best laid plans.

A day that I thought would go different than it did. I planned, I scheduled and at the end of the day I thought…at last I run.

This day was so long. I drove to Colorado Springs and then all over Denver and didn’t get home until ridiculously late.  A day of driving, a day of talking, I’m spent. I’ve been “on” far too long.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to turn off until 10:00pm and by then there was no heading out the door for a nice relaxing run. We were well into the  scary dark hours of the night by then.
Sean had gone out for a bike ride and I was jealous. He came in from his ride so happy I was seriously overcome with pure jealousy. Although I was also pretty damn happy for him because he loves to ride. But… I wanted to be out running. 

I just fixed him a burger and went to bed.

I’m just being sad because I missed my run, don’t listen to me. This is what happens after two many days of a missed workout.
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SPECIAL PROSECUTOR! CAN WE PLEASE GET A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR??

We keep hearing about Democratic senators belief we’re in a “constitutional crisis” and that the president is making dangerous decisions and needs to be fully investigated by independent special prosecutors. 

Could we MAYBE get a Republican on board? Are we so split that the Republicans refuse to admit the insanity the whole world can see? Can the Republicans, if they do agree with this please LOUDLY and from the rooftops proclaim it?? 

I mean come ON…
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I have a quick doctor appt today and then I’m going to figure out a workout because if I don’t get a little sweat on I’m going to have a little crying meltdown.

Short and sweet today, I’m running late. There’s a doctor out there that’s just waiting to put 30+ shots in my skull…

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Mother’s Day is just not my favorite.

So,  it’s okay if it’s your favorite, I have no grief with that. I personally love Valentine’s Day and I’m positive I’m totally in the minority there.

Mother’s Day has just never been my day. It doesn’t spin my wheels.  Shaughnessy is a mom now so she should get to have her day, too.

Every year Andrea and I think we’re going to escape for Mother’s Day weekend and it just never happens…we thought it would this year but no. And you know what? I’m just not feeling anything this year. This year I’m feeling very hang out and go for a run just do what I want to. Isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about anyway? #MotheroftheYear #mykidsarethebestkids #yoursareprettygoodtoo

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Day two of my new phone. 
The jury is still considering its options.
It’s very frustrating to me after the wonderful world of Android that now I have to work with the world of Apple or should I say work within the boundaries of Apple because they limit you. They make you do what THEY want. They’re so bossy.
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It’s frustrating to be dealing with a company that prides itself on the individual and yet limits their ability to customize the phone.
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I hate conforming.  #stepitupapple
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It POURED rain here all.day.long. It was cold. It was wet. It was not welcoming to the runner at all. Also my head hurt so I slept very very late into the morning. I have a Botox appt on Friday which explains the migraines this week.
Not loving this. I’m trying very hard to kick this out so I don’t have any sign of the migraine when I go get the Botox.

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My friend posted this yesterday and you have to watch it, it’ll take the stress away from the Trump crazy.

Mason is an ancient, battle-scarred feral cat with advanced kidney disease. Instead of euthanasia, we felt he deserved to live his sunset months in comfort, free from pain. What happened next will make your heart melt. <3 See additional videos of the adorable interactions between Grandpa Mason and "his" foster kittens at TinyTuxies. And please remember that spaying and neutering is the only way to prevent unwanted cats and kittens like Mason and "his" kittens from being born and suffering. Contact your local shelter or SPCA if you need assistance with spaying and neutering… most have free or low cost programs, and are happy to help. More about the rescue work we do: TinyKittens.com

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I did a HIIT workout yesterday because of the pouring rain. The rain discouraged running. I’m going to try and run today. Still major rain planned for today but I’m going to try and run through it. I just can’t stand the thought of not running at all. At least some workout will be done.

Also…I see Princess Anna for hair. My hair grows so fast. What’s that about??

This was real deal this morning. I turned my alarm off and everything with intention of not going. my body woke my ass up and dragged me in, anyway.:
Run on…

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Everybody deserves a rest day…darnit.

I know you all are thinking…she’s TOTALLY going to talk about running today. But no, I’m TOTALLY going to talk about how our president has completely and absolutely lost his mind.

Otherwise known as Tuesday in America.

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I don’t even need to talk about it. We know he’s  not rational and if you have doubts about that, just read his tweets. 
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Yesterday morning my cat killed a bunny in the backyard. It’s okay Mom, Skosh told me he was an older bunny, had seen the world and backpacked through Europe and when he saw Skosh looking askance at a younger bunny he threw himself selflessly in front of said younger bunny as he felt his life was complete and it was time to go to bunny heaven.
For the record we love the bunnies and highly encourage the bunnies to avoid our yard by yelling “run bunnies! Save yourselves!” and this does not cause the neighbors to look at us strange at all. The bunnies, also, don’t really seem to listen. We don’t lose a lot in a year but a few for sure before word spreads in the bunny neighborhood and they hang out somewhere else. Circle of life, unfortunately. Damn cat, and yes, sometime the dog. They work together as a tag team.
Since it happened first thing in the morning I couldn’t let them out all day because I don’t do that task, Sean is the angel that does that. But he didn’t come home from work until pretty late so they were trapped in the house. My gosh they acted like six year old’s with chicken pox. They made me crazy.

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I had a migraine yesterday  and thought I’d workout in the evening and by the time Sean got home I was faltering (Sean got home late). I didn’t want to go to the park by myself because..hello please mug me…so I waited a few minutes.

A few minutes turned into a few hours when I accidentally fell asleep. I blame the drugs.

The result is that I chose the day to be a rest day and we are moving on now. Moving on…brush Tuesday away.

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If you're looking for health inspiration, funny quotes, and great fitness tips, Get Healthy U is the place for you!:

This is good for all of us to remember. Progress is progress be grateful for even the little improvements because we’re still better than we were yesterday. Get stronger.
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Well it finally happened.

You’ll all be happy to know I got a new phone yesterday. My kids especially since they were fed up with my “brick”.
We went in to the store and the young woman that helped me could not really contain her amusement at the age of my old phone even though I told her it was an older model when I bought it because I specifically asked for the small size phone. I think she just assumed I don’t know any better.

She told me she used to like the small screens too, then she graduated up and now she will never go back…

Chick. I’m not just anybody here. I refuse to conform.
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You can imagine my non conforming joy that I now own an iphone.

I know, right? It was the only phone that was exactly the size of my old one. I had to at least try it.

Shut up, I told you we’re still adjusting. We both stopped multiple times yesterday and thought…huh…we have two weeks.

It’s a pretty big adjustment and Sean and I are already not loving it but I don’t love being told what to do and Android let’s you do what you want. They are SO from MT and Apple, well, they’re all~do it our way and there are no consequences it’s just do it our way~. They are clearly from  Congress.
The jury is out, we’ll see. Bright side…good photos! I’ll keep you posted. I know, you guys are all ~no one in the world is as stressed about a new phone as you are, what the hell?~
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Sean and I did the Castle Rock Incline yesterday. I did MUCH better than the last time. The last time, if you recall, I nearly died every three steps…gasping for air as I climbed pretty much thinking..”this is it! This is the big one!” ~name that really really REALLY old television show ….

Ugh…Redd Foxx…such a comedic talent.

So I got up the stairs without too much trouble from the lack of oxygen but my leg was definitely tweaked so I stopped multiple times to do preventative stretching and that seemed mostly successful. We walked some to warm up and cool down to keep loose (I’m a loose woman) but otherwise I that was it. I didn’t want to incline twice. Still babystepping it.

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Sean somehow found himself the sole purchaser of the probiotics and in the land of Celiac probiotics keep my stomach happy. Nearly the last week has been a little iffy because I haven’t had any. His stomach is happier on them, too, so I reminded him several times until last night I finally said…Dude…get the probiotics. Twenty seconds later he said it was done.

Amazon for the win. And what the hell, it took you twenty seconds?
Send me that link so I can do it next time. Geez Dude.
Probiotics are important for  maintaining the balance of healthy bacteria and non healthy bacteria in your gut.

  • boosting immune system.
  • preventing and treating urinary tract infections.
  • improving digestive function.
  • healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS (4)
  • managing and preventing eczema in children.
  • fighting food-borne illnesses
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Today’s workout is mileage. I’m going to do some strength training and about 3 miles. I know, still 3 miles? yep. I really really don’t want to push it. If things go as planned I’ll start moving up next week. I’m not letting myself get too excited in case it all comes crashing down…

Shut up…I totally don’t see the world half empty. I’m a genuinely positive soul always filled with joy and delight.
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Fine. But only when it comes to my workouts…it’s been a tough year, okay??
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If You Master Consistency:

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My favorite things about Michelle.

This was just a lovely quiet weekend by myself for the most part. We had lunch with Shaughnessy and Adam on Saturday, we get to see them far more than we get to see Alex and Megan. Different parts of town  you know. On Sunday Sean went back to his planned event that took all of his day and I went hiking with Miss Michelle on what had to be the most beautiful hike we’ve ever been on.

The trailhead was Apex but the eventual trail was Enchanted Forest Trail and it was not kidding.
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We felt like we were in a Disney movie it was so magical. At any moment little birds would fly out and sing to us as they put ribbons in our hair. It was so beautiful I lost count of how many times I stopped to say that and finally I just stopped so I could proclaim I felt like I was having a spiritual experience from this hike. It counts, so far, as my favorite and that’s saying something…I’ve hiked a lot. Michelle took a million photos and was generous enough to share one with me.

I know, right? She shared one.

I’ve got to get a new phone….I digress
Here is the photo…LOOK at this! 

I know, you’re thinking…huh…that does not look Disney magical. Well it’s a HEART.

This was on the trail in front of us…it’s hardly even real. A perfect heart in stone. The colors on the trail were the truest greens I’ve ever seen. It’s was covered and beautiful and magical.

Whatever just trust me.

So here are my favorite things about Michelle:

  1. She’s a real person with real issues. I know that I’m getting exactly what’s really happening and not the glossed over version you tell your mean neighbor. She puts it right out there and I can totally relate.  I can be totally and completely myself.
  2. She’s always willing to drive. I don’t mind driving (most people know this) though full disclosure I will totally map it even if I’m going around the block because I’m terrified of being lost. She also knows I’m afraid of spiders and being lost and continues to try to convince me to be afraid of snakes and lightening. Keep working on that, Michelle.
  3. She  gets the Celiac thing and is right on board with great places to eat and names them..which brings me to #4
  4. She makes decisions like a champ. Girl is a decision maker. ::swoon:: “Let’s meet at such and such on Tuesday at 11”. I love her. I would happily and cheerfully make at least two of those decisions or even HELP with those but she’s totally on it. Trails? She’s like…here are three trails…I’m like..yep. Let’s do that one…how’s 8? she says “see you then!” I love that. Decision maker. That is a girl after my own heart.
  5. She takes pictures! Now, I do harass her because she sends me ONE but if I asked her she’d send me all ten. And it is now on my list to go to the Verizon store to check out my phone options. ~MT has given me a virtually brand new phone that I can swap to but it’s a little bigger than I want so I’m resisting… I just really really need a good camera phone. This is killing me.~
  6. She is totally up for any and all adventures and if I ask her she’s all…yeah let’s go! At least once a week I can expect a message in my inbox to say “want to do THIS with me?” and it’ll include a link to a wild and crazy event that neither of us realistically should do but per our mantra...what the hell? 
  7. She loves the outdoors as much as I do and any chance to get outside she’ll do it.
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When I came home I walked the puppy who by then had given up all hope of anyone ever spending time with him again so when I came in the door he didn’t even lift his little head the poor guy.
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Miraculously, after that I still had energy so I went for a three mile run and that felt amazing in the cool evening air so by the time the evening was done I had put in about 12 miles. It felt really good and I didn’t feel like I had overdone it at all. It was like…21,000 steps or something crazy ass like that.
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On that note, the crazy note, Ria from MotivationalMompersonaltraining.com is on a streak of 128 days of step goals (since January 1st she has surpassed the previous days step goal, each day gets higher because that’s how Garmin works) and yesterday she ran a half marathon  and then walked across town eventually reaching 51,617 steps in a day. I wonder how many days she can keep this streak up?

Today I’m supposed to do yoga so I’ll probably do that but Sean took the day off so I may go to Castle Rock to do the incline.

Oh you caught that, too, huh? Sean took the day off.  Pretty sweet of him to take the day off to spend with me….
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Don’t get excited he did it for the game… LOL…he just finished early so it worked out. And right now? He’s at work..he got called in to do something. My life in a nutshell.

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Ah, it’s okay. I’m just pickin’ on him.
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yogadays.

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Sweet List <3

  1.  The Oatmeal in all it’s delight, as usual.
  2. Ingress which continues to provide my husband happiness. Anyone that knows Sean knows he’s been looking for that for his whole life and I think he was really just bored. It keeps him engaged, his mind is always going, he’s out on his bike or walking or exercising all the time and he’s meeting new people all while he gets to see the major sites of Denver. I love this game and for however long he plays it I’m going to love it.
  3. My stability ball which is hilarious and also a great workout. I’m enjoying it and I totally anticipate theboy will, too.
  4. Jimmy Bar. It’s just enough peanut butter and just enough crunch for someone who doesn’t love peanut butter. No gluten and no chocolate means you eat a lot of peanut butter and that’s not my favorite.
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  5. I went running!! Like really running. It was successful and everything and I didn’t die! Okay, I was slow because my leg was pretty tweaky so I made sure to take care of it but still…running! Running in the evening is my very favorite. Sean and I went to the park last night so he could Ingress and I could run and then we walked around the park. On the way home we stopped and got ice cream. Best date ever.
  6. So far I’m pretty on track with my workouts. I’d like to up my game a little more but I think I have a really good start.
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  7. SO Delicious Cashew Milk Snickerdoodle ice cream.   Have I already mentioned this stuff? Because it is totally worth talking about twice in case I have.
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  8. My sister (sister Catherine) came to town for an event, she’s the owner/operate/CEO of Fairy Ring Beads and Things, and I totally bought this beautiful bracelet after coveting it for a day or two. The colors are so me I’ve barely taken it off. Also, rings and bracelets are totally my thing.
  9. I went to the grocery store the other day and came across this little delight…the possibilities are endless. I didn’t buy it, the garlic held me off a bit…it’s not my favorite, but the rest would be so delicious I think it would be worth it.  I am totally thinking I need to the next time I go to the store. It has suggestions on the package and yum…cornbread…oh and baked chicken…I’m kind of hungry.
  10. Neil Hilborn and his new book of poetry Our Numbered Days.  I keep putting it off, I’ve been living off of his Facebook page but it’s on my list to buy because he’s just so good.
  11. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful LifeI can’t wait to dig in and read this. I hear so many good things about it and I love hearing about joyful living! 

  12. I went hiking with Michelle and I’m going again tomorrow! (pretty sure…I mean…plans change. One never knows….our schedules are always a little off…but we can always hope)
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    I’m an Ingress widow this weekend. It’s a big thing happening right now and then I get him back (yay). I know a lot of people are probably thinking..geez…does he spend any time with you? yep. I get a lot of time with him. He spends mornings with me hangin’ out and evenings just like regular families we are together most of the time and occasionally he has an event that takes his time. I’m extremely patient about it because we’ve been married a long time so I know he likes me. We spend a lot of time together. He’s so freakin’ happy (who knew?) and good LORD the running stuff he puts up with. The trips, the long runs, the running gear…so much. This is nothing.
  13. I saved the best for last. My sister Catherine. She’s just a few years older than me. It’s her birthday today.
    She’s kind and loving and generous, beautiful and smart, she has an endless amount of trivia in her head and I can’t remember a time she didn’t at least have a tidbit of info about something. she’s passionate about politics to the point that I occasionally have to hide her Facebook page for a day or two to recover (late at night she gets a little bit evil in her passion…yikes) only to go back to it because I missed her. She’s the most talented artist creating beads and trinkets, boxes and bits out of polymer clay and then creating jewelry out of those beads. Every time I see her I’m astonished at her skills and more and more impressed at how she’s grown as an artist. I continue to think she can’t get better and then she does. She is determined to live her life following her passion and I love her so much for that.
    She takes in strays~ animal and human and she has the smallest house but apparently the biggest heart because there is always room for one more. And when I say animal I mean she has had chickens, goats and everything in between in her kitchen while it recovers from a deathly illness. The baby goat in the diaper…I just died. It was too cute.
    And when I call her with an insane moment she jumps right in and never has to catch up. It’s like she was expecting the call all along. She’s a genuinely good person and I’m so lucky to count her as not just a sister but as a friend, too. Some people take those for granted, I do not.
    I love your face, Sister Catherine…from Mother Teresa. (this is what my kids used to call us)

    Catherine, Mom and me…no idea when but it’s so cute I really like the picture.
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HIIT training is the smart training.

A great article and really important  for smart training.

Want To Live Longer? This Is The Type Of Exercise You Should Be Doing 

Although the study had a small sample size of 72, and more research is still needed, HIIT had the most impressive results. Those who cycled with bursts of energy and then rest periods experienced an improvement in mitochondrial function, which often declines with age.
Those who cycled with bursts of energy and then rest periods experienced an improvement in mitochondrial function, which often declines with age.“We encourage everyone to exercise regularly, but the take-home message for aging adults [is] that supervised high-intensity training is probably best, because, both metabolically and at the molecular level, it confers the most benefits,” says K. Sreekumaran Nair, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and senior researcher on the study, in a Mayo Clinic press release. ~source

This isn’t breaking news but it’s confirmation that what we’re doing and what we’re supposed to be doing is the same thing. That working harder is the smart thing. That “just take the stairs and skip the elevator”  is not all it takes to get us into shape and they need to stop telling people that.

It’s encouraging to have good information being put out there and people actually listening. If you’re going to get in shape and be healthy you need to raise your heart rate. If walking slowly does that then that’s what you do and good for you! You are amazing and keep going! Slowly you’ll get healthier and you work your way up but people that don’t raise their heart rate because “I don’t like to sweat” are just the worst. You don’t get to complain if you don’t want to work for it.
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Stephen Colbert went off on Donald Trump for his incredibly rude remarks on Face the Nation, a well known and respected news program. Now of course, people are calling for his firing. Even he suggested that perhaps he was a tad crude at the end…but he doesn’t regret the event. I think…I bet it felt good to say it. I bet it felt good to get all that stuff off his chest and say those things even if they were really just insults. I think he did go a bit overboard but I don’t think he needs to be fired. Also, if he gets fired I suspect people will be lining up to hire him…Stephen Colbert is at the height of popular right now.
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Today is a rest day and my head hurts so…okay.
I may do something anyway…we’ll see….
Don't miss me too much Gym, I'll be back in 1 day!:

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Run on…

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While you were sleeping…

Michelle and I were supposed to go hiking yesterday afternoon so before I did I made sure to start the morning with the yoga stretches from yesterday’s post to make sure my legs were completely ready to cooperate.

We chose Matthew/Winters Park which is, as you may remember, one of my favorite standbys to hike at. Just enough technical and just enough to distance. Not too busy but enough people I’m not going to get mugged and it’s just so pretty. 

Of course, I didn’t take the photo with my phone, Michelle did. Hers is a much better piece of equipment. Dammit. Next time…a selfie. Sorry. I swear we’re out there hiking together. I promise.

We got great mileage in, we worked out little butts off and avoided the rain and narrowly missed death by electrocution via lightening. p.s. Michelle is a tad bit afraid of this.
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Lunch was all the salad all the time. And I liked it.
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While I was home I got a surprise visit from this guy…

He looks pretty excited there, doesn’t he? He was way more excited. This photo is at least six months old.
He stuck around and visited with me and it was so good to see him! I mean I  know he was totally just using me because he stopped to get stuff but hey…as long as he’s there he has to talk to me because it’s in the mom rule book. You HAVE to talk to your mom when you stop at home.

Want to know what he told me? He said that last week when I was sleeping off a migraine in the middle of the week he came home and came upstairs INTO THE BEDROOM and I still slept. Me. The world’s lightest sleeper. And the puppy who barks at the flags that wave on the street and people that may be even THINKING about walking past the house. Nothing. Silence.

I was a little freaked out.
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Note to all of you: don’t google “that’s creepy gif”…nothing good will come of it.
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People.com just did a spread on They Woke Up Like This: Celebs’ Best Makeup-Free Selfies and seriously these women look so beautiful. Gwyneth Paltrow, though not really my favorite person, looks amazing. And let’s not even talk about Salma Hayek and Carrie Underwood (who I think is everyone’s idol…good Lord that girl is a rockstar ~her legs!~. Wait…I think she’s actually a country star but either way…she kicks ass and she looks amazing doing it). I swear, they are gorgeous.
I have taken to spending at least half my days makeup free except when I absolutely have to because my skin loves it so much….it thanks me for letting it breathe and I can totally see the difference on the days I go without. That and a good workout and I am pretty sure I take five years off.
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I’m in prime ~take care of my legs~ mode so I headed to the chiropractor to get an adjustment. That was interesting. And from there I came home and walked the slowest puppy in the world. What the hell?

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please note: this looks accurate…with occasional stops in between.
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I got 17000 steps in yesterday so that’s a lovely amount. Today I have….::consulting my workout plan:: 3 miles on the plan and some strength because I want to.
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It’s pouring rain/snowing so I’m not sure if that’ll be a treadmill run or what but there you go. Also, much organizing to be done because hey…That’s my job!
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"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis:

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Mom’s cold, put on a sweater.

Don’t forget to stretch, it’s good for you and prevents injuries… such a mom thing…
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time
you know I’ve always been plagued by Achilles Tendonitis (it’s all good, I’m currently fine). Occasionally it manifests itself in a new and different way, in my calf. I’ve been known to have to stop running and hobble home rather abruptly because of sudden and really unfriendly gripping pain in my calf. This is all connected…literally. I have ridiculously tight IT bands and always have and that’s what I’m feeling now. Even when I’m not running I am the least flexible person in the world.
It’s always been a bucket list item (who are we kidding, the term is there we’re just going to accept it now) to be able to do the splits, I think it may be my most unrealistic goal, right up there with climbing Everest to Base Camp (that actually got kicked off the list in the last few years…the abuse of money and politics make it way less fun). This doesn’t keep the goal from being there. Wouldn’t you love to be that flexible??  I would so love it. I think your body would have to feel so amazing to have those long loose strong muscles.
My body has never been fond of my short tight muscles and rebels at every turn. So I am on a mission to stretch stretch and stretch, foam roll and stretch some more. If that doesn’t keep me going, I swear I’ll go to PT. Something, for sure. I suppose my shoe style could be wrong after all these years… maybe if I get the chance I’ll pop in and get a gait analysis. I swap between two different shoes so I should maybe run in a different shoe tomorrow. That will help.
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The easiest thing to blow off if you’re a runner is stretching and the most important thing to do if you’re a runner is stretching.  Running shortens and tightens our muscles and we’re left hobbling around with no flexibility at all. The cross training and stretching, yoga, and foam rolling… it all works together to  help your muscles recover and remember what it’s like before you abused them in such a mean way.
The key is to remember our dynamic stretches are what’s important before a run and static stretches are for after.  You don’t want to mix these up because static stretching done cold can result in injury and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.
I do talk about stretching probably more often than the average bear
but I think people really blow it off and don’t do it…they just think they don’t need it. Getting into the habit of stretching, recognizing how important it is and that it’s just as important as the run itself will only benefit you in the long run and not doing it will undoubtedly harm eventually. No one is immune. Every runner I’ve known has been plagued by an injury (mild or severe) that could have been avoided had they just properly stretched. 
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So today I walked the dog
, stretched and foam rolled for a good half hour or so at least (felt like an hour so probably longer)…and did some stability ball work. Also, I had a wicked migraine so I threw up several times. That was fun. It works the abs pretty well and really kicks those muscles into high gear.
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Can someone please buy me this? I just want to live there in it’s charm and sweetness. You laugh now, but when I have a castle you’ll be sorry. You will not be invited to the ball.
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My workout today is supposed to be yoga/recovery but I’m going hiking with Michelle instead. I think I’ll do a little yoga anyway to give my legs a good stretch before I go and then for sure when I get back. Sean’s been helping me with an extra deep leg stretch in the mornings and at night.  My chiropractor showed me a stretch that helps and Sean works it with me. He’s a little mean and I occasionally have to remind him…hang on…that’s too far. Repressed issues much? But it’s incredibly helpful having a second person.
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Doesn’t this look like the greatest way to wake up? I do some of these already and it feels SO good in the morning. Everything snaps and crackles. It’s a lovely feeling. No really. It is.
a pretty sweet #yoga sequence to wake you up in the morning! || lushiouslifts.com: source

I found these on luschiouslifts.com ~ I also see she has a stability ball stretch workout so I am totally going to check that out. See the backbend up there? Not doin’ that. My head hurts too much with upside down things. Nope.
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Off to hike…
Quotes About Hiking. QuotesGram:
Run on…

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This is Colorado. We can’t decide.

So I was going to do a Sweet List but sometimes my heart just isn’t in it. So maybe later. 🙂

I had enchiladas for breakfast, shout out to Theboy who said they eat leftovers for breakfast all the time and he likes it. I never do…except enchiladas because I love them.
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The weather today, after the blizzard and 30* degree weather all weekend, is FABULOUS. High of 61*! Happy days. Okay…25mph winds…it’s just a tiny glitch we’ll have to figure out. But 61*! I’m pretty damn happy about that.
Sorry to MT (thekidnotthestate) who is in VA with the record temps and no air conditioning.
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Rumor has it every other state is the same way. Blizzard. Record heat. Blizzard. Record heat. It’s a miracle we can grow anything.
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Check this out. It’s called Ringly and it’s “Activity tracking & Mobile Alerts Made Beautiful”. They have smart rings and bracelets and then a few non tech accessories. I feel a little out of the loop that I’ve never heard of them before but I am excited to give them a try because I am all about beautiful jewelry.

Even though it’s pricey it is Mother’s Day soon so I think I’m going to give it a go. There’s a discount code with TheSkimm (who we LOVE and if you’re not on board with The Skimm then you’re missing out) so I’ll use the discount code and see if I like it. Plus, I don’t eat so I’ll just use my part of the grocery budget. I think that’s fair. Beautiful jewelry over nutrition, yes, I totally have my priorities.
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We here in Denver marched our ice cold collective asses off on Saturday for the Climate March. I was truly surprised how many people showed up considering we had serious snow and it was the really cold wet snow and it was also really cold and wet ( just in case you didn’t get that the first time) on the heels of a march the previous weekend well…turnout was not as good as the big D.C. let’s just state that right now. The official numbers say “several hundred” but it seemed well more than that and if we’re going by the “official photo” I can tell you right now it was snowing like hell and NO one was sticking around for that sucker. We marched and left. It was cold and wet. So that’s that.
Also, a giant thermometer?
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I know, right?
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Today’s workout is running with hills. I’m going to throw strength in there because I just looked at my workout and it looks like I just have strength once a week and HIIT once a week. So I’d like to add one more day for sure. Since it doesn’t actually have a plan I’ll have to figure it out.

I for sure have to foam roll this morning and I want to do a full on stretch routine. Did I mention the beautiful weather? Included with that is my left eye set at a constant water torture drip due to the allergy season situation. I opened the door and the allergies just came pouring in right along with the sunshine and the spring breeze also known as ~holy hell someone get the cat~. That’s some mighty strong wind right there.

the struggle is part of the story:

Run on…

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