Sunday, June 10, 2018

Weekly Review

I had a great birthday weekend!  It seemed like a bit of a whirlwind week but overall it went really well and I got in all of my workouts :)

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - Easy run in the morning

Wednesday - Lunchtime walk plus Body pump video at home (I forgot to take my gym bag to work)

View from my lunchtime walk

Thursday - Easy run after work.  It was so hot and buggy!

Friday - Barre video at home

We saw this guy when we were out in our neighborhood in the evening

Saturday - 2 mile easy run

We also went out to celebrate Pride (and my birthday!) in the evening.

Sunday - 3 mile run with a friend in the morning.


We also had another friend over for a brunch consisting of a frittata I made and yummy birthday doughnuts while watching the Sense8 finale on Netflix.  It was amazing and we had some good catching up time too.

So that was my week.  Here's the tentative plan for this week, which is a bit complicated.  I have a work conference at the beginning of the week but it's local so at least it doesn't involve traveling. And then we're heading off to San Francisco for vacation on Saturday!

Monday - Rest day plus work conference
Tuesday - Morning easy run before heading to my conference
Wednesday - Body pump
Thursday - Treadmill run after work
Friday -  Morning easy run plus strength training at home
Saturday - Rest day and flying to CA
Sunday - 4 miles in San Francisco

 I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Medical Update

Well, I've gotten some more input from my primary care doctor as well as from the physical therapist.  I saw both of them on the same day and I feel good about the appointments.

The physical therapist assistant indicated that the range of mobility is a lot better in my knee and my foot.  My hip is still a little tight and not as strong as it should be.  It also seems like the rotator muscles are not activating properly.  So in addition to the stretching exercises they had previously given me, I have some new hip strengthening exercises to add to the routine.

They even have a cool new app with videos of the exercises and a way to track when I do them

My primary care doctor did an EKG and indicated my heart seemed fine.  So we also got some blood tests done and my thyroid levels have changed.  The thyroid medicine I've been on for years now is all of a sudden too strong for some reason.  She indicated that would explain the higher heart rate and maybe even the fatigue.  I was confused about that comment because usually fatigue would be a sign that the dosage was too low.  But I think maybe the high dosage was making me restless and resulting in not sleeping well.

So I'm hopeful that the lower dosage of medicine will help with both my heart rate and sleeping better.  Unfortunately, the lower dosage will make it harder to lose weight.  I'm cutting out alcohol and added sugar for now and hopefully that will help on the weight front.

No more of this!  Well, I'm going to make an exception for 1 doughnut on my birthday.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Weekly Review

I hope everyone had a good couple weeks!  It's been a bit crazy here with Memorial Day and work being busy last week, plus a short weekend trip to NYC.  Hence completely forgetting to put up my weekly review last week.  But I'm back and here's how this week went.

Monday - Rest Day.

Tuesday - Elliptical

Wednesday - Body Pump

Thursday - Rest day.  I had an evening event I had to go to so doubled up the workouts on Friday.

Friday - Speed work in my neighborhood plus some strength training at home plus driving up to NYC in the afternoon.

Saturday - 3 mile run in Central Park plus a 2 mile walk with my dad.  The GPS was all crazy but I'm pretty sure the second one should be closer to 2 miles instead of 3.

Sunday - Rest day and driving back to DC.  Here are some photos of the NYC trip :)

Celebrating high school and middle school graduations!

We gave my parents tickets to Hamilton for their Christmas gifts last year

I love the Disney Store in Times Square

Fun at Madame Tusaud's

The view from our hotel room

So that was my week.  Here's the tentative plan for this week.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Morning easy run
Wednesday - Body pump
Thursday - Speed work on the treadmill
Friday -  Body Pump
Saturday - Morning easy run
Sunday - 6 miles in the am

 I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Casual Dinner Party and Vichyssoise

We had a couple friends over for dinner a few weekends ago.  And we knew it was meant to be a casual dinner for us to have the opportunity to get to know a friend's new significant other a little bit better.  The emphasis was definitely going to be on hanging out and socializing.  But I still wanted to make some fun food.

I decide to keep things simple and not serve official "courses."  They also wanted to help out with cooking so I decided to make something we could nosh on while chopping vegetables to start out with.  I went with a baked ricotta, served with little garlic toasts.  It tasted good, but it wasn't anything amazing.  On the plus side, it was fairly easy.  Just seasoning up the ricotta with salt, herbs, garlic and lemon zest before baking it.

Speaking of chopping vegetables, I also made Spring Roasted Vegetables with a brown butter sauce.  The only change I made in the recipe was that I used carrots instead of potatoes.  This was a real winner!  Not only is it a beautiful dish with all the different colors, but the brown butter sauce tasted amazing.  And it was a pretty easy sauce that I think would be good on a lot of different types of food.

Lastly, I knew I wanted a cold soup but one of my guests didn't like gazpacho.  So I decided to try out vichyssoise.  It's a cold potato leek soup and it seemed like it would be delicious.  I started out using this recipe as inspiration as I was hoping to find purple potatoes.  Alas, I wasn't able to find them but the soup was still delicious without the purple color.  Here's my version of the soup.

Makes 5 to 6 servings

1 bulb of garlic
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 tbl butter
2 leeks, white and light green parts only
4 cups diced peeled potatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
salt to taste
1 cup cream
chives, for serving

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut of the top of the bulb of garlic, exposing the tops of the individual cloves inside.  Drizzle olive oil over the top, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and wrap in foil.  Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

While the garlic is baking, begin working on the soup.  Melt the butter in a large pot and saute the leeks over low heat until translucent . Add the potatoes, broth and water and bring to a boil. Simmer 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Let cool slightly, add the salt, cream, and squeeze the individual cloves of garlic into the soup. Puree until smooth.  Feel free to add more liquid if needed to bring it to your desired texture.

And that's it!  We had made the soup in the morning so it had time to chill.  We garnished with chopped chives before serving.  It was absolutely delicious but I have to say, it was even better when I had the left overs for lunch the next day.  The soup was so simple, with only a few ingredients but the flavors melded together really well.

 I'm linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday.

 Jalapeno Quinoa Lentil Slaw

Monday, May 21, 2018

Weekly Review

I'm a little late with my Weekly Review but I'm here!  It was a busy week last week but I managed to get in all my planned workouts, just shifted them around a little.  And there was some business travel in there too but thankfully the travel all went smoothly.  Here are the details of the week.

Monday - strength training at home (I've got to start using my app again so I can remember and track what I do)

Tuesday - Easy run before work

Wednesday - Rest day and traveling to Dallas

View from my hotel room

Thursday - Rest day but I got in more than 10,000 steps given all the running from one meeting to another.  And of course, everything seemed to be on the opposite ends of the hotel.

Friday  - Easy run in the morning before flying back home.

Saturday - Strength training at home

Sunday - 4 mile run (It was supposed to be 5 looking back but I had forgotten, and since I'm not really training for anything at the moment I'm not too worried about meeting that arbitrary number)

So that was my week.  Here's the tentative plan for this week.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Morning easy run
Wednesday - Body pump
Thursday - Speed work on the treadmill
Friday -  Morning easy run
Saturday - Body Pump
Sunday - Morning easy run
Monday - 4 mile local race with 1 mile warm up

 I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 Semper Fi 5k

I think I've done this race every year since 2014!  That makes this my 5th year doing the race.  That's the sign of a well organized event :)  As always, I really enjoyed it.  You can see my 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 races reviews as well if you want more details.

The race hasn't changed much since 2014.  It was in a different location back then but since 2015, it's been down by the Tidal Basin.  Which means it's a flat course and scenic since it starts close to the Lincoln Memorial and you have views of the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin during the race.


Views from our walk back to the car

The things I love about this race start right away with registration.  When you register, the receipt tells you how much of the fee went toward the race costs and how much went toward the charity. I love this type of transparency!  The charity is the Semper Fi Fund, which works to provide "financial assistance and quality of life solutions to Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces, when they become injured in post 9-11 combat or training operations, or face life threatening illness or injury."

The race was at 8:30 instead of 8am this year.  The extra half hour was nice.  We still got there a bit before 7:30 as it's a long walk to the start from anywhere with street parking.  I think it was around a 25 minute walk from where we parked this year.  We also added in a 20 minute warm up (mostly walking) right before the race.  

Pretty much the whole course is next to the river

Another change was that there was no packet pick up on race morning this year.  This seems to be something that more and more races are taking away.  It was a convenient option in the past but this year, thankfully Mike was able to pick up our packets for us on the way home from work the day before the race.  If you're not going to have pre-race packet pick up, at least have a lot of options for packet pick up the week before the race.  They just had 5 hours on Thursday when the packet could be picked up in Virginia and 5 hours on Friday when it could be picked up in DC.  I know last year they had some problems for packet pickup at the race since they lost wireless connectivity so that may be part of the reason they didn't offer that option this year.

We finished our warm up right as the Star Spangled Banner was being sung. And then things moved pretty quickly and we started the race.  There's not much to be said about my performance this year.  Like all of my races recently, I continued to be slow.  I finished this same course in 34:39 in 2016, 38:17 in 2017, and 44:51 this year.  And it's not that I wasn't trying.  I was working hard and my heart rate was high.  But that's how drastically I've slowed down. But at least my splits were fairly consistent.  And I checked the weather differentials according to my Garmin records and it was 55 degrees in 2016, 59 degrees in 2017 and 70 degrees this year, so the extra heat was a factor, I'm sure.

So that was it for this race for 2018.  It continued to be fun and inspirational and I'm sure I'll continue to do this one over the years.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Weekly Review

 I hope everyone had a great weekend!  It's the start of a new week so here's how last week went.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were rest days since I was having some heel pain.  I wanted to make sure it wasn't the tendinitis coming back.  I don't think it was, it almost felt like I somehow bruised my heel.  Thankfully the pain was mostly gone by Thursday.

Thursday - 35 minutes on the elliptical

Friday - strength training at home

Saturday - 1 mile warm up plus the Semper Fi 5k.  I'll have a full recap up later this week. 

Sunday - 2 mile walk.  Even though it was just a brisk walk, my heart rate was still in zones 2 and 3 for about 50% of the time and even creeping into zone 4 at the end.  I don't know what is going on with me but I have scheduled an appointment with the doctor next week to talk about it more.

So that was my week.  Here's the tentative plan for this week.

Monday - Strength training
Tuesday - morning easy run
Wednesday - rest day for work travel
Thursday - rest day for work travel
Friday -  morning easy run before my flight home
Saturday - 5 mile run
Sunday - Body Pump

 I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.