Friday Night Long Run

About two years ago, I went through a running slump.

I was signed up for an October marathon and by August, I was up to running about  15 miles.

And I dreaded every minute of it.

Unknown-2

Now, this is really unlike me.

I love to run and while I’ve worked through injuries before, this loss of mojo was something new.

I eventually backed off and gave up on that particular marathon, but before I made that decision I was dreading the long weekend runs so much that I started doing them on Friday nights, just to get them out of the way.

Through that experience I found out that I *could* cover up to about 15 miles after work, but it usually wasn’t a fun thing to do at the end of a long week.

Fast forward to now: I have a few races coming up next month, and I needed to get a ten miler done this weekend.

Except Spouse had to leave early Saturday A.M. for a work trip, so I wanted to be proactive.

Enter the Friday night ten miler.

My initial plan (dream?) was to leave work early and be done with running by 6:30 P.M.

That plan was quickly foiled by the single digit temps and my exit from work after 6.

It was treadmill time.

The workout wasn’t easy, but I got it done. 

Here are my tips for treadmill tolerance, particularly if you find yourself in a situation where you need to run a long, long time:

  • Break it up. I set the workout time for an hour, then got off long enough to re-fill my water bottle, get a fresh towel and re-set for the final 30 minutes. It was just enough of a break.
  • Distract yourself. I try to keep music playlists rotated and current, and I’ve watched lots and lots of movies or TV shows on my iPad during treadmill runs. I’m finishing up the second season of “Homeland” and moving on to “Breaking Bad.”
  • Fuel up. For post-work runs, caffeine is key for me. I’ll usually get a coffee about two hours before I plan to run and this energy boost seems to help a lot. Ditto a small snack, like a banana and a Kind bar.
  • Take it easy if you need to. Long slow distance means long slow distance. After a long week of work, it’s hard to do intervals. Be a turtle but keep moving.
  • Bring post-run supplies. Besides a fresh, dry shirt, I knew that with the frigid temps I would need a warm hat and scarf that could stand getting a bit sweaty for the ride home. Skip the cashmere beret.

On the plus side, Friday night at the gym is great! Crowds are non-existent and I didn’t feel even a tiny bit of guilt when I later ate two slices of pizza.

It also felt great on Saturday morning to wake up at my leisure, help get Spouse out the door and then spend quality time with the kids without herding them to the gym.

 

 

 

 

Sayonara, C. Wonder and Piperlime

I was surprised to learn this week that two retail haunts on my usual rotation were going out of business.

images-2

First up: C. Wonder.

A quick check showed they’re already gone. The link above just gets you to a brief “We’re Outta Here!” message.

C. Wonder founder  Chris Burch – ex-spouse of classy Tory – describes the downfall here.

And in the Number 2 spot: Piperlime.

While I didn’t hit up this site as much as the other brands under the Gap umbrella (Athleta and Banana Republic are particular weaknesses), they would occasionally run some decent sales on brands that usually weren’t discounted (Clare V., I’m thinking about you).

Still, I miss you both already.

 

 

 

Rotten Apples

First world problem, I know, but all of my Apple products are dying at once.

rotten apple

It started with my phone, an out-of-date and uncool iPhone 5.

The battery life is rapidly dwindling, even with no apps running the background. I’m getting about 5-6 hours, tops, before it gets down to around 20% and then abruptly shuts off.

Now that’s annoying.

But it seems to be a common issue.

My five-year-old laptop’s battery is also waning, giving me maybe two hours of power even if it’s fully charged.

There spinning rainbow icon is also popping up everywhere these days. It’s unpredictable enough that I can get some work done, but it’s also becoming so frequent that it’s slowing me down time and time again.

spinning wheel

And now my iPad is getting in the game.

I have an iPad 2, which is slightly more modern than an abacus, but it’s served me well. There was an unfortunate incident about three years ago with a shattered screen, but we’ve moved past it and the band is back together.

Here’s the dilemma: I need to replace all of these items relatively soon, but I’m in constant Fear Of Missing Out on the Newest Apple device.

Apple is so darn secretive about their new products, and while I do not wait in line for the latest and greatest of anything, I will be pretty ticked if I get a new laptop and a brighter, shinier model comes out a few weeks later.

A bit of detective work on Apple rumor sites suggests that 2015 *may* see a new laptop with a retinal display arriving sometime in the summer, a larger screen iPad model and an iPhone 7 in the fall.

I’m already overdue for a phone upgrade according to my contract, so I think step one for me will be getting an iPhone 6 (Gold, please!), and then I’ll limp along with my laptop and its power cord until the hoped-for new MacBook Air shows up (which work will hopefully support, since I’m overdue there, too).

Regarding the iPad, does anyone like the mini? The rumored larger screen device (nearly 13 inches) doesn’t really seem like something I want, but maybe a mini would be a compromise.

Or maybe I’ll go backwards to one of these:

etch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordstrom Juniors

Ok, this is moderately embarrassing, but yesterday I hit up the Nordstrom Juniors’ Department.

Background: I needed a birthday gift for my niece.

Whose birthday was in December.

(Sigh).

The first thing I saw was this scarf:

_8639406

 

The nuts part about it was that this scarf was only $16.00.

It’s a full infinity scarf in a gorgeous robin’s egg blue and fits an adult well with a double wrap.

How do I know this? I tried it on. And bought one for myself.

Seriously, if this was in the regular Adult Women’s Scarf area, it would retail for at least $50.

On the way to the scarf display, I stumbled upon this Frenchi polka dot swing tank:

_9925002

This seems like strictly a layering piece, but it would look really cute peeking out from this Tilly sweater that I may or may not have purchased at J. Crew:

B7786_MS0579

 

Another crazy deal: A Burberry kids’ snood.

No kid needs this. 

But an adult might. 

_7364649

(Totally fits a grown up!)