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Week 10 Training: 4/23 – 4/29

1 May

We spontaneously planted a tree on Sunday!

The bottom is hidden in shadows, so you can’t see our landscaping but we had some really pretty Yarrow planted there. This is what it looked like last year:

But apparently, Yarrow is an invasive species of plant. Meaning it TOOK OVER. And as I told Travis, I don’t allow rogue plants in my landscaping. They have to stay where they’re planted or I’m ripping it out (sorry plant). I’m kicking myself now that we didn’t get a before picture because those plants were massive. Each plant epicenter + its intricate, shallow root base had to have been 3 feet in diameter.

In place of the Yarrow, we planted an Autumn Blaze Maple tree. It has small white blossoms in the spring and turns bright red in the fall. It’s also hardy enough to withstand a lot of wind – which is key since this poor little tree is on the west side of our house (the strongest winds always come from the west).

As you can imagine, the Yarrow left quite a big empty gap so there’s still more room for us to plant some more perennials. But now I’ll be on guard against ROGUE PLANTS.

Last week’s training went fairly well. My legs were pretty tight so I ended up wearing my compression tights to bed 4 nights in a row. They really do help!!

Monday: 3.24 mile easy run (36:52, 11:23/mile); Drop 10 Workout from Self

Tuesday: 4.11 mile run with 4 Yasso 800s (50:14; 12:13/mile)

I warmed up for .5 mile, ran 4 x 800 with 2-2:30 rest in between, ran .5 mile  home to drop off pooches and finished with 1 mile moderate. 800s were 4:56, 5:01, 5:01, 4:53. If these 800s are supposed to determine how fast I can run a marathon, I think that keeping them around 5:00 – 5:30 is a good goal (since that’s roughly my marathon goal, in hours obviously).

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 7 mile run (1:13:50, 10:28/mile); UB weights + 30 one-legged squats

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 15 mile long run (2:55:07; 11:50/mile); 1.15 mile walk with pooches

Sunday: 1.5 mile walk with pooches; 2 hours of gardening + cleaning

Total Running Miles: 29.4

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For my long run last Saturday, I tried out a new hairstyle. My hair is about the longest I’ve ever had it (tied with the length of my hair when I got married in 2007) and so, my go-to hairstyles no longer work. But the front layers of my hair are too short to be practical for long hairstyles so I’ve been extremely frustrated. I seem to have the greatest hair problems whenever I go on a run with Travis. Anyway, I tried a hairstyle I’ve seen and heard from other ladies with long hair: the braided ponytail.

I had to wet my ponytail a bit so that my hair didn’t slip out of the braid (my hair is ridiculously fine and doesn’t stay anywhere you put it) but I really liked this. It didn’t bounce all over the place like a regular ponytail and I didn’t have to comb a rats nest out later. Win, win.

How do you wear your hair for workouts?

Have you had any experience with rogue plants?

Our Vegetable Garden

24 May

In my last post, I mentioned that we planted our vegetable garden this past weekend (finally!). We probably won’t get much produce before August or September but it will be fun to watch them grow over the next couple of months and then reap the benefits!

We followed the Square Foot Gardeningtechnique taught by Mel Bartholomew. Thus, our cute little 4′ x 4′ boxes:

Our Lovely Little Garden

The idea of this technique is that by eliminating space between rows and growing your vine plants vertically instead of along the ground, you can have more garden in less space. I like that idea! Since we planted so late, we bought mostly plants from our local nursery but some fast-growing plants (spinach, green beans, carrots, and sugar snap peas) we are (attempting to) grow from seeds.

Please note the deliberate fencing effort. That was to keep the dogs out. Yesterday afternoon, we caught Katy inside the garden. She had jumped the fence. Argh!
A few more pics of our landscaping and garden:
 
 
Look at how green everything is! That will be gone in a month because of the Colorado dryness (we actually got over 4 inches of rain this month – almost a record!) I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

Playing in the dirt

5 May

It’s time to lighten things up with a fun post, don’t you think?

My parents were here this past weekend and we had a blast. They got here Friday night around 8:45. We pretty much got home from the airport, talked a bit, and then went to bed.

Saturday morning, we slept in and then ate breakfast at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant a block from our house called Joe’s Cafe. It was great food – a very down-home feel. We would definitely go back. It’s fun finding restaurants like that near our house!

After breakfast, we went shopping for shrubs and flowers to do some landscaping in our backyard. I wasn’t too excited about it at first because there are so many choices and decisions and my brain felt like it was going to explode. But after several hours at Echter’s (the garden store near us), 25 holes and 8 bags of compost, I definitely felt like our labor had paid off.

We planted barberries, feather grasses (the ones on the end get to be 6-8' tall!), Firewitch, Goldfinger Potentilla, and one Polka Weigela.

They look pretty puny right now, but they’ll grow and get lots bigger over the course of the summer! We also installed a timed sprinkler system, so we don’t have to worry about watering the plants in addition to the lawn (Travis is thankful).

Saturday night, we grilled some elk steaks and burgers, along with some zucchini and yellow squash and then went out for ice cream at Good Times. We also rented the movie Up In the Air. It wasn’t as good as I had expected it to be. It was kind of depressing, actually.

Sunday, it was cold, windy and cloudy. So we went to church (great sermon about seeing the gospel in the life of Abraham!) and then checked out a French restaurant in Denver called Le Central: The Affordable French Restaurant. I had never had French food before and was determined to be daring. So I ordered crepes with chicken pieces, onion, carrots and green peppers in a creamy curry sauce. I thought “Crepes with meat?” but it was actually delicious. I would totally go back there. It was such a cute place and very popular. I love going to new restaurants!

After lunch, we went to the BodyWorlds exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It was very interesting – a lot to learn about the body and how it works together and I doubt I will remember even 30% of what I read but very cool nonetheless. How anyone can go through an exhibit like that and still not believe in a divine creator is beyond me. It is written all over the place (not literally). We also saw the IMAX movie, Hubble, which actually was even cooler and was even more evidence for God as the creator of the world. Totally awesome. It’s amazing to me to think about us discovering stuff like that and not even totally understanding it, yet God created it all and literally put it all in its place (Psalm 8:3). God is so much bigger than us. I’m so glad that He is for me!

Sunday night, my parents and I watched It’s Complicated (great movie, cute story line if you overlook the fact that it’s about a marital affair) while Travis went and worked on a presentation and paper for one of his classes (poor guy).

Monday, my mom and I went back to Echter’s and bought flowers for the part of the backyard we hadn’t gotten to yet. It’s going to look awesome in a month or so:

The flowers we planted are all perennials: Coreopsis, Salvia, Black-eyed susans, Daisies, Day lilies, Dianthus (Fire Star), and Yarrow.

Here’s the whole setup:

Can't wait to see what happens!

After finishing the garden, we ate lunch at Jason’s Deli, re-watched our wedding video, and then I took my parents to the airport. Their vacation was over already. But so much fun! We are so blessed by my parents.

I’ll post more pics later this summer when the plants get bigger and bloom!