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Runfessing Over Coffee... August Edition

Runfessing Over Coffee... August Edition
Woohoo for Friday! I am so ready to get this long weekend started! Before we get into the weekend festivities... I've got to cleanse my soles... join me over coffee for some runfessions. I'm enjoying some Costa Rican dark roast that I picked up on vacation.


I had so much fun in Costa Rica... it was so beautiful there. Even though the hubs and I thought it would be a one and done trip, it wouldn't hurt my feelings to go back. I brought my running shoes, and did run once. The resort was so spread out and hilly, I easily got over 15,000 steps every day.

I'm quite excited about our weekend plans! We are heading to Lake Travis in Austin for some camping! We will be at Windy Point so that the hubs can dive (he is aiming to log 100 dives in 1 year, I think he has 4 left). I'm bringing my paddleboard so I see lots of SUP in my future. Camping is primitive at Windy Point, and I'm actually looking forward to letting go of…

Last Week Today - Weekly Wrap August 26, 2018

This week I got back in the groove after being on vacation.  Even though I only got in 4.5 running miles, I was quite active.  This is Last Week Today - Weekly Wrap August 26, 2018.

I continued my progress from the last few weeks of getting up early and making it to the gym every day before work! The battle to roll back over and go back to sleep, is getting easier to win.

The Saturday after returning from vacation, I had a race... the Habanero Hundred. This race is one that challenges you not only with the heat (the start is at noon), but with the sandy course.  I ran the 20k, in addition to pulling 2 volunteer shifts.  To say I was inspired by all the bad@ss runners out there doing the 50k, 100k, and 100 mile would be an understatement.

The sand did a number on my feet (blisters galore), back, and knees.  So, this week I took to the recumbent bike for the 2 days that would have been my treadmill days. By Saturday, I was good as new and that run felt great!

Last Week Today - Weekly Wrap A…

Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto
Gallo Pinto is essentially Costa Rican rice and beans.  They are typically served at breakfast along with eggs, fried plantains, a slice of fried cheese, and coffee.  While I was in Costa Rica, I enjoyed these along side some fried plantains and Salsa Linzano every morning.

Now, a note about the Salsa Linzano... it isn't what you might expect from Salsa.  I'm not exactly sure how to describe how it tastes.  Unlike most salsas, it is not spicy.  It is made form vegetables, salt, sugar, and peppers and has a salty, slightly sweet flavor.  An essential ingredient or condiment for Costa Rican cuisine.  I found some on Amazon since I was unable to find it locally.

To cut down on "hands on time", I cooked my beans and rice the day before in my Instant Pot.  If you don't want to cook your beans, I would imagine you could used canned black beans for this as well.

Gallo Pinto Ingredients Oil for pan 1 green pepper, chopped 1 small yellow onion, chopped 3 clov…

My Strategy for Surviving Habanero

It's finally Friday!  This has been a short week at work for me, but coming back from vacay has just made it drag on.  I've got a race on my schedule tomorrow - Habanero 100!  I'm doing the 20k... remember my indecision of whether to drop down distance or not?  Well, I didn't change my distance so I'm going to embrace the suck and do the 20k (technically I can change up to tomorrow morning).

The race starts at high noon (12:15 for those running less than 100 mi/100k), it's going to be a challenge.  I've come up with some strategies on how I plan on surviving through the 20k.

My Strategy for Surviving Habanero

Hydrate, salt pills, hydrate
Walk the hills, walk the sand, run the fun parts
Ice in the bra & ice in the buff around the neck
Floppy hat for shade on face and neck
Indulge in gatoritas or snowcones

Let's catch up... do you have your fall race schedule planned?  Have you ever been in a running funk... what did you do to get out of it?

I'm linking up…

Last Week Today - Weekly Wrap August 5, 2018

This week I continued my groove back into a regular training routine.  I even hit double-digit miles this week (barely).  This is Last Week Today - Weekly Wrap August 5, 2018.

For the second week in a row, got up early and made it to the gym every day before work!  I'm still battling wanting to roll back over and go back to sleep, but I resisted that urge for another week.

To say I'm not a morning person, is putting it mildly... I find it hard to function in the morning until I've had my first cup of coffee.  It was noticeable this week as one day I forgot my water bottle one day and my gym bag another day.

Saturday the hubs and I set out to run a 5k together.... well, we didn't finish.  The hubs twisted his ankle and took a hard fall, his knee and ankle started swelling.  He does seem to be on the mend.  So, I got my first DNF!

Last Week Today - Weekly Wrap August 5, 2018:

Monday - body pump.

Tuesday - 4 miles treadmill - hills

Wednesday - body pump

Thursday - 4 miles treadmi…

Ultimate Coffee Date - August Edition

Today I'm joining the Ultimate Coffee Date for some catching up.  It's the ultimate coffee date - August edition! So go grab your favorite beverage of choice and have a seat and let's catch up.

Today, my brew is a cup of Katz Coffee Jumping Mouse.

Over Coffee...
I'd tell you that the hubs and I are running a 5k in the morning.  It's the Southern Star Brewing Co. 5k.  He was excited about the free beer afterwards... I'm hoping we actually get to drink some before he wants to go home!  I ran it in 2015 and 2016 and had a blast!  My goal for tomorrow is simple... just have fun.

Over Coffee...
I'd mention that I trying to decide whether to drop down to 10k at Habanero Hundred or stay at 20k.  My running has been quite sparse this summer and my outdoor running (heat training) has been almost non-existent.  This is a race that starts at high noon... so the sun and temps will be high. I'm also volunteering race morning at packet pick-up and in the evening as the di…