Month: August 2016

Last week recap

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Could this little guy be more handsome? With his webbed paws, he’s also a good swimmer!

Last week I took a week off running and just strength trained because my ankle was sore. I got this bruise and I have no recollection of how I got it, but it was sore more towards the inside on the tendon.

bruised ankelI went to PT and got a massage, did a workout, and ran a half mile on the treadmill. My PT didn’t say I had to stop running, but I wanted to take a break. This week I worked on strength and I will resume running next week.

In case you need to be convinced a scale means nothing… Over the years I thought weight–and the number on the scale–mattered. I try to eat well and work out and train for the half, and I cannot limit my food intake when I am so hungry. About 7 months ago, I measured my weight and body composition, and I did it again on Tuesday. I had gained weight and lost visceral fat. Now, I really believe that the scale means nothing. Muscle really does weigh more than fat.

At PT I also bought a new band that’s the next level-up and gives tougher resistance. It’s harder but I like the challenge!

Yesterday I was walking and realized my shoes are shot. Even though I had bought new ones a couple weeks ago I wanted to make sure I really used the other ones up before I jumped into my new ones. Does anyone else do that? Well, now I’m confident these ones are done.

I play pokemon as I walk around. It’s a good way to see find out about what’s around you. I have found new things in town that I didn’t see before. It thought I was driving when I was just walking, though.

pokemon

Anyone else like Muesli? I am always looking for quick, filling breakfasts that don’t require cooking. I’ve been cooking eggs for years but sometimes I don’t feel like whipping out a frying pan. Muesli reminds me of a not-so-sweet granola. I am NOT a fan of oatmeal, and it does contain gluten-free oats, but there is enough variety in the mix (seeds and such) that I don’t feel overwhelmed by oats.

Today I’m going to the lake. Ambitiously, last night I was considering running a mile before heading there. Waking up this morning, I see no point. My muscles feel like they got a workout yesterday, and I’ll be wake surfing today. Inconsistency is key anyways!

What are you up to this Saturday?

Feeling like Donald Trump

Sorry I’ve been very out of touch lately!

Last week I went to Truckee. On my way I stopped in Colfax, a little old historic mining town about 45 mins west of Truckee. I love the old style of mining towns. I went to one my favorite mom and pop coffee shops,  Buzz Thru Joe’s. They have really good doughnuts, especially my favorite–maple old fashioned. I didn’t get a doughnut though because I had just ran 4 miles on the treadmill and was craving good food. That’s definitely one of the perks of running. On the days you burn the most calories, your body (usually) only wants nutritious food. I got a full-fat latte and munched on a kind bar. I’m way more likely to go to town on junk food when I’ve taken a rest day. Does in n out count as junk, though?

Driving to Tahoe is so so so easy. I really like it, even though I’m not a fan of driving. It’s beautiful. I was looking forward to getting some altitude training in and running there. The second I hopped out of the car I smelled dry mountain air and trees. It was hot and comforting, and reminded me of why I love coming to the mountains.

My parents used to have a cabin, so I have been enjoying mountains my whole life. I probably prefer snow season, but I love going to a lake and hanging out. I’m not the biggest swimmer but I like hanging around the beach, like a seal.  We rented 3 jet skis, put 2 people on each, and skied around the lake.

We were hoping to go to  Sand Harbor but there was no parking. I’ll have to go again. I really appreciate the cap on the number of people allowed in. There are no walk-ins allowed, so if you can’t get a parking spot in the lot, forget it. We couldn’t go back until 3, but we decided to go to another beach instead. I can appreciate this because I live in a really small town that’s been decimated by crowds and traffic. It’s not so easy to have fun when it takes an hour to drive one mile just to pick up lunch, or when you’re rubbing elbows with strangers on a beach. I fully support capping beaches so everyone has more fun. All you need to do is plan better. “Wake up early and go to sand harbor.”

Long story short, a distant relative refused to behave with manners and style, so I said “forget it.” Gone are the days where I must wait for a ride home with my parents. I was so grateful I had my own car, and left the next morning. I felt like Donald Trump. Sometimes when family sends their people, they don’t send their best. This was especially true last week. I was bummed to be in such an awesome location, full of natural beauty, but it was best that I left. I don’t spend much time with my family, so I was really bummed I couldn’t stay.

The hardest part of leaving the Lake though, was realizing that I missed seeing the bear family that decided to play in the water. This family visited the Lake the day I drove home. I have never a seen a bear in person, and I love black bears. I have always heard they aren’t as ferocious as brown or grizzlies.

I have twelve weeks until my half and I’m enjoying training very much! Over the next 8 weeks I need to get to running up to 10 miles. I am getting much stronger and I know I can do it!

Workouts last week:

Sunday: Strength workout

Monday: ran 5 miles

Tuesday: off, just walking

Wednesday: Ran 4 miles on a treadmill at 1% incline

Thursday: walked to downtown Truckee (mostly downhill, but it counts). At 8,000 feet above sea level walking a couple miles definitely counts! I don’t know how I didn’t feel the altitude at first, but the next morning I was a little winded. Does the altitude affect you?

Friday: Lots of core work and squats. Planks are helping me get stronger.

Saturday: Ran 4.5 miles. When I finished my run yesterday in town on Saturday the Dammit run was going on. I stopped for awhile to watch the runners! This is a really challenging up and downhill run and I don’t have an interest in running it, but it was fun to watch everyone.

Sunday: Rest. Keeping the Sabbath the Sabbath.

I got a great deal on a new pair of Pure Flows at Nordstrom Rack online for $52, including shipping and tax. This was a reminder to me to check that site more! I really like this model and would like to stick with it as I train for my half.

Who’s watching the Olympics?

I have watched beach volleyball, gymnastics, biking, swimming. I really like learning about the athletes. Of course, I’m most excited about watching Beezie Madden ride.

I had no idea that local shanty towns were decimated for the games though, and that’s upsetting. I feel really terrible for the locals.

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