Sunday, September 14, 2014

More house pictures, a giant Buddha, and a long run

This morning we got up early so we could go back for a second look at one of the houses from last weekend.

It definitely needs some work (and a kitchen), but we both really like it. I remembered to take more pictures this time! :)

The original part of the house was built in the 1790s - super cool.


Some yard pictures - the property is actually huge - just shy of 35 acres!

The kitchen is kind of disassembled right now (and has a washing machine next to the stove), but it's a decent size.

There are pretty hardwood floors upstairs.

There's a very dated but pretty cool partially finished attic area.

A bunch of junk and the fireplace.

After we finished up at the house we stopped by this kind of randomly located Buddhist temple.

We had to check out the giant Buddha. The building it's in is seriously called Big Buddha Hall.

After we got home I realized I hadn't charged my headphones, so I putzed around the house for a bit to get them charged enough to last my long run.

13.19 miles in 2:11:21 - it was supposed to be slower, but it's really hard to stick to the 10:44 pace that my training plan wanted me to run. I tried to run the right pace for the first few miles and then after that I just ran what was comfortable.

I really love finishing races strong (and passing people at the bitter end), so I like to practice finishing up at a decent clip. My last mile was my fastest - 8:34.7 - I'll take it.

My race is somehow only 28 days away. I'm not sure how that happened.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

ProCompression Leggings and an Awesome Trail Run

It was nice and cool when I woke up this morning. Way better than last week's heat/humidity!

The "slow" group was not very slow today. I don't know if it was the weather or that most of us are training for races right now, but while we kept commenting that we were going fast, no one ever made the move to slow down.

We did our usual run, which came out to 6.54 miles today (it varies a bit according to my Garmin). We finished in 58:48 - an 8:59/mile pace!

Since the weather was cool I got to finally wear my new ProCompression leggings! They were really comfortable, and I didn't have to mess with them at all during the run. I had a brief moment of panic when I couldn't find a pocket for my car key, but there's a hidden slit pocket in the waistband - crisis averted.

Please excuse my post-run hair.

You can also fold down the waistband and the cuffs, but I have a long torso so I probably won't be folding the waistband. The cuffs are pretty cute though.

This afternoon I'm watching Robin Hood: Men in Tights, researching GPS watches (I have a problem), and looking up recipes for dinner.

Weekends are my favorite.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mean teacher, a tempo run, and some tasty food

There was a lot of screaming at work today. A lot. 

I even had to be the mean teacher and take Tiger away from a kiddo at nap time. They were playing instead of sleeping, which isn't really a choice - especially after all the screaming.

After work it was time for a little tempo run.

It looked like this: 1 mile warm up, 5 miles @ 9:14, 1 mile cool down. I finished my cool down with some strides. Nothing like running super fast on tired legs.

7 miles in 1:05:44 - not bad for an after work run.

The basement was very sweaty.

Buddy was there to help me stretch when I was finished.

He's so helpful.

Tom is so good to me and makes sure I eat things other than cereal and english muffins when all I'm doing is working and running. He made some delicious fish tacos for dinner.

And then I finished up my night with some limited edition deliciousness.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, I'm ready to get some sleep this weekend. Of course, I never seem to actually sleep in anymore, but there's always hope!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Not too shabby

It was another long, long day at work today. More than 10 hours is too many with 12 toddlers.

I managed to convince myself to head to the basement for 4 easy miles after I got home. And then I didn't want to spend too much of my limited evening in the basement, so I ran faster than my training plan called for.

4 miles in 37:18 - not too shabby.

33 days until my race. I can already tell that I am going to be very nervous/excited when it gets closer. I've never really had a time goal other than faster than my last race, so declaring a goal is a little intimidating.

Tom sent me this picture of Buddy while I was at work - he was ready for Tom to stop working so he could play with him.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

More house hunting

We went out looking at a few houses again today. I have been feeling like what we're looking for just isn't out there right now, but we finally had a couple with promise today.

House #1 looked cute from the outside, but was a mess inside. It had once been split into two apartments, so there was a second kitchen area in the upstairs. There were a lot of little things, like padding missing from under the carpeting, water damage, and generally just a weird layout.

House #2 was an old farm house that was really cute and had an old-school key for the front door. It felt really cramped, super low ceilings and a tiny kitchen that had a guest room off of it. There was also a "secret garden" according to the listing. We found a shady little area with some dead plants and a large key. People are weird.

House #3 has potential. It is in a really good location and has a really nice yard. The layout is a little weird and the loft area that they call the master bedroom is open to the living room downstairs. The living room is really nice though!

House #4 is another old farmhouse. Like, really old. It was built in 1790. I was expecting it to be a wreck, but it was in pretty good shape. It's on 34 acres of mostly trees, so we would definitely have plenty of property! Overall, I liked this one, though it's a little more in the middle of nowhere, so it would make Tom's commute to the city a little more complicated (and cell service was a little questionable).

It's weird to look at places and think about living in them, and what you would change. I always look at the neighborhoods and think about running around them, naturally. I also wonder if there are running groups nearby since most of the places we are looking at will be too far away for my current group.

How long have you lived at your house/apartment?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

That's funny, you don't look crazy

Humidity is my kryptonite.

My run with the group this morning was painful. The humidity was so high that I felt like I couldn't get a deep breath, and my legs felt like they were full of lead. I honestly felt like stopping several times throughout the run, and probably would have if I wasn't with the group.

Since we're looking at some more houses tomorrow, I decided to make today my long run day. After my super sweaty 6+ miles with the group, I planned on heading home and doing another 7 on the treadmill. One of the group said, "That's funny, you don't look crazy" when I said that was what I was going to do.

After a quick change to some dry clothes, I finished up my run and the second half of Pirates of the Caribbean.

And then I did something I pretty much never do - I took an ice bath. Granted, it was mostly just cold water, because I just used the ice we had in the freezer, but it was plenty cold!

I'm hoping it helps so I won't be too sore tomorrow.

I wasn't going anywhere, so I had a pretty sweet post-run outfit on. Nothing like a dress with compression socks and slippers.

Tom was very impressed.

It's ok to be jealous.

I made up a buffalo chicken pasta salad for dinner. It was super easy to throw together and it was really tasty! Plus it went well with our evening of beer and football.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A few mile repeats

It's been a while since I did any speedwork. Somehow my late days at work seem to coincide with my speedwork days (plus we were out of town last week). My race has been far enough out that I haven't worried too much about a missed run here and there, but now that it's getting closer am trying to stick to the plan a little closer.

Today was mile repeats. I didn't feel like I was going to die, but I was definitely ready to be done at the end.

It ended up looking like this: 1 mile warm up, 1@8:34, 800m jog, 1@8:34, 800m jog, 1@8:27, 1 mile cool down.

I ended up looking like this:

And Buddy took up his usual post at the bottom of the stairs.

He really doesn't like the basement.

I threw on a little Pirates of the Caribbean to distract me while I was running.

If you can have a theater screen by your treadmill, I highly recommend it. ;)

Do you like speedwork? What's your go-to speed workout?