Living and loving life in vermont

Friday Spring Break week makes for some great commutes. All of our local schools are on break this week, which means that a significant number of drivers who would usually be on the road in the morning are not. This has made my commute SO MUCH LESS STRESSFUL. And even a minute or two shorter, which is nice.

Spring Break also makes for a quiet office. Two thirds of my team were out on vacation this week. It’s been like a ghost town around here. I’m ok with it though, because it gave me a chance to really get caught up on stuff without distractions.

I may be joining a running club! I run a lot of races with RaceVermont, because they’re local, and they have frequent, affordable races. I got an email from the race director that they will be starting a one year running club in May. The cost to join is only $10, and they’re partnering with Fleet Feet. I emailed the guy today to get some more details. I’m hoping that the days of the week and locations will work for me, because I’ve desperately been wanting to try group running, and it seems like this could be perfect. Fingers crossed!

I’m at 59% of my fundraising goal for the VRH Jiggety Jog 5k.  It feels amazing to be so far along already, but there’s still a ways to go. The race is on May 9 (my birthday!), and is now only a few weeks away. If you feel moved to make a donation to this wonderful organization, please click here.

Are your local schools on break? How did it affect you?

Have you ever been part of a running club? Did you like it?

For the first time ever, I’m joining the link up “Tuesdays on the Run,” hosted by Erika at MCM Mama Runs, Patty at My No Guilt Life, and April at Run the Great Wide Somewhere. I’ve been having a bit of writer’s block, so I thought it would be nice to have someone else give me an idea. This week’s topic, “Why I Run,” seems like a great topic during Boston Marathon week. Thanks for hosting, ladies!

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I run for alone time. Yes, I love my husband, family, and friends, but sometimes, a girl just needs to be by herself. I think about my day, process things that are happening, listen to music, and enjoy the scenery. I don’t have to talk or socialize. I also have mild social anxiety, so it’s a relief not to have to interact with people for a while.

I run for a stronger body and long term health. I have a family history of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, and congestive heart failure, so I need to build healthy habits and a strong body now. I don’t want to be 50 years old and injecting myself with insulin every day like my aunts and uncles, or need to have a double mastectomy at 65 like my grandmother. I know that a lot of this isn’t up to me, but being generally healthy can help combat a lot of these issues.

I run for self-esteem. Body issues. We’ve all got ’em. I know I do. But running helps me combat the demons inside my head that tell me I’m not thin enough, not pretty enough, not whatever enough. It makes me feel strong, sexy, and confident.

I run for a sense of accomplishment. Every time I run a new distance or achieve a new PR, I feel like a rock star. Overcoming obstacles, or completing tough workouts always makes me feel good. Running is the one fitness endeavor that I’ve managed to stick with for more than a few weeks, and as long as it makes me feel this awesome, I’ll keep coming back for more.

Why do you run?

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This is my first week back on a regular schedule after the craziness of the last few weeks of Legally Blonde rehearsals and performances. Considering that I was still catching up on sleep, I give myself a solid A for effort, and look forward to really getting back on track in the coming weeks.

Monday 04/13/15:  Rest day. I didn’t have to go to work until noon, so I slept in, trying to get caught up after running on caffeine and adrenaline for weeks on end. 

Tuesday 04/14/15:  Rest day. Words cannot describe how nice it was to just go home after work for the second day in a row. We had a nice dinner together, and then I went to bed early again.

Wednesday 04/15/15:  2.5 miles easy. This was my triumphant return to running after almost 5 weeks off. It was also my first runch of the year, and it felt amazing. I was able to squeeze in 2.5 miles, stretch, rinse off, change, and eat, all in my hour long lunch break. I can’t lie, this may happen every day…

Thursday 04/16/15:  Rest day. I was going to runch again, but forgot that I had a hair appointment that I needed to leave work early for, so I had to skip my lunch break. Oh well!

Friday 04/17/15: 2.5 miles easy. My lunch date cancelled at the last minute, so I scooted out for another short run. The weather was perfect once again, so while it wasn’t the best or fastest run, I appreciated it a lot.

Saturday 04/18/15:  Three hours of warehouse cleanup for Legally Blonde, which was actually very good exercise–sweeping, mopping, moving furniture around etc. Then I came back to the place we’re house-sitting, showered, and lounged around for the rest of the day.

Sunday 04/19/15:  3 miles. I had hoped to get at least 4 miles, but this run was HARD. I can definitely tell I’ve lost fitness over the last few weeks of not running. But I’m glad I got out there anyway.

The plan for this week is a bit altered due to house-sitting. The elderly woman that we stay with, Fran, is in poor health right now and needs much more help with cooking dinner and cleaning up around the house, so either Ben or I have to be home in time to get dinner on the table by 5:30 (she’s also diabetic and needs to eat on time). Ben is on spring break this week and is picking up a lot of slack, but I don’t want him to feel like he’s on his own. This means that most evenings, rather than going to class or going for a run after work, I need to book it home. But Ben is a good sport, and told me to do what I needed to do, so I’ll hit Body Pump if nothing else.

  • Monday: Lunch run (if it’s not raining); Body Pump
  • Tuesday: Lunch run or walk (if it’s not raining)
  • Wednesday: Lunch run (if it’s not raining)
  • Thursday: Lunch run or walk (if it’s not raining)
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: At least 4 miles
  • Sunday: Rest

And of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t wish lots of speed and smiles to everyone running the Boston Marathon today. Go get ’em!

Have you/do you ever house sit?

Friday

I ran this week! I didn’t realize it, but it had been about 5 weeks since my last run. Holy crap! That’s almost as long as when I was out due to foot injury last fall. So on Wednesday, I had my triumphant return to running, and also my first “runch” (lunch run) of the year. 2.5 easy, breezy miles along the lakefront bike path. And I plan to do a “long” run this weekend of at least 4 miles.

Spring has sprung in northern Vermont. It was in the 50’s and 60’s all week. The lake is unfrozen. Trees are budding and flowers are starting to bloom. Thank goodness! I try really hard not to complain about the weather and just take it for what it is, but this winter was BRUTAL, and I’m so happy to bid it adieu.

Chess rehearsals now aren’t starting until May 31. While I’m disappointed that I don’t get to start working on this awesome project as soon as I thought (originally it was May 20), I’m VERY excited to have a bit more time to myself to work on my fitness goals, hang out with Ben, and spend time outdoors!

I got my hair cut yesterday. It had been almost exactly 6 months to the day since my last hair cut. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing since I’m actively growing my hair out, it was starting to get a bit shaggy, and I want to make sure I take care of split ends so that, as my hair grows, it stays healthy.

I am obsessed with Polar seltzer. Particularly Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor. I’ve always loved seltzer, but lately I just can’t seem to get enough of it. I drink two cans a day at work, and several times I week I buy one of the liter-sized bottles at the store too. It’s great by itself, but I also love using it to make cocktails. Yum!

Are you planning to run this weekend? How far/long?

Is it spring where you are?

Back on Track

Now that Legally Blonde is over and I have a few weeks to myself before Chess rehearsals start, it’s time to re-establish a fitness routine. Towards the end of Legally Blonde rehearsals, I made the tough (but ultimately smart) decision to stop running for a while, because the strain on my shins was too much with all of the jumping rope I had to do for the show. Also as you may remember, I was too exhausted to do much but go through the motions outside of rehearsals and performances for the last week or so. I took two full days off of pretty much any physical activity, and now I’m ready to get back to it.

With the re-establishing of the fitness routine also needs to come better eating. Things have been so insane lately that convenience has become the most important thing, and my diet has consequently suffered. Too many processed carbs, too much sugar, and not enough produce or protein. That’s got to change.

I also need to come up with some more structured strength training to get ready for the Spartan Race on September 20. I’m hoping to be able to start taking Body Pump at least once a week (ideally twice per week), and I’m considering biting the bullet and paying for some personal training sessions to really come up with a plan.

I’d be lying if I said my ultimate goal with all of the above wasn’t to FINALLY lose these extra 10 or so pounds that have crept up on me over the last year or so. It will be better for my running, better for the Spartan Race, and better for my self-esteem. I think investing in a personal trainer is a smart move at this point, because obviously, what I’m doing on my own isn’t working. They say that if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. I’m tired of doing the same old workouts and beating my head against a wall, wondering why I’m not getting stronger and leaner. It’s time to call in the big guns. It’s time to get professional help.

Unless and until I finally pull the trigger on personal training, and until Chess rehearsals start, here is what my schedule will probably look like.

  • Monday:  Short run at lunch; Body Pump in the evening
  • Tuesday:  Walk at lunch; stretch and roll
  • Wednesday:  Short run at lunch; Body Pump in the evening
  • Thursday:  Walk at lunch; CXWORX in the evening
  • Friday:  Short run at lunch; Body Flow?
  • Saturday:  Longer run or race
  • Sunday:  Rest

I’d still love to incorporate yoga once a week, but I’ve finally accepted that while we’re living with Ben’s parents out in the boonies, it just doesn’t make sense to drive into town on Sunday morning for a yoga class. I’d end up spending more time in the car than in yoga. There’s a 5:15 Body Flow class at my gym on Fridays, but as you can see by the question mark above, I don’t know how reasonable it is that I’d want to go to a yoga type class on Friday evening. My gut says I’d skip it more often than not, especially as the weather gets warmer and more activities start happening on Friday nights. I guess we’ll see.

I’ve also got a few races coming up–a 5 miler on May 2, a 5k on May 9 (visit my fundraising page here), and a 5k on May 14, so I’ve got plenty to keep me busy training-wise.

What’s your number one tip for getting back on track after time off?

Have you ever worked with a personal trainer?

Legally Blonde Wrap Up

In lieu of a Manic Monday post (let’s be real, I didn’t do any traditional workouts last week), I thought it would be fun to a little post about Legally Blonde, with some pictures.

Overall, this was an awesome experience. I hadn’t worked with Lyric Theatre Company since I was a part of Seussical the Musical back in 2007. I got to reconnect with some old friends, as well as make new ones. While time management during the rehearsal process was an issue, and the 13 hour technical rehearsal made it hard to remember why I signed up for this, it was an AWESOME show, and I’m so happy I was a part of it. We sold out almost every single one of 5 performances, the audiences loved us, and we just had SO.MUCH.FUN performing. Of course, I’m equally happy that it’s now over and my life can go back to normal for a little while. At least, until Chess rehearsals start on May 20. Glutton for punishment? Perhaps.

In the meantime, I’m going to really try to pull myself together and focus on all of the things I’ve been neglecting lately due to the show. I have a mountain of laundry that needs to be washed, a car that looks like a hobo has been living in it, and a full-blown sugar addiction relapse to deal with. Stay tuned for another post later this week about the plan post Legally Blonde.

And now, what you really wanted to see… pictures of me getting my musical theatre on!

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Friday

Legally Blonde opened last night! It. Was. AWESOME! We had a sold out house, and the audience absolutely loved it. Things went so smoothly, and everyone was so full of energy. Words can’t explain the adrenaline high that I get from performing live. It’s so incredibly exciting and rewarding. And we get to do it 4 more times! Yay!

I’m completely exhausted already. After the show last night, there was a champagne and hors d’oeurves reception at the theatre, and then there was an after party at a local pizzeria, so I didn’t get into bed until about 2, and then I was up at 7 to get to work. I’m hurting today. Not in the sense that I drank too much last night (I had two drinks), but in the sense that I’m so tired I feel hungover. Sucking down tea, coffee and water and trying to wake up.

Throat Coat tea and honey are my best friends. I was practically hoarse when I woke up this morning, but after about 5 cups of this delightful concoction, I feel 100% better.

It’s supposed to be in the 60’s all next week! After the show is over this weekend, my self-imposed moratorium on running is up. I’m going to take a couple of days of complete rest to recover from the show-week craziness, but then I’m SO EXCITED to do some outdoor running in the delightful warm weather that we’ve got coming up.

Are you experiencing spring-like weather in your neck of the woods?

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