Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fall training here I come

Today's run was supposed to be 9 miles. I managed to get my butt outta bed around 6:30ish and out the door. I started my run around 7 am, which is entirely too late. The sun was up and it was starting to get hot. The weather called for the day to be a scorcher. I made it about 3 miles in and had some stomach pains. I decided to call it quits and turned around to head back to my car. The rest of the run wasn't too eventful. I have recently been listening to podcasts on my long runs and it has been oddly helpful. Here is a recap of my stats from Mapmyrun.

Today was my last run before marathon training starts. My first run is tom as I have an event on Wednesday night I want to avoid. I have all my runs mapped out on the calendar until the marathon so I don't have to refer back to the paper copy in case I lose it. I am still going to shoot for a 10:30 min/mile pace for the marathon. This means I am going to have to step up my interval and tempo runs. Luckily I was already working myself up to 6.3 mph before I left on vacation. I should be ready for my first interval tom. but will let you know how it goes.

Have a good week and happy running!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review if the why book of sailing by Scott Welty

Brief Summary: The why book of sailing by Scott Welty helps explain a few of the more scientific aspects of sailing in an easy to understand manner. 

Long Review: Sailing has become an interest of mine and so I decided to pick up this book to learn more about the workings of a sailboat. The book is broken down into chapters and within those chapters there are questions and answers. The questions address come from different aspects of sailing and the authors experience on a sailboat. There are a few questions where the author goes on a bit too long about a particular subject. I found myself stopping and putting the book down and coming back to the subject after a while. While I learned more about the mechanics of why a sailboat sails I didn't really learn any more about the details of how to sail a boat. 

I would recommend this book to those looking to understand more about the physics and why a sailboat sails.

Rating: 3/5

Other works by the author: NONE

Monday, July 25, 2016

LSR 8 in Humid Ohio

Good Monday morning!

I am on vacation in Ohio this week. We arrived on Saturday night after a long drive. I packed planning to run on Sunday morning. I woke at 5 am with my alarm and thought it was too dark out to go for a run. I went back to sleep for a few hours. After being lazy I got my butt up and headed out for 8 miles. The humidity was close to 90% and temperature was climbing fast. I started out running at my long slow pace but eventually the heat and humidity started to get to me. I did have the foresight to bring water along. I made it about 3 miles and had some relief as some clouds rolled in. I was slightly concerned I was going to get rained on but I  only had sprinkles. The sprinkles on the corn made it sound as if it was raining harder than it was. I ended up with an overall pace of about 12 min/mile for 8 miles. I was pretty happy with my run and pace considering the conditions. I will be starting my marathon training at the beginning of next week. For now I am going to enjoy vacation.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Prime Pantry Box

I received a credit for 5.99 off of a prime pantry box when I selected the long shipping option on Prime Day. I decided to use cash in on the savings before I forgot. I ordered about 100 dollars in staples for the house (some of which I didn't really need, Oops). The package wasn't supposed to arrive until Mon. afternoon at the earliest.

Well was I pleasantly surprised when Sunday afternoon this showed up in my house.

Now I did not expect the mailman to place it inside for me!! Okay, okay my husband brought it inside. He was so quiet though it was like it magically appeared. Look how big the box is!! I knew the box should be good size based on the amount of things I had to order to fill it but jeez. 

I set about opening it up to find this.

All neatly packaged. The chips are not too badly crushed and everything else was just fine. I don't think this will become a regular thing in our house but it was great to try. I think this could be great for the staples you need every 4 or 5 months or so. You might even be able to plan it out to get the best deals. 
Give it a try and see what you think!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer morning run

Sunday morning I braved the early morning for my long run. I really detest getting up early as I have mentioned before. I arose from my bed with my alarm and put on the running gear I had set out. A piece of pumpkin bread was my pre-run fuel and I grabbed water for after my run. I went to the nearest flat place I knew and headed out for 7 miles. I started around 6:15ish. The sky was just starting to get light as sunrise was in 15 minutes or so. I was able to get in 3.5 miles without too much difficulty. I have to admit I was running for the next water fountain. The fountain never appeared and I went without water the entire run. Now 7 miles without water isn't terrible, but it also is not pleasant. The heat wasn't bad a around 77 degrees but the humidity was around 70%. I was a hot sweaty mess. I was decently happy with my pace of 12 min/mile with the weather being so hot. I am looking forward to when the weather will be cooler in the morning and evenings. I hope this happens soon. 
Next week I will be running 8 miles in Ohio and hope the morning will be pleasant. Until then here is a picture of the sun rising over the lake over half way through my run. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Busy Week

Gosh this has been a very busy week. I have been trying to get a project done at work and has consumed me the past few days. I really need to get the project done before I leave at the end of next week. I am still keeping up with my fitness. I ran a mile at 6 mph on Monday in an effort to get in more mile this week. Tuesday was lifting with a friend at gym. Tonight I ran 4 miles 3 miles were interval training at 6.3 mph and 1 mile at 5 mph. 5 mph is starting to feel slow but that is good right? The interval training part was a little rough and I had some tightness in my chest. Not sure if this has to do with allergies, stress, fatigue or extra miles. I pushed through and was able to finish. I need to keep this up to get in marathon shape again.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Slacking on running

Lately I have not been feeling the running. Which stinks since I have signed up for a the marathon in Nov. I really slacked this week with running. I only ran on Friday and Sunday. I did lift a few times though. My run today was brutal. I did not get up early enough and the run was so hot. I got 3.75 miles in before I called it and headed home. I was able to get another 1.25 miles in before I had to get ready for company but I walked those. I know I hurt myself by riding to the lake for a boat outing on Sat. night tiring out my legs. I am going to work on running more this week and lifting. I am hoping the extra running will help me acclimate to the temperatures more. I need to take the stance of I will run everyday and if I don't I should do another exercise.
I will be prepped for the next marathon one way or another.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wedding Weekend

A few weekend back we attended a family wedding in Springfield, Missouri. The wedding was gorgeous and the food was awesome. I am so glad I got to spend the time with my family. I am really getting spoiled this summer with seeing them so much. We had a great time and look forward to our next visit.

Birthday Key Lime Pie
Reception table



epic garden

flowers for bouquets

Birthday gifts

Italian Wine!!

Menu for the day, so scrumptious

I may have eaten most of these pickled veggies

beautiful flowers from epic garden

Couple during toasts

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Road trip for the Fourth

What a whirlwind of a weekend! I drove home with my Dad on Thursday after work. We were heading back to Ohio. I was going to help with landscaping there. We worked on pulling out the massive weeds, putting down newspaper, weed paper and mulch. We were only able to get about 3/4 of the house done. Here are some pics from the weekend. Hope you had a great weekend.
time to weed (these were the small ones)

kitty, kitty

Uncle's handi work!


relaxing after 2nd day of work

best kitty

more kitty

relaxing still


dog is super duper helping, not 

mid-way day 2
driving back, favorite hiding spot