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Winter Running

It’s cold. Sure, not as cold as Alaska when I lived there, but still cold. It snows too. Not always as much as this year and not as much as other places, but we get it. This year quite a bit of it, relatively speaking. Ice. It’s everywhere. I’ve only gone running in temps as low as 13* this year. I’ve also bypassed running when the roads have been excessively crappy which seems like a lot. I used to run no matter what, but then I broke my foot. That taught me to be more of a fair weather runner – or at least less stupid about running. Winter running isn’t just about the clothing you wear – although that makes it manageable – it’s about being safe and following rules differently. Continue reading

Inspiration In A DNF

DNF.  Those horrid little letters that mean SO much to a runner.  Did Not Finish.  It’s one thing us runners try desperately to avoid.  The finish, after all, is where we want to be.  Why, though, can’t we embrace the DNF?  Why does it have to be such a bad thing? Continue reading

Dress To Impress. Or So You Don’t Freeze

No matter your goals with exercise – shedding pounds, tightening up, getting off medication, looking better in a bikini, (unless you’re a dude. Please say no to the bikini.  Thank you).  It feels good when you look good.  Like my bra and panty opinion.  No one has to know what you have on (if anything) underneath your clothes.  It’s about it making YOU feel pretty.  Exercise is a sweaty, snot rocketing, spitting, often sticky mess.  It may make us feel good to have done it, to complete a race or a training workout, but it’s not the sexiest thing to accomplish.  With weather getting colder – if you’re in the Reno area, it went from 90* to 30* pretty much overnight – your clothing needs change.  For me – being vain and shallow – I want to LOOK as good as exercise makes me FEEL.  Here’s a little demo of how to accomplish this.

Start with basic layers and a good shot of your armpit.

Start with a solid base layer and a good shot of your armpit.

The foundation is the most important.  As is the shot of your armpit.  For this day I could get away with capris – I knew my legs wouldn’t be super cold and I’d warm up.  Always – ladies….. – a good, supportive sports bra.  Please.  Even though no one may see it, it’s important to have it.

Add a middle layer for if and when you and the temps warm up

Add a middle layer for if and when you and the temps warm up

This is the layer that you’ll most likely finish the race in.  I generally assume I’ll warm up and the temps will go up so my top layer will come off at some point.  It should say something about you.  Like my shirt obviously does in this example.  Yes, I run things……  Another good thing about this short sleeved layer is that my armpit doesn’t show in the selfies.

Finish things off with gloves, ear warmers, hats, etc...  depending on the temps.

Finish things off with gloves, ear warmers, hats, etc… depending on the temps.

Depending on starting temperatures, this is the layer you’ll have on to get you going.  I like my glove color to pop, but also it depends on how cold the temps are.  I have big gloves that I put hand warmers in when the temps drop down.  The hat is also dependent on how cold it is.  This is one of my favorite hats.  It’s a middle weight so it’s the one I wear most in winter and it just screams “I’m a running gangster so don’t even try to mess with me.  I’ll kick your butt!”

Remember.  Layer.  Give yourself room to start chilly, warm up and peel off layers.  Figure out ahead of time where you’ll put things if you peel them off.  Gloves, hats, earwarmers, etc… need to go somewhere when you don’t need to wear them.  Pockets or eliciting the help of other peoples cars, bike baskets, etc…  is something to take into consideration.  Colder temperatures make running challenging but if you layer things right, you’ll still look good doing it.

Find Your Spot

That’s the phrase I teach my dogs when I want them to go lie down. “Find your spot”. I enjoy refinishing furniture and the kids help me out.  I like having areas in my house where you can find your spot.  A place where you’re involved in what’s going on, yet separate.  A cuddle up and read a book spot.  Aside from the living room and bedrooms, there are a few areas of the house where we can grab a soft blanket, a book, a cup of tea and find our spot.

My latest project.  It's a massive pain in the butt....

My latest project. It’s a massive pain in the butt….

One of the favorite spots in the house.

One of the favorite spots in the house.

CUDDLE TIME!!

CUDDLE TIME!!

Taylor found this TV stand.  It was an old broken desk that we got at a yard sale for $1...  One of my favorite pieces we have

Taylor found this TV stand. It was an old broken desk that we got at a yard sale for $1… One of my favorite pieces we have

Where I hang out between two areas and blog away

Where I hang out between two areas and blog away

Kezia (who we call "Bug") put her magnetic lady bugs on our lamp

Kezia (who we call “Bug”) put her magnetic lady bugs on our lamp

Refinished lamps

Refinished lamps and tables…

Looking into the living room.....

Looking into the living room…..

Yes, I play.  Poorly and without reading music....

Yes, I play. Poorly and without reading music….

For some reason even though I couldn't stain this, it's one of my favorite pieces...

For some reason even though I couldn’t stain this, it’s one of my favorite pieces…

One sitting area

One sitting area.  The  boys gravitate here. 

Jenn's Phone 498

Tea cart.  Gets used often

Tea cart. Gets used often

 

Dreading It

I got everyone to school and I hit the gym. It’s been so long since I’ve been on a treadmill I didn’t remember how to turn the stupid thing on. What are the mph compared to average minute miles. It felt like a foreign object. I figured I’d have headphones and people to watch so how bad could it be???  My teammate Scott gave me the workout and converted the mph thing for me.  Thank goodness!!!

Alien object

Alien object

I think I'm technologically advanced...  Then I get on the dread monster and I realize I'm an idiot

I think I’m technologically advanced… Then I get on the dread monster and I realize I’m an idiot

My view.

My view with all the other lab rats…..

Happy???  Looks can be deceiving.....  I hate this contraption

Happy??? Looks can be deceiving….. I hate this contraption

DUH!!

DUH!!

When I slowed the belt down between intervals, the gentleman next to me said, “I’m glad you slow down sometimes.  You’re making me feel old!”  I told him I thought he was racing me and I was thinking the same thing about him.  He said, “Since you’re only 29 or 30 I’ve got over 40 years on you.!”  So I made out with him.  KIDDING!!!  I told him I’m 42 and he’s 72 so I said “We’re twins!!!  We can keep racing!”.  Anther gentleman got on next to him and he got off, so I looked at New Guy and said, “Good!  Now I can race you!!”  But he declined.  People are so weird…..  At any rate, I kept hitting the ball that shuts the thing off, it told me “Goal Achieved!!” and shut off, I felt like a complete idiot  but I got in about 7 miles and did the workout for the most part.

This gentleman was so fun!!

This gentleman was so fun!!!  We raced.  I’m pretty sure he won but I won’t tell him that.

I wondered why (other than code issues) there was an elevator for two stories.  These are people who are getting in shape. Why was I watching these in shape folks use the elevator??  Then I finished my 7 miles of warm-up, intervals and cool-down and got off the beast.  I had that intense, weird and groovy feeling of floating vertigo.  I know my body was moving forward but with the out of body experience I was having, I can’t be certain.  When I glided to the stairs (which probably looked to others as drunk walking), I was afraid to go down them.  Ahhh….  Now I get the elevator.  No way was I going to go that route!!  I hung on to the railing for dear life, looked like a two year old learning to walk stairs and made it down.  Exhausting.  Smoke, go away.  I can’t do that again!!!

Where There’s Smoke….

Reno has been blanketed in smoke for the last couple of weeks.  The Rim fire is burning with no sign of being able to be put out.  Unless the jet stream changes direction, we’ll continue to be a hazy, unhealthy mess.  It’s been said that the fire – due to it’s remote location – can’t be put out and will probably still be smoldering when snow flies. It’s also been said that Reno will have smoke up to a month after it’s out.  So I’m doing the math……  That’s a long time without being able to go outside and run. The truth is, though, that we’re only dealing with smoke.  Others are dealing with the actual fire.

Arial photo of the smoke and fire.  Just wow.....

Arial photo of the smoke and fire. Just wow…..

The smoke doesn’t bother me like it does other people.  Having said that, I won’t run outside in it when it’s hazardous.  I’ve been studying the numbers to determine what numbers it has to be at for me to run.  The second it drops into a safe zone, I’m gone. Tell my boss…. I might wear running gear under my work clothes.  I need some velcro clothes so I can pull a SuperWoman move and just rip them off and go!!

The levels have been over 200 quite a bit

The levels have been over 200 quite a bit

100 is the number.  Maybe a little higher.  I know, I know….  It’s still not a good idea.  Neither is not running.  Lots of teammates have traveled a couple hours to a town that’s not so smoky.  Some are running indoors on the dreadmill.

Some of my teammates hitting the gym

Some of my teammates hitting the gym

I’m breaking down….  I need a fix….  I can do an hour on the belt, right??  It’s not so bad.  I’ve wanted one at home so I can get in extra running and mileage while still hanging with the kids….  Yes, I can do this!!

Taylorsville

My 14 year old son, Taylor, obviously (and rightfully) assumed they named the town of Taylorsville after him.  “Of course!” I replied.  “You’re that awesome!”  Which is a statement of fact.  In my unbiased opinion.  So naturally we had to take pictures of “his” town.  He’s ready for the takeover so we should be moving soon…..  My thoughts go out to everyone in Taylorsville and the surrounding area.  The day after my race, lightening struck causing 20 fires, some of which looked extremely disastrous.  We hope all is well.

Taylor would like to welcome you to his town....

Taylor would like to welcome you to his town….

We just upped the population by....  Well, we pretty much doubled it!!

We just upped the population by…. Well, we pretty much doubled it!!

Fire department, flour mill, blacksmith and museum in a one stop shop.  How sweet is that??!!

Fire department, flour mill, blacksmith and museum in a one stop shop. How sweet is that??!!

He accepts volunteer applications.

He accepts volunteer applications.

Inclemental Weather and Running

I may not love harsh weather and running, but honestly I’d rather be out in the sludge than grinding it out on a treadmill. Will I complain?? Absolutely. Will I go anyway?? Absolutely. Right up until the weather hits a certain point.  Lately it’s been all over the place.  100* temperatures, wind and this past week hail and rain with flash flood warnings and lots of lightening.  Tuesday night the team was running up Galena.  In 2 miles we gain 1800 feet in altitude and that’s not including the warm up elevation gain.  We’re in the forest, on trails, kind of off the beaten path.  When the weather warnings came on, the lightening got intense and the rain was making visibility almost nil, I elected not to go.  I gad a gut feeling and I listened.  Several other teammates did the same, but several went.  From those, they said conditions ended up being fine with no issue, but I’m still glad I listened to my reaction and played it safe.  Sometimes it’s just not worth the push.  Instead I did a 4 mile run when it calmed down – which was in no way a replacement for the climb I would have done, but at least some miles were logged.

Taken from the drivers seat

Taken from the drivers seat

You probably can't see how bad it is but there was little visibility, LOTS of lightening and flooding in several areas in town

You probably can’t see how bad it is but there was little visibility, LOTS of lightening and flooding in several areas in town