Monday, May 20, 2019

#runstreak #day200

This weekend was beautiful (again with Jim Carrey, B-E-A-utiful).  Saturday was expected to be nice, but the weather forecast had said that Sunday was supposed to rain.  I told Chris I wanted to NOT go shopping on Saturday this week so that I could enjoy the sun, unlike last weekend.  I woke up, I drank my coffee while watching bad TV.
 I went for a run (which I don't have a picture of).  I got my nails done, both toes (the blue) and fingers, the pink and sparkle).
 and I sat out in the sun (no picture).  My Dad and my sister that lives on the east side came over for the weekend, so we went to my other sister's house (where they were staying) for dinner.  My nephew was there and a friend of my eastside sister.  We had dinner and chatted.  It was so nice.  I really enjoyed my time and would have stayed longer if it hadn't gotten so late so quickly (we left at 9pm). 
Sunday morning I started my morning pretty much the same, coffee and bad TV (by bad I mean "reality" TV on Bravo).  I got ready a little earlier to run.  I decided that for my 200th run I'd go farther than I have for a while, and decided on 7 miles.  The most I've run for a month is 5 miles, 6  miles on April 21, and 7 miles on March 17th. 
 I decided that for my 200th run I'd go farther than I have for a while, and decided on 7 miles.  The most I've run for a month is 5 miles, 6  miles on April 21, and 7 miles on March 17th.  I looked up my last 7 mile run and figured out where to go. Then realized at 6 miles that I was at least 1.5 miles from home, so I decided to go with it and run 8 miles.

I haven't run 8 miles since January 6th.  I definitely felt it while grocery shopping later.  My feet hurt and my legs were a little sore.  After my run we shopped and then I laid in the sun for most of the afternoon.  I really do love the sun.  I love it more now than I did even just a few years ago.  Maddox keeps saying that the summer is the best season, and I can't help but agree with him (now). 

I really struggled with which picture to post on Instagram so both ended up going onto my feed.  I like the shadow and the placement of my hands in the first better, but I like the overall jump and location of the second better.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Just another day of running

Last week the weather was beautiful (does anyone else hear Jim Carrey spelling out B-E-A-utiful from Bruce Almighty when typing it out?).  Saturday was the nicest day and of course I spent the entire day shopping.  =/  I was grocery shopping and plant/garden shopping.  For some reason it took forever.  I was really glad that I did my Saturday run in the morning.
This lovely nest of spiders was in my garden, I almost walked under it, but then I saw it.  I tried to find some raid, but the spiders were lucky, no raid.  They lived to scatter all over my yard. 

Sunday was not as nice outside, which I was really annoyed about.  I thought that it was supposed to be sunny, not as as warm, but still nice.  The sun didn't peak through the clouds until about 2pm.  I finally got up and did some gardening because I had some vegetables and needed to get them planted.  We also moved a small planting bed that needed more dirt.  We threw the dirt from that one into the bigger bed.  The plan for the smaller one is to make a herb garden, but that is going to have to wait. 

When moving the smaller bed, we found some gigantic worms.  I have never seen worms this big. 

This week is much cooler outside, which makes me sad.  I like the sun, and strongly dislike the clouds.  I know that the area needs rain, which we aren't getting, but I would rather have it dump rain for a little while and then go back to sun.  Instead we have these high clouds that obscure everything, but very little rain. 

I posted this picture on instagram the other day . . .

and was admiring my butt in it.  ; ) But then I remembered a post I saw the other day about angles, and I looked at other pictures taken seconds before and after this one and found . . .
Zero butt in this picture taken maybe a second before the other. 

Anyway, this Sunday will mark my 200th day running in a row.  A friend of mine keeps pointing this out to me so I feel like maybe it's a big deal?  Maybe I should do something to "celebrate?"  But there's no way I'm going to run 200 miles, 20 miles . .  I suppose I could run 2.00 miles.  =)  But that's not a long run and Sunday is my long run day.  Maybe I'll just try to take a cool picture or something.  It just feels like another day of running to me.  ; )

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sunscreen and water are always a good idea

I've gotten really bad at posting lately.  Blogger says I only posted 3 times in April, but I guess that's better than March when I only posted 2 times.  I am currently at day 191 in my run streak (after I run today). 

Last weekend I went to my Dad's house.  I wasn't really looking forward to it.  I planted flowers in my yard the weekend before and was eager to get going on my vegetable garden.

Then remembered I had told my Dad when he was at my house over Easter that I was going to his house this last weekend.  Thankfully I didn't have to go home to pick up Maddox and was able to go straight from work.  (I live about an hour north of work and in order to go to my Dad's house I have to go through the town I live in to get there because the east/west highway is south of where I work.) 

*Side note*  Chris's job is changing, it's a really long story, but to try to make it short, the company he works for is being "disbanded."  He currently works as admin there (he was a cable tech before his stroke) and was working Tuesday-Saturday.  Because of the change, his schedule changed to Mon-Fri until his job is done.  He's going to go to the new company as a tech again, which he doesn't want to do, but at least it's a job.  That's why I was able to go without Maddox, Chris could watch him, which I haven't had . . . ever (he's always worked at least one weekend day.

Anyway, I got to my Dad's house and he had just got back from the dr because he hurt his knee.  He was unable to do anything, which was fine.  I was there to visit him and not do stuff.  He did tell me that he bought some flowers and asked me to plant them.  I went for a run Saturday morning.
And saw some deer (they're in the
middle of the brown, right next to
the light brown).

After my run I worked in his yard.  My Mom always had a lot of flowers in her garden and she did a lot of work in her yard.  I planted flowers in my Dad's yard last year because he wanted them but I didn't do any of the spring cleaning up that my Mom would have done.  It was definitely noticeable this year.  Two years worth of debris in the yard is a lot.  I didn't take any pictures of the finished yard, but I was out there a long time.
I wasn't expected mid-70's weather, so I did yard work in my sports bra and was really glad I grabbed a pair of "lounging" shorts at the last min because sometimes his house is so hot.  My sunburn lines were kinda epic though.  =)
I posted this on Instagram with the caption "I found my Mom's broom...I'm not as good at using it yet, but I'm sure with practice I can get there.  Now if only I could find her hat!"  =) 

This week has been progressively getting hotter.  Today it's supposed to be in the mid-80's, which is lovely weather, but not great for after work runs.  On Wednesday I went for a hill run . . . I started running hills on Wednesday to train for the Ragnar.  I felt fine during my run, but when I got done my knees were shaky and I had to sit down.  I almost fell down, but I made it to my outside chair.  Eventually I made my way inside and drank some water, but still felt awful so I laid down on the floor for awhile.  It kinda scared me, but then I realized I hadn't drank much water that day and it was a warmer than usual run. 

I have prided myself on my water comsumption for the last several years, so it's weird that suddenly I'm not very good at it.  Even yesterday I didn't drink enough and had to chug a ton when I got home (after 5pm) so I wouldn't be dehydrated for my weigh in today.  I'm glad I did it, but I ended up having to get up 4 times last night to use the bathroom.  I've been much better today.  =) 

I'm not looking forward to my run this evening.  Right now, at home at 3:30, it's 81 degrees. =/

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Instagram mostly

Before I went to Hawaii, starting in January, I became very focused and was very good at keeping my calories in check.  This is the first time that I've counted actual calories, not just inputted (into myfitnesspal) what I wanted and ignored things that weren't good and stayed at or below my suggested calorie range.  And you know what? it worked!  I lost weight.  Don't get me wrong, I have lost weight in the past, I lost 30 lbs in 5(ish) years, but I was never good at actually counting my calories even though I said I was.  Afterall, I was good, I'll have a *ahem* 3rd (okay, 4th) glass of wine, but will only count 2 . . . yeah, my body knows that I had 4, I'm not fooling it.  And I did actually lose weight, mainly because I was eating better and less than I was 7 years ago (from now).  Then I lost quite a lot of weight while I was marathon training 4 years ago.  You know why? (and it took me quite a while to figure this out), I was eating less, not running more (well, I was running more, but mostly because I was eating less).  I went into marathon training after reading that people often gain weight when training for a marathon and determined I wasn't going to do that.  I started eating healthier and less foods, and I was conscious of my alcohol intake because I knew I had to run in the morning (on the weekend).  I did give myself treats.  If you followed me back then, especially on instagram, I almost always had a donut and mimosa on Sunday after my long run.

I also ate a lot of popcorn for dinner and drank wine.

The difference is I ate less back then (and I ran a lot), but I lost weight (surprise!).  It is pretty obvious that the eating is what caused me to loss weight (why am I the last to realize this?), not the running.  2 years ago when I was training for a marathon, and even last year, although I didn't run one, I didn't lose weight at all.  And this past November I started a run streak, and I didn't lose weight, I lost weight when I started eating less.

However, since I got back from Hawaii I've struggled with this.  I don't have a goal in mind, I am not losing weight to look good in a bikini in Hawaii.  Yes, I want to look good in my bikini this summer, but somehow it's not the same.  I need to be better.

Anyway, I will say, I do like the way I look, most of the time.  Today, I put on my clothes and thought, wow I look skinny.  It won't last long, but I do like that feeling of looking good.  =)

I was scrolling through my instagram feed looking for those pictures above and realized that my feed has become a lot of a picture with me running and my running stats.  I used to post a lot more selfies, and wine glass pictures.  I quit posting the selfies because I started thinking that maybe I looked narcissistic, but I kinda miss those posts.  I also used to post pictures of my wine glass in the bath and my food, or my feet in the grass on a picnic (by myself), popcorn and wine, me and wine, or me and coffee . . . I kinda miss those posts.  So, if you follow me on instagram, which I don't think anyone here does, I think I'm going to change my posts back to what they used to be, along with the running and stats photos.  =)

Oh, and look at this hair!  I want to go back to this! (But with my current color).  =)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

stupid run streak

I am still slugging away at school.  April 5th was exactly a year since I started.  I'm going to tell you something I don't tell others . . . I expect to fail at school.  I do.  I currently have a 4.0, something I've never, ever accomplished in my life, and yet I fully expect to crash and burn at some point in the near future.  I am one week away from finishing my current class.  I have an A, but I am really close to a B, and somehow I think that if I get a B I have failed.  I'm extremely proud of my 4.0 and it freaks me out to lose it.  What would happen?  I'll probably flunk out.

What else is going on in my life?  Well, I am currently on day 162 (although I haven't run yet) of my run streak.  I did not do a long run this last weekend either.  I ran 5 miles on Sunday but did have another week with only 2 rest days (1 mile runs). A few months ago I had a pain in my tooth so I went to the dentist.  My dentist told me he couldn't find anything wrong with my tooth, so he sent me to a specialist, who told me I needed a root canal.  So I did a root canal, but while that dentist was cleaning the hole she had made and about to put the filler in, she saw a crack that went all the way through the tooth, so she said I had to have the tooth removed.  Well, after a lot of thought, and being really annoyed, I decided to remove the tooth and get a bridge.  Last week I had my tooth removed, I now have to wait a month to get the bridge in place.

Let me tell you, having a hole in your mouth is really, really annoying.  Anyway, while the dental assistant was prepping me, she was going over what I can't do.  No spitting, no blowing my nose, no drinking through a straw, soft foods only, no exercise . . . wait, what!  I said "I have to run."  She laughed and said "you can't."  I said "I HAVE to run."  She said "I know that feeling, but no."  I said, "you don't understand, I have to run.  I have a run streak, I'm on day 150.  I HAVE to run."  She said "you're not going to obey, are you?" I said "no."  She said she'd go talk to the doctor.  I heard him, he said "she shouldn't run."  When she came back I said "he's going to yell at me, isn't he?"  She said "no, but he's going to advise you not to run."

He came in and stuck me with the anesthesia, and I told him I had to run, just a mile, I'll go slow.  He said that it elevates blood pressure which could release the blood clot and create a drysocket.  I had a dry socket when I had my wisdom teeth removed, it hurts, but I have a freaking run streak!  I said "I'll go now, I'll be 10 min tops, I'll be right back."  He laughed and said "no."  He pulled my tooth.  I told him I'd wait till that evening to run.  I promised I'd wait as late as possible and I'd run slow, I'd pack the hole with gauze, I'd be careful . . . He said to call if it starts bleeding again.

I ran.

It wasn't the most pleasant run I've had.  It wasn't as slow as I intended, but I did pack the hole with gauze.  And I did not get a dry socket. Yay! My cheek did swell up, but not like it did when I had the original infection.  Today I have no tooth, I can feel it all the time.  I have 3 more weeks before I go back and start the process of getting a new fake tooth. 

The day after it was pulled I went for a 3 mile run, which wasn't that pleasant either, but again, it wasn't horrible, and still no dry socket.  I'm pretty sure I'm in the clear a week later, but I'm still trying to be careful, no straws, lots of running.

I've been using my one mile runs as mini-speed work runs.  I have an one mile route, but the first half mile is uphill.  I've been trying to run up that hill as fast as I can, and then continue the rest of the run faster.  I don't know if it's making me fast yet (it's only been a week or two) and I have to stop at the top of the hill for a minute, but I'll continue with it for now and see how it goes. 
This was my best time for a one mile run.  The others are averaging between 8.20 and 8.30.  Although last nights was on the higher side.  I started the run uphill, with a pebble in my shoe.  I normally stop to take out pebbles because they are annoying and can cause blisters, but since it was only a mile I decided to ignore it.  Well, for whatever reason the uphill felt harder than normal, so I stopped at the top.  The second half mile I had a cramp.  

This was after being on the bus for 2 hours because of an accident and before having to finish a paper for school that I procrastinated.  All in all my evening sucked.  And it was the second closest I've been to stopping my runstreak.  

Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy April

Spring used to be my favorite season.  I love flowers and I love the budding trees and the sun after the winter months.  Then one day I decided that I liked the fall better, the colorful trees and the brisk air after the summer, there's something different in the air in the fall that I love.  But lately summer has been my go-to favorite season, the sun, and the warmth, and the sun . . .  When living in western Washington there's often 2 seasons, rain and 5 weeks of summer.  Although, I did see this meme lately that sadly is more true than it used to be
I did notice there's not a single picture of the rain in it, it must have been made by someone in Spokane (eastern WA).  Which makes sense because I don't recognize the building in the pictures. 

I love the sunny spring we are currently having, but someone mentioned to me that the last few years has had warm springs which creates the crazy wild fires we've had, so I guess now I'm concerned about the beautiful sunny weather we had in March. 

Anyway, my running since last Thursday . . . I ran more than a mile 4 days in a row, but I didn't do a long run over the weekend.  I went for a two mile walk with my sister, Maddox and one of his friends on Saturday, which was nice.  I wish it had been longer, but the kids didn't want to.  I ran 4 miles after I got home from hanging out with my sister.  Then I went hiking yesterday and when I got home I didn't want to do a long run, so I only ran 4 miles.  However, my total mileage for the month of March ended up being 102 miles.  =) 

I was rereading my last post and it's funny because I talked about not wanting to run much lately and how I haven't been running very much, but yet I hit the highest mileage I've had in a month for a year and a half. =)  And the last 2 weeks I've only had 4 "rest days" (I consider my rest days the days I only run a mile).  However, even though I ran a lot(ish), I didn't do so well with my food. 

I'm not going to go back to obsessively telling you about my weight, no one cares except me, but I didn't lose anything at all in March.  I will say that I came back from Hawaii only 2 lbs heavier and I was back at my pre-Hawaii weight a week after I was home, so that's very good.  But as of April 1st I'm still at my pre-Hawaii weight, which is a good thing, but no loss for a month.  My happy weight is still 5 lbs away, but I would LOVE to be 10 lbs lighter.  I just need to get back into the grove of being good and only having one cheat day instead of 3 or 4. . .(then it's not a cheat day, it's just the way things are. =)

I loved my instagram picture from yesterday, so here's my Sunday run. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Why hello, how are you?

It's March 28th and I've only posted one time this month.  I was doing so well with posting weekly. Oh well.  What have I done this month?  Well, I'm not sure you know this, but I went to Hawaii.  =)  And since then, I've done a lot of nothing.  I have been running every day at least a mile.  Today will be (haven't run yet) day 148. 

I don't have a lot of other stuff going on.  As I sit here, I don't even know what I wrote about a month ago.  I suppose it was running related stuff.

Well, I haven't felt like running lately.  After coming back from Hawaii I've been in sort of a funk.  I am running, and I'm doing a mile a day, but I just don't feel like it.  There was a day about 4 days ago that I really, really felt like skipping it.  However, I thought about whether or not I would regret giving it up.  I honestly felt like I would not, but I know that I've felt that way before and have regretted not doing whatever.  So I put my clothes on and went for a mile run.  Like I've said, the longer the streak gets the more I feel like I can't stop it.  Then I wonder if I should just stop it now so that I don't get too, too high in days. 
I'm also not running long distances.  My go-to long run has been 7 miles.  This week I "only" did 6.2 miles.  Since the time change I've been running my one mile runs outside.  It's usually still light outside when I get home and I think that my treadmill is dying.  The walking deck feels like it has groves in the spot where my feet fall, so I don't know how much longer I'll be able to use it.  I don't know how much it costs to replace that part, or if it'd be better to just buy a new one (with no money). 

One thing that I realized after I got home from Hawaii is that I only ran 1 mile 3 times out of 9 days.  And the week I came home I only ran 1 mile one time and that was on Tuesday March 5th (whenever I write that date I assume everyone knows the significance, the day my Mom died, but really, only those close to her remember) and we had a very busy day that day.  That was the really sunny morning, and then we went ziplining, then we went in search of the sunset. 
While we were at this spot we stopped for a break.  I had set up automatic texts to go to my other sisters at 5:59 Pacific time, the time my mom died, saying I loved them.  Well, while we were sitting there one of my sisters responded right away saying she loved me too and it made me realize what time it was.  So I mentioned to Nancy, and then we started crying.  But I would say it was the best place to be at the time of my Mom's death a year later.  I couldn't have asked for a better spot.  

We released a blue and white (my Mom's favorite color was blue) lei at the pier where we went to watch the sunset. 

So I've been running, not a ton, but still running.  I'm not going to make 100 miles (I wasn't aiming for that) in March, but it will be my highest mileage month in a long time.  Actually, I forgot Sunday is still March, so I will make 100 miles.  I haven't reached 100 miles in a month since September 2017, when I was training for my last marathon.

I have also paid for my part of Northwest Passage Ragnar that happens in July.  In fact, I was looking at my countdown app yesterday and that is only 105 days away, a little over 3 months.  I can't believe it's already that close! 
I love the spring, and I love spring flowers, so I had to share this picture from my run 2 days ago.  The only problem with spring flowers is they only bloom once and then they're done for another year.