Monthly Archives: January 2013

There’s good news, and there’s bad news…

The good news is that I (miraculously) recovered from my run on Monday without too much trouble on Tuesday or Wednesday and I’m as good as new (not that that’s saying a whole lot, but…) today! ūüôā I apparently have at least some¬†fitness¬†left from this fall!! YEAH!! Also, I think I’ve perfected my recovery regime for the sore-booty I get from runs over 7 or 8 miles.¬†

Step 1: Bengay

Step 2: Bengay

Step 3: Ice pack (ones that arrive with restriction enzymes from NEB work well for this) between office chair and aforementioned sore booty for the day

Step 4: Bengay

Step 5: Heating pad between couch and aforementioned sore booty for the evening

Step 6: Bengay

The bad news is that I haven’t run again since Monday. ūüė¶ Don’t worry though, I’m sooooooooo not even close to being short on excuses for why I haven’t gotten back out there —

  1. I “forgot” my running shoes at home on Tuesday (I did actually forget them. It was in the 30’s and I was totally looking forward to some Sami and Ian time. Sucks to be me.)
  2. The high on Tuesday occurred at 12:05 a.m. and it was down into the single digits (although still above zero) by midday
  3. Today it was so cold that during my 3 block walk back from lunch, that the soda that had collected on the top of my open can FROZE! (Yes, I was being ¬†bad and drinking soda with lunch, and quite frankly it was really the least of many evil things I’ve done over the last 24 hrs —
    1. It was the first of two cans of soda I drank today
    2. “Yes I do want (Bun Mi) fries with that”
    3. Cookie/seminar > 1 (this week)
    4. Second dinner at 12:30 = 1.5 slices of black bean pizza from Pizza Mesa
    5. I’m snacking on the last of my consolation prize right now
    6. Western blots AND and induction experiments with Mary Kate and Ashley Maria, Kate and Brittany
    7. We’re still here!! And this month’s We’re Still Here Party was last night…at Brothers. wpid-2013-01-30-23.00.37.jpg¬†(On the bright side though, no one was thrown out for arriving with a backpack, no one got stuck in a phone booth, IMG_4175no one took the freeway home — on foot, Long Island Ice Teas are no longer included in the $8-all-you-can-drink special, and no one had 8 a.m. Linear this morning. ūüôā
  4. I’m spending lots of time making lists apparently…

All that being said, its supposed to be back in the double digits by Saturday and I’m totally¬†itching¬†to go get some more miles in!

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Double digits!!

I finally saw double digits again this morning!! So I got a bit later start than I wanted to for my “14 miler” this morning, but I was still out the door by 6:30. (“14 miler” = 16 miler when you can’t properly map your route.) That’s not too bad considering my track record lately! However, I wish I would’ve been on the road by 6 like I had originally planned because it was a¬†beautiful¬†“dark” run. The bright white snow from yesterday light up the street, snow was still piled on branches and twigs and there was this rolling fog that made everything seem a bit¬†mystical. I’m¬†so¬†lucky to live in an area with nice wide roads (that are apparently a City of Minneapolis plowing priority) that are line with the most beautiful houses and weave their way around 3 precious little lakes. It was awesome to watch the sun come up along Lake Calhoun, turning the sky behind the branches first pink and then purple and then blue/grey. For the most part I could stick to the plowed roads and side walks, only venturing a few times into unshoveled/plowed paths or grass. This was good. The run was still definitely¬†treacherous¬†and tough, but as far as winter runs the day after a snow fall go, it was fantastic.

I brought one 4-oz handheld water bottle with me which I refilled once with water and once with white-ish snow as well as a package of 6 Clif Bloks. I was pretty good on water (I could’ve drunk more as usual, but I was ok) and I had more than enough Clif Bloks.

1/28/13 work out

16.21 miles

2 hr 43 min (this includes traffic lights, 1 stop to shovel white-ish snow into the water bottle and a couple of short walks during which I awkwardly fished my Clif Bloks out of my back pocket and stuffed them in my mouth)

The pace was nice and easy at first but got harder and harder and harder and the run went on. But, I think stayed pretty even through out, maybe slowing a bit in the middle. I usually have a pretty strong (relative definition of this word) finish when I know the end is near, and this (pleasant surprise) happened for me today too. I could definitely feel my lack of training though. By the half way point I was ready to be done and miles 7-12 or so were pretty rough. I still had enough at the end to be happy with how I finished up, but I was ready to be done.

All of that being said, had I been coming down the side of Mt. Kilimanjaro with another 10 miles to go, I think I could’ve done it. It would’ve been slow, there sure would’ve been more walking involved than there was today and Al (fair warning) would have definitely had to carry my ass on to the chicken bus in the morning. But, I could’ve finished. I hope this isn’t a totally ignorant frame of mind, but I’m afraid it is where I need to be mentally 1 month out from the “race.” I’m glad I’m still able to convince myself of a positive ending even after this morning.

Threads: Nike Tech ‚Äď Women‚Äôs Running Tights,¬†Champion¬†tank,New Balance Tempo long-sleeve shirt,¬†awesome¬†Mountain Hardwear Women‚Äôs Super Power Hoody, bright green¬†Pro Compression marathon socks¬†(thanks Anna¬†:-)¬†, mittens, Vasaloppet stocking hat that anyone in their right mind should be jealous of, and my totally awesome new Nathan Strobe Light¬†(Thanks Andi! This is actually the first time I’ve busted the light out and I¬†love¬†it! The intensity is just right and the “strobe” function is somehow able to “strobe” without me feeling like I’m about to have a¬†seizure! And I didn’t get hit by a single car! Wins on all fronts! ūüôā¬†

Fantastic hair is but just one of the Vasaloppet hat's many tricks.

Fantastic hair is but just one of the Vasaloppet hat’s many tricks.

Treads: trusty Mizuno Wave Creation 11 (these guys are sadly Р but definitely Рon their way out)

Unfortunately (due to¬†someone¬†sleeping in¬†and¬†being too stupid to properly map her route —¬†yeesh!) I was in a total time crunch when I finally got home. I didn’t take the time to properly warm down, or ice, or foam roll (thanks again Andi ūüôā out afterwards. :-/ I just showered as quickly as possible (you’re welcome), dosed the legs in more ben-gay than I really should be subjecting my poor office mates to (sorry Kookie :-/),¬†donned a fresh pair of bright pink¬†Pro Compression marathon socks¬†and dashed out the door to work. My poor co-workers were holding down the fort for me all morning and rolling in at almost 11 is a bit much for even me. Thanks Juan, Brittany, Katie, and Maria for not killing me! Hopefully the under-trained, over-worked and under-pampered muscles will have a similar level of compassion for me tomorrow!

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Snow trotting

It was a balmy 30 F when I got up this ¬†morning, a¬†great¬†day for a run! And then it started raining…and then snowing…and it was still a great day for a run! I haven’t really run in the snow in so long (like blaze your own through 3-4 feet inches the whole way) and I’d totally forgotten what a good workout it is! Thinking about it, of course it makes sense that high-knees + poor stability + two-steps-forward-and-slide-one-step-back = hard work. Fun hard work though.

1/27/13 work out

4.23 miles

38 min

32 F, 10 mph wind, snowing w/3-4 inches of snow already on the ground

It wasn’t an easy run, but it was fun. My muscles, heart and lungs were all working hard. Now this is obviously a very good thing, but I currently have¬†deranged¬†ambitious goal for tomorrow morning. I’d like to get in a 14 miler before work. I feel that about one month out from the Kili marathon I need to remind myself that my legs can indeed turn over that many times without totally giving up on me and also remind my legs that very soon they will be ordered to do just under twice that distance in all sorts of horrific¬†unknown conditions. Tomorrow is supposed to be warm (think 30’s F), there should be no more snow falling and the streets should be plowed by 6 am. What better day to get out there and do it?

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I’m sorry, aside from the beautiful hat (which was really the whole point of it anyway) this is a really useless photo.

Threads: ¬†Mizuno running pants, Champion tank top from ages ago, Chicago super cute and comfy Marathon participants t-shirt, another long-sleeved race shirt, ¬†Novara Conversion Bike Jacket – Women’s¬†(with sleeves…these were a life saver today) mittens, shorty running socks and my fantastic RF (I’m so sorry that you couldn’t be out playing today, my love) hat.

I was a little worried about not wearing compression today, but I felt just fine!

Treads: trusty Mizuno Wave Creation 11 (I think this might be the beginning of the end for these guys)

Keep your fingers crossed for a successful start to tomorrow!

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House Spicy Fish and awesome salad dressing (no, not together…)

What are the best parts about coming into work on a Sunday?

  1. The peace and quite that apparently does exist in the absence of undergraduates
  2. The Tea House Spicy Fishwpid-2013-01-27-13.34.42.jpg

I’m afraid this picture really isn’t doing it justice, but this dish is¬†amazing!

It also means that dinner has to be in a slightly different vein:

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All is definitely not lost though. This little enormous guy is covered with a homemade dressing that is totally second to none. Dr. Annebelle taught me how to make it when I lived with her and it’s been my go-to ever since. The batch I made today was particularly super-special though. I used the homemade (is this the right way to describe this?) honey from Andi’s dad’s bees! Now this stuff is great by itself, and I almost felt like using it for the dressing would be kind of wasting it, you know, but O.M.G. It’s fantastic!

In short, and very inaccurate, here is the dressing recipe:

Dr. Annebelle’s Dressing

  1. 2 part mustard
  2. 2 part honey
  3. 1 part olive oil
  4. 1 part balsamic vinegar
  5. Combine 1-4 in a well sealed container (unless you enjoy cleaning your kitchen) and shake like mad.
  6. Taste and add more of any/all items 1-4 until you’re satisfied (or need a larger container)
  7. Enjoy!

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I found them!

I went to grab my apartment keys as I charged out the door to a birthday dinner¬†last night¬†and found myself with absolutely no idea where I had put the damn things! Ok, I have done things like this more times than I’m ever going to admit on here a few times before. I just needed to take a step back and walk through my actions since I last know I had them.

Running.

I took the ring w/my apartment keys off of my main key chain so I could easily put them in my pocket for my run. I did get back inside my place afterward so the HAD to be in here somewhere. This is good. Now what did I do when I got home? I put the keys down on my desk, checked my phone, saw that I missed a call from Dr. Annebelle & called her back while I rolled out my legs. N.B.D.

Right?

WRONG! Unfortunately…well, fortunately in the bigger picture of life, but not so great for the current state of my dumb ass…we had a rather exciting conversation that promptly consumed all of my currently functional brain cells, leaving zero to use for key/key chain logistics (or showering in a timely matter…but never mind). As of setting that precious ring down on my desk I had¬†no¬†idea what else I’d done with it. Boooooo!!!¬†My ride to dinner was waiting and I needed to go!

Lucky for me, I had anticipated this kind of booboo (and can-opener emergencies, but we can leave that for another day) and gave my friend/neighbor Samia a spare key! The problem was temporarily solved and I could move on with my night. Off to the birthday party!

To make a long story short, I crashed at a friend’s place at the end of the night. Upon getting up this morning and ready to come in to work for a bit, I fished my work wallet/keys out of my purse to make sure that my bus pass and access card were where they were supposed to be. They were, no problem.

AND GUESS WHO ELSE THEY WERE HANGING OUT WITH ON THEIR KEY CHAIN?!?! 

You got it!

MY DELINQUENT APARTMENT KEYS!!

I have no idea why they decided to string themselves onto the wrong key chain! Seriously, they must have been feeling particularly stupid yesterday as the key chains look absolutely nothing alike. At least the little trouble makers are back and I can return the emergency key to Samia for the next such debacle.

Left: work wallet/keys with 3 idiot stowaway apartment keys. Right: the stowaways' rightful home.

Left: work wallet/keys with 3 idiot stowaway apartment keys.
Right: the stowaways’ rightful home.

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Finally trotting again!

No Adrienne, I’m not on the toilet…I was out running again to celebrate today’s balmy weather!

It finally hit the double digits — 10 F to be exact (feels like 4 F, but never mind) so I figured I’d better make the most of it. I was totally scared that I’d either slip and break a hip within the first mile, or wimp out and talk myself into turning around and going home. I’m happy to say that neither of those happened! ūüôā I think I owe part of this success story to the fact that I considered today’s endeavour¬†worthy of busting out my brand-new, never been worn yet Mizuno Wave Elixir 6. (If you’re thinking to yourself, “What? The Wave Elixir 6?!?! Isn’t the Wave Elixir 8 already out?” you are correct. I am a proud stock-piler of my favorite running shoes.)¬†Running in brand new shoes is great (especially when you’re a genius like me and have your 2 regular pairs of running shoes a) at school and b) frozen solid in the back seat of your car).

1/26/13 work out

6.7 miles

60 min

Cold and a bit breezy. Luckily I dressed correctly because I was really pretty comfortable (relative definition of that term).

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Threads: Insulated and ‚Äúcompression‚Ä̬†Champion¬†tights and long-sleeved shirt from last year, Champion¬†tank,¬†awesome¬†Arc‚Äôteryx Solano jacket, and bright pink¬†Pro Compression marathon socks,¬†mittens and my pride-and-joy Vasaloppet ski hat

Treads: shiny new Mizuno Wave Elixir 6

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3 things that made today awesome

1. My morning with Antonio. With any luck there will be more on this later.

2. My lunch with Ben at Bombay Bistro. He could not have possibly summed things up more accurately than he did with:

“the events of the past few days have been nothing short of staggering.”

3.

 

Racey Rouge #13 - Sally Hansen
Racey Rouge #13 – Insta-Dri Sally Hansen

 

Thanks A!

 

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