Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fruits of labor

A co-worker hasn't been keeping up with his veggies lately so he brought in the most beautiful chard I've ever seen, tomatoes on the vine, and...

Giant zucchini! 
 Happy to report:

  1. Zucchini did not fall off rack during ride home. 
  2. I didn't bike into any parked cars today.
  3. I decided not to baby the calf and did not walk my bike up the hill home - and calf feels fine!
Suggestions for what to do with a giant zucch? There are plenty more at the office to schlep home. Casserole? Bread? Looking for recipe recommendations.

Upon arriving home, the little man and I picked up the mail. I was quite surprised to find...

Rock Encore: RNR NOLA & Seattle.
Next up will be the Triple Crown after completing RNR Las Vegas!

Monday, August 29, 2011

LOVE these guys

And they're coming to Seattle in October. CAN'T WAIT!

Listen to the whole album and your butt will shake to the rhythms. Then you'll want to add them to your running playlist. And you'll find you burn more calories and you'll run with a smile on your face.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

NUUN HTC Bloggy Encounter

NUUN's Hood to Coast Relay Teams: NUUN Platoon & AfterNUUN Delight are heading out Friday morning to begin the relay of all relays: HOOD TO COAST.

Today, bloggers from all corners of the U.S. flew into Seattle to prepare for their weekend adventure. Lucky for me, Average A sent me a text - She, LB, and Susan were downtown. They ditched their bags in my office & then we headed up to the market:

Average A & A
Unfortunately, my photo of the four of us in front of the first Starbucks (at the market) didn't turn out. After a bit, I had to go back to work. Shirk work!

A conference and some database work later, the ladies came back for the bags and brought a couple more friends with them, the lovely Ironwoman Emily and XLMIC.

I'm so excited for these ladies! Hood to Coast is SO much fun (I was on two different corporate teams in 1993, 2006 and LOVED LOVED LOVED it). A co-worker taught me how to use Twitter today so I'll be following these lovely ladies as they cruise from the top of Mt. Hood down to the cool Seaside coast.

Back in the Emerald City, I'll be celebrating my graduation from 15 minute to 25 minute runs (every other day) - THANK YOU Brian @ Madison Park TAI!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Slacker update

I've been lame about posting lately but things have just been busy here at home, at the gym, and at work.

I'm keeping up with blogs, reading but not commenting much, and am really excited about the NUUN HTC relays this weekend. Someone tell me how to use Twitter so I can follow the happenings?

Overall, things are going well. I'm up to 15 minutes of running every other day. Tomorrow morning (7:20 a.m., baby!) I have PT and am hoping to graduate to 20 minute runs.

I'm lifting and getting stronger in my arms but I don't feel any improvement in my core. I'm convinced that Baby F just destroyed my core forever. Little twerp.

Today was my first bike commute since June, yes!, but had to walk my bike up the hill home because my calf was complaining. I really don't want to risk re-injury so I'll take it easy on the hills for a while. It felt so good to zip to work this morning instead of take the light rail.

In other news...

I'm planning a Vegas bachelorette party in December, which culminates in the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Half Marathon run! I can their website claim that they're the biggest night-time running event when this is going to be their first night-time event? How do they know? I'm curious about who will be performing this year. I am secretly hoping for another Bret Michaels show. H.O.T.

Reading "Racing Weight" and developing a strategy to improve my body composition. My goal: Get down 8 lbs by Thanksgiving and < 20% body fat. It's pretty ambitious since I can't train that hard right now but I'll give it a go and see how I do. Any improvement is welcome and will make me faster. It's a bit arbitrary since I don't have any races to get lean for other than Seattle Half Marathon and I really don't even know if I have time to finish rehab/recovery and train for that. What I need is a late December/early January race but there aren't any around here at that yucky time of year.
Please don't make me sacrifice the good stuff!
More on the "Get me lean" plan later.
Until then, I gotta hit the sack to rest up for PT tomorrow.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Daily Sweat


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Triple Crown

I'm up to running 10 minutes every other day, after tomorrow I can bump it up to 15 minutes every other day. I'm still not sure what this means about training for an actual race but I was checking the calendar and it's looking like I might be able to squeeze an "A" race in at the very end of December or in early January.

The only catch is that there aren't any local races (half marathons) in late December or early January. Drat.

Oh, but wait! I just bought an airplane ticket today to attend my girlfriend's bachelorette party in
LAS VEGAS on December 3 - 5. 
(I may have had some influence over which dates we went down for the party.) 

You know what that means?

Third RNR event in 2011 gets me the Triple Crown, baby!

Don't worry, I'm not crazy enough to think this will be a "race" race on the Sunday night of a bachelorette party weekend. It will be fun though, and a good opportunity to purify the system before heading home.

In the meantime, I'm trying to convince other members of the party to stick around for the race. Wishful thinking?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Communities within a community

We are one big running community and within that, we are many communities. This even more apparent to me now that I've entered the blogosphere. I wonder though, which communities do you consider yourself to be a part of?

A couple weeks ago, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Determined to Be Fit, which included mention in THIS race re-cap post of a group called Black Girls Run. According to the website:

 The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.

It got me thinking about how sometimes I'm at a race and I get excited when I see a Latina. Not so much Latinos, but definitely Latinas. Sorry, I'm all about the girl power. How cool is that, to have this group, Black Girls Run, encouraging black women to get out and run, be healthy, and support each other?

In the Seattle area, you are much more likely to see Latinos and some other non-white groups (e.g., Asian American, Pacific Islander) running than African Americans but for the most part, we're a fairly homogenous running community in Seattle (white-looking, but not just due to the lack of sun). It's just the demographics of the area, I guess? I'm white but also a Mexican-American or Chicana, which is 1970's talk for someone of Mexican descent but a U.S. citizen. I'm a mix, I'm a mutt, a I'm a mixed-nut. Which makes me...just American I guess.

Anyway, I still can't help but get excited when I see people, especially young women, who appear to be Latinas. It's not always evident by just looking at someone (duh) but I still have to admit that it makes me feel encouraged for women and non-white women especially. Is that superficial?

Young women all around struggle with self esteem, weight, education, and many other social and economic issues and it's so uplifting to see WOMEN of all backgrounds out there pushing themselves.

Do any of you belong to groups that provide support to under-represented groups in health & fitness or otherwise? LBGT? Ethnic groups? 

I'm curious what groups are out there and if anyone has heard of a running group that focuses on getting young Latinas together to encourage and celebrate health & fitness? 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Non-running streak is OVER!

Dr. Brian said he could see the smile on my face while standing behind me as I ran on his treadmill today. It was THAT big. 

Today WOULD HAVE BEEN my 47th non-running day

I got 1 mile in on the treadmill and felt fine! Rx for this coming week includes some awesome new strength moves I'll share later and 10 minutes of running every other day as long as I have no pain.

AND... (it gets better)

I get to resume my bicycle commute to work which I've really been missing because it's such a great way to start a work day, zipping through town. 

WOOHOO! I'm alive again! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hands in the air, back AWAY from the salt!

A while back, I listed off a few podcasts that I enjoy as well as a few that y'all recommended (HERE). Well, I had backed off on listening to most running-related podcasts because frankly, all those podcasts were depressing me. Just a constant reminder that I CAN'T RUN. It's been 45 days, folks.

Well, I'm back to listening because I'm thinking my calf is doing better and I'm HOPING (praying) that I get the green light to start (walk)jogging soon - or at least get clearance to ellipticize. That's ALMOST running, right?

Anyway, last night on Ben Greenfield Fitness, I heard an interesting interview with a South African expert on hydration, Dr. Tim Noakes. Dr. Noakes claimed that the fitness drink industry has taken hold of our minds and brainwashed us all into thinking we will collapse without their products. The interview included an interesting summary of research on hydration in athletes, dating from pre-1950's to the present. In his decades of study, Dr. Noakes claims there is not a single study that indicates that we should be taking salt/sodium supplements during endurance events.

Whoa! Say what? He even went to far as to say that there is NO research that shows that we need to be drinking enough fluids during events that we minimize weight loss. Instead, he recommends only drinking for thirst and that weight loss is expected and perfectly fine.

For an interesting listen, check out this interview in Ben's Episode #157: The Death of Gatorade – Should You Stop Using Electrolytes During Exercise? 
I guess no more excuses for potato chips now?

Friday, August 5, 2011

My favorite - FLIES!

So I'm supposed to be doing a lot of balancing stuff for my physical therapy, including standing on one leg on one of these (doing it with eyes closed is the next step):

I was in the gym today, standing on one leg on the disc, listening to Missy Elliot, and thinking about how my arms were just along for a free ride. Laying at my side doin' nothin'. "Aha!" moment. I found something to do with my arms while balancing. Enter these:

and some FLY ACTION! I wish I had a picture. They were brilliant!

Balancing on one leg on the disc, cranking out flies to Missy E. 

This is definitely my new favorite move. You gotta try it!

And for those of you who've had a sweltering summer, this is what our cool summer in Seattle has led us to:

sweaters on trees, yes. your eyes don't deceive you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

35 min. strength training + PT exercise routine

Is it worth adding a lat row? Pull down? I'm thinking swimming covers a lot of the arm & back stuff?

What? No, it's o.k. you don't have to worry...I have no designs on becoming a graphic artist. Keeping my day job.

38 days since I last ran, but who's counting?