1. Listening to Film Scores Pandora. Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino, etc., classical this, classical that, and then this comes on and suddenly I am doing the head nod and poppin’ at my desk while eating my salad. xD

    (Source: youtu.be)

     
  2. My day so far. I meant to post earlier for breakfast date but it’s now turned into lunch date. So busy! But. But but. That is the happy face of a runner. Yep, I ran! I did intervals (1.5 walk, .5 run, .5 walk, .5 run, .5 walk, .5 run, 1.0 walk/cooldown). My Garmin Connect share sums it up well:

    3.5 walking, 1.5 running. YES! I RAN! And I was grinning like an idiot the whole time! On the first .5-mile running interval, I had mild outer knee pain (IT band pain) on corners, but reversing my direction for the other two .5-mile intervals seemed to fix that. I had no lower back, hip or upper leg pain and no pain of any kind after I was done, other than my typical sciatica issue. I am feeling very hopeful, but cautious. I will resume walking again for my next few workouts and try intervals again on Tuesday.

    My pace was pretty erratic. At first I felt downright weird even trying to take running steps. But, I kept my footfalls in line with my deeper breathing counts (4:3) to ensure I wouldn’t go too fast. I ended up between 9:40 and 10:00 average on each of the three run intervals. I couldn’t be happier with that.

    Bonus: my lungs were not nearly so bad as I expected - not only considering the almost six weeks of no running, but also that my recovery is coinciding with the warmer and more humid season blowing in, which tends to throw my breathing for a loop as it is. Really, the breathing wasn’t bad. Nice.

    I am optimistic. This morning made me deeply happy. It was also really cool that I passed by Steve on both my second and third run intervals. He didn’t know I was going to try running today, though he recently suggested I do so to see how it felt. So when I passed him each time coming the other way, he whooped and cheered at me in support. So encouraging.

    Strength work/PT regimen/deep stretching later. And a big but low-cal dinner. Oh, speaking of…

    One non-running achievement: last night, I ate a bunch of pineapple at around 8:15, a rather early after-dinner snack. When I went downstairs at 9:00 for wind-down time, the time when I would almost always be getting something else to eat, I decided not to. I could tell I was actually still full from dinner and the pineapple and didn’t crave anything else so strongly that it would be worth wasting the calories. Not even more fruit. I call that a small victory for me - still. Always. :)

    (Source: happyhealthycook)

     
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    Throwback Thursday: New Hampshire, community playground, around September 1978. Dad took the photo.

    Throwback Thursday: New Hampshire, community playground, around September 1978. Dad took the photo.

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  4. 20:34 23rd Apr 2014

    Notes: 35

    Tags: my food

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    Weeknight Jambalaya. I inhaled this. I left work at 3:00 and didn’t get home until 6:00 and didn’t eat until 7:00. Errands, traffic, and more errands and more traffic. Blergh. Groceries are got through next week, though. Good stuff.

My legs are actually sore from squats (part of my PT routine), which made rest day extra nice. Back to it tomorrow - and hoping it doesn’t rain in the morning.

    Weeknight Jambalaya. I inhaled this. I left work at 3:00 and didn’t get home until 6:00 and didn’t eat until 7:00. Errands, traffic, and more errands and more traffic. Blergh. Groceries are got through next week, though. Good stuff.

    My legs are actually sore from squats (part of my PT routine), which made rest day extra nice. Back to it tomorrow - and hoping it doesn’t rain in the morning.

     
  5. 20:01

    Notes: 29

    Tags: edward

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    Extreme sunbeam enjoyment.

    Extreme sunbeam enjoyment.

     
  6. 18:59 22nd Apr 2014

    Notes: 38

    Tags: my food

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    Thai Red Curry Chicken again. As always, since the recipe uses half a jar of paste, I made it two weeks in a row to use the full jar while it’s at its freshest.
This has turned out spectacularly both last week and tonight. I am not entirely sure why. I know I put another pepper in both weeks and the heat level was a little higher - i.e., perfect - and I cut the chicken into smaller pieces so maybe they seared more quickly? Don’t know. Sometimes I will make a thing I have made a dozen or twenty times before and suddenly, out of nowhere, it turns into an even more delicious meal than it was previously. Cooking, and time and experience with it, are funny like that.

    Thai Red Curry Chicken again. As always, since the recipe uses half a jar of paste, I made it two weeks in a row to use the full jar while it’s at its freshest.

    This has turned out spectacularly both last week and tonight. I am not entirely sure why. I know I put another pepper in both weeks and the heat level was a little higher - i.e., perfect - and I cut the chicken into smaller pieces so maybe they seared more quickly? Don’t know. Sometimes I will make a thing I have made a dozen or twenty times before and suddenly, out of nowhere, it turns into an even more delicious meal than it was previously. Cooking, and time and experience with it, are funny like that.

     
  7. 14:48

    Notes: 107

    Reblogged from karikeepsrunning

    Tags: karikeepsrunninggetittogetherg

    karikeepsrunning:

    Ok, let’s give this a try, because you just never know.

    This is what I’ve got:

    We all don’t really need a new place to document our info. Lord knows, we use Runkeeper, Nike, Garmin, etc. And then of course we post about it here as well. Pretty pictures included!

    BUT, you knew there was a but coming…;) But, we do need to hold each other accountable. And sometimes we tend to scatter ourselves around and it is hard to keep track. And scrolling through Tumblr…well, we find the inspirational posts, but we also find pictures of cats….and food…and LOOK SQUIRREL!!

    The idea behind the spreadsheet came stemmed from something getittogetherg said. Which led to another conversation. Which led to me fixing up a spreadsheet.

    The spreadsheet is simple. Open it, put down your miles for the day and boom your done. But, what if I didn’t run? Well, put down “weights”, “rock climbing”, “rest”. If you put down “40 miles” make sure your write “biked” at the front of it. We don’t need that kind of confusion. 

    What if you were struggling with getting out the door? Well, pull up the spreadsheet and see what other people did that day or the day before. 

    The idea is supposed to be simple. A place where people can document a very basic view of their training in order to inspire and hold each other accountable. 

    It isn’t a competition of any sort. Please, be the person that puts “.5 mile” on there. Don’t worry about your pace because…it really does not matter. And as many of us get in to marathon training, it will be interesting to see at a quick glance how we are putting in the work. 

    And remember, we are all working towards something different…..it does not matter. Just as long as you are working towards SOMETHING. Don’t compare. Use other people to inspire you…not make you feel inadequate.

    And this isn’t just for running. That is the beauty of it. Training for a weight lifting competition? Put down “arms”, “legs”…whatever quick description for your workout that day. 

    I think you are getting the point, even though I ramble on and on.

    Anyone can add themselves to the spreadsheet. It doesn’t matter which sport you are indulging in right now. Share the link and we will see who gets in on it. It may just die off like things do in life, but at least we can try!!

    Great work Kari. Add yourselves, people!

     
  8. 10:51

    Notes: 47

    Tags: walkingmemy food

    My morning. I am so pleased that I got up in time for my walk. Strength work later, along with deep stretching, and then tomorrow is a rest day from everything. Considering my previous daily habit, I am both surprised and amused at how glad I am to have a full rest every few days. It’s kinda awesome.

     
  9. 19:45 21st Apr 2014

    Notes: 34

    Tags: my food

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    Italian sausage (venison-pork), potato and kale soup aka Zuppa Toscana. Happy tummies.

Also got my PT/strength work done early. Patting myself on the back for that. And now, it’s Steve and couch time.

    Italian sausage (venison-pork), potato and kale soup aka Zuppa Toscana. Happy tummies.

    Also got my PT/strength work done early. Patting myself on the back for that. And now, it’s Steve and couch time.

     
  10. 13:18

    Notes: 38

    Tags: walkingmy food

    Lunchtime walk at a moderately strong pace, done at a shopping center and mall nearby. That first distance/pace was way off. I made the mistake of going indoors at one point because I thought I could loop right back around to another door and be inside for only 30 seconds or so, but no. I was in there for probably 4 minutes. Whoops. So it was more like 1.20 miles because I know I couldn’t have been walking more slowly than 15:00/mile. My chart is all wonky on Garmin, too. Dumb. I won’t make that mistake again. 

    Anyway, I got it done! I couldn’t get my butt out of bed this morning when Steve got up to run, but I had the bright idea to take an actual lunch hour (er, 80 minutes) to drive somewhere to do it. It was ugly and humid and hot and I was wearing jeans, but dammit I got it done, which means I won’t have to face trying to tackle it after work. I can do my PT regimen and abs and arms and be done for the day.

    Now to dive into this delicious lunch. Protein and vegetables and rice. Nutritious food feels like such a reward right after I sweat. Love that.