On running: a plan!

So, while I haven’t run more than 2ish miles since I moved here, I’ve got some long races coming up. I really should be in some sort of shape resembling “fit” and not “round and flabby”.
Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.35.53 PMI’ve had to rework my plan for the summer/year since we’re buying this house that needs a lot of our money time to fix up. So, gone are my Montana 50mi and my Wyoming Memorial weekend marathon since they’re too far and have serious time conflicts with K. We just can’t afford to be that far away for that amount of time right now with what needs (or will need) to be done at the house & the logistics of his work travel. (trying to ignore how overwhelming that is)

BUT! Not to worry. I’ve decided to take a whole different direction!
*drumroll*

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TRAINING RUNS!

Hold up. Wait.

WHAT?!

Who is this person?

I think I’m lacking oxygen. Not thinking straight. Clearly.
Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.53.20 PMSo. I’ve found a couple half marathons that I think will be excellent training runs for Pikes Peak. I’m not in any reasonable shape for Deadwood Marathon in 2 weeks, but that’s ok. I’ll finish and I’m just thinking of it as a training run.

I’m signed up for a trail half next weekend, then considering Leadville Heavy Half in June. Add that to the 10miler in June (and the marathon), the 12k in July, plus Barr Trail 12miler…I should be in some sort of presentable shape at Pikes Peak in August. Whew.

Let’s make this easier to follow:
5/30 Big Mountain half R
6/7   Deadwood Mickelson marathon R
6/14 Garden of the Gods 10miler (Pikes Triple Crown Series) R
6/20 Leadville half (?)
7/4   HuHot half
7/12 Summer Roundup 12k (Pikes TCS) R
8/15 Pikes Peak Marathon R

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.42.37 PMWhew. Well. That’s something of a plan. And I think K about had a heart attack when I said, “I’m considering these half marathons because I don’t think the marathons at the altitude and terrain is a smart idea right now. The half distance is more conducive to building mileage without killing myself.”

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Some workouts!

Monday, 5/18
CrossFit
“You can’t spell legendary without leg day.” -coach Loree

imageI felt rushed during the squats, so I don’t feel I did my best. I could have gone heavier. But, the 6th set of 6, definitely hurt. So, I guess I ‘saved’ the set in the end.

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WOD:imageMy hands. Ooof. I went pretty conservative during the WOD. More of a slow-and-steady pace. I want to workout with more volume this week, so I’m dialing back the intensity. We’ll see how it goes.

Tuesday 5/19
CrossFit
My plan to not go 100% yesterday didn’t really help. Sore as he**! My abs! Oh, we didn’t do abs yesterday, you say? Right. Heavy squats, pullups, pushups, some gymnastic mobility…no, none of that uses abs.
Anyway, today’s WOD:
imageThe KB bench press wasn’t too difficult, but I went a little lighter since I’m sore. I think tomorrow is going to HURT.
imageThe WOD was strict technique work and SHOCKER…was hard. I didn’t think that a minute of work, with a minute rest, for several minutes would hurt so much. But, it did. Welcome to CF. Our score was based on how many total pullups we did.
imageLast Friday I took one of K’s friends & old co-worker from Lake Placid (she was here for work) to the Incline. She lives at 3,000ft, hikes often and is training for IMLP. Oh, and she’s 23. Ooof. She did just fine. Despite taking time to chat, talk to other climbers, and take pictures, I finished 5min faster than the last 2 times! Whoo! I’m still REALLY slow, but I can see progress. I was faster this time and didn’t feel like I pushed it harder. I will feel more comfortable pushing it like a harder run once I get to the Dr. and get a new inhaler Rx. Until then, it’s a good strength day and time on the trails!
imageimageAfter the Incline we went and rode the Terror-dactyl, a super-touristy ride. It’s a slingshot type thing over a canyon. It was awesome.
imageThis isn’t us (obviously), but we didn’t want to pay for the GoPro video that’s just a face shot. Stupid. Anyway, the canyon was fun!

Monday 5/18/15: REI sale

I don’t really have any exciting workouts to report, (well, I do, but this post is long enough without talking about workouts…) but I really wanted to talk about my new sleeping bag! I’m very excited about it. Last month REI did 20% off one item per member rewards and everyone got their yearly dividend. We decided to wait since we couldn’t decide what we needed, and one of the associates told us there would be a big anniversary sale in May. Which is now.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.55.06 AMWe stopped by the Denver store yesterday on the way to the airport. We didn’t have anything in mind to get, but we knew we’d find something. With the (hopefully) new house and moving, I have no idea how much we’ll get to backpack and camp this summer, so we’re not in need of much.  *sadface* Before leaving I wanted to go drool over my dream sleeping bag. I couldn’t find the bag anywhere! I was a little bummed, but said, “Oh well, the Springs store still has it and I can order online when I want it.” We started to leave and…there it was! On a special display for the sale. Whoa. So it was marked down from $330 to $250. BUT…BUT….they didn’t have anymore like the two display models (600 & 800 fill, 2 & 3 season). They had ONE women’s version left of the 3-season I had picked out. Well, it was marked at $380 and not ringing up on sale (I think the sale was only the ’14 models). The awesome lady said, “Well, the men’s version can’t be on sale and not the women’s. That’s not acceptable. How about a price adjustment?” So, she adjusted it down, “close enough” she said, and then with my dividend reward, brought the price down to well under $200. So, who scored this almost $400 bag for under $200? Me! SO excited.

So. This bag.  Here’s a video!
The back story is that I’m a BAD sleeper. I wake up and can’t go back to sleep. I can fall asleep quickly when I’m tired (like when backpacking), but only sleep for 4-5 hours. I just can’t get comfortable, noises, etc. I have particular bedtime routines at home and HAVE to be covered in bed. It can be hot, but there better be a fan because I need to be covered. Has to be dark! Anyway, enough with my odd personality quirks & sleeping issues.

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(display model, not the one I got)

When I saw this review of the Backcountry Bed last year, I knew I HAD to have it. I can roll around and pull the ‘comforter’ up and over me? Pockets for my hands?! YES, PLEASE! The unfortunate thing was that it wasn’t available last June before we started our section hike of the AT and I had to settle for one of K’s old bags.

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Oh! Food! Can’t blog without something about food. K wanted thai as his “last meal” before a long travel week. I made curry Saturday and he wanted more yesterday. So, I found a place on Yelp and it was a dive. I wasn’t expecting that, but the reviews were great. And it was. I don’t know what kind of noodles they put in my curry (probably rice or sweet potato), but the menu had extensive gluten-free options and my HUUUUGE bowl was delicious. He got pad thai and this pic really doesn’t give the scale of how huge this bowl was.
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So, if you’re into the outdoors…get to the REI sale! Some great deals. A 3-season down sleeping bag for that price? Awesome. K got a couple things he needed as well. He’s still into cycling and some other road sports, but I have really moved on.

Days like this I keep repeating, “I really need to sell my bikes.” They are just sitting in a room. I think I’ve ridding one of them twice in 2 years. I’d much rather get my pack or trail shoes and go out for 6 hours than ride my tri bike for any amount of time. Anyone want a Litespeed titanium tri bike that has less than 1,000 miles? I tried to sell it to one of K’s friends who is doing her first Ironman and will probably continue with the sport, but she lives in Lake Placid and wants to stick with a road bike for now.
Guess it’s time for Craigslist and/or Ebay.

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“That looks like fun!”

The worst words one can mutter when looking at the CrossFit WOD. Sigh.

So today I was pretty excited about the WOD!
Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 8.56.47 PMRunning: check
Heavy kettlebell swings: check
Double Unders: check

All 3…for 30minutes. At altitude (no, I’m not acclimated yet). Sigh. Wait, I can’t sigh. I can’t breathe.
So the WOD was:

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Every 5 minutes for 30 minutes. I averaged about a minute rest at the end of each round: Not. Enough.

In the class, I did fine. I went heavier on the KB (45lbs) than all the other ladies except one. Was really glad I didn’t stick with the 53lb, like I had originally picked up. Whew.
The one faster female (ex track runner) crushed me the first 2 rounds, then she really fell off at the 3…then nowhere close to the front by the last 2 rounds. So, even though I’m not acclimated, TERRIBLY out of shape, overweight…this proves: CrossFitters don’t run.
Now, I don’t either, but I guess I’m damn proud of myself for knowing how to pace, and mentally am tough enough to push it moderately hard for 400-800m (or longer). In my mind…it’s just so short. At least I’m good at something. The bar. It’s low.
Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 9.02.26 PMRounds 3 and 4, I was really cursing myself for not knowing where my inhaler is, that I haven’t found a Primary Care Dr yet and haven’t gotten a new Rx. I *NEED* to get that done before my next marathon and before Pikes Peak marathon ramps up.

Running: each round was 2min or under. Not nearly my best, but pretty happy with that for where I’m at right now. If I had to hold an 8min/mi, it would hurt bad. But, it’s coming back.
KB: swings were fine. I could have done 53lbs, but I probably wouldn’t have finished each round in time. So, I judged well.
DU’s: They’re coming back! After a short breathe break after the swings, I was able to string together 15-20 each round. *golf clap*
Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 8.55.28 PMFinally, Coach was AWESOME today. She was high as a kite on caffiene, waaay too much coffee. It was hilarious. It made the class very fun –but still motivating and she was still respectful, respected, and in charge. The energy was great!

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Tomorrow: I’m sure it won’t be so pretty. In fact, it’s a suck-fest. I’m not sure if I’ll do the WOD, maybe only the strength portion (Back squats: whooo, hello ass!) and then the 5k “fun run” in the evening. We’ll see. My point is: not every day is a good day. Even when it it’s horrible and amazing at the same time.

Hope you enjoyed all the memes…I didn’t take any pictures today. Haha.

May…and April? Ch, cha, cha, changes!

Oh, so it’s been a month. Sorry.
Short version: I did Whole30. Felt amazing: of course. I did not do the 30 days of running. I think I lasted a little over a week? I don’t know and I don’t care. I *DID* get in the groove of working out (or movement, walking, park, etc) every day which was the purpose of the running thing. But, yeah, I should be running…

Long version: I spent a lot of time trying to unpack, separate more things to sell/donate/downsize. Try to get this rental in order and feel like home.
During free time, or while doing things around town, we’ve been exploring parts of town to see what & where we like…and don’t like.
On April 25th (less than 2 weeks ago) we saw some open houses. Apparently it was “Open House Weekend” for Colorado Springs with a huge amount of open houses. We hit it off with a realtor, fellow trail runner and backpacker. We were very upfront that we were just browsing and planned to buy next spring after really getting a feel of town for about a year. Well, we had a couple houses we wanted to see, but didn’t see the rush. He was happy to set them up for us and we saw 3 on Sunday, the 26th. Loved one of them, but left with the thought of, “that’s awesome, but we need to think about it, we didn’t want to rush.”
He called that night and said, “the house has 3 offers from this afternoon.” WHOA. WTF. We were quickly educated that the market here is INSANE and things are getting multiple offers after 1 day on the market. He advised that if we were even halfway serious, to get our financials in order and be ready to make an offer if our dream house comes on the market. (which, was no surprise as the selling season is really heating up right now to start the summer)
So, Monday 27th he sets me up with email alerts of new listings as they hit the market in our price range and desired neighborhoods & we get our financials ready with our lender. Again, being very honest that it could be a month, 6, 8, or 12 before we are ready.
Wednesday (29th) late afternoon I get an email of a house at the low end of our budget, near Garden of the Gods. Whoa. This neighborhood is almost impossible to get into. Not many houses, people don’t leave, and location, Location, LOCATION. I go drive by and think it’s promising.

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I call him immediately and say “we need to look at this ASAP. It will sell tomorrow.” The listing agent tells ours that we can’t see it until Friday, when the house is cleaned and cleared. Ok. Friday it is. Well, Thursday the listing agent calls ours and says, “There is serious interest, we have 5 showings Friday. If your clients want it, go today and put in an offer.” So last Thursday (30th–less than 1 week after “casually looking”) we are standing in the house (full, dirty, still with occupants…awkward) and put in an offer with a SIX HOUR limit for the sellers to accept. We knew that Friday morning they’d have more offers and we didn’t want a bidding war, nor could we really afford it. They accepted!
Found an inspector for THE NEXT DAY, Friday. I’m there with the Inspector, my Agent and K….and people are showing up for their showings. So. So. Awkward. But…schawiiiiing. Who is the winner? This gal. They were all pissed and saying things like, “oh, you’re so lucky! No one was supposed to see it until today!” Well, I don’t think “lucky” so much as “on top of things” and willing to take a huge risk of paying full ask,no concessions, on a house that needs work and is sold “as is”.

So. That was the last week and a half. In that time we’ve gotten contractor bids, finalized negotiations with the seller (even after no concessions, there were things to be worked out) and now are waiting on the lenders to do their job.

The final appraisal is tomorrow. I feel like this is the last hurdle. It could all fall apart next week when that report comes back, but I’m optimistic at his point because the sellers are VERY motivated as their closing on a new house is conditional on this one. And we are very motivated as we feel like this house is a steal…despite the work we will need to put into it.
Oh, the next house for sale in the neighborhood…listed at $110,000 MORE than ours. On a smaller lot, farther from the park. Sure, it’s almost double the size, but we wanted small + big lot. There’s no way we can afford anything else in this area.
3 trailheads, each LESS THAN a 1/4mi from the potential front door. <3

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Oh yeah, the Red Rocks Canyon trails are close too.

So, less than 1 month of living here we’re about to move again. But, it feels right. The first place I’ve wanted to buy a house in over 10 years. I’ve found home!*
At this point if it doesn’t work out, I think we’ll be pretty disappointed and will take a break from looking. Nothing will compare to the house at this location (at this price).

*Pics of the house once it’s ours.

April 2-first week?

I kept procrastinating…didn’t feel like uploading pics, then was busy, then was VERY tired…then having tons of fun…I attempt to catch up…

April 2… Weather was less than pleasant this morning and kind of threw off my day.
Nothing special food wise…
Breakfast: bowl of red curry veggies, 2 pieces of bacon
Lunch: big bowl of brussels/broccoli salad, bowl of curry
Dinner: ugh, I’ve forgotten. I really need to type it up after every meal or take a pic.
RUN: 1mi, 9:34.

April 3: early morning into Denver. I forgot to eat breakfast and used the last of my coffee. I was so worried about getting my stuff together, making bone broth for my travel mug, and getting out the door…I was very ‘off’. I even took salad out of the fridge and left it on the counter. Sigh.
image“lunch”: stopped at Mmmm…Paleo for a coffee. Saw they had several Whole30 compliant options and picked up a meat stuff, bacon wrapped date. DELICIOUS. I never would have thought of this. Cheese stuffed, almond stuffed, bacon wrapped…yes. Meat? Never crossed my mind. It was great to have a safe option while I was out all day, since I failed to prepare. If you’re in Denver, I recommend stopping in!

turkey enchilada stuffed date wrapped in bacon...

turkey enchilada stuffed date wrapped in bacon…

imageDinner: RAVENOUS when I got home. Well, not ‘ravenous’, but I was crashing hard.
Big piece of salmon and salad. Sauteed that sucker in bacon grease and coconut oil and it was so good. Wish I had bought more. Oh well.
imageRUN: 7p, after dinner settled. I was so tired and hadn’t eaten enough, but I did it. Why bother to change out of your fuzzy house socks? No need!
1mi: 10:27

High fashion running

High fashion running

April 4: CF in the morning, then errands and dog park. Didn’t eat enough–again. Sigh.
We tried Skirted Heifer and it was great! What a good option after CF.
(grass fed beef, egg, jalapenos, avocado, etc)
imageRUN: 1mi: 10:51, even after a hard CF workout and being out all day!

April 5: BUSY FUN DAY!! <3
Garden of the Gods, then the dog park, then after a very quick stop at home to drop off the dogs and grab some veggies for me, we went to Pikes Peak. It was 2p-ish and getting late, but we could see the weather up there was so clear that we took advantage of it.
EXHAUSTING day.
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avocado, red pepper in lettuce. Gourmet, right?  (not shown: brisket)

avocado, red pepper in lettuce. Gourmet, right?
(not shown: brisket)

K's first time up Pikes!

K’s first time up Pikes!

April 6: Today wasn’t great. I was really feeling my dehydration and under nutrition from the weekend. It really caught up to me. I felt really horrible all day. Still ate great though!

smoked chicken leg

smoked chicken leg

April 7: My appetite is really suppressed….not getting hungry until lunchtime.
B/L: BIG bowl of roasted veggies and a chicken leg.
red curry, 1/4 sweet potato
Dinner: broccoli brussels salad
imageI went to an REI Outdoors class: How to Hike 14ers. GREAT teacher (72 years young, climbed all CO’s 14ers TWICE, Denali, Kilamanjaro, Leadville & Hardrock 100, etc etc etc)
However, a Boy Scout Troop was there as part of their plan to hike Pikes in June. Well, these ‘boys’ were probably 13-14ish years old. They were more interested in texting and talking to each other than listening. I was LIVID. The instructor wasn’t a loud talker and didn’t have a mic (which was fine), but I couldn’t hear over their conversations. What made it worse was their leader didn’t make them shut up! I wanted to walk out so badly, but K said I really needed to go to the class as it did provide great tips and insight. Really ruined what should have been a great evening. Effing uncontrolled kids.

Guess I need more coffee. Now I’m in a bad mood thinking about last night!

In summary (if you’ve bothered to read this far):
Whole30 is going great! Haven’t felt the carb withdrawl, anger, ‘flu’, etc that I was expecting! GREAT news. Guess I wasn’t as far off the deep end as I thought (despite what my too-small clothes and scale says). And, we’re having tons of fun!

On a good note, here is a pic of the eclipse from near my house!

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Where I try to establish normalcy

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Entrance to the dog park. This place is HUGE.

Monday night (after I posted the last blog entry) I was so motivated! I was going to do the Incline the next day! I was going to shop for the Whole30 I want to start tomorrow! Debating a month-long run streak (1mi minimum)…ALL THE THINGS! Then, *someone* (not me) left the bedroom door open and the dogs got restless and I was up many times with them coming and going. Then one dog was upset and kept nudging my arm, his pathetic head on the side of the bed, wanting me to let him up. Why was he upset and needy? Because the other dog was in HIS bed. Nevermind that we have no less than 4 dog beds and several dog blankets. ANYWAY…no Incline today. Maybe I’ll try a 1mi jog.

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Guard dog

March 31: 30min walk in dog park. Stayed for at least an hour and read a book. This place is HUGE! Real trails for walking and/or running. Hills. A big stream with rocks going the length of one side. The dogs (and I) love it.

April 1: HERE WE GO! Walk in dog park.
Breakfast: 2 chicken drumsticks roasted w/Paleo Powder. Curry roasted cauliflower. Lunch: red curry (as I work on this post), roasted carrots, lots of hot tea

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Lunch2?: big bowl of broth, ‘ramen’ style, sweet potato noodles, veggies + herbs
Dinner: broccoli & brussels salad (delicious!) Note: I didn’t use any dried fruit, and didn’t have an orange either. Used 5tbsp of olive oil and extra lemon. Oh, and more bacon since this was my only dinner dish… Either this salad is that good, or brussels are growing on me. I think it’s a little of both!
imageI almost made a huge mistake, on day 1. I put honey in my tea travel mug to take to the dog park. Thankfully, I left it in the car. I’m glad I hadn’t even had any! I’ve been using it all week to help ward off any allergies in my new environment. Whew. Close call. Side note: the Yeti travel mug is AWESOME. It stays hot for HOURS. Sometimes too hot and I have to leave the lid off to let it cool off. But, seriously, keeps temperature all day.

Run: 1mi. 10:14 pace. Starting at ZERO. Moderately hard pace, several hills. I had to walk a steep hill to catch my breath (didn’t bring my inhaler).

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Shitty phone pic does this view no justice. Storm rolling in over Pikes Peak, taken at the start of my 1mi run. Beat the storm!

I think I’ll end this post there. If I wasn’t clear, I’m doing another Whole30 AND a 30 day run streak: 1mi minimum. It’s not my plan, or intention, to run a huge amount of miles. Rather, get used to 1. working out every day, 2. get my lungs used to this altitude, and 3. try to get a *little* fitness during this acclimation time and Whole30.
I’ve races to do! And SOON!