Friday Free-For-All – 06/23/17

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I’m off to San Francisco! I’m taking a half day from work today and flying out this afternoon. I probably won’t be posting much here, but you can follow my adventures on Instagram. I’ll be back home some time on Tuesday night.

I’m a packing ninja. I bought United “basic economy” tickets, which means I don’t get a free carry on bag for my flights. Because buying last-minute tickets was already so expensive, I didn’t want to pay the extra $25 per flight for a bag. This means that I packed everything I need for a 3 day, 4 night trip to San Francisco in a backpack. Are you impressed? Cause I know I am!

Today is Ben’s first day of summer vacation. And he’s such a good husband, he got up early to drop me off at work so I wouldn’t have to pay for airport parking. While I’m madly jealous of his summer, I know he worked is ass off this school year, and deserves the break. Now, someone remind me of that later this summer while he’s gallivanting around Prague and I’m stuck here…

If you’re interested in a sneak peek at Dogfight the Musical you’re in luck! Stowe Theater Guild’s promotion team is killing it this year, and they made a great little video, which you can view by clicking right here. It’s our first time running through Act 1 with the accompanist so it’s a little rough, but many of you have asked for more video of me in action, so here you go!

Do you tend to overpack for trips? I usually do, but this time around I had to FORCE myself to pack light.

Unplugging a Bit at a Time

I did a thing two weeks ago. A thing that, to many, might seem simple, even trivial: I deleted a bunch of time-wasting games off of my phone (think Candy Crush and the like).

I initially downloaded these games in order to have a crutch. I am a perpetually early person, and often wait around for others to arrive at restaurants, bars, parties, rehearsals, or whatever. And instead of standing around awkwardly, having a simple, mindless game to play was great.

Lately, though, I started to realize how much time I was spending playing the games. Only playing while waiting for friends turned into playing on my lunch break, playing during meals, and even playing WHILE “watching” Netflix with Ben. I was spending WAY too much time staring at my phone. It become compulsive, addictive even. So, I deleted the games.

I gotta tell you, I actually hesitated when pushing the little “x” button. I’m gonna lose all of my progress. All of my cool perks will be gone. If I ever start playing again, I’ll have to beat all those extra hard levels again and that took forever! And then I was like, “WHO CARES?” and deleted them anyway. And so far, so good. I still have little moments when I’m like, “Damn, I wish I had something to play right now while I wait for xyz,” but I feel good about my decisive action.

This decision was prompted in large part by my recent dive into the world of minimalism and mindfulness. In the practice of minimalism, the focus isn’t just on physical clutter, but also on mental clutter, like spending our time doing things that aren’t important to us (for example, spending hours a day playing games on our phones), which then prevents us from spending time on things we actually want to do (spend time with our families, exercise, cook healthy meals, make art etc).

Another thing I’d like to do is limit my time on social media. I can’t count how many times a day I look at Facebook or Twitter. A lot of that right now is due to the fact that my job isn’t anywhere near as stimulating as it could be, and sometimes all I’ve got to do on a given afternoon is bounce around various internet sites (I know this sounds really awesome, but it is actually really sucky).

Regardless of why I may or may not log into Facebook, I think it’s negatively affecting my well-being. The current political climate is awful, and being bombarded with it day in and day out is exhausting and frustrating. I’d love to just delete my account and be done with it, but it’s starting to feel like social media is inescapable. Many of my friends exclusively use Facebook as a way of inviting folks to parties, or notifying people of big life events. Many theatre groups that I work with or want to work with post audition information in Facebook groups, but not really anywhere else. Or post their rehearsal schedules in Facebook groups rather than via email. I worry that completely leaving Facebook will cause me to miss out on various opportunities.

While I wish it were possible for me to self-limit and just not check these sites so many times a day, experience has shown that to be impossible. I catch myself involuntarily reaching for my phone umpteen times a day “just to check.” Or because I’m bored for 2.5 seconds. Or to avoid making conversation. I think the next step will be deleting the Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. If they’re not right in front of my face, and the apps aren’t ready to pop open at will or taunt me with notifications, hopefully there will be less temptation.

Do you find you have an addictive relationship with social media and/or your phone?

Manic Monday – 06/19/17

Manic Monday

Traning For: Stowe 8 Miler?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 06/12/17: 3 Mile Run | Rest
I woke up with a nasty head cold and decided to take a rest day.

Tuesday 06/13/17: CrossFit | Rest
I ended up taking a sick day from work because I hadn’t really slept in three days due to sore throat and congestion. I finally managed to get some rest, and used up an entire box of tissues. Ick.

Wednesday 06/14/17: 4 x 800 | Rest
I was still very congested in my head and a bit in my chest, so I decided another rest day was probably a good idea.

Thursday 06/15/17: CrossFit | Walk at Lunch
I had tickets to go see Chicago at Stowe Theatre Guild after work, so I took a nice long walk at lunch. I was still coughing and congested, so a walk was better than nothing.

Friday 06/16/17: CrossFit | Rest
The intertia of the week got to me and I just went home after work instead of going to CF.

Saturday 06/17/17: Rest | Rest
I went to Quechee for the day to have an early Father’s Day celebration. It was really nice to see my family, and we had a lovely dinner together.

Sunday 06/18/17: 5 Mile Run | Rest
No excuses. Just didn’t do it.

Whoops. An entire week of rest. Not exactly stellar, but it is what it is. I can blame most of it on being sick, but the latter half of the week was definitely laziness-induced. Ah well. I’m feeling much better today, and I’m ready to get back at it.

Do you ever succumb to the inertia monster? I know the more workouts I skip, the more likely I am to skip future workouts. It’s a vicious cycle…

Friday Free-For-All – 06/16/17

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I was not cast in the professional show I auditioned for last weekend. Honestly, it’s just fine with me. I knew going in that it was a long shot, as I’m technically too young or too old for any of the roles. It was more about taking a good opportunity to be seen by a company I’d always wanted to work with than actually thinking I might get in. And having worked on two shows in a row through the spring and summer, I know I’ll be glad for the break from rehearsals. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll keep me in mind for future shows.

This cold really derailed my week. I missed two scheduled runs and two CF classes, not to mention a day at work. Blergh. It’s looking more and more like I made the right choice in deciding not to register for the Stowe 8-Miler too far in advance. At this point, it seems unlikely I will be running it.

I’m currently obsessed with the TV show Once Upon a Time. I know I’m really late to the party on this one, but I LOVE it. After I finished watching Buffy, I needed a new guilty-pleasure binge watch, and Once Upon a Time fits the bill perfectly. I will be the first to admit it’s not perfect (inconsistent timelines and plot holes abound), but one thing is bugging the crap out of me: no matter where they are or what’s going on (war, destruction, camping in the jungles of Neverland for five days), Mary Margaret and Emma ALWAYS have perfect winged eyeliner. I’m sorry, I call BULLSHIT on that. Not possible. But I will continue to watch anyway. Because FAIRYTALES!

Someone recently found my blog with the search term “hangry,” and it couldn’t tickle me more. I’m always happy to know I’m not the only one who suffers from the debilitating effects of this horrific condition. Maybe we should start a support group…

What TV show are you currently loving?

Manic Monday – 06/12/17

Manic Monday

Traning For: Stowe 8 Miler?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 06/05/17: 3 Mile Run | Rest
My abs were still REALLY sore from Friday’s CF workout, so I decided to take an extra rest day to fully recover.

Tuesday 06/06/17: CrossFit | Rest
Another rainy day plus evening plans meant another unplanned rest day, boo.

Wednesday 06/07/17: Tempo | 4 Mile Tempo
My training plan called for 40 minutes of tempo, but I realized I hate running for time. I changed on the fly to a 4 mile tempo run, and will convert the rest of my schedule to miles also.

Thursday 06/08/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
This was a tough one. First we did 10 x 50 m sprint drills, and then 21-15-9-5 hang snatches and box jumps, beginning each round with a 400-300-200-100 m run. I learned on this day that I need to start wearing my running shoes to class, because now that it’s summer we’re doing a lot more running in class, and my feet and Achilles tendons were NOT happy after this workout.

Friday 06/09/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
Going to CF two days in a row is still really difficult. We worked on back squats, then did 50-40-30-20-10 wall ball shots, push ups, candlestick rolls, pull ups and rope climbs, with a wall walk between each round. I wanted to die the entire time, and didn’t make it through the pull ups (ring rows for me).

Saturday 06/10/17: Rest | Rest
Nailed it! Did some stuff around the house, went to my Vermont Stage Company audition, and went to a party.

Sunday 06/11/17: 6 Mile Run | Rest
I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible sore throat, and never really got back to sleep. After my fundraiser obligation in the morning, I came home and just laid in bed watching Netflix even though it was such a gorgeous day. I felt like crap.

Unsurprisingly, I slept like crap again last night and woke up this morning with a full blown head cold. My ears and sinuses are all plugged up and it feels like I have sandpaper covered golfballs where my tonsils should be. I’m hoping that with a few doses of Emergen-C and Zicam I can kick this before the weekend. Being sick during the summer is the WORST.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re home sick? I love to watch movies and snuggle my kitties.

Friday Free-For-All – 06/09/17

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San Francisco is a go!  I managed to get the time off from both work and rehearsal, and find flights that weren’t totally unreasonable. I’m flying United basic economy, which means I don’t even get a free carry-on bag, but I’m pretty confident that I can pack everything I need for three days in a “personal item” sized backpack. Hooray for spontaneity and adventure!

I’ve rediscovered my love for my Hydro Flask water bottle. For months, it had been sitting unused in a drawer, and for whatever reason, I busted it out recently to bring to a rehearsal. It pretty much hasn’t left my side since. It keeps my water SO COLD and the straw top makes it easy peasy to just grab a quick sip and get on with my life. I feel like I’ve been drinking a ton more water lately, and want to just buy another one of these and recycle every single other water bottle I have.

Event planning is the WORST. Honestly. Half the reason we didn’t do a big traditional wedding is because neither Ben nor I wanted to deal with all of the associated bullshit. Coordinating vendors. Pricing venues. Budgeting. Insurance. Blah blah blah. I’m on the planning committee for my company’s annual United Way campaign, and have been four years running. I know it’s ultimately all for a good cause, but I just don’t have a head for this stuff. This year I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility that I have in the past and I do NOT like it. I’m currently in charge of an event that should have been fairly simple, but due to serious communication problems, it has turned into something of a nightmare right at the last minute and I’m ready to jump off a cliff. Thankfully, the event in question is this Sunday, and once it’s done, I can relax a bit. Until I have to start corralling vendors for the NEXT event that I’m responsible for. Ugh! I’m planning to try to excuse myself from the committee next year, but I’m not sure whether or not that will fly with my bosses 😦

I’ve been reading and following a lot of “frugal living,” “simple living,” and “minimalist” blogs lately. I’m DEFINITELY not ready to chuck it all and have bare walls and a 30 piece wardrobe and live like a monk, that’s so not me. HOWEVER, I am trying to a) get a grip on my finances (I spend too much on unnecessary crap), b) get rid of the clutter that we’ve accumulated over the last 8 years of living together before we move into a house, and c) slowly get myself off the wheel of consumerism that causes me to spend so much money and have so much clutter in the first place. Changing is HARD, but I’m committed to getting my sh*t together a bit more before buying a house and hopefully bringing a kid into the mix. If we want to live off a single income, I can’t keep spending the way I have been.

What’s your favorite water bottle? Have you ever read up on minimalism?

 

Problem Solved; For Now

I can’t believe I’m finally able to type this: I HAVE FOUND RUNNING SHOES THAT WORK FOR ME! Hallelujah, strike up the band, people! It’s been over a YEAR since I started looking for replacement running shoes, and I have finally, finally found ones that work.

The Altra One 2.5’s are my new go-to’s. I have now put about 45 miles on them, including several “long runs” and two 5k races, and things feel great. My toes aren’t rubbing and I’m not feeling any weird pain or anything. Obviously, I’m delighted.

The bad news, however, is it looks like the One 2.5’s I’m currently loving have literally just been replaced by One V3. We all know that new versions of our favorite shoes aren’t necessarily the same, and can even be different enough to make them unwearable, so obviously I am annoyed.

It seems like I just can’t catch a break. I’m planning to buy at least one pair of the limited One 2.5’s available as a backup, and I’m willing to try the V3 because of Altra’s generous 30 day return policy, but COME ON, man! Can’t I just have a shoe that’s available for longer than a year?

When you find a good running shoe, do you hoard them like I’m about to?

 

Manic Monday – 06/05/17

Manic Monday

Training For: Stowe 8 Miler? (July 9)

Monday 05/29/17: Rest
After all-day wedding festivities on Sunday, I needed a day to recuperate. I met my friend Stacy for lunch and did some window shopping, then it was laundry, clean up, eat supper, go to bed.

Tuesday 05/30/17: CrossFit
It was another rainy day, so no lunch walk. The Strength WOD for CF was 7 x 1 deadlifts at 80% of 1 rep max (about 153 lbs for me), and the MetCon was a 10 minute AMRAP of 10 x medicine ball situps, 8 x sumo deadlift high pulls, 10 x medicine ball ab twists, and 8 x slam balls. I made it through 5 whole rounds and 10 situps before time.

Wednesday 005/31/17: Rest
I used my lunch break to schedule a few appointments, so no walk. And then there were crazy thunderstorms after work, so running was a no-go.

Thursday 06/01/17: 4.85 Mile Run
The plan was 8 x 400 (400 recoveries between) with a warm up and cool down. I started out feeling pretty good, but my stomach was NOT happy for the last three repeats. Still, I managed to finish, and this was my longest run since the Wine and Dine half back in November.

Friday 06/02/17: CrossFit
We did one of the lady workouts, Annie. This KILLED me and I’m still sore on Monday while writing this. It was a “special” Annie. 1 mile run + 50-40-30-20-10 double unders and situps. But we added 5 burpees at the beginning of each round, and finished with 50. Freaking. Burpees. Ugh. I managed to finish before the 30 minute time cap, but it was ugly.

Saturday 06/03/17: Rest
Crazy day! I slept in and tried to just relax in the morning. The it was off to our friend Pete’s bubble soccer birthday BBQ, our friends Nate and Alex’s housewarming party, and my friend Brad’s going away party. Twas a long day, but a good one. PS, if you’ve never seen bubble soccer be played, you are missing out on some HILARITY.

Sunday 06/04/17: 5 Mile Long Run
Holy crap, guys, I actually got in a long run! It was a bit hotter than I thought it was going to be, so that sucked, but I was really happy with my overall pace of 10:26.

Not a bad week for the first week of my “I might be running a race.. but also maybe not” training plan. I’m mostly just trying to be more consistent, and having a plan helps. Unfortunately the weather in VT continues to be chilly and rainy, which makes lunchtime runs difficult. I’m hoping that I can just suck it up and either a) get outside between showers or b) head to Planet Fitness and rock some treadmill runs.

How has your weather been lately? Ours has been AWFUL.

 

Friday Free-For-All 06/02/17

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I scheduled two very adult-y things this week. One, I scheduled my annual physical. Two, I FINALLY scheduled a consult for wisdom teeth extraction that I originally got a referral for OVER A YEAR AGO. I’m trying to get all this icky surgery/blood work etc out of the way before we start trying to get pregnant, and this week helped me move toward accomplishing that. Unfortunately, the wisdom teeth consult isn’t even until July, which means actual extraction won’t be until August at the earliest, but whatever, I’m making moves!

I’ve got another busy weekend on tap. Tomorrow I have not one, not two, but THREE events to attend: a housewarming party, a birthday party, and a going away party. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE seeing my friends and doing fun things, but I only have so much bandwidth. I really need some quiet down time! Hopefully I can just chill out tomorrow morning to brace myself for the onslaught of socialization.

I received the audition materials for my Fun Home audition. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t freaked out a bit. God bless them for providing us with the scene and song cut, because I haven’t had to pick and prepare my own audition pieces in a looooong time. It’s still scary because I’ve been spoiled rotten by my local community theatre group that very kindly and patiently teaches the songs to everyone workshop style before the auditions. I’m pretty much on my own for this. I have the soundtrack and I know the plot of the show, but AAAAAHHHHHHHH. I’m trying to remain calm and just DO THE WORK. I have another whole week to really dive into the audition pieces and try to put together some semblance of a decent audition.

I may be taking a super quick, last-minute trip to San Francisco. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember that back in 2014, I took a quick trip to SF over 4th of July weekend. My friend Krissy’s 30th birthday is June 25, and she had been talking about a big birthday shindig, but due to the insane nature of her work she wasn’t able to plan anything formal, and I thought the trip wasn’t happening. But we talked this week, and she told me how much it would mean to her for me to come. I’m cleared to take the time off work and rehearsal, I’m just waiting to hear back from Krissy if the flights I found will work with her schedule, and then I’ll be booking. Aaaah! It’s a bit expensive to book a flight three weeks out, but I figure you can’t put a price on friendship and adventure.

What’s the most adult-y thing you’ve done lately?

 

Ready to Race

As a runner, I love to race. I don’t think I’m alone in that. I love the dangling carrot that races represent to help me stay consistent with training. I love the crowd support. I love the bling. And I love the feeling of accomplishment.

HOWEVER, as I’ve said several times this year, my schedule is bananas and pretty up in the air. I’m reluctant to shell out registration fees only to realize that I’ve got a wedding that day, or that I’ll be too exhausted from rehearsals, or that’s literally the only weekend all summer that both Ben and I are home and don’t have plans. Case in point: I was registered for four races in May, but only ran two. I’ve been very, very careful this year not to run out and register for a bunch of races.

Still, though, I can’t help but miss it. I haven’t run a PR in any distance in over a year. I haven’t run a 10k race in two years. I miss racing!

This week, I’ve been casually perusing upcoming races, and have actually identified a few that I think would work with my summer plans. I’m aiming for a couple of 10 k’s and maybe even a half. BUT–I’m not going to register for anything yet. While registering early might save me $10 or so per race, NOT registering until I’m sure I actually can and will run the race is definitely the better option for me right now. It will still give me something to train for, but if at the last minute something comes up, I can bail and know that I didn’t pay $50 or more for nothing.

The first of these upcoming potential races is the Stowe 8 Miler on July 9. Since I live in Underhill and the Notch is now open, getting to Stowe is relatively quick and painless. Also, I have rehearsal in Stowe on Sundays, so being there for the morning wouldn’t make my afternoon schedule difficult. Other pros for this race include:

  • Free beer at the finish
  • New-to-me race distance = automatic PR
  • Tech shirt with registration

So theoretically, for the next few weeks I’m training for the Stowe 8 Miler. I even *gasp* made a training plan. Whether or not I actually run the race is dependent on a few factors, not the least of which is whether or not I actually stick to my budget this month and can afford to pay for registration. And of course, whether or not I’m actually consistent in my training. I’m not going to pay $50 to suffer through 8 miles of rolling hills.

Do you ever register last-minute for races?