Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday favorites

Favorite run:
My track workout this week - 5x800 with a 400 recovery and warm-up and cool-down, 7 miles total.  I've never been good about getting in consistent speed work on a track and it's one thing I'm committed to doing for my upcoming training cycle for Bayshore and something I'd love to maintain in between training cycles.  This was my third consecutive week and I love it.  I get there right as the sun is just starting to come up and I normally have it all to myself.  Doing speed work on a track gives me a confidence boost that I can't get from the treadmill.  I try to arrange my training so I do long runs and pace-specific runs outside and anything I do on the treadmill is easy running.

Favorite new treadmill show:
"Favorite" might be questionable and I don't know if I'll continue with it or not, but is anyone else watching The Following?  Oh my goodness.  I needed a new treadmill show (Pretty Little Liars wasn't cutting it anymore) and Brian and I decided we would both start watching House of Cards on the treadmill, so we that we would kind of be watching it together, but we would each get something new for the treadmill.  Then he tells me he started The Following instead and recommended I watch that.  I watched the first episode one morning while everyone else was still asleep, it was still dark outside, and it was first thing in the morning.  It made me jump and grab the treadmill rails multiple times...but it also made the miles fly by.  I asked him if that was some kind of cruel joke when he woke up and told him I was going to switch to House of Cards...but now I might be hooked.

Favorite new things I'm listening to on my runs:
I finished Serial.  I won't spoil the ending for anyone who is in the middle of it.  But I would love to hear what everyone else thinks.  I'm a little conflicted...I was hoping for a little more and that's all I'll say out of respect for people still listening.

I really liked listening to something and might be going back into a phase of listening to books.  I  downloaded  The Girl on the Train.  I'm only about an hour or so into it and it seems good so far, it's definitely got me curious for more.  Any suggestions from anyone?

Favorite new thing the boys are doing:
Being able to follow's amazing.  They can't talk yet, but they can (sometimes) follow instructions if I tell them something such as to pick up the green ball and bring it to me.  It's really so cool to watch them do this.

Favorite things I read:
25 ways you know you're a stay at home mom - oh, #2, how I know you

18 easy slow cooker recipes that will feed a crowd - I need to start using my crock pot on a more regular basis....anyone have any favorite recipes to share?

You know you're screwed at the start line when.... - oh no

27 things to start doing for your happiness - this is good stuff

What are your favorite things from this week?

If you finished Serial, what did you think of the ending?  

Are you watching The Following?  What do you think?

Any good audio books to recommend for listening to while I run?

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Favorites

Favorite run:
All of my recent cold weather runs.  While it's not my ideal running weather, I actually kind of like it....after the first mile.  In recent years I've had to run on the treadmill in most of the cold weather and it's nice to be able to get outside again.  My babysitter definitely thinks I'm crazy though :)

Favorite registration:
The Bayshore marathon!  Brian and I were planning on running Sugarloaf this spring and didn't think there was much left to discuss....but we ended up deciding to run Bayshore again instead and I have a good feeling about it.  I guess there was a reason why I kept putting off registering for Sugarloaf.

Favorite cross-my-fingers-and-hope-it's-my-lucky-day:
Entering the NYC lottery with one of my best friends.  I've wanted to run this race for about 10 years and previously entered the lottery twice while living in Philly, but have yet to get selected.  My friend and I both entered and it would be amazing be to able to run with her.

Favorite thing to listen to on my runs:
The Serial podcast....yep, it's as good as everyone says and I got hooked right away.  I don't listen to many podcasts, but I was getting tired of listening to music and was thinking of downloading an audio book so I decided to give this a shot.   I'm on episode of 10 out of 12 which means I'll need something new soon....any suggestions?

Favorite announcement:
Razorback hockey is going D1!  For any new readers, Brian is the head coach of the hockey team at the University of Arkansas and this is a big move that he's been working on for awhile now.  It's an exciting and well-deserved move for the team.

Favorite back-up plan for the boys while I make dinner:
Shows for the boys on YouTube.  Sometimes it can be tricky to keep the boys happy while getting dinner ready before Brian gets home and, during those times, I put them in chairs that clip onto the bar top and pull something up on YouTube and it works :)

Favorite things I made:
Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup - My neighbor made this and offered to bring some over to us (which was very much appreciated, especially because this was when both boys were sick and we ate pre-made pizzas from the grocery store the previous two nights) and it was great, definitely a keeper!  She substituted barely for the quinoa, which I assume absorbed more of the liquid, so it wasn't really 'soupy,' but it was still really good....and it cooks in the crockpot, which is a bonus in my book.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - This was easy (I used a rotisserie chicken), tasty, and something different from what I normally make.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake - Really tasty, but I would add a little more chicken next time

Favorite things I read:
Exhausted new mom's hilarious take on 'expert' sleep advice goes viral - this is so true!

Famous nappers Theo and Beau welcome new baby sister to their cuddle fest - no words, this is just too sweet

4 elite coaches on the importance of base building - good reminders of things we know

You can check out my latest post with tips for running on the treadmill on nwaMotherLode here!

What are your favorites from this week?

Any suggestions on what to listen to when I finish Serial?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year's Day 5K recap

Last year was a good year and I was able to PR at every race I ran.  I realized towards the end of the year that the only PR I had not broken (aside from a 15K, but that's not a common distance) was my 5K PR from 2007.  However at that point, I had Chicago and Memphis and the only 5Ks I could find conflicted with my taper or recovery and I didn't want to risk anything for a 5K.

So when I learned of a New Year's Day 5K I figured this was my shot.  It wasn't under ideal conditions: I decided to run it the day before, it was the first time I ran with any speed since Memphis, it was following a night when I was up with sleepless babies (I think they wanted to watch the ball drop), it was pretty cold, and it was New Year's Day...I may not have been out late or indulging too much the night before, but I did have a few New Year's Eve celebratory drinks.  While I knew this might not be the best 5K I have in me, I was fairly confident I could PR.

I got there with enough time to pick up my chip timer and t-shirt and run a 2 mile warm-up.  Then it started and I was reminded of how much I hate 5Ks and how much I would prefer to be running longer :)  But the good thing is they are over quickly!

I crossed in 24:12, 1st in AG, 8th female.  My average pace was 7:43 (7:46, 7:46, 7:43, 7:12).  I ended up with close to a 1 minute PR - my previous PR from 2007 was 25:10.  And I've come a long way since my last 5K two years ago when I finished in 28:05.  It was actually pretty close to what I think I could do under more ideal pre-race conditions, so I was happy about that.  I found another 5K at the end of the month that I want to run and see if I can do better.

It was a small race put on by a local running store in our area and for a $25 registration fee you got a chip timed race, police to stop traffic, water and bagels at the finish, and a long sleeve t-shirt - not a bad deal in my book!

Did you run any holiday races this year?  

5Ks - love them or hate them?
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