Friday, April 20, 2018

Top Five Friday : Catch Up

Happy Friday everyone!  Wow, has this felt like a LONG week.  It was packed full of activity and some stressful days at work, so I'm really looking forward to the weekend.  This is my last free one for a while before I have some races and quick trips happening, so I'm going to try to enjoy it.  I have some work to get done around the house as well, so here's to hoping I have enough energy to be productive instead of just having a Netflix marathon.

Here are some recent favorites, since I haven't done one of these posts in a while!  Have a great weekend!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 



Song

Revamp - Elton John
One of my favorite things is seeing a classic album or collection of songs being redone by current, popular singers.  Sometimes it ends in a trainwreck, but it always makes me think of a song in a new way or appreciate a new style by one of my favorite singers. SO- I was really excited to see a new album of redone Elton John songs.  One of my favorites is Miley Cyrus singing Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and I'm also obsessed with the new version of Bennie and the Jets.  I haven't listened to the other tribute album that came out at the same time (Restoration) but I bet it's just as good!


Podcast

Forever 35
I recently discovered this podcast as a recommendation from an old favorite (Girls Next Door) when they discussed their favorite shows.  This one features two women who discuss hobbies, self-care, beauty products, and just about everything under the sun...just read their official description- Kate and Doree are two friends who love to text each other about serums. On Forever35, they talk about sheet masks, serums, exercise, nutrition, meditation, anxiety and stress, Kate's favorite drugstore mascara, Doree's addiction to restorative yoga, and much more.  I like the random topics, and it's one of those podcasts that feels like you're chatting with your girlfriends.


Show

Schitt's Creek
I've heard about this show for a while, and finally decided to sit down and watch an episode.  Since then, I've torn through two full seasons, and I'm going to be so heart broken when I finish it!  The show is SO funny and has a really unique concept (rich family loses all of their assets, except for a small town called Schitt's Creek the father bought as a joke gift for his son).  All of the characters are hilarious and seem to be cast perfectly, and it's a great background show to put on when you just want to zone out.


Product

Fresh Juice
A few years ago (two apartments ago to be exact), I went through a juicing phase where I would make a juice every morning and felt GREAT!  I even did a three-day juice cleanse (which I would not recommend or do again).  Tragically, I broke the machine and have been missing juices ever since.  A few weeks ago, Dan decided that he wanted to start juicing as well and picked out a new machine (THIS one, which is amazing and I would highly recommend).  Since then, I've been picking out a juice to make for the week, and I prep 5 containers of fruits and veggies to grab and juice in the morning.  I love it!


Random

Stanley Cup Playoffs
Let's Go Pens!! #3elieve.  To be honest, I'm not really a hockey fan, but I always love watching playoff hockey.  It's so exciting, the energy is always great, and the city goes crazy. 



Do you like hockey?
What are some recent favorites?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week in Workouts [April 9-15]

Happy Monday everyone!  I typically share my week of training when I post on Monday, so I thought I would keep that going today.  Even though I'm not really "training" for anything right now (even though I'm signed up for a half marathon that's right around the corner) I'm still trying to keep up my fitness.  This was the first week since I got injured that I hit 20 miles, and I also got in some other exercises.  Here's how the week went-

Monday

2.5 miles / 9:12 pace
I made it outside before work for this run.  It was a bit chilly, but it actually felt great while I was running.  I kept the run a bit short, but was happy to see a bit of speed in my legs while feeling like I was running an easy pace.


Tuesday

1000 yards swimming / 20:00
This was the first time that I swam before work, and it was so great to get it done with so early in the day!  I have a pool in the YMCA by my work, so I just stopped there and got in a quick swim.

Barre/Yoga Mix
I made it to one of my favorite classes that I found through ClassPass.  This class consists of 45 minutes of barre followed by 30 minutes of yoga.  This is the hardest barre class that I go to, and I always leave with every muscle shaking.  The time flies by and it's so great!


Wednesday

Rest Day!


Thursday

4 miles / 9:43 pace
I was hoping to go swimming, but it was such a nice morning that I decided to get in a run instead.  This was my first run in shorts (outdoors) in a few weeks so I couldn't miss it!  I went on one of my favorite routes around the North Shore before work, and felt SO great.


Friday

Rest Day!


Saturday

11.67 miles / 9:52 pace
Every year, right before the Pittsburgh Marathon, a bunch of the local running groups host "course preview" runs to get everyone acquainted with the course.  Jessie, Steff and I met up to join Pro Bike and Run for their preview, and ended up with the half marathon group.  We were in a large group for the 10:00 pace, and went all over the city!  It was such a beautiful day, and I was so happy to be out there.  Loved this run!


Sunday

2 miles / 10:00 pace
Dan wanted to go for a run, so I decided to bring Selma and join him for a quick jog around the neighborhood.  We're supposed to get more snow next week, so I decided to soak in as much nice weather as possible.  Plus, this run helped me hit 20 miles for the week!

5 mile biking
After doing some work around the house and going shopping, I decided to get in a quick bike ride before the Pens game!  I worked on pushing myself more up hills and getting more comfortable in higher gears.  I'm still a little nervous on the bike, but every time I ride I feel more comfortable.




How was your week of workouts?
Did you get some nice weather this weekend?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Guess Who's Back?

It's me!  Remember me?  Gretchen...I run (sometimes) and blog (even less frequently than I run)??  Ringing any bells?

It feels like it's been forever since I wrote my last post, when in reality it was just over a month ago.  Funny enough, my last post was called "Snowing Again", and as I write this..in the middle of April..it's snowing outside.  Crazy spring, eh?  It's almost like the universe was waiting for another post on the old GretchRuns blog to kick itself into spring weather.  So, if today is the final day it snows on the east coast and it's all warm weather from here on out, you know who to thank.
Beautiful day for a baseball game!  Do they use snowballs in this weather?

Today's post is just going to be a good old catch-up sesh (especially since I missed my own What's New With You) linkup.  Here's what happened in March!

- I got injured.  Boo!  Once again, marathon training was going great, then I got an injury out of nowhere.  It was pretty frustrating because I was building up my mileage slowly, taking my easy days easily, cross training, and stretching after every run.  I was convinced that I had a femoral stress fracture, so I even went to Urgent Care for an x-ray (my first trip there EVER!).

Not a picture of an x-ray, but Selma always makes me happy and this picture is silly, so I'll put it here

I basically never got an answer, but then my mom told me about a coworker's daughter who had similar issues, and her doctor suggested adding a Vitamin D supplement.  Coincidentally, at my last two physicals I got blood work done, and in both I showed up as having a Vitamin D deficiency.  I looked up the symptoms, and they were exactly what I experienced (and similar symptoms to a stress fracture)- bone pain, stooped posture, muscle cramps, weakness, and tingling.  It's common for vegans to have these symptoms, or people who live in places that don't get a lot of sunlight.  So, since I'm a Pittsburgher who eats a mostly vegan diet and it was a dark winter, I'm a prime candidate for these problems!  Luckily, since I added a supplement and completely stopped running for a few weeks, I've been feeling great.

- No marathon for me!  Remember how I was planning on running the Newport News Marathon, but then the date didn't end up working out?  Then, I decided to change my registration for Canton's Hall of Fame Marathon from the half to full?  Well, as it turns out my registration wasn't changed, so I'm planning on doing the half.  I'm not going to race it, and plan on running with a few friends.  If I start to feel pain, I'll just take it easy and just have a good time.

I'll be with these girls!  Plus Jessie :)

- Dan was away in March.  He had another work trip that ended up being three weeks long, which was exactly when I stopped running.  So, I was just left on my own, not able to do an activity that's been a big part of my life for the past 20 years, and stuck in a freezing cold, gray city.  For a while I would just come home from work and basically fall asleep right away.  I didn't have any motivation for anything (except if I made plans to hang out with friends..otherwise I would just be sleeping).  Yet another reason why I stopped blogging..I just didn't feel great about myself and didn't feel like sharing anything.

Then, one day I decided I was sick of feeling down, and shared 3 goals for the day.  They were simple things- put away my laundry that was washed last week, clean the kitchen that was disgusting and still a mess from a St Patrick's Day party, and go for a swim (which I hadn't done in a few weeks).  I shared my goals, and immediately tackled all 3 within the hour.  Since then, I've been sharing goals every week day, and it really helps me keep motivated and knock off those little annoying things that I keep putting off.

My original post!

- I've been cross-training like crazySince I couldn't run most of March, I've been doing all sorts of other activities! That is- after I gained 10 pounds (literally) in the matter of weeks.  Once again, wasn't feeling great, so I decided to do something to change my mindset.  I upgraded my ClassPass membership and made more plans with friends to go to new studios.  I also started swimming more, and have eased back into running, so I'm feeling more and more like myself again!

Brand new Club Pilates that opened up near my house! Beautiful studio and fun class!

- I also tried out some new breweries.  Duh!  My favorite is definitely Cinderlands.  I heard some mixed reviews when it first opened, but I'm absolutely in love with it.  Not only do they have amazing beers (I ended up getting a small pour of every single one they offer), but they're constantly rotating and trying new varieties.  The food is also INCREDIBLE.  It seems like it should be advertised as a restaurant that also makes its own beer, instead of a brewery that serves food.  It's that good.  



So- that's basically where I've been and why I haven't been blogging in a month.  I have some fun stuff coming up soon, and I'm excited to start talking more about triathlon training and other exercises I've been doing that AREN'T running related!  Maybe I'll even throw in some recipes and house updates (I have a few of those!).  

Now your turn!  What happened in your life in March?
Is it snowing where you are?  
How do you get out of a funk?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Top Five Friday : Snowing Again

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!  Can you believe that it's March already?  Everyone says that February seemed to fly by since it's the shortest month, but it always seems long to me.  It wasn't the best month and just dragged along, so I'm happy to be on the other side and into March.  One step closer to warmer weather!

Here's what my favorites were this week!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 



Song

Twenty One Pilots
This week has been really hectic and busy at work, so I had to put on music that can really get me into the zone.  For me, that's always Twenty One Pilots.  They're one of my favorite bands, and their music is just the perfect background when I'm having a busy day.  I like to listen to their Pandora station for some variety, or just stream all of their albums on Spotify!


Podcast

The Death of Dr. John Parker
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this podcast before, but season one just ended so it feels appropriate to talk about again.  To get a major spoiler out of the way, this show is fictional, and follows Dr. John Parker's son in law who tries to figure out what really happened after John is found dead of an apparent suicide.  What follows is an interesting story full of twists and turns and dead ends.  You'll never know what happens until the very last episode, and we're left with a bit cliff hanger.  I'm excited for season two!


Show

Celebrity Big Brother
It took me a while, but I finally watched CBB!  To be honest, I wasn't that excited about the show and thought that it would be annoying celebrities that just wanted to cause drama.  While that might be true, the magic of Big Brother editing made everyone seem silly and made me laugh out loud multiple times.  It was a great season to watch since it was so short, and there was always so much action going on.  I ended up really enjoying it!  My favorite from day one ended up winning it (which, by the end, didn't think that person deserved it but oh well).  I also love the fact that Shannon stood up for animal cruelty in her speeches and had a great message to put out there.

Product

Koral Leggings
For a while now, I've been admiring Koral leggings and have been wanting to try them out.  They always look so sleek and well-made, with interesting designs and colors.  They also have amazing reviews and are known for their high quality and durability.  So, when the company contacted me to try out a pair of leggings I immediately accepted.  I tried out a pair on a run, and loved how flattering they looked (very compressive, yet comfortable to wear at the same time).  They were great for a run and I left them on to go to the store later.  I think these would be great for any kind of low, medium, or high impact activity (I'll keep testing them out and let you know if they fail anywhere) as well as a cute athleisure bottom. (I tried the Forge Midrise and can't wait to try out more in the future!)



Anyone else watch Celebrity Big Brother?
What's your favorite legging brand?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

What's New With You? FF Update

Hi everyone and Happy March!  It's already time for the monthly What's New With You linkup, and today I'm going to be talking how Frugal February went.

Overall, I did really well with my goals.  I managed to stick with all of them (with the exception of one small exception in my first category).  But- this was one of those months where a few things went wrong and we ended up having to spend way more money than we wanted to.  First, our car broke down and we had to spend money just to get it home, then had to buy a repair kit to fix the issue.  Then, we had a pipe in our basement crack and leak all over the place.  Luckily, our home warranty covered the issue, but we still had to pay the consultation fee and a bunch of our stuff was destroyed.  Finally, Selma had her annual vet appointment and was due on a bunch of shots, so that added on to our bills as well.

In happier news, we got our tax refund for the year, and were able to put that all towards our mortgage!  I also got a promotion at work, and Dan had some overtime hours from a work trip.  It all ended up balancing out in the end, but at the same time I want to try to carry over some of these goals to March and try again.

With all that said- here's a breakdown of how my month and goals went:


NO buying breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, or snacks out.  I did really well with this, but I did buy coffee and a cookie one day at work.  I found out that a project that I was working on for the last year and was about to launch had to be delayed, so I took a break at lunch to leave the office and needed a little pick me up.  Other than that, I packed every day and didn't go out for dinner or breakfast at all.

NO online shopping.  Nailed this one!  I didn't even do that thing where I put items in my shopping cart (online window shopping).  Just avoided it completely.  I also managed to not buy anything on Amazon, which I'm really proud of.

NO Target!!  I did not step foot in Target or buy anything online from Target.com.  Go me!  Now that February is over I'm interested in trying their new brand(which reminds me a lot of one of my favorite stores, Madewell).  Might reward myself with a new pair of jeans or a top.

NO Netflix and Hulu.  I'll give myself a pass for this.  I managed to cancel my Netflix for the month, but Hulu needs more lead time and is on hold for March instead. 

NO Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.  Also nailed this one.  I went to Aldi for all of my shopping and managed to save money.  In January we spent a total of $312 on groceries, and in February only $235.  Coupled with the fact that we saved over $100 in restaurants, I'm really happy with how we did.



Monday, February 26, 2018

Hall of Fame Marathon Training : 7

Here we go... less than 10 weeks until race day!  Starting to feel real :)




Monday

5 miles / 9:30 pace
Yay for bank holidays!  Since I had the day off, I decided to run on Monday, even though I usually take that as my rest day.  I went early in the morning since it was supposed to be raining later in the day, and got a few drizzles.  Took it nice and easy and enjoyed slightly warmer weather.

1500 yards swimming
I'm trying to make a schedule for swimming, so I tested out how crowded the pool is on Mondays.  It ended up being really empty, so I'm going to start going weekly!  Now I just need to find two more days to go :)


Tuesday

5 mile bike
It was a BEAUTIFUL day out, and luckily I got to work from home (plumbing issues, yay!).  I went out at lunch time and dusted off my bike.  Can I officially say I'm in triathlon training now?

Barre/Yoga
I tried out a new studio with Class Pass (for Frugal February I changed my membership to only one class for the month, so this was my only one!), and really liked it!  This class was half barre and half yoga.  The barre portion was SO hard (probably one of the hardest classes that I've ever taken).  I was shaking and in pain the entire time!  Yoga was nice and gentle, with a few challenges thrown in.  If you're in the Pittsburgh area and looking for a new studio to try I would highly recommend The Fitness Barre!


Wednesday

5 miles / 8:50 pace
I was supposed to do 4 x mile at tempo pace, but my legs were DEAD from barre class.  Instead, I did a three mile progression run with a mile warm up and cool down.  My mile paces were great- 8:33, 8:10, 7:54.  I definitely felt better as the run went on.


Thursday

Rest Day!


Friday

3 miles / 9:38 pace
I got Dan to join me for a short and easy run.  It was great and not much to say about it!


Saturday

17.3 miles / 9:34 pace
This run was all about running with friends, and it helped my long run feel a lot more manageable an fun.  First I met up with Jess for five miles around North Park, then ran 3 by myself.  There was a race going on at the park, so I ran the next 9 miles with Maddie.  I felt really great the entire time and was pleased with my overall pace.  Maddie also killed it in the race and ended up taking nearly a minute off her mile pace (and did an extra 5 miles this year!).


Sunday

Rest Day!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Top Five Friday : Short Week

Hi everyone!  How's your week been?  Even though it was a short work week (gotta love Monday holidays) it felt like it took forever.  I'm so excited for this weekend and some fun times planned with friends.  For now, here are my recent favorites!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 



Song

Taylor Swift - Reputation
I'm not sure what it is, but for some reason, it always takes me a while to like Taylor Swift's songs.  The first time I hate them, but I start to like them more the more that I hear them.  Usually it's the opposite for me and music, but for some odd reason Taylor is the exception.  While I didn't like Reputation at first, it's all that I've been listening to in the car lately.  I like pretty much every song, but my favorites would be Dress, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, and Delicate.


Podcast

Girls Gone WOD
It's officially Crossfit Games season (the Open started yesterday!), so I have to talk about one of my longtime favorite podcasts.  Even though I don't do Crossfit (but love to follow the Games), I enjoy this one so much!  Clare and Joy are two friends who talk about random topics (like their love of Mean Girls) as well as health-related topics (both emotional and physical health).  This week they interviewed one of the most well-known and successful Crossfit athletes, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, who is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram.  Give it a listen!


Show

Bachelor Winter Games
This show is the absolute best, because it's a combination of two of my biggest guilty pleasures- The Bachelor franchise and the Olympics!  Contestants from the worldwide Bachelor franchise all came together to fall in love, while competing in winter sports (biathlon, speed skating, skiing, figure skating) to win dates.  I love the contrast from the real athletes to these people to feel less bad about my lack of skill/talent (there's usually more falling down than staying upright, no matter the contest).  It's really fun to watch and now I just want to be friends with Yuki from Japan!!



What shows are you liking lately?
Anyone doing the Crossfit Open?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hall of Fame Marathon Training : 6

Yay for cut back weeks!  Some runners love em, some hate em.  I'm personally in the "love" camp.  It feels great to lessen up the miles a bit (and have more free time!)  Here's a look at how week lucky number 6 went:


Monday

Rest Day!

Tuesday

3.6 miles / 9:49 pace
Just a nice, easy run.  Went around my neighborhood after work, and it was a beautiful day.  Kept my pace easy and enjoyed the weather!


Wednesday

Rest Day!


Thursday

4.5 miles / 8:20 pace 
I got to go on this run during my lunch break at work.  It was 60 degrees out so I was really excited to run in shorts and a t shirt!  Since I didn't want to be gone for a long time, I shortened my speed work for the week.  I was originally supposed to do 5 miles at marathon pace with a mile warmup and cool down, but instead I did 3 miles at tempo pace with a half mile warmup and mile cool down.  I started out too fast (shorts weather got me excited) but felt great on this run!


Friday

Rest Day!


Saturday

12 miles / 10:19 pace
I was lucky enough to be joined by friends for my long run!  We met up at the park and set off for 12 miles.  The miles just flew by and felt great.  Crazy how easy running is with other people around you!


Sunday

1200 yard swimming
I didn't swim at all last week and barely got one in this week because I misplaced my swimsuit and goggles.  Whoops!  Finally found them so I was happy to be back in the pool.  I managed to do this workout faster than the last two times I did it which makes me happy.  I worked on swimming constantly at an even pace instead of going too fast and having to stop.  It was great!

6.2 miles / 9:47 pace
Easy run at the gym after my swim.  Can I call this a brick workout for triathlon training??



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Frugal February : Free Fun!

Hi everyone!  It's now halfway through the month (yes..already!), and my Frugal February is going great so far.  I'll be sharing more about it at the end of the month and a real break down of what I did, but today I wanted to share some ideas on fun things you can do for free.

I always seem to fall back on going out for drinks or to dinner if I want to hang out with someone, but there are so many activities you can do for free!  Today I'm sharing a few of those ideas, and I would love to hear all of your ideas as well!



Watch old movies - Since I got Netflix, I pretty much stopped watching DVDs that I own.  Since I paused my subscription this month, it's a great time to watch those old movies that I used to love!  Some of my oldie-but-goodies are The Aviator, Love Actually, Titanic, and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.


Use up old Groupons or coupons - How many times have you bought a Groupon or gotten a coupon for something free, but never use it?  Frugal February is a great time to do this!  Last summer, I won four passes for snow tubing at a nearby resort, and I'm looking forward to going (and not having to spend any money!), as well as trying out some new fitness classes that I have passes for.


Open up that special occasion wine - This applies to anything that you save up for a special occasion, but never actually consume.  I have bottles of wine sitting in my fridge that were more expensive, and I'm just saving up.  Since I'm not going out this month, having that special bottle makes staying in a little more fun.


Take a long bath - To combine a few ideas, take a nice and luxurious bath.  I like to watch a show or movie while I'm in the bath (so you can watch those old videos), drink some wine (special occasion!) and light a candle or use an oil diffuser.  I also like to use up products that are sitting around, like face masks and bath bombs to make this a really luxurious and relaxing experience.


Meet up with friends for a run or walk - My favorite frugal activity is definitely meeting up for a workout with friends.  Running is free, and you can catch up while not spending a dime (plus it helps make your run go by a lot quicker!).  Since I have ClassPass and a lot of my friends do as well, I also like to try out new classes with them.


Check out local free events - I definitely don't take enough advantage of free events in the area, so my goal for February is go to go more!  In Pittsburgh, we have monthly free museum days, weekly yoga in the park, and amazing parks all over the city.  A few days ago I also went to a free snowshoeing class that REI hosted, and it was a lot of fun- plus I learned a new skill!


Have a picnic at a new park - This might not be possible in February for me, but it's always fun to pack up a picnic and check out a new-to-you park.  Who needs to spend a ton of money at a restaurant when you can take the restaurant with you and enjoy the great outdoors?


Play a card game - Whenever I get together with family, we always end up playing card games and have a great time.  This usually only happens during the holidays, so it would be great to have a random card game during the week, or even hosting a card party on the weekend.


Go to the library - In college, I always loved to go to the library and get lost for hours just learning and studying.  Now that I'm out of school, I really stopped doing that!  There are so many cool things to check out in the library, from researching upcoming trips in the travel section to finding recipes for a meal plan in the cooking section!  Or, you can just grab a biography or Harry Potter and enjoy that!  A lot of libraries also offer free classes (a local one hosts a monthly Indian cooking class that I really want to go to), so this is a great Frugal February resource!


Learn how to make something from scratch - Last year, one of my goals was to start making almond milk and beer from scratch.  It was always something that I bought, so I wanted to see if I could make it myself!  Since then, I've also experimented with making my own bread, pizza dough, veggie stock, and more.  It's fun to learn a new skill, and even better if you can eat it at the end.


Take your dog to the dog park or on a long walk - There is nothing Selma likes more than going to the dog park, but it's something that I don't do nearly enough.  We have some great parks around us, and they're all free to get into.  It's a great activity to get outside and let your dog get out some energy!  If you don't have a dog park nearby, just go on a nice, long walk for a similar effect!




What are your favorite free activities?
Is anyone else doing Frugal February?  How's it going??

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hall of Fame Marathon Training : 5

Thirty miles always seems like such a milestone for me in training.  Any week that I don't hit it, I feel like I didn't run enough.  If I go over I feel so proud of myself and count that week as a win.  The past few weeks were less than ideal, and I missed that number (by a pretty large margin), so the fact that I got it this week makes me so happy and proud of myself.  I'm back!

Here's a look at how my week went:


Monday

Rest Day!


Tuesday

4 miles / 9:25 pace
Treadmill run!  I got to run before work, but didn't really want to run while it was single digits out with icy sidewalks.  Kept it nice and easy on the treadmill with a progression run to keep from going crazy.


Wednesday

 Rest Day!
We got a ton of snow and ice overnight, and it continued to snow/rain/sleet throughout the day.  I actually stayed at home and did not leave my house at all the entire day!


Thursday

5 miles / 8:24 pace
Another speed workout on the treadmill because the sidewalks downtown were a mess, and the trail that I usually run on was flooded.  I did 3 miles at tempo pace (8:00) with a mile warmup and cool down.

Friday

5 miles / 9:31 pace
I probably could have run outside, but I had to run on my lunch break and didn't feel like lugging all of my winter running clothes into work.  To keep myself entertained, I did a pyramid workout.  I started at 6.0 mph, worked my way up to 7.0 mph, then back down.  I adjusted the speed every half mile so this helped pass the time a lot faster.

Saturday

3.1 miles / 8:51 pace
Over the weekend it warmed up pretty well, so I took this run outside!  Dan and Selma joined me for the first mile, then I went off on my own.  I felt so great and was really excited to be outside again, so I ended up going faster than expected.


Sunday

16 miles / 9:32 pace
You know that saying- if you want God to laugh, tell him your plans?  This run reminded me of that.  All week I was whining and complaining about the cold weather, so I was excited to see it warm up over the weekend.  I went out on my run, and after I was a mile in, it started to pour down rain.  Since it was still in the 40s, the rain was really cold, and all the melted snow and ice made huge puddles everywhere.  I was soaked from the beginning and my watch kept glitching, but I had to tell myself that this is what I get for complaining about the cold when I should just be appreciative of being able to run at all (and having access to a treadmill).  This was a mentally tough run for me, so I was really proud of myself when I completed the run and had such a good pace!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Top Five Friday : Tired of it

Can I start off this post on a whiney note?  I'm not usually one to complain about weather (at least in real life), but I am SO OVER WINTER.  This year seems to be more awful than most, and I'm so sick of it!  Not to mention that our car that has four wheel drive (which we specifically bought this year to be able to drive safely in the winter) broke down this week and needs a new engine.  To top it off, I've kept myself running inside because we got hit with yet another snow/ice storm.  BLAH.  I have to keep reminding myself that winter will eventually end, and that I'm lucky to have a warm place to live (and work) and just stop complaining.

Ok, rant over.  Let's get into happier topics, including something VERY exciting that starts today!  Any guesses?  Keep reading!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 



Song

Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods

Definitely a clique pick for this week, but I love Justin's new CD!  While I wasn't super impressed with his half time show (the whole time I was just waiting for something exciting to happen!), this has been on repeat all week at work.  My favorite song is probably Morning Light (mostly because of Alicia Keys) and Young Man is just the sweetest song!


Podcast

The Podium
OK GUYS ALERT ALERT- THE OLYMPICS START TODAY (technically yesterday, but opening ceremonies are today so we're going with that)!!  I am SOOOO excited because Olympic time is the best time.  I was really excited to hear that NBC will be starting an official podcast where they will recap every. single. day. of Olympic action.  Does it get any better that that?  Nope, didn't think so!  Happy listening :)


Show

Face Off
One good thing about getting rid of Netflix was being able to find new and cool shows that I would normally never watch!  I recently discovered Face Off, which is a reality competition show all about special effects makeup.  It's so cool and interesting to watch the creative process that these artists put into creating characters.  I love it!  Luckily for me, there are tons of seasons already out, so I have lots of watching ahead of me. 


Random

Olympics!
Duh, I had to mention this again.  Today the Olympics officially kick off with the opening ceremony, and it's all systems go from there!  I'm excited for all of the events, but my favorite winter sports are figure skating, and all of the skiing and snowboarding events.  Can't wait to watch and follow along!  #GoTeamUSA!

Can I have some cheese with my w(h)ine?
Do you love or hate the Olympics?  Favorite sport?
What did you think of the Superbowl/Halftime Show?

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hall of Fame Marathon Training : 4

Another week done, and thankfully this was a cutback week!  I definitely needed it because I still wasn't feeling 100% after recovering from whatever sickness I had last week.  I'm finally feeling more like myself, and hope that next week I'll be back to my normal mileage.  This week I also finished my 30 days of yoga challenge, and fit in two swims.  Here's how the week went:



Monday

Rest Day!


Tuesday

3 miles / 9:25 pace
I was finally feeling better, so I went out for an easy run after work.  Of course it was freezing out so it wasn't a ton of fun, but I was just happy to be outside and running again!


Wednesday

1200 yards swimming
I headed to the pool after work to get in a swim.  This week's workout was 400 yards, 200 yards, 4x100 yards, 4x50 yards.  It was my first time doing circle swimming at the gym since there were lessons going on, so I was happy to be able to keep up with everyone else and didn't get passed at all!


Thursday

6 miles / 9:30
Went for an easy run with hills.  Another cold, cold day.  Really starting to feel over winter this year and looking forward to warmer days!


Friday

Rest Day!


Saturday

8 miles / 9:45 pace
I met up with Jessie and Steff for my long run.  I was so happy to have friends to run with, because it was cold out (again) and I had no motivation to run.  The miles went by so quickly and we were done before I realized it!  


Sunday

6 miles / 9:23 pace
I headed out for another easy run, and it ended up sleeting the entire time.  I only made it four miles before I decided to do my final two at the gym before going for a swim.  This was one of those days where I had to question myself for training for a spring race, because it's hard to run through awful weeks like this.

1200 yards swimming
I did the same workout as Wednesday.  It seemed to go a lot better this time and I felt really strong!  I even finished two minutes faster, which made me happy.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Top Five Friday : Serenity Now

Oh man you guys, this has been a crazy week!  At work we released a new app update and I've been working like crazy to get out new features for our next update, and Dan just got back from a three-week-long trip for work.  I'm hoping that we can chill and relax this weekend, and maybe even get started with our taxes.  Fun!

Here are some favorites from the week!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 



Song

Fuego Playlist on Spotify
I'm actually working on some Spanish stuff at work, so it's been fun to listen to Spanish music while I'm doing it (helps to get me in the right frame of mind!)  This playlist from Spotify has so many great songs and keeps me motivated to keep working.  Lately I've just been powering through my work that I make it through the playlist and realize it's already time to go home when it feels like I just got to work!


Podcast

This American Life
For a while, TAL was the only podcast that I listened to, and it was always the first one I turned to when I had a long run.  Lately though, it seemed to get overly political and I ended up not listening to it for months.  Even though there are still a lot of political episodes, there have been some really interested ones lately.  They also just launched their own app, where you can listen to all 600+ episodes.


Show

Pretty Little Liars
Might not have been my brightest idea to watch this show while Dan was away, but I've been binge watching PLL in January!  I got through an entire season while I was sick last week, and it's so addicting.  I remember watching it back when it first aired, but never finished it, so it's been fun to go back and re-watch!


Random

Mercury Mile box
For a while, I've been seeing a lot of Instagram runners talking about a new service called Mercury Mile.  The premise seemed right up my alley- a box of athletic wear, picked out specifically for you based on a profile you fill out, delivered whenever you want it.  It reminded me a lot of Stitch Fix but for runners, so I had to try it out.  Luckily I was able to find a coupon code from one of those Instagrammers, and got my box really quickly!  There was a hand-written note that mentioned some things in my profile, and 4 pieces of clothes along with socks, some running fuel, sport detergent sample, and a free pair of Goodr sunglasses.  All of the pieces were great quality (I had two tops from New Balance, shorts from Rabbit, and capris from Kari Traa) and fit perfectly.  Whatever you don't like you can just send back and you aren't charged, and you can keep all of the extras!  It was fun to try out, and I might treat myself to another one right before my race.


What shows are you loving lately?
What do you listen to at work?