Monday Mentionings: February 29

Happy Leap Day! This last week was a petty boring week, followed by a pretty busy and fun weekend!  First, Michelle has been out of town for a couple days, and I think Jasper misses her. Such as sweet boy.

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Saturday morning, Amy and I cycled together at my normal Saturday cycle class.  What a workout! We conquered the hills and raced through the sprints.

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After cycle, we attempted a run.  It was derailed by a trip and fall by yours truly about a half mile into the run.

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Shortly after our failed run attempt, I was heading to meet up with Carmen for lunch, and had to stop in the middle of College Blvd. for the geese to cross the road.  They did not use the cross walk, and did not not heed to traffic.

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So I met Carmen for lunch at Joe’s KC, MMMM good!  We caught up on life, had some delicious BBQ, and definitely have to get together again soon.

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Carmen and I also stopped at Pottery Barn, and I scored this adorable pillow for my couch! I just fell in love with it!

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After I left Carmen, I watched Race, which was a great movie about Jesse Owens’ Olympic journey in the 1930s, it was very good, and made me want to get out and run! So after I got home, I ran a few miles to make up for my trip and fall from earlier on Saturday.

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Sunday, I ran with Amy, and then we went to brunch.  Later, I had an appointment to get the tattoo on my foot touched up, as the ink near my big toe kind of peeled when it healed.  I’ve been wanting to get it fixed for several months; after a conversation with a coworker, I made an appointment with her tattoo artist, and got it all taken care of.  He touched up the entire tattoo on my foot, as well as made the colors pop more brightly.  I also got a small tattoo on my wrist “with my brave wings,” that I’ve been thinking about for a while now.  I’m very pleased at how it all turned out!

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Here’s a picture of Jasper, because I think he’s the most popular on my blog.  😛  Have a wonderful week, friends!

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The Importance of Rest Day!

Sometimes it’s hard to squeeze in a rest day! I typically religiously take Fridays as my rest days, every week.  But last week, the weather wast unseasonably warm; in the 70s (!!) and I couldn’t pass up running a few miles before my parents came to town.  It’s now been 13 days since my last day off from running, cycling, or working out, and my body is tired.  No rest day last week, on top of several two-a-days last week and this week have made me really look forward to my rest day tomorrow.

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Taking a rest day is so important, for your body and mind. I’ll share several reasons that I take rest days, and I’d love for you to weigh in with reasons that you take rest days, or reasons you will begin to take rest days:

– Your muscles need to recover and rest.  Your immune system needs a chance to play catch up and keep you healthy.

– You won’t lose fitness by taking 1 day off every week to 10 days.

– Overtraining could lead to lack of sleep, which reduces the effectiveness of your workouts AND rests.

– Taking a day off every week to 10 days helps keep you from burning out.

– You can pamper yourself! Take the time that you normally are running, cycling, or workout out, and get a pedicure, massage, catch up on your favorite show, or go for a relaxing (read: SLOW!) walk.

– Overtraining can lead to a fitness plateau.  Your overworked body will compensate by trying to protect you from exhaustion.

– Recovery time is when your muscles actually get stronger, so giving yourself a day allows depleted reserves, such as fuel and oxygen, to become restored. (source)

– Taking rest days helps prevent overuse injuries.

I’m not trying to tell you not to work out, but to strongly consider taking a rest day! I am not one to do “run streaks” or to do a challenge to workout every day for a year, etc.  I know my body needs a rest day just about every week, and I take my rest days seriously, by hydrating, wearing my compression sleeves, stretching, and looking forward to the next day I can run!

Share your favorite part of your rest day!

Monday Mentionings: February 22

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! This past week has been such a nice week, weather wise, at least in the midwest.  Temps got into the 70s here in KC, and it actually was as warm as 91 degrees in Hays one day last week.

Tuesday was actually pretty windy, but Amy and I got in a few miles before it got dark! I didn’t even have to use my headlamp.  I’m beyond excited for lighter evenings.

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The fountains were turned on at work last week. It was neat to watch the groundskeeper in his boat, getting everything ready to go, and then they were on! Spring is coming, indeed.

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Thursday evening was a super fun evening! First off, it was nearly 70 degrees!!!  Secondly, my bestie roomie came with me to the group (she’s in the white shirt next to me), and she even ran a couple miles with my best Amy and I!  We test ran in some cool Hokas, I tried to get a runfie and it was blurry (but still fun). The wind though… OH. MY. GOODNESS.  That was some strong wind.  Wind, plus a gnarly uphill into the wind made for a difficult second half of the run.  Afterwards, Hoka and KC Running Co had Oreos for us!  Then, Amy, Michelle, Jenn and I went to grab a bite to eat (and custard) at Culver’s.  Yummy!

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Friday, a coworker  brought these Sesame Crisps to share.  He is originally from China, and recently visited family in China, and brought these back.  They were not actually as green as the photo, and they kind of tasted like dirt and popcorn and tea all together.  The consistency was the weirdest, it was like compacted very fine, damp sand… how you can touch sand like that and it kind of crumbles part, that is what this was like when I put it in my mouth, it kind of dissolved and disintegrated.  It was very strange.  It was not bad, it kind of didn’t taste like much, but the consistency was so strange.  It was really cool to try this though.

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Friday afternoon, Michelle sent me the picture below.  Jasper jumped up and laid on the other end of the couch.  He’s been slowly growing accustomed to having her live with us.  They’ll be best buds soon. 😉

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Friday evening, it was just so dang nice, I had to get out and run a couple miles before my parents arrived.  There were so many people outside, walking, playing in the park, running, cycling.  It was a gorgeous evening, I just couldn’t pass it up.  Shortly after I got home, Mom and Dad got here!  We went to K Macho’s to eat, the first many great food stops during the weekend.

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Saturday morning, I took Mom and Dad to The Athletic Club of Overland Park, where I have a gym membership.  We took a cycle class, and sweated buckets!  It was a lot of fun, I’m really glad they were able to come to class with me.

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Saturday for lunch, we “opened up” the Joy Wok Chinese buffet.  We arrived at 10:55 (in the morning, hahahaha) and were the second people in the door.  Surprisingly, there were about 6 or 7 tables of people ready to eat right at 11.  Chinese brunch, anyone?

After we ate, we checked out the deals at Scheels, REI, and the KC Running Co store.  I kind of got in trouble for riding the fat tire bike at Scheels – they told me I could test ride it, but I had to take it outside to the track, I could get hurt by hitting my head on a rack, or falling over into a display.  They apparently don’t know how good of a bike rider I am. Ha!  I guess these fat tire bikes are the coolest thing right now, there were fat tire bikes up to $2,000.

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We also had to stop by my old neighborhood and see how Edgar the Swan was doing.  He saw mom and torpedo’d all the way across the pond to check her out, and lunged at her a couple times.  He made sure to follow us as far as he could as we walked back up the trail to the car.  That is one angry swan.

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After some more shopping and wandering around Overland Park, we headed back to the apartment for a bit.  All of the sudden we heard what sounded like an ice cream truck.  Lo and behold, there was an ice cream van playing La Cucaracha driving through the apartment complex.  Not sure if that’s legal or not, but this guy was certainly taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather!

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Later Saturday night, we went to Grinders Stonewall for some amazing pizza.  I had seen and heard about Grinders in the Crossroads district, but hadn’t realized there was a Grinders in Lenexa.  It was amazing; I’ll definitely be going back!  Mom and Dad each had a calzone, and they were the biggest calzones we had ever seen.  I had a pizza, and it was delicious.  Even cooler, this location of Grinders is in an old house turned inn turned restaurant.  It was very unique, and very tasty.

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Sunday morning, Mom and I ran on the trails, while Dad biked along with us.  It was a bit chillier, but still amazing weather for February!  We saw 3 deer, multiple squirrels and robins and blue jays and ducks, and we even got to watch a woodpecker peck for a minute.  It was really a beautiful morning on the trails.

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Then for lunch, we went to Burg and Barrel and had some good burgers, and got to see Amy and chat a bit too! This sign in the bathroom made me giggle.

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Dad enjoyed piling toys on Jasper yesterday afternoon, then we strung out all his toys in a row, and he promptly sniffed them and laid down on them.  This kitty is spoiled, but I love him.

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Overall, it was a great week, and a suburb weekend with Mom and Dad.  I loved having them in town for the weekend.  I hope everyone has a great week, enjoy the weather, and the last week of February!