Yoga and Other Adventures

So this weekend was pretty fantastic. Other than having to carve two big chunks out of it to come to work, which wasn’t all bad, I had a relatively relaxing weekend. After work on Friday, I got my allergy shots and headed home to meet up with M to go see Furious 7. It wasn’t my most favorite of the franchise, but you could definitely feel the connection all the actors had, and knowing that Paul Walker is gone, certain scenes did feel a little more meaningful. I can’t believe I was in high school and has carried on for so long! It’s crazy to think that I hadn’t even gotten my license when the first film came out.

We also hit up Bass Pro before the movie since we had some time to kill. We got some turkey decoys and I got a blind chair/hunting chair. I was able to price match with Cabela’s so I got $10 off. I’m getting really excited for turkey season coming up. I can’t wait! Hopefully it will be a little more successful than my past couple of deer seasons!

Saturday M got up early and headed off to help a friend take his daughter out for youth turkey season. I headed out to the yoga studio to take my first yoga class in forever! I can’t believe how much better I felt just after the one class. It was crazy. My back has been bothering me quite a bit and it hasn’t felt nearly as compressed since class. Now I just have to get there a little more often. It was also great for my mind. My brain has been running like crazy here recently and I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed and stressed about things that shouldn’t be bothering me so much. My journal has been getting quite the work out here lately.

After yoga, I hit up Picasso’s and got a smoothie and then headed to work to take care of the work critters and do some stuff at the office for my dad since he is out-of-town. I passed what had to be 200+ motorcycles on my way to work though. They all had the same patch on their jackets, so I assume it was some kind of club and not just a random group of people riding together. It was pretty impressive to see!

After taking care of things at the office, I headed to the fish market since halibut is back in season! It’s more or less our favorite fish, so I was happy to add it back into the rotation for the dinner menu. The recipe I tried out for dinner with it was alright, but could use a little tweaking to make it perfect.

Once I got home we had some lunch, and then it was nap time for the whole house!

Sunday was the last Loin’s Club breakfast of the season, so we went to that with the family and then I headed home and M headed to his parents house to do a little work with his dad. I cleaned and organized the bathroom and the dining room and started on the kitchen before I had to head back to the office to take care of the work critters again and then stop by my parents house to take care of their cat. Then a low-key evening at home in which I tried out my new pasta roller attachment for my mixer. I don’t know if I just need to find a different pasta dough recipe or what, but they were a little on the thick side. Mostly because the dough kept ripping when I tried to roll it thinner. So I don’t know. I will clearly have to do a bit more research on that and find a good dough recipe. Because I LOVE pasta!

Yesterday was boring and I didn’t get home in time to make my run. I’m hoping to get it in tonight before dinner and then tomorrow is the LAST DAY OF TAX SEASON!!! Finally! It has felt like it has taken forever for that to come. Ugh, I can’t wait. I think this year everyone is just done with taxes!

Quick Update

So as far as my first week of training for the Zoo 5k went, it didn’t. I didn’t manage to make a single run happen that week. Between being busy with work, and the shitastic weather we had last week (Uh, yeah, 70 degrees one day, SNOW the next) I just couldn’t find the time or the motivation to make it happen.

Casino birthday crawl for my dad went pretty good overall. No one really won a bunch of money, but it was still a good time.

I got three miles in on Tuesday, which I was supposed to do on Monday but it didn’t happen. I should have done a 30 minute tempo run last night, but getting out of the tax office was a little hectic. I should do three miles tonight, too. But we will have to see how it plays out. The weather is being a little suspect today and the treadmill at the free gym has been a little crowded lately.

My three-mile run was a little tough. I’m not 100% sold on my new shoes yet, but they did feel a little better last night than they did when I took them for their first official spin. I did not hit my goal pace at all, but I’m still trying to get this flem crap out of my throat from having the flu. Plus, I forgot to use my inhaler before running. I mapped it out and might do the loop backwards next time and get all the hills out-of-the-way at the very beginning versus the middle of my run.

Over the weekend I have a three miler and a five miler on the schedule. I also want to make a little time for my bike as well because I haven’t gone riding in FOREVER!! We shall see since it’s not only a holiday weekend (Easter Sunday), but I also have two going away parties to attend as well as my sister bikini competition on Saturday. Then it’s nothing for two weekends in a row! I’m really hoping it stays that way with turkey season coming up soon I need some time to fine tune my bow sights.

I turned the draw weight up as well, so I definitely need some more practice at the higher draw weight.

So this is most likely all you will hear from me for the rest of the week so I hope you have a great weekend! I know I’m looking forward to my three-day weekend like nobody’s business!

Movin’ on Up

Exciting things happening here at work. I got to move into my new office yesterday. I’m in the process of training the new girl to do my old receptionist duties and I will be taking over accounts payable, as well as accounts receivable, which I already do.

Exciting times, right?

Or not.

This weekend was another jam-packed with activities kind of weekend. It started Friday, when I had to leave work early and head to my parents house to try to help my mom get things ready for the lingerie shower we were throwing for a friend. My sister was supposed to be there earlier in the day, but she had a bunch of stuff come up and wasn’t able to make it in until that evening.

Saturday I was up bright and early to head back to my parent’s to finish getting everything ready for the shower, and take advantage of the fact that my favorite nail salon is practically right up the street from their house. I haven’t had a pedicure in a million years and since I had a special event this weekend (the shower/bachelorette party) and next weekend is my dad’s birthday festivities, I got a gel manicure as well. I try to only get them for special events, because they are a little on the pricey side and they do a number on my nails when they start to peel off. Mostly because I can’t leave it alone when it starts to lift.

My parents house was entirely to warm and my cake pops didn’t set up quite right, so I had to make upside down cake pops, which was a little disappointing. Then I spent a couple of hours running around picking out gifts from all of us to the bride, and getting shower game gifts for the guests. Back home to finish up the food and drinks and get ready.

The shower was a blast and the food went over really well. The bachelorette party started off a little slow, but we managed to pull through and I think everyone had a really great time. We went to ballpark village which made for some majorly interesting people watching, which is something I love to do!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get home from the party until 4 in the morning and then I was back up by 9 to get the balloons for my niece’s fifth birthday party (Frozen themed of course!). By the end of the day I was pretty much exhausted! We just grilled some hot dogs and had a pretty simple dinner and watched The Walking Dead. Such an intense episode!

Yesterday I didn’t get my scheduled run in to kick off my 5k training plan, so I will try to fit it in tonight. Hopefully the rain will hold off and I won’t have to put the miles in on the treadmill.

Oh, Oh Some Places to Go

It’s been pretty quiet around here since Monday. Other than shooting my bow on Tuesday, I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary or gone running so I don’t have much to report. I did move the target back to 20 yards and get some practice in at that distance. Anything farther than that would be a little pointless since my draw isn’t very high, so it isn’t going to send the arrow very far with much striking force. So for now I will just hang out in the 10 to 20 yard range and work on building my draw strength and increase the weight.

One thing I don’t think I’ve ever talked much about on here is traveling. I never really thought about all the places I’d like to go until my sister started to travel more and go see some pretty neat stuff. She’s been to Ireland and Germany, and a whole host of other places. I don’t have a lot of fund to travel with at the moment, so some of the bigger destinations are a little out of reach right now, but I’m hoping as I pay off my debts I will be able to venture to more exciting places.

I’ve been through a decent portion of the United States, thus far. There are a few places that I want to go, as well as places I’ve been but want to go explore in different ways. I’ve been to:

Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, West Virgin, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, New Mexico, Hawaii (Oahu), Kentucky, and Tennessee.

I want to go to:

Colorado (Vail), Louisiana (New Orleans), Alabama, the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, Maine, Washington D.C., Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.

There are some states that I don’t have a burning desire to visit, and some areas that I only want to go to during a particular time, like Maine during the fall or to New Orleans close to Mardi Gras time. I hoping to get to Vail, Colorado this summer for the Mountain Games. I wanted to go last year, but it didn’t pan out. But this year is holding some real promise!

We are also wanting to back to Hawaii for our ten-year wedding anniversary next year, so seeing the other islands shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s just saving up the money to make it a reality.

And of course I want to travel to different places around the world. One of the top places I’d like to visit is India, especially when they are doing what I believe is the Holy Days festival. Other places include Spain, Greece, Italy, and England. Definitely Ireland as well.

I’m going to work very hard to make these dreams a reality, especially while I am young enough to enjoy everything.

New Shoes

At the beginning of the month I got new shoes and I finally got to start breaking them in this week, before jumping into my 5k training plan next week. I got fitted for Asics this time around, versus the Brooks that I had been running in. I also got some fancy insoles since I have silly high arches. I’m not 100% certain these are the shoes for me though, because they feel a little on the stiff side. But I’ve only done one official run in them, so I will give them a little bit longer to see how they do.

Saturday I woke up plenty early so I could shower and get ready to work at Block for a little bit. I did a few returns before leaving early to head to my grandparents for my Grandpa’s birthday. He’s been having some health issues this winter so it was nice to see him out and enjoying the gorgeous day. After dinner, M, my dad, and myself headed over to our old house and shot some sporting clays with the new thrower that we got. I did exceptionally well, breaking probably 35 of the 50 clays that I shot. Maybe even more. So exciting to have a proper thrower now, which means more opportunities to practice shooting. After heading back to my grandparents to pick up my mom, I made a mad dash to the grocery store to get some snacks for the trivia table that we were participating in.

The trivia night supported the local county fair, and we all went into not expecting much. Before starting we had to write down an estimate of how many questions we thought we’d get right, in the event that there was a tie, the team closest to their estimate would be the winner. We conservatively went with 64. Some how we wound up winning the entire thing.

Clearly we underestimated ourselves and the amount of useless knowledge we have.

After trivia we went to a friend’s house and had a fancy little Wii bowling tournament. Because that is infinitely more fun than actual bowling.

Sunday was good for sleeping in and making breakfast. I took the dogs out for a nice walk and to take my new shoes for their first official spin. We walked about a mile overall and I let the old man wade in the creek a little bit. It was a nice walk except for the fact that not even 5 minutes into it, I managed to twist my ankle and go down hard on the little asphalt path. I took a small chunk off my palm and scrapped my knee pretty good. It takes such skill to eat it so hard when I’m simply just walking.

Post-walk, we hit up Starbucks and the gas station before heading home and cleaning a bit. Then to the grocery shop and get some prescriptions filled before home to make dinner. All in all this weekend was pretty nice.

Last night I did not want to go run. But I made myself change clothes and get all my stuff together and out the door. Someone was pretty certain I shouldn’t leave her behind, so I also took Kaycee with me. I went for two miles at Indian Camp Creek park and it was a little warm! I wasn’t quite expecting 80 degree days yet. 2mile316

 

The first mile had a lot of starts and stops to it, plus there is a nice little hill that we ran up, the second mile I really tried to focus on speeding up and being consistent with my pace on the watch. I want to break 45 minutes on the 5k, so learning how to properly pace myself is a must.

All in all it was a nice little run, and I’m glad that I got out the door and went running. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and running more regularly.

Shamrock Shuffle Race Recap

I’m not going to do a full on review of this race because I did that last year. I will however give my opinion on the course, since it was new this year.

Packet Pickup

I grabbed my bib and shirt and “packet” Friday before the race. I was a little disappointed with this years packet, although the reusable shopping bag was nice. The tech shirt was nice and the fit was good. Then I had fajitas for dinner and headed home and went to bed.

Race Morning

I woke up with what felt like a lump of something in my throat. I figured it was just allergies because it’s that time of year, so I just continued getting ready and hope for the best. I wore Lululemon running tights, a Lulu long sleeve top, the race shirt, and my Brooks shoes because I haven’t had a chance to get used to my new shoes I got yet. Since this is a dog-friendly race, I also brought along Kaycee. On my way to the race, I ate half a Cliff Bar crunch and drank a bottle of water. About 15 minutes prior to the race, I used my inhaler and then headed to the starting area.

The Race

I thought the course this year was a bit of an improvement over last years course. There was much better traffic control this year (thank you volunteers and police!) and the course was a bit more challenging to me. I swear it is one of the most up-hill feeling courses I’ve ever ran. The elevation chart from my Garmin doesn’t show much, but I constantly felt like I’d be going up hill, then have to turn and corner and keep going up a hill. So tough. But I manage to tough it out and finished with a fairly decent time (thanks to a particular pups many bathroom breaks along the way).

elevationMy miles slowed down considerably over the course of the race, which isn’t highly unexpected since I haven’t run in forever. But I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of training and have several training plans mapped out for some of the various races I have coming up this year.new course

Overall Results

  • Overall Place 413/436
  • Age Group 53/54
  • Gender 222/237

SplitsYou can see there is a bit of difference in my moving time vs. my overall time. We did have to stop a few times for bathroom breaks and such, and my Garmin automatically (automagically) knows when I stop moving and start moving again. So I guess I will go with 49:47, as my official race time.