Hey all. YAY for sunlight on my morning runs from now on thanks to DST ending. Last night when I was out running some errands the sun was setting at 1633?? Oh well. The fact that the sun rose at 0626 this morning makes up for it. I guess.
Hopefully y’all feel well rested from this weekend. I do? I actually felt like a slug this weekend because I slept for 10 or so hours Friday night and then, because of the time change, ELEVEN hours on Saturday night. Which was even more miraculous because I went out that night as well. Who am I?! I NEVER sleep in like that. I’m going to call it a good thing though. Although I will say that I totally squandered that extra hour in the day. I’m always complaining about how I wish there were more hours in the day and then when I get one, what do I do? Sleep. Figures
After my repeats on Saturday, which I did edit the post with an addendum saying that I was pleased with the workout and know that I’m in the right place with my training, I basically DID NOT MOVE until going out. Instead I curled up with a good book I’ve been reading (*cough*IamsuchaNERDbecauseit’soneofthosebooksyoureadinhighschool*cough*) and lounged. After a while my legs started feeling more than a little tight. So I finally broke down and broke out:
And yes those are two laundry baskets. I actually have three. I use a very complicated system
Now I know that many of you have been on the foam rolling action for a long time. So have I … in theory. I bought this baby back in March or so but only have used it a few times. Mostly because I’m lazy and partly because I know how tight my muscles are. Roller + tight muscles = pain. Duh.
I will say that I neither cried nor screamed as I was doing my thing. I had a friend over and complained a lot. Aloud of course — that’s the only time complaining is really ever fun HA. But my voice never rose and I’m pretty sure no cuss words were uttered. I did sweat though. Which tells me I was doing something good and putting my body through some type of stress.
This translated, I think, into a muy bueno recovery run on Sunday. Sunny skies and cool temps. It felt great. I even ran a wicked hilly route and felt fine. Encouraging and I used the darn thing Sunday too after a long day of laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning the apartment. See? I can do more domestic things than cook
Monday morning brought SNOW. And..well not a recovery run per se…but an easy one at that and “fast” easy (aka I looked at my watch at the end and smiled because it was faster than I thought). The only remarkable thing was the weather and, well, I’m afraid I’m dangerously close to using up my complain-for-free passes. It actually ended up not being too bad (it was mostly sleet and it stopped early on in the run) except my shoes were soaked 100m into it.
I will say that if it snows, or I guess this morning was more of a sleet, at WR I will be ready.
Just because the sun rises earlier doesn't mean 0500 is any lighter! So a bad picture but YES that is snow on the railing, in the tree and on the road!
I was sent this article on How to Deal with the Cold from a friend who thought it’d be funny to send this to me. I’ve been living here my whole life so I think, despite my complaints about winter, I’m pretty cold savvy. For those of you who aren’t here are some excerpts (and my thoughts on said excerpts):
- “Don’t underestimate the power of sunshine” Duh but with .43453453453 hours of daylight (yes that’s a decimal point out in front of those numbers), and all of those during working hours, how am I supposed to get this?
- Take your vitamins. Duh.
- Stay hydrated Okay so this one I get because heaters = dry air. Which also equals nosebleeds for me.
- Get outside and stay active. But. It’s. So . Cold. I actually do get outside (I think last year I ran in 12* weather) but it’s soooooooo hard to do.
- Be mindful of your mood and mental health Unless of course this makes you even angrier for not getting out of the NorthEast when you had the chance.
- Stay social. Ummm this is really hard to do when you’re A) too cheap to pay for a cab and B) to intoxicated to drive yourself. AKA walking is how I roll. Let me tell you: heels and dresses in freezing weather? Not a good combo. I guess we’ll just have lots of house parties?
- Evaluate your winter pitfalls to guard against them This might actually depress me because it’s basically telling me to make of list of why I hate winter. And I’m pretty sure (as I know you are) that it’s a pretty lengthy list.
I think you should probably be doing these things year round. And I bet you can totally tell how bitter I am about winter. I’m going to spend the rest of this…rain/snow/sleet/whatever it’s doing out there daydreaming about my move to somewhere warm. Because I’m 100% serious about making like a leaf and getting the f$%# out of here.
Anyone? I know I chose a random picture but anyone on that quote that's italicized?
And hey, check out this giveaway from Matt (Kitchen of a Runner) and Janae (Hungry Runner Girl) because everyone likes a giveaway.
And what’s a post without wicked awesome pictures?! (and by wicked awesome I mean Halloween-y and NOT snow and not a random guy from a great movie)
I actually forgot to share this last week! But over Halloween weekend some friends and I went to a “Jack-o-Lantern” festival in the city. It was way fun to see all the creative ways people carved pumpkins. Here are some of my favs:
I <3 Dinosaurs
I know it’s a week late but I feel the need to say “Happy Halloween” anyway. I mean, it is my favorite holiday after all. But I can say (and have it be 100% true) “hope you enjoyed the weekend “
And enjoy your Monday too. I sure am considering that A) I haven’t done any work all morning because the software I use won’t download the new version and we had to call in IT people B) the network is being backed up so I can’t work on any of my files and C) my friend made the coffee this morning so strong that I’m afraid to stand up because I’m pretty sure that my legs are so twitchy that I don’t think they’ll support me hahah.