Prep It Up!

One of the highlights about the promotion I got at work was a more consistent work schedule, i.e. – I would consistently work an 8 hour schedule!

And then I found myself last week contemplating: I have all this time at home at night and all I do is sit on the couch and drool on myself!!

Talking it out with my mom late last week, I came to the conclusion that the learning curve on this job is sucking all my brain power.  It’s eating my brain like a zombie..so I feel like a zombie when I get home.  Makes total sense!!!

But it’s been a few weeks now, I’m feeling more confident in my role and it’s time to bring it home..

So I did meal planning Sunday, which is something I haven’t done in months!!  I planned a few slow cooker meals to help me ease my way back in to dinner-making-Wonder Mom/Wife!

I was pretty proud of myself last night when, after a dinner I made from scratch *pats self gently on back*, I prepped the slow cooker meal for Monday’s dinner..  photo 1

A couple of steps tonight and voila! photo 4

D loves this meal – and I love a meal that D doesn’t pick at!!   *flexes muscles*

After we ate this evening, I prepped tomorrow’s slow cooker meal!  photo 5

Fresh squeezed lime juice and chili powder.  Sounds delish, right?!  It’s a new-to-me recipe but it comes highly recommended from L!!

In other brag-worthy-news, I resisted all temptations on the planet..and even text my Weight Watchers friend to whine about it…to not eat these!! photo 3

I kept trying to convince our intern to eat more and more and more…but he was worried I was trying to fatten him up!  I told him I was only trying to fatten me down!!  *runs victory lap around office while screaming “Adrian!!”*

Now that I’m finished patting myself on the back and easing my guilt that my family didn’t eat a meal that was passed to us through a window…I’m off to relax!!

What is your favorite go-to weekday meal?

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My favorite time of year is fall.

Ironically, Phoenix doesn’t have “fall”.  So…how did I come to be such a fall lover?

I didn’t always live in Phoenix.  I fell in love with fall after living in New England – many, many, many moons ago. I just loved the crisp in the air, the decorations, and the colors.

I don’t realize it’s “fall” until people start posting about it on Instagram.  And then it becomes obvious I spend too much time on Instagram because I start to believe it’s fall until I go outside and it’s over 100*!!  False Fall promises!!!

So..I have to force “fall” and just appreciate the fallness around me!

Like Halloween decorations!!Halloween TortureExcept this evil face stares at me from my bosses desk and, truth be told, I succumb to its evil ways a little more often than I would like to admit!

I love sunrises (all year long) but we’ve had some crazy weather that has created some incredible fall sunrises this week!  Sunrises

I LOVE pumpkin beer.  Got turned on to it a few years ago when D and I visited my sister in Boston and we took a trip to Rockport.  My first “pumpkin beer” experience was Cape Ann Brewing Company, my taste buds salivate for it.  But since I can’t get it here in Phoenix, Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter is a good close second!  Pumpkin beer

In an effort to fight off the candy temptations, I am so glad to see the Honeycrisp apples are back on the shelves!!!Honeycrisp Apples

Worth.every.penny!!  Especially if those pennies keep me from eating the candy!!!

Last night’s fall sunset did not disappoint, either!  Sunsets

You can’t see it in this picture but the sun setting in the west behind the mountains made it look like the mountains were on fire.  Coupled with the dark skies to the south and the golden lined clouds to the north – it was breathtaking!!

I guess the moral of this story blog post is….sometimes you just have to look for the fall around you, even if it’s “created”!  Fall painting

 

What do you love about fall?

Oh look…I can post, again!

Soooooo………

Prior to my site crashing (for over a week and yet it took them less than 15 minutes to restore it after I complained on Facebook…people say Facebook is dead but..I say it still holds some power)….

I kinda got distracted from blogging because some other things were going on..

1.  J came home for a visit!!!

IMG_59302.  I got a promotion, and started that new job – learning lots of new things – good stuff!  (sorry, no fun pictures of that)

3.  M and I finished the Dumbo Double Dare challenge!  Dumbo 14

Have the bling to prove it..DDD Bling 14

4.  And then I caved and registered for a race I said I wouldn’t likely run again…all because they announced some cool bling!  HC 14

I’m such a sucker.

Now I’m training for Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona..or what we locals call “PF Chang’s” or just “Chang’s” for short…  I’m really excited to return to that race since it was my very first half marathon back in 2011.  M’s running it with me (her very first RnR race) but it seems our ability to train together will be sketchy…so it might just be a lot of whining, selfie photos of me on Instagram as I’m forced to do long runs alone!   (You can consider that a warning to avoid my IG account on the weekends!)

So that’s a quick update on me.  I hope to post a race recap this weekend of the Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland half…but considering I still haven’t posted a recap of Tinker Bell half marathon from January…I wouldn’t advise you to hold your breath!

What’s new?

 

Bling Chasing!

4 things to share..

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M and I ran 12.72 miles on Saturday as part of our Dumbo training!!

#3photo 3Week 14 of training is complete!  I ran 22 miles last week – the most mileage in a week for me..ever!

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More costume pieces arrived today!!!  I believe this piece goes with the costume I’m wearing for the Disneyland half marathon!

#1photo 4As if training for the Dumbo Double Dare challenge hasn’t been excitement enough…M and I registered for the Pixie Challenge today!!!  

 

Can you believe I’ve already checked the runDisney site for a training program for Pixie?  Mostly because I wanted to know how soon after running Dumbo at the end of this month would we have to start training for Pixie.  If my math is correct…it’s the end of December.

After Dumbo, I don’t have another race on the calendar until January (RnR Arizona) and I think I’m going to keep it that way.  I normally like to do 4 half marathons a year but I think I’m gonna call it good with 3 half’s in 2014.  As much as I love race season gearing up here in Phoenix in November, my wallet could use a break from the relentless bling chasing!

Are you running any of the races I’ve mentioned here?

 

 

Costume Teaser!

Wanna know the best thing about runDisney races?

The costume parade!

Well, actually it’s the bling but until you get to the bling, it’s COSTUMES!!!

runDisney runners sport the best costumes in races I’ve ever seen.  My very first runDisney event was the Disneyland half in 2011.  I had NO idea what to expect and I looked like this!  DLand Half 2011

I didn’t even stop and take pictures with characters that race – I was so freaked out that I would be “swept”  that I just focused on getting to the finish line.

M and I ran Tinker Bell in January 2012 and I felt more confident but didn’t broach the subject of costumes with M! Tink 2012

After she saw all the amazing costumes, tutus and wings – she insisted I/we could never run in just normal running gear again (at least not at a Disney race)!

So for Disneyland half 2012, I stepped out of my comfort zone and sported a sparkly skirt made especially for me by M!  DL Half 2012

Come Tinker Bell half marathon 2013, it was full blown costumes!  Tink 2013

I even went as “Princess Jac” for Princess half marathon in February 2013!  Princess 2013

For Tinker Bell 10K 2014, M and I were Pirates..chasing Tink! Tink 10K 2014

And then for Tinker Bell half marathon 2014, L was Cinderella, S was Rapunzel, M was Snow White, and I was a mix of the evil step mothers!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

M and I started tossing around ideas of the costumes we’d wear for Dumbo back when we registered.  The plan has changed or evolved since then and now we’ve decided and the pieces are coming together…
Tuesday Teaser

Want a hint? One of our costumes may tie in with a picture or pictures above!

Do you dress in costume for races?

Frenzy!

There are 4 weeks remaining in my Dumbo Double Dare Challenge training!  I wish I could say they’re going to be easy peasy weeks but alas, the hardest part of the training is upon me!

  • Week 14: 2 weekday runs, 4 mile run Friday, 12.5 mile run Saturday
  • Week 15: 2 weekday runs, 4 mile long run on the weekend
  • Week 16: 2 weekday runs, 5 mile run Friday, 14 mile run Saturday
  • Week 17: 2 weekday runs, 4 mile long run
  • Week 18: 2 weekday runs and then Disneyland 10K Saturday,Disneyland half marathon Sunday!

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It’s a good thing that elephant is so cute because it’s almost all I can think about these days..you know, when work isn’t distracting me!

I’m really not looking forward to week 14 and 16 of training but come week 18…this will make it all worth it, right? Medals

Today bib frenzy mania was stirred up with the announcement that runners participating in the Disneyland half marathon weekend can now access their waivers.  If you aren’t an obsessed runDisney runner, you may not realize that the frenzy really revolves around discovering your bib number and thus..your corral placement.  Except, the corral listings aren’t posted, yet.  Disney really knows how to string us along!  Yay, we got our numbers…now we wait a little while longer to figure out what that means for where we place in the pack!

I’d also like to remind runners against sharing their bib numbers on social media.  Remember that case at the Boston Marathon where one very greedy person stole someone else’s number and used it to create a fake bib??  In case you forgot, or just need another reminder as to why some people suck, here’s the article!

As if that’s not enough excitement to anticipate, before our big Dumbo race can even begin, M and I will be participating in the frenzy that is known as early registration for Tinker Bell!

Speaking of Tink, M brought me home this pin from her recent trip to Disneyland!  photo 2

Will you be at the Disneyland half marathon weekend?

Me and this Watch..

If it’s not one thing with my Garmin, it’s another!

Today…this happened!photo 2

So I took to Instagram to moan & groan get some feedback about a replacement watch but was pleasantly surprised with tips on how to fix my watch.  Naturally, I looked online to see about a replacement band but that doesn’t seem possible.

So some suggestions to jimmy rig:

  • rubber band
  • KT Tape
  • duct tape
  • bandage

When I got home from work, I tried using one of D’s Rainbow Loom bracelets, it wasn’t tight enough. I tried using one of the bands used to make her bracelets – it definitely wasn’t tight enough.  Then I used a small hair band..photo 3

Well, look at that.  It just might work!

I don’t know what my deal with this watch is but I can’t seem to call it a day and replace it.  I looked at some watches online and just couldn’t bring myself to click “Add to Cart” and be done with it.  What gives?

I think me and my watch might need couples therapy..one of us keeps trying to call it quits while the other one is holding on for dear life!

Do you have a piece of running gear you can’t part with?

 

Dazzle Me!

Last week was kinda stressful…

I was busy with my own workload but then was covering for someone on vacation.  My workload is already too much, let alone adding to it.

In training for Dumbo..I was scheduled to run 3 miles Saturday and 11 miles Sunday.

Thinking I just wanted to get it all done and over with..I opted to run 3 miles Friday with the plan to run 11 miles Saturday!

I had an amazing run Friday!  7-20-2014 9-34-57 AM

Was a little sore at work after that but..chalked it up to the fact that I was running in the 6 minute mile range, at times,..Holy Fast Legs, Batman!

Late Friday morning – I got some amazing news which would ultimately alter my run plans for Saturday!!  I got a promotion and will be moving to a different department at work in August!!  I am so excited and I think it’ll be a really good move for me.

Needless to say, it was a necessity I go have a couple of cold ones to celebrate.  Right?!

So..11 miles on Sunday instead.

Last night, I did the proper carb loading..BruschettaPB Chocolate

I was nervous about the run because I was going alone (M ditched me for Disneyland…again!!!) and the heat & humidity are no runner’s friend!

I hit the road at 5 am.  When I stepped outside, didn’t notice that the air was “cool” but didn’t gasp of suffocation either.

About 2 miles in, the sun was really starting to dazzle me with a gorgeous view in the sky! Sunrise 2 7.20.14Sunrise 7.20.14

The pictures are kinda blurry because my phone was in a plastic bag.

Not a lot of excitement on this run..  Saw a whole bunch of cop cars with their flashing lights but couldn’t make out what they were tending to.

When I got back to my neighborhood around the 9.5 mile mark, I started playing M’s game of, “9.5 is just as good as 11 in this heat!”  Except, I just can’t do that, if my schedule says 11 miles, I do 11 miles.  Not 10.98, not 10.75, but 11!

The biggest blessing of my run was the cloud coverage.  At the 6 mile mark, the sun was high enough in the sky to beat down on me and create problems but the clouds kept the sun blocked my entire run!  So thankful!!!  11 miles

A 12:29 pace. Probably faster than I should have run but I didn’t have M there to regulate my pace with our talking.  I didn’t feel like I was pushing too hard or feeling burnt out so I just went with the pace my body seemed comfortable with.  I am sore now; got my compression socks on and have a date with the stick and/or foam roller later.

5 more weeks of training until our big event.  The next long run we have is 12.5 miles and then 14 miles 2 weeks before the big day.  Can’t wait for all that bling!!!

Are you a bling or race shirt collector?

Pretty Tight!

I didn’t run Tuesday because I felt so warn down and exhausted.  K said it’s the weather.

Whatever the reason, I was just wiped and told myself I’d run Wednesday morning.

When K came in to our bedroom this morning, it woke me up and I asked what he was doing.  He responded, “Showering!”

Oh crap!

I’m normally out the door and half way through my run by the time he gets up to shower.

He told me I still had time to get a run in so out the door I went.

Maybe I should have stayed in bed.

I struggled the entire run.  I was wheezing, my legs didn’t want to move, and it just felt harder than it should this far in to my training.  What gives?

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Hmm….foggy camera photo..lots of condensation on my phone..

Not a shabby pace for how much of a struggle it felt..photo 2

Checked the weather after I was inside and shivering from being all wet with sweat and the A/C being on..   79 degrees with 74% humidity!  I went from “What gives?” to “I kicked that run’s ass!”

Saw my chiro today, I was counting down the hours until it was time for my appointment.  As soon as I was in the little room, I started telling him all about the article I read and how crappy I’ve felt for the past few months.

When I see the chiro, I normally have two things adjusted: my upper back (between my shoulder blades) and my hips.  Hips aren’t bothering me so it was all about my upper back today and it’s not that my upper back’s been bothering me – it’s that I’m thinking it’s the culprit to my mysterious illnesses.

As he’s pressing on my upper back he comments that, “It’s pretty tight back here!”  I’ve come to learn that “tight” at the chiropractor’s office is not a good word!  He does the little massage machine on me to get my back nice and relaxed and then…a nice slow push.  I could feel the popping one by one up my vertebrae..that’s not normal.  He moved his hands to another portion of my upper back and does another pop.  Then…on to another part and pops again.  3 adjustments in my upper back!

I was shocked.  Normally, I’m one quick pop right in the middle and good to go. I couldn’t believe it took 3 adjustments and that I could feel the pressure coming off my back with each push.

We chatted some more about my mileage, how much time I take off between events, and if I take rest days.  I wasn’t told to limit my training but he did recommend I get in before Dumbo in August, I told him I’d be seeing him after my 11 miles next weekend!

Immediately after my appointment I was doing a little more coughing than usual.  But that’s since ceased.  I definitely feel like I’m sitting up straighter!  Let’s see what happens!

In case you paused earlier when I commented that “K came in to our bedroom this morning”, K has been sleeping in another room because I’ve been sleeping with the humidifier on for the past few days.  I figured out a solution for a cease fire on the ritual of transforming our room in to a sauna ever night!

I text K this pic when I got home!!  photo 3

Welcome the new addition to our family…photo 5

A cool mist humidifier!!!

With the humidity outside, it seems kinda odd that I’d be setting up this beauty right now.  But between the A/C, ceiling fan, and standing fan K has running nonstop..the air is plenty dry in this house!

How long of a rest do you take between races?