Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I missed it

Sometime at the end of February was my running anniversary.  I didn't even think of it this year.  I've been running for 5 years since February 26th.  I didn't even do anything special, just ran 3 miles.  Last year I did a whole recap of my running, but I just did a big recap of my 2016 running, and don't really feel like repeating the same post.  So if you want to read about my last 4 years of running here's last year's 4 year runiversary post and 2016's recap post, which we all know sucked. 

Last week's running was average, 18 miles.  I also did 2 weight workouts, and instead of cycle class I went for a walk with my sister.  We are walking Bloomsday in May, which is a 12k (7.45 miles) and since she has to train to get up that far in mileage she's already started.  The year that I walked with her, my first year doing it, I was surprised at how much different walking is than running.  By the end of the 7 and a half miles(ish) my feet hurt, and my hands were swollen.  Back then I figured that walking 7.45 miles would be easy because I could run more than that easily.  That's not true, it's not that I was overly tired or couldn't do it, but 7 and a half miles running takes me a little over an hour, 7 and a half miles walking takes almost twice that long, so essentially the same amount of walking as if I was running a half marathon. 

Although, the first time I walked Bloomsday I hadn't yet run a half marathon.  My longest run at that point was 11 miles, and I was running for 1 hour 47 min.  Our walking time was 2 hours and 16 min.  My longest half marathon (from this year) was 2 hours and 9 min, so walking Bloomsday took longer than 13.1 miles running.

Anyway, back to last week's running.  I ran 4 miles on Friday and 5 on Saturday.  I don't know how, or at least don't remember doing it, but at some point I entered a challenge on Mapmyrun, and I got a notification early last week that I earned $40 off a $100 purchase at UnderArmour.  I need a new gym bag because the zipper on the one I got for my birthday has completely died.  I decided to go look at gym bags on the UnderArmour website.  I got a bag, shorts (they're softball shorts, but I'm hoping they don't slide up between my thighs like all other shorts do, the reviews were good, with a couple mentioning that they don't slide), and a new sports bra.  With the $40, the shorts and the bra were free.  =)  And I got it all on Friday before my run.
Unfortunately the bag is gigantic, so I need to return it and get a smaller one.  I'm kinda bummed about that, but oh well. 
 
There was nothing exciting about my run on Saturday, just 5 miles.  I noticed on Instagram that a lot of the runners I follow always put their times and distance on their pictures, so I went looking for how to do that.  I found the Nike+ Run Club app, but it is another GPS tracking app.  I did download it (obviously, as you can see it from my pictures) but that means that I now have 2 tracking apps and my Garmin all monitoring my runs.  Nike and my Garmin are more accurate for distance.  Mapmyrun somehow always ends up a little ahead of my actual mileage, and it gets worse the longer the run is.  (My mapmyrun app said that I ran 26.71 miles for my full marathon 2 years ago, it really wasn't a half mile longer than 26.2 miles.)
Sunday was a beautiful day!  We haven't had much sun in rainy western Washington lately.  I heard that we've had 4 completely sunny days since October, so having the sun out was a big incentive for me to do something.  I did a bunch of yard work after grocery shopping and then forced myself to go running.  I didn't really want to, but I've gotten lazy and it was so nice, it would have been a shame to waste the weather.

I decided I was going to do another 5 miles but wanted to do a different route than my usual one.  I had an idea the week before of a route that I thought would be about 5 miles, but then ended up not doing it.  My visualized route would take me along the Skagit River, which I like to do, so I decided to try it out because it was so nice outside.  Well, it wasn't 5 miles, but ended up being over 6 miles, and I actually cut out a part of it which would have made it over 7 miles. 

When I started running I had an irritation in my knee.  Just a little "pop" like feeling, it wasn't bad, and it wasn't consistent, so I continued.  Then around mile 4 it started getting worse.  It was really bothering me.  I stopped several times to massage it and stretch it a little.  At that point I was the farthest away from home that I was going to get, and there was no point in turning around, that would have made it 8 miles, continuing the run was actually the closest beeline home (well, unless I was a bee and could fly over houses).  =)  So I continued, but I stopped and walked a few min several times. 

Well, that evening and Monday my knee felt awful.  I decided on Monday that I need to apply my lessons learned from my sprained ankle and rest my knee . . . and stretch my legs as I'm sure that's where the problem stems.  (My right leg has been really, really tight the last several months.)  This means I haven't run at all, or done any exercising, since Sunday.  I could continue to lift weights, but I'm so unmotivated by that I've been skipping it again.  And . . . if I'm honest . . . leg day is my favorite day, and I can't do that at the moment.

Yesterday and today my leg has been feeling almost completely back to normal, so I've been very tempted to go for a run.  Tuesday is, after all, my "I always run" day.  I ended up going out for drinks with a friend after work last night, so that was probably a good thing because I didn't go home and feel like I should go run. 

I have more to say, but this is getting long, so I will type another post on another day.  =)  Not that I care much, but 2 days from today is my "blogiversary," the day I started my blog 5 years ago.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Run Done, Wine Now

I have been thinking that I should write a post lately, but then I get to the page where I'm supposed to write and I have nothing in my head to talk about.

Last weekend I went to eastern Washington with my sister to go shopping with my other sister and my Mom.  My oldest sister, the one that lives in eastern WA close to my parents, ended up not going with us.  She had her reasons, and we were disappointed but not particularly surprised. 

While we were there we tried to divide our time between our parents.  Nancy, my sister, and I went for a walk with my Dad, which was really nice.   After lunch we went shopping with my Mom while my Dad watched Maddox.  I worry about my parents watching Maddox because he's so full of energy.  My Mom isn't very observant or attentive and easily gets sucked into a book or a TV show and forgets, plus her hearing isn't great (she's in denial about it) so she doesn't hear him when he leaves the room.  And my Dad doesn't have the greatest health, and all his meds make him tired, so I worry about him sitting down and falling asleep (not intentionally).  However, he decided to take Maddox out to ice cream and then to a carousel.  I think they had a great time together.  Then they joined us for dinner.

I don't care for shopping in eastern WA because I don't find as many nice things, but Nancy loves it.  She finds more stuff there than she does in Lynnwood where we normally shop.  I don't know why that is.  Maybe I'm more stylish than she is.  ; )   I didn't even find a pair of shoes that I liked, which is always disappointing.

I had planned on trying to get a run in, even if it was short, on Saturday, but because we went for a walk with my Dad, I ended up not running.  I did come home on Sunday and go for a run, a short one . . . on my treadmill.  The first time I've had it out in a year or more.  Treadmill running sucks.  I hate it.  3 miles was all I managed on Sunday.

I went to the gym on Monday and did weights, and then I got lazy again.  I didn't go on Tuesday, but I had a lot of unexpected free time on Wednesday so I went to the gym and ran on a treadmill there.  I told myself I only had to do 3 miles, so I slowed it down at 3 and then decided to go for 4 miles.  I was going up the speed a lot and do a fast 4th mile. . . well, I did a fast 4th mile for about a quarter of a mile and then slowed it down to the pace I did for the first 3 for the rest of the 4th mile.  =) 

Remember when I found my marathon glass broken in the dishwasher?  Well, the other day (maybe 2 weeks ago) I was looking at old photos and saw one of my old "Run Done, Wine Now" glass and was missing it. 
So I went online looking for a new one.  I found a website and was ordering it when it asked me if I wanted to have something engraved on the back.  Well, my old glass had my name on the back, but then I thought, what if I made this one with my marathon info on the back instead?  So I did.  And it came yesterday. =)  Just in time for Wine Wednesday.
I think the one I had before was better quality, but it's been 2 years, so it might just be that I had built it up in my head because I liked it, and it is actually the same.  I didn't buy the first one, it was a gift from my mother-in-law, so I don't know if I got it from the same place or not. 
 
Today I'm doing cycle class with my sister (every Thursday) and I'll try to run tomorrow and all weekend.  I skipped weights again today though.  Seriously, I have a hard time being motivated because the routine I have is old.  It would be much more motivating to have someone to do weights with, or a trainer.  =/  Oh well. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

All grown up

My February miles were not great.  I averaged 3 runs a week, and my long runs were shorter than last month (12, 5, 10, and 8 compared to 12, 9, 13, and 7).  Total mileage for February...67.5, my average weekly totals were 17 miles.  Not great, but also, eh, whatever.  I'm not currently training for anything, I was sick for half the month, and my weight went down from Feb 1 to Mar 1 (I'm not talking about it, but if you want to look at my Scale Obsession page you can see the results there . . . okay, maybe a little brag, I'm down 6 lbs from Jan 1 and 2 lbs from Feb 1).  I'm happy with that. 

I have been lazy again in going to the gym.  I haven't gone this week at all.  I always go on Monday and Tuesday, and I skipped it both days.  I have no excuse, except I didn't want to go.  My insurance reimburses me for my gym membership if I go 12 times a month, I needed to go Tuesday and Monday to go 12 times this month.  Soooo . . . I sorta went and sorta checked in, and sorta walked out right away. 

I mean, I'm healthy, I run (maybe not as much as I intend to) and I actually do go to the gym regularly.  I have had my membership since August and this is the first month I've done that. I'm making excuses, but honestly, I'm pretty okay with having done it . . . 4 times this month. 

This weekend I'm going to my parent's house in eastern Washington.  We are going over there to go birthday and Christmas clothes shopping.  My mom gets us gift cards for our birthdays and Christmas and then we go shopping with her in February.  This year it's a little late, but it will be fun.  Normally my Mom comes over here, but we were trying to include our older sister who doesn't get along with our Mom and doesn't enjoy shopping with her as much.  However, our older sister made other plans, but we're still going to go over there because it feels like forever since I've been.  And I really love my parents' house.

Tonight is cycle class with my sister.  We both still talk about our original cycle instructor, Natalie.  We really liked her, she was hard, but she made it super interesting.  The new person we have is the best we could find of really, really boring people.  Last week we did "climbs" and that was so boring.  As we left she said "Next week we're going for mileage!"  We didn't really understand, I mean, it's not like we don't cycle for 55 min every single week, last week I looked at the mileage a little before we were done and I was at 20 miles.  That seems to be a pretty good distance.  Maybe we get more miles if we go faster?  I don't know, I guess we'll see. 
Yesterday I bought new dining room chairs.  I'm super excited about them.  The only time I've had matching chairs was when I was living alone with Damian.  My sister gave me two of her chairs because she didn't need them.  So it was only 2 chairs.  Then I moved back in with Chris and of course I took the chairs, but there were three of us.  My parents gave me 2 folding chairs, so we had 4 total.  Then the folding chairs kept getting left outside and one rusted and fell apart.  Then one of the dining chairs kept getting left outside and the wood broke and the chair fell apart.  We kept Maddox in his high chair for way past the time he needed it because we had nothing else.  We stopped putting the tray on it, but then he got way too big and we had to get rid of it.  Now we mostly sit on the couch with TV trays.  When we do sit at the table we have one dining chair, one folding chair, an outside chair and a rocking chair.  It's a little ridiculous.  These chairs will be my first ever set of real chairs, there's 6 of them, 2 with arms and 4 without.  I'm feeling very grownup.  =) 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Licking my wounds

The "receptionist" or as she prefers to be called, Admin Assistant, is leaving my agency next week.  Her last day is next Friday.  In the year and a half that she has worked here, we have become pretty good friends. 

Another coworker, the one I worked closest with, left December 31st.  The program she was working with (another court program) lost the contract and she was let go.  She was also a good friend.  I kinda fell into this group of friends at work.  I'm a pretty quiet person, especially around new people, and these two are definitely not quiet, but I shared an office with my coworker, and she "adopted" me. 
How I meet most of my friends
It hasn't really kicked in that my two closest friends at work are no longer going to be there.  I've gotten used to my coworker, but once the Admin Asst leaves it will be very difficult for me.  I'm not a huge fan of the agency I work for (no details, I want to keep my job), but I do enjoy the people I work with.  And I like what I do, and the freedom the job gives me.  I have debated many times about finding a new job, but there are things about my current one that I would miss and at the moment am not willing to give up, so I stay. 

The agency I work for has really, really high turn over, the worst of any place I've worked.  I have had my job for 2 years and almost 3 months and I am the 2nd in seniority (of only 5 people, but still).  I know that the other 4 people in the clinical side (there's two sides, clinical and manufacturing) are all looking for another job, including one person that hasn't even been here 90 days yet. 

I don't remember where I was going with this topic, other than I've been really sad this week.  Next week will be worse.  Although, this week the Admin. Asst started training her replacement, and while that person seems nice, I'm pretty sure we won't be good friends like the current one.

Anyway, this week I've been trying to make up for my laziness last week.  I get reimbursed by my insurance if I go to the gym 12 times in a month, which equals 3 times a week.  Well, with the unexpected snow day the first full week of February, and being lazy last week, I have to go to the gym every week day until the end of the month to make up for it, every day this week and Monday and Tuesday next week.  It hasn't been too bad, but today I'm rather sore.  Arms, shoulders, back, stomach, legs, butt all worked out in the first 3 days of the week.  Today is cycle day with my sister, and I'm worried about how my legs will feel afterwards.

Tuesday I got home a little early and left for a run right away to enjoy the sun.  I was running my normal 4 mile run route when I noticed that a house was being renovated, I was looking at the house (have I mentioned I like looking at houses when I run?) and Bam!  I was on the ground.  I tripped on a crack . . . the same one I tripped on several months ago.  (I can't find any posts on it, nor any pictures of the last time, but it was in the dark and now I always look for it while running).  As I was falling I screamed Damn it! really loud because I knew exactly what I tripped on, and was mad at myself for not paying attention. 

I sat on the ground for a few minutes assessing the damage.  So long that a guy came around the corner of the house I was in front of to ask if I was okay.  (I was actually surprised no one came earlier because I yelled pretty loud, and said "Ouch!" pretty loud as I hit the ground.)  I told him I was okay, he asked if I needed a bandaid and I said no, I was just "licking my wounds after tripping on the same crack I had before."  I told him I only had a mile left to get home and got up and finished my run.  Honestly, I probably would have sat there a little longer, but since I had told him I was okay, I figured I should prove it and go.

(I finally found the post about it, it was much longer ago than I thought, in fact over a year ago.  Here's the post, if you want to look at it.)

I think this fall was my worst one yet.  I scraped my left hand up pretty bad, and my right elbow and forearm. Actually, thinking about it, the previous one I hit my hip and knee pretty hard, and this one my hand and arm took most of the beating, which is more noticeable during the day. 

I did hit my hip and knee, and I had some light scratches (that are gone now) on my stomach.  Weirdly, I have some scrapes on the palm and back of my right hand.  I don't know how that's possible, but they're there. 

The last picture was taken today.  I don't bruise easily, so when I see bruises I figure I hit pretty hard. You can sorta see the scrapes on the back of this hand, right under my pinkie finger.  I don't know how I managed to scrape the inside of my hand and the outside of my forearm, elbow, and hand on the same side, but I did.

Anyway, I ran 3 miles yesterday and like I said, today is cycle day. I don't know if I'll run tomorrow or not, and am undecided about my long runs.  I do need to keep my mileage up if I'm going to do 5 more half marathons this year. 

This week, for some reason, has felt like a weird week.  It's definitely been a long one and I still have another day of work left.  I don't know what it is, if it's the fact that I've gone to the gym so much or if it's because I don't have my coffee friend, maybe it's because of the Admin. Asst. leaving and the new one starting this week.  I don't know, but I'm looking forward to next week when I hope things will get a little better.  (Although my coffee friend doesn't come back till Wednesday or Thursday, and it's the last week of my Admin. Asst. friend working, so that's gonna be tough.) 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Plans

Happy Holiday that I don't get off.  =(  I used to have President's Day off, but I changed jobs and now I don't.  I also don't get Martin Luther King Jr Day or Veteran's Day off either.  It's very sad to me.  It makes the time between New Year's and Memorial Day very long.  As I mentioned in my last post, I usually take this particular holiday off anyway, so that makes it doubly hard for me.  Plus, my favorite coffee partner has this whole week off, so I don't even get the pleasure of an afternoon coffee with a friend.  It's only Monday and already this week is looking bleak. 

It doesn't help that the courts have today off.  My job is primarily with the Everett Municipal (City) Court, so all the lawyers, judge, clerk that I work with have the day off.  (I don't work for the city of Everett, but for an agency that has a contract with Everett.)  I feel like I should have the same days off as the court (and get paid) since that is my job, however, others (the ones with the power) disagree, so here I am, drinking crappy work coffee and writing my blog.  ; )
So, what did I do this last week . . . or since my last post?  Thursday I went to spin class with my sister.  It didn't feel as difficult as it has in the past, but as spin class is similar to everything else, you only get out what you put in, I probably didn't push myself as hard as I could have.  

Friday I ran 4 miles after work.  I didn't push myself as hard on Friday as I did on my Tuesday run, but I was happy I actually went running.  Tuesday my 3 mile run was an average of an 8:45 min/mile, Friday it was 9:47 min/mile average.  I am okay with that.  Like I said, I'm happy I ran. 
my lazy week of running

Saturday I ran 10 miles.  It was a cold, wet run.  Seattle rain, aka drizzle, had come back after a really nice day on Friday, so I was soaked by the time I was done.  I wasn't overly tired, or sore, or anything after the run, which means my body is pretty used to that distance right now.  I didn't even take an after run bath until that evening (I showered immediately after my run). 


I didn't run yesterday, Sunday.  I just didn't feel like it.  I used to have my long runs on Sunday, which I prefer, but then we started consistently grocery shopping Sunday morning, so I moved them to Saturday.  I don't like long runs on Saturday, I never feel like running on Sunday.  However, I do like to run on the weekend, it's the only two days I get to run at my "optimal" run time, which is about 10am.  For marathon training this summer I may go back to Sunday run days, because well, I like it more.  That may push our shopping to later in the day, which will suck because my legs will be tired, and the stores will be busier . . . I don't know.

I did go to the gym today to lift weights.  I think I'm just in a weight funk.  I don't really know what I'm doing, I'm not outgoing enough to ask someone, and I'm too poor to pay for a trainer.  I was using a program I found online, but the workouts got very redundant, it changed every other week, but by week 16 I got pretty tired of the same things.  (This would be week 20, if I had done weights last week, I didn't so it's week 19.)  I found another workout online, but I've been hesitant to start it. 
  1. I don't like change.
  2. New weights, which I want, but refer back to 1.
  3. I don't like change.
  4. New weights.
(I'm not set in my ways or anything.) 

What I'd like is a trainer, but like I said, that is not an option for me right now.  Today I did change it a little.  I was going to use the new workout that I found, but some of the weights I was supposed to use were being used, so I kinda made up my own routine, which mostly looked like the old weight workout.  =/

This morning wasn't a total loss.  I did spend some time online looking at races for the year.  On my facebook feed I had a status update from the Tri-Cities Marathon saying they have joined the Washington Half and Full Marathon Series.  If you run a certain bunch of races in a calendar year, you get a special medal.  You can run 4, 7, or 10 of a bunch of select races.  So I started looking at half marathons in the series that I was interested in and could do.  I found 5 I'm interested in, so I just need to figure out if I can do it. The first one isn't until April, but it's the day after the Tulip Run (which is only special because it's kinda my first ever race and I've done it every year except one since I started running).  While I was looking, I did find a race that is not in the series, The Cupcake Fun Run in March that looks like it's fun.

So, if I do all the ones I think look interesting, or fun, I will have done 7 half and full marathons (probably only 1 full, but maybe 2).  Only 5 of those are part of this series, but it still sounds like a good plan.  I like it because it will keep me running.  I've noticed when I don't have a long race planned I start scaling way back on my running, and I really do like the long runs. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nostalgia

I have been incredibly lazy this week.  Last week I didn't run much, this week I haven't lifted weights at all.  In fact, I went to the gym on Tuesday just to swipe my card, and then left.  I didn't do anything.  I did run after work, but no weights.   Because I haven't been to the gym much this week and missed one day last week (snow day) I will have to go every single day next week in order to get my reimbursement from my insurance.  I have to go 12 times in a month, and that means 3 times a week.  Hasn't happened this month at all. 

Today I'm going to go to cycle class after work, but I didn't do my normal leg day.  I have no reason for not going to the gym this week other than I just haven't wanted to.  I ran on Tuesday, no run yesterday, it was really, really windy yesterday, and cycle today.  I'll have to run tomorrow and Saturday just to make it 3 times this week (no run on Sunday either, I was lazy then too). 

This weekend is President's Day weekend and for the first time in 14 years we're not doing our family vacation.  About 16 years ago my sister Nancy and I decided we wanted to do a yearly "sister's weekend."  We invited my other sister, Barbara (Tami, the fourth sister, was in N. Carolina, still is) and then ended up inviting our Mom too because we didn't want her to feel left out.  Well, after the fact, my dad expressed disappointment that he wasn't invited, so the next year we did it on MLK Jr Day and called it a "Family Vacation"  and spouses and children were invited.  That year there was snow and ice on MLK Day, so the following year we did it on President's Day weekend, which is where it's stayed for 14 or so years. 

Last year we discovered that February is a really tough month for my sister Barbara, she suffers from (among other things) severe SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and Feb is her worst month.  She never has a good time, and decided she wasn't going to go this year.  Well, Nancy and I talked her into going at least one more year (Damian graduates this year and who knows if he'll go again after this) and we'd move the trip to a different weekend.  The reason President's Day weekend was picked because it's a holiday and no one had to take the day off . . . well, that's not true anymore.  I don't get President's Day off anymore, and actually, now Nancy is the only one with the day off.  Oh, well the schools, and winter is the slow season for farmers.  But my parents' are retired now, so they can go any time.  We decided to do it during Spring Break this year.  It'll be warmer, it gets it out of February, and we won't have to worry about kids taking time off. 

Anyway, it's been really hard to see all my "memories" from weekends past popping up this last week on Facebook because we're not doing the trip at this time this year.  Plus, I have to work on Monday.  =(  So I think I'm going to do a photo dump.  =)  Let's see how many Family Vacation photos I can find. 

Well, I could only find them from 2009 on, that was when we all joined Facebook. =)  We started our trips going to yurts, which was fun, but cold.  As we've gotten older, we haven't been very interested in doing the yurt thing in the middle of February.  We also haven't been very good at taking a family picture every year.  These are the pictures I could find with the most people in them (2009 was awful to find anything).
2009
My dad and I

2009
I can't believe how much Nancy and I look alike.
And look how small Damian and Matthew (nephew) are

2010
2010
small Damian
2011
The year I was pregnant with Maddox and my sister Tami started
coming on the trip from N. Carolina

2012

2013
We (my parents, Nancy and her family and my family)
 went to Disneyland the end of February this year, so no
Family Vacation

2014
The year of the awful storms
2014
Awful storms and a dead battery.  It was miserable

2015


2016

Monday, February 13, 2017

Short one

I decided not to do the half marathon this weekend.  It's in Birch Bay, which is about an hour from my house.  The original plan was for all of us to go up north and while I was running Chris would take the kids exploring and wandering the beach.  Two main things contributed to my decision, one, Chris didn't really want to hang out for 2 hours while I ran, and two, it had been really, really cold and snowy in that area the last couple weeks.  Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day, I don't know how it was north of my house, but Mount Vernon was sunny. 

I suppose one of the biggest reasons I was initially interested in it was because I was hoping it was through Canada as well.  But it's not so it's not as interesting to me. 

I did run 12 miles last Saturday.  The long runs are getting easier, I guess that's why people do them regularly, to get easier.  I'm not a big fan of running long in the winter though.  I do realize the winter here is much milder than other places, but it's windy right now and rainy and cold.  I only ran 5 miles this Saturday.  And nothing yesterday.  I just didn't want to.

I did go for a walk with Damian and Maddox.  We went to a park to let Maddox play a little, and then walked home.  It was nice, very sunny and lots of kids at the park. 




After my walk I was a little motivated to do some work outside, but ended up not doing much.  Instead I sat on my deck and enjoyed a little bit of sun.  I ended up going back inside and binge watched Nurse Jackie on Netflix.  It is a good show, but definitely made for a unproductive day.

Last week I only ran 3 times.  11 miles for the week.  My lowest mileage week since the middle of October.  I've been lazy, and I continue to feel lazy today.