rehydrate at mi 2,6,10 then each mi to end. Maybe 7oz of that, 6oz water. Not enough in terms of hydration OR carbs I think. After I stopped, I seriously smelled like ammonia.

At beginning, felt pretty good, trying to pull legs/hams up behind, use good form, rotate more. As I tired, got harder, form got off. Shins hurt toward end and after as well as glutes/hams. Calves tight after. In the last few mi, R tongue of shoe shifted, sharp ankle pain from time to time. I also had some odd pre-run dizziness/wooziness that hit me again in mi 8-9 and mi 12-13, where I felt like I was tilting, off balance somehow. (I listed to the side a scary amount at one point during yesterday’s run, not sure what’s up with this.)

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, which had a LOT on Salazar, Goucher, etc. but also had a really nice interview with Maine runner Michael Westphal, who just ran a BQ despite having Parkinson’s for the last 9 years. Inspiring, rec a listen. (support his efforts for Michael J. Fox Foundation research here) In this ep, we say farewell to Duncan, Boy on the Run. I’ll be interested to see who the MT hosts get to alternate with Tony’s Trials – I’m hoping for a woman, perhaps Laura Fountain, a runner and author who’s guest hosted before.

Pre-run – expanded drills: lunge matrix – feel in knees. 6 light Ohnos, KR chair, KR rec fem (tight), UVa wall, KR calf, regular drills, ham flosses. Had some pre-run GI issues but they abated, thank goodness. 

Post-run: Ohnos, pretty light. 10 pistol squats, working on keeping R knee aligned. Runner quad, calf stretch, KR chair, KR Rec Fem, UVas, Myrtl stretches. Rolled upper back on green roller, forgot to do this pre-run. Have read it helps loosen back which helps rotation.

After, took 3 SportLegs and a serving of Ultragen (1 scoop) within 10 minutes, trying to stay on top of this part of nutrition/hydration/recovery, though it took me 2 hours post-run to actually EAT something – my JSP & NB.

Sunday – 7 easy pace miles listening to Another Mother Runner ep about running in the summer. I enjoyed the “Sarah and Dimity chat” format – have missed it. They made me think about trying acupuncture again. We heard how Dimity’s DH Grant has a great attitude after missing BQ by only 11 seconds – ouch! (but he took 10 min off in 2 months between marathons – want to know how!) Sarah’s ankle is improving, yay. Dimity asks Sarah for advice about a race, and I love the discussion.

I ramped up the pace by 0.1 miles for the first 6 miles, and did half of each mile at 2% incline. Felt pretty good. Wore calf sleeves as well as quad sleeves as my calves have been very tight. Probably time for a fresh pair of shoes as the tongue of the R shoe keeps sliding and cutting into my ankle – started yesterday. No gel today, but some SOS Rehydrate to make sure I stayed topped up. Think I got dehydrated yesterday, and I want to make sure I stay hydrated to recover well and get ready my runs this week.

NON-RUN

Saturday – Before my run, got sucked into the online video of the Peachtree Road Race. I loved watching Shalane – what form! I’m also going to watch the NBC Recap show (info here), set up to tape it. I enjoyed the Peachtree Cup competition as well. Also spent more time emailing painters bidding on the work I want done in the new place. That’s taking a bunch more time and effort than I’d thought, but goes to show I didn’t really know what was involved! Hopefully I’ve learned.

After the run and my exercises, I stayed online too long, tried on some Oofos clogs I bought (like, sandals have to go back as too big), chatted with DH and made chocolate chocolate chip pancakes. I’d craved them Wed night while supplying my medical test samples.

pancakes on griddle

pancakes on griddle

pancakes - the flip side

pancakes – the flip side

pancakes cooling - they look like cookies

pancakes cooling – they look like cookies

I wouldn’t say they are a fail, but they’re not quite a success. My first time trying King Arthur’s GF pancake mix, and I made some unapproved modifications/tweaks: added cocoa powder (1 1/2 T), used chocolate unsweetened almond milk instead of milk/rice milk, used egg whites instead of eggs, and used Earth Balance soy free instead of butter or oil. I also added a few chocolate chips to each pancake while it was cooking. The pancakes aren’t as sweet as I intended (not a bad thing) and need a bit of moisture – syrup, butter, nut butter, coco manna. They also are a bit crispy on the outside, which DH kind of liked. So we may eat them Sunday, freeze them, eat them as snacks or breakfast during the week. Was worth a try!

Felt really off, could just be too cold in the house post-run, so came out to sit on the porch for a while and updated this post. Then (proud of this) instead of just giving up on getting ANY stuff for the move done today, I took 45 min and went through the cabinet in the master bath, pitched a lot of stuff! Then, quick epsom bath before ordering pizza and taking a shower. Hoping I recover well for a solid run tomorrow. May do a short run in Kayanos Monday to try them out a bit more (did 4 mi in them on Friday). Tuesday is back to speedwork as well as work.

Sunday – After my run and exercises, took to the porch with DH and half an egg white/zucchini puff. We also cooked some bacon out of hte freezer (one of the pre-move efforts is to use/pitch as much as we can of what’s in freezer). The bacon was okay, somehow less bacony. We only ate a little, deciding it would be better in eggs, on a salad. We put the remainder in the fridge, and if we use it, we use it. Didn’t feel like trying the pancakes. I think I’m a bit disappointed by them, they didn’t meet the craving I had in my head – another “they’re fine, not great” and I’m trying not to eat “fine” calories for treats, eat something I really enjoy. May have one or two as a snack with some PB2 or perhaps DH will take some to work for snacking.

Nice breeze out on the porch in the morning.

Spent some time online and then got back to work on house/move stuff. Spent an hour in the bedroom finding stuff to pitch, donate and put away. (I need an organization plan for the new place for my running stuff which is most of what I own!) Headed to my massage, after which I spent some time going through storage caddies in the downstairs bathroom, one more task done! The big closet in that bathroom is the bigger deal, but we’ll get to it.

Spent more time online on the porch researching painters, small chest freezers and other such. A quick shower before a dinner of BBQ out of the freezer and some veggies, maybe make it into spring rolls to enjoy with DVR’d TV and flipping in and out of the US women’s soccer game and baseball games.

This week, DH and I took Monday off work. Much to be done on the moving front! I’ll do a short run in the Kayanos as I did Friday, trying them out, then back to the to-do list. Not sure what we’ll do for dinner, likely takeout and some more TV (we lose the DVR when we move, so it’s watch or lose).

Tuesday telework and chiro. Wednesday in the office. Thursday off to get my MRI results and do more move stuff and other to-dos. Friday I’ll telework.

Hope you had a great weekend! 

Some great words from Deena in this piece. I’m going to really try to learn from her and use these tips!