Two for Tuesday

1. Not running. Oops, I missed my weekly long run last week. It was just too damn cold, too damn rainy and I was too damn tired to be bothered with it. We are still in the midst of our winter nightmare, with more snow on the way tomorrow afternoon. It just never ends!

I think everyone is now crying out for spring to get here. Spring in Memphis is awesome…festivals, patio drinks, patio brunch, walks along the river or the bluff. A willingness to go other places, like midtown or East Memphis. But right now, it’s hard to even leave the apartment!

2. Distractions on the ‘mill. As I’ve explained before, I cover up the screen on the treadmill so that I’m not constantly looking at the miles pass by…

1.02

1.03

1.04

It gets old, fast. So I cover it up, listen to my music or podcast, and check it once in awhile. I was going for five miles this morning, and when I went to check, the screen read 4.98. BOOYA! Perfect! Even better, I did it in 43 minutes flat. Not bad!

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Five for Friday

Welcome to Friday! We made it!

1. The Lion King.

Hakuna matata!

Hakuna matata!

So excited for this! This is Ro’s Christmas gift, and we are both very excited to get to see it finally. It’s been in town for a few weeks now and lots of friends have gone to see it with rave reviews. The Lion King is my favorite of the 90s Disney movies, so I am pumped! The only thing that could throw a wrench in this is…

2. The weather.

THIS is bad weather??

THIS is bad weather??

As I’ve mentioned before, this week has not been a banner one for Memphis weather. Freezing rain, sleet and ice fell throughout Monday, causing schools to be closed the first half of the week. Road conditions were fine on Wednesday and Thursday, good enough to go to work. Another “winter storm” is happening right now, though, so schools were once again cancelled. My drive to work was fine; we seem to be in the Memphis Cone of Silence when it comes to weather. South and north of us is an icy mess, but we seem to be ok for now. Wednesday night’s performance of The Lion King was cancelled, so I’m a bit concerned. By tonight, it should just be raining.

3. Facebook’s mobile app.

OK, who designed this piece of crap? It seems every few days, the Most Recent setting gets moved to another position on the menu. First, why can’t my feed always be set to Most Recent? Why do I have to change it EVERY SINGLE TIME I OPEN THE APP? Further, why doesn’t is show me every update? Let me self-select what I want to read or skip, don’t choose for me. Annoying.

4. The weather part 2.

I know, I already talked about this, but I think everyone is totally over being cold and snowed in. From Boston down to the south, it has been absolutely ridiculous! We haven’t been above freezing in several days now, which is about 20 degrees below average. It’s cold, wet, icy and gray. And I hate it. It’s unmovitaving and uninspiring. It’s time for some sun and warmth!

5. New wallet!

I have been searching for a new wallet for months. I’ve been using an old, black leather bifold, but it’s not very stylish and I want something better. Everything seemed the same, until I saw an article in Slate about a different kind of wallet. I placed the order and hope to have it next week, so we shall see.

Happy Friday everyone! Have a good weekend!

Tuesday Twofer

I know, I actually remembered!

1. Zoning out on the treadmill. It’s another ice day here, so I’m working from home again. I’m not complaining though, I love working from home. It also meant that I could run during lunch, and not have to wake up super early. Around 11:30 I got dressed and we went down the gym, with a plan to run just 3 or 4 miles. I’m counting songs, figuring each song is between 3 and 4 minutes. After 12 songs, I figured I had been at it for around 42 minutes or so. When I removed the towel covering the screen, I saw this:

Oops

Oops

Oops indeed. Technically it said 5.9 miles and 52 minutes, but I finished up and stopped at 6. Considering my long run on Saturday was 7 miles, this wasn’t ideal but I’ll take it. I just have to re-evaluate my other two runs this week, or I risk doing too much mileage too soon.

2. I hate recipes. More to the point, I hate it when I follow a recipe and yet the result is less than stellar. It’s even more annoying when it’s a recipe I have done many times before. Something just isn’t right with my dish! Grr!

Thankfully my friends don’t have this problem, as their dishes from last night’s Mardi Gras dinner (technically Lundi Gras I guess). Shrimp ettoufe, seafood gumbo, red beans and rice and a king cake. All delicious and reminded me of my time in New Orleans. Thanks for the invite C and S!

Monday Musings: Weekly Training Recap

It is very cold outside. It is very icy outside. We got us a bit of a winter storm in Memphis, and so the whole city shut down. Everyone worked from home or had the day off, all schools were cancelled, etc.

Last week was pretty bad from a training perspective. Starting Tuesday early morning, my itinerary was MEM-IAH-LAX, LAX-DFW, DFW-IAH-MEM. I probably could have squeezed in one more run on Thursday, but when you’re on the road it’s very hard. I did manage one weekday run, and I ran on Saturday.

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Wednesday. I detailed my Santa Monica run in this post while on my trip. It was awesome, and I loved it and I wish I could do it again every single day. But alas, I’m back in Memphis now.

Saturday. I had 7 miles on the docket, so I headed across the bridge to Mud Island and back, with some more added on to complete the full seven. I wanted to try and negative split every mile, and for the most part I succeeded:

Sure is pretty

Sure is pretty

I started off nice and easy, made sure to stay consistent in the middle, and pick it up for the final mile. Sure, that 9:30/mile pace overall is a bit slower than I’d like (I would love to be right at or under 9/mile) it’s not bad considering the low amount of running I’ve done so far this year. I am quite a bit behind the pace for 1k miles, but I’m getting there. Once it warms up and I can run outside more, I can make it up.

This week the temperature will not get above freezing until Saturday…at which point it will be 35 degrees and raining. Not ideal conditions, eh? Hopefully during the week I can knock out some quality miles. It’s time to step up those midweek runs back to five miles each.

Happy Monday!

A Run Through: Santa Monica, CA

I rarely travel for work, maybe two or three trips a year. And usually to Dallas or Atlanta. But for this trip, I got to go to Los Angeles to start my focus group research. There was enough time before my flight to Dallas that I was able to get in a run. Here’s my recap of my exploits:

Tuesday started with a flight that was incredibly early. But you know the one good thing about an early flight? Sunrise!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous!

It was amazing. I slept for the first leg but got to catch the sunrise towards the end. Absolutely brilliant. After one more flight, I touched down in LA and went right to work. At the hotel, I received good and bad news. The bad: they were sold out for the night. The good: they were upgrading me to the penthouse floor. Sweet!

I woke up for an early morning conference call, then headed down Santa Monica Boulevard to run on the beach. Massive photos incoming!

Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica State Beach

Yeah, I think this will do for a five mile run! Damn was it beautiful out: low 70s and sunny, very gentle breeze.

I could get used to this

I could get used to this

For those that don’t know, Santa Monica State Beach has both jogging/walking paths and a cycling path. At times, they intersect and are shared. I saw lots of runners, walkers, cyclists of all ilks, out enjoying the morning.

Fashion Shoot

Fashion Shoot

I came across some sort of fashion shoot. I was hoping Chrissy Tiegen was there, but alas she was not. Sad face.

Volleyball!

Volleyball!

There were also several groups playing/practicing volleyball. This one looked to be a womens team practicing with their coach.

The return

The return

When I had gone 2.5 miles, I turned around and headed back. I had the sun in my face and the gentle breeze. I was loving every sweaty minute of it! It felt sooo good!

Reppin' Memphis

Reppin’ Memphis

Of course I had to rep my Memphis shirt from Breakaway Running, my local running store. At the end, I finished up a lovely five miler at just under 9/mile pace. I was very tired but happy.

Step One

Step One

My recovery was in two parts. First part was swinging by Starbucks for a strawberry-banana smoothie. I love those things. I may have also had a slice of coffee cake. Definitely.

Step Two

Step Two

Part Two, after taking a shower and getting cleaned up, was swinging by In-n-Out Burger on my way to the airport. I absolutely love this place and go whenever I can. Evidence: while in San Francisco I walked four miles over the hill just to get a burger. In fact, I’m now in Dallas and I’ve gone to In-N-Out AGAIN already. Since we don’t have it back in Memphis, I take full advantage when I can.

So there you have it, my LA run. I can safely say that I understand why people want to live in LA now. Good food, great weather, etc. It was awesome.

Til next time!