Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pity Party for One

I ran Monday, two miles in 17 minutes and 2 seconds.  It felt great, it felt so good!  Then my kids wanted to bike with me so I decided to run while they biked, it would only be for a mile.  Bad choice, two thirds of  a mile in my foot started to hurt and I ended up walking most of the way back home.
It kind of took the wind right out of my sails.  I just rested it for two weeks!  I did do other things like rowing, cycling, elliptical and yoga,  but none of those things bothered my foot.

I was feeling pretty down about it yesterday and on my way home from work I was having a bit of a pity party for myself.  I mean can't I catch a break here somewhere?  I may have cried a little in my car.  It did make me feel better.  Crying is actually healing.  Then I read Kara's lament about not being able to run and felt better.  Misery loves company right?

Since I had some time before the kids got home from school I did 20 minutes on the rowing machine followed by 28 minutes of HIIT.  I was wiped when I was done, but I knew steak was for supper so that kept me moving!

will row for steak

Plan.  Have my foot looked at again, clearly it is not getting better.  No running again. Probably going to DNS my Mother's Day weekend race.  This is what breaks my heart the most.  I wanted this race so bad, it meant so much.

and in other news, there were some dark chocolate covered cinnamon bears at work yesterday.
I like both of those things but I do not like them together,  chocolate and gummy things do not mix.
What about you is it a yes or a no?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter, last week and hide the jelly beans already.

Hope everyone had a great and blessed Easter yesterday.  My kids had a great Easter with each other and their cousins.  My son even had made his own Easter basket this year out of a box, baling twine and filled it with some hay.

Last week was a pretty good week with my workouts.

Sunday      20 minutes rowing
                  45 minutes elliptical
Monday     30 minutes elliptical
                  workout 1 from ZCUT Abs
                  Lifted Butt Workout 1 from
                  60 minutes yoga with Colleen Saidman
Tuesday     Rest day
Wednesday 50 minutes flow yoga
                   62 minutes eliptical
                   12 minute AMRAP heavy on legs
                   WOD from Jess at Blonde Ponytail
                  20 pullup/chinups
Thursday    Rest day
Friday       30 minutes power yoga with Zuzka Light
Saturday   36 minute rowing and strength interval workout
                 30 minutes cycling
                 20 minutes yoga with Colleen Saidman

Cycling 30 minutes
Yoga 4
Strength 5
Elliptical 137 minutes in 3 sessions
Rowing total of 32 minutes
Rest days 2
Running ..  sorry no

Foot update..  it feels fine, but it did before too then I would get two or three miles into a run and it would hurt.  I plan on running two miles today to see how it feels.  I have rested it for two weeks now. Hopefully that is enough.  Kind of over it!

I am glad Easter is over and the Easter candy can start going away.  I feel like I have ate way too much candy in the last month or so, but Easter really has the best candy!  All those jellybeans.  I feel like I have ate my weight in jellybeans since they started putting out the Easter candy.
The weekend was filled with beautiful weather and Saturday we moved some cows down the road to summer pasture.  I run this road a lot and was really wishing I were running down it.  No running sucks
Hope you are having a great Monday!  What is your favorite holiday for candy?  Easter is mine without a doubt.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. Today Superman aka my Dad turns the big 60!  Best Dad ever, I am such a lucky girl to have him for my Poppa. He is probably sitting on a tractor today getting the spring crops seeded into the ground.
 He set the bar really high for what I expected in a man.  I did do a pretty good job finding one. I knew my husband had to drive a pickup truck, be tall, strong, mechanic on my car, be from a ranching back ground, like cows, want to live out of town and want to raise our kids in the western lifestyle and just overall be a good person.  Also have a sense of humor.  There were other things of course.  I really did try to date some "city" boys but it never felt right.

One of the best things about growing up on the ranch was "getting" to help on it all the time so I grew up spending a lot of time working with my Dad.  I didn't always appreciate it at the time when my friends were off doing fun things, but now I wouldn't trade it for the world.  So many lessons learned that have carried me through my life.

Happy Birthday Poppa!  

2. Easter goats. Yep there is such a thing because my kids are getting kids of their own for Easter from their Grandpa (my husbands dad) They were just weaned and are freaking cute.  Not too sure what we will do with them.

Not sure the kids can use them for 4-H projects since they aren't dairy goats (they are boys) and pretty sure they would object to raising them for meat  and those are the two options.
I have been learning a lot about goats though, like 65% of the red meat consumed in the world is goat meat and the US imports a lot of goat meat to meet demand. Maybe we will start raising goats!

3. I felt like a found some mojo back yesterday.  see happy sweaty face selfie!
Yoga, elliptical, two short intense strength workouts and I worked on my pullups/chinups.  YAY for mojo back!

Ever had goat meat? Not me!  I would try it just to try it though, can't be all bad if that many people eat it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blogging Blues: Do Tell!

Well as I am sitting here watching it snow outside I am wondering what the average life span of a blog is.  Seems like there have been a great deal of blogs that I have followed since I started blogging almost three years ago that have burned out.  Some I watched start up and then fade away slowly, others announced their departure with a post, some were just gone.  My reading list is full of blogs that haven't posted in months and some in years.

 I think from time to time about quitting, but in the end I don't.  I really kind of enjoy blogging.  I like reading blogs and learning about others people's triumphs and struggles.  I enjoy getting feedback from others and getting to try out and review new products.  I have found things through blogging that I don't know that I would have otherwise. I also like to go back and read older posts to see what I was thinking or what I thought of a certain race.

I do find that I go in waves with it.  Sometimes I post a lot and think of new ideas all the time, and other times like now I feel uninspired and wonder what I will write.  I think partially it has to do with my running, or serious lack of running.  The whole last year has been a lot of whining about injury and not running. In that year I have learned I really enjoy yoga and think cycling is boring. I got a rowing machine for cross training and discovered kettle bells.

Blogging can be very time consuming.  I have done a few paid posts, but mostly I don't.  There have been times when I neglected housework because I was busy blogging, but I have neglected house work for worse things.  

Things I like about blogging

  • having a support group, there is always someone injured to commiserate with, someone willing to give advice, and most of all people who really "get" me and my love of running.
  • new things, I am always reading about great new products or getting to try them out
  • learning training ideas and what people think of them who have tried them
  • "meeting" lots of runners from around the US and world
  • writing, I enjoy it
What I don't like about it\
  • when I start comparing myself to others
  • when I feel like I "need" to post
  • when somebody I don't want to find my blog reads it, I know putting it out there in a public place on the web is that risk, but there are people in this world I don't like find it annoying if I think they are reading my blog.  I will say the longer I blog the less I give a shit. 
  • when other bloggers diss each other, shouldn't we all be supportive of each other?
What about you?  
Are you sad when a blogger you enjoy quits?  I am!
What do you like and dislike about blogging?  Do tell!
Be a critic... what do you like and dislike about my blog?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week in Review and little Cowpokes

Sunday  2 mile run
              40 minutes elliptical
Monday 3.5 mile run
             24 minute HIIT
             45 minutes yoga
Tuesday   rest
Wednesday unplanned rest day
Thursday   30 minutes cycling
                 35 minutes elliptical
                 30 minutes yoga
                  all morning deep cleaning house (totally counts as a workout)
Friday    20 minutes yoga after work
Saturday  60 minutes elliptical
                30 minutes yoga

Running 5.5 miles
Strength 1  (goal is three)
Yoga 4
Elliptical 135 minutes in three sessions
Cycling 30 minutes (why is it so boring?)

Not my best week ever for strength workouts.  I am feeling a little down about my foot still being a bother and admit to having a bit of loss of motivation.  I also just really want my foot to heal so I am avoiding trying to aggravate it more.  so frustrated.

We helped the neighbors brand yesterday and branded a few of our calves as well.  The kids were a big help too.

The calves were branded and vaccinated for several things.  A healthy herd is a happy herd, and besides who wants to eat meat that comes from sick animals.

Running them through a chute is a good way to get an up close look at their overall condition.  Eyes, ears, feet etc.  It's also great for the kids to get out and learn the value of hard work.

I am planning to take most or all of this week off from running again.  My foot feels fine, but it did when I ran on Monday for the first three miles too.  I want to give it lots of time to really heal up.  Hard to do when I know I have a 5 mile race coming up in 4 weeks.

I have already reset my A, B, and C goals to what I don't know I just know they won't be what they were before.  I hate having to lower my standards.  The last time I ran this race I did it in 34:54.  I can only dream of running that fast right now.  That is not going to happen this year.  I think I will just be happy to toe the line at a race again.

How are your motivation levels lately?  What is your motivation today?  Mine is getting healthy so I can race again and don't have to have race envy!

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 Friday Favorites

Here are some things that I am loving lately:

1. Decluttering!  I am getting rid of loads of things I don't use.  Seriously I had 6 spatulas in the kitchen, and 23 pot holders, not to mention 2 microwaves, one that hadn't worked for over two years. My kids don't know this, but their rooms are next.  They have a horrific amount of toys that never get played with anymore and I am sure loads of clothes that are outgrown. My kids favorite thing about this all has so far been the new microwave box.

2. Yoga. Yep still loving it and getting in at least 4 times a week.  To prevent boredom with the videos I have I supplement with the free ones I find on Youtube, although sometimes there is something comforting about going with a known one. These are the ones I have at home.  I really like all of them.  It is a nice variety of easy slow stretchy yoga and give you a workout kind of yoga.

3. Vikings. I don't have the History channel so I missed the first season and the start of the second, but I can watch some of the episodes on my iPad using the History channel app.  YAY. This is my sister's fault.  A lot of things I get hooked on like this are her fault.  Game of Thrones in another I can blame on her.  She gave me the books 7 years ago and I am still obsessed with it. She told me to also watch CW's Reign but I saw the previews and KNEW I would love it, I just can't take on another obsession right now.  Maybe next week.
yes this deserves to be supersized.  

4. I picked this up at Costco recently and have been trying to squeeze in 30 minutes of reading before bed.  Doesn't always work, but if I pick it up during the day I know I will get nothing else done that I should be doing.
I have read some of Philipa Gregory's other books and loved them all so I knew this would be a winner too.

5. Spring!  It is so nice to not be freezing everytime I go outside.  I can't wait for flowers and green and trees to have leaves.  It is so nice that the kids want to be outside all the time and are loving their bikes, they also deleted all their games off of the iPad so they "have to use their imaginations more"  I love that they thought of that.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Three Things Thursday: optimistic or stupid?

1.  and it's another week or two of no running.  I ran Monday and it was glorious.  I however am my own worst enemy and instead of running three miles and stopping while I felt good I decided to spring down to the mailbox and back, which is a quarter mile away.  Yes.. sprint.  I ran at a 6:30 pace and when I stopped I realized the error of my ways.  I have a follow up appointment for my foot coming up.  I am sure I will get a lecture for being stupid optimistic.

2. No running makes me a little crazy, but it does also get things done.

  • dining room chairs are finally recovered
  • broken microwave is off the wall, new one installed and temporary one (that was used for nearly two years and sitting on the counter taking up space is back in storage) I am loving having the counter space back
  • husband replaced the "temporary" stairs to the house that have been by our main home entrance for 7 1/2 years with something permanent and it has a small deck. I am loving it.
3. My kids of course loved the microwave box and spent a great deal of time last night playing in it