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Three Things Thursday {10-18-2012}

1. I started reading Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places last night and just like Gone Girl I can’t put it down! Dark Places has a different, creepier (in my opinion) vibe than Gone Girl but I’m really enjoying it. Looks like I’ll be reading her other book, Sharp Objects, soon as well.

2. My soreness/stiff legs from the treadmill finally went away! I can’t believe how much that 16 mile treadmill run wrecked my legs. It’s funny because I ran 16 miles a few weeks ago and I wasn’t running a speed out of my reach but my legs were so sore afterwards. I even had to rearrange some runs this week to accommodate extra recovery time. Good thing this week is designed to be a cutback week! My guess is that I was striding differently on the treadmill than I would outside? I sincerely hope that I won’t have to do any more long runs on the ‘mill until after training is over!

3. I tried a new kind of waffles today.

Also, can I ask how is it only Thursday? I keep seeing all of these blog posts or Facebook statuses claiming they can’t believe it’s already Thursday. No no no.. this week isn’t flying by it’s dragging on :P.

Either way I’m going to look on the bright side and say that we only have two more days until the weekend, that’s pretty exciting right?

Because I want to get ahead of myself, what are your fun plans for the weekend? I’m going home to Michigan and going to Ann Arbor for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game. I can’t wait!




Running in the Dark

This morning, after finishing up a shorter run, I realized that I suck at running in the dark. It’s not that I’m scared to run in the dark (although I used to be) or that I run slower (I actually run faster) it’s just that I am totally unprepared for anything that could happen.

Take today for instance. It was chilly when I woke up so I put on my running tights (black no reflector stripes), a long sleeved tech shirt (also black with dark purple panels), and my running shoes (blue, red, and black with no reflector stripes). With me I took my watch, my keys, and my iPod. I didn’t have any identification or my iPhone with me and Ian was fast asleep at home with no knowledge of what route I’d run.

Now I am usually totally fine and nothing strange happens to me but I’m not sure it’s worth taking that chance anymore… weird and scary things have been known to happen to runners. Plus, when I’m running in the morning most stores and businesses are not open, if I’m uncomfortable or feeling nervous there is really no where for me to go.

Here are some basic things that can be done to improve the safety of your early morning/evening run?

  • Try to run in well-lit areas as much as possible. In Chicago, most parts of the Lake Shore path are pretty well-lit. If you’re running on streets make sure to run against traffic.
  • Be visible- this means wear a reflector vest/headlamp at all times. Also wear brightly colored clothes.
  • Always carry identification and a cellphone.
  • Vary your routes and/or run with a buddy.
  • Listen to your instincts, if it doesn’t feel safe to run in a certain area don’t run there.

In terms of how I plan to make my morning runs safer, I’m going to finally purchase a Road ID so that I always have identification and emergency contact information with me whenever I’m running or cycling. Also, I think my mom might also have an old reflector vest that I can steal. I like to run early even during the winter and given that my running jacket is black, having a neon vest might be a good idea.

Do you run in the dark? How do you make sure you feel safe?

This week has been mentally exhausting. I’m not more tired than usual but feel wiped out by the end of the day. What gives? Hopefully the weekend will reinvigorate me!




Chi-rish

Happy belated St. Patricks day! If you celebrated yesterday I hope you had a great time!

Yesterday, after a 30 minute session on the elliptical and a mile swim (finally did some intervals), Ian and I grabbed a quick and hearty lunch at Jaffa Bagel.

Given that we were planning on day drinking, I made sure to really carb it up and had a jalapeno chedder bagel with veggie cream cheese.

It was so good and made me wonder why I don’t eat bagels more often.

After devouring our lunch, we met up with our friends and headed to the bars. One of Ian’s buddies plays the bagpipes and showed up with his pipes and wearing a kilt, it was awesome! He played all day long and often got free drinks/ money from the bartenders. He even let me try them!

And, it was sooo hard! You have to blow enough to fill up the bag and more. I made a little noise but couldn’t keep the pressure in the bag high enough to actually play anything.

Around 7:30, Ian and I were done for the day. We were tired, hungry, and sweaty (it was 80 degrees yesterday), so we said goodbye to our friends and picked up some dinner at a random thai restaurant.

We shared crab rangoon to start

And then I had pad kee mao with shrimp.

I’m pretty sure it was actually good, but I would have eaten anything at that point!

After our late dinner, we took the el home, and promptly passed out in bed before 10 p.m. What can I say, we’re classy like that!

This morning I woke up early because I had an intense workout planned (not so smart after yesterday’s shenanigans). Luckily I felt fine and had the usual pre-long run fuel of a piece of toast with peanut butter.

I added banana, walnuts, and chia seeds because my stomach can handle a wider variety of food if I’m ellipticaling rather than running.

Then I hit the gym for a 20 mile elliptical session. Yeah, you may think I’m kidding but I’m not. Julia had mentioned to me that when she was sidelined from training for a marathon, she substituted a 20 miler with the elliptical. At first it sounded absolutely crazy to me… almost 3 hours on the elliptical? No thank you. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that it made sense. While swimming and biking are great to do for cross-training, the elliptical is the closest thing to running without actually running. Plus, by doing 20 miles on the elliptical, I was forcing my body to keep my heart rate up for a long period of time while also doing the same motion over and over again.

So, I ellipticalled the first 10 miles, took a bathroom break and stretched out my toes, and then hopped back on for the last 10 miles. It was tough but I’m glad I did it. Plus, I’m now super caught up on the news, so win-win?

When I got back to the apartment, Ian was up and ready to eat, and as our apartment is still really really warm, we decided to check out a new breakfast spot, Waffles.

After all of the carbs & beer yesterday, I wanted something a little healthier for breakfast and ordered a spinach, mushroom, & gruyere omelet with eggwhites.

Ian had the cheddar and short rib waffles

The best part of either of our dishes was the side of potatoes. Yum!

After brunch we ran our weekly errands by foot and are now relaxing on a couch in front of a fan. Plans for the afternoon include working on my capstone (thesis) for a bit, making dinner (it’s been so long since I cooked) and trying to wear out the furball who has been full of energy lately.

Have a wonderful afternoon!