Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time is funny

Some days I feel like there are not enough hours in the day - I hardly get anything done. Other days I get so much done that I don't know how I can be so lazy on other days. Time is funny like that.

After work today I kept my cleaning momentum going and cleaned our other bathroom. It is much smaller than the upstairs, so it didn't take very long.

Then I was off to the basement for an easy 4 miles. I actually had to stop myself from trying to finish the run as fast as I could. I know that I can't do every run as fast as possible or I am just asking for an injury.

I tried this packet of EBOOST (from my RunnerBox) after work today. I was really dragging when I got home from work, and it definitely gave me a little extra...boost, for lack of a better word.

It was really tart. Really tart. So if you're looking for something sweet, this isn't it. I really liked it though! The energy in EBOOST comes from green tea and it is also gluten-free and soy-free if you worry about that sort of thing. For some reason, the last little bit in the glass tasted a bit metallic, which is the only bad thing I have to say about it.

Dinner tonight was a rather tasty sandwich of bacon, eggs, avocado and tomato. It could have used some greenery, arugula would have been nice, but I didn't want to go to the store.

This little guy was right by my face when I took Buddy out earlier.

My coffee mug broke yesterday. The seal popped off the lid, along with some sketchy build-up.

I realized I have been using this mug for over 6 years (and it was free). I guess it's time for a new one!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Snacks and cleaning house

I actually managed my time well this morning, so Buddy got to take a longer stroll than usual before I left for work.

He was on a mission to smell everything.

I really don't like cleaning. I don't know many people who do, but that means when the mood strikes, I have to go with it.

At some point today I decided I was going to clean our upstairs bathroom. Like, really clean it. I spent over an hour (probably pushing two hours) and now think I can safely claim the cleanest bathroom in town. 

It's really nice.

Is it weird that I think I would rather clean the bathroom than do the dishes?

I managed to remember to bring a snack to work today. I always forget how hungry I am the day after a long run. This bar from my RunnerBox was a really good idea. And as far as protein bars go, it was pretty tasty!

And this somehow made its way into my basket at the store. Oops. :)

It's a good thing I run. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

That time I ran 12 miles without my headphones

It is basically impossible for me to get out the door early on Sundays. Even though I was up at 7, I didn't make it out to the trails until 9. Oh well.

I wore my new shorts and fuel belt again today, I'm really liking both of them!

I finally got to the trails, went to turn on my headphones (they're bluetooth) and discovered that the battery was dead. Rather than drive home, I decided to do as many miles as I could mentally handle and then finish up my run at home on the treadmill if necessary.

My run ended up being an exercise in mental toughness, but I managed to finish the 12 miles @ 10:36 pace. Most of the time I had the last song that was playing in the car stuck in my head, with occasional thoughts like "this trail can't be uphill all the time, it has to end eventually."

Back at home I did my traditionally thrilling Sunday activities: laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, etc.

Buddy refused to come in from the back deck, so I closed the door on him. There's nothing he hates more than being left behind. (Look how big my tomato plant is getting!)

I tried these on my run today:

I got them in my RunnerBox yesterday - they're kind of weird. They are little pellets that sort of melt in your mouth, and they are very salty. Once you get past the saltiness, the flavor isn't bad, and they seemed to do their job.

For the record: they do not stay in their little bag if you put them back in your fuel belt and run a while. I ended up with Electro-Bite powder all over my phone and the inside of my fuel belt. Awesome.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Coffee and the Wonder Mutt

For some reason, I couldn't get to sleep last night, and then I woke up before my alarm this morning. I woke up tired and almost did a really good job of talking myself out of going to meet up with my running group.

I reminded myself that I always feel better after a run, and that I would have a much better (and happier) day if I went.

Maybe I need this tank to remind me.

I was finally convinced by the fact that it was cloudy and almost a little bit cool outside. I figured it was probably the coolest morning I was going to get until September. There was even a nice breeze!

And then I was almost late. I was excited because I was feeling pretty good and didn't lag behind my usual group (the "slow group"). In fact, for part of the time, I was in front! I know I have said it before, but running with the group really makes me run faster.

We did our usual 6.5 miles (according to my Garmin, the group says it is 7 miles) in just over an hour.

When I got home, I grabbed some coffee and the Wonder Mutt and headed to the dog park.

He loves the car.

And when we got home, his Kong was taken out of time out. He was pretty happy to have it back.

And pretty tired from the dog park.

I got one of my favorite treats in the mail today - my RunnerBox!

I'll let you know what I think when I try my goodies! I also love that they included a microfiber towel for sweaty summer runs - I'll get some good use out of that.

I hope you're having a good weekend so far!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dog toy time out and veggie overload

Turns out a mellow day at work moves pretty slowly. We only had six kiddos for the day, so it was pretty relaxed. The stars aligned and they all napped too!

I came home to find I forgot to put the gate up this morning and had a Buddy mess to clean up upstairs.

His Kong is in time out.

I had a big debate about making a lazy dinner or actually cooking tonight.

Cooking won.

My veggie prep got a little out of control.

And my veggies to noodles ratio was a little off.

I topped it with a spicy peanut sauce and tried to not eat myself sick. It was kind of delicious.

The rest of my Friday will be spent relaxing with some bad tv, ice cream, and hopefully going to bed at a reasonable hour so I will be ready to run in the morning.

Hope you're having a great Friday!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pudding pops and a tempo run

We try to do some form of cooking with the munchkins at least once a month. We've made cookies, strawberry muffins, banana bread, dirt cupcakes, and a few others. Sometimes the project is more involved, sometimes it's super quick and easy.

This month was quick and easy.

We made chocolate pudding pops!

Pudding Pops
(recipe found here)

1 pkg Instant Pudding
2 cups milk
1 cup cool whip

Mix ingredients together, pour into paper cups, add a wooden popsicle stick or plastic spoon, and freeze!

Super easy, and the kids loved them! They also made a huge mess eating them, but they were happy, so that's really what matters.

My assistant had the day off, so I ended up working late again. I'm not used to these long days anymore, I was getting really tired this afternoon.

It took a little extra effort to convince myself to do my tempo run for the day. I ended up doing a warm up, 4 miles @ 9:23, and a cool down, 6 miles total. And, as usual, I felt way better when I was finished.

You would think I would know by now that running always makes me feel better, but I still forget somehow.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weirdly excited

I managed to get at least 8 hours of sleep last night and the night before. I don't know if it's the cough my munchkins have given me, but I don't feel much better than when I get much less sleep. I'm trying to not just use this as an excuse to stay up way too late.

Work was more of the usual, only I managed to get off work on time today!

This doughnut somehow got into my basket at the grocery store. Oops.

I did  a couple of easy, if extremely sweaty miles on the treadmill.

And Buddy waited patiently to go upstairs.

I actually cooked dinner tonight! Well, breakfast for dinner anyway. I made some sweet potatoes with black beans, eggs, and avocado. 

One whole avocado is obviously the correct serving size. 

I have been reading Anatomy for Runners a lot this week - I'm weirdly excited to get to the assessment part so I can see what areas I should work on. I also find myself thinking more about how I'm running since I have been reading it.

What's your most recent grocery store impulse buy?