The Mountains Were Calling

I love that quote…in part because I adore John Muir, but mostly because sometimes, it’s so true. For several weeks, the mountains had been beckoning, and last weekend we finally took off to visit them. It was glorious. (Please excuse the fact that the following are all iPhone pictures. Someday I’ll carry a camera like a real blogger.)

We had a three-day weekend thanks to parent-teacher conferences, and after several busy weeks, it was a perfect time to get away. We left late Friday morning (I wanted to clean the house before we left so we wouldn’t have to do it Sunday) and headed up toward Vail.

mountain driveHello, beautiful. I get excited every time we top this hill out of Denver.

We got there around 4:00 and checked in to our resort. We got a ridiculously good deal and had a full condo — two bathrooms, full kitchen, etc. It was awesome. Roughing it we were not.

It was too late then to do any hiking, so we explored the town of Edwards (where we were staying). It’s not a bad little town — pricey, but that’s to be expected in the Vail area!

image_1We walked along the Riverwalk and up into a neighborhood with houses that cost more money than I will make in my life. Impressive.

We headed back to the condo fairly early and made dinner (having a full kitchen made staying on the Whole30 much easier!), then relaxed with books by the fire. Wonderful.

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Saturday morning was chilly, so we took our sweet time about getting out of the condo and to the trail. We decided to start with Gore Creek Trail near Vail. Good choice, us. Here’s a photo dump of pictures Jordan took on our hike:

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image (4)The trail leads up to a lake, but we didn’t make it that high. We started getting into deeper snow, and we had zero snow gear, so we headed back down the trail and stopped to have lunch on a rock and enjoy the scenery. As Jordan said, we’d found a “viewtastic” place to eat.

We had considered hitting another trail, since it was early afternoon, but someone (I won’t say who, but it starts with a J and ends with an ordan) took a tumble on the way down. He was fine (thank goodness!) but wet and muddy, so we decided to head back and clean up instead of doing more hiking. Plus I really had to pee and was tired of doing it behind a bush.

We went back to the condo and showered up, then went back down to Edwards to dink around some more. We took our shopping very seriously.

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We had dinner reservations at a place called Dish, so that’s where we went after our shopping adventure. I did some research ahead of time to make sure they would have things I could eat; I had a salad and some delectable ahi. Nom nom. I was very tempted to also have a glass of wine, but I held strong and Whole30’d it along. The food was very good, though, and apparently they have a Denver location; we’ll have to hit it up!

We went to bed that night tired and happy — the best way to end a day of mini-vacation. We headed home Sunday morning… even though we were reeeeally tempted to call in sick Monday and stay another day.

 

What’s your favorite weekend getaway?

Colorado readers: What are some trails in the Vail area we should do next time? This was the first time we’d played around up there — usually we’re rushing through to get to or home from my parents’ house — and we want to go back!

 

 

 

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Post-Marathon Target Practice (Alternate Title: I Do What I Want)

Jordan and I took a much-needed miniature vacation this weekend. Since we had parent-teacher conferences Tuesday and Thursday nights, we had Friday off from work. We spent the weekend up near Vail, and it was glorious. I’ll write a full post about our adventures  later this week, but here’s a sneak peak:

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Not too shabby, eh?

Tonight, though, I want to get back to Target Practice, since I haven’t done it for a couple of weeks.

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Target Practice is a goal-setting idea that I stole from Fit.Fun.Femme. 

Life: I finally have a week with NO into-the-night school events. Hip hip hooary! So this week, I want to use some of that free time to catch up with a friend or two.

Health: The first week of The Whole30 (which I talked about here) went well, so my health goal this week is to keep it going strong. So many people said such good things about Whole30 after my post that I’d hate to mess it up now!

Fitness: Since the marathon last week, I’ve run only twice: an easy 4 on Friday and a glorious 5 today. The recovery time was necessary and really kind of nice, but I’m ready to get back into daily workouts. I’m really looking forward to a week or two of unstructured, whatever-I-feel-like-doing workouts. Today’s run was a perfect example of what I want to do this week. I ran at an easy pace, without a set route in mind. Every time I came to a crossroads, I decided to turn or go straight based solely on the amount of stompable leaves in either direction.

(Yes, I am childish. No, I do not care. If I ever get so old that crunching fall leaves is not fun, it’s time to pass along.) That’s the type of workout I want this week.

That’s all for tonight, folks. Here’s to a great week!

 

What’s your favorite type of fun workout?

Are you still a leaf-stomper?

The Whole30: What It Is and Why I’m Doing It (Not Just Because the Cool Kids Do)

First of all, thanks so much for all the sweet comments on my race recap! I’m actually enjoying a few days of recovery. I did really want to run today because the weather was gorgeous, but I opted for a walk instead.  I was glad I did when I ran across the street to beat the stoplight and my legs screamed, “NO! We’re not ready to run yet!” Such melodramatic legs.

But that’s not what I’m talking about today. I vaguely mentioned last week that my eating habits post-marathon would be undergoing an overhaul, and that they are. On Monday, I started the Whole30.

 

In a nutshell, it’s 30 days of no grains, beans/legumes, dairy, sugar, or alcohol, and a lot of veggies, fruits, nuts, and meats.

This diet/program/whatever you want to call it has been discussed all over the interwebs for a couple of years now. I’d read about it on blogs, seen it on Pinterest, etc. At first, I thought it was just a weight loss program, and I thought people were insane for trying to lose weight by cutting out entire food groups. “Not sustainable!” I’d mumble. “Probably not safe, either.”

But then I read a few blog posts from bloggers I respect that talked about how the Whole30 cleared up allergies, asthma, and acne, and, most intriguing to me, solved ongoing digestive troubles. Those posts interested me enough to buy the book, It Starts With Food, and see what it had to say.

I don’t talk about this much (on the blog or in real life), but for a long time, I’ve had digestive issues. And because I don’t talk about it to any but my nearest and dearest, that’s all the info you get.

Sorry, internet, but you’re not my best friend. Yet.

In addition, my 28-year-old skin thinks it’s necessary to break out like a 14-year-old’s. Which is super awesome. I really believe that these two problems must be related to what I’m eating. And reading It Starts With Food made that belief even stronger.

I’ve been to three different doctors for these troubles, and none of them were much help. The first was my gyno, who referred me to a gastroenterology clinic. The doc there wanted to stick me on some drug (and acted like I was a complete moron for asking basic questions about said drug). The third doctor actually ran some tests for celiac, thyroid disorders, etc., but when they came back negative, said, “I guess that’s just how you’re made.” Not one of them asked about my diet. So I figured that instead of dropping endless $60 copays for no help, I could try cutting some food groups for 30 days.

Just to reiterate: I’m not doing this to lose weight. In fact, I expect to gain 2-3 pounds over the next couple of weeks, because I usually do when I ease up on training post-marathon. So please don’t yell “You don’t need to lose weight!” at me. That’s not the goal here.

The way I see it, if it works, cool. I will have saved money, discovered the root of the problem and, most importantly, be feeling better. If it doesn’t work, all I’m out is 30 days of peanut butter (and other stuff, obviously, but I sure do love PB).

Three days in, I can’t really say too much about it. I can say that eating a lot of fat (as per the program) is weird but satiating. I haven’t had the headaches, brain fogginess, or fatigue that the book warned could happen in the first week (knock on wood). I hope that because I don’t each much sugar anyway, this won’t be as hard for me as it is for some other people. It probably also helps that I’m not working out so my body’s not craving the carbies like normal.

So, that’s the road I’m on right now. I’ll let you know in 30 days what I learn.

 

Have you or anyone you know done the Whole30? What did you think?

Rock ‘n Roll Denver Marathon Recap

On Sunday, I ran the Rock ‘n Roll Denver Marathon. It’s one of my favorite races, and it’s where I set my PR in 2011, so I had high hopes for this race. Like most races, I went in with “A, B, and C” goals.

My “A” goal for any race is the goal that’s possible if all the stars align — the weather is ideal, I don’t have to stop to pee, and my body works just right. The “B” goal is a step down from that, and my “C” goal has nothing to do with times at all — something to fall back on if all the stars fall completely out of alignment. For this race, my “A” goal was 3:10, my “B” goal was to PR (anything under 3:13:17), and my “C” goal was, simply, to run the best race I could on that day. I missed my “A” goal, but met both B and C. Here’s how it went down:

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At the expo, with all my goals in place.

Saturday afternoon, we headed to Denver and hit up the expo, where we got a bunch of sweet freebies (my favorite part of any expo).

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Swag smiley face, courtesy of my husband.

We didn’t spend too much time at the expo, as I didn’t want to spend much time on my feet. After we left, we hit up Barnes and Noble and H&M (which were right by our hotel). This weekend, Denver was also holding its annual “Zombie Crawl,” so we got zombied out pretty fast and took refuge in the hotel. (I’m not sure what the purpose of the Zombie Crawl is, aside from giving thousands of people a chance to dress up and act weird).

Later, we had dinner with my BFF Hallie and her husband, then came back to relax and hit the hay early. And not sleep, of course.

My alarm went off at 4:30 on Sunday morning. I rolled out of bed, ate my bagel and PB and drank a bunch of water, and went back to bed for another hour. When the alarm went off again, I got up, got dressed, and annoyed Jordan with my nervous energy while he showered and got ready. We left the hotel at 6:15 and walked the couple of blocks from the Sheraton over to Civic Center park, where the start is. We found a secret cove of porta-potties with NO LINE and soon enough got in my corral.

rnr2013_at the startThis was the first year (of the five I’ve run this race) that I wasn’t pushing and shoving in a panic to get in the corral right at the start. So of course, this year, the start was delayed by 10 minutes. Ha. But eventually, the National Anthem played, the gun fired, and we were off!

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Not a bad view from the starting line.

I’m  always amazed by bloggers who can do a mile-by-mile recap of a race. My brain does not store miles like that. I do know that, as always, I hit the first few miles too fast before I settled into my groove. And I had to pee at the first set of porta-johns. I blame the delayed start. And also my tiny bladder.

The first half was uneventful; once I settled in, I was pretty close to right on pace. I hit the first half in 1:34 and change — perfect. Shortly after the half-marathon split is a beautiful downhill into Wash Park; I cruised it a little too quickly, but I was glad I did because at mile 16ish, my silly bladder decided that we needed to stop again. Not cool, bladder. And then at 18ish, I stopped to fix my shoe, which had been pinching for several miles and had gotten beyond bearable.

At that point, I was just a smidge behind my 3:10 goal, but I wasn’t too worried; I figured I could easily make it up over the next hour.


I saw Jordan’s cousin and her husband at mile 19. I was really happy to see them, as evidenced by my smile here. And I didn’t even know she took pictures, which shows how with it I am at mile 19.

Anyway, things were going fine until mile 21 or so, at which point the wind picked up. The last few miles are back in downtown Denver, and the buildings created a bit of a windtunnel. It was a headwind for a long time, and my already-beat legs just didn’t have the pep left in them to hold a 7:15 pace against the wind for the last 5 miles. I slowed significantly.

My least favorite part of this course is at mile 25.5-ish. There’s a short but steep hill there, and it. is. brutal. If it hadn’t been for one spectator in particular, I might not have made it up. (Dear lady in the pink sweater: If you read this, you are my hero. Thanks for the cheers.)

The reward for that brutal little uphill is a steep downhill to the finish. The highlight of my race was hearing the announcer say my name and that I was the #10 woman to cross the finish line. (Now the website says #9, so I’m not sure what happened there.)

I crossed in 3:13:01 — not the 3:10 I was hoping for, but definitely the best race I had in me that day — especially with that wind at the end. It wasn’t a perfect race (is there such a thing?) but it was a great one.

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And I got my favorite post-race rewards: A burger, beer, and sweet potato fries at the Yard House (another perk of staying at the Sheraton downtown. Also, don’t you love J’s shirt?!)

rnr2013_afterpartyand a pumpkin spice latte for the ride home.

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The next few days are all about recovery, and then…well, I don’t know yet.

Do you make multiple goals for a race?

What’s your favorite race story?

 

 

 

A Few of My Favorite Things: Speedy Weeknight Meals Edition

Remember on Sunday, when I said taper madness hadn’t set it? Well, I take it back: the madness has arrived. I ran a measly four miles with pick-ups today, and the whole time, my leg hurt, my foot hurt, my throat was scratchy…and nothing was actually wrong, outside of my brain. Oh, taper, why must you do this to me?

So to distract myself, let’s talk about food. Because why not.

I truly believe that the key to success when it comes to healthy eating is having a plan. And part of that plan, for me, involves an arsenal of speedy meals that I don’t really have to think too much about. “Speedy” is the key word there — by the time I get home, work out, and shower, it’s late, I’m starving, and the last thing I want to do is spend 45 minutes cooking.

Here are some of my go-to, 20-minutes-or-less meals. Sorry I don’t have pictures. I planned this post on that four-mile run, and having all these pictures would have required a little more forethought.

Fish Tacos with Fruit Salsa

 No, stupid. But it’s delicious.

I usually use tilapia, but any white fish would work. Here’s what you do: Thaw your fish (unless you’re lucky enough to live where there’s decent fresh seafood). Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Put the fish in a Pyrex (Pyrex can go in the dishwasher…yay, fewer dishes!) and sprinkle it generously with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne. Don’t measure; that’s a waste of time. Bake for 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your salsa: Dice a mango, pear, or peach. Stir in 1/2 a chopped red pepper, a bit of red onion, some cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

Shred the fish. Put it in a tortilla with the salsa. Devour.

Chicken with Arugula Polenta

Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook them in a skillet.

Meanwhile, boil 3.5 cups of chicken broth. When it boils, stir in 1 1/3 cups polenta. Cook until it’s thick. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup greek yogurt and a few handfuls of arugula.


(I have no idea what this creepy picture means. I googled “arugula” and this came up.)

Chicken Strips and Cheesy Rice

When J was a kid, his favorite meal was chicken nuggets and mac ‘n cheese. Because I’m the best wife ever, I healthified that meal so he can recapture his childhood now and then.

Cut chicken breasts into strips. Coat with a mix of whole-wheat panko, parmesean cheese, rosemary, and thyme. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Flip, then bake for another 10 or until done.

Meanwhile, cook brown rice according to the package directions. Stir in a handful of shredded cheese (a small handful — you want it flavored, not coated) and a Laughing Cow wedge.

We usually eat peas or green beans and/or a salad with this one.

Turkey Mini-Meatloaves

Mix a pound of ground turkey with a handful or two of oats, an egg, some Mrs. Dash, and a squirt of ketchup. Squish into muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the side dish you want. I’m a fan of microwaveable sweet potatoes and veggies. That way, it can all cook while I shower. Win.

Lemon-Pepper Cod

The easiest of all: Preheat your oven to 400 while you thaw some cod. Put the thawed cod in a sprayed Pyrex. Squeeze a lemon on top and sprinkle on a bunch of pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Serve with the same sides as above.

 

Those are a few of my favorites. Although that might all change, since I’m going to make some major dietary changes post-marathon (more on that next week). But whatever…they’ll still work for you (unless you’re vegetarian. Didn’t really take that into account, did I?)

What are some of your favorite weeknight meals? Feel free to post a link!

Time to Taper: Target Practice

Hi! Do you like the alliteration in my title there? I’m clearly on my way to being the next great American writer. Or not.

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Anyway, I feel like the only posts I’ve done lately are Target Practice posts. (I stole Target Practice, my weekly goal-setting posts, from Fit. Fun. Femme.) At least I’m being consistent with something blog-wise. This was another busy work-week, as it was Homecoming week (file that under “Things That Were More Fun As a Kid), but I guess that’s kind of a blessing: It kept Taper Madness at bay.

Let’s check in on last week’s goals, shall we?

Life: Have a better attitude. Um. About that. There was some major grumpiness  happening. The extra activities this week were not exactly well-organized, and I was not exactly nice about it. I give myself an F.

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Health: Get some good, solid rest this week. I did a decent job most nights of getting to bed fairly early. And I slept in this morning. (I’m 95 years old and waking up at 6:30 a.m. = “sleeping in”). A few nights were later than necessary, though. Grade: B.

Fitness: Run the easy miles easy, get my two days of strength work back in there, and do my usual 4-5 days of core work.  Here’s how the workout week went:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: AM: 40 minutes strength; PM: 5.1 miles of fartleks
Wednesday: 5 miles easy
Thursday: Tempo intervals — 3 x 1200m w/ 400m rest; 7 miles total; core work
Friday: 4.6 miles easy; 20 minutes body-weight strength work plus core work
Saturday: Spent the morning freezing at our home cross-country meet (I was the bib-tag remover. Though there were some near misses, no one barfed on me. I call that a win.) Then the sun came out, so I went home and ran 6 miles easy, then did 8-minute abs:

(If you’re one of the five people in the world who have yet to do this ab workout, go do it. It’s a decent workout, but I really love it because it’s so entertaining. That man with his capri pants and habit of calling everyone “gang” cracks me up.)

Sunday: 12-mile fast-finish long run. And that’s the last time I’ll run double-digits until the race!

Grade: A

And now for this week’s targets:

Life: Enjoy the less-stressful week. And don’t be a grump. And don’t check Sunday’s forecast 47,000 times. It looks good right now:

Health: The word of the week is “rest.” I want to be in my bed by 9:15 every night, and I want to wake up at the latest possible moment.

Fitness: Remind myself that the work is done, and pushing hard this week will hinder more than help. I’ve got one hard-ish workout on the schedule; the rest are easy. So my goal is to run them easy, as well as use some of the extra time to stretch and foam roll.

I hope you all have a good week! Also, blog-friends, I just want you to know that although I haven’t been commenting much, I have been reading your blogs. It’s just usually on my phone while I’m making copies or heating up my lunch. Or brushing my teeth. Someday, I will have a life again.

What do you do to keep taper madness away?

Ever puked or been puked on at a race?

How do you keep from being a grouch when things get stressful?

How to Shop Healthy When You Have to Shop Wal-Mart

A couple of weeks ago, I watched Forks Over Knives on Hulu while I ran on the treadmill. I know this movie sparked a lot of controversy when it first came out, but I mostly just thought it was interesting. I do think its overall argument — that Americans need to eat more plants and less crap — is a good one.

At one point , one of the women featured in the film talked about never shopping at Wal-Mart. I thought, “Isn’t that special.”

I’m sure it would be nice to shop at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods or Sprouts every week. But for some of us — especially those of us in rural America where Wal-Mart is THE grocery store (and the clothing store, and the hardware, and the craft store…) — not shopping there is pretty much not an option. Here in Fort Morgan, we have a also Safeway and a small local grocery, but neither has better selection than Wal-Mart, and who has time to go to three different stores on a single grocery trip? And some rural folks don’t have even those options. My sister-in-law, for example, drives 45 minutes each way just to get to Wal-Mart.

The good news is that healthy grocery shopping at Wal-Mart is completely possible…and Wal-Mart is getting better and better at carrying healthy foods. So if you’re a Wal-Mart shopper, from choice or necessity, here are some simple tips to help you fill that cart with healthy stuff.

Plan ahead

Shopping at Wal-Mart is stressful. It’s always crowded, and since they cram those aisles together as closely as possible, you’re always either in somebody’s way or waiting for someone to get out of your way. Or both. This means that stopping to casually browse the shelves or even read a label is nearly impossible. Thus, your shopping success hinges on having a detailed list.

Plan your healthy meals for the week, make a list of everything you’ll need to cook them, and refuse to deviate from that list.

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If while you’re shopping,  you see a new product that you’d like to try, but you can’t read the label without causing 47 people to line up behind you, don’t just toss that product in your cart and hope it’s healthy. Make a mental note (or take a fast picture) and Google it when you get home. Healthy? Put it on the list for next week.

Assume everyone is judging the contents of your cart. 

I’ll admit it: I’m a cart-judger. Should I judge? No, judging is rude. But I do it, and I know I’m not the only one.

Use jerks like me to your advantage. It’s a lot easier to bypass the Doritos if you think everyone who looks in your cart is thinking about what poor eating habits you have. And it’s a lot easier to not eat Doritos if they never make it into your cart and your cupboard.

Shop the perimeter. 

This is a pretty basic healthy-shopping tip, but it’s still a good one. Most of the junk is in the middle of the store. Most of the real food will spoil if it’s thrown in a box on a shelf, so it’s in the refrigerated sections along the side of the store. Stick to that area and deviate only for those nonperishable essentials ON YOUR LIST, like oatmeal, coffee, and canned pumpkin. (Oh, maybe those are just my essentials.)

Pride yourself on being smarter than the marketers. 

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Those highly-paid Wal-Mart marketing experts are smart. They know that people like me are telling you to shop the perimeter. So they’re sneaking crap into the perimeter, too. Bananas here? Oh, let’s put some NIlla wafers here, too. Apples? How about some caramel dip?

But you’re no fool, you. You know they’re trying to get you spend your hard-earned money on crap. And you don’t buy crap. Strut past those displays like a boss, and go get you some Nilla-free bananas.

Avoid the checkout line temptations. 

Just when you’re patting yourself on the back for not putting anything unhealthy in your cart, you find yourself stuck in a line of 25 people with the world’s slowest cashier. And next to you, for the 30 minutes you’re in line, is a whole shelf of this:

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Stay strong! Indulge your other guilty pleasures instead:

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Or pass the time by cart-judging other people. I won’t tell.

Where do you grocery shop?

What are your best healthy shopping tips?

Good Riddance to This Week and Target Practice for Next

I’m not going to lie, folks: I’m not sorry to see this week go. It certainly wasn’t the worst week ever, but it was busy, I was (am) tired, and calling my running “mediocre” this week would be generous. This coming week is Homecoming week, so it will be busy, too, but not quite as busy as last. Between meetings, games, and supervising the building of Homecoming parade floats, there was one night this week that I was home before 8:30. Since I get to work at 7, that made for some long days.

Also, I’m old. I had 12-13-hour days all the time in college, and I do not remember them wearing me out like this.

Anyway…normally on Target Practice days, I check in on the previous week’s goals, but last week I made goals for all of October. So we won’t do that. Especially since I already missed one (blog twice a week). Oops. So instead, here’s a look at my workout week:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: AM: 35 minutes strength training PM: My training schedule said “fartleks.” My legs said, “No way.” So I ran 7 miles easy. My digestive system decided that since the legs didn’t have to work hard, neither did it, and it threw a fit. My stomach is a two-year-old. Awesome.
Wednesday: 11 miles with 10 at marathon goal pace. I was still tired but definitely glad I took Tuesday easy.
Thursday: 8-mile fartlek run…how my legs felt better the morning after a hard workout than after a rest day, I do not know. It was still harder than it really should have been, but possible.
Friday: 7 slow, miserable miles followed by 25ish minutes of wimpy, lackadaisical strength training. I was not feeling the whole “exercising” thing on Friday.
Saturday: 8 miles easy. It was cold and windy, but this was one of the best runs I had all week. I loved it.
Sunday: 16-mile fast-finish long run
Totals: 58 miles running, 1 hourish strength.

Instead of dwelling on the not-so-awesome parts of the week, I’m trying to focus on the good. Like the fact that I ran more miles (even if a lot of them flat sucked) during my first week of taper than during the peak of training for this same race two years ago, when I set my PR. And now I’ve got two weeks of serious tapering until the race!

Here are a couple of other good things that also happened this week:

photo (8)This was actually last Sunday, but whatever. And it’s blurry because I was trying to be sneaky. Here’s the story: I love to have my house decorated for the seasons, and I love silk flowers. I have two big vases and several small ones that I like to change out each season. However, my lack of artistic talent makes this a major (and majorly frustrating) task for me. So my amazing husband, who is much more artistically blessed than I am but couldn’t care less if there were flowers in his house, put out all my fall flowers. They look fantastic. I am so lucky.

photo (9)My Boston finisher stuff finally came yesterday. It made me happy and sad all at once.

And I don’t have a picture for this one because I was too busy stuffing my face, but we just got home from my brother’s birthday celebration. We hadn’t seen him and his girlfriend for a while, and it was a really nice time. (Side note: They went skydiving yesterday. How cool is that for a 30th birthday present?!)

Now that I’m feeling better about life, let me set some goals for the upcoming week.

Target Practice

Target Practice is a weekly goal-setting post. I stole the idea from Fit. Fun. Femme. Speaking of Fit.Fun.Femme, Sara, who blogs over there, ran a PR half marathon this weekend. She’s a rockstar. Congrats, Sara!!!

Life: Have a better attitude than last week. I had quite a number of grumpy days. Yes, I was busy. Yes, I was tired. No, I did not need to let that make me snippy with my husband or my students. I will be less of a grump this week. Even if everyone (student-wise) is whining because I make them work during Homecoming week.

Time to stop being Grumpy Cat, Cassie.

Health: Get some good, solid rest this week. There were several days last week that by fifth period, I was just dragging. Which, of course, contributed to the grumpiness. Some more sleep–and some more down time before going to bed– should improve that issue.

Fitness: It’s taper time, folks! Last week wasn’t a huge cutback; this week, my mileage will be somewhere in the 40s. So my goal is to run the easy miles easy, get my two days of strength work back in there, and do my usual 4-5 days of core work. I really slacked on core last week.

And that’s that.

How do you deal with crummy weeks?

Tell me something cool you did this weekend. Even if it’s not as cool as skydiving.