July 15, 2010
1) Revelation of the summer: I like strawberries. This is strange as I’ve always hated strawberries, but it seems I now hate peaches instead. How is it that the fuzzy crud never bothered me before? It’s like biting into a caterpillar. *shiver*
2) I attended the wake of a distant family member on Tuesday in lieu of my scheduled run which ment double duty come Wednesday. I woke up bright and early and hammered out a 5 mile run with two 1 mile speed intervals at an 8:46 pace. A funeral, oodles of family together time and two plates of food later I came home and logged another three miles. I’m calling it even.
3) My calves are achy. I’ve been reading about compression socks and wondering if they might help. I’m not about to shell out $50+ for them though. I’m thinking of a trip to CVS where I drop $12.99 instead. Havn’t you heard? Beige is so the new black.
Have you used compression socks for recovery? Do you run in them?
July 5, 2010
I hope everyone has been enjoying their holiday weekend - I know that I have! It would appear that I’ve not been getting ample rest lately, as my naps have become too numberous to count the past couple days. I do believe I’ve already had three today and it’s not even 11am. But I must say, there is something so wonderful about not needing to do anything at all. Pure bliss I tell you. I have much more lounging to do today – mostly with this captivating book by my side and so I will give you the highlights.
Saturday’s run was 10 miles on the NCR Trail. Where the trail crosses Glencoe Rd (mile 4.5) a family had set up a yard sale just to the side of the path. I’ve been keeping an eye out for antiques lately – my house looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue, so sterile and unlived in and I think the older pieces will warm it up nicely – and so I stopped my clock to take a look around. I got all sorts of goodies including an old milk bottle, a small wall-mounted cabinet and a huge clay pot with the No. 6 painted on its side. All for $10! The man was nice enough to hold it for me for over an hour while I made my way back to my car and then took on the challenge of finding him again via the country roads. If you’re in the area and haven’t taken a scenic drive though Sparks, I highly suggest it – the estates are just gorgeous!!
When I got back I had a celebratory afternoon planned. Kirk’s birthday is actually today, but he had to work (boo!), so we decided to plan festivities on Saturday. I ordered sandwiches to-go from a nice restaurant up the road and we took our bounty to the woods for a picnic by the stream. Then I surprised him with a round of mini-golf and a go at the driving range – something he’s been talking about doing for months. And finally we ended up at the best (only? I don’t count TCBY. Blech.) frozen yogurt place around, YogaFresh. Which, despite the fact that it’s a 30 minute trek away in Bel Air is totally worth the drive. Creamiest yogurt EVER.
Sunday’s run was a HOT 5 mile trek around the neighborhood. No Garmin, no agenda, just me and the sun and copious amounts of sweat. When I came home I did a 14 minute ab workout via Comcast’s OnDemand options. I didn’t think it was that challenging, but man am I feeling it today. Oddly, it’s my back and shoulders that are sore, but it’s that good kind of sore that lets you know you did something right.
The rest of the holiday was spent at Kirk’s dad’s house in a suburb of DC. Usually holidays are a chaotic attempt to see everyone and do everything, but somehow we escaped that this time around. This year’s 4th was a peaceful respite from the busy humdrum of responsibility. We swam, I napped in the hammock, we grilled and played frisbee. Around 9:30 we caught the fireworks show at the fairgrounds which was fun. I always make a game of picking my favorite firework. Last night I was torn between a huge white one that turned a brilliant blue at the tips before fading to red, and a smaller white on that fizzled out leaving a shower of twinkling tendrils floating back to earth.
June 24, 2010
Fun facts regarding cell phone usage in Maryland:
Texting while driving?
Illegal as of October 1, 2009.
Cellphone calls without the use fo a hands free device?
Becomes illegal October 1, 2010.
Taking photos of your in-dash temperture gauge while driving?
Oh, yeah. That’s right, it’s 101 degrees here in good ‘ol B-more today. Looks like I’m hitting up the gym instead of the trails. Again. Can’t say I’m too opposed to a blast air conditioning at this point, but after a week of indoor workouts I’m itching for some quality Vitamin D!
April 21, 2010
Today I arrived at work and found a wonderful garden of botanicals perched on my counter in honor of what I recently saw advertised as “Co-worker to Co-worker Day”. Now, I’m on board with moving away from Secretary’s Day not only for obvious gender equality reasons, but because I’m not a secretary (and who am I kidding, I’m all for presents!), but really? I think we can do better.
Anyway, aren’t these lovely? I ♥ my job.
There was also a card with some pretty swell handwritten notes and a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Do my co-workers know me well or what?! Love them!
More fun stuff:
Teacherwoman over at Dare To Tri posted this today, and since I already had my camera out and clicking, I was inspired to do the same. It’s amazing what you can find in the depths of your purse! Aside from two work-related receipts that I never submitted (whoops!), I found:
- Begamot & Lime body butter (heavenly!)
- Icebreakers mints
- Half Marathon Training Schedule
- BJ’s coupon book (Chobani and Kashi granola bars!)
- Kohls coupons
- A Race For The Cure key chain
- FIVE lip glosses and balms!
- Toothbrush and toothpaste (had an appt a few weeks back)
- Car key
- Coppertone Faces 70 SPF
- Phone (which is doubling as a camera for this pic)
The real fun is in the gym bag though:
(How color coordinated am I??)
- Brooks Glycerin 8s
- Champion sports bra
- Short sleeve Baltimore Half Marathon 2009 race shirt
- Long sleeved Under Armour “Run” shirt
- Nike Shorts
- Long pants (not pictured)
- gym lock
- bobby pins
- hair ties
Got an email today saying that my running group is starting their track workouts tonight (thanks for the advance notice, guys!). I’m not really sure how to incorporate that into my training schedule, but I also don’t want that to become an excuse for why I don’t take part. I’ve never done group track workouts before – a bit intimidating! It’s raining out right now though. Ehh…
One of the project managers in the office just dropped off a Bog ‘O Goodies for AP Day. I wonder who ate the other half of that cookie??
April 17, 2010
Our Friday night was a smashing success! The husband and I shelled out $370 after work – and no it wasn’t on a bar tab! That’s right, we didn’t go out partying – we went shopping (that’s what married couples who don’t drink do on Friday nights for excitement)! I’m actually pretty pleased with our loot considering we picked up 2 suits (gotta love sales at Jos. A Bank), a new cell phone (after rebate Verizon actually paid US $20!), and groceries at Whole Foods and Fresh Market (thanks for the reminder, James!).
Anyone else have trouble finding a low calorie protein powder? I used to use one put out by Jillian Michaels that was only 55 calories, but I can’t find it anymore and now I’m hard-pressed to find a replacement with less than 100 cals that still packs a protein punch. I also can’t see spending what feels like $9867.99 on a box ‘o dust. I settled on the Whole Foods brand at 80 calories for $10, but I’m underwhelmed.
Yesterday was my rest day, and unlike last week I made a conscious effort to eat lighter foods and a lot more greens. I had toast with jam for breakfast, chicken and spinach salad for lunch, an apple, some veggies and humus for a snack, and a veggie and brown rice stir fry for dinner. I still felt mildly bloated this morning, but much better. Maybe getting out for a walk in the evenings would help. I can’t help but feel like it’s a shock to my system to be so sedentary … or maybe it’s all in my head.
Came across this great article on MSN the other day. It’s full of tips for and amusing facts about runners. Probably not much you don’t already know if you’ve been running for a while, but hilarious nonetheless. Don’t miss it! … After reading it, I’m just wondering … how many of you have mastered the Snot Rocket? I haven’t attempted it yet. Sounds messy!
March 30, 2010
I have nothing nice to say about the great outdoors today except that the cherry trees are beginning to bloom – a welcomed reminder that the sunshiny week we reveled in earlier this month was not a figment of my imagination.
I actually took this picture of my neighbor’s tree last year, and I am (not so) patiently awaiting it’s full transformation.
March 23, 2010
Logged a slow and steady 3.9 miles around Lake Montebello this afternoon after work. I felt guilty at first for abandoning my hills, but the fierce wind I was forced to fight against easily made up for any shortcomings.
The man-made lake was created in the 1880s for drinking purposes and while still owned by the Department of Public Works, most simply know of it as a great place for a stroll (a rarity in Baltimore city). The pedestrian path around the lake measures 1.3 miles around and has clearly defined lanes for cyclists and those on foot. Both the Baltimore Marathon and Half Marathon courses loop around the lake, offering runners a much needed reprieve as it is perhaps the only flat stretch of road in all of Baltimore.
I snagged this photo from SeeDaneRun. Read about his experience as a Charity Chaser at the Baltimore Marathon in 2008. He passed all but 99 runners (out of 5,887!) raising $12,000 for the United Way - very cool.