Ain’t Got No Snappy Title

Seriously, one of the hardest parts about blogging is coming up with a catchy title for every post. Please tell me you feel my pain!

So last night I made it to yogahour at BlueBird Yoga. I totally forgot that the usual teacher for this class was away on the retreat so there was a new teacher that I haven’t had class with before instructing last nights class. It went pretty good. For the most part she flowed fairly well, and I did like how she practiced with us so I could double-check exactly what I was supposed to be doing by watching her. But I did feel like we spent a lot of time in kneeling poses. Which was fun, but I wish I had a little warning so I could have grabbed a blanket to cushion my knees with, since they are a little bruised today. But I will try to remember to ask next class! We did a couple different ab/core moves and I can definitely can feel them today. Love it!

However, once I got done with yoga class I realized (via text from my MIL) that I was supposed to be in tax class that evening. Whoops! But now that I know which days it’s on, I will be putting that in my planner and remember from here on out. *Insert salute here*

On tonight’s docket, I have a four miler scheduled and then it’s clean the kitchen & bathroom and do laundry kind of night. Maybe squeeze in a mani/pedi and some Teen Wolf (yes I’m 30 and I love that show!). Hopefully my four miler goes well, but I guess if it doesn’t you will be the first to hear about it tomorrow!

Back to the Grind

Ahh! I’m back (for the moment).

It’s been a little crazy around these parts for the past few weeks, but things are finally starting to settle down some. And that affords me a little more time blogging! Woot Woot!

So, a quick look back at what’s been happening. Two weeks ago I had my 30th birthday (I’m so old now!). It was pretty low-key, since M was out-of-town I didn’t really do a birthday bash. Saturday I did a bike ride and then took myself out to The Melting Pot for dinner and then Sunday my parents and my friend Heidi went to the Lake to do lunch at Coconuts. It was a good time all around. Monday night, which was my actual birthday, I had dinner with my whole family at Stony River. Pre-dinner I got my makeup done at Sephora and picked out a new shirt since the one I was wearing had my lunch on it. Then birthday cake and ice cream followed.

The next weekend was Labor Day weekend, and we spent it pretty chill on Saturday, before helping my parents throw their annual Labor Day party on Sunday. I made 3 deserts and brought some apps and everything went over so well! My caramel apple pecan pie was a hit, and there was one tiny little sliver left in the pan at the end of the night.

Monday was a rainy opener for dove season. We spent about 30 minutes in the morning and then another hour maybe in the evening before getting rained out each time. It didn’t really matter for me because the firing pin in my shot-gun broke, so I couldn’t shoot anymore anyways (not that I was actually getting any doves). Then I started the week with a renewed sense of vigor as far as running/biking/everything goes.

Tuesday I logged four miles running at Indian Camp Creek. The park has a really nice loop that is pretty mellow, then a few decent climbs, then a nice downhill bit. So it’s a great place to work on hills and endurance as far as those go.

Wednesday I took my bike to Indian Camp Creek, because I need some more hill work on that, because I fell way behind on the climbs during the bike ride I did over my birthday weekend. I managed a 7.6 mile ride because I was running late getting home and I didn’t want to stay out too late working out.

Thursday I had planned on going to yoga and running 3 miles, but since I had gotten home so late the two previous evenings and we had dinner so late both days, I decided to come straight home and get to work on dinner (which was Greek chicken, risotto, and roasted green beans. Yum.). Friday night of course was margarita Friday, which went fairly well.

Saturday morning I got up and did a slightly damp 6 miles on the Katy Trail before heading home and prepping to run errands nearly all day. We stopped at Cabela’s, Bass Pro, Hancock’s, and we had lunch at the uber-delish Crazy Bowls & Wraps (I know it’s a chain but I love them!). Then M headed back out to hunt, and I took the pups to the self-service dog wash at Treat’s Unleashed. Love that place! After getting both dogs all fancied up, picking out WAY too many dog treats, and then paying for a snack that someone stole, I hit the road home. We stopped and grabbed some cheeseburgers and then I headed over to our friend’s house for a surprise birthday party. I presented the birthday boy with his slighty smushed cupcake and everyone chowed down on the mini-Jilly’s that I brought so all in all I call it a good night.

Sunday I got up and headed back out to the Katy Trail, this time with my bike. I had planned on doing 20 miles, but cut it short at 18.2 so that I could make brunch with M, my sister, and her boyfriend for his birthday at Prasino. Such good brunch. I had the Veg-Out Omelette with a side of bacon (not crispy enough) and some toast. Then we walked across the street to Bar Louie and had some drinks and watched the beginning of the football game. Then home for a few more errands, home to make Sesame Ginger Shrimp, and do some laundry.

So my last weeks stats are as follows:

  • Run-10 Miles
  • Bike-25.8 Miles
  • Yoga-0 Hours :(
  • Bacon- 2 pieces
  • Cupcakes- 1 cake

Tonight I’m looking forward to hitting up the yoga studio for yogahour and then a dinner of Herb Garlic Halibut with asparagus. If only I don’t freaking burst from all the water I’ve been drinking today!

 

So-What I’ve Been Doing Lately

Let’s see, a lot of stuff has been happening around my hood since I posted last.

I got a new car the weekend of the Ferguson Twilight 5k and the Zoo 5k. The Equinox had given me some trouble the last couple years, plus it had nearly 145,000 miles on it (it was a brand new 2011 when I got it), and when we got notice that they were buying back used Equinox’s at a good price, M decided to investigate a little bit. He spoke to his cousin who works for a car dealership and we decided to go look at a few cars there. Of course, we wound up getting a brand new 2014 Santa Fe. I really like it so far, and I think it will be a good little car. It has quite a bit more room than my old car and it gets slightly better gas mileage thus far as well.

So there was that little exciting bit.

Then Memorial Day weekend was upon us and I had to make deserts for the party we were attending on Sunday. I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheese Cake Bars¬†and Ghiridelli Triple Fudge Brownies because those are the best brownies ever. At the party we pretty much just hung out and played Xbox because we are children and don’t want to interact with anyone.

I hit up a couple of yoga classes and I realized just how much I missed yoga! I need to work on fitting it all back in to my schedule better. I was loving the sweat and even though some of the poses I can’t do, I didn’t feel discouraged by it in any way.

The house is and always will be a disaster area! I can’t seem to get it all caught up. So I’ve been spending a good chunk of time trying to get it all in order, and just when I think I have it, something else comes along and tips it all off the rails again. We did get one of the doors painted, as well as the concrete foundation part of the house that is visible above ground level. I also got my tomato and bell pepper plants planted, along with some flowers for decoration.

So I guess that pretty much wraps up everything until this weekend. I had some errands to do, like paying my sales tax, getting a new flat-iron since mine ate shit and died on me, finding the quilt pattern I needed. I was picking up my flat-iron when all of a sudden it started to POUR down rain outside. I figured M wouldn’t be working, so I ran to my car (getting soaked in the process) and called him to see if he wanted some lunch from town. He was actually in Wentzville already, so we met up and headed to St. Charles to get him some new boot laces from the boot store (they give them to him for free since he bought his boots there). We ate lunch ate Hooter’s (General Tso’s boneless wings FTW) and then stopped by Costco. I’m pretty sure we are the only people who walk in to that store and only buy three things.

I had been wanting a bike for YEARS, but just hadn’t gotten it together to get one. After reviewing my finances, I figured out I could afford to get a bike, so we headed over to Granada Cyclery to check them out. We left with not one, but TWO bikes! So that was very exciting.

Afterwards we headed home and got ready to head over to M’s sister’s house to celebrate her husband’s birthday with some BBQ. Everything was super delicious, and after hanging for a while, we headed home and passed out.

Sunday we got up and ate breakfast, then got ready to go on our first bike ride with our new bikes. We went down to the Katy Trail, and wound up riding for 11 miles. We haven’t had a chance to get out since then, but we did get my new bike rack installed on the car and can’t wait to get back out! Hopefully the rain goes away soon so we can make that happen.

I’m doing the All American 5k this weekend, so I’ve been working out the logistics for that. I skipped last year, but the year prior I waited forever for a shuttle back to the start line, so I’m thinking I will park at the finish and shuttle to the start line this year. I’m looking forward to doing the race again, and hope that I can better my time!

Make Tracks for the Zoo 5k Race Recap

So to round out my race weekend, on Sunday I did the Make Track for the Zoo 5k.

Last year I took advantage of the packet mailing and since it worked out so well I did it again this year. Way easier than trying to get my shirt, number, and all the other stuff they give you in the bag at the event and trucking back across the Zoo then making to the start on time. Convenience is the name of the game.

I got there around 7, and took the time to get myself ready. My legs were a little sore and stiff from the Twilight 5k the night before, but I figured they would loosen up some during the race.

I got to the start and lined up just past the last pace sign, to try to avoid a lot of weaving through people. Since it’s such a family friendly event, there are quite a few walkers. And the course stays fairly congested for the first half mile or so.

After the National Anthem and the starting horn, we were off. I tried to use the live tracking feature on Runtastic, but my friends said they couldn’t quite get it to work. Mile one was pretty slow for me, trying to work my legs out of their crankiness. Mile two was slightly better, and I didn’t have to worry about stopping at the water station since I made sure to bring my own water bottle. They only have one, and only so many volunteers, so it can get pretty crowded. Once I hit the halfway point, things started to work out and turn around and I was able to pick up the pace some. I passed some friends in the third mile, and kept on trucking. With about a third of the race left, I could definitely feel the effects of two 5k’s twelve hours apart and no running or training. I was slowing WAY down. I tried my best to push through it and managed to make it across the finish line and run the entire race.

Stats-

  • Finish Time- 53:20
  • Average Pace- 17:10/mile
  • Overall Place- 1527/1827
  • Female- 988/1213
  • F25-29- 142/158

This was the first time I actually made a play list of songs for a particular race and I have to say it worked out pretty well, because I didn’t waste any time trying to find a particular song or skipping around on my iPhone.

I didn’t have my Garmin charged, and I didn’t have my armband for my iPhone, so I am sticking with my chip time for this race as well. All in all, I think my racing weekend went pretty well. I didn’t get injured or die, so those two things are a definitely plus. It also makes me anxious to get out there and get back to running and yoga-ing!