Monday, October 20, 2014

Magic erasers, Buddy naps and new leggings

This morning we went crazy doing last minute cleaning before our realtor got here.

We have used a ridiculous number of Mr Clean Magic Erasers. Once I start using them I just keep seeing more spots on the wall. They also kind of weird me out, they disappear as you use them. Where do they go?

I guess that's the magic.

The walls have never looked so clean. Hopefully all that erasing means we won't have to do any painting.

Mom and I took Buddy to the dog park to get him out of the way while Tom and the realtor took pictures. He had a great time running around and ignoring all the other dogs.

He has no social skills.

Once Buddy was wiped out, I drove Mom up to check out one of the houses we have been looking at so she could see the area. Buddy slept pretty much the whole time we were in the car.

And most of the time since we got home.

Mostly he sleeps.

Then I convinced myself that I needed another pair of Pro Compression leggings. What? That price is too good to turn down! :) The pair I have is all black, so I mixed things up and ordered the pink/black this time.

Tom is making shrimp tacos for dinner. Shrimp, cilantro, lime, guacamole, yes please!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BOSU creeper

I had a really good run on Saturday. It was only 3 miles, but it was one of those really nice ones where I felt strong and fast. My hip tightened up a bit after I finished, but otherwise I think I'm pretty much recovered from last weekend.

This is why I can't stretch after I run.

Today I decided to check out the dvd that came with my BOSU ball. It was kind of hilarious.

More step-aerobics style than I was looking for, and super dated. Not to mention, that guy off to the right doesn't do the workout. He watches the girls and discusses the moves.


I think I'll be checking out what youtube has to offer next time.

We have been busy touching up paint and tidying the house today. Our realtor is coming by tomorrow to take pictures so we can get the house listed.

Buddy has been super helpful.

I may have to rethink my hatred of cleaning, the house looks really nice. :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pro Compression sale alert!


Pro Compression is having a sale right now. These leggings, which are my current favorites are on sale for $50 (normally $80), and if that wasn't good enough, you can use the code PINK to get 40% off your order.

That's $30 for a pair of the most comfortable leggings I own. I'm trying not to buy another pair, because I have SO much running stuff. I'll let you know how that goes. 

You can also use the code PINK for 40% off socks and sleeves too!

Also: Free shipping!

Limited edition EVERYTHING!

I attempted my first run since the race on Thursday.

I wanted to wait a few days since last time I tried to get back at it too soon afterwards and had a really frustrating run. I ran 4 easy miles while I watched a Gilmore girls episode. I wasn't crazy fast, and my legs were definitely more tired than they should be at the end, but overall it was a good run.

It's always hard for me to get back to running after a race, I'm kind of lost without my training plan.

Mom and I took Buddy on a long walk yesterday afternoon. He slept all afternoon. Mom had fun playing tourist and taking leaf pictures.

We have mostly been relaxing and visiting since my mom got here. We haven't even made it down to NYC yet, but we are planning on going next week.

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, we haven't done most of the things we talked about doing. We want to go play tourist in the city, visit an apple orchard, and go to our local brewery (we all love beer) at the very least.

We also have busy things going on here at home, because we're hoping to get the place listed early next week. Pretty soon we will have to live super neat and tidy in case people want to come look at the house.

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I kind of have a lip balm addiction. There are probably 6 in my purse and tons laying around the house. I got this at Target the other day.

Remember what I said about my weakness for limited edition flavors of things? That goes for lip balm too. :) And this isn't as crazy-sweet as it seems like it would be. It doesn't have a flavor, just smells yummy.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Help support a small business and Buddy's new trick

Happy Thursday!

First things first, I have a quick plea to help give a friend of ours a chance to qualify for a $150k grant.

My friend Alex's family run farm is applying for a grant and they need your votes to make it happen! They only have until tomorrow to reach 250 votes. It's free and just takes a couple of clicks to cast your vote.

Follow the link below to the Mission Main Street website and cast your vote for Kitchawan Farm LLC! Thank you! :)

In other news, I bought candy corn marshmallows yesterday.

I pretty much instantly turned them into rice crispie treats. It was the right thing to do.

Aside from the fact that it looks like macaroni and cheese, it's really good. We've polished off more than half the pan already.

I also got these:

I can't help myself. I have to try all the weird flavors. 

They're pretty tasty and more apple-y than I thought they would be. They taste like those caramel apple lollipops that I used to have when I was a kid.

Buddy has a new trick to show you:

He's kind of a goofball

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Post Race Recovery

Happy Wednesday!

My mom and I spent most of yesterday playing with a 12 month old. There are worse ways to spend your day.

Buddy was pouting because Tom was hanging out with a friend in the city.

I haven't even attempted a run yet. On Monday, Mom and I took Buddy for a long walk, but otherwise I have been taking it easy.

How long do you take off after a race? It really varies for me, mostly depending on how sore I am, and how long the race is. I have seen recommendations to rest anywhere from 5-13 days after a half. Generally, I take a few days completely off, and then hold off on any tough workouts for close to two weeks. I've even been trying to stretch and foam roll this time around.

I definitely pushed myself on Sunday, so I still have some pretty sore muscles. Plus, having my mom here is a good excuse to take it easy for a few extra days. :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Foliage Half Marathon Recap

I had such a fun race on Sunday! We had perfect weather, too!

Tom helped make sure my number was on straight

And mom got a shot of my awkward walk/jog at the start when we were all bunched together.

I started out too fast. It felt so easy and I latched on to a woman in hot pink calf sleeves who started out at a nice pace but was going too fast for my plan. I managed to pull back and let her go, reminding myself that I had 13 miles to run and needed to save some energy for later.

I kept my Garmin on the screen that only shows me my current pace and distance. I didn't want to know the time. I checked my pace when the mile splits came up and figured that as long as most of my splits were below my pace goal that I would finish in under 2 hours. There were only 4 miles that were slower than my goal - all hilly miles.

There were 6 aid stations on the course, about every two miles or so. I accidentally ended up with Gatorade at the first aid station (yellow, the worst of all Gatorades) but I drank it anyway. I deliberately took Gatorade at the final aid station for a little extra boost. The rest were water stops for me.

I took my first GU a little after mile 4. I was trying to take them before I felt like I needed to, hoping to avoid that drop in energy.

The course was hillier than my research had led me to believe. It wasn't terrible, but the hill between miles 8 and 9 felt like it would never end. That might also be because I was waiting to take my second GU until after I got to the top. Uphill running and GU are not a good combination.

I passed hot pink calf sleeve lady on a hill around mile 10, and never saw her again.

At the mile 13 marker I switched screens on my watch. I was tired and felt like I was dragging, so I thought seeing the running time would give me the motivation to speed up and finish strong. When I saw 1:55:xx I knew I was going to break 2 hours. I picked up the pace and closed the gap between me and the woman who had passed me half a mile before.

I pushed to a sprint, passed her and finished in 1:58:05!

Checking for my time.

This is my "ok Mom, that's enough pictures now" face.

I don't think there was a start line time trigger, so we only got clock time. It kind of bums me out because I know my time would have been 1:57:something if they did a chip time too. (My Garmin came up a little short distance-wise, but was 1:57:57, and I stopped it a little after the finish line)

It was fun having Tom and my mom there. I haven't ever gone to a race with anyone there to cheer me on and take pictures, it was a nice change. Plus, now I have fun finish line pictures.

I'm definitely a little sore today, my hip flexors are especially not happy, but considering I just beat my best time by almost 10 minutes - I could feel a lot worse!
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